Chablis, France

Chateau de la Resle

Rates from (ex tax)$290.67

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR275.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Grand cru(sader)

Setting

Auxerre’s vintage vineyards

Boutique hotel Château de la Resle, a 19th-century French manor house, leads a double life as a vineyard and a Dutch art gallery. Owned by modern-design enthusiasts Johan and Pieter, there’s artwork to muse over in the living room, dining room, even your bathroom…. What’s less surprising is the wine list: as you’d expect of a Burgundy bolthole, the hotel’s surrounded by more vineyards than you can shake a corkscrew at. Your day-to-day here is simple yet very sweet: admire the vineyards from the saltwater pool, pour yourself a glass of local chablis from the honesty bar and gather in the mod-rustic kitchen to feast on Johan’s organic, internationally-inspired dishes.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A welcome drink each and 15 per cent off all purchases in the hotel’s design boutique

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Six, including four suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm; latest check-in, 10pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $290.67 (€250), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR275.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a buffet breakfast of home-made bread and pastries, cereal, fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, cheese, Nespresso coffee and Kusmi tea.

Also

If you fall in love with the hotel’s Dutch minimalism, nose around the design shop; treasures include Carolina Wilcke’s porcelain vases and Reinier Bosch’s fluid, steel candlesticks. Smith guests get 15 per cent off.

Hotel closed

The château stoppers its barrels from 12 November to 8 February.

At the hotel

Spa, hammam, sauna, gym, free WiFi throughout, and free parking on-site. In rooms: iPod dock, tea- and Nespresso coffee-making facilities, minibar, and Aesop bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Some of the six rooms are based in the main château, others in the adjacent farmhouse or gardener’s cottage. If we had to choose (trust us, this isn’t easy), we’d have to go for the Fontenay suite in the farmhouse, overlooking the pool. It’s on two floors, connected by a spiral, Venetian-made staircase; wooden beams criss-cross the whitewashed bedroom, purple velvet chairs are grouped together in the high-ceilinged living room, and the tiled, open bathroom is kitted out with designs by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola.

Poolside

The outdoor saltwater pool (open from 1 May to 15 October) is heated and long enough to swim laps. Its wooden deck is topped with parasol-shaded sunloungers and is surrounded by neat lawns.

Spa

The petite spa is well-appointed with a black-tiled hammam; a sauna; and a relaxation area decorated with modern art. Treatments include three kinds of massage; the hour-long shiatsu brought us toe-wiggling joy. The modern gym has sleek white-and-grey equipment (an exercise bike, rowing machine and weights) set against black walls; there are paintings and light installations to gaze at when the going gets tough.

Packing tips

As well as the obligatory Breton tee and bikini (you are in France, after all), pack sturdy walking shoes for tramping through the vineyards – flimsy sandals and flip flops won’t cut it.

Also

Idle away an afternoon knocking a few balls around on the hotel’s apple tree-shaded pétanque court.

Children

Leave your tiny tots, tweens and teens at home.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

In warm weather sit outside by the pool; otherwise, the indoor dining room’s table – signed by noted designer Roderick Vos – carries a certain cachet.

Dress Code

Don monochrome outfits to match Château de la Resle’s modern interiors.

Hotel restaurant

Supper here is, quite literally, a moveable feast: host Johan will don his apron and whip up dinner, but only at weekends, on request and for six or more people – so dining is dictated by what (and who) is on offer. He’s quite the cook, so it’s worth gathering up fellow guests when you’re hungry. The menu is organic and locally sourced, internationally inspired, and Johan certainly knows his way around a kitchen. During the week, you'll need a set of wheels to reach the restaurants in Chablis and Auxerre.

 

Hotel bar

There’s an honesty bar in the sitting room and by the pool, where guests can help themselves to soft drinks, beer, wine, champagne and snacks at all hours of the day.

 

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8.30am to 10.30am in the dining room; dinner times vary – check with the concierge when you book.

Room service

You'll have to DIY, but the owners can show you where to assemble a cheese plate and accompanying vin for an in-room picnic.

Location

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Address
Chateau de la Resle
Lieu-dit La Resle
Montigny la Resle
89230
Montigny la Resle
France

Planes

The closest airport is Paris Orly, a one-and-a-half-hour drive from the hotel (www.airport-orly.com). British Airways run frequent direct flights from most international airports.

Trains

Auxerre-St Gervais Railway Station is the closest to the hotel, a 15-minute drive away. Regular SNCF trains arrive from Auxerre, Paris, Lyon and more (www.sncf.com). The hotel can arrange transfers from €45 each way. Alternatively, ride the Eurostar to Paris’ Gare du Nord, hire a car and drive to the hotel from there (www.eurostar.com).

Automobiles

If you’re driving from Paris (be warned – the Périphérique can be overwhelming for first-timers), hire a car at one of the airport or station booths, then take the A6 to get to the hotel. If you’re arriving from Auxerre, follow the N77; there are car-hire booths opposite the station.

Worth getting out of bed for

There’s plenty to do at the hotel; take a self-guided tour of the artwork, then laze by the pool and in the spa's hammam. The surrounding area is most famous for its wine, particularly pinot noir and chardonnay: take a tour of the vineyards at Chablis, book in for a wine-tasting session at Irancy and see the underground cellars at Saint-Bris-les-Vineux. Nearby Abbaye de Fontenay is regarded to be the best-preserved Cistercian Abbey in the world. Historic châteaux almost outnumber the region’s vineyards, too; Ancy-le-Franc, Bazoches and Ratilly are all within designated-driving distance of the hotel. Load up a basket at the markets in both Auxerre and Noyers-Sur-Serein – a little medieval village about 15 minutes’ drive from Château de la Resle – where locals peddle fresh produce, handmade soaps and (what did you expect?) more wine. For active Smiths, there’s a golf course at Roncemay, hot-air-balloon rides, cycling along the Canal du Nivernais and a clutch of local museums.

 

Local restaurants

Burgundy may be famed for its liquid assets, but its cuisine runs a close second: head to Au Fil du Zinc in Chablis for a classic French menu of olive-roasted cod and chocolate pudding with pear and gingerbread. At l’Asperule in Auxerre, menus are swayed by the seasons: lamb cutlets, rare roast beef and almond thins are an idea of what you can expect. Le Jardin Gourmand is true to its name – decadent dishes of wild boar, roasted scallops and foie gras are served on the flower-bedecked terrace.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this contemporary château hotel in wine-soaked Burgundy and unpacked their artwork from the hotel shop and bottles of chablis, a full account of their gourmet break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust (and your whistle), let's take a quick peek inside Château de la Resle in France…

If your hotel checklist is anything like Smith’s, it’ll go something like this: great wine, beautifully conceived design, great wine, unspoilt greenery, exquisite artwork, great wine… You get the idea. So, we’re thrilled to say enchanté to vineyard-set, country stay Château de la Resle, in the heart of Burgundy. Dutch owners Johan and Pieter have spent the last 10 years turning this 17th-century building into a contemporary gallery. In every well-dressed corner there’s a sculpture, painting or installation, most specially commissioned from the well-connected couple’s friends – including product designers Roderick Vos and Carolina Wilcke. Spend long, lazy days lying by the pool, stretching out in the blue-tiled hammam or sitting at the scrubbed kitchen table, feasting on Johan’s organic, Franco-Dutch dishes.

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