What We Love
- The grandeur of the inn, modeled after a French chateau
- A choice of spacious guest rooms, suites, or freestanding villas
- Seven restaurants, with cuisine ranging from haute French to spa
- The golf club offers four championship courses
- The onsite winery, offering tours and tastings
What To Know
- WiFi costs $9.95 per day
- Pets are allowed in the villas but not the inn
- There are dress codes for some restaurants and the golf club
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
If your dream is touring French wine country without crossing the Atlantic, this grand chateau north of Atlanta has you covered. Everything is big here, from the imposing inn itself–rising from the vineyards like a stateside version of Versailles. The resort also boasts a staggering number of diversions, ranging from cooking lessons to winery tours, along with golf, tennis and spa treatments galore. The 14 spa suites are in a separate mansion overlooking a lake and forest. More interested in carb-loading? Try the Irish pub, the sports bar, or the classic French restaurant.
In the Area
Given that the nearest town, Braselton, considers Chateau Élan its greatest attraction (the resort attracts half a million visitors a year), there’s every reason to explore the sprawling estate. Hit the links at the Golf Club (the resort offers golf lessons, as well as a short course of four holes called The Loop), then embark on a winery tour and tasting at the Winery, which now includes cheeses from local Georgia dairy, Sweet Grass, along with an olive oil tasting bar. Indulge in a seasonally-driven spa treatment in the spa mansion, which might include an autumnal pumpkin latte ritual or a summer solstice treatment. If you must venture outside the estate, seek out some authentic southern barbecue: locals rave about Stonewall’s BBQ, a family-run joint serving up home-style staples like ribs, coleslaw, and smoked brisket.
How to Get There
We stayed for 1 night as part of the Valentine’s Day couples package. It includes prefixed dinner, bottle of red wine and breakfast. Our room was a King size room and we had a view of the pool. Our room was on the low floor - A level. Included 2 plush white bath robes for temporary use. The customer service was excellent! However the food was mediocre to me at the restaurant. Overall the resort has a pretty exterior but inside they need to renovate a little more. You can tell this property has aged over time. We didn’t do the spa or golf. Maybe another time. Not a bad spot if you want a quick getaway from Atlanta that less than 2 hours.
I agree with all poor reviews of Chateau Elan. I was really excited to spend some time alone with my husband in the resort.
The room was outdated. The desk chair was ruined with large pieces of top leather peeled off, the mirror was supposed to be antique looking but just looked really ugly. The carpet has stains which you can see in the mirror pic. The plastic coffee maker and actual coffee is the cheapest type. The bed was comfortable but the bedding sounded like it had plastic in it and is very noisy and not cosy and comfortable. The robes were not even ironed and I think just replaced on hangers as they were so visually unappealing and seriously wrinkled. Wish I had taken more pics! The corduroy type chez lounge was old and looked as if it needed a steam clean too.
We paid for late checkout and had a do not disturb sign up and yet housekeeping knocked twice and woke us.
The view we had was of the top of a low roof and we kept the curtains closed since it was so ugly. The bathroom was lovely with a great bath and shower, although no bath sheets even, just normal towels and very basic soaps etc. I was very disappointed as I have stayed in far superior accommodations world wide for much less than the cost at Chateau Elan.
I did purchase a sale price on their room as they had Christmas specials and am thinking that perhaps they offer their ugliest rooms to those who buy on sale?
The staff did enquire upon checkout if I was happy with my stay and I wish I had said something now, but at that point I was annoyed, wanted to leave and knew they would not have done anything about it anyway since these are their accommodations and what they offer. I paid for late checkout until 5pm but we left early anyway...
The actual experience does not meet up to all of the help surrounding the place. I expected a lot more. It calls itself a 4 resort so I was expecting a lot more. In my opinion it is a 3 star. If you go with that start eating in mind you will not be disappointed.
Enjoyed a wonderful girls weekend . We combined two packages for two nights. Enjoyed the spa as well as the winery, spa lunch, fancy dinner, casual dinner at the pub and buffet breakfast.
Room was neat as a pin.
The Versailles brunch was amazing. So many different options . All were fresh and yummy.
The massages were great. Loved the sauna and cucumber water.
We stayed in the main section. Dont know if the spa section would be worth the extra money for us.
Awesome room, spa was amazing, service was excellent. Winery tour and tasting was great. I’ll return!!! John Reeter is and continued to appear with suggestions and help along the way. Early check in was available so my husband was able to relax while I was spoiled at the Spa. All wonderful.