Chateau de Berne is a beautiful wine estate set in a beautiful location in the depths of sunny Provence. Upon entering the estate you drive through acres of forest, vineyards and olive groves the perfect welcome to this stunning property.
Upon arrival the reception was friendly warm and very efficient. My allocated room was lovely, the Platane suite. The room was large, bright and beautifully decorated in a rustic yet chic Provincial style. The view from the ample terrace over the hotel courtyard and vineyards was also very impressive. The bathroom was large, clean and had all the facilities.
The first thing that strikes you about Chateau de Berne especially in the evening is the tranquility, the peace and quiet. You are so far from anywhere that the feeling of isolation is fantastic. Although fully equipped with efficient WiFi I would recommend turning all your electronic devices for a few days. The escape is liberating!
There are plenty of activities in the day should you wish them. The pool is lovely although in September is was very cold! The estate is vast, beautiful and prime for long walks. Nearby there are lots of quaint local villages to explore but a car is imperative.
The estate is a working vineyard and whilst a little touristy the cave is a must do. You can not only see the wine being produced but also taste them, an obvious attraction!
The restaurant in chateau de Berne is very good. Although not yet approaching Michelin status the quality, freshness and taste shine through. Being on half board means you have no choice but what is offered on a daily basis is very, very good. I would suggest however that on a t least one evening you upgrade to a full blown tasting menu which is accompanied by virtually all of the Chateaus great wines - fantastic!
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my 4 days at Chateau de Berne, the place is stunning, the food gorgeous and oh so relaxing. On a negative front it is really expensive and the level of service and facilities doesnt quite justify the high cost. Breakfast is good but not worthy of the price. I also very strongly object to having to pay 2 euros to have a coffee from the in room Nespresso machine. 3 pods are provided but after that you have to pay, this in a hotel of this status is pretty pathetic and petty.
I would recommend a stay at The Chateau de Berne, it's positives are so immense that its few failings seem insignificant. However perfection has a price and Chateau charges plenty for it but doesn't quite deliver.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Château de Berne is a 1,500-acre private estate, situated in the Var region, in unspoiled Provencal countryside between Lorgues and Flayosc. Dating back to the 18th century, it is a truly exceptional site, promoting relaxation and wellbeing around two main themes: Provence and Wine. It is the ideal choice for today's Wine Tourism travellers. Discover the estate in a different way: mountain bike rental available and professioanl tracks! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Berne Hotel Lorgues
- Chateau De Berne Lorgues