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.
How to Get There
Warm welcome by the friendly and helpful staff, amazing room in a quiet place close to the center of the village. Wonderful little village, quiet, charming and very authentic. Lots of places to visit close by, lots of activities organized by the staff of Village Castigno.
We visited the 3 restaurants, all 3 are excellent. La Table was amazing, the food, the atmosphere, the helpful staff. And last but not least, the wine. It looks and tastes beautiful.
One of the best places i have ever been to.
This truly unique experience has been developed thanks to a substantial investment and a very creative design project to breathe life into charming village just outside St. Chinian.It offers a range of accommodation from simple chalet style rooms to houses with private pools.In addition there are three restaurants. La Petite Table, which serves breakfast,simple menu lunches and tapas meals in the evening, it also serves as the village bar.In addition at weekends they host special nights; such as B.B.Q's.Special mention should be given to the friendly young team serving breakfast.The Thai serves authentic dishes and the chef is charming. La Table; the fine dining restaurant is not cheap but for the quality of the food, the delightful ambiance and friendly service is good value for money. Without a doubt the outstanding element is the friendly service provided by the young team in reception and the three restaurants.
Splendid service! Splendid Maison Vic and Princesse! Splendid Resto La Table! Very good tapas (la Petite Table)!! Top wine and gastronomic experience at a very high level in a region with places as Montpellier and Carcasonne and a surprising landscape!
Amazingly beautiful Hotel in the middle of south of france's loveliness. The well thought concept is found everywhere in this small village. Very kind staff, AMAZING food, beautiful nature, stunning interior design. The perfect place to forget the daily grind and enjoy the joy of french "savoire vivre". I will definitely come back!
Assignan is a small village. Chateau Castigno is an adjacent vineyard which also encompasses different styles of accommodation in the village along with several restaurants (tapas, Thai, cordon bleu). The place is excellent! The food is superb, the wine is tremendous, the staff are so very accommodating! The village is very quiet and peaceful. It is approx 45 minutes drive from Beziers airport (Ryanair from Bristol) and gives easy access to lots of other places. Saint Chinain is about 8k away; nice little town with a market on Thursday morning. One negative; phone reception and wifi!