What if we told you that white wine wasn’t the only thing sparkling in France’s glorious Champagne region? Sitting handsomely on the prestigious Avenue de Champagne, La Villa Eugène effortlessly captures the bubbly essence of the French joie de vivre. With 15 chic rooms and suites set amid beautiful grounds, this 19th-century mansion simply breathes understated luxury. So raise a glass to the sublime French countryside, and escape to the very place that champagne-royalty Eugène Mercier called home.
Following a two-hour drive east from Charles de Gaulle airport, arrive at the doorstep of La Villa Eugène and one of the country’s best champagne houses. Situated on the outskirts of Épernay, the hotel was quite literally built on bubbly – sitting atop 200 million bottles and 110km of subterranean cellars. With that many corks waiting to pop, and wineries left and right, Villa Eugène makes the perfect base to begin sampling the sparkling delights of Champagne.
Sumptuous and stately, the 15 colonial-style rooms at La Villa Eugène are an elegant homage to the history of the residence. Rest your head surrounded by charming antique furnishings, whipped cream walls and stunning views out to the grounds. For some added luxury, take a room with a private terrace and enjoy a flûte or two as you soak up the sun.
Why we like it
At La Villa Eugène, it’s all about the history. Surrounded by an ever-thriving industry and overflowing with old-world charm, it shines in a region where luxury is the commodity. Though days touring spectacular wineries and vineyards may be gruelling, a gourmet meal and a glass of bubbly are always around the corner. In Champagne, there’s always something to celebrate, and where better than Mercier’s prized La Villa Eugène?