— How would you describe Château de la Resle in a nutshell?
It’s big enough to work as a small boutique hotel, but has a cosy side to it as well. We’ve given it a rather contemporary edge with our art collection. All the restoration was done for the more classic side of the building and then contrasted with contemporary art.”
— What was your inspiration to open the château as a luxurious small hotel?
After five years of living here by ourselves, at one point we decided that it would be a nice idea to share this beautiful home and its art collection by opening it up to guests. In the beginning we opened the hotel with three rooms for guests, later expanding it to six when we became members of Design Hotels.
We had always wanted to create a mixture of a luxury hotel and a cosy bed & breakfast. Our house has the personal side of someone’s home combined with the luxurious accommodation of a hotel. It offers the best of both worlds.”
— Room Irancy
— How would you describe the style of the hotel?
Since the houses of the estate were restored several times throughout the centuries, we felt comfortable to add a contemporary side to it. Staying mindful of the traditional structure, modern décor was introduced to provide clear structures.”
— Suite Fontenay
— Please tell us a little bit more about the guest rooms.
The second suite, our biggest one with 125 square metres, is in the old caretaker’s house. It’s an ideal suite for a family, as it’s like a countryside cottage on two floors with a separate kitchen and independent access.
There is also the farmhouse, which is large enough for two full-size suites with bathrooms, as well as the restaurant, spa and pool. Those suites are very contemporary inside of a classic shell. They consist of a roof structure and walls with a concrete floor that has radiant heating.”
— Breakfast room
— Please tell us a bit more about the hotel facilities and the restaurant.
We serve breakfast every morning in the château’s dining room. Dinner is prepared by our chef and served only for our guests in the restaurant in the farmhouse building. During the high season from April to October we offer dinner only if we have enough guests staying with us.
Menus are sent out to our guests a couple of weeks in advance so that they can make reservations before coming to stay with us.”
— Suite Saint Bris
— To you personally, what is so special about staying at Château de la Resle?
There are different artwork and design objects present everywhere in the house. Throughout the five years we’ve been open as this mix of a B&B and a hotel we have had guests from 30 different countries stay with us. It is very rewarding to see our visitors from various backgrounds and lifestyles appreciate the château’s design concept.”