Castles of Aube
Castel of la Motte Tilly
Its perfectly balanced architecture, its charming gardens and rich collections make this 18th century “country house” a remarkable and rare ensemble. It was built in the middle of a 60 hectare park by Abbot Terray, controller of Finances, based on plans by François Nicolas Lancret.
After the ravages of the Revolution, the property was saved at the beginning of the 20th century by Count Rohan- Chabot.
With its fine proportions, this building combines brick and sandstone in its construction, and is surmounted by a typical high slate roof. On the north facade, terraces descend in a gentle slope to a great mirror of water, linked to the Seine by two arms, which make the estate exceptionally attractive.
Opened until on September 15th, of the Wednesday to Sunday of 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00.
Guided visits at 10:30, 11:30 and 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30.
Many cultural activities take place with the castle for the summer period.
Château de la Motte Tilly
10400 LA MOTTE TILLY
Téléphone : +33 3 25 39 99 67
Castel of Bligny
The Château de Bligny is one of only two chateaus in Champagne that has a champagne label. It was built in the 18th century by the Marquis de Dampierre who acquired the estate in 1733. Of solid cut stone construction and firmly seated on the top of a mound, it overlooks the Landion Valley whose spring under the chateau’s cellars still supplies it with water today. After the Marquis de Dampierre, the chateau passed to Baron de Cachard at the beginning of the 19th century. It was this gentleman who brought winegrowing to the estate: he decided to create a large vineyard here, earning himself the name of “gentleman winegrower”. This spot is unique in the region, associating a historical, architectural and wine heritage with its name. The Château de Bligny has been open to the public since 1999. Completely restored by its new owners, the Rapeneau family, it has managed to keep all its character. The dining rooms and lounges have retained their woodglass windows.
It is included in the labelled cellars on the Champagne Tourist Route. On the programme: a tour of the chateau and tasting the wine of kings. But the Château de Bligny is also a prestige setting for organising seminars, receptions and weddings in its huge vaulted cellars. Luxury bedrooms have been created on the upper floors.
Close for visit
Champagne Château de Bligny
T. +33 (0)3 25 27 40 11
Fax: +33 (0)3 25 27 04 52
Castel of Droupt Saint Basle
The Château de Droupt Saint Basle (16th and 17th centuries) situated thirty kilometres to the north of Troyes owes its resurrection to the relentless passion of its owners, Mr and Mrs Paupe. History and architecture enthusiasts, they welcome visitors every Wednesday and Saturday in summer for a guided tour of their chateau and popular art museum. It is with pleasure tinged with pride that they recount the history of their passion.
Lovers of the site, Mr and Mrs Paupe acquired Château de Droupt Saint Basle in 1983. Everything needed to be restored. In 1987 the chateau was listed in the “Inventaire Supplémentaire des Monuments Historiques”. 23 years of effort were required to give this dwelling back its lost nobility. Six rooms are included in the guided tour: the small entrance with a staircase and handrail dating from the 17th century, the dining room with its walls covered in painted woodwork, the salon with its floor with a “Little Versailles” motif and the Carrare marble fireplace, the billiard room ... A glance outside reveals a French garden, a Medieval kitchen garden and a 17th century timberframe barn ... The tour is rounded off with a museum of popular art that brings together an impressive collection of everyday objects displayed in the 16th century tower: moulds of all sorts, shoe menders’ and clog makers’ workshops, printing stones, souvenirs of school, a spinning wheel ...
The work continues because in order to complete the restoration of the site, the drawbridge needs to be renewed
and is due to be completed in a few months time, to make way for other challenges.
Château de Droupt Saint Basle
10 170 Droupt Saint Basle
T. +33 (0)3 25 21 15 54