Chateau de la Motte
All around there are many beautiful villages, fine buildings and architecturally interesting churches
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The Area

Sport and recreation.

There are three golf courses nearby, all 18 holes. Here are links to their website.

Fontainebleau, 75 minutes away, is a world-class course, and booking a tee time several weeks before playing is advisable. Website:

Tree walking site. This started as an obstacle course to train French marines. It is now an adventure challenge for those thus inclined - most people from 5 to 50. It is located about 20 min away just outside the edge of Troyes.

Themepark with the usual rides and activities: Nigloland thirty minutes:

Nearby National Park , Foret d' Orient, 30 min away, envelopes a vast lake with sailing, windsurfing, cycling, boating, and sandy beach facilities. It abounds in wildlife. Website: www.pnr-foret-orient-fr

Kayaking on the River Seine is possible at Chappes 10 min away.

The countryside is cycle friendly. Extra bikes can be hired from Troyes and delivered to the chateau.

History and "La Grande France".

Among many other places these fabulous chateaux are an easy drive from the house: This last, the furthest, is our favourite. It was the inspiration for the Palace of Versailles. Fontainebleau is on the way and could be visited at the same time.

The area is dotted with beautiful villages, fine buildings and architecturally interesting churches. The Aube especially is famous for its churches small and large. The local church in Rummily is well worth a visit and the local historian who lives in the village is often available to take people around it.

About an hour and a half to the West is the fascinating project of Chateau Medevial de Guedelon ( where a mediaeval chateau fort is being built using only methods and tools of the mediaeval period. For its size this is one of the most visited sites in France

About 75 min drive to the East is Colombe-les Deux Eglise. This was the long-time home of Gen/President Charles de Gaulle. In the village is an exceptional museum telling about his life (allow at least two hours if you visit it) and a Michelin starred restaurant. It is a pretty drive through 10,000 acres of champagne vineyards and for the more seriously minded it makes a great day out, especially with lunch in the restaurant.

Leaflets on most of the above are to be found in the house.


There are many restaurants around La Motte ranging from the small Auberge du Manoir* in the village to the Michelin starred Hostellerie des Clos in Chablis which more than maintains France's reputation for gastronomy. Troyes has many restaurants and pavement cafes. Our favourites in the area are Auberge de la Seine, 5 min away, beautifully set on the banks of the river, which specialises in lobster dishes, and for special occasions the pretty, elegant Auberge de Ste Maure 35 min away (which of course has wonderful food).

Having the imprimatur of the local artisans, this fills up very quickly at lunchtime.

Restaurant La Parentel, 7 min away, which had a Michelin star, now specialises in outside catering and will prepare and deliver a delicious (sophisticated if required) lunch or dinner to the chateau.


Golf nearby