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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


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Lavish medieval castle surrounded by a 15-acre forest in central France, with an outdoor pool and a Michelin-starred restaurant

The Lowdown

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

Chateau de Codignat
Bort l'Etang
Lezoux, 63190 France


4.0 Very Good 279 Reviews
All fur coat and no knickers
Reviewed 4 days ago

We stayed here for one night on a driving holiday through France.

The building itself is beautiful and in an exceptionally peaceful location.
The rooms are also impressive.

Unfortunately you are a captive audience and subject to extortionate prices, with little quality to justify them.

The meals are very staged which makes for an uncomfortable atmosphere in the restaurant. A main course will set you back 40 odd euros and the food really is of a poor quality.

The staff are helpful and attentive, but feels contrived.

Overall we would not stay here again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not worth the cost, surly waiter who did not want to give us our pre paid for wine with dinner, breakfast ruined by wet seats, cloths etc, food good in restaurant, beautiful chateau, swimming pool very nice.

A restful location
Reviewed 2 months ago

Property stands on its own away from the hubub of towns. It is peaceful and quiet... with the exception of wonderful birdsong in the afternoon and early morning. I don't understand why reviews have to be 200 characters

Back to Middle Ages in a real Chateau
Reviewed 4 months ago

This was our second stay in this chateau. We stayed in the Borgia suite. You are really transported in time. The service is outstanding. The chateau is a real one. The grounds are great as this chateau is located in terrific natural parc. If i return to this region that is where i would stay.
The breakfast "un delice" .

Romantic R&C chateau outside Clermont Ferrand
Reviewed 5 months ago

Stayed here for an overnight in September. Very romantic hotel and a very romantic room. Had an excellent dinner and a wonderful breakfast. Beautiful grounds and very fine service. Sorry we couldn't stay longer.