Chateau de Montmirail | Hotel in Sarthe | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Chateau de Montmirail - Hotel in Sarthe

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Place du chateau, 72320 Montmirail, Sarthe
Western Loire, France


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+33 (0)2 43 93 72 71(landline)

+33 (0)6 87 71 94 80(mobile)

Tread in the footsteps of kings and princesses at this splendid château in the Perche Sarthois. Wonderful countryside for walking and riding

Montmirail has an absorbing history - originally a simple medieval fort on a hilltop, it has seen meetings of kings and was transformed into an elegant château by the Princess of Conti, daughter of Louis XIV. Once through the imposing iron gates visitors on guided tours pass through the exquisite reception rooms with painted panelling; lucky B&B guests go behind the scenes and climb the stairs to bedrooms with original features intact but charmingly restored with soft modern lighting, sumptuous beds and sparkling new bathrooms. One has original rich flowery wallpaper, another a velvet headboard, all have views.  Breakfast, a feast of organic eggs, ham. locally-made bread, cheese and pastries, is taken in the medieval dining room around one large table - or outside on the view-filled terrace. The owners are on hand at weekends; at other times charming Angelique looks after guests. Discover the drawing room with Louis XV chairs, relax in a (lower key) sitting room on a comfortable sofa surrounded by good artwork, wander at will on the smooth lawn, head further afield for heaps of pretty villages.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.

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  • The small character town of Montmirail is home to its eponymous castel. enjoy an exceptional view on the Perche Sarthois and dives into a rich history from middle ages to Renaissance and eighteen century.
  • It was the scene of a famous meeting on 6th January 1169 between Henri II Plantagenêt, King of England, and Louis VII, King of France, in a bid to reconcile the King of England and his archbishop Thomas Becket.
  • In the hands of the English during the hundred Year War, it was destroyed by the King of France in 1421.
  • Owned by Marie de Melun, wife of Lord of La Palice, it is transformed by Marie Anne de Bourbon, who was none other the daughter of the King Louis XIV and mlle de la Vallière, the King first official mistress
  • Splendid reception rooms boasting régence furniture and remarkable heritage woodwork representing the five senses can now be visited.
  • Enjoy the view over the countryside in the garden and its salon de thé. Take you breakfast on the terrasse over the village or in front on a fire in the old kitchen
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  • 11 Doubles
  • , 3 Suites for 4
Price:(i) 160 to320 per night

Booking info:

Parking on-site.


Dinner €60 by arrangement, from 6 guests minimum. Wine list available. Restaurants 5km.


December - February.


Place du chateau, 72320 Montmirail, Sarthe

Hotel 11 Double rooms
Double bedrooms sleeping 2-4
Price: (i) 160 to 240 per night
Hotel 3 Suites
Double interconnect with single/twin room.
Price: (i) 320 to 320 per night


Visit website Check availability

+33 (0)2 43 93 72 71(landline)

+33 (0)6 87 71 94 80(mobile)