Traveling in late October, we found most wine chateaux were closed. A friend had recommended this place, so when we passed by the driveway we decided to give it a try. Sure enough, the retail shop was open, leading to a small purchase and enjoyable conversation with the woman who worked there. We discovered that you can get a room here, which, given the spectacular nature of the chateau and the breathtaking view, must be superb. The chateau itself is huge, with lovely grounds (including the Lady’s Bath, a spring fed private stone pool nearby). There are evidently cavernous cellars, which we missed the opportunity to see (a doorway into the hillside was open but we dared not venture in on our own lest someone close the door). We saw the chapel and the armory. Venturing up a wide stone circular staircase we seemed to be in someone’s private quarters, so we quietly retraced our steps. We definitely put this on our list of special places to stay at a future date.
- Also Known As:
- Chateau De La Riviere Hotel Fronsac