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“Bliss in the Sierra Foothills” 5 of 5 stars
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Chateau du Sureau
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   48688 Victoria Lane, Oakhurst, CA 93644   |  
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Oakhurst
Certificate of Excellence
Reno, Nevada
2 reviews
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“Bliss in the Sierra Foothills”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

My husband and I took an early March break to spend four nights at Chateau du Sureau. We had a relaxing and splendid time. The Chateau is a sparkling gem in the Sierra Foothills approximately an hour from Yosemite National Park. We had two dinners at the Elderberry House, the cuisine was inventive, well served, and excellent quality. The atmosphere at the Elderberry House is rich with it's wine-red walls and chandeliers, comfortable for the time needed to partake of the many courses.
Our room was quiet, relaxing and showed attention to detail. The Chateau served a lovely breakfast (always a surpirse course with croissants and brioche) in the morning. Anything we needed it was attended to for the asking. The service is attentive yet allowing for privacy. Adding to the splendor is the nightly pillow chocolates, the beautiful garden grounds, the comfortable great room for reading next to the fire, the big walk-around chess set in the forest grounds, and all who are there at the Chateau to make your stay memorable. Thank you Erna and everyone at the Chateau, a Sierra Foothill gem.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Rancho Mirage, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

The accommodations are perfect for a get away. The service could not be better. And the food ... Exquisite. Had dinner in the restaurant on site which is truly gourmet. The croissants in the morning - breakfast is included- the best outside of Paris.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Though we have stayed here many times, I have yet to write a review and it is long overdue! Erna, the creative genius behind the Chateau created a sanctuary from the one's daily existence. Though situated in a beautiful location that borders Yosemite, the best time there is the time spent reconnecting with one's loved one. I will never forget our first visit over 15 years ago which opened up another world that we were unfamiliar with. From the impeccable service and care of their guests to the sumptuous bedding, the incredible spa, and the out of this world restaurant to the excellent breakfasts we had in Chateau dining area. We loved this little piece of heaven enough to have our wedding and reception there. There simply are no words that could provide for anyone a inkling of what one could experience there. You simply have to go... It is a special place and will always be a place we never wanted to leave.

Room Tip: The rooms are wonderful but our favorites are the Elderberry and Rosemary rooms...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at this beautiful property and cannot wait to return. Every room is lovely and perfectly appointed. All but one have wood-burning fireplaces. Wonderful huge fireplace in the great room with warm fire always burning, and snacks and beverages always available. The staff is the most competent and accommodating we've ever experienced. The grounds are gorgeous, like a botanical garden, with statuary, bird houses, fountains, a pond, outdoor yoga facility, etc. Must have dinner one night at Erna's Elderberry House, in front of the estate - just as incredible as the Chateau.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Indian Wells, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Erna.....We arrived home safe and sound after a marvelous three nights at the Chateau and a fabulous New Year's Eve dinner at the Elderberry House. As always everything was magnificent!

We are always amazed at how attentive and gracious your staff is. That can only come from good leadership and your setting an excellent example. We particularly want to thank Leslie and Jan for all their courtesies. They are two fine representatives and enhance the beauty of your operation.

We have been privileged to stay with you three times and wish for a return in the near future.
Thanks again for helping to make our 50th a memorable occasion.

Best Personal Regards,

Russ and Vicki Beckner

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Woodside, California
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Apparently Room 7 is very popular- slightly larger, has a sitting area in front of fireplace. Person...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Unexpected. This hotel is comparable to Europe's finest. The attention to detail is superb and the service is wonderful. I can't say enough about this experience. Not cheap but worth it. And the restaurant is world class.

Room Tip: Search the web site. Only ten rooms and a villa of your own if you want to splurge.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Chateau du Sureau

Address: 48688 Victoria Lane, Oakhurst, CA 93644
Location: United States > California > Oakhurst
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Oakhurst
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Chateau du Sureau 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Chateau Du Sureau Hotel Oakhurst

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