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“Lovely Stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chateau du Sureau

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Chateau du Sureau
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Oakhurst
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, CA
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19 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Lovely Stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2009

We stayed at the Chateau for two nights as part of an 11 night road trip around Califoria. This was our first stop. The first thing we notice was that this place had the most amazing service. To enter the property, you pull up to beautiful iron gate and ring up to house. As soon as the gate opened, we could see two people in Victorian servant garb rushing down the stairs of the house to meet us. One showed us around the property (which includes a beautiful garden area with swings, a gazebo, a pond, a giant chess board and a bocce court) while the other drove out car around the house and unloaded our luggage into our room (we stayed in the Mint Room) before we got there. We were brought roast beef crostini with glasses of good red wine about 15 minutes after we arrived. We spent the first afternoon in the garden on the swings and in our room relaxing. The room itself was very beautiful, with a canopy bed, antique furniture and a huge jacuzzi tub.

For dinner the first night we went to the restaurant at the Chateau, the Elderberry House. The restaurant itself is beautiful, and the service was flawless. When we were seated, the first thing we noticed was that the menu had our names printed it, a nice souvenir. The 5 course dinner and wine pairing was outstanding. Everything we had was superb, especially the salmon "lasagna" (although the bland-seeming eggplant soup was just ok). Before dessert, we were offered the opportunity to move to the patio to enjoy the remaining course. It was a lovely night and a great end to a wonderful day.

The breakfasts were probably the only slight negative to this inn (other than the fact that they did not provide wood for the fireplace even though it got down into the low 60s at night). The breakfast was very similar both days we were there and was very european, meaning cold meats, cheese and fruits. It was fine, but definitely the least satisfying of the trip.

We had a great day in Yosemite on our second day and then had dinner at a local favorite (according to the guest information guide in our room), a casual mexican joint called El Cid. The next day they packed up our car for us and sent us on our way with a bag filled with bottled waters and pistachios.

We enjoyed our stay here and we will be back!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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California
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2009

We really enjoyed our 3 day stay at Chateau du Sureau. The staff were professional, friendly, unpretentious and discrete. There is no check-in desk and we really felt at home in the Chateau rather than in a hotel. Beautiful flowers throughout. The room was beautifully appointed. European breakfast was excellent quality and served in a quiet room - some day to day variation in the breakfast meat platter ould have been appreciated - but overall great. When we arrived back at the room one night we found that the staff had placed Chateau du Sureau bookmarks in our books at the correct pages - very sweet.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank eat-hearty
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uk
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2009

The Chateau du Sureau is really quite different from the other hotels on our trip. In visiting California, we hadn't expected to find ourselves cosseted in the comfort of Austria of a bygone era. But, service is exceptionally warm and friendly and the charms of this small hotel soon won us over. The rooms are very comfortable, each uniquely furnished with period antiques and overlook a small but very well kept garden. Associated with the hotel is a very fine restaurant serving food and wine in the Austrian tradition. The hotel is very well located for Yosemite and I would highly recommended it - especially for anyone wishing to add a European flavour to their trip.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank uktraveller1234
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Palo Alto, CA
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2009

This was an anniversary celebratory 3-day weekend hosted by our children - 6 of us in all. The rooms are all different but equally well appointed with comfortable beds and fine linens, and the adjoining baths are large and provide separate shower and tub. The overall impression is of a luxurious Bavarian, small, intimate hotel. The service is impeccable and attentive without being overbearing. What impressed us was the attention to detail wherever you looked... bags of bottled water and snacks as you leave for a hike in Yosemite, CDs and player in the room, afternoon iced tea and sandwiches upon arrival, luxurious robes for the bath, bowls of fresh fruit and plates of delectable confections always accessible and a lovely main sitting room downstairs for watching an afternoon ball game while sipping champagne. Unbelievable.

For those who want to be pampered there is a spa on site. We took a refreshing dip in the pool after hiking and in the morning walked down to the bocce ball court and life-sized outdoor chess board. Everywhere one looks the flowers, creative sculptures and lush views surround you in beauty.

We ate our dinners in Erna's Elderberry Restaurant located right next to the hotel. The food was perfection, and, as with the hotel, the atmosphere was Old World elegance. Again, the service was first class. With a menu printed specially for our group at each dinner, we felt cared for beyond measure.

Tip: The rooms away from the highway are quietest.

We will recommend this extraordinary place without hesitation to our friends, and we will certainly be back!

Julie + Dick from Palo Alto

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tunkey
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California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2009

There for 50th wedding anniversary. Was amazingly excellent in every way, and we've travelled a great deal. A delightful getaway. A small hotel that makes for a wonderful escape. Go there,and enjoy!! Dick Maser

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank plsurg
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London
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177 reviews
83 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2009

We were looking forward to staying at the Cahteau du Sureau and it lived up to expectations and more. No detail is overlooked, the rooms are beautiful and full of lovely touches, home made cookies, a welcoming snack, and faultless service. They manage to care for every detail without being pretentious, which is quite a feat.

Dinner at the Elderberry House was a real treat for the palate, again with wonderful service, which was not overbearing.

The little touches didn't end with the going away goodie bag, but we noticed that our windscreen had been cleaned for us once we were on the road. Now THAT is service.

If you want to spoil yourselves, this is one good place to do it.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WDandAK
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California
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2009

My husband and I, along with some good friends, spent two very special nights at Chateau du Sureau. Everything was absolutely perfect from beginning to end ! Erna has not overlooked a thing. We were pampered as soon as our car drove through the gates and continued for the next 48 hours.

We were met by Nancy who immediately directed us to the main room while she served us beverages of our choice and some delicious sandwiches. After being on the road for a few hours this was a very welcome indulgence. While enjoying our afternoon treat, our bags were placed in our rooms. As we and our friends checked out one another's rooms, we were immediately impressed that we would be finding ourselves in a wonderful state of relaxation. Each lovely room comes with a discreet CD plalyer filled with calming music. Each room is individual and beautiful and the bathrooms are quite large and equipped with all the amenities.

The first night we enjoyed a magnificent dinner at Erna's Elderberry House, just steps outside our door. The staff was friendly and attentive without hovering. Each course was delicious and beautifully presented. We all loved our special dinner! When we got back to our rooms our beds were turned down with a wonderful treat waiting for us. Also, much to my surprise, I found a lovely bookmark had been placed in my book. And, that is what Erna is all about......attention to detail.

As we left for our day in Yosemite Park, we were given a small cooler with water and chips to help us get through the day. Another special touch was the dish filled with ponchos at the front door. We were very happy that we had helped ourselves to these. Since it is spring and the waterfalls are bursting with energy, these ponchos saved the hairdo not to mention they allowed us to remain dry while viewing the falls.

If one could come up with a downside to this hotel it would be the distance to the Park. It probably took us about an hour to reach the valley floor, but that's okay. We knew that going back "home" would be worth the long drive.

When we arrived "home" Nancy was there with a refreshment for us which we enjoyed on the patio. That evening we went to one of the steak houses in Oakhurst and had a low key meal. After Erna's spectacular meal the night before we were looking for a lighter dinner.

Erna provides a very substantial breakfast in the morning. It can be as light or as filling as you like. Included are wonderful rolls and croissants and a selection of meats and cheeses. After we had our fill and packed our bags, it was time to leave with the hopes of returning in the not too distant future. Lucy, the general manager, sent us off with water and treats for the road.

Two of us were celebrating birthdays and we decided we would do this again in a heartbeat! It's a special treat that we would love to enjoy again and again. Thank you, Erna.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank zinloverCalifornia
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Property: Chateau du Sureau
Address: 48688 Victoria Ln, Oakhurst, CA 93644-9215
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Region: United States > California > Oakhurst
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Oakhurst
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Chateau du Sureau 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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