Chateau St Pierre de Serjac

Puissalicon, Languedoc, France Book from Eur198

Reviewed by Kate Parsons
Pure luxe: elegant rooms and a full spa, heated pool and refined restaurant at this beautifully restored Languedoc chateau
Sweeping down the drive to Chateau St Pierre de Serjac, you know you're in for a real treat. 220 acres of lush vineyards flank your journey, and as you turn the final corner you're faced with whimsical turrets and grand, historic splendour. It is a seriously impressive building. Originally restored in 1896, the chateau was once again renovated in 2016 to become a luxury boutique hotel. There are now 8 guest bedrooms, including one-of-a-kind La Chapelle (the original family's personal chapel) on the top floor. Opulently decorated with sparkling chandeliers and full shutters, plus beautiful views across the heated infinity pool and vineyards, they're a cool respite from the summer heat or a cosy retreat in winter. There's a very personalised atmosphere; staff are really friendly, most of them locals.

The midnight-blue restaurant is chic, its food imaginative and beautifully presented. There's also a cocktail bar, an airy spa and a full-size Masterclay tennis court. Days are spent exploring this authentically French corner of the Languedoc: vineyards, rolling hills, sleepy villages and chateaux at every turn. And with 3 airports all an easy drive away, this is a perfect candidate for a relaxed short break living la belle vie.

Highs

  • Perfect for a romantic weekend or special occasion
  • Decadent, spacious bedrooms with antique mirrors, heavy chandeliers, velvet chaise longues and roll-top baths
  • Masses of space both indoors and out, including sunny spots in the grounds to hide away
  • Foodies will love the sophisticated fare: brandade of cod with snails, roasted pigeon with confit apples in an arabica-coffee jus
  • A Mediterranean-inspired spa with indoor pool and Cinq Mondes treatments

Lows

  • The estate is also home to 36 s/c villas, popular with families in school holidays. In summer, the main pool may get busy (though 17 of the villas have private pools), and the hotel vibe isn't so intimate
  • Full pre-payment 60 days prior to arrival, and rates don't include breakfast or spa entry
  • No extra beds; the hotel is a tranquil haven aimed at adults (0-2 years olds in cots are welcome)
  • You'll need a car to get here and to make the most of the area
  • Dinner is delicious but formal. If you're staying a few nights in low season and want something more relaxed, you'll need to drive or cycle out; in summer there is a more casual terrace menu, too

Best time to go

May/June and September are beautiful as the weather is warm and the vines are growing. September will be a little noisier as the bulk of the work in the winery will be ongoing at this time. If you are looking for a peaceful retreat, it may be best to avoid school holidays when the neighbouring villas will be popular with families.

Our top tips

Make time for cocktails. Our basil smash cocktail was perfection!

Great for...

Foodie
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
Spa
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 8
  • Restaurant and bar open daily
  • Not ideal; babies only
  • Open all year
  • Pools
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Tennis Court
  • Bicycles Available
Room:

Rooms

The 8 rooms are reached via a sweeping central staircase. It's a suitably theatrical intro to the opulent décor that awaits - chaise longues in silver velvet, wood beams, heavy grape throws and perfectly crisp linens (you almost expect them to be monogrammed). There's no shortage of space either - vast bathrooms and deep wardrobes mean you can really settle in.

Room 1 on the first floor (a Luxury) was our favourite, with a huge roll-top bathtub in the bedroom, and sweeping views of the pool and vineyards. The Standard rooms are equally grand; just a bit smaller, with views to the side of the chateau. All rooms have a bath and shower, fragrant Serjac toiletries, and thick his'n'hers bathrobes.

Top-floor La Chapelle was once the family's personal chapel, now converted into a stunning, utterly unique bedroom with original hand-painted gold murals. It's slightly smaller than the other rooms, but history buffs will adore it.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Bluetooth sound system
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The ground-floor restaurant is decorated in a sophisticated midnight blue, with vintage botanical and bird prints, sparkling chandeliers and wicker chairs. Menus rely heavily on fresh local produce - and in Languedoc, there's no shortage of heavenly offerings.

Dinner is a formal affair, all linen napkins, beautiful long-stemmed glasses and silverware polished to perfection. Presentation is exquisite. Typically French food has been given an imaginative, modern twist - perhaps cod in a squid, chorizo and red-wine ragout, followed by saffron iced parfait and exotic fruit compote - and is served with aplomb by excellent staff. There's a tasting menu, too.

Breakfast is a fabulous buffet, with local cheeses and charcuterie, fresh pastries and baguettes, and excellent coffee. You may not need lunch afterwards, but you'll certainly be tempted by the great-value set menus and a spot on the sunny terrace to enjoy the views. Other eateries are a bike ride or drive away; staff can advise.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Laze by the pool with a good book and a glass of local wine
  • Build up a sweat on the tennis court, cool off in the infinity pool, then play boules or borrow bikes to explore 200 acres of estate
  • With wine domaines at every turn of the road hereabouts, you can taste vintages of every colour, age and varietal
  • Spend a decadent afternoon in the spa - our Moroccan massage was a blissful stress buster, and there's a full treatment menu, plus a steam room, sauna, indoor pool and Jacuzzi. (Open daily June to Sept - check for closed days outside that period)
  • The Saturday market in nearby Pezenas takes over the whole town centre; excellent fruit and veg, saucissons, cheeses and fish. We also loved the cobbled back streets, whose quirky little artisan shops sell everything from classic espadrilles to jewellery, delicious biscuits and tapenades
  • Stunning beaches are a 30-40 minute drive. Take your pick from La Tamarissière (a long beach backing onto a pine forest, with excellent kite- and windsurfing), Serignan (gloriously wild) or Portiragnes (great sailing and golden sands)
  • Go horse riding in the hills, try river kayaking, or bring your walking boots to explore the glorious countryside
  • The 18-hole golf course at Béziers St Thomas (20 mins' drive) welcomes non-members

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Kayaking
  • Kitesurfing
  • Museums / galleries
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Well being
  • Wine tasting

Kids

The hotel is aimed at adults - it's an elegant and quiet retreat. Baby cots (for 0-2 year olds) can be added to the rooms but there are no extra beds. See the self-catering villas on the same estate if you want to come with kids.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available

Baby equipment:

Baby cots, high chairs.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
10/
Food
10/
Service
9/
Value
10/
Overall

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