Relais & Châteaux has been striving to share traditions for almost 60 years. Throughout this period, the experienced chefs and maîtres de maison have helped the association create a veritable pool of talent, a jewel that must be preserved and developed.
In the name of our peers, the art of living and long-standing expertise, our core value focuses on the passing on of skills and knowledge. It is natural therefore that Blancpain, the world’s oldest watch-making brand, should be joining our Heritage Trophy. For this prestigious watch-maker, innovation is always synonymous with tradition. The past is an endless source of inspiration.
With this in mind, every year we reward a property for keeping its technical mastery alive and resolutely focusing its bold creativity on the future. Together we want to preserve the past and celebrate the future.
Hotel and restaurant in a village. The attractive town of Ezcaray, on the crossroads between the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela and the Rioja wine route, is home to a culinary jewel whose fame goes back for five generations. Echaurren has been handed down from father to son for more than a century, ever since the stable block of the former staging post was converted into a dining room. The restaurant, along with traditional Rioja recipes which have been brought to perfection and embellished by this family of renowned cooks, are at the heart of the property. Echaurren is nestled in the historic centre of the town opposite a fine stone church, Santa María la Mayor, and offers cheerful, modern rooms decorated in bright, fresh colours. ... Learn moreless