Collioure and Banyuls, plus inland Côtes du Roussillon
By Richard James
This Guide was last updated on 23 April 2010
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Address: Chemin de Valmy,
66700 Argelès sur Mer
Tel: 04 68 81 25 70 Fax: 04 68 81 15 18
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 42:31:52N (42.53101) Longitude: 3:1:44E (3.02876)
The road to Martine and Bernard Carbonnell's extraordinary Bavarian-cum-Disney castle and hotel is well-marked off the Argelès bypass, but in any case you absolutely can not miss it. Perched up on the hill and surrounded by terraced vineyards, the Carbonnells have spent a fortune restoring this old family estate starting with replanting all the vineyards in the 1990s, building a new glass-walled cellar with tasting room/shop and finally renovating the château itself. Five exquisite rooms with all modern conveniences, yet retaining their Old World charm. Outside there’s a fabulous view, a park to walk in and a swimming pool, with relaxation area.
Useful information: Rooms: €160-€370 including breakfast. Closed 1 December - 31 March.
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