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The 4 Star Château de Labro is a luxury vineyard hotel & spa near the town of Rodez in central France’s Occitanie region, previously known as Midi-Pyrénées. The medieval château oozes old world elegance and the grounds have charming gardens, a swimming pool, orchards and vineyards. There is a very fine restaurant at the château too and the food and the wine is superb.
For an extra novel stay, if a medieval château bedroom doesn’t appeal, you can also spend the night at the luxury treehouse in the gardens.
The treehouse is a very popular choice so can get booked out months in advance. It is a fine piece of engineering, architecture and design and once inside it feels more like luxury studio apartment than what you might imagine a treehouse to be.
The 16th century château itself has charmingly romantic rooms, with antique furniture pieces and four poster beds. The rooms are mainly doubles but there is also a family room which can sleep up to four, as well as a self catering apartment to also sleep up to four.
The Château was built in the 16th century by a wealthy local family by the name of De Creato. It remained with them for nearly 100 years before being sold to the De Patris’ a somewhat locally illustrious family which had among its member Guillaume de Patris, Lieutenant of Cardinal d’Armagnac who became famous for foiling a secret plot to invade Rodez during the Holy Wars.
During the early 19th century the property passed on to the De Meyniers, another family which made a name for itself. The murder of Rodez prosecutor Fualdès in 1817 became a notorious affair when it was uncovered that local magistrate, and fervent royalist, Joseph de Meynier, knowingly had innocent people executed to cover up for the real perpetrators; some fellow local royalist activists.
In 2001, the current owners, Jean and Nizou Rouquet, bought Chateau de Labro and by all accounts a marvelous renovation job was done. They then enlisted the management skills of Jean-Michel Rouquet who alongside his son Jean-Michel, still looks after the hotel today.
WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY:
“A really lovely hotel experience. Luxurious chateau in beautiful countryside. Excellent dinner and superb breakfast. Everything home made and the dining environment quite the best. Great swimming pool in 34 degree heat. Just perfect. Comfy bed and cute room even though at the lower end of the price scale for the hotel. Will return….”
“The grounds were beautiful and serene – the chateau was beautiful and well appointed. Great in-room amenities. The hotel restaurant was one of the best dinners of our 2 week trip, and the breakfast was delicious…Great location for exploring Aveyron surrounding area. Great hikes and drives nearby. A perfect chateau hotel for a relaxing getaway….”
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