You are invited to Chris's 50th

27 May - 2 June 2023
Champagne, FRANCE

As we have been unable to celebrate for the past 2 years, Covid-birthdays don’t count. So Chris has not aged in the past 2 years 😂 😂 😂

However, with travel restrictions finally easing (and barring no new pandemic or crisis), June 2023 will be a good time to finally celebrate Chris’ coming of age – sweet 30, 50!

Please mark the calendars for 1 June, 2023 for the Official Birthday Celebration.

The location for this special event has finally been chosen to be in Champagne, France.

Because who doesn't love bubbles? And we have to make up for lost time!  

- The Venue -

We have tentatively reserved Château de Jaques - an impressive

17th-century Monument Historique set in ten hectares of gardens

and wooded grounds with an ancient pigeonnier, a medieval

tower and old, private chapel.

The Chateau is located in the heart of Champagne country,

and the 'route de champagne' takes you through some pretty villages

where you can taste and buy champagne and wine from

both small family owned producers and from the biggest

champagne houses in the world.

A picturesque 15-minute walk through the woods takes you to a delightful lake, with another lake a little further, and the Marne River is nearby for river cruising and a river beach. There are plenty of lovely walks and cycle paths to explore and horse riding close by.

The cathedral city of Reims is about 30 minutes away. Disneyland and Paris itself are within an hour and a half by TGV. The Chateau is a three hour drive from Calais and just under two hours from the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

All the big Champagne houses are within 40mins drive away...Krug, Dom Perignon, Tattinger etc...

Fresh seasonal produce. Farmers Markets in local villages.

Hire a car and explore the region. Very easy to drive here. We can also organise tours too.

First Come, First Served...
How to reserve your spot

  • Cost: $1300 per room for 6 nights or $1100 if we go for 5 nights
  • To secure a room, a non-refundable deposit of $600 is due by the end of September.
  • There are 12 double bedrooms (most with en-suite but some have shared bathroom). 
  • The remaining balance will be due by end of November. 
  • The final payment will depend on which Chateau we are able to book based on interest, the number of nights and the exchange rate.
  • Please contact Matthew for further details and to secure your place.

- Some things to note -

As soon as we have enough people to book the chateau, then we will allocate rooms
on a first come, first served basis. 

We recommend everyone having their own transport just so that you have some
independence and can come and go as you like.

You are free to come and go as you please, but keep June 1st free for Chris's birthday.

We will send everyone a pre trip information guide along with Google Map locations.

Prices in Australian Dollars

Please get travel insurance. Just in case. 

Optional Trip Add Ons

We are thinking of doing some of the following things before and after the official birthday week. If you'd like to join us, please let us  know asap so we can organise tickets.

2023 RHS Chelsea Flower Show
23 - 27 May, LONDON

2023 French Open
28 May - 11 June