We found it by luck. Searching for somewhere to stay in and around the Champagne region of France for a night, we stumbled across Le Château D’Etoges on Trip Advisor. Situated in the southern part of the Champagne it is a traditional French chateau surrounded by a small village which contains no less than 3 champagne houses.
As it says on the chateau website:
“Built at the beginning of the 17th century by the Counts of Anglure, the Chateau was a staging post for French monarchs whilst on progress to their eastern dominions. Louis XIV, the Sun King, was astonished by the sparkling fountains you will see in the miniature lakes in the grounds of the Chateau.”
“Following the French Revolution, Etoges passed into the hands of the wife of Marshal Lannes who played hostess to the Court of the Emperor Napoleon.”
The chateau has been owned by the current owners for over 100 years.
The Chateau has 28 rooms and retains it’s period look and feel throughout. Our room, The Rose Room was furnished with antique furniture in a style that can only be called French Provincial meets Louis XIV.
It felt like being on a hollywood set but it was the real thing.
The Chateau has a restaurant on it’s grounds – Le Orangery – which we were lucky enough to try. I would be surprised if it doesn’t gain a coveted Michelin Star in the next year or two. It’s cuisine is traditional french but lightened up (less of the rich sauces) and presented in a modern, clean style.
We left the next morning reluctantly, and only after coffee and croissants on the terrace. And for those of you wondering about the cost of the room – only €115. Sadly the meal cost twice that.