Double rooms from £ 85
|Guest Rating: 8.6 / 10|
Château Longsard is an 18th century château, which sits on the 87-mile 'Route du vin du Beaujolais' wine route that passes through all of the Beaujolais appellations. Equidistant between Mâcon and Lyon, it is positioned amongst a listed garden and vineyards. These nearby vineyards offer opportunities for walking, hiking and cycling, whilst the château has its own orchard and bee hives that yield the ingredients for the home-made honey and organic jams served at breakfast. The hosts are the Count and Countess Olivier du Mesnil du Buisson, an Anglo-French couple who love to welcome guests to their home. And "home" is a key word here: the entrance hall, dining room and salon are as grand as befits a French château yet pleasantly homely as well.
There are various room options for 2 to 4 people over 2 floors of the château. All have an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower, and each bedroom has its own character; they have been carefully decorated with personal objects, antiques, and paintings or prints. Rooms look out over either the rose garden or the topiary, whose yew trees have been shaped into the form of a chess board.
As guests enter the courtyard, they see the two impressive Cedar of Lebanon trees, one of which is 300 years old. Out on the lime tree-lined terrace, guests can partake in the traditional French ballgame of boules, and enjoy a pre-dinner glass of Beaujolais wine.
On the second floor there are three rooms, two of which are family suites consisting of a bedroom with an adjoining sitting room. The rooms are smaller as the bedrom and sitting room are separate, but have an overall area as large as the rooms below. These have stone fireplaces and the best views of the garden. Also on the second floor is a very romantic bedroom with a four poster bed and a clawed foot cast iron bath (no shower).
There are two guest rooms on the first floor which can be transformed into a suite of two bedrooms. Olivia’s room has a four poster and duck blue walls, with a bath/shower. The Beaujolais Bleu has a king-sized bed with a walk in shower (no bath), and adjoining it is the Yellow bedroom with 2 twin beds and a bath/shower.
Each room is about 30m² and has a marble fireplace and oak beamed ceilings.
Fine dining is available on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays in the chateau's elegant dining room (reservations required at booking), with entrée, main course, a selection of cheeses, dessert and Beaujolais wine for 38 euros per head. Before eating, guests may wish to take a drink in the drawing room or out on the terrace, whilst afterwards, they can retire for a coffee, tea or maybe a Marc du Beaujolais spirit. For other days, the hotel will be happy to recommend one of the excellent restaurants in the area.
Vineyards- visits and tasting in the cellars
Horse-riding centre at the end of the estate
5 golf courses within 1 hour
4 Michelin star restaurants within 40 minutes
Cycling and walking paths in the vicinity
Places to visit:
Gardens of Bionnay
"We liked the setting of the old, ancient castle in the middle of the country side. The big rooms the price-quality ratio, breakfast in the common breakfast room with exceptional croissants and home-made jams."
"My wife and I and two friends had the pleasure of staying with Olivier and Alexandra for two nights in early October. This chateau had everything that we had hoped for, a real Count and Countess as hosts offering genuine hospitality, authentic heritage character that our hosts have been restoring with great taste, wonderful large and old-world rooms filled with character furnishings, a splendid breakfast and ample grounds that feature a century-old chess game in yews and a fountain used for target practice when the chateau was occupied by troops during WW2. We had the ultimate pleasure of looking after the chateau one evening, dining on French cheeses, breads and sausage in the company of the resident dogs and cat. One of the biggest Lebanon cedars I have ever seen greets you to the chateau."
"I absolutely loved my stay here in the beaujolais countryside! My goals on this trip were to tour the countryside, take in the wine experience, and to relax! If you are looking for a wonderful relaxing trip and are an avid lover of wine, this is a destination for you. The food was wonderful and the Count and Countess were very pleasant. I really enjoyed the simplicity of this trip. Also, the wine excursions I had planned were very unique...............not at all commercialized."
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A top choice for wine aficionados, its location along the celebrated Beaujolais wine route puts it in a prime position. The grounds are notable for their styled features, and this a delightful setting to explore. In between the Burgundy commune of Mâcon and the Rhône-Alpes city of Lyon, Château Longsard is close to some of France's most popular destinations to visit.
Welcome to what has been our family home for the past 12 years, We offer you a home from home in the elegant setting of days gone by. Having lived and worked all over the world for 20 years, we discovered the Beaujolais and fell in love with it. We would like to share this with you and invite you to come and discover this part of France, and if you have any questions about the French, we will happily elucidate!