CHECK- IN: Château St Pierre de Serjac
Château St Pierre de Serjac is a magnificent vineyard estate in the French Languedoc boasting ahotel, restaurant, cocktail bar, infinity pool, spa and a number of chic self-catering properties – that immediately may not read like the perfect family holiday destination. But, believe us this luxury hideaway in the South of France – is nestled in 200 acres of beautiful Mediterranean countryside that makes the perfect French family getaway.
A short drive from Montpellier airport (about an hour) or Beziers (about 35 mins) will see you arrive like royalty at the surprisedly relaxed Château St Pierre de Serjac wrought-iron gates before taking in the sweeping staircase to the main house (or, rather Château) that has 8 luxury bedrooms (more suited for couples than families, but children are still very much welcome and cots are readily available) that are decorated to classic French style with a stylish 1920’s Parisian jazz-age feel. Think sumptuous velvet upholstered sofas and tub chairs, vintage chandeliers, shades of teal and grey and art deco paintings.
What’s more there is 36 fully-equipped self-catering properties each sleeping from 2 to 8 people (so ideal for multi generational holidays or getaways with friends) that have private terraces, gardens and several with private pools too.
We stayed in the main Château where each room offers a sumptuous never-want-to-get-up king-sized beds, free-standing roll-top baths overlooking the main garden and pool and a oversized bathroom with double sinks and a walk-in showers. Many of the rooms have retained the originally character and period features with crystal chandeliers, gilt mirrors, stone fireplaces and heavy frame doors.
In contrast the self-catering properties are light, airy and most certainly more family focused. With space to cook, eat, sleep, relax and play these are your home away from home and the perfect base to share with friends and family. Meaning you have the luxury element of the hotel but your own free space too. See more on these properties here.
THE BATHROOM SHELF:
A luxury selection of the of usual hotel toileties and a few extras (like a nail kit, dental pack and shower cap) are provided by the renowned spa brand Cinq Mondes bringing some Parisan wellness to your bath time. This range is used in the spa also (more below)
The infinity pool directly in front too the main entrance but, far enough away to feel tranquil and peaceful is further heightened by the stunning views over the olive groves. With enough plush seating and sun loungers to ensure you may never want to leave – great news that the pool bar serves directly to your seat then – grab a pool towel, a book and soak up the French sunshine.
Families are more than welcome at the Château St Pierre de Serjac and during school holidays from Easter, Summer to October half-term there is a kids club based around nature, adventure and fun. Ideal for children aged 4-14 it’s ran by bilingual staff giving children to chance to make friends and have some holiday time of their own. The hotel also offers bike rides, boules and tennis as well as evening entertainment like kids dinner evenings, movie nights and parties. Cots and a babysitting service can all be organised too.
If you mange to get some time alone head to the Cinq Mondes Spa (meaning Five Worlds) with a heated pool spa tub, sauna and sun loungers – both around the pool and on the outside terrace in the spa garden. For those feeling a little more energetic there is a mini gym and yoga lessons. A full treatment menu can be found online.
As you can imagine you are spoilt for choice at St Pierre for food and wine. Breakfast is a continental affair with cold meats, fruit, juice, cheese, bread and the most memorable baked-on site croissants. Seriously it’s worth a visit for these alone. Served in the main restaurant each morning. For lunch there is the superb €25 3-course lunch menu that can be served in the restaurant, on the terrace or near the pool area. The restaurant is elegant, cosy and serves locally sourced French cuisine without the fuss. Think typical French brasserie style with a homely feel. Dinner offering is an a la carte menu or €38 dinner menu which helps when there is a large group of you.
There is also an excellent children’s lunch and dinner menu with burgers, pastas, fish and chicken.For cocktails the 19th century style bar opposite the restaurant is the perfect place for a pre-dinner drink. The cocktails are delicious – so, you may not want to leave this reception area. The signature Serjec cocktail mixes gin, pink peppercorns, elderflower and basil. If you do venture out (and we really mean next door) there is the Caveau – which holds regular events throughout the year with live music, bar tapas and of course, an extensive wine menu where you can enjoy the wine from the region and Serjac’s own winery.
THE KIDS PACKING LIST:
The relaxed laid back charm of St Pierre calls for stylish pieces that work for kids club, lunch on the terrace, bike rides or day trips to Montpellier. Kids can’t go wrong with a classic mariniere top and stylish natural straw hat an openwork tote bag is perfect for poolside or in case you hit those French markets. A quick drying towel will be ideal around the pool and help them stay smelling sweet with some classic French spray – and when they’ve exhausted the kids clubs, playtime and movie nights they can brush up on their French with this First Words French book.