Need to know
Eight in the main château; there are also 36 self-catering properties scattered around the estate.
11am. Check-in, between 4pm and 8pm.
Double rooms from $187.56 (€168), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.50 per person per night on check-out.
Rates don't generally the Continental buffet breakfast (€20 a person).
Get an insider’s view into the world of Languedoc wine making with a tasting session and tour of the estate’s winery.
The hotel closes annually from 20 to 27 November.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, fitness room, tennis courts, petanque courts, bicycles to borrow, spa with steam room, hammam, hydrotherapy pool and sauna. In rooms: WiFi, TV, iPod dock, Nespresso coffee machine, and Cinq Mondes bath products.
Our favourite rooms
We love the intricate, hand-painted walls of La Chapelle, which was once the family’s personal chapel. If you can’t fully relax without a soothing soak, be sure to book a Luxury Room for the polished freestanding bath tub. Of the 36 self-catering properties, La Maison du Jardinier is one of the most private; stay here and you’ll be the sole occupants of a standalone two-bedroom cottage that looks like a non-edible Hansel and Gretel fairy-tale cottage, complete with its own heated pool.
The 30-metre-long outdoor infinity pool is heated and family-friendly – little Smiths are welcome at any time. Oversized sunloungers frame the pool terrace, and in the summer there’s a poolside bar too. From 1 June to 30 October, guests can splash about or swim leisurely laps from 9am to 9pm; during the rest of the year, the pool closes at 6pm (8pm on weekends). There’s also a 50sq m indoor hydrotherapy pool in the spa; it’s for guests aged 16 and older only, except during school holidays when it hosts child-friendly hours once a day.
Light-filled Mediterranean-style Le Spa has four treatment rooms, an indoor/outdoor solarium with a 12-metre heated hydrotherapy pool, an aromatherapy hammam and sauna, relaxation area, and a vineyard-view hot tub. Choose from an internationally-inspired range of facials, massages, body wraps and beauty treatments. Follow a Moroccan argan massage with a skin-renewing Balinese-flower facial, then relax in a cocoon-like double lounger on the spa’s terrace. Full day use of all spa facilities is included with all treatments lasting 50 minutes or more, and in-room massages can be arranged on request. Opening hours vary throughout the year, book ahead to avoid any disappointment.
Bring your swimsuits, hiking shoes, and a holiday read to trade in the château’s library; leave extra space in your luggage for a bottle of Languedoc red.
Just ask and picnic backpacks stuffed with cheeses, cold meats, sandwiches and other delicacies can be arranged, complete with integrated coolers for perfectly chilled picnic wine.
All ages are welcome. There’s all manner of big-ticket baby kit and activities – biking, swimming, nature walks, tennis and more – for younger guests. Babysitting (€25 an hour) can be arranged on short notice too.