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
We arrived after a long day driving from Sarlat-la-Caneda. Rik and Marieke warmly welcomed us and Rik carried our luggage upstairs to our room.
Room was clean, beautifully presented, with well appointed bathroom with separate toilet and shower, plus free-standing bath. Beds were comfortable and the room had plenty of space for open suitcases without tripping over them.
The trip was part of a 30th anniversary holiday and the stay here was delightful. Dinner outside on the covered terrace was relaxed, delicious and accompanied by Rik's suggestion of a local Chablis - also excellent. The moon-rise was exquisite and the silence wonderful.
The following morning we strolled around the grounds taking photographs, enjoying chatting with the gardener in the large vegetable garden, patting the dogs, realising how much more was on offer at this stunning boutique establishment : games room, reading room, huge glasshouse, etc.
We enjoyed the ambience so much, we have already booked to stay for 3 nights next year.
stayed here for one night en route to the Euro Tunnel, delightful place, slept far too well. Mr Klop was just lovely nothing was too much trouble. Great wine selection and very accommodating on the food. Gym & heated were enjoyed by the other half.
Junior Suite was fabulous, as was the service, facilities and location. Will return with family and stay longer. Dinner and breakfast of the highest quality. Setting for dinner was stunning. Can’t rate too highly