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 Benoist’s mother inherited La Potardière from her father; now her son is entrusted with its keep. François, an architect specialising in restoring old buildings, lives in a creeper-covered wing with his large family; note the family history in the entertaining brochure. 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 horsey guests bring steeds from all over France… the very pretty approach includes mares and foals grazing beneath horse chestnut trees. Main house bedrooms are a graceful mix of prettiness and elegance, polished parquet and fresh flowers; those in the stables are less formal, and cosier. What a place for a horse-mad child! Though all children will 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.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • 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

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!