5 Reasons To Book Chateau Du Sureau at Yosemite National Park

Chateau du Sureau

For three decades, Chateau du Sureau, a member of Relais & Chateaux, has provided guests with a transporting experience blending old-world charm and modern luxuries. Set amidst nine acres of rolling foothills at the gateway to Yosemite National Park, this sanctuary captures the charm and beauty of France’s Provencal region with central California’s verdant landscape.

For more reviews of the property, and to book great rates, visit TripAdvisor.


Here are 5 reasons to book Chateau Du Sureau at Yosemite National Park.

1. Feel Like You’re in Europe Without Leaving the US

Chateau du Sureau
Chateau du Sureau

Chateau Du Sureau feels straight out of a European storybook, and the estate is reminiscent of the French countryside that’s compelled visitors for centuries. The resort’s elegant interior, with guest rooms named after herbs and flowers found in the Provence region, showcases European antiques, tapestries and artwork.

Resplendent with Empire-era furnishings, many accommodations feature wood-burning fireplaces, canopy beds and private balconies.

Guests can also find nature walks among the estate’s gardens, towering pines and French fountains. Spa Sureau is an oasis offering contemporary treatments with traditional European service, and an outdoor pool makes the perfect sanctuary.

2. Visit Yosemite National Park  

Valley view in Yosemite National Park
Valley view in Yosemite National Park. Photo: AARP

Chateau Du Sureau is just 15 miles from the south gate entrance to the renowned, American landmark Yosemite National Park — and the property is the most luxurious resort in the area. Guests can book guided tours, and adventure enthusiasts will appreciate the Yosemite Excursion Experience that truly immerses in the natural landscapes.

Click Yosemite National Park excursions below.

3. There’s a gorgeous private villa

Private villa at chateau
Chateau du Sureau
Surrounded by towering pines, gardens and French fountains, and tucked away behind a private gated entrance, the Villa Sureau is a 2000 sq. ft. Parisian Manor house that feels like a time warp. Chockfull of antiques, and grand and spacious, the 19th century-inspired villa feels like a private residence for royalty, and the villa features a sitting salon and library, two bedrooms with large marble baths, and a palatial balcony. An outdoor Roman Spa and personal butler services are also offered.
4. Outdoor adventures abound at the resort
Chateau du Sureau
Chateau du Sureau

From hikes and yoga to tours of Yosemite, guests will find an array of outdoor adventures. The resort also offers casual outdoor activities, including a life-size chess board for checkers or chess, a gazebo by a tranquil pond to relax and unwind and Bocce. There are tucked-away areas within the natural setting, as well as surprises, like adult swing sets facing the forest.

The resort also offers backpacking and hiking adventures with a private naturalist guide/chef. Enjoy hiking, camping, swimming and more and then return to camp and enjoy “back country gourmet” meals and snacks privately prepared.
Check out our favorite sleeping pad for camping!

5. The Elderberry House

Dining in Elderberry House Restaurant
Dining in Elderberry House Restaurant
The award-winning The Elderberry House is considered the area’s most celebrated restaurant. Guests can enjoy al fresco dining amidst the estate’s lush ground and colorful gardens.  The inventive menu offers local, seasonal and organic ingredients sourced from nearby Central Valley farms.
Elderberry House is a long-time recipient of Wine Spectator’s Best of Excellence Award. An 800-label wine list showcases selections from local area wineries, and guests can experience an elegant wine cellar.

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