• 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.
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|
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.
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.
The capital of Alsace, Strasbourg is one of France's greatest cities and the birthplace of paté de foie gras.
It was in Strasbourg that Rouget de Lisle first sang "La Marseillaise," the French national anthem.
Strasbourg is one of France's major ports, only 3km (2 miles) west of the Rhine. In addition to being host to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg is home to the European Parliament, which convenes at the Palais de l'Europe.
In 1871, Strasbourg was absorbed by Germany and made the capital of the territory of Alsace-Lorraine, but reverted to France in 1918.
One street is a perfect illustration of the city's identity crisis: more than a century ago it was avenue Napoléon. In 1871, it became Kaiser-Wilhelmstrasse, then boulevard de la République in 1918. In 1940, it became Adolf-Hitler-Strasse, and ended up as avenue du Général-de-Gaulle in 1945.
Strasbourg (15 Kms.)
Strasbourg International Airport (8 Kms.)
15 mins from Strasbourg city centre and TGV central station.
10mins from the airport.
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