Schloss Saareck is located directly on the banks of the River Saar at the heart of an expansive, idyllic park with trees that have witnessed centuries. Luitwin von Boch – Director of Villeroy & Boch in Mettlach from 1917 to 1932 – decided to erect this building shortly after his marriage to Adeline Baroness von Liebieg, and the foundation stone for this architectural gem was laid exactly 110 years ago on July 5, 1902. Von Boch's decision may have been prompted by the increasing number of his social commitments, for which adequate premises were distinctly lacking, or also, perhaps, by his desire to help his young wife – who had lived with her family in a fortress on the River Moselle – come to terms with her homesickness. The architect, Ludwig Arntz, designed Schloss Saareck in the style of 19th century historicism, by combining late gothic and renaissance elements to form an elegant unity.
The von Bochs were able to move into Schloss Saareck as early as 1903. In 1911 and 1912 the property was modified and expanded when an extension, planned by the architect Eugen Schmohl, was added to comply with the wishes of the lady of the house, who wanted a large dining room and a family chapel. The Schloss suffered severe damage during World War I but nevertheless remained the von Boch family residence until the outbreak of World War II. During the war it was used as a military hospital and thereafter by the occupying troops as an administrative building.
In 1954, owing to the increasing number of company visitors, particularly as a consequence of growing internationalisation within the Villeroy & Boch Group, Schloss Saareck was converted into a guest house. To this day these premises continue to accommodate customers, business partners and employees who come to Mettlach on visits or to attend events.
High-ranking guests have also stayed at Schloss Saareck. In December 2006, for example, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel invited the then French President Jacques Chirac to European talks at Schloss Saareck.
A unique belle époque atmosphere can still be felt in the Schloss rooms today, whether in the spacious entrance hall adorned with paintings and hunting trophies, a fireside room with Steinway grand piano, the Anna Boch room displaying impressionist paintings or in the Japanese Conservatory with paintings by her brother, the artist and patron of the arts, Eugène Boch.
Renovated extensively in the year 2001, Schloss Saareck has become a popular venue for events. It offers an excellent setting for a great variety of occasions, not only, for example, for family celebrations, weddings and anniversaries, but also for meetings or business luncheons/dinners after seminars which are held in the perfectly equipped rooms of the Global Academy located in the Old Abbey on the opposite bank of the River Saar. Here in Schloss Saareck, beyond the hectic and stress of everyday life, there's a world of peace, relaxation and sheer bliss.
The team at Schloss Saareck advises each potential guest individually, being responsive and catering to the wishes and ideas of every one. An appropriate programme is compiled for every occasion – from the order of courses and table decoration, to wine-tasting and cigar evenings, to musical accompaniment – all part of a full professional service that will make your celebration unforgettable and your event exceptional.
The finest of culinary delicacies at their finest are created in the kitchen at Schloss Saareck. Needless to say, only the freshest of local and regional produce is used – even in the establishment's own patisserie, which is constantly creating delightful new gateaux and confectionery. Everything is served, of course, on the finest premium-brand tableware from Villeroy & Boch.
Guests are also welcome to stay overnight in one of the 22 guest rooms in the Schloss. Each of the rooms has been furnished with great attention to detail displaying its own unique style and distinctive charm. Varying from room to room, the bathrooms were, naturally, all manufactured by Villeroy & Boch. The bathroom designs chosen represent important stages in a bathroom culture which dates from the 1980s to present day.