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
Carefully chose this lovely hotel as part of our September trip to Côte d’Azur. Stayed for 3 nights which is perfect for here. Travelled by train from Cannes and were promptly collected from the station by one of the hotel drivers. Their car is very small but it needs to be to access the hotel due to the very narrow streets. I was glad I didn’t hire a car.
On arrival you are immediately taken back in time it is indeed a perfect spot.
Our junior suite was just a short walk along the street as are some of the rooms. We did not have a terrace but the room had large panoramic windows which could fully open offering splendid view.
There are no facilities as such apart from the splendid restaurant which we booked for our first night and loved it.
The town has a lovely square at its top a short but very steep walk. Couple of bars and restaurants and a small shop. First one on right as you enter the square was very good. It is a wonderful spot and so enchanting at night. It is very very quiet and I think off season nothing would be open as one British resident informed us .
Breakfast is basic but the wonderful terrace makes it special. Staff conveyed us to the station and back each day so we could explore Nice and Antibes via the train.
Lovely place for 2 or 3 days thoroughly recommended.
This lovely place was used for a 2 day off-site management meeting. Situated in Thai medieval city, full of character, this location offers unique different rooms, which are very old rooms converted into comfortable rooms, all having their unique style. The staff were great - they greeted all six of us a few meters from the entrance as the hotel is in a pedestrian area. Their hospitality was great throughout our stay. The restaurant was also fantastic - great food, although the wine was over priced. The surrounding area is this old medieval city with narrow roads leading to a majestic square next to the castle.
Our third trip to this lovely hotel, the staff are lovely so helpful, great room with lovely views, very nice breakfast and another stay with back to back sunshine 🌞, the whole surroundings are just perfect, will be back in 2019
My wife and I stayed in a junior suite our 7th wedding anniversary for the first two weeks in September.
Our suite, Derain, was in a building across the road and had great views of the sea. It was clean, spacious and had the comfiest bed I have ever slept in in a hotel.
The staff are really nice and friendly and will do anything for you. Too many to mention but we were greeted by Josey, who was around for the first few days, Stephan, who transferred us to the hotel from the bus stop and Sonia, who served us most days at breakfast. She even helped my wife improve her French.
The hotel is well situated to explore Haut de Cagnes and the surrounding area. The 44 bus stops at several locations and we used to catch it outside the castle and take a trip into town. The bus is free and runs every 15 minutes. We then used to walk to the beach which was about 20 minutes away, or pick up the 94, 200, 400 or 500 and go to Nice.
The train station is about 10 minutes away and trains are cheap, clean and punctual. We took trips to Monaco and Antibes.
We had our anniversary celebrated in the hotel restaurant. The food looked amazing but found a few of the dishes lacking in flavour. The smoked octopus was really good, along with the wine and service.
You can easily spend a day exploring Haut de Cagnes with its lovely winding streets, castles and amazing restaurants. This is a beautiful hotel with great staff and amazing views. Definitely one of the nicest hotels we have stayed in.
We booked a Junior Suite and were not disappointed. beautiful hotel, friendly, helpful staff. Amazing food and wine. Nothing was too much trouble. The cobbled streets were fascinating. Several restaurants lined the huge square, with the castle lit up at night. Panoramic views and wonderful weather. Probably the best city break we have had in our 46 years of marriage.