DESCRIPTION OF THE HUNTING LODGE, THE WEST WING, IN VILLERS - EN - ARGONNE, CHAMPAGNE
EQUIPMENT The lodge, the West Wing, with 3 hectares garden and orchard, and exclusive access to private swimming pool is luxuriously restored, with antique furniture, engravings, paintings , furnished and equipped with all the modern accessories (WiFi, TV with CD & DVD players and satellite dish with all the German, English & American TV stations). Garden furniture, games, table tennis, 5 bicycles (for chldren (3-18 year) + 2 for adults, and grills are available. The lodge is surrounded by well kept gardens and a fence. The rentable West Wing (App I), with three bedrooms has a large living room with open fireplace (38 m²) and an open kitchen (4m2) with 4 electric hobs (induction), pressure cooker, microwave and oven, dishwasher and bar. Furthermore, in the kitchen annexe/laundry room, a drying and a washing machine, 2 refrigerators, (one freezer and one, very great, for cooling). Two separate toilets and two bathrooms, each with double washing sinks, shower (downstairs) and bath (upstairs).
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BIRD WATCHING: Many possibilities on the estate itself and the near beyond, but the Lac du Der is from October to March a massive meeting place for a variety of bird species (cranes, ducks, herons, geese, eagles and many other species.
CHAMPAGNE TOURS / VISITS / WINE TASTING. Villers is 45 minutes away from Reims, the city's cathedral, where the kings of France have been burried, the city of Jeanne d'Arc, and of the champagne wine cellars! The wine grapes harvesting start from mid-August, onward, the best time for visits to Champagne cellars and vineyards around Epernay.
ADELBERT VON CHAMISSO.The castle Boncourt, the birth place of Adelaïde de Chamisso, 7 minutes away from Villers, is no more. But the outlines of the castle moat are still clearly visible. And the castle chapel, where he was baptized in 1781, survived and was recently restored. The Castle of Villers, where his uncle lived and which was the only one of the 3 castles the family possessed in the region that survived the Revolution, is the most important monument in France commemorating him,.His mother is buried here in Villers in the Chamisso family tumb at the cemetery around the very beautiful 14e / 15 century built village church.
THE GREAT WAR 1914 -1914. Villers lies in the on the border of the war zone in the Argonne forest. Many, including German and American, cemeteries and other war monuments, among them for instance the Kaiser Tunnel, are near here. You can see how Germans and Frenchmen lived and fought at 100 meters distance from each other. Verdun is 45 km away. The region is preparing for a large scale commemoration in 2014 of the beginning of that War hunderd years ago.
CULINARY. The Champagne is known for its excellent cuisine and good wines. In the immediate vicinity there are many small restaurants where you can eat very well for surprisingly little money. The bakery passess by every morning (including Sunday ) with fresh bread and pastries on your doorstep.
OTHERS .The estate has its own gardener and a housekeeper. Garage and horse stables available.