Le Domaine Château du Faucon
What We Love
- A B&B or half-board stay at an elegant French château that dates back to the 17th century The blend of old-world history and contemporary elegance that elevates the château into such a divinely opulent getaway
- Having 28 hectares of lush, absurdly scenic park in which to ride, stroll and hike the lazy afternoons away
- Being well-connected to an abundance of sights within beautiful Ardennes, from the historic streets of Sedan to the mythical forests and peaks of the nearby national park
What To Know
- The hotel is situated on a 69-acre park and has stables and horseback riding rings
- Paris is a two-hour train ride away; Reims is one hour by car; Sedan is 15 minutes by car
- Free WiFi works well
Located in the idyllic heart of a 28-hectare park, Le Domaine Château du Faucon offers guests an alluring blend of traditional atmosphere and utterly modern luxury. The 17th-century residence is a visual feast in the way only a French château can achieve, with an abundance of archways, turrets and towers seemingly custom-built to stir up a fairy-tale longing you didn’t even know you had. A stroll in the grounds at night is recommended, to showcase the property in all its glory – walk around the lake to admire it warmly lit from below, as seen reflected in the lily-studded waters.
From sumptuous, canopied beds to sublimely shaded outdoor seating areas, the château offers the perfect setting to indulge in a spot of top-class lounging. However, staying active is encouraged too – whether your tastes are more inclined towards perfecting your golf swing, or soaking your cares away in the in-house spa, there are a range of activities within the grounds themselves that are sure to keep you amused. An expedition into the rolling scenery of the Ardennes that stretches all around you is made possible on horseback, thanks to the hotel’s impressive stables. Alternatively you could opt for a glass of fizz and a perch on the hotel’s terrace, to admire the greenery from afar – the choice is entirely yours.
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Room was comfortable and spacious. Grounds were beautiful. All employees were extremely polite. Breakfast was plentiful. Dinner was difficult as we could not read the menu and server did not speak English. I'm sure the food was gourmet quality however not appetizing to our American palate.
We stayed for two nights in the annex and although the rooms are small, they are contemporarily decorated, lovely and clean and very comfortable. We had pre-booked our evening meal for both nights (recommended as there are no local restaurants) and the food was well presented and delicious. We drove to Reims on our second day and visited the Veuve Cliquot visitor centre, which was a great experience and we would thoroughly recommend the trip.
We travelled 200km out of our way to stay at an authentic Chateau and got anything but. After booking we received an email (After the cancellation time had lapsed) to say the restaurant was full, this was one of the reasons we booked to stay there and not have to drive somewhere for dinner. When we arrived we got the next big disappointment as they led us to a building 100m away from the Chateau to our room! So apparently when we booked because there were no rooms left in the castle it doesn't tell you the room would be nowhere near the castle, these rooms are so small you can barely walk around the bed and nowhere to put your bag so we had to block off the door. We weren't even offered the opportunity to look through the Chateau so we may as well have been in a cheap motel on the highway. We then asked what we could do for dinner and they gave us a list of restaurants and a dose of attitude like bad luck. It took us over an hour of driving before we found a place to eat, exactly the opposite of what we wanted and couldn't even relax with a glass of wine as it was a long drive back in the dark. I would suggest if you were considering this Chateau that you contact them before booking and check you can get into the restaurant and exactly what room you would get. We can't comment on the interior of the Chateau as we weren't given the courtesy.
A romantic getaway to say the least! The room was exquisite with a very luxurious French bathroom and extremely comfortable bedding. The grounds of the chateau were peaceful, picturesque and the champagne tasted even sweeter!
We stayed here for two nights on our way to Alsace as we wanted to visit the Chateau Fort at Sedan (which is well worth a visit).
I had read about this hotel and thought it would be nice to try it and it certainly did not disappoint. It is an impressive Chateau in lovely grounds which are all very well kept. There is also a series equestrian centre there and I believe you can go out on a ride.
We had a very nice room in the annex which was modern and very well appointed, my only criticism would be that the room was rather small so it did feel somewhat claustrophobic. There were all the usual niceties of upmarket toiletries (Nuxe) and complementary bottles of water which were refreshed every day. That may sound obvious but it is not always the case.
Dinner the first night was outside on the terrace which was delightful and there was a very nice atmosphere and the waiting staff were very attentive, to the point of getting a footstool for my handbag so that I did not have to place it on the gravel!
Dinner was excellent and beautifully served and presented. The following evening we had dinner inside due to the weather but the meal was equally delicious. Breakfast was also excellent, in fact the best we have had in France where breakfast often leaves a lot to be desired.
This was a lovely and elegant place to stay and we would be more than happy to stay here again.