The Chateau

The 9 acres of woodlands that the Chateau sits on and the surrounding areas are ideal for walking, cycling, or just laying back in a hammock and relaxing.The river L’Oise which runs around the edge of the property is ideal for trout fishing and carp lakes are between 2 and 5 miles away.

Kayak

Kayaking on the L’oise

If fishing doesn’t appeal to you, you can always go for a walk along the river bank which runs along the edge of the property and takes you to the Mill at Lucy.

The hamlet of Lucy is on the edge of Ribemont which can be accessed via St Quentin at Junction 10 from the A26 from Calais.

Ribemont is a small market town rich in history and culture, with large supermarket and petrol station, several boulangeries and cafe tabacs, a pizza parlour, pharmacy, florists and hairdressers. The Mouton Noir is a restaurant within walking distance where you can get a good meal at a reasonable price.

Ribemont has an excellent kayak club, currently placed 17th out of the 200 competitive clubs in France and once a year a tournament is held on the river at the rear of the chateau.

If you are into horse riding, there is a an equestrian centre and pony club in the heart of town, just let us know if you want us to arrange riding for you.

Just outside the grounds of the chateau, a small tourist train passes, taking in the scenery of the L’Oise valley. From time to time, the dining car, reminiscent of the Orient Express steams along the tracks, offering luxury dining of a bygone age.  The train departs from St Quentin station on a Sunday and runs throughout the tourist season and on ‘special event’ days and has even been known to have Santa aboard.

St Quentin

St Quentin Cathedral

The Basilique

 

The City of St Quentin is best known for the Basilique and with 60,000 inhabitants is a bustling City full of artisan and designer shops, street cafes and beautiful Gothic architecure. A large market is held every Wednesday and Saturday morning off the town square.

During the high summer months, the city centre becomes St Quentin Plage, or St Quentin beach, with tons of sand, swimming pools, a childrens play park and beach area.

During December, the city centre becomes St Quentin Ice City, with the city centre becoming a huge ice rink where Santa sets up home.

 

 

Laon

The medieval walled town of Laon (the capital of France before Paris) oozes history such as the 12th Century octagonal Knights Templar Chapelle des Templiers. The Cathedrale de Notre-Dame (build in the second half of the 12th Century) was so ahead of its time that parts of its design were copied at Chartres, Reims and Notre-Dame in Paris.

Reims

Reims is synonymous with champagne, although not only famous for champagne, the 2000 year old city witnessed the holy annointing the Kings of France, its architectural monuments (the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the Palais du Tau, the Abbey of Saint-Remi, the Basilica and Monastery) have been listed by UNESCO of part of the World Heritage.

Other things to do

The theme parks of Disneyland and Parc Asterix are just two of several theme parks all driveable within an hour or so.

A lot of the local towns have museums covering a range of topics, from art at La Fere, local history at Ribemont and the Museum de la Resistance about 15kms away and the chateau makes an ideal base for exploring ancient battlefieleds and monuments in the area.