The Saareck Castle, the historic property of Villeroy & Boch in Mettlach, at the border of Germany, France and Luxembourg – headquarters of the company that is celebrating its 270th anniversary this year – is surrounded by a marvelous English-style park.
Utilized by Villeroy & Boch as an exclusive location since 1954, the castle is also a guesthouse, whose evocative rooms in central European style can be reserved at Booking.com.
Created as a hunting lodge in 1902-03 with a project by the architect Ludwig Arntz for the Von Boch family, the building was expanded in 1912 by the architect Eugen Schmohl.
The spaces on the ground floor, composed of small parlors, have conserved their original layout.
One room is decorated with hunting trophies and paintings, while the large dining room has solid wood walls, fine wood flooring and a series of family portraits.
The terrace facing the large park with its age-old trees offers a striking view of the old Benedictine abbey on the bank of the Saar River.
Across the river, the Old Abbey of Mettlach contains the Villeroy & Boch Discovery Center and the Museum of Ceramics, with the accurate reconstructions of the Keravision section, displays on accessories for the Arts of the Table and a Bath, Wellness and Tile Information Center, as well as the company’s outlet.
Inside Saareck Castle there are displays of the new collections for the table by Villeroy & Boch.
The classic Wildrose line with climbing flowers changes its look and becomes Rose Sauvage for the 270th anniversary of Villeroy & Boch.
The timeless collection blossoms in a new design. It now comes in four versions – Heritage, Rénovée, Framboise and Blanche – which reinterpret the classic floral decorations in simpler, more modern forms.
Vieux Luxemburg Brindille stands out for its special cobalt blue, the historic color used for the decoration of porcelain, applied on Chinese vases since the first millennium and on Delftware.
The roots of the floral motif date back to the 18th century: starting in 1768 the Boch Brothers utilized Brindille as a hand-painted pattern on porcelain stoneware plates in their manufactory at Septfontaines in Luxembourg.
At the nearby Villeroy & Boch facility in Merzig the company produces its lines of articles for the table.
The latest new development for the bathroom by Villeroy & Boch is the Antheus collection created by Christian Haas.