Luxury hotel holiday Chateau de Codignat Auvergne

The five star Chateau de Codignat occupies a grand and imposing 12th-century castle in the heart of the Basse-Auvergne countryside, offering exquisite views and excellent cuisine from the Michelin-starred chef Mathieu Barbet. Tapestries, silk and velvet throws, antique wooden furniture, and rich draped curtains transport guests back to this castle hotel's origins. As a member of the Relais and Chateaux hotel group, the Chateau de Codignat maintains a high standard of luxury. We would recommend staying at the Chateau de Codignat for a one or two nights as part of a tour around France, in order to gain the full castle experience.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on dinner, bed and breakfast
  • Eurotunnel or ferry crossing if self-drive
  • Flights and hire of a group A car if fly-drive
  • Rail and hire of a group A car if rail-drive
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Chateau de Codignat, Auvergne

Château de Codignat is an exclusive 5-star hotel in a blissfully secluded location. The gourmet cuisine, opulent interiors and 15-hectares of pristine grounds afford guests a truly tranquil and indulgent experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location Nestled in the forest and countryside, twenty minutes' walk from the village of Bort-l''Étang

Annual opening All year except from November to April

Distance from airport 20km from Clermont-Ferrand International Airport

Hotel facilities and services

Michelin-starred restaurant, La Tour du Château, Terrace bar and restaurant, Air conditioning, Outdoor swimming pool, Massages and treatments, Tennis court, Open-air fitness trail, WiFi, 24-hour reception and room service, Private valet parking, Helipad and Babysitting on request.

Land sports

A tennis courts is available on-site at Château de Codignat.

Out and about nearby

The spa town of Vichy, the vineyards and volcanoes of the Auvergne, Parentignat Castle, Ambert, Thiers, Billom, Flights over the Auvergne.

Sports nearby

Golf des Volcans (three courses 4, 9 and 18 holes), Hiking, Horse riding, Hunting, Fishing and Mountain biking are all available within the vicinity of Château de Codignat.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Traditional attic room for 7 nights

From about

£1,630

Holiday Code FE412

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Chateau de Codignat, Auvergne

Nestled amidst 40 acres of verdant parkland in the heart of the stunning volcanic Basse-Auvergne countryside, Château de Codignat was originally the lookout tower that protected the Lords of Ravel and their mediaeval castle against enemies attacking from the Dore Valley, dating back to the 12th-century. Extended over the centuries, and extensively renovated at the end of the 1970s to transform the château from fortress to hotel, Codignat retains many of its original features and characteristics, with authentic stone fireplaces, small windows and exposed stone walls, towers, turrets and dungeon all adding character. Varying in size and decoration, the 14 rooms and five suites are all elegant and sophisticated in design, each individually appointed in a traditional Haut Époque style with period furnishings and unique decorative features. Each room is air conditioned, affords a beautiful view over the parkland and is well equipped with all manner of amenities, including Jacuzzi bath, satellite TV and DVD player, smart phone docking centre, complimentary WiFi, mini-bar, safe and coffee facilities. In addition to the rooms and suites, Codignat also offers two cottages situated in the grounds, one overlooking the swimming pool. Decorated in a contemporary style, with African-inspired furnishings and additional details, these provide an intimate and homely environment for families or small parties. With a reputation for quality dining, the atmospheric restaurant in the centre of the tower boasts a Michelin star. Chef Mathieu Barbet works with the freshest locally-sourced, organic ingredients to create a modern, refined and delectable menu. In addition to the inviting outdoor swimming pool lined with sun loungers and parasols, the hotel also features a tennis court and open-air fitness trail through the surrounding picturesque countryside. Providing the ultimate in seclusion and tranquility, a holiday at the Chateau de Codignat is a château experience to savour.

Room descriptions

Château de Codignat has 14 rooms and five suites, all offering views of the par, air conditioning, minibar, TV, DVD player, telephone, WiFi, safe, and bathroom with amenities.

Traditional Attic Room
Traditional Room
Prestige Room
Suite
Cottage Room
Myrtille Apartment

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Traditional attic room for 7 nights

From about

£1,630

Holiday Code FE412

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Chateau de Codignat, Auvergne

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Chateau de Codignat, our clients fly to Lyon and then usually have the use of a hire-car for the duration of the holiday, or they arrive in their own car on a self-drive holiday, often as part of a multi-centre touring holiday (we would include a Eurotunnel crossing or a ferry crossing, depending on the itinerary), or they arrive by train, having taken the Eurostar London to Paris, and then the TGV to Clermont-Ferrand. From the railway station, if you are visiting more than one hotel or want to explore the region, we recommend having a hire-car. We will arrange this for you.

Additional information

Children: Cots or extra beds for children under 11 are available free of charge. Nearby attractions such as the Wildlife park of Auvergne and the Vulcania Children's City are suitable for children. Babysitting available on request.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Traditional attic room for 7 nights

From about

£1,630

Holiday Code FE412

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Chateau de Codignat, Auvergne

About Auvergne

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Auvergne combines a dramatic landscape with mediaeval attractions, transporting visitors back in time for an authentic and enchanting experience. Auvergne's landscape is dramatic and evocative, its rolling expanse punctuated by mountainous inclines and craggy gorges. Shaped by ancient volcanic activity, this landscape has spawned dynamic towns and villages, which are moulded around this wild natural environment. Hilltop towns and monuments still adorn these peaks, providing a fascinating glance back to mediaeval life and prompt consideration of how the resident communities have developed through the centuries. There is much to explore during a holiday in Auvergne, including remnants of mediaeval architecture with churches and chateaux emphasising the region's vivid historical context. Explore this enchanting atmosphere when visiting the capital of Clermont-Ferrand, home to the Romanesque Notre Dame du Port, and Le Puy de Velay, with its striking cathedral -- both of which are classified as UNESCO heritage sites. Our luxury hotels in Auvergne include charming thatched cottages, secluded chateaux and gastronomic delights. An excellent way to explore this region is with a self-drive touring holiday, perhaps discovering the gastronomy of Tarn and the Auvergne, or perhaps also visiting other parts of central France including the Dordogne.

Highlights of Auvergne

Mediaeval churches and chateaux, vineyards, mountainous and volcanic scenery, Puy de Dome Mountain, the lace-making centre of Le Puy de Velay with its cathedral, a UNESCO heritage site, and St Michel's Chapel. Capital Clairmont-Ferrand, with its gothic cathedral and Notre-Dame du Port, also an UNESCO heritage site.

Climate in Auvergne

The climate is fairly mild throughout the year, peaking between June and September, when average temperatures stretch beyond the mid-twenties.

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