“Pure luxe: elegant rooms and a full spa, heated pool and refined restaurant at this beautifully restored Languedoc chateau”
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.
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.
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.
Babies (0-1 years)
Baby cots, high chairs.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking