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
This was the first time in about 20 years that my wife and I did not host Thanksgiving at our house for typically 30 people. Usually it felt like our house was a B&B from Wednesday to Sunday and was enjoyable due to family coming from out of town. However you are exhausted due to the constant entertaining and cleanup after meals. This year was different....We came to Chateau Elan for rest, relaxation and recharging. The staff was very accomodating in all areas!!! They reserved tee times at both golf courses, advised on all events occurring at the property, got us bikes to ride around and went above and beyond during our stay. The buffet was excellent as the food was delicious and deserts magnificent. That was the best Pecan pie I’ve tasted!!! The only thing that I was disappointed in was....no leftovers. Even though we were in food comas following dinner, we somehow managed to have the buffet breakfast the next morning and found it of very nice quality. We went on the wine tour and did the wine tasting along with making our own bottle of Chateau Elan blended which was a nice experience and highly recommended if you are wondering. We have been fortunate enough to have stayed in very nice places around the world in our travels and would rank this property amoung the tops. The only thing we did not try was the spa and looking at the services offered I’m sure it would not disappoint. The golf courses were really enjoyable as there are quite a few blind shots due to the terrain and the greens were quite fast considering the time of year. I really enjoyed both the Chateau and Woodlands course complexity and set up as I am looking forward to coming back in the future to play again. The only drawback to this peaceful golf experience is that I kept hearing what sounded like a car racetrack in the background, but after doing research on the Elan property I realized that the owner/developer was also the inventor of the Panoz sport car and racing team. Needles to say that the objective of rest, relaxation and recharging was accomplished during our 5 day stay at this property. I am looking forward to coming back soon!!!
My husband and I celebrated his birthday the weekend before Thanksgiving. Saturday was very busy. There were a few weddings and the winery was pretty packed. Sunday and Monday were very quiet. The resort was almost empty. We literally had the entire floor of the Inn to ourselves. It was very quiet and romantic. I recommend staying during the week if you are looking for a quiet relaxing stay. The room was very nice and clean. There was a lot of storage space for our things. While visiting we did the wine tour and tasting, it was great. I loved the wine glasses, the wine, and speed of service from the bartenders. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the wines and it was cool to see the production room. We also ate at a couple of the restaurants. Versailles brunch on Sunday was okay. I was disappointed in the selection of food, quality, and taste for the price. It was not worth $27 per person. My coffee was luke warm, so this was disappointing as well. We ate at Paddy's twice while visiting. The food was good and the service was great. We had the fish and chips(split) because it was more than enough food for us. We also ate at Sarazen's Bar and Grill at the golf course. Our server was friendly and the nachos were delicious. The views of the golf course were beautiful. For activities, we played basketball outside, rented bikes, walked the nature trail, and played pool at the Lounge. The basketball and bikes were provided by the front desk for no additional charge. During our stay, I asked for our room to be cleaned daily. Housekeeping cleaned our room quickly and efficiently. Everything we asked for the front desk made sure we had. I was impressed with the customer service. We asked for the fire pits to be lit by the pool and it was done in no time. The valet men and bell men were also very friendly. I was a little disappointed in the luke warm shower we took daily. My husband encouraged me not to complain about it. The only disadvantage of staying Sunday-Tuesday is many of the nice restaurants were closed. We really wanted to eat at the Winery, but did not realize it was closed Sunday and Monday. The winery was also closed Monday and Tuesday. Despite this, the stay was wonderful and the natural elements made you feel like you were far away from home although we only drove an hour to reach the resort. I would definitely stay here again!
My family and I have been coming to the Chateau for years. We come several times a year and every Thanksgiving for the past 5 years. This year, for the first time, we invited extended family. Although they don’t like to travel, we convinced them that the Thanksgiving buffet (we always do the Thanksgiving overnight package, that included the buffet) was to-die for and a must-see!
Unfortunately, the new owners have heralded in a new era of mediocrity at this once charming and lovely hotel. I was SO embarrassed for convincing our guests that they should come here for this incredible buffet and unique European hospitality. The only thing incredible about our entire stay was how shockingly fast this once great getaway did a complete 180 in every way - from its appearance to its food to its management, and everything in between.
Their Thanksgiving buffet used to be the talk of the town. Worth every cent of its $80+ price tag (2 tickets included per room if you stay with the Thanksgiving package). This year, however, there was a MARKED difference in the quality and the presentation. A select few dishes were superb (the sweet potato pot de creme, the Brussel sprouts au gratin, the leeks with mushrooms, and the whipped mashed potatoes). The crab legs were highly disappointing (much smaller than in years past); every dessert was either abysmal, mediocre or tasteless; the stuffing was dry, meaty and horrendous; the turkey was dry; gravy was awful. The bread station was the best part.
Apart from the food, the ambience has gone completely downhill as well. They stuck the pianist in a back corner under the staircase where you could barely hear her. She used to be near the buffet table where all the guests could enjoy the music and could watch her play. They also did away with the lovely ice sculptures that added so much beauty to the decor.
If I had never been to their Thanksgiving buffet before, I would say it was good but far from great. Having been to it several times in the past, I would say it was sad and disappointing. And I’m not the only one. While on the buffet line, I overheard several other guests lamenting the downhill turn it took, and my extended family (being there for the first time) reported back to me that several people on the dessert line were complaining about how wonderful the dessert room used to be (in both taste and looks), and how mediocre it is now.
The bad news didn’t stop there. The breakfast at Versailles the next day was a joke!!! $23 for a buffet where the food is the same quality as a cafeteria. It was shameful! Later that day, we had one of the worst lunches I’ve ever had at Marc, the restaurant at the winery. The night of Thanksgiving, we had a late dinner at Paddy’s Irish Pub. Nothing to write home about.
As soon as we walked into the hotel, we knew it wouldn’t be the same. The new owners changed the lobby and did away with all its elegance and European charm. Now it looks like the inside of any airport hotel where you stay on a layover. The management mirrors the decline in ambience.
We are actually mourning the death of the Chateau Elan that we once knew. The only reason to return would be walking around the nature trails on the property. The beautiful trees and landscaping is the one thing they haven’t yet ruined.
I recently attended a business conference held here. As far as the accommodations for the conference, it was very nice. The food served here was excellent. The grounds and decor are marvelous. However, at the end of the day, it is a hotel. What I mean is that the room was ok. I was not blown away by the room. It was fairly large, and the bathroom was very nice. But.. it was a hotel room. The walls were very thin. I could hear talking and the tv from adjoining rooms very clearly. I was even awakened in the middle of the night by someone snoring in the next room! Seriously. If you are seeking a nice hotel room, other hotels would be just as good for less money. If you are seeking a plush, overall setting with access to really nice eating possibilities, splurge for Chateau Elan. However, at the end of the day, when you lay your head down on the pillow, it is a hotel.
This place is in the middle of nowhere. The good is that the rooms are pretty nice, winery is interesting and the wine actually pretty good, close to three golf courses and it has nice amenities. The bad is that there does not seem to be any management. When we arrived no one came right out to greet us, housekeeping was lousy. They offer turn down service and come to your room but don't actually do turn down. They leave the dirty towels on the bathroom floor, leave your garbage and pull your sheet down. They bring chocolate sometimes and sometimes not. On one evening three people came to do turn down and the results were as stated above. When I complained to a manager he said he should teach his staff better.
When I asked for dinner recommendations from guest relations the person said she did not know of any places in the area and did not even recommend the restaurants in the hotel. I get the sense from the hotel that they could care less if you ever come back and I guess they really don't want you to because they don't go to much effort to make your experience better than average,