Hotel de France

La Chartre sur le Loir, Sarthe
+33 (0)2 43 44 40 16

A sweetly nostalgic hotel; famous for its links to Le Mans motor racing, celebrity visitors, good food and conviviality. Great value, too


25 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

You’ll feel nicely French spilling onto the terrace and pavement overlooking the lovely town square; or chatting to the barman who’s been making the drinks here for years. The renovated Art Deco dining room and pretty pool beside the river are charming spots to relax after a day exploring.

Bedrooms, named after famous racing car drivers, nod to the past. Come down to a continental spread for breakfast: boiled eggs, pastries and jam, cereals. Lunch and dinner are classic French bistro style: good value set lunches and evening meals eaten on the terrace or on formal, white tablecloths inside.

The châteaux of the Loire are an hour away; the dreamy valley has some fine historic buildings, including Le Lude with its glorious furniture and gardens. Vineyard tours in an eccentric pre-war bus can be arranged; bicycle trips or hot-air ballooning too.

Hotel de France - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • All the classic car photos and racing memorabilia adorning the walls
  • Swimming in the pool overlooking the river
  • Being able to leave your car and bike in the secure car park
Hotel de France - Gallery

You should know

  • There are two downstairs bedrooms


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


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


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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch "menu découverte" €35. Dinner, 4 courses, €39-42. Restaurants 1-minute walk.


Nightly price
from €70
22 Doubles
From €70
3 Suites for 4
From €130



What a special and iconic place to be - whether it's sipping a coffee on the terrace looking out onto the square or beside the pool with a beer, this is a brilliant place to come to soak up the heritage and culture. Le Chartre is charming and a great base for exploring everything the region offers, and Sally and the team are just lovely.

Lillie, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

This is a great spot for shopping with heaps of antique markets and galleries. Hire bikes from the local Tourist Centre and hop on any number of bike trails to explore the area. From Angers all the way to Vendôme, there's something for all levels. If you fancy eating out, the town has several options; opposite are La Cantine and pizzeria La Grignote. Le Mans, for car racing buffs, and Le Lude, for history lovers, are both less than an hour's drive.

Local points of interest from Sally Carpenter

  • The Loire Valley contains some of France’s most impressive châteaux. The hotel can take you on tours to the stunning historic buildings, set in the region known as the ‘garden of France’, through which the Loire River runs.
  • Private tours to the vineyards with wine tasting can be arranged. If you wish, the hotel is also available to assist you with your purchases and, where possible, organise your shipments home.
  • The hotel is situated just a short journey from the famous Le Mans racing track, and has enjoyed a long history with the 24 Hours race, making it a mecca for motoring fans. Enjoy trips to the famous museum or even a driving experience on the circuit.
  • Situated on the edge the Loire Valley, Hotel de France is the perfect base for your cycling holiday. The quiet roads and by ways of the region offer superb cycling and the hotel can provide you with a number of routes to suit all levels.
  • The Hotel de France is the perfect base for your fishing holiday in the Loir region, and beyond in the Loire Valley. The region offers plenty of variety, from fishing lakes to rivers, literally on the hotel's doorstep.
  • The Loire Valley, with its rolling hills, oak and chestnut forests, apple orchards and water meadows, boasts an impressive array of golf courses, described as some of the best in Europe.


Sally Carpenter

Glorious old cars may no longer roar up to the door but the building's shiny history has been preserved by the current owners. Martin, an English classic-car enthusiast, fell in love with the hotel; bought and renovated it in 2013, and now he and his partner, Sally, run it with a small, friendly team.