Life at the estate
St Gerlach castle is more than a castle, it’s an estate, it’s one of those beautiful places like you can see in movie scenes where aristocrats spend their summer or winter vacation. It's a bourgeois property found in the countryside and surrounded by endless green fields.
This one is part of the Oostwegel Collection and Relais & Châteaux. The property is just 10 minutes from Maastricht, so it’s quite conveniently located.
CHATEAU ST. GERLACH
For history lovers, you can also visit the St Gerlach church that is located beside the restaurant, a magnificent 12th-century holy place with grand paintings and beautifully crafted chandeliers.
The entrance is free.
How about the rooms?
The room that I stayed in, number 207, called Château Margaux was impeccable. As you all know, I’m a big fan of vintage anything, thus the furniture didn’t disappoint me at all...
The bathroom was equipped with a bathtub, an integrated wall radio and bath amenities from Christian Lacroix. I would like to mention also the in-floor heating here because it’s very important for me – having a place that feels like home is so nice!
The minibar is included in the room rate and can find juices, water and beer there.
I slept like a baby in that lovely bed 😉 .
Breakfast and dinner.
The property holds a buffet breakfast each morning at their back hall, a luminous surrounding with a beautiful garden in front. My belief is that they set up tables in the summer so people can also enjoy the sun while eating their breakfast.
Dinner at the St. Gerlach restaurant is beyond words.. from the inside decoration to the magnificent meals prepared with high precision and care.
The 4-course meal that I had was absolutely delicious.
The menu was:
Corvina sea bass – cucumber smoked eel- tarragon cream
Cod – pak choi – extract of mushrooms – sesame
Wild duck – fermented carrot – sauce of cinnamon and red beet
Beescrew of Gerlachus honey – semifreddo cremeux of Valrhona chocolate
I’ll probably do a more precise and detailed article on all of that in my 2019 project, Restaurants around the world where I’ll be featuring the best restaurants that I tested out and that I recommend. You never forget a good meal 😉 !
As said before, the estate features also a lovely spa where you can also book massage treatments or just enjoy the beautiful pool designed in a Roman influence, with Turkish baths, a steam sauna and a hammam.
I must point out that the service at the estate was impeccable. The staff is discreet but very attentive and very polite. It was super nice receiving a little treat before bed!
That’s the first time I ever had such a warm service and I definitely must thank them on this occasion. 🙂