Yosemite and the Castle by the Elderberries

Monday, March 12, 2012

Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA

Now is the time to start thinking about summer travel and Yosemite National Park is one of our favorite destinations. A while ago we discovered the enchanting Chateau du Sureau in Oakhurst, California.  The Chateau is nestled in the rustic Sierra Nevada Mountains just a few miles south of the park but it has the atmosphere of a magical old-world castle.  The beautiful architecture, elegant gardens and unique collection of art and antiques are examples of European taste and tradition.

Chateau du Sureau or "The Elderberry Castle" was named for the many surrounding elderberry bushes featured in the estate's wooded landscape. Erna's Elderberry House Restaurant is also on the grounds and is celebrated for its delightful cuisine and cooking classes. There is a spa on site as well and a gift store.

The gated entrance is closed to all but those who are staying in the Chateau. Placed apart from the more public restaurant area, it welcomes guests for the night into the regal estate grounds. And, behind this gate lies the castle...

Near the entrance of the Chateau, the parlor is in view with its opulent decor, art and antiques. The grand piano and fresco paintings are exquisite!

We chose the Sweet Geranium Room which was elegantly designed with a beautiful view of the pool and gardens. The canopy bed, antiques, fresh flowers and deep sunken bath added to the luxury of the experience. One unique aspect of our stay was the quality service provided by chambermaids dressed in old-fashioned black dresses with white aprons.  This emphasized the old European character of the inn.

The view from the rose-covered balcony outside the room is spectacular as it overlooks the pool and the surrounding Sierras. Garden sculptures are found throughout the grounds and of my favorite pieces is pictured below. It was visible from our room and quite lovely...

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