Château De La Resle
What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Urban design flourishes within a meticulously restored 17th-century chateau
- Surrounded by 14 acres of lush gardens and orchards
- Use of the pool and spa is free
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $1 per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- The property is open from mid-February through the beginning of January
- Children under 10 are welcome
- WiFi is free
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Surrounded by 14 acres of lush gardens and orchards, this typically French chateau dates to the 17th century and sits atop a hill in the Burgundy wine region. The charming ivy-clad exterior belies uber modern interiors designed by owners Johan Bouman and Pieter Franssens, Dutch natives who traveled to the area on business and ended up falling in the love with the property. The two rooms and four suites are either traditionally styled in keeping with the history of the building (lichen walls, fireplaces, antique mirrors and trinkets) or with more of a nod to loft-style living with soaring ceilings and contemporary artwork. Breakfast is served in the dining room, the chateau’s former summer salon, which is strewn with striking pieces of art (dine by the pool in the summer months) and the restaurant is open for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Kick back with a good book by the secluded pool, relax in the sauna or steam room or work out in the petite gym. If the weather turns sour, sip a glass of the chateau’s own Chablis by the crackling fire.
In the Area
There are plenty of wine tasting opportunities in the area including the Domaine Alain Geoffroy, a family estate established in 1850, and the Tixier Vineyard, a small family business with a vineyard that covers 17 acres. Local chateaus include Ancy-Le-Franc, home to the biggest collection of Renaissance murals in France and the 11th-century Chateau Ratilly which hosts regular contemporary art exhibitions. For a shopping fix, hit Auxerre‘s Old Town to browse the boutiques that line the cobblestone streets or rummage for bargains at the designer outlet mall in Troyes. The chateau is around a two-hour drive from Paris.
How to Get There
I am surprised by the number of five star reviews. This hotel is an SPG property and part of the Design Hotels brand, so perhaps I expected more than a plumped up chateau with minimal amenities. The on-site restaurant advertised on the website is little more than a single room adjacent to the pool and it was not open during our weekend summer stay. The house is overly designed but lacking basic amenities. We were upgraded to a suite on the third floor but the only ac was a stand alone unit with a large tube out the window, requiring the window to stay open at all times bringing flies by day and mosquitoes at night. The hosts are quite charming and welcoming, but this is more like staying at an eccentric uncle’s house than a Design Hotel experience.
While my review is long overdue (we visited Sept of 2017), it is important to me that others know how AMAZING Chateau de la Resle is. We came to the Chateau as an escape from Paris for three nights and it could not have been a better experience. Peter and Johan were the most endearing hosts who really love what they have created and it shows. Every detail from the organic toiletries to the original art displayed throughout the Chateau and her grounds. I fully believe they have found their calling by creating the most beautiful retreat. If you are lucky enough to be there on a night when dinner is an option on property jump at the chance to enjoy. The rooms were impeccably clean, the recommendations of the surrounding areas were exactly what we needed & breakfast was a delight down to how it was displayed. Peter and Johan have painstakingly thought of every detail and it shows beautifully. I long for the day I am able to go back and deeply breathe in the magnificence of Peter and Johan have created and so lovingly share with others.
I'm way overdue on this review, but better late than never!
We stayed a couple of night at Chateau de la Resle in April 2018. We really enjoyed our stay! The chateau is totally chic, beautiful, peaceful, and the art collection is incredible! That's exactly the decoration I would love to have in my house in a near future.
The breakfast is SO GOOD. The common areas are very nice. I enjoyed many walks around the garden, the spa, the pool, and even late nights reading at the living room. Peter was our host during our days, and he didn't disappoint with his recommendations. If you can, ask him in advance for dinner reservations as many of his top pics were fully booked.
A tip: Rent a car if you're in the area. Will be much easier to move around to restaurants, vineyards, and it's cheaper than hiring a cab.
The chateau is perfect for a romantic escape and wine tasting, of course. The property with its garden is simply beautiful. Rooms are tastefully decorated. A perfect place to relax.
Johan is the perfect host and provided great recommendations for restaurants and things to see. Breakfast, however, could have more variety. More homemade breads, fruit, cheeses, etc. would be desirable.
We have just come back from the most wonderful stay at Chateau de la Resle. We stayed 2 nights, but left feeling like we wanted to stay for another 10.
The Chateau itself is breathtaking and the design installations inside have been lovingly curated. The moment we stepped inside we felt like we were in Johan and Pieter's home rather than a hotel. It's beautiful, yet feels incredibly homely.
Johan and Pieter are a wonderful pair of hosts, both welcoming, charming, helpful and if you're lucky enough to spend longer than 5 mins in their company you'll discover how passionate they are about food, design and all things creative. It was a delight to be in their company.
Our room, the aptly named 'Chablis', was stunning - artwork and furniture pieces alike, and the bathroom was huge. Our bed was big and comfortable!
Breakfast was delicious (we loved the boiled eggs!), there wasn't a cooked breakfast but frankly we didn't want it anyway as there was beautiful fresh French pastries and fresh bread on offer.
Would we recommend it? Whole heartedly. Go. No really, go. You'll have THE most wonderful stay. Oh and the pool. Go for the pool too, it's stunning!