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
We have just had 3 nights at this fabulous hotel on a Secret Escape deal, celebrating my husbands 60th birthday. The hotel is set amongst very narrow cobbled street, high above Cagnes-sur-Mer. The surrounding area is beautiful and our room had a fantastic view overlooking the town and sea. We ate in the hotel restaurant on our first evening, the food was delicious. At the top of the hill there is a beautiful old square with further restaurants and a stunning view. There is a free bus service which runs every 15 minutes to and from the town. We did walk the distance once, but it is very steep and the cobbles make it a little tricky. All in all a great place for a short break.
I absolutely loved this place and the town. I can say it’s probably the most dreamlike place for me as I love anything medieval. The hotel is in a medieval town up in mountain overlooking water! For me it just can’t get anymore dreamy.
People working there were very helpful and polite.
I would totally give the full five star if it wasn’t for couple of small hiccups, the AC in our room was making a very loud noise when it was in a lower setting and it was a bit too cold for me in a higher setting.
Also, driving there was a nightmare because of tiny streets and I wish I knew beforehand that it’s better to just park down and ask for a pick up.
All in all I highly recommend the town and the hotel.
The Medieval old fortress and village above Cagnes-sur-Mer is well worth a visit and staying at the lovely hotel with its rooms named after Painters is an experience to treasure . The restaurant is excellent.
If driving, park near the castle then call the hotel and they will send it’s shuttle to collect you. From Cagnes en haut there is a free shuttle down to town.
Spend the first day relaxing and explore the village. The museum is very interesting and the church is pretty.
Our room was called Mossa and the panoramic view from the balcony was spectacular.