Fère-en-Tardenoise, a small, sleepy French village in the Picardy region, is the perfect place to escape from it all and experience true Gallic charm. Everywhere you look you’ll see the evocative ruined towers of the 13th-century castle rising above you. And while you’re here, make sure you try the local tipple. This is the champagne region, after all.
Rolling French countryside and spectacular ruins – sip champagne and relax, French-style.
Things to do
Situated just five minutes’ drive from your luxury hotel, the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery is a moving memorial to thousands of American soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. Visit the serene chapel and the map room here to learn more about this region’s history.
Sat on a vast artificial mound, the Chateau de Fère-en-Tardenoise is a beautiful ruined castle that dates back to the 1500s. Wander through the seven fairytale towers and picture life as a knight in shining armour.
Fère-en-Tardenoise is located in Picardy, which is the birthplace of French Gothic architecture. The region is home to six breathtaking cathedrals, including the largest in Europe – Amiens. This 13th-century landmark is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
To get an idea of what the ruined castle once looked like, visit nearby Chateau de Pierrefonds – a detailed recreated version of a medieval castle.
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