Destination Europe

Staying at La Citadelle at Puy du Fou

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July 3, 2019

When I visited Puy du Fou for the first time last year, I stayed at Îles de Clovis, which is a middle age lake-side settlement with fifty huts built on stilts, with thatched roofs and half-timbering, that were eco-designed to recreate the authentic ambiance of a village from the Merovingian period.

Îles de Clovis

There are five themed hotels to choose from; Le Logis de Lescure – an 18th century lodge, La Citadelle – a medieval castle, Camp du Drap d’Or – a Tudor style encampment that look like opulent tents, La Villa Gallo-Romaine – an ancient Roman villa and The Îles de Clovis.

When we returned to Puy du Fou last month we decided to experience something different and having stayed in an Elizabethan Manor recently, our over-riding choice was La Citadelle – the medieval castle.

La Citadelle

We didn’t tell the kids where we were staying and their reaction was priceless as we walked up to the entrance!

La Citadelle

As you pass through the portcullis, you enter a medieval courtyard, with wooden carts, suspended lanterns and washing hanging on the line as if it were a real working village in the grounds of the castle.

La Citadelle

The kids loved exploring the outside of the hotel, which also has a tavern and a stable – can you spot Sebby hiding in a crate?

La Citadelle

Inside, the accommodation is arranged more like a traditional hotel, with a lift and stairs and rooms off a main corridor.

La Citadelle

But don’t let that fool you!!

La Citadelle

These rooms are not traditional by any means and despite having air conditioning, WiFi and a widescreen TV, the theming continues throughout the interior of the hotel.

La Citadelle

We stayed in a classic room which has 5 beds and sleeps five and the kids adored their bunk beds, which are separated from the main room, off the hallway.

La Citadelle

The rooms feature opulent gold fabrics, solid oak furniture and stunning glass windows that let the light really flood into the room.

La Citadelle

The rooms also feature a themed toilet. which the kids found hilarious – lots of comments about “sitting on the throne”.

La Citadelle

The wet room was stunning too, with a huge sink and powerful walk-in shower.

La Citadelle

The only downside to the room was that there are no tea / coffee making facilities and not enough plugs to charge our technology.

La Citadelle

For breakfast and dinner, you can enjoy the buffet at L’Ecuyer-Tranchant, the restaurant located in the Citadelle’s main courtyard.

La Citadelle

There is a good variety of food, including meat and vegetarian dishes at dinner, to suit the whole family, although the kids would have lived on the desserts given half a chance and a continental breakfast selection in the morning!!

La Citadelle

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Citadelle and the kids definitely enjoyed the novelty of staying in a castle, in fact, it was the perfect way to spend a family visit to Puy du Fou.

La Citadelle

Staying in La Citadelle costs from €68 per person which also includes entry into the park.

Disclaimer: We were guests of Puy du Fou for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own

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    July 3, 2019

    oh myyy!!! The place looks gorgeous!!! I would love to experience staying at La Citadelle, such a beautiful hotel.

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    July 3, 2019

    Staying at La Citadlle at Puy du Fou seems like a travel in time. I loved the medieval courtyard, with wooden carts, suspended lanterns and washing hanging on the line. Beautiful pictures.

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    Explore The 6

    July 4, 2019

    Wow, La Citadelle looks like a castle from the outside. The kids looked like they had a blast

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    Hannah Swancott

    July 4, 2019

    That sounds absolutely incredible! I’d love to go and experience it!

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    July 4, 2019

    This place is not something that I have seen so far, love the toilet set. It gives me some surprises for sure. I love to stay and to experience the antique atmosphere.

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    July 4, 2019

    Beautiful pictures. Rooms look spacious and everything right in place. Would like to visit some day

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    Mama Maggie's Kitchen

    July 4, 2019

    La Citadelle looks soooo wonderful. Can’t wait to visit!

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    July 4, 2019

    Wow this looks amazing love the fact that there are themed hotels – would love the Tudor experience.

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    July 4, 2019

    We have two little ones as well hence a trip here would be perfect for us as they are so child friendly. I do love their rooms.

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    July 4, 2019

    What an amazingly charming place to stay. Very unique and quirky.
    Sounds like you all had a great time x

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    July 4, 2019

    This looks pretty dreamy. Nice rooms.. Look spacious too. Love themed hotels ❤️

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    Mellissa Williams

    July 4, 2019

    What a wonderful place to stay! Those bunk beds look so cool!

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    michelle twin mum

    July 4, 2019

    What fun, I love how far the theming goes but then you can see it is all so clean and modern really. Mich x

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    Elizabeth Williams

    July 4, 2019

    Wow what a wonderful place to stay. They have done a fantastic job with La Citadelle, it is amazing how the theme is perfected from big to little details. Know my kids would also find it funny sitting on the throne.

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    July 4, 2019

    I’d love to stay in a castle, the idea of it has always fascinated me a bit. It sounds like this one is great for families.

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    Elizabeth Keene

    July 5, 2019

    I just love the old-time feel you get walking around one of these places – absolutely gorgeous!

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    Sue-Tanya Mchorgh

    July 5, 2019

    How nice. I would love to stay at La Citadlle at Puy du Fou. It seems as if you had a great time.

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    Sarah Bailey

    July 5, 2019

    Oh my goodness what a pretty looking place to go and stay. The building looks incredible and I love how the inside has been done in keeping with it all.

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    July 5, 2019

    It’s exploding with character everywhere. You got some really great pictures to share too.

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    alexandra cook

    July 5, 2019

    what a perfect view! I will definitely look something more abt this place and try to visit

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    July 5, 2019

    La Citadelle is beautiful!! It has this renaissance vibe which I’m a fan of. I would love to visit it someday! <3

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    July 5, 2019

    I have never heard of this place before, but from your description, photos and video it looks stunning! I love that you could choose which building to stay in! I will have to suggest this to my partner 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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    July 5, 2019

    What an awesome place to stay! I’d be excited now if I was surprised with a visit here. lol

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    Rhian westbury

    July 5, 2019

    I love that the rooms look all medieval, very well themed x

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    July 6, 2019

    This place looks stunning! What an exciting experience to have been able to stay there.

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    Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    July 7, 2019

    It really is like stepping back in time, a chance to live as they once did – although that toilet would be a step too far for me

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    Kalyan Panja

    July 7, 2019

    I love staying in themed hotels, castles, palaces and La Citadelle sounds absolutely amazing with all its history, architecture and food too.

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    July 8, 2019

    What a gorgeous place, that bed is everything, I am jealous

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    Valentina Greene

    July 17, 2019

    Pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Nice to read.

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    July 23, 2019

    How beautiful!! It would be a dream to stay somewhere like this! Great review.

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