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Calm and Cuisine at the Hotel Le Vieux Manoir on Picturesque Lake Murten

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Built in elegant country house style, the Hotel Le Vieux Manoir by Relais & Châteaux is located in a large park in the Bernese Seeland directly on the shores of picturesque Lake Murten. If you are looking for genuine calm and gastronomic flights of fancy, take a closer look at this gem…

Chairs on the hotel’s private boat dock at le Vieux Manoir in Murten

Chairs on the hotel’s private boat dock

As part of our Relais & Châteaux “Harley-Davidson Route du Bonheur” through Romandy, hotel host Daniel Ziegler and sales and marketing head Ulrike Ruf received us for a “lunch stop”.

Ulrike Ruf, Daniel Ziegler and Walter Schärer on Harley-Davidsons

Ulrike Ruf, Daniel Ziegler and Walter Schärer on Harley-Davidsons

What they caused to be served at our table on the garden terrace after the impressive hotel tour was out of this world… But first things first:

The romantic Hotel Le Vieux Manoir on Lake Murten

Hotel entrance of the Vieux Manoir in Murten

Hotel entrance

The stately country house in a privileged location on the lake practically breathes liberality and elegance. To some degree, this impression owes a certain something to the elegant appearance of hotel host Daniel Ziegler ;-)

Louis Roederer champagne in the Le Vieux Manoir Hotel Murten

Louis Roederer champagne

Be that as it may, you feel instantly well taken care of. It already starts in the magnificent garden, where, for example, a designer beach shower lends the requisite note of extravagance.

Shower enclosure in Le Vieux Manoir Hotel Murten

Shower enclosure and changing cabins

The main building‘s rooms are furnished authentically and benefit from lots of glass and winter garden-like architecture.

Conservatory Le Vieux Manoir Hotel Murten

Almost like a conservatory

Hotel restaurant "Juma" in Le Vieux Manoir in Murten

Conservatory of Restaurant “Juma”

Guest rooms in the Vieux Manoir

Each of the 34 exceptional theme rooms is like a little work of art, each enlivened by individual colors and themes. Most of them have a private balcony. The rooms were designed by the renowned interior design team of Jasmin Grego and Stephanie Kühnle.

Green Room in Le Vieux Manoir Hotel Murten

“Green” room

In addition to the rooms in the main house, a pavilion room called the Glass Diamond that sits out front by the lake on stilts is available. It is an exclusive glass cube with a spectacular view of Lake Murten; you reach this high perch via a steel staircase.

Glass Diamond by the lake in Le Vieux Manoir Murten

Glass Diamond by the lake: Living perched on high…

Hotel bed in the Glass Diamond Le Vieux Manoir Murten

Hotel bed in the Glass Diamond

New under the heading of the Relais & Châteaux villa concept, an adjacent lake house is available: up to six people can seclude themselves here, relying or not on the hotel infrastructure as they choose.

Villa concept with lake house Le Vieux Manoir Murten

Villa concept with lake house

Garden Villa bedroom Le Vieux Manoir Murten

Garden Villa bedroom

For where infrastructure is concerned, the villa lacks nothing: From the living room with fireplace, to several bedrooms, to the self-contained sauna, it has it all.

A gourmet lunch in Le Vieux Manoir

At Murten is where we took our lunch break at this, the first Relais & Châteaux property in Switzerland. We stopped there on our way from Vevey to Neuchâtel on our Relais & Châteaux “Route du Bonheur”.

Le Vieux Manoir Hotel Murten menu

Le Vieux Manoir menu

What a menu they served us on the garden terrace! It was first a feast for the eyes and then a treat for the palate!

Pea soup with salmon tartare

Pea soup with salmon tartare

French duck liver meets Seeland asparagus

French duck liver meets Seeland asparagus

Red Snapper with apple due, sweet potatoes, tapioca

Red Snapper with apple due, sweet potatoes, tapioca

The attentive staff around restaurant manager Florian Stroubhard missed no opportunity for displaying their skills, whether on or off the plate.

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After this culinary flight of fancy, we continued on our Route du Bonheur, with the Beau Rivage Hotel in Neuenburg our destination..

A cordial Thank you!

Warm thanks to hotel host Daniel Ziegler, sales and marketing representative Ulrike Rug and their practiced team for that insanely good lunch!

Sabine Biedermann of Primus Communications deserves an equally big thank you for organizing and coordinating the tour!

And last but certainly not least, my thanks go to Richard Guyon, Relais & Châteaux director for Switzerland and Liechtenstein, for the generous invitation! We enjoyed the spectacular Harley Davidson tour through these noble hotels to the utmost!

Pierre Berclaz in front of Le Vieux Manoir Hotel Murten

Road Captain Pierre Berclaz in front of Le Vieux Manoir Hotel Murten

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Walter Schaerer’s extensive background in the travel industry, passionate enthusiasm for photography and a firm belief that luxury destinations can also be affordable; were some of the main factors that motivated him to create the travel blog travelmemo.com. In his day job Walter is an online marketing manager based out of Zurich, Switzerland.

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