Photos courtesy of Château de Bagnols
21 rooms and suites
Rates include tax
Special packages available.
Open: 3rd week of March through December
Bagnols is 25 km north of Lyon or 15 km southwest of Villefranche on D-38. The nearest rail station is at Lyon. (Do not confuse this village of Bagnols with others of the same name in France.)
On site: seasonal swimming
Nearby: Beaujolais country; Lyon; golf; horseback riding; hot air ballooning; tennis
Yes. Exclusive use of property possible. Inquire hotel for details.
A honey-yellow stone fortress set amid the vineyards of France’s Beaujolais country sounds almost too idyllic to be true. Believe the publicity; this is a magnificent castle hotel.
Each guest room is decorated to perfection, taking advantage of the castle’s unique architectural idiosyncrasies. The Geoffroy de Balzac suite features a 500-year-old ceiling painting. The Madame de Sévigné room allures with its fireplaces and ceiling arabesques; arrow loop windows in an ancient tower (holding the bathroom of the Seigneurs d’Albon room) look out over the countryside.
For a grand splurge try the Appartement aux Bouquets, with two fireplaces, wall paintings, a bed crowned with a golden canopy, and a Napoleonic bathtub.
To remind you of the 21st century, look closely in your room and you’ll find a plasma TV.
The attention spent on the guest rooms carries over into the restaurant. Antique designs have been re-created for the table settings and linens, including Sheffield knives and linens from Liddell of Ireland.
The cuisine has been awarded a Michelin star. Dining here, especially with a wine pairing, is an unforgettable experience.
Wine tasting in the castle cuvage, or wine pressing room
National Historic Monument