Hotel Review: Chateau St Pierre de Serjac, Languedoc in France
Situated amongst 200 acres of vineyards, Chateau St Pierre de Serjac is beautifully conceived with opulent interiors, sweeping bands of fragrant lavender, a sparkling 30 metre swimming pool, sumptuous spa and its very own winery; meeting as one with a truly luxurious sense of place in the southern French countryside.
Comprising of eight glamorously seductive art-deco designed rooms with a restaurant and salon bar within the main property, Chateau St Pierre de Serjac satisfies guests of all ages with 36 high-end self-catering properties that sleep up to eight people. Many of these have private terraces, gardens and private pools that are ideally designed for larger family groups.
Striking the balance between romantic and family friendly, Chateau St Pierre de Serjac is a sophisticated setting that lets the natural beauty of the Languedoc region speak for itself. Allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the French authenticity of the region, from complimentary tours to the local farmers’ market and on-site hotel bicycles, the chateau also encourages each person to find out more about the heritage of the winery including its use today.
Framed with sweeping views across the vineyards, the picture-perfect setting is just the tip of the true life and soul of Chateau St Pierre de Serjac. As the warm glow of the evening arose, we joined a wine walk through the winery and around the slowly ripening vineyards. This weekly wine experience concluded with wine tasting whilst chatting with other guests and the hotel’s wine shop allows each guest to transport a taste of the chateau’s proud product home.
Celebrating the chateau’s effortless sophistication is its relaxed fine-dining restaurant. Set within the main building as well as sprawling out across the front of the property where the pool bar is found; its location highlights the setting with views over the pool and vineyards on one side and the character of the chateau on the other. With a combination of home grown produce from its very own vegetable garden with classic brasserie style dishes inspired by the Mediterranean, dishes include creamy burrata and sweet, green tomato and tender beef topped with fois gras – all of this is paired with a friendly front of house head chef who spends his time conversing with his diners. Complementing this, the restaurant also offers themed evenings that showcase local cuisine this included, for us, a seafood buffet one evening complete with locally sourced fresh oysters, whelks and muscles.
A sanctuary for couples and adult groups is ‘Le Spa & Solarium’ – a hidden oasis complete with its very own garden also with views over the lush vineyards beyond. Described as a place for ‘relaxing and reviving where joie de vivre (‘cheerful enjoyment of life’) presides over rigid rules and clinical sensibilities’ – the spa echoes the sophistication found across the estate. Complete with its own 12 metre heated indoor pool with massage jets, hot tub, aromatherapy sauna and hammam with an indoor and outdoor relaxation terrace, it offers itself as an all-day destination to reside.
Inspired by ancestral beauty traditions from around the world, organic Cinq Mondes products offer what is said to be a ‘sensual voyage’ and support a variety of treatments ranging from facial and body with an extensive selection of salon quality beauty treatments. To relieve tight shoulders, we selected the Moroccan argan massage (20 min, €50 / 50 min, €90) a relaxing hot argan oil based massage that works on the entire body with the therapist concentrating on tender knots and tensions to eliminate toxins and muscle pains, while promoting a state of pure wellness. Other globally inspired massage treatments include the Toning Indian Ayurvedic massage ritual or the Soothing French-Polynesia Ritual and can be enjoyed within any of the individual or the one couple’s treatment room space.
An essential element to any wellbeing experience, fitness initiatives at Chateau St Pierre de Serjac are not overlooked and the spa has its very own Micro Gym which hosts a gym bike, cross trainer, TRX and free weights with personal training on hand for anyone looking to achieve personal goals. Beyond the walls of the spa and starting with mindfulness under the pine trees – regular yoga classes are taught throughout the summer with an expert teacher and just behind is a championship size Masterclay tennis court with coaching available. The vineyard trails also provide walking, running and mountain biking with the Serjac Cycling Club that provide varied tours across the terrain in the area.
Elegant and wonderfully serene, it is an exciting time for Chateau St Pierre de Serjac. Having been very recently fully restored, the new winery will bottle its very first vintages in September 2018. With an intention to produce a collection of iconic Languedoc wines that are locally expressive and internationally sought after, to celebrate this new era of wine making Chateau St Pierre de Serjac will be hosting its own mini festival between 1st – 8th September. Guests will be able to fully immerse themselves with the anticipation and creativity of the wine making with guided wine walks, picnics, wine matching dinners, e-bike wine tours, a Tarbouriech oyster experience, goats cheese farm experience and wine tasting, blending workshop, petanque tournaments and spa treatments.
An opportunity to be introduced to this exciting new wine chapter, Chateau St Pierre de Serjac are also offering a package to those who are keen to get involved. From £625.00 per person this includes a three-night stay in a standard hotel room with breakfast, airport transfers, wine matching dinner, two spa treatments and one active Languedoc experience.
A one night stay at Chateau St Pierre de Serjac in a two-bedroom self-catering property sleeping four is from 249 Euros per night (accommodation only).
Address: D30 entre Pouzolles et Magalas, 34480 Puissalicon, France, +33 4 67 80 76 00, serjac.com