Chateau de Codignat
What We Love
- Stunning 12th-century castle with towers and turrets
- Michelin-starred cuisine courtesy of French chef Mathieu Barbet
- Opulent rooms with antiques and chandeliers (some have four-poster beds)
What To Know
- Free WiFi, parking and bike rental
- Impressive grounds with an outdoor pool, tennis courts and open-air fitness trails
- The wine cellar stocks 500 labels
- The property is an hour-and-a-half from Lyon and a four-hour drive from Paris; the nearest airport (Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne) is a 30-minute drive
- Free WiFi
Surrounded by 15 acres of forest a few miles from the city of Clermont-Ferrand, in central France, Chateau de Codignat is a 12th-century castle in a fairy-tale setting. Stately and elegant with towers and turrets, this regal retreat is a medieval dream. The opulent rooms and suites feature antiques, vintage furnishings, tapestries and, in certain rooms, huge four-poster beds. Modern amenities include air conditioning, DVD players and iPod docks. Relax at the chic, tree-fringed pool, take a stroll along the surrounding forest trails, or work up an appetite with a game of tennis followed by a muscle-soothing hydration massage which the hotel can arrange on request. Tease your taste buds with top-notch French fare at the Michelin-starred restaurant; the menu features ingredients from the region, such as foie gras from the Domaine de Limagne and wine from Saint-Pourçain.
In the Area
The Auvergne is an exceptionally beautiful region of France, with crystalline lakes, lush forests and majestic volcanoes. Ask at reception about hiking tours from the castle. Get a dose of local history at the Gothic cathedral in nearby Clermont-Ferrand. Made entirely of black volcanic rock, the building’s twin spires are an impressive 354 feet tall. To learn more about the region’s wines, visit the Musée de la Vigne et du Terroir; then head around the corner to the Union des Vignerons de Saint-Pourçain to stock up on your favorite tipple.
How to Get There
We stayed for one night on our drive from the west coast of France to the Alps. The hotel is beautiful and in a very quiet/secluded spot outside Clermont-Ferrand. Beautiful grounds & a lovely swimming pool area. The staff were all fantastic from arrival to departure. The decor is heavy and ornate but largely in keeping with the medieval nature of the Chateau. We ate dinner outside on the terrace which was first class - highly recommended and again, the staff were very attentive. All in all a beautiful setting. Our only negatives would be that, in this day and age, given that it is advertised as a 5 star hotel and is not cheap, a more modern bathroom setup would be more appropriate - by all means keep the traditional nature but add proper showers (ours was a hand shower in a bath). My wife noted that the hairdryer (wall mounted) was cheap & would be more at home in an Ibis hotel. Finally, again for the level of hotel/price, a couple of complimentary bottles of water would be welcome - €12 for a mid-sized bottle!
Otherwise, a beautiful country hotel with great food and wonderful service.
We spent a night at Château Codignat. We were welcomed warmly and efficiently and shown to our room which was comfortable and clean, in a manorial style. We dined in the restaurant which was superb, wiht wines and food of very high quality; the atmosphere was relaxed and intimate, the staff were professional and attentive without fussiness. Highly recommended.
Isolated and quiet location and an old rebuilt castle. Authentic furnishing make it feel like it's 500 years old and we enjoyed the vibe. Unfortunately the mattress in our room felt like it was 500 years old too. Nice bathroom but no stand up shower. Breakfast was just okay.