On a plot of 800-hectares in the Burgundy wine region of France, Chateau de la Resle, built in the 19th century, is one of the least likely places that you’d think you’d find one of the best Dutch modern art and design collections. This boutique hotel is owned and run by two Dutchmen, Johan Bouman and Pieter Franssens, who decided to purchase it when they moved to France for work. At first they thought they’d open up a subsidiary of a food company they ran in Holland, but then fell in love with this historical property. They took their time to renovate it, opening up only three rooms to guests at first and then eventually six suites in total.
The original chateau was built in the 17th century but was then destroyed in a fire. It was rebuilt in the 19th century and left in a dire state by the time Johan and Pieter took it over. Considering the building’s long history of being updated with the ages, they felt confident that they could integrate a modern aesthetic with the classic architectural details. The six rooms and suites comprise of two 35 square meter spaces, three 60-75 square meter suites with staircases integrated into them, and one 125 square meter master suite, called the Noyers sur Serein suite, that also has two floors. With private access, its own dining room, living room and dressing room it has a feel of being at home while also providing a luxury experience.
But the Chateau de la Resle is more than just a well designed hotel. With views down the valley of Montigny la Resle, an outdoor pool, spa, and wine country nearby (the town of Chablis is just a few minutes drive away), it’s a place to decompress and enjoy the sweetest parts of life. Just ask Johan and Pieter for suggestions.