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The romance of the fizzy elixir lends romance to the region. But originally the name was derived, less romantically, from 'Campania': land of plains. That's very much an understatement, this landscape isn't just plains. There are also undulating hillsides on which grow the perfectly romantic rows of vines; and rest the 300 charming Champagne villages. If you know which of these you want to stay in go straight to our guru's list. Otherwise here are some good reasons to visit, and some of the best places to stay in Champagne to enjoy them (if you'd prefer a holiday cottage or apartment, we recommend the selection with our online partner,

The romance of the drink must come in part from the magical story of its 'invention' by Benedictine Monk, Dom Perignon. Sparkling wine starts life as still wine, in the case of Champagne, mostly thin, acidic blends of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier grapes. Champagne is then fermented in the bottle. When the yeast breaks down the sugars produce the carbon dioxide sparkle. Many people will tell you that when you taste Champagne before the fermentation process has occurred you’ll be able to see why it’s so important to the region, so make sure you try some.

The Champagne Route is the most common way to traverse the region, taking quaffers and connoisseurs from one beautiful village to the next. Many vineyards are passed along the way. Most of the big producers don't grow their own grapes, but the ones who do are obviously the most interesting to visit. It's worth remembering that much of the region's best bubbly is produced in the 5,000 or so small scale vignerons. So make sure you make time to visit some of them. Many are happy to welcome visitors.

Best places to stay in Champagne


Premium champagne grapes are grown on the gentle slopes of the Montagne de Reims, where many of the big names in champagne are based. Including Pommery, Krug, Taittinger and Roederer.

Taittinger is one of the few major champagne houses you can tour without a booking. Once a church, the cellars of this 'house' go down several levels, to those cut into the chalk in Roman times. Don't be put off by the famous name, it's worth visiting Tattinger because it's one of the few champagne houses which still turns its bottles by hand.

  • On the edge of the Montagne de Reims, Château de Rilly is one of the best places to stay in Champagne. It is beautiful, peaceful and surrounded by a reserve, and is perfectly located for taking in all that Reims has to offer.
  • L'Assiette Champenoise is one of the best places to stay in Champagne for wine tasters. Several champagne 'caves' are within walking distance. The accommodation is modern and luxurious. And the restaurant has two Michelin stars, so it's also a top choice for foodies. Surprisingly it's also one of the best places to stay in Champagne for families, as lots of its rooms are large enough to accommodate an extra bed without needing a whole suite.


25kms south of Reims, Épernay is the true wine capital of Champagne. Situated in the heart of the vineyards, ninety per cent of this town's population work in wine. And Épernay has 37 Champagne houses - Reims has eight. Épernay is also one of the wealthiest towns in the Champagne region. Partly because this is where Moët et Chandon have their cellar. But many of the smaller producers within walking distance of Moët are also well worth a visit.

Épernay is also famous for the vast underground cellars lying directly below its streets. There are approximately 110kms worth, holding 200 million bottles of fizz.

  • La Villa Eugene is one of the best places to stay in Champagne if you're looking for purist fizz and luxury. This charming house once belonged to the famous Mercier family - also famed for holding a car rally in the subterranean cellars under Épernay. It's also a perfect spot if you want to be within walking distance from as many champagne houses as possible.


Beautiful and unchanging Troyes is the second historic capital of the Champagne region, though, unlike Reims, it doesn't have any champagne houses. It does have some wonderful half-timbered medieval ones though - thought of as some of the best preserved in Europe. And some very fine Gothic architecture as well. It also has some excellent museums. And probably the most famous outlet mall in France.

  • A fabulous half timbered townhouse, La Maison de Rhodes is one of the best places to stay in Champagne if you're here for the region's history as well as its wine. Once owned by the Knights of Malta it's hard to get more medieval wonderful than this 12th Century building. It's also a perfect choice if you're looking to get away from the main Champagne tourist drag.

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  • Le Marius

    Les Riceys, Champagne

    A charming little hotel in the heart of the Champagne region. A traditional stone building with green shutters, beautiful rooms and family suites, and a large restaurant set in the original Champagne cellar. An authentic spot perfect for local exploring and lots of wine tasting.

    6 rooms
    Local exploring  -  A perfect spot to explore the Champagne region from in authentic style.
    Wine tasting  -  Set in the heart of Champagne's vineyards.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • La Closerie des Sacres

    Lavannes, Champagne

    These former stables provide an authentic French farmhouse feel with the comforts of a charming B&B. Breakfast is included and there are plenty of games and activities for kids on site. With access to the kitchen and BBQ, a perfect spot for families or groups to relax and explore the local area.

    3 rooms from $89
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the Champagne region just 30 mins away
    Local markets  -  Discover the local town of Reims
    Great walks  -  Parc de Champagne
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • La Grange du Relais

    Colombey-les-deux-Églises, Champagne

    Quaint former coaching inn metres from the village of Colombey-les-deux-Eglises, just off the Champagne trail. Stone walls and wooden beams make for cosy traditional rooms, most of which overlook the pretty garden. Come for good French food, local exploring and welcoming hosts.

    11 rooms from $84
    Sights nearby  -  The town hosts a museum dedicated to Charles de Gaulle 500m from the inn
    Great walks  -  lots of local woodland to explore
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Full of character
  • La Petite Abbaye

    Signy L'Abbaye, Champagne

    Charming chambre d'hôtes in the centre of pretty Signy l'Abbaye, just right for a short break or as a base while exploring Champagne and the Ardennes. Four double rooms (only one en-suite) and a family suite sleeping five. Simple, traditional and very comfortable, with a gourmet breakfast included.

    5 rooms from $84
    Local exploring  -  It's a great base for exploring the area, whether you go north towards Belgium, or south for the Champagne
    Sights nearby  -  Reims with its grand cathedral is an hour away or visit the castle of Sedan one of Europe's largest
    Great walks  -  Lovely walking country
    Kayaking  -  And canoeing close by
  • Les Berceaux


    Family run hotel in Epernay, the heart of the Champagne region. The world's most famous champagne houses in the Avenue de Champagne are close by. Les Berceaux is all about the cuisine with two restaurants - the Michelin starred Michelon and the Bistrot 7.

    28 rooms from $107
    Restaurant  -  Hotel owner and chef Patrick Michelon and his dedicated team prepare an unforgettable menu
    Restaurant with rooms  -  The emphasis of this charming hotel is on the two restuarants
    Good wine list  -  Superb wine list with champagne by the glass to sample
    Owner managed
  • Hostellerie La Montagne

    Colombey-les-deux-Églises, Champagne

    A charming restaurant with rooms in a pear tree garden. Traditional rooms have romantic wallpapers, fireplaces and antique furniture. Superb French cuisine, a garden and terrace in which to relax. Elegant, peaceful and enchanting.

    9 rooms from $123
    Local exploring  -  Many woods and forests nearby to enjoy a picnic, wine tasting and historic abbeys
    Great walks  -  Through nearby Wood of the Lune
    Sights nearby  -  Bayel, the town of crystal
  • Chateau d'Etoges

    Étoges, Champagne

    A stately chateau surrounded by vineyards and parklands. Opulent bedrooms have four poster beds, fireplaces, parquet floors, and high ceilings. An excellent spa and wellness centre and Orangery restaurant. Fit for a King.

    28 rooms from $111
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Good location for visits to the Champagne houses
    Great walks  -  Lots of local hiking trails
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Domaine de la Creuse


    A charming, beam-clad bed and breakfast with a large, tranquil garden. Bedrooms are very comfortable and stylishly decorated in pretty, neutral tones. Enjoy a delicious fresh continental breakfast and then explore the historic city of Troyes and the Champagne region.

    5 rooms from $129
    Sights nearby  -  The Forêt d'Orient Regional Park is a 20-minute drive away
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
  • Demeure des Vieux bains

    Provins, Champagne

    A beautiful medieval house B&B in a UNESCO listed village. Traditional interiors are full of charm with their big open fireplaces, stone walls, tiled floors, and large wooden beams. Rooms, suites, and two cottages are individually decorated and ideal for couples, families, or groups of friends.

    3 rooms from $135
    Families  -  A couple of the suites sleep four people.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Domaine Chateau du Faucon

    Donchery, Champagne

    A fabulous chateau set in stunning parkland. Elegant rooms are individually styled with traditional fabrics and wallpaper yet the feel is still modern and clean. Excellent regional cuisine. Tennis courts and stables in the grounds. A romantic country retreat and great value.

    26 rooms from $148
    Country Escape  -  A chatueau befitting of a fairytale complete with horses trotting around the parkland.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Full of character
  • Chateau de Rilly

    Rilly-la-Montagne, Champagne

    An attractive chateau on the edge of a Nature Reserve and at the foot of the Montagne de Reims. Chic and spacious rooms in creams and yellows, excellent restaurant, and a spa with all the works. A luxurious spot.

    15 rooms from $151
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
  • La Villa Eugene


    A highly sophisticated and very luxurious city spot that once belonged to the Mercier family. Seamless bedrooms and suites decorated in chic creams with parquet floors and fireplaces. An elegant conservatory bar looks onto a pool and the gardens.

    15 rooms from $167
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Explore all the champagne houses
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor heated pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • La Maison de Rhodes

    Troyes, Champagne

    A fabulous timber townhouse renovation, previously owned by the Knights of Malta. Sleek contemporary bedrooms and suites retain elements of the old for aesthetic effect. Wonderful organic restaurant and swimming pool in one of the gardens. A sophisticated hotel.

    11 rooms from $193
    Swimming Pool  -  Small outdoor Pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Le Clos des Terres Soudees

    VRIGNY, Champagne

    Exceptional boutique hotel. Just five discreetly modern bedrooms - high end design elements accompanied by classical furniture and antiques. An excellent restaurant serves gourmet cuisine and an extensive wine list. Romantic and indulgent.

    5 rooms from $196
    Romantic Break
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Chez Odette

    Williers, Champagne

    An extremely sleek boutique hotel. High design, all the mod cons, and real attention to detail. Bedrooms and suites with open fires, dark wood, and slate bathrooms. An excellent gourmet restaurant and terrace. Very sophisticated for a country escape.

    9 rooms from $208
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
  • Le Champ des Oiseaux

    Troyes, Champagne

    A beautiful 15th century medieval renovation in central Troyes. Stone and timber facade, leafy courtyard, light and airy interiors. Its gourmet restaurant is even more reason to stay here.

    9 rooms from $212
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • L'Assiette Champenoise

    Tinqueux, Champagne

    A traditional looking timbered house with uber modern interiors. Excellent restaurant serves gourmet cuisine and has an extensive wine list. Huge rooms and suites with private balconies and jacuzzi bath tubs.

    35 rooms from $219
    Foodies  -  Arnaud Lallement's cuisine has earned two michelin stars
    Restaurant  -  Two Michelin Stars
    Private Hot Tub  -  The terrace suite has a private double jacuzzi tub
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
  • Hostellerie La Briqueterie


    Recently renovated country house hotel on a vineyard just a stone's throw from Epernay. Luxurious rooms are indivdually designed with interesting fabrics and bold wallpapers. Sit out on the terrace and enjoy views over gardens, fountains and pool, or head in for fabulously pampering spa treatments.

    40 rooms from $236
    Wine tasting  -  Explore the oldest and most prestigious Champagne houses 4km away in Epernay
    Meeting Room
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated, indoor
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
  • Hotel Restaurant Les Avises

    Epernay (Champagne)

    Located in Champagne, France's famous wine region, plus a famous restaurant headed by Michelin star awarded chef Rossillon, this property is a must for foodies. The chateau is 19th century with modern interiors. Rooms feature cow skin rugs, retro furnishings, original art and expansive bathrooms.

    10 rooms from $280
    Wine tasting  -  There is no better place to sample the golden, bubbly delights of the Champagne region!
    Sailing  -  Sailing on the Lac de Villegusien is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
    Sights nearby  -  Reims Catherdral and the Abbey of Saint Remi not to be missed.
    Great walks  -  Through the Montagne De Reims Regional Nature Park.
  • Chateau Les Crayeres

    Reims, Champagne

    An exceptional Five Star chateau with a Michelin star chef and beautiful rooms. Luxury, romance, and the finest attention to detail throughout. Classical furniture and sumptuous fabrics. With 400 Champagne labels it's a very sophisticated hotel.

    20 rooms from $404
    Good wine list  -  400 Champagne labels.
    Foodies  -  Michelin star chef.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Fodors
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