13th-Century Medieval Castle, Château de Bagnols Joins Small Luxury Hotels of the World™

May 2013: 

Nestled among Burgundian vinyards, forests and hills in the heart of the picturesque Beaujolais countryside, this 13th century enchanting castle and architectural gem is the newest addition to Small Luxury Hotels of the World™. Considered a historic monument with impressive towers, moat, honey–coloured stone and a dramatic entrance across a drawbridge, Château de Bagnols offers guests a taste of French history in a grandiose yet comfortable environment.

The history of the Château comes through its architecture and design. The 22 rooms and suites together with the salons and gardens have been painstakingly restored, revealing wall paintings that reflect its Renaissance inheritance. All rooms are also furnished with rare and beautiful antiques complemented by soft, rich velvets and lush silks.

One of the highlights of Château de Bagnols is its restaurant, Salles des Gardes which is housed in a cavernous medieval space with a beamed ceiling and a monumental Gothic fireplace, one of the largest in Europe. The restaurant is renowned for its nouvelle cuisine and modern interpretations of local dishes inspired by the wealth of fresh regional produce. Salles des Gardes also has an exceptional selection of wine featuring the ten celebrated Beaujolais crus and the great wines of neighbouring Burgundy. Diners can also choose to dine on one of the many terraces, gardens or by the large Roman swimming-pool. For a more romantic setting, guests can dine at Salon d'Ombrage, beneath hundred-year-old lime trees, surrounded by a cherry orchard and wild flowers with panoramic views of the countryside and hills.

The hotel offers guests specially tailored itineraries such as wine trails taking in a number of the best local vineyards, hot-air balloon tours, horse carriage rides and guided visits of the Golden Stone region. Château de Bagnols is also perfectly placed for guests to experience the beauty of Southern France including a visit to Lyon which is UNESCO World Heritage Site, Beaune, the Capital of the Burgundy Wine region and Perouge, one of the most beautiful Medieval villages in France.

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