Photos courtesy of Château de Codignat
15 rooms; 4 apartments
some rooms in outbuilding
Double rooms: 153–445 euros
Apartments and suites: 450–565 euros
Rates include service, but not breakfast.
Special offers available
Open: beginning-April through October
From Clermont-Ferrand, drive east towards Thiers on N-89. When you reach Lezoux, continue on D-223 towards Courpière. Turn again on D-309 and follow the signpost to Bort l’Etang. If you go into the village of Bort l’Etang, you’ve gone too far. The nearest train station is in Lezoux, 4 km away from the castle.
On site: tennis; swimming pool
Nearby: fishing; horseback riding; helicopter excursions over the volcanoes of Auvergne.
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Stone turrets peering above the treetops direct you to this medieval castle hidden deep in the heart of France.
Elegant throughout, Renaissance tapestries hang on rough-hewn stone walls, heraldic arms emblazon open fireplaces, and fine antique furniture fills the public lounges. Individually decorated guest rooms feature Louis XIII furniture, while private whirlpools highlight the bathrooms.
Opt for an apartment, or suite, in one of the stone towers and enjoy a fine trompe l’oeil wall painting.
Another of the towers holds the dining room, where meals, using fresh produce from the château’s own gardens, are served by candlelight.