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Chateau de la Resle
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Oslo, Norway
2 reviews
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“The perfect place!”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

We spent the weekend at Chateau de la Resle together with 4 friends when we got married in Paris in March. It was out of season, but still they opened their wonderful chateau to us. It is one of those places that looks even better in real life than on the pictures. It has been perfectly renovated and have a lovely mix of new and old. We were welcomed with a drink to enjoy in front of the fireplace, perfect on a chilly spring day. The garden is lovely and was the perfect place for our wedding pictures. I can imagine it is wonderful at summertime. Johan was the perfect host, recommending and booking table at restaurants, helped us find winyards etc. He is fluent in english, which is really very helpful if you ,like us, don't speak french .The breakfast was exstraordinay - make time to enjoy this! The chateau is in a lovely countryside area, not far from Paris but yet with the lovely feeling of nature and peacefulnes. Probably best enjoyed though, if you have a car.
I warmly recomend chateau de la Resle. We felt brave, deciding on a place for such a special occation just searching the internet, but it really excided all our expectations!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

Somebody once said that travel is all about discovery, but resources like Trip Advisor can sometimes dilute the element of anticipation - it gives us the tools to 'flush out' anything that might not suit our individual and very exacting requirements. Chateau de la Resle might not tick every box for every traveller for some very minor reasons. But those people who choose not to choose it will actually deserve to miss out on this rare nugget of Bourgogne delight.

I could not imagine a more fitting place to stay in this region if you are a lover of art, nature, breakfast and friendly hosts!

We enjoyed two days here and I am tempted to describe the whole experience for you, but that would spoil some of the surprises that you will experience.

Thank you guys, we were very taken with your charming house and boundless enthusiasm, we will see you again one day...maybe I can do a sketch from the garden side?

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Overijse, Belgium
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Reviewed May 25, 2012

This lovely 17th century castle has been renovated and decorated in an extremely tasteful 21th century fashion. While respecting original features of the castle, the contemporary art in and around the castle make a perfect match. And this is where it begins. Meet host Johan who owns this diamond together with his partner Pieter. He is an enthusiastic, charming, welcoming and warm person who makes you feel right at home at his home. We were given excellent suggestions for restaurants, trips in the region, addresses for wine tasting, etc./all firm proof of his profound knowledge of Burgundy.
Breakfast also was a very tasty and cosy experience, with Johan taking care of our coffee or tea selection and our egg favorites.
We can recommend this château as a real destination, rather than just a stop on your way to anywhere else. As they say in the Guide Michelin, 3 stars, cela vaut le voyage.
PS: thanks Johan for returning our favorite shower gel...

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

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?

Room Tip: The cottage is fantastic for a longer stay.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Paris
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Reviewed November 4, 2011

What a wonderful weekend staying in Johan and Pieter's home. I felt like I was visiting my very stylish and artistic friends who happen to own a beautiful, perfectly decorated chateau. We were on a 'birthday weekend' and they gave us cake and tea to celebrate, which we took sitting outside in the beautiful grounds with the cats and dogs while chatting to Pieter. We were really made to feel welcome in every way, meeting their friends, exchanging ideas, sharing stories. All of their recommendations regarding what to see and where to eat were wonderful, and I should also mention that Johan stayed so polite and responsive to my hundreds of emails that I sent before we even arrived.asking about Bourgogne and where to visit. I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

We just finished a week-long stay at the Chateau de La Resle and it is an absolutely wonderful holiday destination. The chateau is a charming 17th century edifice nestled in the wine region of Burgundy that has been completely refurbished by the hosts, Johan and Pieter with a modern motif that is both soothing and attractive. The rooms are spacious and very clean. We stayed in the Green Room which exceeded our expectations. Of note was the bed which was exceptionally comfortable. We experienced some of the most restful nights in a long time. Johan and Pieter were always attentive hosts and were available whenever we needed them. The chateau is about a half mile from the nearest village and sits on a hilltop overlooking a verdant valley. The atmosphere was serene and there was no traffic noise.

Johan was a wealth of information regarding local sights and activities and gladly marked their locations on a map for our convenience. Also, we relied on him for several dinner recommendations around the local area. The restaurants he suggested proved to be a superb dining experience.

Often when we came in from a long day of touring and wine tasting Johan or Pieter would meet us and light a fire in the fireplace whereupon we would relax and chat over a glass of wine (John and Peter are fluent in English, French and Dutch).

The Chateau de La Resle is a hidden gem away from the madding crowd and for us it was a perfect home for a few days. We highly recommend it and are planning a return trip.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

Chateau de la Resle is located in a small village in picturesque and tranquil surroundings. The property and grounds are excellent. However the decor and artwork is very modern. If you are looking for the old world feel of a chateau this is not the place.

The rooms at this property lack light and the type of views that we experienced at the other chateaux we stayed in. We stayed in the chateau apartment which is a suite in the attic. The best view is from the awesome bathroom (the beat feature of this suite). The rooms lacked light and views. This suite is two flights up and there is no elevator so better work out before you pick this one. Also the rooms are not air conditioned - one of the nights we spent there was very hot and humid which was difficult.

The location is ideal for exploring this region which has a great mixture of history and culture combined with great wine and great food.

Dinner recommendations provided by Johan were excellent - we had some of our best meals in Burgundy in this region.

The host Johan had a very business like approach - running a B&B seemed to be a side job as opposed to his passion. He was helpful but to the point and very business like.

Room Tip: Do not pick the room under the attic - not a lot of light and no great views other than from bathroo...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Johan B, Propriétaire at Chateau de la Resle, responded to this review, September 29, 2011
This is a funny coincidence; I am writting the response to your review while being in New York, your home town and my destination for a business trip, Indeed, running the B&B at Chateau de la Resle is a "side" job. I strongly believe a B&B is best run by people having another source of income; first of all our room price could never justify the high level of investments made, but more importantly another carreer is the best guarantee for creating a B&B that stays close to who you are.

I am glad to hear you liked the Chateau, the surroundings and the dinners you enjoyed during your stay in Burgundy. Too bad to hear you were missing an elavator and air conditioning, however we would never destroy the architecture of the chateau for this kind of modern equipment of little use. By the way your suite does have a mobile air conditioning. We would have been happy to turn it on for you upon request.

As far as my business like approach is concerned I think you set the tone by requesting a discount on the room for a two nights stay. To me that is very business like too. For the rest I can only say that we do our utmost to welcome and guide our guests in the best possible way, but of course one cannot have a personnel "click" with everybody.
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Property: Chateau de la Resle
Address: Rue des Buttes | Lieu dit La Resle, 89230 Montigny-la-Resle, France
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Location: France > Bourgogne-Franche-Comte > Yonne > Montigny-la-Resle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Montigny-la-Resle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 6
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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