With a €25 million investment, winemaker Laurent Bonfils and hoteliers Karl and Anita O’Hanlon transformed 200-acre Languedoc wine estate, Château St Pierre de Serjac, into a first-class secluded French escape, appealing to families, couples and groups of friends.
The 19th-century chateau, once home to the aristocratic de Crozals family, is striking, sitting majestically surrounded by sunlit vineyards. The property includes 36 stylish self-catering residences for independent stays.
Location, Location, Location
Serjac is surrounded by rolling countryside and vineyards: a haven for peace and relaxation and an ideal bolt-hole for the discerning traveller. Located between the small villages of Pouzolles and Magalas in the picturesque Languedoc countryside, the property includes a restaurant, bar, winery, spa, infinity pool, tennis courts and bikes you can hire to explore the open countryside.
The nearby Villages are worth a visit. My colleague and I visited the various markets including the food market, and indulged in general gift shopping. This was a pure delight, as was the scenery of the surrounding countryside. As well as many vineyards, there are nearby beaches and cities such as Montpellier, Nîmes and Narbonne to explore. For further days out, it is advisable to hire a car to gain a real measure of the surroundings.
A place to stay
We stayed in an impressive three-bedroom villa, which was modern in style, decorated in a contemporary, sophisticated palette of grey and deep teal hues. I loved the wooden floors, timber beams and the eye-catching chandeliers and the well-appointed rooms with beautiful furniture. Outside, we enjoyed the private infinity pool, barbecue area and sun loungers. After a dip in the pool, we sipped a cool drink whilst watching the sunset over the vineyard, taking in the awe-inspiring, truly breath-taking views.
The restaurant serves a distinctive pan-Mediterranean menu, inspired by the south of France, nearby Catalonia and Italy. Chef, Frank Pujol, prepares mouth-watering, fresh, locally sourced food, which is well presented. And, as one would expect, located in a vineyard, there is a good choice of wine to accompany the meals. There is a great ambience, with people chattering and enjoying good food. We took in the scenery and the infinity pool in the distance, whilst sipping fine wine. After dining, we took a lovely evening stroll through the grounds, which was the perfect way to end the day.
Self-catering guests are also able to dine at the on-site restaurant and can order fresh bread and pastries for collection at reception. They can also enjoy breakfast in the breakfast room, should that option suit their needs.
The Spa Appeal
For some much-needed R&R and pampering, the spa is a welcome retreat. For a membership fee, the spa’s indoor/outdoor facilities include a 12m heated swimming pool, which was fabulous. I chose the Bali Flowers and Fruits Ritual skin renewal facial – a Balinese-inspired deep-cleanse and radiance boosting treatment that left my skin soft and glowing, clearer, and bright. I looked like a younger version of myself – which was great! My colleague had the Moroccan argan massage, which melted away knots and muscle pains – which he said was enjoyable.
The Wow Factor
A spectacular resort, set against the backdrop of an 19th-century chateau, this is an idyllic retreat surrounded by rolling countryside and vineyards. The promise of good food and wine, in a fabulous setting, awaits.
Château St Pierre de Serjac
Puissalicon, Langue doc-Roussillon,
A 7-night stay for two people sharing a 2 -bedroom apartment with a balcony costs from 1540 Euros.
For details visit: www.serjac.com
Dawn-Maria is Editor in Chief of the Yorkshire Women’s Life Magazine www.yorkshirewomenslife.co.uk
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