Chateau Choices France (Peg's Top Picks - A)
A1. Hotel Château de Fère
Route de Fismes, Champagne
near Reims 50km, France
Deserving top spot for one of Ron and Peggy's favorites, Chateau de Fere will take your breath away. From their Website: “The French aristocracy has always known how to live well. The food the royals and nobles ate became the envy of the world, the love affairs they conducted turned into legendary tales of passion, and the castles and palaces they built were some of the most beautiful in the world.
Today, many of these castles and palaces are still havens of luxury and privilege, but they cater to a rather different clientele - the hotel guest. A combination of conservation and enterprise has transformed many of these historic buildings into luxury hotels, offering a taste of the good life which is distinctly French in flavour.
Chateau de Fere is just an hour and a half's drive from Paris on the way to Reims. It is surrounded by manicured lawns and set in a deep forest, and used to be a stop-over for royal groups on their way to the superb Reims Gothic Cathedral.
With a ratio of one staff member for every two guests, Chateau de Fere truly pampers those who stay there. The Chateau itself has magnificently appointed rooms and apartments which provide some of the most elegant accommodation in this area of France. Service is impeccable. A kitchen brigade under the watchful eye of a master chef ensures that guests can try the best local dishes.............”
(Excerpt from Singapore Tatler, by Walter Glaser - www.walterglaser.com)
To offer some history on the Chateau, Set in the romantic village of Fère-en-Tardenois in the province of Champagne, the castle welcomes guests from around the world with its elegant gardens surrounded by forest, there are actually two castles on the grounds. One, the Château de Fère was built in 1206 by Robert de Dreux, grandson of Louis VI. Now in ruins, it serves as a backdrop to the newer 16th century castle, the Hostellerie du Château, a majestic and fully restored hotel that invites you to share its rich history and walk in the paths of kings.
The Château's magnificently appointed 6 apartments, 19 rooms and excellent conference facilities offer you luxury befitting a five star hotel. The superb dining room with its panelled walls, chandeliered ceilings, crystal and elegant silverware is a regional favorite. To complement the exquisite cuisine is a remarkable selection of 20,000 bottles of fine wine, housed in the labyrinth of tunnels below the Château. The guest suites are appointed with collectables envied by those who appreciate the finer things. Tastefully arranged paintings, wall hangings, and lamps are matched to the grace of the Château itself. Modern luxuries include spa baths. A feast for the senses. A time for reflection . . . with service fit for kings.
A warrior, diplomat,minister, devotee of the arts, Montmorency was the most powerful man in all France next to the king. He was in possession of six hundred feudal properties, one hundred thirty châteaux and baronies, four mansions in Paris and numerous other holdings.
Though his five sons and seven daughters, all married into the highest families of the land, he was able to keep his finger on the nation's pulse. Builder of exquisite chateaux at Chantilly and Ecouen, he undertook to create at Fère-en-Tardenois a country seat of relaxation. He mainly ordered the monumental bridge that still stands in the garden of the château to be thrown across the moat. Crossing this beautiful bridge one reaches the ruins of eight huge towers.
The château passed to the son of the great Connétable Montmorency and then to his grandson Henry II, whose plot to overthrow Richelieu lost him his head at Toulouse in 1632, as well as confiscation of Fère-en-Tardenois.
Louis XIII returned the castle to Henry's daughter, Charlotte de Montmorency. (Henry IV had once so passionately loved her that he almost fought the King of Spain to retrieve her when, on her wedding night, she fled to Belgium with her husband, Prince de Condé, in order to avoid the King's advances).
The castle was finally inherited by Philip Egalité. So anxious was he for the approval of Republicans that he ordered to demolish partially his own château at Fère. To further his political ambitions he sold the furnishings and fixtures. Those which remained were taken to public auction by his creditors in 1793.
This ended the glorious era of Fère-en-Tardenois. In 1863, the present chateau, once a wing of the Royal castle, was restored and converted to a hotel in 1956.
|The ruins are more than historical, but a place to explore, relax and enjoy the surroundings.|
Paris 115 km • Calais 290 km • Bruges 280 km
Brussels 300 km • Karlsruhe 460 km
Luxembourg City 280 km • Mâcon 460 km
90 minutes drive from Roissy-CDG airport (110 km)
From Paris A4 exit Château-Thierry
American WW1 Cemetery nearby
Owner: Richard Bliah
Number of Rooms / Suites: 20 / 9
Rates: from 150 € / from 350 € (single or double occupancy)
Buffet Breakfast: 22 € per person
Restaurant: menus and a la carte (closed only for lunch on Mondays)
Annual Closing: From January 1st (after the brunch) until February 3rd
Helipad (GPS): N 49° 13' 21" E 003° 32' 15"
Rates are subject to change based on season and availability.
My Chateau Negotiated Rates: We can negotiate rates on your behalf if your stay will exceed two nights.
A2. CHATEAU DE LA CHEVRE D'OR
RUE DU BARRI
06360 EZE VILLAGE
Tel : +33492106666
Fax : +33493410672
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : http://www.chevredor.com
CHECK IN: 3 pm
CHECK OUT: 12 noon
In order to secure your booking, a minimum of one night deposit is required.
Low season: 07 days minimum prior to arrival date.
High season: 15 days minimum prior to arrival date.
Cancellation fee: 61 euros.
A Personal Note: We have on several holidays enjoyed nights at this enchanting oasis high above the sea. Our memories are profound and we long to return. The beauty is almost surreal and to wake up with the views you will have is priceless. We further enjoyed our meals, both pools and the ability to enjoy Eze after the crouds fade away.
FROM THEIR WEBSITE:
La Chèvre d'Or in the medieval city of Eze sits between the sky and the Mediterranean Sea and offers a rare, warm, family-friendly atmosphere. Thirty rooms and seven suites scattered along the heart of the mediaeval village, most with a sea view and each with
different architecture, size and decoration. Behind their elegant decor, all rooms are fully equipped with every modern comfort (air-conditioning, jacuzzi bath, minibar, in-room safe, satellite TV, wireless internet).
Some fine houses like Le Château de la Chèvre d’Or, once home to the Riquiers family and later to Prince Wilhelm of Sweden, have been transformed into artists' studios and art galleries.
It is easy to imagine the donkeys climbing up from the surrounding countryside in the last century, weighed down with figs, olives and Eze mandarin oranges. The decoration in the choir of Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption church dates back to the Baroque period and the church boasts an Egyptian cross that immerses Eze in the mysteries of the goddess Isis. At the top of the village, the exotic garden created in 1949 by Jean Gastaud adorns this gorgeous site with aloes, euphorbias and cactus.
Le Château de La Chèvre d'Or is a timeless place, filled with the magic of a legend that has been told many times.
In Provence La Chèvre d’Or or "Golden Goat" is a mythical animal that has inspired many tales, such as Paul Arène's novel “La Chèvre d’Or”, published in 1889. Legend has it that in Eze, the Yugoslavian violinist Zlatko Balokovic, who was visiting the village, allowed himself to be led by a goat with a golden coat to an old farmhouse, which he restored to create the famous Château de la Chèvre d’Or.
But legends abound in this place, which is steeped in history; according to one of them, the Relais & Châteaux hotel owes its name to its first owner.
A farmer by trade, she reared goats, whose milk she used to sell each week in the market in Nice; apparently she used to hide her income, all in gold pieces, behind the stones of a wall. When the building was restored, her treasure, which had lain untouched for years, was found.
The hotel was then named after the treasure trove to keep the story alive. The Chèvre d’Or is a star in its own right, a unique jewel that sparkles high up over the Mediterranean. The passion and culture it has inherited from its pioneers have sent it soaring skywards to become part of the finest hotel association in the world. In 1953, Robert Wolf fell in love with Le Château de La Chèvre d’Or and converted it into a restaurant. He then bought a number of houses in the village to provide accommodation. The hotel became one of the six stops on the "Route du Bonheur", which later became the Relais et Châteaux Association.
The hotel's various owners since then have all increased the number of rooms dotted around the mediaeval village. As a result, Le Château de La Chèvre d’Or now has 37 rooms and suites.
The restaurant was awarded its first star in the Michelin Guide thanks to the work of Mr Pernet. Elie Mazot, who took over in the kitchens, was to maintain its excellent reputation and its Michelin star for over 20 years. Jean Marc Delacourt took over from Elie Mazot in 1998 and further recognition was quick to follow, with the restaurant being awarded its second Michelin star in 2000. In 2003, a young and talented chef, Philippe Labbé joined to maintain the 2 Michelin stars. And 2010 saw the arrival of another great Chef, Mr Fabrice VULIN.
Princes and princesses, artists, politicians and actors including Walt Disney, Lauren Bacall, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Marisa Berenson, Humphrey Bogart, Roger Moore, Tony Curtis, Clint Eastwood and Robert de Niro have all stayed at Le Château de La Chèvre d’Or.
• Relais et Châteaux since 1956
• Traditions et Qualité - Grande Table du Monde
• Virtuoso Best Dining Experience 2007, CondéNast Traveller 2010 Gold List,
T+L "500 World's Best Hotels"
• 30 rooms, 6 Suites and 1 Presidential suite
• “La Chèvre d’Or” gourmet restaurant (2 Michelin stars)
• “Les Remparts” Mediterranean terrace restaurant (lunch only)
• "Le Café du Jardin" for relaxed lunches
• "EDEN" mediterranean terrace restaurant (dinner only)
• Bar and terrace with panoramic views
• Private gardens
• Heated swimming pool with sea views and outdoor jacuzzi
• Fitness room
• Massage room and beauty treatments
• Teak sun-decks
• 2 meeting rooms
• Complimentary Valet Parking and Luggage handling service
• Limousine service
• Concierge service and reception open 24/7
Le Château de la Chèvre d’Or is located between Monaco and Nice in the
heart of the medieval village of Eze-Village. 360°View
GPS - Minutes Seconds: 43°43’37’’.93 N , 7°21’42.20’’ E
GPS - Decimal WGS84: 43.7276883, 7.3622229BY AIR
Nice international airport is located on the western side of Nice famous
sea drive, the Promenade des Anglais. Le Château de la Chèvre d’Or is
only 30 minutes from Nice airport (18 km), direct motorway exit and
access road (follow Eze Village).
The most practical train station is Nice Ville (12 km).
From Nice, on the A8 motorway, exit La Turbie, Moyenne Corniche,
direction to Eze-Village.
When arriving at the bottom of the village between both public open air
car parks, just drive directly up to the hotel entrance gate. No cars
allowed within the mediaeval village.
Our concierge will be happy to arrange car, limo or minibus transfers to
the airport or to arrange rental car hire for you.
Distance from Eze-Village to:
Monaco: 9 km
Nice: 12 km
Menton: 15 km
Saint Jean Cap Ferrat: 8 km
Antibes – Juan-les-Pins: 30 km
Cannes: 45 km
Saint-Tropez: 115 km
Avignon: 275 km
A3. Château d'Ermenonville
60950 Ermenonville, France
Tel.: +33 (0)3 44 54 00 26
FROM THEIR WEBSITE.
Located in the heart of a stunning forest overlooking Jean-Jacques Rousseau Park and surrounded by a moat, this magnificent mansion, reflected in the water of the Launette river, happily combines comfort with a pastoral ambiance.
The architecture includes standards of aesthetics from the age of enlightenment; the interior combines the majesty of the hall, elegance of the restaurant in remarkable wood panelled lounges and the calm and views from bedrooms overlooking the gardens.
Open all year round, enjoy the terrace and the enormous park as weather permits. Remember to set aside part of your stay to visit the historical monuments surrounding the estate.