My first stay at a “proper” French château ever was at Le Château d’Etoges. It was a very special and memorable stay because it marked the beginning of my first road trip through France since the death of my partner. It was also my first visit to France (and all on my own too) after a four-year gap. Here is my honest review as a paying guest of Le Château d’Etoges.
Location of Le Château d’Etoges
Sitting in the middle of a 20 hectare estate, the Château nestles in the quiet village of Etoges in the Champagne region of France. The countryside leading up to it is typical of the region and particularly picturesque, which makes the drive to it breathtaking and an unforgettable experience on its own. Imagine some of the finest and most famous vineyards perched on the hills of sunny valleys which lead down to small villages dotted along narrow country lanes.
Style and character
Château d’Etoges was built in the 17th century and it offers an abundance of style, character and plenty of charm. It’s surrounded by a moat which is home to a swan, a few ducks and you can even see the fish swimming in it.
17th and 18th century furniture, paintings and artefacts add to the charm of the spacious interior and give Château d’Etoges an effortless elegance.
Landscaped terraces and fountains at the back of the building add to the grandeur of this place.
Service and facilities
The hotel offers everything you may need during your stay. Private car park, Wi-Fi throughout the chateau (with exceptional signal too!) and anything else you’d expect from a hotel of its kind.
What makes Château d’Etoges special is the members of its staff. They are kind, helpful, friendly, attentive (without being intrusive!) and very respectful.
I booked my stay very last minute (the day before my first night!) and ended up in one of the smaller rooms in the Château. What it lacked in size, it certainly made up for in charm. The bed was very comfortable and it had a window looking out onto the moat in front of it. A TV was provided on one side of the window and a comfortable chair on the other. There was a coffee and tea area and a writing desk, big enough for my laptop. The bathroom was very spacious and had his and hers washbasins and a bath with an overhead shower. The loo was separate which was nice.
If you are like me and prefer to lounge in your room, relying on room service and drinks from the minibar, you will be disappointed. Neither of those are deal-breakers for me but I expect to have them and make use of them rather than go downstairs for a drink and a sit-down meal.
Food and drink
The Orangery restaurant is a must-have experience, especially if your stay is connected to a special occasion. The food is exquisite and prepared with the finest of local ingredients, both from the region and from the Château’s own kitchen garden.
Have you stayed at Château d’Etoges? Let me know in the comments below. Here’s a link to their website.