Château de Bagnols




To stay in a 13th-century castle in the heart of Beaujolais during the grape harvest is a dream come true for any lover of fine wine, gourmet food and good living—and now we have an exclusive arrangement for Members to do just that





Château de Bagnols, just 19 miles from Lyon, is one of France's most luxurious hotels. Staying here in this mediaeval château is truly to consider oneself king of the castle. An historic monument, so important that it is protected by the French State, it has a moat, a drawbridge, thick stone castle walls, ramparts and towers, all dating from the 1200s.

It has played its part in battles and conflicts including the Hundred Years War. To walk within its walls is like being part of French history—but there is more, much more, to Château de Bagnols than this. Fastidiously restored by Lady Hamlyn, it has earned its title as one of France’s greatest hotels because the whole experience of staying here is phenomenal in terms of style, service, food and wine, ambience, and every other category of what makes a great hotel, some of which is indefinable.

Take, for example, the bedrooms, which are among the finest in France. The restoration of many of these rooms has revealed remarkable Renaissance and 18th-century wall and ceiling frescoes. The rooms, all with private bathrooms, many of which are located in the towers and therefore circular, with arrow-slit windows, have been furnished with velvets and silks complemented by rare and beautiful antiques. In more than a nod to modernity, they also possess the latest telecoms systems.

As to food and wine in this world-famous region for both—the award-winning international chef is a master at producing gourmet dishes, from regional Beaujolais and Burgundian specialities to traditional spit-roasted meats and game and inspirational new flavours. You will feast on foie gras and fillet of beef, spider crab and oscietra caviar, duck and squid and snails and Grand Marnier soufflé and more ... all beneath the coat of arms above France’s largest Gothic fireplace, created to mark the royal visit of Charles VIII in 1490—or beneath the 100-year-old limes in the beautifully landscaped park overlooking the fountains when the weather is fine. As to wines, the list is exceptional, including the 10 celebrated Beaujolais crus and the great wines of neighbouring Burgundy and Bordeaux.

For further relaxation you can stroll around the château, through the carefully-restored gardens, across acres of lawns and through aisles of yew and boscage landscaping, amid thousands of shrubs and flowering trees, fruits and borders of lavender. Or swim in the Roman pool, enjoy private beauty and wellness treatments, go riding, bicycling or wine tasting, play tennis or have a round of golf. You can explore the local area—Lyon is lovely, as are the local villages and the lanes among the vineyards—but honestly, when ‘home’ is a château such as this, it is almost impossible to tear oneself away.

How to get there

Château de Bagnols is set among vineyards, forests and hills in the heart of the beautiful Beaujolais countryside in south-east France, just 19 miles from Lyon, with its Saint Exupéry International Airport. The train from Paris or Geneva takes a little over two hours.

Exclusive Club offer

Our Members enjoy exclusive rates at this lovely Château, during the grape harvest and out of it. For details, to check availability, and to book, please call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or follow the link below.

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¶ Our exclusive Club rates are available to Members and their travelling companions only. To check the hotel's availability on your preferred dates, please click the specific hotel link (above or left) or visit the Club website Travel pages to browse more hotels (click here) or call Member Services on 020 7399 2960.




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11 Princes Street, Mayfair, London W1B 2LJ. UK. Tel: 020 7399 2960. Web: www.countryclubuk.com.