Hautvillers lies in at the heart of the Champagne wine growing region, on the intersection of the Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne & Côtes des Blancs. It is the perfect location of anybody wanting to discover the beauty and tasty wines this region has to offer. I am more than happy to set up appointments or give advice on places to visit.
It also is one of the most historical and important villages in Champagne as is is here that Dom Perignon perfected the art of wine making and paved the way for today's Champagne. Legend says that when he first tasted bubbles in his wine he exclaimed - "Brothers come quick I have just tasted the stars!" That is why Hautvillers is officially known as the birthplace of Champagne! Today you can visit the grave of this famous monk in the wonderful little chapel, which is listed as a Unesco Heritage Building.
This quaint medieval village, with its traditional iron signs above its doors, also boasts some of the most breath taking views of the region as it is one of the few places where one can really see the hillside vineyards, the forest and the Marne river. There are many wonderful walks and hikes around the villages and plenty of small Champagne producers to visit and buy some excellent Premier Cru Champagne at bargain prices. The village has a restaurant as well as a cafe and a champagne bar, a bakery, antique shop, pottery store a hairdressers and a tourist office.
My house is located in the centre of the village, conveniently between the car park and the place de la Republique - the heart of the village. The room is light and bright gives out on a quiet court yard and is a real haven of peace. The bed is comfortable, with a real down duvet and pillows and 100% cotton sheets. Breakfast is included.
The house has 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, large living area and 2 other rooms. Free wifi, coffee and tea are readily available.
Possibility to rent the whole house out (3 bedrooms - sleeps 7) from minimum 5 nights. Please contact me to check availability and rates.
Books on Champagne and the Region
I will be present during your stay and am more than happy to help you set up visits, restaurant reservations and answer any questions you may have on this region and its wines.
Hautvillers is a quaint village at the heart of Champagne. It is ideally situated to explore the Champagne region. It is pretty busy in the day but nice and quiet at night.
On a sunny day it is wonderful to spend the afternoon leisurely exploring the village, stopping for some Champagne and a lunch at the Café, Au 36, or the restaurant opposite the Abbey. The village also is home of one of the best antique stores of the region - Entre Cave et Jardin sports the largest selection of Champagne antiquities and collectibles (Champagne buckets, sabres, rare cuvé prestige vintages, etc).
If you want to explore Champagne in a different way you can take a stroll down the hill to the village of Cumieres, where you can take a boat ride up the Marne river to admire the steep vineyards on both banks. our local tourist office has more suggestions and the friendly staff is more than happy to assist you.
To visit Champagne you really need your own transport. There is plenty of free parking in Hautvillers and the village car park is less than 300 meters from my house. There is one bus a day from Hautvillers to Epernay. Alternatively a taxi to Epernay will cost around 15 Euro.
Caroline is a very helpful host; her enthusiastic welcome was exceeded only by that of her dog, Betty. Caroline is very willing to share her considerable knowledge of Champagne, and to help with appointments and bookings. We were unaware that Armistice Day was a public holiday and so it was a busy weekend. Caroline phoned half a dozen top-notch restaurants to get us a booking; without her we might have been eating at MacDonalds.
The house is very conveniently located, in the centre of the lovely village of Haut Villers - it could not be a better location for exploring the region. Parking and access is convenient.
Inside the house is compact and a little quirky. The bedroom was plain (no drawers or hanging space), but offered good control over heating and the bed was. The one let-down was the bathroom: you have to go downstairs and through the living room, and it frankly wasn't as clean as it could be.
But all in all, if you are comfortable with dogs, easy going, and happy to accept things as they are, I would recommend it.
A nice little room in a very nice little town. After a whole day of hiking through the fields, we were very happy to sleep at Caroline's place in a very comfortable bed.
We only stayed for one night but still enjoyed Caroline's knowledge about the region.
Caroline is very friendly and welcoming, and helped us a lot with bookings! Great stay!
It must be noted first that we booked with Caroline on only a few hours notice, and in the middle of harvest, which is an totally crazy-busy time of year for everyone in that region. All comments here must be taken in that context.
It must also be noted that during our stay she was exceptionally busy with a series of pre committed engagements which made her unavailable for most of the time. However that did not stop her from providing us invaluable local knowledge of the area and history, and how to make the most of our 2 days there.
The village of Hautvillers is right in the heart of Champagne, and we soaked it up as much as possible. It was a lovely little break in our travels and has left us with some very happy memories.
Caroline had somehow found the time to prepare our room before our arrival, but the rest of her house betrayed how little time she had available. We were invited to cook our meals there, but declined. I feel sure that at a less busy time, and with more appropriate notice, a guest would find everything a lot more prepared.
And although this was out of her control, it is still relevant to our stay there so should be mentioned. We found the bed provided to be very firm and uncomfortable (for us). We accept this is purely personal preference but we wished there was something we could have done.
Thanks to Caroline for accepting our booking when there was quite literally no where else to go. We know and understand that the lateness of our booking meant that there was no adequate time to prepare, and all in all we had a wonderful experience. I'm sure that future guests who provide better notice will be looked after very well indeed.
Caroline is very welcoming and knowledgable about champagne and the region.
My husband and I just returned from our lovely stay at Caroline’s home in Hautville. Both Caroline, her home her adorable dog Betty are absolutely lovely! From the moment I first contacted her she was very welcoming and we felt completely at home the whole time we stayed with her. Her home is located on the main street in the beautiful town of Hautville very close to the car park. The room she rents out of her home is very clean and the bed is very comfortable. I really can’t say enough nice things about our stay! This is an absolute steal of a deal!!!
very nice small room in a perfect location, Caroline knows everything and everyone in the region, very helpful!
Caroline is very helpful and friendly. She booked restaurant for us and gave us lots of suggestion.
She is an expert for wine. We had a good time in Hautvillers, and visited Epernay & Reims,which both are beautiful. We visited Moët-Chandon, and ate at Le Berceaux at Epernay. Fantastic!
Great location and fabulous host who provided great recommendations on places to visit, where to eat and local Champagne growers.
Caroline is a very friendly, talkative and helpful host. She knows so much about wine and champagne and is happy to share this information. She helped us make the most of our time in the Champagne region by directing us to smaller champagne houses off the tourist route. She also helped by phoning restaurants to make reservations in French, and made us an excellent breakfast. The apartment is near the centre of Hautvillers, a beautiful little town, with free parking nearby.