The chateau and gardens have been lovingly restored by two of the most charming and friendly hosts one could hope for. We were late arriving after a long drive from Turin and shortly before, received an anxious call from Johan, one of the owners to see if we were ok. A promising start and the welcome more so. We stayed in the Gardeners Cottage which adjoins the chateau. The cottage has been fabulously restored with the huge main bedroom making the most of the ancient beamed ceilings but with a super sleek modern bathroom offering the best of both worlds, old and new. Downstairs, Johan & Pieter have created wonderful living accommodation which allows complete privacy if required with a wonderful kitchen with many thoughful extras, a choice of nespresso, delicious tisanes, water and fruit. This is not your average B&B! The level of detail is fantastic and extremely good value.
The next morning, a huge breakfast tray was left in the hallway at the appointed time for us to help ourselves to. With two teenage boys with insatiable appetites, the breakfast was again just the ticket. Freshly-made smoothies, voted "the best ever", fresh croissants, pastries, freshly boiled eggs, yoghurts, juices, delicious jams, you really can't fault a thing.
After coffee in the chateau, Pieter gave us a tour of the chateau. Again, the guest rooms are stunning. There is wonderful artwork everywhere. It is modern but fits the space as it's all been individually chosen and contrasts wonderfully with the original furnishings.
No air-conditiong, no elevator, no CNN... hurrah! What more can you ask for in the heart of Burgundy?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crowning a hill in the renowned winemaking region of Burgundy, Château de la Resle has the charm and personality of a well-loved private home. The six elegant rooms and suites are taken care of by Dutchmen Johan Bouman and Pieter Franssens, who invite guests to share the French, ivy-wrapped manor house they painstakingly restored. Adding to the feeling of romance and exclusivity is Johan and Pieter’s personal collection of contemporary art and design, which attracts fellow connoisseurs from around the world.From the château, which sits on the edge of an 800-hectare hunting forest, there are bucolic views down the valley of Montigny la Resle. The wine village of Chablis – that gives its name to one of the most famous white wines in France – is also just a short drive away. Exploring the area is a delight, but guests are equally happy to unwind at the château’s spa, soak in the azure pool, or relax by a sizzling open fire with a glass of the château’s own Chablis. ... more less
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