Chateau de Berne – A Magical Stay in a French Winery


Chateau de Berne is a magnificent Relais & Chateaux property with its own acclaimed winery, and you’re guaranteed a truly magical stay. You can access it by road or by helicopter as I recently did. Our pilot looked pretty young, but he certainly knew what he was doing, landing on the lake in front of the Chateau.

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We were warmly greeted with a chilled glass of champagne, and settled into our rooms before dinner. Mine had a really pretty four poster bed and a gorgeous view over the courtyard.

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Dining at Chateau de Berne

Chateau de Berne is famed for its wines, some of which are served in a distinctive square bottle, and we were in for a treat at dinner. My favourite was the Chateau de Berne Blanc white wine, aged in oak barrels. Chef Jérémy Czaplicki prepared us a true feast in the stunning surroundings of the Orangery – starting with some  beautifully presented amuse-bouches. Our starter was a flavoursome beef heart tomato seasoned with horseradish and red radish paste, fish tartare marinated in citrus and black radishes. The next course was seabass with chervil served three ways – as a velouté, in crunchy powder and as a crumble with pickled Brussels sprouts. I normally hate these but they had managed to make them very tasty. After this we tasted a delicate poached and roasted guinea fowl, with salsify, tapioca, black currant and red onion dressing. Desert was a beautifully balanced orange tart – almond sponge cake with orange marmelade, orange cream, sugar leaf and almond milk sorbet.

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Feeling full, I turned in for the night. The next day, the sun was shining over the vines as we headed out to look around the 1,300 hectares!

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The spa is being redesigned next year – it is a lovely haven of peace.

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La Bouscarelle restaurant is set in the shade of the olive trees and a perfect place for lunchtime dining.

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We headed over to the Winery where you can enjoy a tasting, hold a meeting or browse in the shop. The wild boar is a symbol of Chateau de Berne and there are apparently lots of them to be found in the surrounding countryside.

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We were taken on a fascinating tour by the Winery’s knowledgeable manager who spoke perfect English.

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The cellar almost feels like a chapel, and every element of the coat of arms has a special meaning.

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Here’s some of the distinctive square shaped wine bottles.

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I’d highly recommend Chateau de Berne for a relaxing stay close to nature and of course, all that lovely wine!

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I stayed as a guest of Relais & Chateaux at:

Chateau de Berne, Route de Salernes – 83510 Lorgues