Volan Castle

Valérie Sénéclauze welcomes her guests as a true lady of the manor, elegantly and without any fuss. This XVth century house with its chapel and tower overlooking the Rhône Valley has a few guest rooms and a guesthouse. Accommodation but also a table ! A vegetable garden, a mushroom farm, an orchard, donkeys, goats, chickens and rabbits, just like a tale from Prévert! Valérie botanises, cultivates aromatic herbs, picks pulmonaria and violet, milks her goats to make soap, picks the seeds from the acacia flowers to make syrup, bakes bread, and cooks to delight her city guests. Preserves and jams from fruit and flowers, spring nettle soup, dandelion flower tart and shitake mushroom vine leaves are all on the menu for a rural feast. Homemade fresh produce can be bought at the shop and courses are organised at château. Volan is the perfect base from which to discover the Regional Natural Park of the Pilat. Tel.: 04 74 87 11 79. www.chateaudevolan.fr