Chateau De Jaques

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Sleeps: 12 - 32 Bedrooms: 14 Bathrooms: 10
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Overview

Wedding Venue Exclusive Recommended Walk to Village Ideal for Parties

Château de Jaques is an impressive 17th-century Monument Historique set in ten hectares of gardens and wooded grounds with an ancient pigeonnier, a medieval tower and old, private chapel.

It is the labour of love of its highly creative and colourful owner, an international furniture designer and passionate admirer of all beautiful and historical things, who is slowly bringing it back to life. This is a work in progress, to repair not renew and therefore, preserve this protected monument’s original and charming patina. Here, it’s less about perfection and more about blending in and being part of this historic building and its past.

Construction of Château De Jaques began at the end of the 1600s, on the foundations of an even older medieval castle, built in 1425. The three medieval towers and and the original castle cellars of this period still remain today. The gardens were designed by Le Notre, who was a famous garden architect in his day and well known for the gardens he created at Versailles. It was once visited by Charles II whilst he was in exile and also occupied by the Germans during World War II. The ‘orange’ room, the Bishop’s preferred bedroom and the priest’s confession room, still has the original wallpaper selected by the Earl and the kitchen in this château feels like a step-back-in time.

Village church bells can be heard from the gardens and the bakery is just a short walk outside the château gates; almost close enough to smell the freshly baked bread and croissants. A picturesque 15-minute walk through the woods takes you to a delightful lake, with another lake a little further, and the Marne River is nearby for river cruising and a river beach. There are plenty of lovely walks and cycle paths to explore and horse riding close by.

This authentic and traditional residence feels like an informal country house making it a perfect retreat for families and friends to get together and catering can be arranged by the resident Michelin-starred chef, who can also cater for weddings and special events.

Château de Jaques is not a place to stay but an experience…a glimpse of the past, through the cracks and flaws created by the layers of history which made them.

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What you should know…

  • Expect to find original furniture, some peeling paintwork and old-fashioned bathrooms…this is a work in progress of a classified building
  • The newly renovated right wing, on the ground floor and with its own separate entrance, is a private apartment reserved for use by the owner on rare occasions
  • The château farmhouse by the entrance is occupied by the resident chef and caretakers
  • On the rare occasions when not booked with the château, the gatehouse outside the grounds and the medieval tower may be booked separately or used by the owner
  • There are train tracks running near the back of the property, so children should be supervised accordingly
  • Please note that weddings and special events are only possible when booking the whole estate for its full capacity of up to 32 guests
  • Please refer to the ‘Features’ tab for full details of the layout and what is included
  • If you are planning an event and/or require any catering, please refer to the “Events” and “Extras” tabs for full details and conditions

Property Features

Internet BBQ Indoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating Chapel on Site Caretaker/Owner on Site

Option 1- Half Château (up to 12 guests/ 6 bedrooms/ 5 bathrooms)
Includes château ground floor (excluding the private right wing) and 6 bedrooms on the first floor.

Option 2 - Château (up to 23 guests/10 bedrooms/8 bathrooms)
Includes château ground floor (excluding the private right wing) and 10 bedrooms on the first floor.

Option 3 - C
hâteau + Gatehouse + Tower (up to 32 guests/14 bedrooms/10 bathrooms)
Includes château ground floor (excluding the private right wing) and 10 bedrooms on the first floor, the gatehouse and the pigeonnier.

Château Interior (12-23 guests)

Ground Floor*

- Large entrance hall with grand piano
- Main living room with comfortable sofas, open fireplace, plenty of tables and chairs, I-pod docking system and billiard table
- Dining room** with seating for up to 22 and open fireplace
- Kitchen with large breakfast table, three electric ovens, plenty of gas hobs, fridge, freezer, two dishwashers
- Guest WC

*Please note that the newly renovated right wing, on the ground floor and with its own separate entrance, is a private apartment reserved for use by the owner on rare occasions.

** Please note that the dining room is not huge, so we would recommend that if you are taking the whole estate you do so in the warmer months, March – October, so that you can enjoy meals either outside or in the marquee, which can seat up to 80. If you do wish to stay here during the Winter with a large group, then you would need to consider more informal eating options.

First Floor

- Master bedroom (the bridal suite) with double bed and extra single bed, en-suite bathroom with bath and shower cubicle
- Two interconnecting double bedrooms, sharing a bathroom with bath and shower, and separate WC
- Large double bedroom with extra single bed, en-suite shower room
- Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom - Double bedroom with extra single bed and en-suite bathroom
- Two further double bedrooms each with their own en-suite shower rooms
- Interconnecting double and twin bedrooms, sharing bathroom with bath and shower, separate WC

Château Outside Grounds

- Courtyard
- Gardens
- Seating area
- Parking space

Château Facilities

-
Wi-Fi
- Heating
- Working fireplace
- Board games
- Grand piano
- Gas Barbecue
- Outdoors tables and chairs
- Château's professional laundry room (guests may use on request)

Gatehouse Interior (5 guests)
Located outside the gate, approximately 100m from the château

Ground Floor

- Living room with wood burning oven.
- Dining room with open fireplace - Kitchen with oven, hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer
- 1 Bathroom with bath, shower and washing machine First Floor
- 2 double bedrooms
- 1 very small single room, suitable for a child

Gatehouse Outside Grounds

- Private terrace area
- Private outside space with barbecue, table and chairs, leading onto the rest of the château gardens

Gatehouse Facilities


- Wi-Fi
- Central heating
- Open fireplace

Pigeonnier Tower Interior (4 guests) 

Located approximately 25m from the château

Ground Floor

- Sitting room with table and chairs

First Level (accessed via steep, spiral, open staircase)

- Double bed (access to exterior)

Second Level (accessed via steep, spiral, open staircase)

- Double bed
- Shower room

Medieval Tower Interior (4 guests) 

Located approximately 150m from the château

Ground Floor

- Kitchen/dining room with hob, oven, fridge and washing machine 

First Floor (access to iron spiral staircase)

- Living room with double sofa bed

Second Floor (access through stairs from the living room)

- 1 Double bedroom with en-suite shower room

Medieval Tower Outside Grounds

- Own outside space with BBQ, table and chairs
- Beautiful views over the chateau trees and gardens

Location

About the surrounding area of Chateau De Jaques
Walk to Village Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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The château is located in a small, pretty village with a delicious boulangerie for your morning pastries and a little grocery store with especially wonderful strawberries in season. There is a pizzeria in the next village, five minutes by car and a supermarket about a ten minutes drive away or you can head to nearby Chalons-en-Champagne (11km) for a wider choice of shops and restaurants.

A picturesque 15-minute walk through the woods takes you to a delightful lake, and another lake a little further, and the Marne River is nearby for river cruising and a river beach. There are plenty of lovely walks and cycle paths to explore and horse riding close by. 

You’ll also find a charming covered market three times a week (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday) in Chalons-en-Champagne (11km), an impressive town known for its rich historical sites, lovely gardens and two UNESCO listed churches. Take a cruise through the beautiful canals to see the impressive architecture of the town as you sail through.  In July and August there’s a waterside ‘plage’ with sunbeds laid out over the lawns, a large sandpit, pony rides, loads of games plus canoes or pedalos around the canal. Golf lovers in the meantime will appreciate Golf de La Grande Romanie (30km) just to the east of the town.

From Chalons you can also take the high-speed train to Paris within an hour and a half for a remarkable day exploring the amazing city or head to Disneyland Paris (140km) by car or train for a special day out for the family.

You can start your Champagne tour by visiting Joseph Perrier’s vast chalk caves in Chalons, with samplings possible before heading out to discover.  Then head to the ‘route de champagne’ which takes you through some idyllic villages where you can taste and buy champagnes. There are small producers who will sit you around their kitchen table to try their wines, some who will take you on a cycling tour of the vineyards and of course some of the biggest champagne houses in the world. Some of the Champagne producing villages not to be missed include Avize, Vertus and Cramant, each about 40 minutes drive away.

Then of course there is the lovely home of champagne, Reims (60km) with its rich historical past, stunning medieval buildings and inspiring Art Deco architecture.  There are some excellent restaurants in this city and if you travel on a Saturday be sure not to miss the impressive indoor market. Then travel further north to the Montagnes de Reims for further delightful villages and wonderful vineyards.

Another noteworthy town to discover is Troyes (90km) about an hours drive south, one of France’s most romantic towns with an incredibly picturesque historic centre and yet more incredible dining and drinking opportunities.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Paris Vatry, Orly or CDG

(20km/175km/180km)

Nearest Ferry port Calais

(330km)

Nearest Village In a village
Nearest Town/City Chalons-en-Champagne

(11km)

Nearest Restaurant Pizzeria

(5km)

Nearest Golf Golf de La Grande Romanie

(30km)

Nearest Shop Small grocery shop

(In the village )

Nearest Supermarket Intermarché Contact

(9km)

Region

The people of Champagne have a lot to be proud about. Not only do they produce one of the world’s most celebrated fizzy drinks, the region was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2015, meaning it’s an even greater destination for foodies and culture vultures alike. But while it’s right at the heart of the country, the Champagne region offers more than an authentic drink – as our travel guide shows, there’s a little something for everyone if you’re thinking of booking one of our luxury villas and chateaux in Champagne. 

Download our Champagne Travel Guide >>

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Teens

We have additional baby travel cots if needed, no extra charge.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Indoor Games
  • DVD

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • On-Site Concierge

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help.

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Extras available at this property:

- The château offers a quality catering service which is available on request. Please note that external chefs and caterers are not allowed. Please enquire for full details of food and wine menus, prices and services (corkage and/or wine service fees may apply).
- Cleaning

All extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests.

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

Château de Jaques is an ideal venue for a wedding or a celebration. There is a private chapel on the grounds which can seat up to 20 guests and there is also a small church locally for a larger congregation.

There is also the possibility of a marquee with chairs, tables and all other essentials for up to 80 guests, including wooden dance floor and oriental lighting.

A reception by the picturesque lake is also possible.

The château offers a quality catering service which is available on request. Please note that external chefs and caterers are not allowed. Please enquire for full details of food and wine menus, prices and services (corkage and/or wine service fees may apply).

The Minimum stay is 3 nights.

Stag and hen parties are not permitted.

Please note that weddings and special events are only possible when booking the whole estate for its full capacity of up to 32 guests.

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €1000 paid by bank transfer to the owner one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection (and less deduction for cleaning and heating costs).
Arrival time After 4 p.m.
Departure time Before 10 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes
Linen & towels included? All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price.
Pets welcome? No
Changeover day Any day of the week.
End of stay cleaning included? No, charged at €12 per person (including children) and deducted from the security deposit. Guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover them against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during their stay at the property.
Other Ts and Cs Stag and hen parties are not allowed.
Minimum stay 2 nights for holiday bookings, 3 nights for weddings.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that weddings and special events are only possible when booking the whole estate for its full capacity of up to 32 guests.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 20th 2019 - Oct 21st 2020 £1,970 £2,384 £2,798 £3,212 £3,940

Prices based on an occupancy of 23 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 20th 2019 - Oct 21st 2020 £2,712 £3,282 £3,852 £4,421 £5,424

Prices based on an occupancy of 32 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 20th 2019 - Oct 21st 2020 £3,358 £4,063 £4,769 £5,474 £6,716

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 20th 2019 - Oct 21st 2020 €2,179 €2,593 €3,007 €3,420 €4,357

Prices based on an occupancy of 23 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 20th 2019 - Oct 21st 2020 €2,999 €3,569 €4,139 €4,708 €5,998

Prices based on an occupancy of 32 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 20th 2019 - Oct 21st 2020 €3,713 €4,419 €5,124 €5,830 €7,427

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 20th 2019 - Oct 21st 2020 $2,450 $2,864 $3,278 $3,692 $4,900

Prices based on an occupancy of 23 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 20th 2019 - Oct 21st 2020 $3,373 $3,942 $4,512 $5,082 $6,745

Prices based on an occupancy of 32 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 20th 2019 - Oct 21st 2020 $4,176 $4,881 $5,587 $6,292 $8,352

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Reviews

  • Fabulous getaway

    Posted by Nicholas on 08/01/2019

    Brilliant place, Kris the chef and his wife were amazing. Beautiful venue.

  • Une Belle Chateau

    Posted by Elisabeth on 27/09/2017

    O chateau é excelente , compatível com a descrição do site . Fomos muito bem recebidos pela dona , Ina e sua filha mostrou - se uma excelente fotografa . O pessoal da limpeza indicado foi espetacular . Passamos 5 dias inesquecíveis juntos dos nossos familiares e amigos.

  • The most amazing time

    Created on 25/03/2013

    I tell you what, it was tough being back in London. We all said we had "post-Chateau blues". We were miserable all week!
    Thank you again for hosting us, we honestly had the most amazing time. It couldn't have been a better weekend. Really appreciate you making such a fuss for us too, dinner on Saturday night was spectacular. Thank you! Hopefully one day we'll see you again.

  • Amazing!

    Posted by Anon . on 04/03/2013

    Just wanted to say thank you to you both for making us so welcome this weekend. We had a fabulous time and feel very lucky to have shared your amazing home!

  • We could not of have had a better time

    Posted by Tonita Moffatt-White on 05/08/2010

    We could not have had a better time with you! Food was great, hospitality outstanding and wonderful hosts!

  • I want to go back in the winter!

    Posted by Diane R on 01/08/2010

    I'll bet it's a lovely place to be in winter, holed up in front of the fireplace with some baguettes and cheese and a cup of hot chocolate...I also have been meaning to send you a couple of photos - we've been terribly lazy about getting them together to show everyone but were so happy with the way they came out. It was a gorgeous place and a gorgeous time to be there. Really, we look back so fondly on the entire thing, thanks for making it such a dream. Lastly, it seems that some of the photos and details may be featured in a story about international couples and weddings in Marie Claire CHINA (thanks to our photographer Jo) - so get ready for Chinese brides! All the best, 

  • It was a perfect way to spend my birthday week

    Posted by Catriona, Mike, Alex and Amber Xifaras on 13/12/1901

    Hi Michele and Frans,
    I just wanted to thank you both for making our stay at your chateau a memorable and delightful one. It was a perfect way to spend my birthday week and I especially appreciate your fine cooking for my birthday dinner. My friends from near and far haven't stopped talking about how much they enjoyed themselves and how much fun they all had. Your hospitality certainly made a big contribution to that. I hope the last couple of weeks have gone well and that the summer and fall will continue to be profitable and enjoyable for you, too. I went back to work this past Monday, so the busyness of the beginning of the school year sometimes tends to obscure my happy summer memories. But I keep them alive by telling my colleagues what a great time I had. Perhaps our paths will cross again. It would be a delight. Thanks again.

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