Photos courtesy of Château de Fère
Double rooms: 180–360 euros
Suites: 480–720 euros
Rates include service and tax; breakfast extra
Open: beginning of April through December
The village of Fère-en-Tardenois is west of Reims. From Reims, take A4, exit #21. Take N380 and D801 towards “Villers-Agron” and then to Fère-en-Tardenois. Look for “Fismes” direction. The castle is 3 km after the village. Not practical to reach by public transportation.
On site: hot air ballooning; tennis; swimming pool; boules Nearby: hiking; golf; horseback riding; champagne caves; Reims
In a gorgeous, romance-filled location, the Château de Fère provides luxury accommodations in the heart of the champagne country.
Set among woodlands and well-tended lawns, you cross over an ancient bridge spanning a moat to reach the property.
Individually decorated guest rooms (recently renovated) look out over the gardens or the ruins of the nearby castle. All come with full bathrooms and flat-screen TVs.
One of the main reasons people come here is for the reputation of the kitchen. Dinners are an event in a three-room restaurant enriched by 18th-century paneling, rich fabrics, artwork, and chandeliers beneath a beamed ceiling. The wine cellar holds over 10,000 bottles.
Sometimes the château holds special evenings—such as dinner and opera.
Fantastic ruins of an adjacent 13th-century castle to explore