We just finished a magical stay at the Château de Vault-de-Lugny in Burgundy. The chateau and its grounds are everything we could have hoped for in the French countryside—a stately chateau, an ancient keep, a moat and its river and a beautiful park. All of this surrounding a courtyard where we sat every evening before dining. Dinner was served each night in front of a majestic fireplace, in an ancient room with a vaulted ceiling. The surrounding countryside also contributed to the romance of the vacation with its pastoral setting replete with tiny ancient villages many having their own chateaux; churches, abbayes and museums. It was truly romantic!
The young chef and the pastry chef did such a good job of blending the traditional Burgundian food with creative touches that made every meal exciting. We ate a simple rack of lamb and potato puree, breast of chicken and risotto with morel sauce, and small ravioli in a delicious asparagus cream. We loved the snails with watercress garnished with fried garlic slivers, a much lighter dish than the usual preparation--perfect for a warm spring evening. We also enjoyed a delicious pigeon, fresh vegetables from the garden, ecrevisses, and numerous dishes seasoned with the flowers from the wild “garlic of the bear” a native herb that grows in abundance on the banks of the river on the property. A highlight was a coq au vin a la royale, a variation on the same dish usually made with wild hare and foi gras. It was lighter than hare and absolutely delicious.
Desserts were light and delicious and for the first time we tasted whipped cream flavored with the essence of acacia flowers, something we had only read about in old French novels. The pastry chef also made the best vanilla macarons we have ever tasted, a delightful addition to several desserts and the traditional little treats that came with the coffee.
The wine list had something for everyone. There were bottles of great vintages for the true connoisseurs but also excellent bottles that represent the region well at reasonable prices and a very good list of wins by the glass.
The servers at dinner were attentive; kind and professional. This was true of all the hotel personnel. The maitre-d’hotel was especially patient and helpful. On arriving we were greeted promptly and shown to our room efficiently. The feeling we took away of all the staff was one of competence and graciousness.
Our room was so pretty! It had a view of the courtyard and the green hills beyond the gates. It was elegant and every comfort was provided including a working fireplace.
The owners of the chateau and their team tried to do everything to make our visit memorable and they succeeded!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Idealy located between Vezelay and Chablis, the moated Chateau de Vault de Lugny has been built between the XIII & XVII Century. the Chateau offers 16 luxurious rooms overlooking the spacious gardens, several with fireplaces, four poster bed & period furniture. Award of the best indoor pool & jacuzzi. A unique place for a romantic & relaxing stay in Burgundy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Vault-De-Lugny Hotel Vault-De-Lugny