We arrived at the electric gates in the middle of Ay whereupon Madam Leclercq appeared at the front door of the large period house signalling that she would open the gates for us and from that moment on you drive into a world of charm, yes, this place is really aptly named!
By the time we had driven to the back of the property she was there to greet us properly and you realise very quickly that this is not just a chambre d'hote but her wonderful home!
we were shown inside to the kitchen come breakfast room where our room was written on a blackboard with the time that we had asked for breakfast. We then asked about places to eat and she looked after everything, the restaurant booking, the taxi etc.we then went to the garden and were shown the summerhouse complete with tea & coffee making facilities, cups, plates, cutlery and wine glasses should you wish to take time in the garden with a drink or indeed if you want to arrange your own dinner from the supplies you have collected on your travels.
Our room was on the 1st floor and was just superb, decorated in the style of the house it was extremely clean, light and airy with first class furnishings and fittings.
There was a seperate toilet and a very large shower and washroom, again spotlessly clean.
The bed was large and comfortable and it should come as no surprise that the place was completely full every room booked and i gather that is mainly the case.
Breakfast just continued with the quality we had come to expect with this place, no buffet here but Madame serving you each plate of fruit, very good Bayonne ham, cheese, croissants, pan du chocolat, preserves, honey and lovely fresh bread. Fruit juce and tea/coffee also brought to the table.
Lastly not only is Le Manoir des Charmes exactly that but so is the lovely lady who owns and runs it with justifiable pride!!
We have stayed in many hotels of varying prices and classes from the downright cheap to the stupidly expensive and found a mixture of good bad and indifferent. This place however really does "do what is says on the can" Wonderful we can't wait to return on our next trip to Champagne
- Also Known As:
- Le Manoir Des Charmes Epernay, France - Champagne-Ardenne