Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Relais & Châteaux property
Historic castle hotel
Only when you book with Chic
From the gourmet restaurant to the 23 hectares of beautifully maintained parkland, family-owned Château de Courcelles is every inch the aristocratic rural retreat. Dating back to the 17th-century, the castle's history is almost as grand as its sumptuous interiors. Icons of French culture from Racine to Jean Cocteau have stayed within its walls; Jean Jacques Rousseau was known to stroll the grounds, and Christian Dior once organised lavish parties here.
With just 18 individual rooms, you’ll find the château to be an oasis of tranquility. Wander the expansive gardens, take a dip in the heated outdoor swimming pool, or explore the historic city of Reims and the picturesque Picardy countryside. For dinner, treat yourself to an extravagant meal at the on-site eatery – best enjoyed with a bottle of locally-produced Champagne from the extensive cellar.
Château de Courcelles welcomes children; some of the suites are suitable for families.
A meal at the upmarket restaurant will be one of the highlights of your stay. Chef Lucas Vannier creates seasonal dishes with a twist and boasts a wealth of experience. Meals are served across two historic dining rooms, the Winter Garden, or out on the terrace during summertime. Cooking classes are available too, if you'd like to get behind the scenes.
Children won’t feel left out: the restaurant offers a special ‘Little Gourmets' menu for kids under the age of 12.
Each opulent room overlooks either the park, French Garden or village, and some feature their own private terraces. The 'Suite' category is ideal for families – they have a separate master bedroom and a sitting room with a sofa bed large enough for two children. Bathrooms are tastefully marbled, with showers or bathtubs.
The Château’s resident cockerel can sometimes crow at early hours, so it’s worth bearing this in mind if you’re a particularly light sleeper.
The château’s parkland is the perfect escape for those looking for peace and quiet. Relax by the canal, take a stroll through the romantic French Garden that dates back over two centuries, or book an in-room massage. Children will love exploring the forested areas and the historic maze. And the outdoor heated swimming pool is particularly inviting during the summer months (heated May to October).
Those of a sporty disposition can make use of the hotel’s tennis court or discover the surrounding countryside on one of the complementary bikes. The renowned golf courses of Golf de l’Ailette and Golf de Reims are under a 30-minute drive away. And the world-famous Champagne region makes for an excellent day trip.
The property is also well situated for those wanting to get out and about in this corner of northern France. The city of Reims is about 35 minutes away by car, famed for its spectacular Gothic cathedral – the site of French royal coronations from 1223 to 1825. The region saw heavy fighting during the First World War, and many of the battlefields are located within driving distance.
Places of Interest
Golf de l’Ailette: 20 minutes
Golf de Reims: 25 minutes
Reims: 35 minutes
Champagne: 1.25 hours
Paris: 1.5 hours