Chartres is located to the south-west of Paris, in the Beauce region of France. It is easily reachable by road and public transport and takes just over one hour from Paris. The city is thought by many to be built on sacred ground, and has been a site of pilgrimage at least since the time of the Carnutes, the ancient Celtic tribe who lived there over 5,000 years ago. Although it was Romanized, the city was never fully conquered by the Romans and was allowed to remain self-governed. Evidence of this ancient history can be found throughout the city.
Today, Chartres is a small, picturesque market city with narrow, cobbled streets perfectly designed for ambling and absorbing the atmosphere. The city is most famous for its impressive medieval cathedral – a UNESCO world heritage site. This building is a pinnacle of French Gothic art, and is considered to have the most beautiful stained glass in the world. Chartres celebrates life and the passing of the seasons with a number of festivals throughout the year. Our tasting courses are chosen to coincide with the summer solstice Festival of Music and the world famous Festival of Lights at the autumnal equinox.
1 Rue Saint-Pierre
Our food and wine tasting classes, as well as all home-cooked meals, take place in a 1,000 year old chapel Jonell has converted into her home. Built into the side of a hill, the dining room has a ceiling that stretches up over two regular floors. Medieval cellars beneath the house link to an ancient network of tunnels that permeate throughout Chartres. The opportunity to dine in a building with such history is a unique experience.
Chartres is easily accessible by train from Paris and other French centres. Please click here for the English-language transport website.
If driving, there is plenty of available parking in the city centre.