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
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!
The property is beautiful and well kept. When we arrived we were received in by the two owners Rik and Marieke. Our luggage was taken to our rooms promptly and after we freshened up we were taken on a tour of the property. The grounds are beautiful. My fiance' and I particularly enjoyed one of the structures that resembles a green house, but is equipped with comfortable furniture and fire place. The meals were wonderful and well worth the expense. We will be back :)
An exceptional place with exceptional management. Every aspect of our very short visit to La Borde was handled with unparalleled care and professionalism, and the physical facilities are GORGEOUS and impeccably maintained. We are working on a plan for our return visit right now. Thank you Rik and Marieke for a wonderful experience at La Borde.