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Château de Longsard
4060 route de Longsard
69400 ARNAS
Comte et Comtesse Olivier du Mesnil du Buisson


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Languages:  English, Spanish, Portuguese
Credit card accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Diners Club 

Département: Rhône (69) 

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Château de Longsard

  In 1997 Count and Countess du Mesnil du Buisson purchased Château de Longsard to make it their home and bring it back to its former glory.  They have been incredibly successful!  The château is beautiful while not being overly formal or pretentious.  As their family home, they raised their children there, and the family pets of dogs and cats are still present.  Today they operate a lovely bed and breakfast as well as offer self-catering suites and apartments in their newly renovated Coach House. Having lived in many countries themselves, they are happy to welcome guests from around the world.

The history of the château goes back as far as the sixteenth century, and the château was built in the last half of the 18th century by Jean-Charles de Brun, councilor to the King and Master of the Rivers and Forests of Beaujolais.  The château changed hands in 1780 when it was purchased by Sire Pierre Verd who was guillotined in early 1794, and then it became the property of Victor de Saint Amand who proceeded to have the estate surveyed and mapped.  It shows the château, outbuildings, stables, winery, farm and 450 acres of land.  In 1835 the property was purchased by the Vicomte de Glavenas, the Marquis de Pollalion, at which time the 450 acres were primarily vineyards.  The Marquis would become the mayor of Arnas and a founding member of the French Horticultural Society.  The estate had five farms, and the Marquis implemented modern farming methods which were thought to be quite revolutionary at the time. 

The château underwent major refurbishment, shutters added, window ledges created, new larger paned windows installed (some of the old ones still remain), and the inside was paneled and mosaic tile floors were laid.  In the entrance hall, visitors will see Monsieur Pollalion's coat of arms in mosaics in the tile floor.  In 1891, the Count and Countess Paul Claret de Fleurieu bought the estate and it remained in their family until 1997. 

Château de Longsard offers five rooms or suites in the château and duplex and two-bedroom suites in the Coach House.  Bed and breakfast guests will enjoy breakfast in the charming dining room.  Dinner is also served to guests by advance reservation in this same lovely room. The common rooms such as the salons are inviting and comfortable.  There is ample seating through the gardens for guests' enjoyment. For wine enthusiasts, the 18th century wine cellar is a great place for tasting the Beaujolais wines of the estate, and the wine cellar is also offered for parties, weddings, seminars and other gatherings. 

Your hosts will be pleased to tell you about all the local attractions from delightful country roads for long drives through vineyards and rolling hills to special events that take place on long weekends such as the marathon through the vineyards or the festival of lights in early December.   The Beaujolais' wine growing region is just south of Burgundy and is bordered by the Azergues Valley to the south, the Monts du Beaujolais to the west and the lovely Saône River to the east.  And, of course, the gastronomic capital of France, Lyon, is a short drive from the château!  The region is rich with history and architectural gems, so you may find yourself discovering the Romanesque churches, village wash houses, and ancient walls throughout the countryside.  This part of France may bring Tuscany to mind because of the golden, ochre and light russet hues seen in the walls and buildings ~ Le Pays des Pierres Dorées or Country of the Golden Stones.  We hope you will visit Château de Longsard very soon.

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Rooms: One double, three queens, one king, one single, one twin.
Prices:  First floor king, queen or twin € 140. Second floor double queen and family suite € 125. Family suite can sleep 3 for an extra € 25 per night. 
Extra bed € 25 per night.
Breakfast € 10 per person.
Apartment in Coach House:  € 190 per night, including breakfast. One bedroom duplex € 135. 
Self-catering weekly apartments in Coach House: Two large 2-bedroom suites and 5 duplex for 2 to 3 guests from € 350 to € 1200 per week.  Weekend rates € 250 - € 600 per weekend.  Sheets and towels included. Electricity, maid service, local taxes and breakfast not included in price for rentals of one month or longer.
Rental of the 18th Century Wine Cellar for parties, weddings, seminars and tasting of Beaujolais wines.
Check-in 5 PM; check-out by 11AM.
Deposit:  Credit card information is required at the time of booking a reservation both for B&B accommodations and self-catering rentals. 
Cancellations must be in writing, by fax or email. If canceled within 8 days cards will be charged  50% of the total cost, if within 48 hours 100% will be charged.
Dinner: can be arranged by prior reservation (48 hours notice) € 38 per adult, wine included.  Local restaurants nearby. Your hosts will be happy to make reservations for you.
Pets only in coach house for supplemental charge.  Please inquire when booking.
WiFi, in reception room and some first floor rooms. Satellite TV in coach house.  No telephone. 
No smoking in Château or Coach House.

Open 1st of March to the 20th of December.
On site:  lovely park, vineyards
Vicinity:  Lyon (gastronomic capital and France's second largest city), Beaujolais vineyards, Abbey at Cluny, garden tours, car rallies, lakes, rivers excursions, country roads that wander through the Beaujolais villages of golden limestone houses.


From Paris Gare de Lyon by TGV to Lyon Part Dieu, 2 hours - or -  Gare de Lyon by TGV to Villefranche via Lyon Part Dieu, 2 hours 25 minutes.

From Paris & the North by auto: The château is 3 minutes from the A6 motorway - Exit 31.1 at Villefranche centre/nord  (depending on whether you are coming from the north or the south) This exit does not yet exist on all sat nav. Drive through the roundabout towards Arnas. Drive through Arnas, and proceed 1 mile after the village.  The château is on the right.

From Lyon:  take the A6 autoroute direction Villefranche s/Saône to exit 31.1 direction Arnas.  Drive through Arnas for 1 mile and the château is on the right.

Airport:   Lyon
Railway Station: Villefranche sur Saône 
Car Rental Lyon Airport (click here)
Car Villefranche s/Saône rail station (click here)

GPS coordinates:  46° 02' 02" N,  4° 41' 08" E 

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