Haute Coucy, Aisne, France
This unassuming chateau located above the ruins of the Castle and valley of Coucy has seen centuries of history and survived all of it. With rare one of a kind views of this historic place, the home retains it’s ancient significance with a fresh infusion of contemporary style. Constructed of cut stone and hardwood beams, the ancient structure gives way to the decidedly modern interiors that have undergone a dramatic and surprising transformation. The wide open plan living spaces on the ground floor are unexpectedly bright, chic and relaxed with vintage modern furnishings and design and a personalized collection of art and decor.
With one bedroom upstairs and a full suite downstairs, the home can comfortably accommodate up to four with a smaller optional sleeping room adjacent to the suite. The well equipped modern kitchen can serve up to four in the dining area or alfresco in the lush gardens with unspoiled views across the valley and castle in the distance.
Wifi throughout, flat screen TV with DVD player, landline telephone, Mac computer, Hi-Fi system with vinyl turntable and CD player, books and party games, bikes available for rent. Housekeeping with laundry facilities. Parking.
Managed and overseen by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, the nearby Castle de Coucy is listed as a historic monument by the French Ministry of Culture and is a treasured ruin. The entire Coucy valley is dotted with great hiking trails and peaceful countryside. Located twelve miles from Soissons, eighteen miles from Laon, and forty three miles from Reims, the area is a WW1 heritage site rich with history. The Croix du Vieux Pont at Berny-Rivière and Bataille de la Somme are particularly poignant and lovely spots. Le Voie verte cycling trail from Paris-London passes through just seventy five miles from Paris.
Aisne, France. Nearest airport: Paris Charles du Gaulle 100 km