The region of Beaujolais has the charming distinction of not really being an official region at all - until it comes to the wine produced here, which is very distinctly and officially marked out by the region’s borders. Most people visit Beaujolais to sample the light-bodied red wines bearing Beaujolais’ name, so the best places to stay in Beaujolais tend to be right in amongst the vines.
But this area is also a great base if you’re wanting to explore the rest of the Burgundy region, with plenty of choice when it comes to choosing the best places to stay in Beaujolais, ranging from inexpensive country inns, to family friendly guesthouses and luxurious château hotels.
Beaujolais is big. There are over 18,000 hectares of vines planted here, in a long corridor on the right bank of the Saône river. It’s hilly, punctuated by granite tors, and run through with little streams which feed the vineyards, rural lands and forests. Sounds, nice, doesn’t it? Lovely for walkers. Or cyclists. And it’s also lovely by car. Which is good for carrying wine purchased at the local vineyards, but bad for tasting.
Unlike many wines, some Beaujolais is best drunk very young - at only six weeks of age. This Beaujolais Nouveau can officially be tapped at midnight on the third Thursday in November, and this occasion is marked with celebrations throughout the region. And free wine.
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A characterful village inn with an excellent gourmet restaurant. Understated charm and great value for money. A more affordable spot to explore the Beaujolais region from.
A lovely country house hotel surrounded by vineyards and flower fields. Contemporary chic interiors include creamy rooms and an innovative restaurant that uses lots of spice with traditional ingredients. Swimming pool, wine tasting, and lots of neighbouring towns to explore.
A lovely country house on the banks of a river, not far from Lyon. Very romantic rooms blend traditional materials with contemporary finishings for chic effect. Family rooms and a gypsy caravan too. Excellent dinner by arrangement, lots of markets to explore, and plenty of Beaujolais wine tasting.
A romantic chateau surrounded by acres of vineyards in the heart of Beaujolais territory. It has everything - a spa, a gourmet restaurant, fabulous rooms and suites, a swimming pool, and luscious greenery as far as the eye can see. A perfect spot for a wedding.
Medieval Château oozing romance and elegance making a hideaway luxury hotel. Celestial views over the vines and towards the lake from beautiful bedrooms. Enjoy the dishes at the restaurant, explore the spa treatments and walk under the 100 year old lime trees on the terrace. A romantic's paradise.