Hôtel Haras de la Potardière

Crosmières, Sarthe

A horse-lover's paradise with mares and foals grazing beneath the oaks, pretty rooms and plenty of games to keep children happy


7 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 5


François, an architect specialising in restoring old buildings, Marie-Yvonne, relaxed and efficient, and their children live in a creeper-covered wing of this grand château. The entertaining brochure tells the family’s story: François’ grandfather built up a successful centre for training show jumpers alongside an established thoroughbred stud; then, in the nineties, after ten years of empty stables, La Potardière began taking in stallions for the summer. Now, horse-loving guests ride up on their own mounts from all over France… the fine approach includes mares and foals grazing beneath the oaks. Château bedrooms are a graceful mix of prettiness and elegance, polished parquet and fresh flowers; rooms in the stables are less formal, cosier and have their own wicker-furnished terrace. A glorious place for a horse-mad child – though all children love it here: fields, a safe and secluded pool, billiards, table football, a Wendy house full of toys. There’s an honesty bar and relaxed seating, a piano you may play and sociable apéritifs on Saturdays. The welcome is superb.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • 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
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Breakfast €12. Cold platter €25; book ahead. Wine €28. Group dinners by arrangement.


Nightly price
from €100
3 Twin/doubles
From €100
2 Suites for 5
From €180


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from François & Marie-Yvonne Benoist

  • Surrounded by lots of things to do, La Potardière is the place to be. Next to the Zoo of La Flèche very famous thanks his TV Show, it is the perfect place to come with your children!