Chateau Le Cagnard
What We Love
- A scenic hilltop château on the French Riviera, with breakfast and a junior-suite optionThe elegance and history of Chateau le Cagnard – part of the hilltop town’s original city walls
- Sampling complimentary breakfast, then drinking in the view on the peaceful sun terrace
- The magical restaurant, with its hand-painted frescoes and retracting ceiling
- Choosing between a room or a junior suite
What To Know
- The building dates back to the 13th century
- Nice and the Bay of Antibes are just a few miles away
- Hotel staff is helpful but sometimes has an aloof attitude
A little local history when you’re staying in a hilltop château in Provence is expected, but the Michelin Guide-recommended Hotel Château le Cagnard has it in spades. Built in the 13th century as part of exquisite Haut de Cagnes’ city walls, it’s a beautiful maze of medieval stone arches, grand old fireplaces and tumbledown turrets – all dripping with deep-green vines.
From the intimate lounge to the charming guard room, there are plenty of nooks to sneak off to with a book, and the sun terrace is the best of them all, with its spectacular views of the Mediterranean. The pièce de résistance here is the magical restaurant, where fine Provençal cuisine can be served under the stars on warm nights, in the frescoed dining room with a retracting ceiling.
The prime location is just as dreamy at this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner. Nice and the Bay of Antibes are just a few miles away, so be sure to drop in on some of the stars’ favorite haunts while you’re in the area, from Belle Epoque Cannes and moneyed Monaco to the gorgeous beaches of Beaulieu and Villefranche.
Good to know
Please note that a city tax of €1 per person, per night is payable at the hotel upon check-out.
The village has two complimentary public parking spaces, as well as parking spaces along the many alleyway. However, finding a space during high season can be quite difficult. You can also park at Le Planastel, a parking house near the entrance to the village, and there are some convenient parking lots at the edge of the village, where you can park and take a complimentary shuttle into the village. Please visit the hotel’s website for more information.
Rooms and suites
Each of the rooms and suites has been named after a prominent artist associated with Haute de Cagnes. The slate floors and original stonework keep the rooms cool in the summer, with beautiful antique seating areas and great big beds to keep things cozy. The en-suite bathrooms have elegant stone sinks and heated floors. Opt for a Junior suite instead of a Deluxe room if you want a spacious seating area and beautiful views.
Château Le Cagnard’s restaurant serves Provençal cuisine in an elegant dining room, with a frescoed ceiling and open-air terrace looking out over the Bay of Antibes.
Château le Cagnard is in the hilltop village of Haute de Cagnes, on the French Riviera. The village itself is extremely pretty – full of narrow, winding streets around a sleepy village square – and the sea is just a couple of miles away.
How to Get There
This is an outstanding hotel, we cannot fault it. The room was excellent, the bed so comfortable and the views are brilliant. The staff were great, especially Clement, for whom nothing was too much trouble. The village is a the top of a steep hill but there's a free shuttle bus from and to the town and the hotel is only minutes from the stop at L'ecole de le Vieux Bourg. The maze of village streets can be steep but so worth it (we're neither spring chickens nor fitness addicts!). We will definitely be returning. Thank you all at Château le Cagnard.
Set in a traffic-free area in Hautes Cagnes, this is a tranquil historic place to stay. you need to get dropped off a few streets away from the hotel, and walk the rest, although a member of hotel staff will be happy to come and assist with luggage. The room was small with low sloping beamed roof, but the bed large and comfortable with top quality bed linen. Breakfast was buffet-only with coffee straight from a machine. The coffee didn't taste very good.There are many steep and uneven steps to negotiate in the hotel, and throughout Hautes Cagnes. Anyone with a tendency to imbalance, or other than the most sensible footwear would struggle. We saw a good number of tourists in the village with their arms in slings. We had difficulty meeting our taxi on departure so most impressively the helpful receptionist kindly trailed around the cobbled and uneven streets of Hautes Cagnes with us until we were safely united with our driver.
We spent a day and night in this lovely and unique place. It was just perfect! Rooms hide and beautiful, excellent food and above all great staff! Especially Stephan who took such a good care of us. We shall definitely come back!
If you want to get away for it all and just enjoy superb food, a relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, fantastic views and stay in a room with true character (each room is special in its own way and no two rooms are alike) and sleep well in wonderful beds – then this is the place to go.
This was my second stay at Château le Cagnard and I will most certainly come back again. I have had the privilege to stay in two of the hotel’s suites. The first one was in the main building and the other (Renoir) was a one minute walk from the main building. Both have stunning views and outdoor space, but if you can afford it – go for the Renoir Suite (called the Luxury Suite on the website) since it has a large terrace and panoramic views of the sea and the valley below.
The beds at Château le Cagnard are fantastic and together with very good bed linen and pillows you will sleep very well here.
Breakfast is not a huge selection but you have everything that you need and is of very good quality.
Dinner is outstanding. It is well prepared, with very good seasoning and it looks beautiful on the plate. Those working in the restaurant are friendly and they make you feel at home and relaxed, with good knowledge of the food that is served and the wines on offer.
The village that the hotel is situated is a medieval village with narrow “streets”. It might not be perfect of you are older or have young children but it is really charming and well worth exploring. If you come by a car, then I would recommend to take the hotel’s advice and park the car in one of the parking spaces indicated by the hotel. The “street” up to the hotel will only accommodate very small cars (and on the way down you have a couple of interesting 90 degree turns to manage as well as stone stairs making the street extremely narrow).
I loved the uniqueness of this place. The Château was lovely and the staff so attentive. The Château is set on a hill which means great views. The only minus point was having to travel down to the train station to visit Nice, Cannes and Monaco. However Stephan and Melanie were happy to take us and pick us up from the station. Travelling on the trains was fairly straightforward too. I would highly recommend this place!