Château Élan Winery & Resort in Braselton, Ga., has completed its $25 million dollar renovation – its first major renovation since its inception in the mid 1980s. The redesign has a fresh, modern look that blends estate’s 16th century-style charm. The transformation includes a complete overhaul of 251 guestrooms and 24 suites, four new food and beverage outlets, the winery, as well as the resort lobby, with a facelift to the existing pool terrace and immersive spa.
The 3,500-acre resort – home to one of the most awarded wineries on the East Coast – also has 45 holes of golf and a golf club and tennis center.
“As we complete this renovation, it is clear how every decision was made to positively impact our guest experience,” said Neville Erasmus, general manager, Château Élan Winery & Resort. “We’re beyond proud to bring this vision to life and reintroduce the new Château Élan to our beloved repeat and new guests alike.”
During the nine-month project, Atlanta-based interior and architectural design firm, BLUR Workshop, was tasked to lead the multi-million-dollar renovation formulating a design concept representative of the resort’s vast southern locale – inspired by the surrounding rolling hills and lush vineyards. Further defining its sense of place, the property is accessorized with local artwork and features a modern palate painted in variations of gray and taupe with pops of chartreuse, turquoise and gold, warmed by rich wood accents, elegant lighting, white Calcutta marble and industrial touches including tufted leather, wrought iron and carved limestone.
The design also includes a custom 1,400-piece glass chandelier hand-blown in the Crystal Valley of the Czech Republic, shaped to mimic the shifting grape vines along the vast rolling hills of north Georgia.
Four of the now 10 food and beverage outlets were completely re-envisioned from everything including the décor to dining concepts and menus.
o A staple at Château Élan, Marc Bar & Restaurant has been reintroduced as a Southern-inspired bar and chophouse with a refreshed menu and a special focus on artisanal libations. The restaurant also added a French oak, soapstone bar to the back of its space as a new gathering area.
o To anchor the space within The Atrium, the resort added a new Atrium Bar crowned with an iconic 40-foot Douglas fir wood sculpture, which was crafted to mimic the vineyard’s movement and be an interactive display, changing views as you drift through the space.
o Versailles, the internationally-inspired American buffet led by Executive Chef Rodney Ashley was reimagined to compliment the new, simplistic design in the glass-topped Atrium – adding additional seating with pops of teal. The space also provides a new private dining room for groups.
o The all-new Louis’ House of Bourbon is a contemporary sports bar with the ambiance of an old-world speakeasy. With wood paneling, leather furniture, eclectic art, neon signage and a curated bourbon display behind the glowing amber bar, the lounge evokes southern charm while its old-world accents recall the bar’s French namesake, Louis.
Photo Credits: Château Élan Winery & Resort