Welcome to our selection of holiday homes to rent in Champagne-Ardenne, France.
The north-eastern region of Champagne-Ardennes is an area of contrasts, stretching from the very French parts where champagne is produced to the parts on the German border where the locals have seen the border switch between the two countries within living memory. One of the main reasons tourists visit this region is to see where champagne is produced and to sample some of the locally made vintages. However, Champagne-Ardennes is also home to some interesting and beautiful medieval towns, Gothic cathedrals and pleasant countryside that is perfect for those who enjoy exploring on foot or by bike.
If you want to visit some of the best champagne houses, and learn something about the drink as you go, then a trip along the Champagne Trail is the best way to explore the region. This route, which is detailed on maps you can pick up from local tourist offices, not only takes you past some of the best known vineyards in Epernay and Verzenay, but also to the Musee de la Vigne, or wine growing museum in the latter town. Many of the “caves” are open to visitors for tours and to give you the chance to sample some of their chanpagne – before you are shown into the shop, of course! You often get a more interesting and personalised tour at the smaller vineyards, but you will probably have to arrange this in advance rather than just turning up on the day.
If the kids are getting bored of watching Mum and Dad sup champagne, then you can always treat them to a day at Nigoland, a small and pleasant theme park set in a rural environment, and with a historical theme. Many of the rides are simple – no giant roller coasters here – and will probably appeal more to young children than teenagers.
There are several centres in the Champagne-Aredennes region that are ideal for those who enjoy outdoor activities more than wine cellars. The Orient Forest Regional Nature Park in the south has several walking and biking trails and is home to three large lakes that attract a lot of visitors. These three large lakes also offer different water sports; the largest, Orient, has several beaches and is very popular with tourists and locals in the summer, while the next down in size, Temple, is reserved for fishing and canoeing. Finally, the smallest lake, Amance, is where you can take your speedboat for a spin or try water-skiing. If water sports are your thing, the region is also home to the largest artificial lake in Europe, the Der-Chantecoq lake. At various locations on its shoreline are centres dedicated to sailing, fishing, canoeing or beaches for swimming, while there are several walking trails in the surrounding countryside, including some that will take you to the water towers which you can climb to get a good view of the lake.
Looking for self catering holiday accommodation in Champagne-Ardenne? Then below is a selection of gites in Champagne-Ardenne and villas in Champagne-Ardenne that can be rented direct from their owners. You can either click on each listing for further details or you can use our search engine on the left if you are looking for something in particular.