LE CHÂTEAU DE LUCENS
The Castle of Lucens, located 20 minutes north of Lausanne, and a bit more than 1 hour from Geneva’s airport, is a unique location for business meetings, conferences, weddings or even a family holidays, full of history and high tech at the same time.
Experience a unique private guided tour of the Castle and every corner of it, learn about the stories of the various owners and how they influenced the shaping of this part of Switzerland between the German and the French speakers.
The Castle was even owned, back in the 1800’s, by Sir Adrian Conan Doyle, son of the writer. He created a small museum dedicated to his father Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
Stay in one of the 22 brand new rooms of the private hotel, full of high tech, or experience a relaxing moment in front of the huge fireplace, reading a book and tasting one of the many local white wine. The Castle and its adjacent hotel are also ideally located strategically within an area of many activities, like golfing, horse riding, mountain biking, and many cultural landmarks.
Solstice offers you different ways to experience the Castle of Lucens, depending on your desires and needs. You can choose to spend your holiday in an 18th century building, or in a charming small chalet - both located on the property's estate - or stay in the heart of the Castle in traditionally styled rooms.
La Ferme is an 18th century building on the Château’s estate. It was classified as a historical monument and benefitted from a complete restoration in 2014. It now offers exclusive accommodations in a unique historic setting.
Le Chalet Bernois
The Bernese Governors built this small two-bedroom chalet on the foundations of the original entrance lodge leading into the Gothic Castle. After the immensity of the castle, the pine-panelled rooms seem charmingly and intimate.
These 8 rooms, situated at the heart of the Castle, are traditional in style and are all furnished individually with antique furniture. Each one of them is named after a famous writer or poet, adding to the romantic atmosphere of the place.
Activities and surroundings
Lucens is a beautiful old village - small but lively - where Le Château towers over the town. There are plenty of entertainment opportunities at the Castle, around the Castle and in the surroundings, thanks to its ideal position granting easy access to some of Switzerland's most attractive entertaining and cultural sites.
A range of activities are available at the Castle: you can enjoy a game of billiards, relax around our outdoor swimming pool in the summer or simply wander along the castle paths. Walking and biking trails in the surrounding countryside, horse riding.
There is plenty to see and do beyond the Castle grounds. History buffs will enjoy discovering the area’s medieval villages, castles and museums. Other activities include golf, go-karting, tree-top adventure park, zoo and tropiquarium.
Lucens is ideally located to access some of Switzerland’s most popular tourist attractions and cultural sites, such as the breathtaking terraced vineyards of Lavaux, the Swiss Riviera along Lake Geneva, the chocolate museum in Broc.
A GOTHIC CASTLE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE OF LA BROYE
Built as a fortified palace for the Bishops of Lausanne, the origins of the Gothic Castle date from the early 13th century, with later additions in the 14th and 15th centuries. The imposing tower, dominating the strategically important Broye Valley, served as a surveillance post and eventual refuge from marauding armies. It also formed part of an ingenious beacon system, linked to other castles in the region. Periods of relative tranquillity were continually jeopardised by fierce warfare and banditry: in 1476, after the Battle of Morat, the Castle’s fortifications were partially destroyed by the Confederate Army.
HOW TO REACH LE CHÂTEAU DE LUCENS
- Le Château de Lucens is approximately 18 miles from Lausanne
- Travel time from Lausanne to the Castle is 20 minutes