69620 Bagnols, France
Dating from the 13th century the Chateau de Bagnols Hotel is set among vineyards, forests and green hills in the heart of the Beaujolais countryside in south eastern France.With its towers, moat , honey coloured stone known as Pierre Doree and entrance across a drawbridge, Chateau de Bagnols Hotel is one of France's major Historic monuments.
Chateau de Bagnols Hotel offers both the experience of being a cherished guest in historic, luxurious and relaxing surroundings as well as an ideal Venue for conferences and product launches of the most select and exclusive nature.
Château de Bagnols across the centuries
The history of the Château, a listed historical building, can be traced through its architecture: the moat and mediaeval towers and fortifications reveal its thirteenth century origins.
The harmony of the courtyard with its golden paving stones, the classical proportions and the exquisite wall paintings are a legacy from the Renaissance. The arms of the de Balzac family, one of the former owners of the Château, have become the arms of the present day Château de Bagnols: “a silver helmet with three stars of gold”.
At the dawn of the sixteenth century the Château has already had several owners, the lords of Oingt, the lords of Albon, the lords of Balzac, until it is sold to the Camus family, rich merchants from Lyon.
As a supreme honour, on 30th October 1490, Charles V111 of France visited Château de Bagnols and to commemorate this event a crown was carved in the stone fireplace in the Salle des Gardes. During this troubled period of wars there were no significant alterations to the Château.
In 1619 Gaspard Dugué, the Treasurer of France, acquired the Château de Bagnols and transformed it from a fortress into a gracious country residence. He constructed the outbuildings and the garden, removed the drawbridge and decorated the rooms with wall-paintings and tapestries. It was during this time that Madame de Sevigné, a friend of the Dugué family, stayed at Bagnols. She mentioned her visit in her famous correspondence.
In 1711, the widow of Gaspard Dugué’s grandson sold the Château to Barthelemy Hesseler. During the 18th century the tax on windows was abolished and numerous bay windows were added to the Château in what was to become its heyday.
At this time Lyon, situated at the crossroads of the great European cities, was famous for its silk manufacturers. The work of the silk weavers of Lyon inspired several Italian artists, hence the Italian influence in the decoration of some of the rooms in the Château.
There were also many itinerant artists and painters who came to offer their services at the Château de Bagnols, which explains the great diversity and richness of the wall-paintings.
The French Revolution saw the demise of many great houses, but once again Bagnols survived. The Salle des Gardes, today the Château’s restaurant, was a meeting place for some revolutionaries. The partial destruction of the three “fleur de lys”, symbol of French royalty, on the top of the fireplace in the Salle des Gardes, is the lasting reminder of their presence.
The Château was sealed off in 1793 because its owner, Georges Marie Giraud, was arrested and imprisoned at Anse, accused of being an opponent of the French Revolution.
The following year the Château was purchased by Claude Marie Chavanis, which explains the influence of the “Empire” style which was very fashionable at that time. The cultivation of wines in the area surrounding the Château was developed to the extent that Bagnols became a”wine-growing estate” in the nineteenth century.
The Morand de Jouffray, the du Chevalard and the de Chavanes families subsequently all made their contribution to the Château, both historically and architecturally.
The passion and dedication of Lord and Lady Hamlyn, who acquired the Château in 1987, enabled the transformation of the Château, after four years of painstaking restoration, into the unique hotel it is today.
Since then, the Château has been restored to its former glory and offers its clients a unique journey through the history of France.
Château de Bagnols is located in the village of Bagnols 15 miles north of Lyon in the Beaujolais area of south-east France. The Beaujolais is the hilly area between the Loire and Rhône basins.By Train: From Paris the high speed train, The TGV, takes two hours to reach Lyon Part- Dieu or Lyon Perrache stations. From Geneva the TGV takes two hours to Macon Lôche. Arrangements can be made to meet guests at all stations. By Car from Lyon/ St-Exupéry International Airport: For the 45 minute drive, leave the airport in the direction of Bourg-en-Bresse/ Geneve, then follow Lyon/ Villefranche A432. After the toll gate take the A42 Lyon/ Villefranche at the second toll gate continue on this road. Take the left fork A46 to Villefranche/ Paris. Keep on the A46 motorway, ignoring the slip road marked Villefranche/ Bourg- en- Bresse. After crossing the bridge over the Azeurges river, join the A6 towards Paris. 3 kms further, exit at Villefranche. Follow the directions Roanne/ Tarare onto the D38 to Bagnols. By Car from Paris: Approximately a 4 hour drive. At the Villefranche exit from the A6 follow signs to Roanne/ Tarare- D38 to Bagnols. By Car from Geneva: For the 2 hour drive, follow signs to Lyon- A42, then Villefranche- A46. Ignore the Villefranche/Boug-en-Bresse slip road, to join the A6 towards Paris. . 3 kms further, exit at Villefranche. Follow the directions Roanne/ Tarare onto the D38 to Bagnols. By Car from Lyon: Approximately a 30 min drive. Take A6 in the direction of Paris. Exit Limonest. Follow signs for Limonest/ Le Bourg, then turn left at the crossroads direction Villefranche N6. After 2kms turn left onto D485 towards Lozanne/ Le Bois d'Oingt. After 15 kms turn right onto D38 towards Bagnols.
An Escape to Château de Bagnols – the dream becomes reality
A haven of peace and tranquillity, the Château de Bagnols comprises 12 rooms, 8 suites and 1 apartment. Each room is unique and bears the name of a famous person connected with the history of Bagnols.
Tapestries, wall-paintings and other collector’s items carefully chosen by Lady Hamlyn, adorn the various private and public rooms of the Château, giving them a unique soul and atmosphere.
Column beds, four-poster beds, bed-hangings of "Toile de Jouy" and beautiful antique silks vie with each other to lull you into the night of your dreams….
Sink with delight into the marble bath in your bathroom and appreciate this magical moment.
Chosen as one of the "Hundred and One Most Beautiful Hotels in the World" by Tatler magazine, the Château de Bagnols invites you to enter its universe for the space of a night or a weekend. Much more than a hotel, the Château de Bagnols offers you an unforgettable stay within its walls where time seems to have stood still.
Come close, listen and let us tell you the story of this extraordinary place...
At the entrance to the Château, after crossing underneath the Beaujolais gallery, you will discover a huge room where several ancient wine-presses, barrels, baskets and other vestiges of many centuries of wine-making are displayed – this is the "Cuvage". Here you can taste, savour, compare and love the sap of the land. Eminent oenologists will join you to impart their passion and initiate you in the rites of wine-tasting.
From the cellar you can reach the moat which leads to the garden. The magnificent French garden, harmoniously re-created by Lady Hamlyn, was designed in the 18th century by Jean Brunel, the Château gardener.
Follow the pathways across the velvet lawn until they cross over at the ornamental stone basin dominated by a fountain. Walk around the orchard planted with cherry trees and visit the walled vegetable garden where vegetables, herbs and flowers proliferate according to the seasons.
Up a few steps from the garden you will reach the "Salon d’Ombrage", thus named since the 18th century, where a table has been laid for you in the shade of the ancient lime trees.
Wooded hills, vines closely ranked together and green valleys will be the surroundings for your picnic, prepared by the Chef. After lunch, let yourself be tempted by the rocking chairs scattered around the park.
Perhaps you will choose the scented shade of the limes or else the strong sunshine of the lavender, whilst you rock gently in your chair and read the letters of Madame de Sevigné, whose visit to Bagnols left a proud, indelible impression on the village.
Whether you adopt the peaceful pace of the walker or the faster rhythm of the jogger or cyclist across the vineyards, you will almost certainly encounter a cheeky hare or a smiling wine-maker.
If you prefer, you can attempt a drive at the Golf du Beaujolais, situated only a few kilometres from Bagnols. Alternatively, you can follow some carefully prepared itineraries which will lead you to discover an area rich in fortresses, chapels, priories, fortified villages and wine-growing estates.
The heated Roman swimming-pool is at your disposal in its own specially created park. It is open during the summer months and its measurements (17.5 meters in diameter and 1.49 metres deep) have been designed to enable you to relax with complete peace of mind.
When evening falls in this region of the “Golden Stones”, dusk is the theatre for duels existing since ancient times between the luminescent stones and the encroaching shadows. During the nights of the full moon these jousts cease only when dawn finally breaks.
A delicious odour comes your way …. Hurry up, your table has been reserved, the Château feast can begin.
As you cross the Renaissance courtyard you can see through the large glass bay windows glimpses of silver and copper - the ballet of the master-cooks has begun and each one is busily occupied. Meat roasted on the spit turns round and round until it reaches exactly the right golden colour.
Enter the majestic Salle des Gardes, the Master of Ceremonies is waiting for you and the fire is crackling in the immense gothic fireplace.
Here comes the wine waiter. The wine list offers a complete palette of Beaujolais wines and the best selection of the region. This evening you decide to be reasonable and order only one, tomorrow you will taste the others in the Cuvage during the initiation which has been arranged for you.
Your order has been taken, the scent of peonies rises from your glass, and you have discovered the wine of Chenas. The feast is worthy of the magical setting and of a day which has passed by too quickly.
The beautiful items sold at La Boutique are part of the private collection of more than 400 pieces specially designed for the Château de Bagnols by its owner.
For those who prefer the intimacy and comfort of their room, Room-Service proposes a variety of simple dishes which can be served at a table in your room.
From 14:00 hours
Until 12:00 hours