The Loiseau family unveils the first stage of an ambitious renovation project for the historic Relais&Chateaux de Saulieu, a project entrusted to the architect Arnaud Behzadi.
From June 2022, the renovation of the hotel's suites is revealed. Imagined as "cocoon" suites, this achievement relies on the sublimation of the colors and the striking materials of Burgundy. The Relais Bernard Loiseau building is U-shaped, the wings of which house the 32 rooms, the restaurant and the spa. At the heart of this building, a botanical garden, designed by Dominique Loiseau, gives rhythm to the seasons. Arnaud Behzadi has chosen on the one hand to accentuate this dialogue with nature, and on the other hand to ritualize and stage sleep. The bed becomes a haven of sleep: "Le Cocoon" thus offering a gentle ceremonial that accompanies bedtime and continues throughout the night, immersing guests in the poetics of the "bird's nest"!
Arnaud Behzadi superimposes the narrations, mixing the materials, and respecting the family philosophy as well as possible. That of preserving the spirit of the place: “Innovation within tradition”, Bernard Loiseau's watchword. Arnaud Behzadi skillfully offers an approach imbued with past and present stories, while drawing that of the future.
The choice of materials for the rooms is imagined according to a red thread articulated around the play of light and the natural coloring of the spaces, by adding the hues of Morvan already well used in the house. The combination of these two elements gives the rooms a refined and warm atmosphere, bathed in light, reminiscent of what can be found in the dishes of the two-star chef Patrick Berteron, who offers a real culinary ballet to his guests. The idea is to feel at home while living a unique experience of intimacy and calm.
This renovation will continue in 2023. A second phase with the transformation of all the rooms of the hotel, the renovation of the kitchen, dining rooms, lounges and reception areas is scheduled.
Visuals ©: Karel Balas