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
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.
My husband and I needed a few days to de-stress and I'm so glad we ended up booking our stay at La Borde. The owners Marieke and Rik are extremely thoughtful without being intrusive. The grounds are breathtaking and peaceful. We spent most of our time on the property and just a few hours one day exploring the area. We also took advantage of their wellness spa and delicious dinners... all highly, highly recommended. We're looking forward to visiting again.
La Borde is a charming and elegant property. You feel as if you have entered a fairy tale the minute you enter the gates. The rooms are unique and the grounds are beautiful. Whether you relax by the serene swimming pool, stroll through the gorgeous gardens, or enjoy a glass of wine in the very chic "family room" you will feel that you are having the ultimate French countryside experience. More impressive than the amazing setting and property is the care of the proprietors, RIk and Marieke. They are warm and welcoming and helpful and accommodating. They are quick to laugh and make you feel that you are right at home. It is obvious that they want you to have the best experience possible. There is no detail that escapes their attention. The food was the best that we had throughout our visit to a large part of burgundy....elegant, fresh, delicious. We wished he had planned more of our meals at La Borde. The wine list was perfect. A stay that is at the top of our list of favorite vacation spots. We hope we are lucky enough to be able to go back soon. A perfect 10!
Excellent place to stay! The service was prefect and the beds where very good. Breakfast was very nice, with all kind of local products.Our kids liked the swimmingpool very much..In one word GREAT!