Surrounded by rolling vineyards, Château St Pierre de Serjac is a beautifully restored 19th-century manor turned hotel, with its own working winery (and label). The original buildings that were set around the estate have been converted into family-friendly self-catering options (some even have their own pool), and outdoor enthusiasts can cycle or stroll through the rolling French countryside. Back at the château, there’s a massive heated outdoor infinity pool, a modern French restaurant, and a spoiling Cinq Mondes spa with a hammam, sauna and hydrotherapy pool. Oh-là-là.
Get this when you book through us:
One bottle of wine from the Château St Pierre de Serjac estate, mineral water and a selection of mignardises in your room on arrival
Eight in the main château; there are also 36 self-catering properties scattered around the estate.
10am. Check-in, between 5pm and 8pm.
Double rooms from £168.98 (€198), including 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 16 February to 1 March.
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 (€25 a person a day otherwise), 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.
In cooler months, go for a table by the window in the dining room, otherwise, head outside to the garden-view terrace.
Make yourself at home.
The Restaurant Château St Pierre de Serjac serves French cuisine with a Mediterranean accent; the seasonal menu uses fresh vegetables and herbs from the kitchen garden. Choose from the à la carte or the chef’s set menu; both change often, but past mains have included seared sea bream with fresh-herb gnocchi and chorizo crisps, and beef fillet with gratin potatoes. Past dessert picks have included chocolate ganache with tonka-bean cream and citrus-y honey-and-lemon gateau.The Continental buffet spread includes freshly baked pastries and bread, fruits, jam, eggs, cheese, and hot drinks. Guests staying in the self-catering properties can pick up freshly baked bread and pastries from the main château at 8.30am. The kitchen will also prepare barbecue packs of meat (steaks, spicy sausages, burgers and chicken sourced from the best local butchers), and to-go pizzas for easy in-house dinners.
The cosy bar is set in the château’s original drawing room. Sample the estate’s wines or have the mixologist extraordinaire shake up your cocktail of choice; in the winter, make a beeline for the silvery velvet sofas by the crackling, 19th-century marble fireplace.
Breakfast is served from 8am to 10.30am, lunch from noon to 2pm, and dinner from 7pm to 9pm.
Château St Pierre de Serjac is in the Languedoc region, within easy reach of Mediterranean beaches and the towns of Pézenas and Béziers.
Regional flights land at Béziers airport, a little over 30 minutes away by car, and Montpellier airport is just over an hour’s drive away. Flights from across Europe land at Nîmes and Avignon – 90 minutes and two hours away, respectively. Call our Smith24 Team and they’ll happily sort out your flights and transfers.
TGV trains from London St. Pancras (via Paris or Lille) and Barcelona pull into Béziers train station, which is a 30 minute’s drive from the hotel.
Your own set of wheels can come in handy if you plan to visit the nearby beaches and towns. Follow the A75 from Paris or the A9 from Barcelona or Montpellier, or the A61 from Toulouse or Bordeaux; there’s free on-site parking at the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
Challenge your travel companion to a tennis match or game of petanque, stroll around the estate in search of the perfect picnic spot, or borrow the hotel’s mountain bikes and venture into the countryside. Yoga classes can be arranged for limber guests; other fitness classes and personal-training sessions are available on request, too. Outdoor enthusiasts can fill their days with horse riding, sailing, hiking, rock climbing, kite surfing and kayaking, and laidback bibliophiles can take advantage of the hotel’s take-a-book, leave-a-book policy. Check out the local markets – in Pézenas on Saturdays, from 9am to 1pm, and in nearby Béziers on Sundays – for pungent French cheeses, charcuterie, fresh fruit and vegetables, and flaky pastries. Water-babies have their pick of belle French beaches: sandy Serignan has a beach club, and family-friendly Valras Plage has a playground, watersports, and drop-in kids’ club; both are 35 minutes’ drive from the hotel. Looking for an even grander château? Hop in a hire car and head to World Heritage Site Carcassonne, just over an hour away, to marvel at one of the world’s best examples of a mediaeval castle.
For an informal dinner at L’Entre Pots, potter over to Pézenas (a 15-minute drive from the hotel), where you can enjoy traditional, seasonal French cuisine in a pretty courtyard setting. Ingredients are locally-sourced: vegetables come from a gardener in Bessan, meats from a butcher in nearby Nissan-lez-Enserune, and fish from the auction at the Halles de Sète. In Béziers (30 minutes away by car), award-winning chef Pierre Augé and his wife serve a creative menu at La Maison de Petit Pierre that draws a crowd; book well in advance for dinners (served Thursday to Sunday) or lunches (served Monday to Wednesday). At lakeside L’Auberge du Presbytère, you’ll find lighter local meals. Ask for a table on the terrace, which looks out over Lac des Olivettes, and take an après-meal dip if you’re feeling daring. For a meal with Michelin pedigree, book dinner at gourmet restaurant Octopus; the menu experiments with traditional Gallic grub.. There’s also a selection of fantastic cheeses and an impressive wine list to pair them with.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this sprawling estate in France and unpacked their bottle of iconic Languedoc wine, a full account of their boutique break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Château St Pierre de Serjac in Montpellier…
Luxury hotel Château St Pierre de Serjac is soaked in viticulture history. A winery since Roman times, its vineyards and cellars were fully restored from 2013 to 2016, and this sprawling French countryside stay is still something of an oenophile, still producing fine wines. This beautifully restored stay isn’t just about what comes from the vines; it’s also a wonderfully family-friendly stay, with several dozen self-catering villas set in the repurposed original outbuildings and cottages of the 19th-century estate.
Back at the main château, float in the massive heated infinity pool in the manicured gardens, treat yourself to facials, scrubs and massages in the Cinq Mondes spa, and enjoy romantic – yes, even if a highchair is involved – alfresco dinners of French fare on the garden-view terrace before retiring to your private quarters.