The world-renowned Château du Sureau, located in Oakhurst, was recently awarded the coveted five-star rating from Forbes, continuing a 17-year streak of earning the lofty rating.
"We are delighted to be one of 11, 5-star properties in California -- Iit is truly a privilege to have received this award for the 17th consecutive year," said Erna Kubin-Clanin, owner of the inn. "Since 1958 Forbes Travel Guide has been the authority in travel and hospitality, to be part of their prestigious group of Hotels is an honor."
She credited her staff for maintaining the Château's commitment to providing the highest level of service in accordance with their observation of European hospitality customs.
"I thank the entire team at the Estate for their tireless commitment and dedication," said Kubin-Clanin.
The honor was bestowed upon Kubin-Clanin at the 55th Annual Star Awards in Beverly Hills Feb. 27.
Kubin-Clanin first opened her award-winning restaurant, Erna's Elderberry House, in 1984 and quickly realized she needed an inn to accommodate the many out-of-town visitors. She and builder Gary Browns started construction on the 10 bedroom château, adjacent to Erna's Elderberry House Restaurant, in 1990. Named for the elderberry bushes that cover the rolling property, Château du Sureau was completed in 1991.