L'Auberge du Cèdre | Hotel in Hérault | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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L'Auberge du Cèdre - Hotel in Hérault

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Domaine de Cazeneuve, 34270 Lauret, Hérault
Languedoc - Roussillon, France

Françoise Antonin & Lutz Engelmann

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+33 (0)4 67 59 02 02(landline)

This friendly hotel is for get-up-and-go types. The owners really know their (organic) onions, and you can explore the wine cellar...

No wonder guests return to this big, bustling, ethically-run house. Lively, charming Françoise and her multi-lingual husband Lutz welcome walkers, climbers, cyclists and families. There's a special space for workshop groups, too, separate from the big comfy sitting room. Bedrooms are plain, beamy, white, with the odd splash of ethnic colour and terracotta floors that gleam. Beds, beautifully designed by Lutz and made by local craftsmen, are all twins/doubles. Only a few bathrooms are now shared but the wonderful atmosphere of good humour and laughter has not been affected by the improvements and this is still not a place for luxury-seekers. Art exhibitions are constant, everywhere something beautiful catches the eye. Meals of local and organic produce are chosen from a blackboard menu. It's perfect for families: a swimming pool, space to run around in, boules under the chestnut trees before you turn in for the night. The auberge sits in the middle of the Pic Saint Loup vineyard, one of the best in the Languedoc and Lutz's excellent wine cellar is another reason to prolong your stay.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Air conditioning
Some, if not all, bedrooms are air-conditioned.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Swimming pool
On the premises.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Babies welcome
Suitable for guests with a baby or toddler under 3.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Local points of interest from Françoise Antonin & Lutz Engelmann:

Local points of interest from
Françoise Antonin & Lutz Engelmann:

  • The Auberge du Cèdre is the very ancient mansion of a large wine estate, today called "Château de Cazeneuve". Nowadays a very fine "Pic Saint Loup" wine is made by our neighbour. The life of a working wine estate can be observed, & tastings are possible.
  • The mansion has been brought into its actual shape at the end of the 19th century, with the addition of the iron made orange-house, feature very fashionable at that period. At the same time, the grand cedar tree, which dominates the park, has been planted.
  • These vast improvements have been made around 1896 by the new owners of the property, a family of rich wine merchants from Sète, to upgrade the formerly much simpler "Mas" (Languedoc rural farm) to a rather posh château-like estate.
  • The Auberge is located in the "Pic Saint Loup" winegrowing area, one of the most prestigious in south France, with more than 40 individual properties in the immediate neighbourhood.
  • We are wine lovers. Our wine list with our personal choice of Languedoc wines, including some well aged bottles, attentively served & decanted if necessary, is a good starting point to discover our region's liquid treasures.
  • Our location, half way between the Cévennes, Montpellier, Nîmes & the mediterranean beaches, is perfect to avoid the overcrowded coastal area, but keeping easy access to the sea & the green mountains, plus two interesting cities within a half hour drive.
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  • 15 Twin/doubles
  • , 1 Triple
  • , 4 Suites for 4
  • , 1 Apartment for 6
Price:(i) 72 to220 per night

Dinner, B&B €50 - €93 per person.

Booking info:


Breakfast included. Light lunch €15. À la carte €29-€45(weekends). Wine €9-€98.


Mid-November to mid-March.


Domaine de Cazeneuve, 34270 Lauret, Hérault

Hotel 4 Twin/double rooms
Separate shower. Shared WC.
Price: (i) 72 to 88 per night
Hotel 11 Twin/double rooms
Price: (i) 96 to 112 per night
Hotel 1 Triple room
Separate shower. Shared WC.
Price: (i) 72 to 117 per night
Hotel 4 Suites
4 suites for 2-4.
Price: (i) 114 to 216 per night
Hotel 1 Apartment
Self-catered, or with meals at the auberge.
Price: (i) 120 to 220 per night

Françoise Antonin & Lutz Engelmann

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+33 (0)4 67 59 02 02(landline)