Tucked away in the rolling hills of Languedoc-Roussillon, Castigno is a hotel within a village, or a village within a hotel – for the past few years, the owners of the adjacent organic vineyard have been quietly buying up buildings in this sleepy centuries-old hamlet and transforming them into creative outlets for a passionate community of chefs, artists, and designers. Spend your days floating between the tapas bar in the picturesque town square, the bewitching gardens of the Michelin-worthy La Table restaurant, browsing in the art gallery, or striking out with a picnic hamper for a lazy afternoon amidst the vines.
Village Castigno is a perfect base for exploring this under-the-radar part of southern France, or a serene stop on a ‘coast-to-coast’ road trip – midway between Toulouse and Avignon, an hour’s drive from the medieval citadel of Carcassonne, and 40 minutes from the Mediterranean. The accommodations are scattered among local villagers’ homes along quiet winding lanes. The largest house, Maison d’Amis, and the communal pool, look over the vineyard.
From a vast 6-bedroom house built for sharing to a 2-bedroom family house to a romantic artist’s loft and 3 individual rooms, there’s a perfect spot for a group of any size here. All the accommodations at Village Castigno are bathed in wine-inspired reds, purples, and pinks, and the design is sultry and bewitching, with unique artworks and ornaments collected by the owners on their global adventures. Each has a balcony or terrace for soaking up the golden sunlight. 6-bedroom Maison d’Amis and 2-bedroom Villa Rouge each have their own swimming pools, and the remaining rooms share a large lounger-lined pool an easy stroll from the centre of the village.
Why We Like It
We love the immersion in peaceful village life – park the car, hide the keys, walk everywhere. Rise early to meet the local boulangerie van or sleep in and let the Castigno chefs deliver a full breakfast spread to you at mid-day. On market day borrow one of their fleet of Vespas for the ride into nearby Saint Chinian to stock up on gourmet fare. At harvest time try your hand at grape picking, or sign up for a workshop with one of the artisans-in-residence. In the afternoons the swimming pool beckons, and by night there are wines to be sampled over long conversations by the light of the moon.