What We Love
- A hip stay at a quirky château with art gallery and spa in southern France's Languedoc regionChilling in stunning guest rooms and suites with plenty of playful and quirky decor
- Reliably good cuisine paired with organic wines grown on the Château Castigno estate
- Perusing the incredible Castigno Art Galerie for its exhibitions by established and emerging artists
What To Know
- The home-away-from-home feel is perfect for couples, friend groups, and families
- Dine on gourmet dishes at La Table and tapas at La Petite Table all washed down with locally-made eco-wines
- On a romantic rendezvous? Drop by onsite bespoke lingerie shop Petit Pêché
It’s all absurdly quirky at this characterful château located between Carcassonne and Montpellier in the south of France. Owned by Flemish couple Marc and Tine Verstraete, who stumbled across this crumbling property in 2007 and then set about buying an entire village to house their hybrid hotel creation, you’re treated to a whimsical world of intimate design and pure French charm at Village Castigno.
Set in four historic freestanding buildings, the accommodation ranges from one- and two- bedroom wine-pickers’ houses and converted stables, to a nine-bedroom manor. There’s also an outdoor pool, gallery for high-calibre artworks, lingerie boutique, divine spa for treatments and massages by a Balinese therapist, and secluded vine-laden terraces for all-day chilling.
Unsurprisingly, it’s all rather excellent on the food and drink front too. There are three unique dining spots, plus an outstanding choice of organic wine from the Château Castigno estate a grape’s throw away. When you’re not quaffing wine, there’s plenty more to keep you busy; most excitingly herb-picking, vineyard-hopping, baking bread, taking ceramics or cooking classes, or borrowing the retro scooters to zip around the beautiful Languedoc region.
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What a unique experience it was. One of the most amazing places I have been to. The combination of the complete package made it an unforgettable experience. The chateau the winery the nice village the pool just the wholesome made it for what it is. Unforgettable and addicting. Can’t wait to go back 💜💜
Village Castigno has a wonderfull slow pace of life to it. Several buildings spread around the village, easily recognised by their red/pink/purple colours.
We stayed in a ground floor room in Maison D’Amis which had its own little terrace. The room was beautifully done although not sure about the ram’s head on the wall or the animal skin rug that got in the way of the toilet door!
Not a lot of clothes space, no drawers and not enough hangars but for 5 days it was ok. Wouldn’t have worked for longer.
The breakfasts were wonderful, dinner at La Table v good but lots of food - we tried the taster menu with matching wines which was all lovely, couldn’t do it twice though!
Also ate at La Petite Table in the square which was also great. Restaurants serve what is fresh and available so no menu in the true sense but food was as good as you would expect in France 😀 Didn’t use the Thai restaurant but heard from other guests that it was also good.
We had amazing weather so pool was perfect. It was intended as a lazy holiday so swimming, reading and eating was the plan!
No WiFi apart from in the wine school as they try to encourage a tech detox. If you can’t be parted from your mobile Vodafone includes France as a free roaming area including in your monthly uk allowance.
An easy drive from Toulouse airport in a hire car.
A great break and will definitely return 👍
The charm of this small village is indescribable but I Will give it a try.
When you arrive in the village you have 2 parkings, 1 next to maison d’amis and one when you go right at the roundabout.
Leave your bags and go for a drink at the Square where the reception is. You can feel the atmosphere.
Check in was fast & friendly with informatief about the village & area
They had suggestions/reservations for us to try the local restaurants. All walking distance ofcourse.
We had a room at maison d’amis, amazing house with a pool, a livingroom & even a kitchen with a fridge.
Our room was large & beautiful. Great shower & products. Minibar also available
Only downside to the house is that you can hear the other guests passing and opening the door.
The breakfast is very good, no traditional buffet but served at the table. One day we had it at le Thai & the other day at la table.
Both quite simular in what they serve. But great settings!
If you visit, we recommend to just enjoy the village, put away your phone (you Will not have WiFi) & enjoy.
A visit to the cave is also recommend, we had a great tour and tasting.
We are fan of the rosé brut!
Definitly Will be coming back or tell people to go
Agreable mais cher for what it is. A bit overdone.
Seems like a hotel in the middle of a dream, a bit surrealistic, a bit scarry.
Lack of simplicity, too far from the true charactere of this fabulous region.
Please go back to the real climate of this area. Designed for precious individuals.
Tres bon accueil and good wines. Restaurants are fine like the food.
It does what it sets out to do. Offer comfortable accommodation in tranquil and beautiful surroundings in this historic wine growing area. The pool area is well laid out with individual oases of calm and privacy. Their own wine is delightful, even the least expensive one.
It is well worth going on the local off road tour to discover the magnificent scenery. It ends up in the Winery which is architecturally stunning. We found the fine dining restaurant La Table slightly disappointing and expensive, although the lunch we had at La Petite Table was fantastic and very good value.
A lovely chilled out experience.