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Like so many others, Saulon Castle has a long and somewhat chaotic history. As a former stronghold designed to withstand wars, it was ravaged by a fire before being rebuilt and reworked over time by a succession of illustrious families. At risk of falling into ruin a few decades ago, it could well have disappeared. But that did not happen. Fortunately, it regained its glory through the art of receiving. Now sumptuously redecorated, it shines with a new splendour in the middle of its park with the 'Sans-Fond' river running through it. This property is testament to what the Burgundy region has to offer.
We decided to settle in Burgundy because we fell for the charm of this magnificent chateau, the region and its cultural riches. We are ten minutes south of Dijon, close to the Route des Grands Crus and just thirty minutes from the famous city of Beaune.
Surrounded by a park of more than twenty-seven hectares, the chateau dates back to the 17th century and was completely rebuilt in the 19th. It revolves around a three-storey central body framed by two lateral wings and an attic floor. The ordered facade is illuminated by many windows framed with wooden French shutters. Each of the three levels is separated and framed by strips of stone. A central stone staircase leads up to the chateau's entrance and a glazed terrace located between the two wings of the building. The roof is lit by skylights topped with triangular pediments that stand out from the slate roof.
The first traces of the chateau of Saulon, which was once a stronghold, date back to the 14th century. Successive owners transformed the building over time to give it its current appearance that dates from the reign of Louis-Philippe in the first half of the 19th century. In the middle of the 20th century, the chateau hosted training centres before it was turned into a hotel-restaurant in the eighties. In 1997, two brothers took over the management of the hotel and revitalised the property with major renovations. At the end of 2017, we bought the castle and redecorated the bedrooms and noble pieces using an architectural concept by Rinck, a Parisian designer from the mid 1800's. Our contribution, besides the renovation, is to have recreated the spirit of chateau life, handed down from one generation to the next over the centuries. For this, nothing has been left to chance, we have brought in regional furniture from 18th century Burgundy, colourful themes, carpets and tapestries.
The castle and its park are a true haven of peace and allow complete revitalisation. We offer a high quality of service with the atmosphere of an energetic family home. Our gastronomic restaurant prioritises local products and many ingredients come from the vegetable garden and the orchards of the castle. We wouldn't be in Burgundy without a list of over one hundred wines. A seasonal swimming pool and a terrace at the back of the chateau are perfect for rest and relaxation. Sportier guests can indulge in a tennis, ping-pong or petanque session. The twenty-seven-hectare park offers lovely walks around the chateau.
It is hard to choose because there are so many wonderful places to explore in Burgundy. The Chateau of Clos de Vougeot is a must, it is nestled in the vineyards of the village of Vougeot. There is also the Marsannay Chateau near Dijon which is only fifteen minutes away. The abbey of Cîteaux was founded in 1098, cradle of the Cistercian Order, it became a beacon of Christendom along with Cluny and there are still monks living there. The last family mustard-manufacturer founded in 1840 is located in Beaune. The Imaginarium allows visitors to discover the universe of the Great Burgundy Wines through a fun and modern site and the Cassissium in Nuits-Saint-Georges is a museum entirely devoted to cassis.
The castle has three seminar rooms with surface areas between 42 m² and 180 m², they can accommodated 10 to 150 people. They are all equipped with a video projector, a screen and a flip-chart. In the light of the day, they are suitable for any type of professional event: full or half-day study days, conferences, management committees, interviews and seminars. The chateau also offers a range of activities (on site or in the surrounding area) and the twenty-seven-hectare park offers many opportunities: tree climbing, paintballing, cooperage, murder mystery parties, hot air ballooning and wine tasting. Twenty-four rooms, located in the main building, are spread over three floors which can be reached by lift and offer views of the park. The other eight rooms are spread over two floors in the outbuilding, the pavilion, with a lovely view of the gardens or the park. Each room has a bathroom or a bathroom and private toilet. The gourmet restaurant is open from 12:00pm to 1:30pm and 7:15pm to 9:15pm.