Château de Saint Paterne

Sarthe
Hotel


Authenticity and originality combine at this family chateau with its panelled rooms, theatrical flourishes and charming candlelit dinners

Bedroom

10 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

A marvellous mix of the Renaissance and the 18th century, a chateau abandoned for 30 years then rediscovered by an heir who gave up Provence for lovely Perche pastures. He and his wife, a charming couple, have redecorated with spirit, respecting the style and history of the building, adding a zest of southern colour to panelled, antique-filled rooms, pretty country furniture before ancient fireplaces and rough, hand-rendered finishes. Sitting, dining and first-floor bedrooms are in château-style, the Henri IV room (he had a mistress here, of course) has thrillingly painted beams; ancestors and objets adorn but don’t clutter. The theatrical new tower room is worth every one of the 52 steps up and the attic floor is a fantasy among the rafters. Now there’s a spectacular new room on the ground floor awash with Indian silks, and a dreamy dacha in the forest, heaven for two.Your host creates classic cuisine nuanced with contemporary flavours and exotic vegetables from his potager and calls his cookery courses Liaisons Délicieuses. A fine mixture of past and present values and superb high-energy hosts.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Closed
January to March; Christmas week.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Meals
Breakfast €14. Dinner with aperitif & coffee, €49; book ahead. Wine €15-€49.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €145
Surcharges
Singles €145 - €260. Dinner, B&B €208 - €386 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available €20 per person per night.
5 Suites for 2
From €220
5 Doubles
From €145

Reviews

We had such a completely charming experience with hosts Ségolène and Charles-Henry, welcoming guests to their ancestral home as though it were the most fun country house party! Each room has touches of Ségolène's creative genius, such a lovely contrast to the monotonous 'boutique hotel' décor so prevalent at the moment. And Charles-Henry's wit and warmth made the evening drinks with our hosts such a relaxing prelude to an excellent dinner prepared under his direction by their resident chef using local Normandie produce. Definitely on our list of favourite places to stay in France.

Peggy, Pewsey

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Location

The neighbourhood