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Chateau de Codignat - Luxury holidays to Auvergne

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  • About this holiday

    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.

    The journey and how you get there


    Included in your holiday

    Expressions France includes scheduled flights, hire-car and dinner, bed and buffet breakfast.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices for Château de Codignat are per person based on two people sharing a Traditional Attic Room.
    From about £1630 per person for 7 nights including scheduled flights and hire-car. Self-drive also possible.
    Please contact us for up to date prices including current flight costs and special offers.

    Special Offers

    • France 2019 autumn early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 7 nights to France by 31 August 2019 for stays between now and 31 December 2019 and receive a reduction of £50 per person.
    • France 2020 early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 10 nights to France by 30 September 2019 for stays between 1 April and 30 September 2020 and receive a reduction of £100 per person.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    Château de Codignat is a blissfully secluded grand Auvergnat château.

    Hotel description

    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 décor, 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.



    Official star rating


    Annual opening

    4 April to November

    Distance from airport

    20km from Clermont-Ferrand International Airport

    Closest airport

    Room types

    Château de Codignat contains 14 rooms and five suites, all offering views of the par, air conditioning, minibar, TV, DVD player, telephone, WiFi, safe, and bathroom with amenities. Room categories are as follows:
    Traditional Attic Room
    Traditional Room
    Prestige Room
    Cottage Room
    Myrtille Apartment

    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.

    Water sports

    Land sports

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

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    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.


    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.

    Minimum stays

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