Just five minutes from the medieval city of Montluçon is Château Saint-Jean, located on the site of a former outpost of Templar knights. From the turrets of this fairy-tale hotel, guests overlook a mature park of century-old trees and a pond filled with swans and ducks – always ready to greet passers-by. Cozy guest rooms and suites combine modernity with touches of Renaissance style, each with breathtaking views of Saint-Jean Park. Rooted in Bourbon heritage, the soul of Auvergne is revealed in this haven of peace run by the Delion family. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation at the spa, with its view of the adjacent racecourse, or spend some time in the bar, near the warmth of the stone fireplace, enjoying a signature creation from the head bartender. At the gourmet restaurant, housed in the chateau’s 12th-century chapel, discover the creative cuisine of chef Olivier Valade. His carefully conceived dishes wow visually and highlight the authenticity of the region’s products.