• Privately owned.
• The Grouvel family estate for 200 years.
• Fortified castle built in the 12 th century
• Modified during the Renaissance and the18 th/ 19 th centuries.
• Wide moats surrounding an island linked to the terrace by a cobbled bridge.
Dating back to the Roman Empire after the conquest of Alsace by Caesar, the castle Le Chateau d'Osthoffen was part of intelligence measures to ward off Germanic incursions.
During the 12th century and onwards, Osthoffen became a fortified castle. Due to a siege lead by the Bishop of Strasbourg in 1410, fire raged through the building, depriving it of its 3rd floor. An ancestor, the architect von Seebach, rebuilt the castle as a Rennaissance estate and a private dwelling, its military mission finally coming to a close after the Thirty Years War (1648).
More changes came about with the 18th century: courtyard walls were removed and new wide windows enlightened both the façade and the interior. The castle lost its towers during the French Revolution by order of the new authorities, one of the first works undertaken by the new owner was to rebuilt them.
Bought in 1817 by viscount François Grouvel, the next 60 years witnessed 19th century modernisations. The Franco-Prussian War (1870/71) then tore Alsace from the rest of France. The family remained in place, however, a bastion of French tradition.
Yet more destruction took place during World War II with many treasures stolen or burnt. During the fifties and sixties Osthoffen turned resolutely towards Europe, hosting receptions held by the city of Strasbourg to promote this new ideal, an ideal dearly held by the present owner and his family.
During the fifties and the sixties, Osthoffen castle was used by the city of Strasbourg for the promotion of the European Institutions in Strasbourg. Many concerts and official receptions took place in Osthoffen.
When you send a request for a reservation through this website, it will go directly to Le Chateau d'Osthoffen, and you will receive a reply written by someone from Le Chateau d'Osthoffen, to whom you can write back asking all your questions. They can also assist you with other reservations such as restaurants, events and more!
Strasbourg (15 Kms.)
Strasbourg International Airport (8 Kms.)
15 mins from Strasbourg city centre and TGV central station.
10mins from the airport.
Dear future guest,
We are most happy to share our family home with you. The rooms in which you will sleep are those used by our ancestors who gaze out from their portraits, no doubt surprised by the 21 st century “mod-cons” of the new en suite bathrooms ! Each room has been refurbished, family belongings restored and central heating installed.
Below you may browse through the wide choice of rooms, each one a reflection of various branches of the family. The double rooms are particularly spacious having armchairs to relax in.
Please feel free to ask Elisabeth at the reception desk for any further information : she will be delighted to assist you.
So wherever you journey on to, we hope you will take along a happy memory of Osthoffen, situated in the heart of Alsace, this most delightful of French regions : this is our aim.
A sincere welcome to you all
||Philippe and Lalage Grouvel
|▪ Viscount François Grouvel’s bedroom ▪
This was the room of the first family owner of the castle and still remains one of the principal bedrooms. Looking due East it is bathed in morning sun as it rises over the bridge and lights the courtyard below.
▪ Gulath Wellenbourg bedroom ▪
This is the largest bedroom on the 2th floor and named after a German branch of the family. It overlooks the courtyard and tower. Due South, its three windows draw in the sun onto some of the best portraits in the house.
▪ Bedroom of the Nebel sisters ▪
Two generations of the Nebels married into the family.From high up in the Rennaissance gable you look down onto the entry bridge, as if guarding the castle ! Morning sun floods in, a charming scene.
▪ Frau von Ketschau’s bedroom ▪
Up amongst the tall chimneys, this is “batchelors’ quarters” or great for a youngster. The lady’s origin is cloaked in mystery, many documents having been burnt during the last war. Any help as to who she was will be gratefully received!
▪ Dorsner bedroom ▪
This eaved single room looks East over the bridge to the 18 th century fountain. Soft blue toilede Jouy tones with the pastel-portrait - as romantic as you could wish for!
▪ The Bourjolly bedroom ▪
Another single but spacious room with the same view as the precedent,out to the scallop-shaped fountain, hewn out of a unique piece of stone. The decoration is of the late 19 th century when it was used by the owner’s grand parents.
▪ Zuckmantel bedroom ▪
This other ancestor from Germany gave his wife the scallop stone fountain in front of the bridge. The large room is in the South-facing gable with a view out over the park to “the blueline” of the Vosges mountains beyond.