THE FABULOUS FORTRESS
Chateau De Chailly mixes the modern and medieval in the heart of Burgundy.
In the heart of Burgundy, one of France’s most revered wine regions, lies Chateau De Chailly, a stunning four-star hotel and golf course set in the picturesque countryside.
Taking full advantage of its natural surroundings in the heart of the 185 acres of gently undulating countryside, designers Terry Sprecher and Géry Watine, a former French PGA Champion, were hired in 1990 to create a parkland course fit for any golfing holiday. The duo have gone on to design more than 50 courses in 14 countries.
The Long Drivers European Tour competed here in April, but at 6,721 yards from the tips, and with four teeing options, length is not the course’s defence. Instead, the natural streams which come into play on three holes, large lakes, century-old trees and the countless (often vast) bunkers are what brilliantly protects this immaculate par 73 layout.
The quartet of par 3s here are particularly special, none more so than the 11th with its semi-island green sitting in front of the stunning chateau hotel, a building classified as an historical monument.
Formerly a medieval fortress, it was tastefully converted into a Renaissance chateau offering 45 modern rooms and eight luxurious suites in a traditional French surrounding, while maintaining the external fortress styling. The majority of the rooms are located in annexes overlooking the estate, courtyard and golf course, while each suite benefits from stunning exposed timber beams.
When you’re ready to dine, the choice is as impressive as the building. L’Armancon gourmet restaurant serves authentic cuisine with an innovative spin and the finest Burgundy red wines. Alternatively, Le Rubillon serves more simple, quicker dishes. If it’s a drink you’d like then the Lions bar and wine cellar lets you taste some of the region’s celebrated wines, while the Sports Bar allows you to relax with a beer or cocktail, watch the sport in front of an open fire and enjoy a snack.
In those moments when you aren’t wining and dining, playing golf, taking advantage of the vast practice facilities (you’ll find a 20bay grass range, short game area, wedge zone and large nine-hole putting green), or having a lesson in the ZONES-Academie there’s an array of relaxation options.
The all-new Spa Vinésime and Charme d’Orient, located under stone vaults directly from the hotel, opened in March and includes a six-place Jacuzzi, hammam, sauna and massage and beauty institute. An outdoor heated pool, fitness studio, tennis court, and a billiard room offer further stress-reducing options, while you can even take cookery classes, rent a bicycle, visit a local vineyard or arrange a hot air balloon ride.
The stunning medieval four-star Chateau overlooks the pristine parkland course.
Stay in luxury and relax by the pool while trying some of the region’s superb wines.