THE FAB­U­LOUS FORTRESS

Chateau De Chailly mixes the mod­ern and me­dieval in the heart of Bur­gundy.

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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.

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