A Lazy Weekend in Beaujolais
- Château de la Fléchère, Beaujolais
Just 2 hours from Geneva, and set amongst rolling vineyards and the Tuscan-style landscape of
northern Beaujolais, a hidden gem, Château de la Fléchère, is nestled. As you approach the wrought iron Victorian gates, the orange hue of the stone façade of the Chateau, coupled with the vibrant pink and magenta flowers lining the driveway, make for an enchanting entrance. A sultry June Friday afternoon gives it a Mediterranean feel.
There are only a handful of rooms in the main Chateau; three decorated in a delightful Victorian style and three more suites that are more modern in their design. The rooms are in the beautifully converted outbuildings, and have exposed wooden beams, wooden floors and spacious bathrooms in light pastel shades. A fresh bouquet of white roses greets us upon arrival.
Our host gives us a genuinely warm welcome, and her elegance and style pervades the Chateau and its
lovely garden. Stylish, but not pretentious or stuffy. On sunny days, Breakfast is served leisurely on the delightful grounds in Silver Service pots with China crockery. A perfect setting to relax and enjoy fresh warmed brioche, bio bread wood-baked with hazelnuts and delicate eggs laid by the resident hen. On cool mornings, breakfast is served in the sumptuous dining room.
The Chateau wine won the Medaille d’Or in 2010, and is light and fruity – it is also a bargain at 6 Euros per bottle. The Chateau has a stunning private tennis court set amongst the vineyards, so be sure to bring your tennis rackets! It is only 30 minutes north of Lyon and 20 minutes from the more celebrated vineyards of Fleurie and Moulin a Vent, and a similar distance from the Chateaux and sights of Southern Beaujolais.
We stayed in the Coachroom Suite.
Our verdict: 5/5
Highly recommended at 120 euros per night. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.