Most years we drive from London to Provence for the summer.
A long journey, but there is a certain luxury to your own car and escaping the joys of airports and plane travel.
We usually stay somewhere different overnight… a chance to explore new areas of France and to break the journey.
This year we stopped in Cambrai at Chateau de la Motte Fenelon in northern France.
Cambrai is a popular stopping off point for those history buffs interested in exploring the French battlefields… the Western Front and memorials from World War I.
Cambrai is not the most scenic of French destinations that I have been too… yet the hotel that we stayed in was a true surprise.
Chateau de la Motte Fenelon is one of those beautiful buildings that has survived yet been encroached upon by modern life and progress.
The decor is lovely… a classic French beauty.
Downstairs the reception rooms were enfilade style… The doors entering each room were aligned with the doors of the connecting rooms along a single axis, allowing a vista through the entire suite of rooms.
I do love that idea, that you can see through from one end to the other.
Upstairs, the bedrooms were large and extremely comfortable… old fashioned but charming.
Pretty commodes and Louis style desks… tall windows with billowing curtains and original shutters.
Chateau de la Motte Fenelon was a little like Fawlty Towers… sadly without Basil.
It was slightly chaotic, a little help yourself-ish but so friendly. I felt as if we were guests in a country home, not hotel residents.
If you happen to be in northern France and want to immerse yourself in a world gone by, Chateau de la Motte Fenelon is the destination.
Chateau de la Motte Fenelon
Résidence la Forêt
+33 3 27 83 61 38