Stunning 12th-century castle with towers and turrets
Michelin-starred cuisine courtesy of French chef Mathieu Barbet
Opulent rooms with antiques and chandeliers (some have four-poster beds)
What To Know
Free WiFi, parking and bike rental
Impressive grounds with an outdoor pool, tennis courts and open-air fitness trails
The wine cellar stocks 500 labels
The property is an hour-and-a-half from Lyon and a four-hour drive from Paris; the nearest airport (Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne) is a 30-minute drive
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Lavish medieval castle surrounded by a 15-acre forest in central France, with an outdoor pool and a Michelin-starred restaurant
Surrounded by 15 acres of forest a few miles from the city of Clermont-Ferrand, in central France, Chateau de Codignat is a 12th-century castle in a fairy-tale setting. Stately and elegant with towers and turrets, this regal retreat is a medieval dream. The opulent rooms and suites feature antiques, vintage furnishings, tapestries and, in certain rooms, huge four-poster beds. Modern amenities include air conditioning, DVD players and iPod docks. Relax at the chic, tree-fringed pool, take a stroll along the surrounding forest trails, or work up an appetite with a game of tennis followed by a muscle-soothing hydration massage which the hotel can arrange on request. Tease your taste buds with top-notch French fare at the Michelin-starred restaurant; the menu features ingredients from the region, such as foie gras from the Domaine de Limagne and wine from Saint-Pourçain.
In the Area
The Auvergne is an exceptionally beautiful region of France, with crystalline lakes, lush forests and majestic volcanoes. Ask at reception about hiking tours from the castle. Get a dose of local history at the Gothic cathedral in nearby Clermont-Ferrand. Made entirely of black volcanic rock, the building’s twin spires are an impressive 354 feet tall. To learn more about the region’s wines, visit the Musée de la Vigne et du Terroir; then head around the corner to the Union des Vignerons de Saint-Pourçain to stock up on your favorite tipple.
Chateau de Codignat
How to Get There
Flights are available to Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport (CFE) via connecting flights from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Taxi transfers to/from CFE, about 15 miles away, are approximately $54, each way and can be arranged through the property. If you’re renting a car for the transfer, free valet parking is available at the property.