Bagnols is a commune of the Rhône department in the Eastern France (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Beaujolais). Located about 40 minutes by car from Lyon.

Main attractions

The Saint-Blaise church dates from the end of the sixteenth century and its choir was listed as a historical monument on February 22, 1978. Its font is dated 1535 and was listed on December 5, 1904. The church has a stone sculpture of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, classified object as well as the altarpiece tabernacle on the aisle and its seven statues in polychrome gilded wood, all from the 17th century.

The town hall, an elegant building in the Third Republic spirit topped with a bell ringing the hours and on which a plaque recalls Madame de Sévigné’s passage to Bagnols.

The castle of Bagnols is a former fortified castle, from the thirteenth century, profoundly altered in the fifteenth century and in the eighteenth century.

In 2012, the Château de Bagnols was bought by the Lyon businessman Jean-Claude Lavorel, for his hotel group Lavorel Hotels.

Since May 31, 2013, the Château de Bagnols has been part of the collection of the Small Luxury Hotels group. On July 1, 2013, the establishment obtained the official five-star label from Atout France. The hotel restaurant is managed by chef Jean-Alexandre Ouaratta, who received a Michelin star on February 1, 2016.

In January 2016, the Château de Bagnols became part of the Relais & Châteaux group.

The castle can be visited by appointment.

Shortest distances by car

From Paris: 4 hr 13 min (449 km) via A6

From Lyon: 39 min (34.9 km) via A89

From Marseille: 3 hr 45 min (343 km) via A7

From Nice: 4 hr 53 min (502 km) via A8 and A7

From Toulouse: 5 hr (532 km) via A20 and A89

From Monaco: 5 hr 38 min (525 km) via A8 and A7

From Andorra: 7 hr 7 min (696 km) via A9 and A7

From Madrid: 11 hr 28 min (1,216 km) via A89

From Moscow: 30 hr (2,962 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 14 hr 30 min (1,505 km) via E70 and A4

From Istanbul: 25 hr (2,451 km) via E70

From Bern: 3 hr 27 min (336 km) via A1

Main information

Area: 7 km2

Population: 752

Coordinates: 45°55′06″N 4°36′29″E

Language: French

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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