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Whilst the Château de Vaudrémont has retained a certain solemnness from its past, the spirit that now brings the property to life is of a completely different nature. The two facades, one sporting a chalky white and the other a pinkish tone, are a playful nod to the wines of the Champagne region further north. The moat and the large park that surround the chateau underline its romantic temperament which, in turn, teases out the genius of creation; and this is entirely the aim. The arts of living and living well are celebrated through a variety of joyful and festive events that punctuate the year according to the season. Lovers of history, theatre, gastronomy and discussions - let the party begin!
We were particularly attracted to the well-preserved environment and nature, as well as the new National Forest Park. In addition, the Château de Vaudrémont allowed us to carry out all our professional activities that we want to share with as many people as possible.
The Renaissance chateau is surrounded by a moat in a green setting of 4.5 hectares. The impressive wrought iron entrance gate is surmounted by the coat of arms of its first owners - blue in colour with three silver ram's heads with golden horns and the motto "Ex utroque fortis" (strong on all sides). The moats are joined by a stretch of water in front of the main courtyard. The chateau has a U-shaped plan. The north facade, on the side of the moat, is in exposed stone whilst the south facade is covered with pink plaster applied by Edmond Descharmes. The coat of arms of Saint-Belin can nonetheless be seen on the left, the initials "SB" appear on the right, and above the entrance of honour is a broken pediment bearing their coat of arms at the centre. Initials can also be found embedded in the floors inside the chateau. The reception rooms still have original Louis XIII, Louis XIV and Louis XV woodwork. Herringbone flooring still remains as well as a lime-based floor etched with crosses. In the left wing is a monumental straight staircase more than 1.7 metres wide, each step of which is made of monolithic stone.
The Saint-Belin family first built a fortified castle in 1249, they then rebuilt the current castle on the foundations of the previous one in 1580. The house was of the high nobility of Champagne and belonged to the family until 1670. It was then bought by film producer Edmond Descharmes after the war and the property took on an entirely new and artistic vocation linked to the cinema. It was notably the filming location for Gilles Grangier's “Black Rider” in 1945, and "Martin Roumagnac" with Marlène Dietrich and Jean Gabin (a celebrity couple at the time) who stayed there for several months in 1946. By 1983, it belonged to German painter Klaus Jürgen-Fischer. We were the first owners to open it to the public.
We offer a place of life, work and celebrations; but also a place for shows and artistic dissemination. The theatricalisation of our events, which we like to think of as a "family art", is what makes us unique. We organise gastronomic evenings, concerts and literary fairs. According to the season, meetings are combined with local products and shows. In June, “Petites médiévales” offers children the chance to spend a day in the Middle Ages. The large Easter flea market brings around fifty professional exhibitors together. Every last Sunday of the month, from March to the end of October, we also organise a small market for the sale of local organic products.
Clairvaux Abbey, the Charles-de-Gaulle Memorial, the "La Montagne" restaurant in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises and "Chez l'Pierre" in Maranville, outdoor pig breeding and the sale of high quality meat and local products.
The castle can host weddings of up to one hundred people. Celebrations can take place inside, in the main building which opens onto the park, or outside in the park with a marquee provided. Accommodation for the bride and groom is available on the first floor of the chateau and activities - storytelling, walks, shows - can be organised on request.
Public speaking master classes and theatre workshops take place throughout the year.
We organise concerts in the Reniassance room or outside in the courtyard.
«Once upon a time...», animation techniques for reading, storytelling, playing, singing or improvising. In July, the Estivales takes place over four magical nights and visitors will be immersed, as a family, in one of Charles Perrault's most beautiful tales.
We host exhibitions of professional artists. The programme is currently being developed.
A literature and music festival is currently being developed.
The chateau follows the rhythm of the seasons. Les Springanières in May is a chance to buy plants, flowers, seeds, rare vegetables, fruit trees and baskets. Les Automnales takes place in October - two top notch days to taste the joys of gastronomy and the region! Mushrooms, wines and truffles will be on offer. Guests can eat in or take goods home! The Hivernales in December features light displays and a Christmas market with many artisans selling wine, hot chocolate and Christmas beers. Also on site are a book store, a flea market and performances of children's stories. Les Petites Médiévales, designed for children, is a frank and daring dive into the heart of the Middle Ages through various workshops. We also organise gourmet dinners and a book fair.