Tucked with intoxicating beauty in the premiere cru village of Pierry in the Champagne region of France, sits the exquisite 18th century Chateau Les Aulnois.
The towering charming owner and director of operations behind this captivating bed and breakfast is Ms. Elisabeth Vollereaux, a former pediatrician and a fortunate member of the family who owns and produces Champagne Vollereaux.
The squeaky clean Ms. V offers the perfect sort of most gracious hospitality. She is a quintessential hostess who will lovingly pour you a well positioned glass of familial bubbly as you relax on the heavenly backyard veranda ‘a la Francaise’ and further indulge your newly awakened royal spirit with some French country home cooking, personally served in her regal grand dining room.
Each picturesque room in this authentic historical Chateau setting is enchanting with the grace of ceilings offering palatial height and generous yards of precious fabrics to present the measure.
The beckoning breakfast warmth of the kitchen fireplace genteelly awakens your senses to your new day with the aroma of brewed coffee and taste-buds watering for butter baked ‘only the French know how‘ croissants with pear & vanilla jam.
Elisabeth claims in childhood she would unsuspectingly parade by this majestic Chateau to and from school, naive to the wholesome magic so patiently waiting behind the retreating wooden doors. It was not until her later years that Elisabeth discovered her personal secret garden complete with Chateau waiting to be shared in this well seasoned vineyard farmhouse.
And all conveniently staged only five minutes from her dear town of Epernay. Ms. Vollereaux claims it took her approximately four years to renovate what now are grounds befitting for a round of Queen of Hearts crochet, blanketing the silhouette of a castle of charm so tastefully re-decorated and furnished by Elisabeth in spirit of the original hand painted wall mural heritage.
After experiencing the pleasure of a stay at Chateau Les Aulnois, I would highly recommend that you trade the mundane for a day or two of reign in this most welcoming Champagne Kingdom. You will find yourself entertaining the relaxing idea of, Off With Her Head!!!!
Images courtesy of Richard Lin