Tucked away in a quiet side street, Hotel de la Villeon is in a great central location in the picturesque town of Tournon-sur-Rhone, and ideally situated for exploring both the beautiful countryside and world famous vineyards of the Rhone Valley. The ideal travel destination for any wine enthusiast, the area boasts a whole host of other attractions including fascinating historical buildings and museums, river cruises, and beautiful gardens. It’s also just 50 minutes south of Lyon, France’s second city, which is well worth a visit for its architecture and culture and is a real gourmet’s delight with almost 2,000 restaurants to choose from and no fewer than 22 Michelin stars. Flying to Lyon is also the best way of reaching the area, with EasyJet offering direct flights from Gatwick and British Airways from Heathrow.
Review Of Hotel de la Villeon
A firm favourite within the wine tourism industry for both leisure and corporate stays, Hotel de la Villeon is an 18th century mansion which has recently been converted into a luxury hotel. Extreme care has been taken with the process and many stunning original features have been preserved, filling the place with a real feeling of living history. The décor exudes an elegance of a bygone age – think marble fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, wooden floors and wing chairs. In the old stables, a contemporary, minimalist wine cellar and meeting area has been created, perfect for wine tastings and corporate events.
The hotel offers sixteen guest rooms, four of which are suites. Standard facilities in all rooms include free Wi-Fi, flat screen satellite TV, air conditioning and ensuite marble bathrooms with hairdryers and Molton Brown toiletries. Décor is tasteful in neutral tones and many of the rooms boast antique furniture and flooring as well as fragrant scented candles – a lovely little extra touch. Suites are larger, and some, such as the La Villeon suite, feature intricate wainscoting and panelling across walls and ceilings which will really transport you back to the heyday of this beautiful old mansion. If you fancy your own private terrace, go for the Goddess suite, while some of the rooms on the higher floors have pretty garden views.
Bar and Breakfast
With its intimate ambience and little courtyard area, bar Le Gabriel is the perfect spot to enjoy some of the world renowned local wines or a cocktail or two from the impressive house menu. There is also a beautifully refurbished dining room where a hearty breakfast buffet is served in the mornings, offering some delightful local produce including meats, cheeses, pastries, juices and coffee. In the warmer months, breakfast is served outside on the patio.
The hotel boasts 2,000 m2 of beautiful gardens which are well worth exploring. Laid out over three levels, they contain rose bushes, Indian lilac and wisteria among many other delights. Leading to the old fortifications of Tournon, the gardens end with spectacular views over the Rhone river and Hermitage hills. Within the town itself, there is much to explore, including the chateau and museum where interesting exhibitions are held year-round, the medieval town centre and the seventeenth century tapestries at the Gabriel Faure Lycée. The city of Lyon with all its museums, beautiful architecture and fabulous restaurants is just under an hour away, and of course the vineyards of the Rhone Valley are not to be missed!
If you’re planning on driving or using a hire car during your stay, it’s worth bearing in mind that the hotel doesn’t have its own car park. However, there is a parking area just a short walk away.
Lovingly refurbished, Hotel de la Villeon is a superb luxury hotel near Lyon, France, which would make the ideal base for wine connoisseurs, business travellers or anyone looking to take a relaxing break in the beautiful Rhone Valley.
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