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in the cold, win­try depths of Jan­uary, Les Étangs de Corot sprawls across a vast un­pol­luted es­tate in Ver­sailles with glo­ri­ous emer­ald-frond trees and sparkling mir­ror-like ponds. Les étangs, ‘the ponds’, are sur­rounded by a tran­quil for­est, with trails that lead from the idyl­lic ho­tel into the very heart of weep­ing wil­lows, high boughs, and mag­i­cal flora.

SOUND OF SI­LENCE

Only 15 min­utes out­side of Paris and a quick ride from the re­gal French bas­tion Château de Ver­sailles, Les Étangs de Corot is in the quiet heart of Ville d’Avray, where the cre­ative spir­its con­gre­gate ever since the 19th Cen­tury to es­cape the hub­bubs of the City of Light. Les Étangs de Corot took its name from Jean-Bap­tiste Camille Corot, the French painter well known for his Im­pres­sion­ist art, and is to­day a her­itage site and four-star ho­tel. Its rich ta­pes­try of cul­ture and restora­tive fi­nesse in­clude paint­ings of Corot that adorn dif­fer­ent châteaus, de­signed to dif­fer­ent themes; and Cau­dalíe’s Vinothérapie Spa pro­vides guests with a haven of peace, ut­ter bliss, and deca­dence.

“Im­bued with the same val­ues as Les Sources de Cau­dalíe near Bordeaux – well-be­ing, gen­eros­ity, and au­then­tic­ity. We have made a lovely ham­let come alive and trans­formed it into an el­e­gant ho­tel,” write own­ers Alice and Jerome Tour­bier in their wel­come note. (Alice is sis­ter to Cau­dalíe co-founder Mathilde Thomas.)

A VINE STORY

Cau­dalíe stemmed from the grapevines of Alice and Mathilde’s fam­ily-owned vine­yard at Château Smith Haut Lafitte. The French name refers to a mea­sure­ment of the qual­ity of the du­ra­tion of a wine’s flavour on the palate; the longer the flavour lasts, the more cau­dalíes the wine has. It was es­tab­lished in 1993 by hus­band and wife Ber­trand and Mathilde Thomas with Dr. Joseph

Les Étangs de Corot, Ver­sailles

The lush flora of Les Étangs de Corot

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