Chateau de Fere Hotel - Reims, Champagne, France

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Luxury 5 Star Hotel near Reims
“ Discover the France that was the inspiration of poets, the folly of kings.
Discover Château de Fère, near Reims in the Champagne region. ”

Chateau de Fere
~ Chateau de Fere is overlooked by the romantic ruins of a 12th-century castle ~


100 HOUSES for 100 FAMILIES

Richard BLIAH (owner of Château de Fère) is a well-
known architect established in Japan for many years.

He recently created this foundation to support the
victims of the terrible tsunami with a project to
build "100 Houses for 100 families".

For donations and more information please
contact the Château at FereILA@ila-chateau.com

Logo of Luxury Hotel Chateau de Fere - Reims, Champagne, France


Hotel Château de Fère
Luxury 5 Star Hotel near Reims
Route de Fismes, Champagne
02130 Fère-en-Tardenois
near Reims 50km, France
Email: FereILA@ila-chateau.com

Hotel Location Map 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)
45 minutes drive from Reims-Champagne airport
     http://www.ryanair.com/
2 hours drive from Beauvais airport (130 km via
     Compiègne and Soissons)
     http://www.aeroportbeauvais.com
From Paris A4 exit Château-Thierry
American WW1 Cemetery nearby

Owner: Richard Bliah
Number of Rooms / Suites: 24 / 5
Rates: from 160 € / from 390 € (single or double occupancy)
Buffet Breakfast: 22 € per person
Restaurant: menus and a la carte (closed only for lunch on Mondays,
      except during holidays and for groups)
Al fresco dining weather permitting
Superb outdoor swimming pool (heated mid-May to mid-September)
Tennis ľ Helipad
Extensive grounds - Horse riding in the nearby forest
Rare setting for all kinds of events
Ideal venue for weddings (up to 200 ľ possibility of exclusive renting)
Annual Closing: From January 2nd (after the brunch) until February 13th
Helipad (GPS): N 49░ 13' 21"   E 003░ 32' 15"

Luxury 5 Star Hotel near Reims

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Photo of one of the new hotel suites
~ One of the fantastic new and exciting Suites ~

HELICOPTER TOURS

  To enjoy a great sightseeing flight above the scenic countryside  
please contact : FereHeliToursILA@ila-chateau.com
 

~ EXCITING CULINARY COURSES ~

“Let's Go Cook Italian”

is successfully repeating gourmet holidays cooking sessions
in TUSCANY (with a unique Oleoteca experience) and ROME
in the Fall. There will be also a possible Spring new venue in
PROVENCE (date to be announced)

For more information, please go to
http://www.ila-chateau.com/cook-italian/

Photo of Chateau de Fere gardens


English 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 and fine accommodation. 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. And now, this majestic fully restored hotel invites you to share its rich history.

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 Photo of Cellars panelled walls, chandeliered ceilings, crystal and elegant silverware is a regional favourite. 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.

At the Château de Fère Hotel you can do as much or as little as you choose. Revive your spirits over a game of tennis. Take to the air in a hot air balloon, or make a splash in our pool. Tee off on the neighbouring 18 hole golf course of L'Ailette or hunt (season permitting), horse ride, cycle or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll through the beautiful surrounding forests. And when you need to impress, the Hostellerie is the ideal conference, meeting or trade display venue. Amongst these pastimes there is of course another promise of enjoyment - the country of Champagne, with its traditional delights of local vineyards, historical buildings, fields of summer flowers and friendly locals. And nearby at Marne-la-Vallee, the fantasy and adventure world of Euro-Disney beckons the young, and the young at heart.

CASTLE IN THE TERRE
When it comes to the good life, the 'ancien regime' still rules in France

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, for example, 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)

Reservations may be made directly & always mention “ILA Châteaux & Hotels de Charme” to ensure best possible service.

Photo of Banquet Room
~ Banquet Room ~

 

French Merveilleusement situé, ce château a toujours été un haut-lieu d'hospitalité malgré les outrages des siècles passés. Cette tradition d'accueil atteint ici, actuellement, son paroxysme grâce à une “équipe d'enfer” bien soudée autour d'un propriétaire d'exception soucieux de son fabuleux patrimoine comme du confort de ses visiteurs.

Fère, est un château enchanté!

Mais rassurez-vous, car si la splendide “idiosyncratic” aventure de Walt Dysney ne se trouve qu'à moins d'une heure, il est certain que les Fées responsables de ces deux merveilles n'ont point suivi la même doctrine dans les cours de magie.

Photo of hotel garden room
~ A Garden Room with Private Terrace ~

 

German Herrlich eingebettet in einen Park von 70 ha, liegt dieses Schloss neben einer einzigartigen Schlossruine aus dem 13Jhdt. an einer Strasse, die die Könige nach Reims zur Krönung führte. Damals schon war das Schloss Hochburg grosser Hospitalität. Heute am Schnittpunkt moderner Europastrassen warten die Nachkommen darauf, Ihnen zu zeigen, dass Tradition im Hotelgewerbe weitergeführt und verbessert wird. Einen Tag oder eine Woche in „Fère” werden Sie nie vergessen.

Watercolour of Hotel Chateau de Fere - nr Reims, Champagne, France
~ Courtesy of A-M Urbain ~

 

Dutch Het kasteel naast de ru´nes

"Château de Fère" was een van de eerste kasteelhotels in Europa. Het ligt op de drempel van de interessante champagnestreek met in de nabije omgeving een abundant cultureel aanbod.

Even ten zuiden van Laon en iets ten westen van Reims, precies op de route die de Franse koningen volgden om zich in die laatste stad te laten kronen, ligt Fère-en-Tardenois. Er verrees in de 12de eeuw een quasi onneembare burcht op een heuvel, nog eens omringd door een gracht zo diep als een kloof.

Ooit woonde er Anne de Montmorency, die geen dame was zoals u misschien zou denken, maar de opperbevelhebber (Connétable) en rechterhand van de koningen Frans I en Hendrik II. Hij vond het niet langer nodig dat het kasteel verdedigd kon worden en liet de sierlijke renaissancegalerij over de slotgracht aanleggen. Een nakomeling van hem zag er evenwel financieel voordeel in het kasteel te laten slopen en de brokstukken te verkopen, zodat we nu nog slechts ru´nes aantreffen -maar wel schilderachtige ru´nes !

In de 16de eeuw was naast de burcht een bijgebouw voor personeel en vee ontstaan, waarvan men in 1863 een modern kasteel maakte. In het jaar 1956 werd dit een van de eerste kasteelhotels van Europa ...

Heel wat plaatsen in de omgeving hebben herinneringen en musea betreffende beroemde Fransen. Want in Château-Thierry werd de fabeldichter La Fontaine geboren, in La Ferté-Milon de tragediedichter Racine, in Villers-Cotterêts de romanschrijver Alexandre Dumas sr., in Villeneuve-sur-Fère zowel de dichter Paul Claudel als diens beeldhouwende zuster (en later krankzinnig geworden minnares van Rodin) Camille Claudel.
Je raakt op deze streek niet uitgekeken.

Courtesy of Gerard Van Swieten (Copyright -Artsenkrant-)

Photo of hotel bedroom   Photo of hotel guest room


...An Exciting King's Story...

Playground of King François I and his comrade Commander-in-Chief
of the Armies Anne de Montmorency.

Fère-en-Tardenois was constructed between 1206 and 1260 as a fortified castle by Robert de Dreux, grandson of Louis VI, King of France. Little is know of it except that it Old Painting of the chateau belonged to the royal family Valois-Orléans-Angoulême from 1328 to 1528 when it was given by Louise of Savoy, mother of François I, to Anne de Montmorency, Governor Général of France and Chancellor to six kings from Louis XII to Charles IX.

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.

Hotel terrace for al fresco meals Hotel terrace for al fresco meals
~ The brand new Suite Camille Claudel ~

Hotel terrace for al fresco meals
~ Outside terrass for al fresco lunch or dinner, weather permitting ~

Photo of restaurant dining room
~ Main Dining Room ~

Photo of hotel conference meeting room
~ Meeting Room on the ground floor with garden views ~

Photo of hot air balloons
~ Ballooning escape departing from the Chateau Grounds ~

Chateau de Fere swimming pool
~ View of the back of the castle with the swimming pool ~

Photo of the Sunset
~ Romantic sunset at Fère ~

Photo of Bathroom

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