A cozy room with shared bathroom in a typical village house in the center of Hautvillers - the village of Dom Perignon! I am specialized in Champagne and can help you organize your trip to make the most of this beautiful region.
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
Interaction with Guests
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.
I am pretty flexible on check in/out times, but prefer check in before 22h and checkout before noon.
I will go out of my way to make your stay as pleasant as possible. However, as I welcome you in my home, I prefer you not to welcome other guest without having been notified.
I understand that accidents happen, but would appreciate it if you could let me know if you have broken something. This way I can organize myself to get things repaired asap.
And lastly if you want to change/cancel your reservation please carefully check cancellation regulations. I accept changes and will refund till 24 hours before check in.
The room & the bed were large, clean, & comfortable. We shared a bathroom with no problem. Caroline was very friendly & helpful. She helped us find champagne producers & gave us an excellent recommendation for dinner. We would definitely recommend Caroline as a hostess in the Champagne region.
Making the booking was straightforward but the rest was not a good experience. Firstly the address we were given was incorrect. Caroline was helpful with making a restaurant booking. The bedroom was ok but the bed linen had not been changed since the last user and the bathroom and shower were filthy and no effort had been made to tidy up for our arrival. We agreed for breakfast to be served at 8 am but Caroline never turned up to serve it! Two hours after we left we received a text from Caroline explaining that due to personal problems she was unable to make our breakfast. She did compensate us for this. I wonder if Caroline should consider withdrawing from Airbnb until she has the personal resources to offer a better guest experience.
Barry and Amanda stayed at my house at a very difficult personal time as the night of their arrival I broke up with my long term partner. Before their arrival I received a lot of messages asking for information on the region which I sent out duly. They were not happy to pay for a guided visit and tasting (including the Champagne) but instead visited one of the Houses I had recommended which I had no problems with. Communication had been great and I had received an ETA, however Barry and Amanda arrived an hour earlier than expected and I was still at work. I asked them to wait 30 minutes in the local café as I needed to lock up and I sensed they did not like this.
I had changed the the bed linen, cleaned the room, and the bathroom the day before they arrived. In fact when Barry and Amanda arrived the bucket and mop where still near the door as it had been raining heavily and I had mopped again at lunchtime to clean the paws my dog had left behind.
Barry immediately went into the upstairs bathroom,which is normally private - which did not suit me at all as I had a leak in the toilet, and almost went into my room. I would like to state that I rent a room with the use of a shared bathroom, which is not state of the art or design - the house is old which is part of its charm - but the bathroom is clean. Barry and Amanda also had access to all the amenities (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, etc) which they used as I found bottles all over the bath as they left.
Even though I left a neutral review as I only saw Barry and Amanda for a short while I found Barry was quite arrogant and haughty - as if he knew everything better. He mentioned several times he was a host at AIRBNB and I think he meant by this that I should be at his call and beckon. From making reservations everywhere to the refund which I had offered.
I always provide a very good breakfast and I had gone to the bakery to collect the pastries and bread but arrived 30 minutes later than agreed as I had a big break down in the car and did not want to walk into the house showing all my problems as I felt it was not appropriate. However Barry and Amanda had left - in fact they left at 8.15 according to my neighbour. They had access to coffee and tea - as I had shown them the night before, and juice, milk and yoghurt (in the fridge).
However, when I contacted them to apologize and offer a refund of €10 for the breakfast Barry replied that breakfast on the highway had costed them €22 which I refunded even if it is very much over the top. This demand for more money (1/3 of the room price to be precise), the fact that I was expected to call and set up multiple appointments, haughty comments about my knowledge of the region and even the wifi set up as well as this review stating clear lies makes me wonder if Barry and Amanda should opt for a type of shared accommodation - they would have done better either staying in a hotel or a self contained apartment/ unit - however in the latter case they would not have had breakfast either....
Caroline was wonderful! She helped me experience a side of Champagne that would have been impossible without her knowledge and contacts. She is a lovely host. The room was exactly as pictured and described. She even provided me with a great breakfast! Thank you.
Caroline was a great host. She is a humble expert of the ins and outs of champagne and champage region which she is excited to share with guests and makes the stay all that much more special. The location of the apt is great, a stone-throw away from center and all main caves and producers.
Fabulous location, very quiet but beautiful. Caroline was a great host and extremely knowledgable about Champagne which was an added bonus.
Caroline was friendly and a welcoming host. We arrived on a Saturday evening, tired and needing fuel for the rental car. She helped familiarize us with the town nearby and told us of a place to fill up the vehicle. She made several phone calls to get us dinner reservations and although we couldn't get into any of the restaurants she recommended, we were happy to arrive at such a pleasant village surrounded by vineyards. Hautvillers is quaint picturesque village on a hilltop populated with many excellent champagne makers. This is where Dom Pérignon invented champagne. Caroline’s house is typical European. It is cozy but slightly inconvenient because the shower is on the main floor and the bedroom and bathroom are upstairs. Parking is very convenient at a nearly parking lot which is equivalent to a block away.
Caroline provided generous breakfasts and she is extremely familiar with the region and all things champagne. She recommended a local champagne maker in Hautvillers, Tribaut, which is about 3 blocks from her house. We went there for tasting and were impressed with their champagne and bought a bottle to enjoy that evening. It was so good that we returned and bought another bottle before leaving town.
Caroline was very accommodating and sweet. We shared some good bubbly together on our short stay.