La Borde Maison d’Hôtes and Spa
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast
- Historic country house with contemporary interiors
- The award-winning gardens feature an outdoor heated saltwater pool, a boules court and tennis courts
- Within easy reach of Burgundy's vineyards for tours and tastings
- The petite spa features a high-tech massage table
What To Know
- The property is a two-hour drive from Paris. The nearest train stations (Auxerre and Joigny) are 20 to 30 minutes away
- Free WiFi and parking
- The oldest part of the property dates from the 14th century
- A homemade set menu dinner is available for $63 (€60) per person, served by the fireplace or under the canopy, including an aperitif, regional wine and coffee (24 hours notice required)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In the village of Leugny in the heart of Burgundy, La Borde Maison d’hôtes is a charming country house with just five characterful rooms. Originally a moated fort built in 1363, it was converted into a private residence in the 16th century, and some of the original features remain. The interiors are by Parisian designers Mis en Demeure, and they combine historic components (heavy exposed beams, tile floors) and a contemporary color scheme (gray, saffron, burgundy). Set on 17 acres, the gardens won a Jardin Remarquable award from the ministry of culture, and the grounds feature an outdoor heated pool and tennis courts.
Bed and Bath
The five suites are between 322 and 1,076 square feet, and all come with handmade beds by German brand Schramm, plus such cozy features as beam ceilings and open-hearth fireplaces. Modern amenities include Nespresso coffee machines and L’Occitane bath products.
Feast on local fare at breakfast, including fresh breads, pastries and homemade jam. The property is a traditional B&B, but dinner can be requested with 24 hours notice. The set menu is made with vegetables, fruits and herbs grown in the garden, as well as ingredients bought at the local market. Kick back with a glass of local wine by the outdoor pool or practice your serve on the tennis courts. The small spa can be booked privately for two hours and features a steam room, a sauna and a Massothermie, a high-tech massage table.
In the Area
Consult the owners for tips on the best local wineries to tour. There are plenty of wine-tasting opportunities in the region, including Domaine Alain Geoffroy, a family estate established in 1850, and Tixier Vineyard, a small family business that covers 17 acres. Local chateaus include Saint Fargeau, 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 hotel is a two-hour drive from Paris.
How to Get There
An absolutely lovely spot in the French countryside. It was one of the highlights of a 23 day trip through Europe. 20 acres of serene gardens & ponds. Proprietors Rik & Marieke are delightful & their food & service exemplary. We truly enjoyed them and encounters such as we had form distinct and lasting memories of our travels. The centuries old farm buildings that comprise the inn have been incredibly well restored and re-purposed into guest rooms. We stared up from our bed at what must have been 20 inch hand-hewn oak beams supporting the roof above us. Modernized yet respectfully authentic. From pretty La Borde, there are several easy day and half-day trips through the French countryside to towns well worth visiting such as Vezelay, Chablis and Avallon. Rik and Marieke provided us routes off major roads that made the drives a very worthwhile part of the experience. I should have asked them the route to heaven. It surely can't be far from there. We will be back to La Borde. Trust me - it was hard to leave.
Simply put this issue the best place I have ever stayed. Everything is just perfect and of the very highest quality. Meals - both breakfast and dinner - are really outstanding and made with the very highest quality ingredients and with a really great and reasonably priced wine list. The owners are always at hand with advice about the area. We hope to become regular visitors to La Borde.
The Le Borde was a nice property in the countryside - more like a country estate than chateau etc. The room, the grounds, the breakfasts were quite nice. That said there were a couple of very odd / disappointing. First the weather was quite cool and the room - which had hot water heating was uncomfortable cold - and remained that way throughout our e day stay. We mentioned it to the owners immediately upon arrival and were told that the heat/temp was set at a fixed temp and would not heat up beyond that point?? Since the heat system was clearly adjustable to higher temperature I approached the owners the next evening and let them know we were cold - again they said the system wouldn't allow for a hire setting - because that is the way they have it set ?? I guess this was a conservation thong for them, but in any event it really detracted from our stay. The second surprise/disappointment was when checking out, they had charged us 45 euro "corking fee" for opening a bottle of wine in our room.???? We are familiar with this fee when bring your own wine to a restaurant etc but have never run into this!! I expressed by surprise/disappointment to the owners, but got the same non answer as we did for the lack of heat. For the cost of this property - altho we got a significant discount through AH - this behavior is unacceptable - we would not return.