In the heart of France, with its lakes, verdant hillsides
and forests, this 4 Star Relais and Châteaux property,
renders the nobility of the past, alongside all modern comforts
de Codignat was, in the 12th century, a look-out tower fortification
for the Ravel Château. It lent itself, on the eastern
side, to defend against the enemies coming from the Dore Valley.
Following the decease of a turbulent history, parts of the
castle were then expanded to become the residence of French
noble families. The elegant rooms, each one different from
the other, are beautifully furnished in the Haute Epoque style
and provide every amenity, including whirlpool tubs. Here
lies the château's unique ability to combine the older,
traditional feel with a subtle, sumptuous edge.
The Auvergne region, has a
strong peasant cuisine, which has spread to the rest of France,
often served in the small Paris cafés traditionally
run by Auvergnats. The château itself has an excellent
reputation for quality dining with a chef who has achieved
one Michelin star.
Externally, Château de
Codignat with red-tile roofs and Medieval turrets offers breathtaking
views across the Auvergne volcanos. To capture your imagination
further, a helicopter tour of Auvergne's castles and Roman
churches, provides an amazing aerial view.