Chateau de Bagnols
Located close to the fascinating city of Lyon and surrounded by the famous vineyards of Beaujolais, Château de Bagnols is an authentic castle with towers of honey-colored stone, a moat and drawbridge overlooking glorious views in every direction.
At a Glance
Château de Bagnols is one of France’s most important historic monuments built between 1217 and 1222.
One of the most romantic chateaux hotels in France
Perfectly located to explore the renowned vineyards and chateaux of Beaujolais
Each room is individually styled and is named after people who once lived there or who had some connection to the families who lived there
Why not take a hot air balloon ride at sunset and take in the stunning scenery that Beaujolais has to offer
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There are many people who consider the XIIIth century Château de Bagnols, with its luxury rating, to be the most beautiful château-hotels in the world.
Its moats, surrounding walls, towers and golden stones highlight its aristocratic past and transports you on a unique journey through France’s history. Surrounded by vines and set amid splendid French style gardens, the château offers exceptional facilities: a roman pool, a beautiful restaurant and stunning reception rooms.
The interior of the château is the brainchild of a remarkably talented and artistic woman, Lady Helen Hamlyn, who made the restoration her masterpiece. The rooms in both the original 13th-century castle and the 'new' annexe (i.e: 15th-century) block are beautiful. Historical four posters, decorated with fragile antique textiles and made up with tactile Swiss bed linen are found in certain suites and apartments. Little touches such as the water tumblers made of silver next to your bed, stunning bathrooms with antique marble baths and beautiful toiletries all create a feeling of absolute luxury and days gone by. Some suites have sitting rooms, filled with comfortable sofas, objets d'art, antique furniture and in some rooms you will find corners and ceilings with beautiful frescoes. Luxurious hangings and furnishes in the original chateau compliment the more contemporary furnishings of the equally stunning annexe rooms and suites and many of the rooms have wonderful views over the surrounding countryside or castle courtyard.
The kitchens are central to the building you walk through them on your way to anywhere, past the teeming, theatre of their chefs at work. The restaurant, housed in the majestic Salle des Gardes, offers its guests traditional local cuisine with a contemporary twist, inspired by the quality and abundance of the produce of the local markets. The beautiful tableware and glassware have been specially designed and created for the Château and there are few more romantic places for dinner.
Everywhere you look you are surrounded by beautiful grounds and views, the surrounding gardens are stuffed with dense borders of lavender and flowers. There are also formal garden bowers where you can enjoy drinks before dinner. The swimming pool is round, with grass growing right up to its edge surrounded by the same relaxing views over the vines.
The Château de Bagnols is certainly one of France’s most important listed historic buildings as well as being an architectural treasure.
Chateau de Bagnols has 21 rooms, including eight junior suites, four suites and one apartment. The signature apartments and suites all named after historical characters and each one is unique.
The rooms have flat screen TV, DVD, CD on request and bottled water.
Children are welcome to come and stay. Extra beds can be added to some rooms and are free for those under 15 years. Amenities such as cots, changing mats, nappies, bottle heaters, baby baths and potties can be provided upon request. There is also a children's menu in the restaurant. A babysitting service can be arranged at an additional charge.
Chateau de Bagnols has a very majestic dining room complete with Europe's biggest fireplace and exquisite views providing a very romantic setting. The menu is very simple and limited but typically French, quality over quantity is very apparent as you savour the tastes of some local delicacies.
The chateau has wonderful gardens for you to enjoy and an inviting heated roman pool which is open during the summer months. You can also arrange to have some beauty and massage treatments on site.
Chateau de Bagnols is great for a short stopover to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and to experience a stay in a majestic castle. It is the perfect place to have some time out, enjoy some local delicacies and partake in some wine tasting. Lyon is under and hour's drive away and offers a host of cultural places to visit. The festival of light, held just before new year, is in particular a spectacular event when windows are lit with candles and there is a lantern procession through the city. There are also many family orientated attractions within driving distance such as Parc des Oiseaux, Musée Miniature et Cinéma and Hameau Duboeuf.Enjoy the wealth of a truly unique region
There is a great selection of activities available, both in and around the Château.
- Mountain biking
- A tour of the wine cellars
- Quad biking
- Horse-drawn carriage tours
- Classic cars
- Hot-air ballooning
- Helicopter rides
Location & Directions
The Château de Bagnols is situated in the heart of the Beaujolais.
When to go
The weather in the Beaujolais region is very seasonal with fairly hot and dry summers and cold winters. Temperatures averages at about 27 degrees in summer and fall to just below 0 degrees in winter. There is sporadic rainfall throughout the year mostly in Spring and Fall with snow and sleet storms in the winter.