The ***Château de Bagnols is one of my favorite hotels of all time. It’s a legitimate castle – grand, perfectly maintained, run like a true five star experience. It’s a ‘honeymoon’ destination on a very classy scale. Not cheap, but worth it! The restaurant is quite good.There’s not a ton around Bagnols, just lovely rolling hills and small towns. It’s not isolated, however – you can be in Lyon in 45 minutes.

  • We went to Bois d’Oingt and Ternand, both within 10 minutes, and wouldn’t strongly recommend them. Ternand has nice views, Oingt is a fairly typical country town.

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