The-Chateau-dAugerville

The-Chateau-dAugerville

By Annick Dournes and Frédéric de Poligny

 

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-the-18th-hole-facing-the-castle

Augerville Castle is a 4-star golf & spa hotel, 53 miles away south of Paris, set in a 250 acres estate where deer, foxes and countless birds have already chosen to live in, sharing it with golfers and walkers. Sportsmen, gourmets and epicureans find what they are looking for in this small and luxury hotel registered in the “Chateaux & Hotels Collection” guide: an 18-hole golf course, a brand new spa, a chocolate factory, a gourmet restaurant plus a brasserie, and 40 luxury rooms and suites.

the-castle-bar

the-castle-bar

Unlike many castles that have been ancestral homes for centuries, Augerville Castle has had many owners since its construction, four centuries ago: French aristocratic families, businessmen, an American billionaire and even a German chemist who built there his own laboratory until he was arrested in 1962 for… drug trafficking! A Japanese company bought it in 1990 and created the 18-hole golf course but neglected the castle.

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-a-wooden-bridge-in-the-park

When its present owner bought it in 1997 the roof was leaking, the original panelling were missing and many of the 15th century painted beams were in a poor state. Only the beautiful stone fireplaces were miraculously saved from destruction and have pride of place in the restaurants, the bar and most of the rooms and suites.

The-suite-of-the-Chateau-dAugerville

The-suite-of-the-Chateau-dAugerville

After extensive works of restoration supervised by an architect of Historic Buildings, the castle now is a beautiful and cosy luxury hotel and the perfect place for a romantic stay, for golf lovers and a fine starting point to visit the region.

The-suite-of-the-Chateau-dAugerville

The-suite-of-the-Chateau-dAugerville

Fontainebleau Royal and Imperial Castle, Milly-la-Foret, a village where Jean Cocteau had a home, Barbizon where famous landscape painters such as Corot, Millet or Rousseau created the “Barbizon School of painters” or beautiful Vaux-le-Vicomte Castle are close by and ideal excursions for historical heritage lovers.

The-gastronomic-Jacques-Coeur-restaurant-of-the-Chateau-dAugervill

The-gastronomic-Jacques-Coeur-restaurant-of-the-Chateau-dAugervill

The golf course is open to all but quite challenging. Taking advantage of the rugged terrain, the large fairways might well put the players’ nerves to the test! The ponds and the river that crosses the estate as well as the tricky bunkers and inaccessible looking greens can be frustrating but it is so delightful to conquer them! But even if you finish the course well over the par, your disappointment will be more than offset by the beauty of this golf course described as one of the most spectacular ones in France.

Chocolate-products-of-the-Chateau-dAugerville

Chocolate-products-of-the-Chateau-dAugerville

The Troon Company has offered a partnership with Augerville Golf Club in order to welcome professional golfers during the 2018 Ryder Cup that will take place at Golf National, near Paris.

The-Spa-of-the-Chateau-dAugerville

The-Spa-of-the-Chateau-dAugerville

During his professional career Mickael Brinioli worked for famous chefs in several Michelin-starred restaurants such as Xavier Mathieu, Bernard Loiseau, Jean Michel Lorrain or Nicolas Sale. At 34 he is now in charge of the Augerville Castle cuisines and brilliantly demonstrates his talent and know-how.

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-on-the-golf-course

Reinventing classical recipes with a touch of inventiveness, he combines tradition and originality to make elegant and delicious dishes far from the improbable and pretentious dishes that sometimes get to our tables.

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-LAtelier-the-brasserie-of-the-Chateau-dAugerville

Dining at the “Jacques Coeur” restaurant in a cosy atmosphere is a moment of pure pleasure.

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-the-chateau-and-its-golf-course

Augerville Castle has its own chocolate factory where every year the chocolate chef turns tons of cacao paste into delicious cakes, ganache, truffles, sweets, chocolate spreads… Made with the finest ingredients they are very popular and people come from far away to buy them in the hotel shop. No need to say that wonderful chocolate desserts are served in the two restaurants!

The-moat-of-the-Chateau-dAugerville

The-moat-of-the-Chateau-dAugerville

The hotel spa opened one year ago and is dedicated to relaxation and well-being. Five beauticians certified by Carita and Decleor (two famous French cosmetic brands), take care of the hotel guests and golfers who can also relax in the “sensorial space”. Two hydro-massage spaces, a tonic corridor, a counter-current swimming area, an aqua-musical space as well as a sauna, a hammam, an ice-room and a solarium set in the veranda allow the guests to have a great time.

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0ne-of-the-listed-buildings-in-the-Castle-dAugerville

Far from our day-to-day stressful life, the Augerville Castle combines sport, good food, well-being and French art-de-vivre in an amazing setting and gives us the opportunity to share precious moments with our loved ones.

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-the-beautiful-chimney-of-the-castle-bar

The hotel is a one hour drive from Orly Airport and can organize a private transfer for its guests.

The-old-listed-dovecot-of-the-Chateau-dAugerville

The-old-listed-dovecot-of-the-Chateau-dAugerville

More information: http://www.chateau-augerville.com/en/

Text © Annick Dournes

Photos © Frederic de Poligny

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-the-wooded-park-in-wintertime

 

 

About Frederic De Poligny

Annick Dournes and Frederic de Poligny are two French tourism journalists who travel the world for many years. They will share with you their very favourite experiences of worldwide travels. Those about France, their native country, will be found on a regular basis in their chronicle "Meanderings through France".