Checking In: Château de Bagnols

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A trip to France wouldn’t be complete without at least a little time in the French countryside, so on my recent visit to Europe in the Spring I did just that: checked myself and my boyfriend in to a French countryside escape.

We were travelling from Italy onwards to France, so wanted to stay somewhere between the two cities of Milan and Paris. I had read so much online about Annecy being one of the prettiest towns in France, so began to look in to accommodation there and within the region.

As it turned out we stumbled across a delightful Château a further two hour drive from Annecy, but still on the way to Paris and only a 45 minute drive from Lyon, where we could onwards catch the high speed train to Paris.


A French Château

With suitcases in tow, we checked ourselves in to Château de Bagnols in the small town of Bagnols, a 45 minute drive from Lyon and far enough away from anything to feel a world away from reality. The Château has been beautifully restored to retain all of its former glory, with rooms so authentic that you would be forgiven for believing you have stepped on the set of a Game of Thrones episode.

The gardens were magnificent and a true delight of the hotel, beautifully manicured in symmetry and with plenty of cherry blossoms in full bloom. The hedges were typical of a French Château and small enough in size to wander around for an afternoon stroll, followed by a glass of bubbles on one of the outdoor tables overlooking the gardens and countryside in the background.

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The French Countryside Experience

The village of Bagnols itself is so small that we were only able to find one business, a small pizzeria that stopped serving at 7:00pm in the evening and a church that looked as if it could fit only a few people inside. The village locals we encountered consisted of only one elderly couple, who enthusiastically greeted us in French as we strolled through the handful of houses near to the hotel.

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway for two in the French countryside, then this is about as authentic as you will get. Having previously searched for a similar experience a couple of years ago when visiting Beaune, not too far from Bagnols, I realised that I had picked a much bigger town that anticipated. Thus if you’re looking to “go off the grid” for a few days, this is where to do so!

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French Cuisine

It simply wouldn’t be a trip to France without indulging a little.. (okay, a lot!)

During our stay we planned to eat locally, though with the only shop in town closing at 7:00pm precisely, we wound up eating at the hotel restaurant that evening. The meal was pricey but delicious and a great re-introduction to French cuisine.

Breakfast the following morning consisted of pastries, pastries and more pastries, which gave us our first chance to delight in the coffee + croissants ritual the French so love and do so well!


Chateau de Bagnols is part of the Small Luxury Hotels collection. With thanks to SLH & Chateau de Bagnols for welcoming World of Wanderlust to experience the hotel.

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!





    June 6, 2016

    I would love to stay here, it looks gorgeous 🙂


    Grecel Lopez

    June 4, 2016

    I always love the look and taste of croissants! It always makes me happy. 🙂


    Miles of Happiness - Marie

    May 28, 2016

    With a perfect blue sky… How beautiful!!



    May 27, 2016

    Wow, Brooke, this looks like a stunning place! Looked on their website to check out the rooms – Wow, again! I like that they have a discount for advance bookings. I’ll have to find a way to fit in a visit there – those croissants are to die for!!
    I’ve stayed in a chateau before, many years ago, and we ate in the dining room of the hotel. I became very ill and was unable to eat, in fact retired to my room, but not before tasting the wine and the teeniest bit of food – it was so good that I’m still dreaming about it and going back there to this day!!



    May 26, 2016

    Wow!! So pretty!! Chateaux in France are always an amazing surprise: they are so classy, fancy and the same time so wild and in the middle of pure nature!



    Taste of France

    May 26, 2016

    Looks gorgeous. Beware that the name “Bagnols” is pretty common. They are all over France.


    Laura Nelson

    May 26, 2016

    Those croissants look incredible, and Château de Bagnols TOTALLY looks like a Game of Thrones set! I’d love to visit.



    May 26, 2016

    Such a gorgeous place



    May 26, 2016

    That view looks incredible!!


    rainia kapoor

    May 26, 2016

    Very Good

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