IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HISTORY

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The Château Bouffémont was built during the reign of Napoleon III (in 1860) by the Vallée family. After a short period when it belonged to the marquise de Preignes, it was permanently acquired by the Empain family, through the major general baron Empain.

 

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Edouard Louis Joseph Empain comes from a family of five siblings (three girls and two boys) and spends his childhood in Belgium. General and aide-de-camp of King Leopold, he is knighted by the king in 1907. He  founds a company that will become an industrial empire: the Compagnie du Chemin de Fer métropolitain de Paris built and exploited Paris railroads, among others, until 1945.

Following Edouard Empain’s death just after World War II, in 1946, his wife takes over the Château’s management. Nearly three generations of Empain will live there for over half a century.

Similarly to the residences of the nobility of the era, the Château includes large annexes stretching over a 250-hectare domain, at the heart of the Montmorency forest. The inhabitants of Bouffémont are involved in the Château’s activity and provide the manual labour and farm work for the Empain family.

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Involved in the welfare and prosperity of the village community, the Château was the setting of the traditional award ceremony for schoolchildren.

Located in the Oise department, 30 km (18.5 miles) from Paris, at the edge of the Montmorency forest, the Château is now a private residence, fully dedicated to rental.  Boasting an architecture and Louis XIII style furniture, the Belle Epoque has left its mark on the Château.

 

A RECIPE FROM OUR CHEF – Pumpkin cream soup, ginger mousse

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 To celebrate Thanksgiving, our Chef had fun turning pumpkin into cream soup.

 

In your shopping basket

For the pumpkin cream soup

500 g (1 lb) of pumpkin

One white onion

1.5 litre (1.2 quarts) of water or chicken stock

300 ml (10 fl. oz) of whipping cream

Salt

For the ginger mousse

200 ml (7 fl. oz) of milk

20 ml (4 teaspoons) of grape seed oil

10 g (0.3 oz) of ginger

Salt.

 

PUMPKIN CREAM SOUP 

Mince the onion.

Sweat it with a little salt, but do not let it brown.

Dice the pumpkin and add it to the onion.

Add water or stock until the liquid reaches twice the height of the vegetables. Reduce the liquid by half, add the cream and bring to a simmer.

Remove from the heat and blend with a stick blender. Season to taste.

 

GINGER MOUSSE 

Grind the ginger. Bring the milk, ground ginger and a little salt to a boil and brew for 30 minutes.

Strain, then slowly add the oil to the milk, whisking constantly until emulsified .

Pour the pumpkin cream into a bowl and place the ginger mousse on top.

 

Chef’s tips 

1.  You can easily substitute nutmeg for the ginger.

2.  This delicious appetizer can be served hot or cold.

3.  Serve the soup in a transparent bowl or shot glass in order to showcase its colour.

PRIVATE YOGA CLASS

YOGA

 

You awake feeling well rested. As you slowly come around, your eyes are drawn to the beautiful detail of your surroundings. An opulent suite with lavish décor and charming features. As you get up, you slowly wander over to the vast bedroom window, which frames the most picturesque scene. You marvel at how seamlessly the Chateaus’s hilly grounds blend into the surrounding French countryside. Suddenly, you feel a sense of freedom run  you over as you look out at the countryside stretching ahead.

After a healthy breakfast, it is time to switch off  the outside world and focus on strength, flexibility and well-being with an invigorating yoga class. Tailored to your preferences, your daily training classes can include any combination of your favorite yoga styles and sequences. You suddenly become aware of your breathing as a warm feeling of wholeness floods over you. Your mind and body now as one, you end the class feeling reconnected, recharged and rejuvenated.

After your yoga class, as guest of the Chateau, you can continue the relaxation theme with complimentary access to the Spa and pool of the Paris International Golf Club. Or perhaps it is time to savour the fresh air with a restorative walk in the luscious French countryside.

A RECIPE FROM OUR CHEF : SUMMER COCKTAIL

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PINK LYCHEE – LIME – TONKA BEANS

Our Chef unveils his cocktail summer, a refreshing and rather surprising creation.

To enjoy among friends during your stay at Château Bouffémont.

 

In your basket…

The recipe can be scaled as needed.

One to two cartons of strawberries

White sugar to taste

One lime

A few lychees

A handful of tonka beans*

*This fruit comes from the Brazilian teak or cumaru, a tree mainly found in Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana.

 

Preparation method

Blend all the strawberries and sugar to yield a somewhat thick coulis. Set aside.

Cut the lychees in small pieces and blend. Set aside.

Zest half a lime.

 

Presentation

Pour a layer of strawberry coulis, making sure you completely cover the bottom and sides of the glass.

Do the same with a layer of lychee coulis.

Add a little lime zest.

Sprinkle tonka bean on top.

Garnish the glass with a slice of lime… your cocktail is now ready to be enjoyed…


Chef’s tips

1. A martini glass is perfect for this cocktail

2. You can substitute honey or agave syrup for the sugar if you want a milder taste

3. You can enhance the colour of the lychee coulis with natural colourants

4. The strawberry coulis will rise to the top over time so serve the cocktail as soon as it’s ready

Feel free to shake things up by trying other ingredient combinations that inspire you.

PRE-DINNER DRINK

Summer cocktail

She took a seat on the terrace to admire the late summer sky with aperitif in hand. She began to unwind as the last of the day’s sunrays stroked and teased her skin. The setting was sublime.

From the well-appointed terrace, the Chateau commanded a panorama which was engulfing as the terrace sloped down to the rolling grounds.

She took a sip of her summer cocktail – a delicate infusion of perfumed rose and dry gin. She savoured the unique aroma and thought how perfectly balanced it was. Her mind began to wander and she found that the green grounds grabbed her attention and pulled her thoughts to days gone by.

And from the grounds, there stood Chateau Bouffemont as majestic and imposing as it always had been – dazzling and reflecting the last of the day’s heat. The perfect symmetrical entrance rising proudly from the sprawling lawns.

No amount of time that passed would change this wondrous setting. As her hand rested on the stem of her martini glass, the Chateau held her mesmerised.

Suddenly, cocktail hour was over and the orange colours of sunset gave way as day broke into night.

BARBECUE


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August is upon us.

As hues of orange and violet fill the evening sky, the warm glow of sunset bathes this majestic setting. And as you inhale the scent of freshly cut grass, there sits Chateau Bouffemont– rising majestically from the luscious grounds.

Wisps and pillars of smoke rise and twirl high into the sky as aromas of sizzling meat and sweet-smelling grilled vegetables consume the air. The gleaming barbecue filled with mouth-watering meats and fish. The wind makes the smoke rise slightly higher and you watch as it then slowly disperses into the balmy evening air. The neatly dressed tables illuminated by soft candlelight. An enchanting aura surrounds the scene.

Laughter and chatter fill the space as you sit down with your friends and loved ones to enjoy a delicious barbecue feast. Sumptuous food prepared specially for you by our esteemed chef – washed down by a selection of the finest wines.

And, as you sip on a glass of chilled rose, you feel a soft light breeze brushing against your skin. The colors of sunset now long given way to a sky adorned with glittering stars. A magical moment that takes you back to childhood memories of delightful summer nights long forgotten but somehow here realized again. Suddenly, you feel nostalgic…

 

 

 

AFTERNOON NAP

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As a soft light breeze sweeps over the Chateau’s grounds, golden sunrays filter through a fluffy interlace of clouds.

And from the sweeping symmetrical staircase of Chateau Bouffémont, the view unfolds in undulating lines framed by statuesque pine trees. A grandness exists here – a peaceful grandness filled with a sense of historic mystery.

There is nothing to disturb you. As if completely shut off from the world. And there suspended on the green lawn, sits the soft grey hammock swinging lightly to and fro.

The gentle momentum rocking you lightly from one dream to another. Swaying this way and that on hazy summer days.

And as you stare at the clear blue skies above, you feel time begin to slow down. For it is now time to daydream in to the distance of the afternoon. Chateau Bouffémont – a picture of pure tranquility.

TIME FOR GOLF


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The first rays of sunshine have just appeared, yet the first golfers are already warming up…

You look at them from your room’s terrace, tiny characters that seem surprisingly real.

Although they are 15 hectares of garden away, you can see them with the naked eye from your secret lair.

You are one of the lucky few to enjoy this panoramic view… You and your friends, who are Château Bouffémont’s guests this weekend.

The Paris International Golf Club grounds are indeed magnificent: you would love to practise your swing.

You call the butler, who gives you the access card usually available to members only, the key to this renowned place.

Created by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, this 18 hole course is only open to a handful of golf enthusiasts worldwide, and right now, you are one of them.

The smells coming from the kitchen of the Château’s resident Chef make you hungry. You are happy about that: A solid breakfast will be much needed before you face your friends on the golf course.

One big step forward seems nearly enough to reach the course… such is the Château’s magic, simple moments that become small everyday luxuries.

 

A BARONIAL BREAK WITH FRIENDS


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If you are after an idyllic break with friends with the opportunity to sample baronial life at its best, then look no further than the Château Bouffémont experience.

Whether you wish to celebrate a birthday in style or just catch up with your friends over lavish dinners and inventive cocktails, Château Bouffémont provides an utterly unique setting for you and your friends. Steeped in history and displaying exceptional décor and detail, Château Bouffémont showcases the former fine life of nobility in a beguiling setting.

From the moment you step through the regal entrance of the Château, you are greeted by our helpful and attentive staff. Everything during your stay can be tailor made to your wishes and it is this bespoke approach, which sets the Château apart.

Cocoon yourself in luxury in one of our grand rooms displaying majestic high ceilings and rich interiors.

 

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Looking out on to the spectacular views of the accompanying grounds and countryside, it is hard not to feel instantly relaxed.

Lunches and dinners at the Château are divine with masterful culinary fusions created by our revered chef, A. Politi. The wine list is more than extensive with different wines on offer from around the world, perfectly matched to accompany all gourmet dishes.

Whether you wish to come together with your friends and treat yourselves to afternoon tea in our opulent lounge or whether you wish to enjoy a cocktail in our luxurious bar, Château Bouffémont is the perfect retreat to escape to.

Not to mention the limitless options for activities with your friends – anything from horse-riding and cooking classes to perfume creation, dance lessons, fitness classes and craft workshops.

This is just to mention a few. During your stay, step out in style one night and enjoy a special night with your friends at the Paris Opera House – all pre-arranged by us and taken there and back with our private chauffeur.

Château Bouffémont provides the perfect glamorous backdrop for you and your friends to enjoy a luxurious break. We will take care of everything for you so that the stresses of everyday life will quickly wash away.

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