"I was born into a farming family in Soissons, Picardy. As a child, I wanted to become a missionary. That’s why my sisters and I founded Batali, an organisation which helps to build schools in the Central African Republic. Today I divide my time between Paris, my small farm in Loiret, and La Briqueterie in Champagne. I spent a long time working for the Concorde group, headed by Jean Taittinger. This was how I came to discover the Champagne region. I like to walk through the vineyards and meet the people who work on the land, small-scale producers who make great wines. Their champagne can be found in the world’s greatest restaurants, but this is the only place where you can discover what makes the region so unique…"...Read Moreless
Property reopened on 03/07/2020
Hotel and restaurant in a park. The Auberge, nestled in the Domaine de Chantilly, between the château gardens and the Grandes Écuries, takes its name from what was the Jeu de Paume, which now displays the monumental paintings from the Condé Museum. Its sober lines and elegant appointments, designed by Le Nôtre and Mansart, echo a very particular French-style art de vivre. Its restaurant, La Table du Connétable, serves inventive traditional cuisine, and the libraries and the open fire in the Winter Garden Bar create a truly warm and welcoming atmosphere. The spa’s subtle lighting and coloured mosaics add the finishing touches to this perfect hideaway, just a few kilometres from Paris. ... Learn moreless
Opened in the splendid Grand Stables in 2013, the Museum of the Horse intends to be both an art and ethological museum. It houses more than 200 pieces and artworks relating to the horse and its history. Visitors can learn about the different breeds of horse around the world, and also their role in hunting...Read More less
This is one of the most beautiful museums in France! Here, in the former apartments of Chantilly castle, is where you will discover one of the finest collections in Europe of pre-1850 paintings. The Duke of Aumale's collection comprises some 800 paintings by the masters, objets d'art and tapestries....Read More less
Property reopened on 17/06/2020
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Legend has it that Jean Cocteau designed the staircase of the Château de Courcelles... Regardless of whether it is true, this rumour speaks volumes about the attention to detail in this palace where Jean-Jacques Rousseau once liked to stroll in the French garden and French literary figures Racine, La Fontaine and Dumas stayed between Paris, the Aisne and the Champagne. Which now famous pages did they write here? This can be contemplated while strolling through the magnificent grounds, swimming in the pool, playing a round of golf, or a game of tennis, and dining like royalty, discovering the best local products and excellent Champagnes. ... Learn moreless
The town where I was born boasts a splendid Gothic cathedral and a very fine abbey, Saint-Jean-des-Vignes. Built from limestone, the “white” town of Soissons was chosen by King Clovis as his capital. In the northern arm of the transept of the cathedral, don’t miss the Adoration of the Shepherds, a painting...Read More less
Property reopened on 18/06/2020
Restaurant and hotel in a park. Les Crayères is a mythical property in the heart of Reims, nestled discreetly in a seven hectare park full of lush vegetation. This former home of the de Polignac family permanently recreates and modernises the “chateau style” in an atmosphere which is one of elegant sophistication. Perfectly appointed rooms and suites await with a love of detail which is characteristic for pure classical French style. The warm welcome, impeccable service and MOF (Best Craftsman of France) Chef Philippe Mille’s gourmet restaurant with its wine list featuring more than 600 champagne labels, make this the ideal place to start discovering all the treasures of this region. ... Learn moreless
Property reopened on 05/06/2020
Hotel and restaurant in town. Appearances are sometimes deceptive! The walls of this beautiful mansion hide a contemporary interior based on straight lines, trendy furnishings and design furniture. Founded nearly 40 years ago by their parents, the Assiette Champenoise is run today by Arnaud Lallement in the kitchen, his wife Magali in the dining room and his sister Mélanie, who are very keen to continue the family tradition of hospitality. Deeply rooted in the region, the property invites you to discover the best champagnes in the cosy bar or the highly acclaimed cuisine of the young Chef, who celebrates the quality of the products. Park, terrace and pool are a harmonious complement to this fine property. ... Learn moreless
Listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, Reims Cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. It was long considered the cradle of the kings of France, whose coronations took place here. Construction began in 1211 and there are more than 2,300 statues on the building. In the middle of the “gallery...Read More less
Located not far from the town centre, the Pommery company offers three types of visit, from the production of champagne and the history of the company, to tours of the fermenting room, the cellars and the large buildings, as well as an exhibition of contemporary art.
Eighteen metres below ground, in chalk cellars which date back to the 4th century and the Gallo-Roman period, this tour takes you beneath the old Saint-Nicaise Abbey, built during the 13th century, of which only the vaults remain. This network of mysterious galleries holds hundreds of thousands of bottles,...Read More less
A UNESCO World Heritage site, this former archiepiscopal and royal residence bears testament to the coronations of 32 kings of France, from the 11th century to Charles X. Today, the superb palace houses the biggest collection of stone statuary in France, consisting of sculptures removed from the cathedral....Read More less
Property reopened on 03/07/2020
Hotel and restaurant in a vineyard. In the Champagne region, on the slopes of the river Marne, the Hostellerie La Briqueterie is a paradise of well-being and good living. Épernay, the capital of Champagne wine, with its 110 km of cellars, including the most prestigious ones, to visit, is just a few minutes away. Here, every possible step has been taken to ensure complete relaxation between serene walks in the landscaped garden and its roses, tranquil baths, essential oil massages at the spa and gourmet meals that delight the palate whilst keeping the figure trim. Sample tartare of langoustines with citrus fruit aromas and don’t resist a glass of champagne. ... Learn moreless
After a stroll along the Avenue de Champagne in Épernay, head towards the cellars of Moët & Chandon, the biggest in the region. This veritable underground labyrinth extends over some twenty-eight kilometres of galleries! Certain stretches will take you almost thirty metres underground.
This is the birthplace of Chardonnay. From Épernay to the pretty medieval town of Sézanne, the Côte des Blancs trail takes you into the real heart of the vineyards. I really like the hamlet of Chavot-Courcourt, whose lovely church looks out over a landscape of vines. There are many bucolic stops along...Read More less
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