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
Very unique property and location. Exceptional property and grounds. Dining at La Borde is a must. Marieke and Rik take great care to make sure their guests are completely satisfied with their experience.
We were there in April. Beautiful grounds, great service! All our VIP guests enjoyed their stay there. Rooms are beautifully decorated and our host have been really helpful to help us find the right activities for our group. Look forward to visit again.
Out of everything we did in Burgundy and the Loire Valley, our stay at La Borde was our most special experience. The owners, Rik and Marieke, have created a slice of heaven in the rolling hills of Burgundy. Our room was gorgeous, thought out to the smallest detail. The food was amazing, possibly the best we had, including our stay in Paris. And the friendly service by Rik and Marieke made every guest feel special. All that would normally be enough for a wonderful vacation, but with La Borde, you get so much more. The property is seventeen acres of breathtaking beauty. There is a spa, a pool, tennis court, a conservatory, and extraordinary gardens that surprise and awe at every turn. Truly, the property is unbelievably spectacular. Our only regret was that we didn't stay longer. If you want a peaceful, luxurious getaway convenient to Chablis, Vezelay, and many more of Burgundy's wonderful pleasures, you can't do better than La Borde.
Magnificent grounds, warm welcome, a beautiful and immaculately clean room, this property was everything we'd hope it would be and more. The couple who run the place are absolutely delightful, breakfast is delicious, and even though it's expensive, it's worth ever penny!
We had a three night stay at La Borde. In our opinion this property is extraordinary, both in the range of facilities and the standard of service provided by the hosts, Rik and Marieke.
We had two excellent evening meals (with wine) at the property and ate out at a local restaurant recommended by Rik on the third. We also visited a local wine cave after the hosts arranged an introduction for us.
We cannot recommend this property highly enough. Give it a try............