Chateau de Challain        

 Main st Maine et Loire 49440 Challain-la-Potherie − France

Chateau the French word for castle where royalty and aristocrats called Home.
You can share in this experience while you stay in the Chateau de Challain the castle of Challain la Potherie. We offer a Luxury Bed & Breakfast in the loire Valley region in France.
If you are looking to have romantic accommodations in a French chateau let us welcome you. We will be happy to wine & dine you to make a lasting memory.
Chateau Challain also host one of a kind weddings designed by our wedding organizer Cynthia.
We have 5 romantic Luxury Bedrooms / Suites in our French Chateau that will make your stay memorable.
France has many castles that invite guest into their homes but we will make our guest feel at home.
Chateau Challain offers an exclusive and luxurious bed and breakfast in the Loire valley, our accommodation ranges from luxury suites and a 2 bedroom self catering Gate house, in a prestigious 19th century chateau surrounded by it's own 33 hectare park. This romantic castle is centrally located in an area of France offering the traveller wonderful tastes and flavors in the surrounding regions. We believe the chateau is the ultimate luxury bed and breakfast venue in France,of course you are more than welcome to stay longer and enjoy our gourmet cuisine. For those that wish to stay and enjoy our facilities without the grandeur of the Chateau we offer a Gite (self contained 2 bedroom apartment in the Gatehouse) this is normally self catered but you can book our Gourmet evening meals as well.

Challain was built as a private residencie 1854. Neogothic in design, the château reveals the lifestyle of the nineteenth century while providing guests with all modern amenities ~ certainly the best of both worlds!   Its American owners have decorated it in luxurious style in keeping with its history and charm,  and they have created incredibly beautiful rooms for the enjoyment of their guests.    Not only is it a truly exquisite chambres d'hôtes, but it hosts gala events throughout the year.  Guests truly experience a fairy tale ambiance when they step through the entry way and back into the days of royal gatherings and an elegant way of life. 

Dinner is offered at the château, including wine, to complete one's total immersion into nineteenth century château life.   Each evening meal at Chateau de Challain is memorable with fine cuisine prepared by the château's on-site chef, trained at the Culinary Institute of America.  A full wine cellar, fresh regional produce and great culinary expertise promise a dining experience presenting the best the Loire Valley has to offer.  Breakfast in the morning is, of course, included in room rates.  With reservations made the day before, guests can also enjoy a mid-day meal at Château de Challain.  The new Gate House apartment for five is a fine self-catering unit on the grounds of the Château.

If you yearn to marry in a French château, it would be a wise decision to choose Château de Challain.  A magic atmosphere awaits the bride and groom, and guests will find the château a delightful gathering place.    A chapel in town, within walking distance,  or the private chapel at the château, with its marvelous hand-painted gold ceiling, are available for the marriage ceremony ~ or a garden wedding can be held in the new gazebo. Small receptions with cocktails, a four-course meal including champagne and regional wines and service can be arranged; plans must be made directly with the owner.  Inquire about larger functions as well. 

Wedding venue

Whether you are hosting a larger destination wedding in the chateau or a smaller, more intimate affair, our staff will cater to your every request. Marquees or open-air dinning are available as upgrades if you require additional space, or just choose the outdoor experience for your reception. We also offer many other unique enhancements for your wedding celebration, including Floral design, live music, fireworks, DJ, photo & video which are just a few items you will find in our event & wedding packages.

We have 20 suites available for your wedding venue with much more accommodation available within walking distance of the chateau.

Rochefaucauld Suite

The beauty of this room is the hand painted ceiling dating back to 1854, the year the Chateau was completed. The view outside the grand window is of the south lawn and 2 Hectares Lake. Enjoy a soak in this suite’s oversized tub situated next to a hand carved fireplace. An adjoining room has a beautiful sled bed filled with pillows

The Toile de Joile suite

Another very recently renovated suite in the Chateau de Challain. Holding with the tradition of France we have covered the walls in a warm green Toile to make this suite relaxing to all. Having a full view of the lake, the south sun warms this room. The Toile du Joile has a King size canopy bed with the most comfortable mattress as the rest of the rooms. The Sink basin is in the main room also having a generous size shower in a separate room you have all the comforts of home.

Gate House

The latest conversation. The gate house has been turned into a Gite (holiday home,self catered). It may be booked from Sunday to Friday mid day or friday mid day to Sunday mid day.

Tower Suite

In the tower you will discover a room of silk, a king size canope bed (220cm) with silk curtains to close yourselves in. A fire place filled with candles sets the mood. A spare room for a third person with a table to have that first cup of coffee, as you wake up to a view of the lake. The bathroom is aged marble. The suite also has a fireplace with candles, a separate w/c and a shower.

Romance Suite

You can't escape the feeling of romance as you enter this suite, which includes a grand silk bed, full bath, and separate salon for quiet, intimate meals. Experience historic luxury as you sip champagne, read poetry, and soak in a giant clawfoot tub, surrounded by fresh flowers and french manor charm.

Empress Suite

The Empress suite is one of the latest suites to be renovated to our exacting standards at the Château de Challain. A touch of royalty and we will treat you like the Royals of the "Belle Epoque".

Royal Suite

Fit for a king! The original master bedroom is available with all the authentic furnishing. The Canopy bed is hand-carved oak standing fourteen feet tall. A second bedroom with two twin beds is connected by a dressing room and bathroom. This suite makes you feel as if this is your château.


The Castle provides guests with luxurious suites and Gite for their Romantic holiday getaway in France. Designed for superior comfort, each room is brightened by the charm and elegance of a glamorous era (La belle epoch).

The region of Anjou is one of the most diverse in France.
For 80 miles,The favourite river of the Kings of France and the white tern, Anjou owes almost everything to the the east to Champtoceaux, It has brought precious materials, irrigated the fields, inspired monumental buildings and the river, in a great loop, provoked ideas. It also brings the alluvial sand, perfect for growing flowers and market gardening.
Responsible for ideas of grandeur, prosperity and the occasional flood, the river is rightfully known as the last untamed river of Europe; a fact that has not passed unnoticed: the Loire has officially been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whatever her mood, one thing is sure, here in Anjou the river is at its very best.
How fortuitous for a country that its wonders below ground match those above! Discover buried treasures beneath Saumur, carved from tufa (tufaceous limestone), the same material used for building châteaux and abbeys. A stone so renowned for its light- reflecting properties that, having graced the Loire valley, it was shipped to England as a building material. What is left is more than 600 miles of underground galleries used as wine-sampling cellars, museums, art galleries and unusual places to eat. Don't miss the mushroom museum and growing caves near Saumur.


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From Paris:
From Charles De Gaulle Airport, follow A1 to Paris. Continue to the center of Paris. As you enter Paris, go in the direction of Porte Clignancourt on the Periphérique (Periphérique is the ring road around the city). Just after Porte Orléans exit onto A 6a / A 10 Direction Bordeaux / Nantes, follow signs Bordeaux A 10. At the A 10 / A 11 split, follow A 11 Direction Le Mans/ Nantes. As you enter Angers, A 11 becomes N23. Continue through Angers towards Nantes. N23 becomes A 11 Exit 18 direction Candé / Chateaubriant D963. Keep right at the fork. On your approach to Candé take the ring road around Candé, you will see a sign for the chateau on the third roundabout. Take the first right on to the D6. As you approach the village of Challain la Potherie, the Chateau is on your right. Please come through the gates and we will greet you.

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