Who doesn’t want to sleep in a castle, right? And as it’s shoulder season and rates are lower, we figured, what the heck. The drive from La Charite-sur-Loire to our first stay in Provence was a bit long so we booked a stopover here…Chateau de Rochegude.
This 12th century fortress, the summer home of one Marquis de Rochegude, was restored in the 1800s by Viollet-le-Duc, a prominent French architect who restored many medieval sites and many damaged during the French Revolution. Notre Dame, Mont St. Michel, and the walls of medieval city Carcassonne are on his CV.
Surrounded by Cote du Rhone vineyards, it is now a Relais et Chateaux hotel, 4 stars no less, with a spa, pool, tennis court, and some excellent customer service.
Naturellement, we strolled about the castle, but sadly a one night stay left no spa time. Here’s what we saw.
So, in conclusion…the room was fine, breakfast was less varied and $7 more apiece than the one at Hotel Mercure in Chartres, (so $64 Cdn at Rochegude for both of us), and top marks for customer service and ambience. After all, it was a castle.
Au revoir, Rochegude
PS. That night’s restaurant location was very challenging for Mary. Nobody told her about the major roadwork in downtown St.Paul les Trois Chateaux. So poor PeterPaul got a real workout. But La Chapelle was perfect. Excellent food, friendly server who taught us some French, and in a cave. Ah, France.