My husband treated me to two nights here for New Year's Eve as a belated anniversary gift. We had eaten at the restaurant before and knew that Erna's Elderberry House produced world-class cuisine, but until now we'd never stayed at the Chateau Sureau. We were not disappointed - from start to finish we had 2 days of extreme pampering. The service is unbelievable - it's like having your own mini Downton Abbey, with maids in French aprons bustling downstairs, and staff to answer your every request. Whether lounging in bed reading, relaxing in the beautifully appointed drawing room sipping champagne (complete with floor to ceiling bookshelves, a grand piano, and fireplace), we felt it was our luxurious country home for two days. We stayed upstairs in the Lavender Room which was the one available when we booked - but I looked into other rooms on the way out and they are all amazing: custom antique furniture and art/ objets, four-poster beds, luxury linens and Hungarian down comforters, fireplaces, small balconies...Erna has thought of every detail. Breakfast each morning was a lovely platter of meats, cheese, fruit and homemade croissants that taste authentically French followed by a quiche or other treat. We were showered with little treats throughout the stay: home baked cookies, gourmet chocolates on the pillows, truffles after dinner...we brought most home to our daughter.
We also dined again both nights in the restaurant - including the special NY Eve 9-course tasting menu (word to the wise: skip lunch and hike to work up an appetite!) Again, the restaurant exceeded expectations. We've dined in some amazing places - Michelin star-rated - in Paris, London, Tokyo...and Erna's can compete with the best. The menu changes nightly as the chef sources local fresh ingredients - but whatever is being served you can be assured it will be amazing.
Having grown up in nearby Fresno, and now living a few hours away in the Bay Area, we were delighted to discover such a world-class European resort so close: we justified the price (it is not cheap!) by saying it was like a weekend trip to Europe without the long flight and additional cost :) So if you're looking for something different from Napa, more intimate and personalized than larger hotels, yet more classy and upscale than any other B&B, try the Chateau - you won't be disappointed.
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