Hotel Domestique, a new, contemporary boutique hotel near Traveler’s Rest, SC, is now accepting lodging reservations for arrivals beginning August 29th, 2013. Guests can book online at www.hoteldomestique.com.
“Late summer and early fall are incredible seasons in the Blue Ridge Mountains,” said Hotel Domestique’s General Manager and Sommelier, Richard Jardin. “We look forward to welcoming our first guests to experience Hotel Domestique’s charm, service and a preview of all that’s to come.”
The completely remodeled property, formerly named La Bastide, blends modern style with European influences. With a serene, hilltop setting the intimate, 13-room hotel will cater to travelers seeking a relaxing retreat as well as those with a passion for outdoor activities.
Architecture and Views
The hotel’s architecture is sophisticated and elegant, with heavy timbers and distressed hardwood floors set against modern furnishings. Upon entering the hotel guests are greeted by sweeping views of the rolling countryside. The foyer gives way to a stylish lounge area, while an adjacent library with oversized fireplace offers a quiet pocket for intimate conversation. Beyond is an expansive outdoor patio adorned with seating as well as steps leading to a new pool, all surrounded by lush landscaping.
Each of the 13 guestrooms is styled and appointed for luxury and comfort: a wrought iron bed with 500 thread count linens, flat screen TV, iPad concierge, and French doors/windows that open to fresh air and the scenic views. Each room boasts a high ceiling and tasteful art, while many include patios and fireplaces.
Bathrooms are appointed with a rain showerhead and/or soaking tubs, plush towels, and Hermes toiletries. Spa-like in design, the bath area makes use of earth-toned materials such as river rock, forest-colored tile, and poured concrete.
Hotel Domestique’s Restaurant 17 will serve innovative cuisine in an austere setting set amongst the vineyards surrounding the property. Acclaimed Executive Chef Adam Cooke’s overall style for the cuisine will be refined, clean and approachable.
Cooke will draw on local sources for the majority of ingredients, reworking dishes to adapt to the South’s fast-changing growing season with menu items such as elk carpaccio with blood orange, horseradish and pea shoots, or rabbit meatballs with peas, sage and wild leeks. An extensive wine program developed by GM and Sommelier Jardin will complement culinary offerings.
Breakfast can be simple or sophisticated depending on the palate and day plans, from homemade pastries and preserves, to a smoked trout pastrami and biscuit breakfast sandwich with duck egg. In lieu of a traditional lunch, an all-day light fare menu will based largely around a wood-burning oven to accommodate both the pool deck and active schedules of the guests.
Restaurant 17 is named after the number of times hotel co-owner George Hincapie rode in the Tour de France. The completely remade dining room is expected to open in mid-Fall and includes a new terrace level for additional seating and to accommodate special groups. From August until the restaurant’s formal opening, meals will be served in the salon area adjacent to our modern, concrete wine bar or on the relaxing terrace looking out onto the scenic mountain landscape.
A Bike Riding Mecca…
Given the Hincapie family’s affinity for cycling, Hotel Domestique will uniquely cater to two-wheel aficionados. The property will include small bike shop area with an on-site mechanic, specially designed bike storage room, BMC road and mountain bikes rentals, and mapped ride routes around the region. Cyclists can join weekly women’s, beginner, and general rides led by experienced riders, in some cases, George Hincapie himself. Cycling and triathlon clinics and training camps will also be offered throughout the year.
The hotel will also welcome local riders, encouraging them to start and finish rides at the property where they can change or shower and then stay for dinner.
…But More Than Just a Cycling Destination
Hotel Domestique is more than a haven for cyclists–it’s for anyone with a love for the outdoors. The area offers an abundance of activities including hiking, fishing, golf and horseback riding. Caesars Head State Park, Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, Table Rock State Park and many other nearby areas are a big draw for nature lovers. For those seeking a more structured workout, Hotel Domestique will also have a state-of-the-art fitness studio.
A Unique Inspiration and Family Affair
George Hincapie, who competed in the Tour de France 17 times, is opening the hotel along with his brother Rich, and Peter Gilgan, a successful entrepreneur in homebuilding and real estate development. Much of the hotel’s concept blossomed from George’s time spend in Europe combined with Peter’s development acumen.