4, rue de la Gaieté 72610 Audrieu − France
HARMONIOUS MARRIAGE OF AUTHENTICITY AND ORIGINALITY
We welcome you into our home and invite you to appreciate the pleasures of life in this Renaissance period house that once welcomed Henri IV's paramour.
Without a doubt, during winter, the crackling wood in the open fireplace in the drawing room is welcoming, but if you come in summertime you might prefer the idea of a pleasant stroll around the grounds followed by a dip in the pool.
At Saint Paterne the old and the new blends together in harmonious marriage of authenticity and originality. There is a special atmosphere and spirit of a real family château. The art of hospitality is all around, and we will invite you to taste a dinner prepared by the master of the house, Charles-Henry. Classics, seasonal produce, flavours from here and abroad mingle for the traveller loving fine things in life.
Charles-Henry left Provence in 1989, to settle in the family chateau that had not been lived in since 30 years. In 1998, Ségolène, left Paris, married Charles-Henry and joined the adventure.
Our passion for the art of living, for decoration, travelling and discovering cuisines from different places have helped create in Saint Paterne a lifestyle in perfect harmony with the 21st century.
This family château which has its origins in the 15th century, is a house with period furniture as well as objects that we cherish coming from different parts of the world and from antique shops in the area.
We hope that this old château and the ambiance that we have created reflect our spirit : aware of our roots and our origins but looking with enthusiasm towards the future.
And for our three boys Diego (age 14), Arthus (age 12) and Raphaël (age 10) which Saint Paterne is a house filled with joy and love.
“La pièce de résistance ". It is a beautifully decorated and restored suite with a four-post bed and a sensational view of the park and pool.
A spiral staircase of 52 steps leads you up to the room. We designed it with a theme of mysteries, and curiosities. Huge bathroom.
Magnificent suite recently renovated on the ground floor next to a French style rose garden with triple exposure and its own entrance onto a private terrace. Beautiful XVIIIth century " trumeau " and Louis XVth fire place.
The old conservatory, with wonderful high ceiling, surrounded by windows on to the park.
In the middle of the park, a datcha in larch wood with private sauna and jacuzzi and your own outdoor deck. It has a living room and the bedroom up on the mezzanine.
Rich in period details. An authentic suite with wood panels from 18th century. This room is ideal for families. A secret door leads to bunk beds that can sleep 2 children.
Room with double exposure with a view on the courtyard and park. Beautiful high beamed ceiling. The bathroom, is on a mezzanine, with a Jacuzzi bath and shower.
Designed in provencal style, there are mexican tiles, and a ceiling with wood beams.
The room in which Henry IV had a romantic affair with one of his mistress, Diane de Courtemanche. From the double bed in the "alcove" you can look up at the original XVIth century painted beams with Diane's and Henry's crests. Private balcony.
XIXth century French style with a collection of engravings by Horace Vernet. The bed is in an “alcove” and has a large walk-in shower, and a "cabinet de toilette".
One of the sunniest room in the chateau. The is a mural of the château and great view of the park. "Trumeau" from the XVIIIth century.
Treat yourself to a shiatsu or essential oil massage. Thierry Johnson our massage specialist, is at your service. Thierry has 15 years of experience as a massage therapist and has studied shiatsu for over 4 years.
In the parc you will find an outdoor heated pool open from early May to the end of September. It is 15m x 5m
Badminton, ping pong table, a huge trampoline, bicycles, swings, balls and croquet are at your disposal anytime.
Our beautiful 2.5 acre park, with large old trees is a great place for a walk.
In the château you can find games, DVDs, cards, monopoly etc.
Château de Saint Paterne, could have been designed with beautiful events in mind when it was first built, over five hundred years ago. From christiening to birthdays, intimate weddings to family or friend's gathering, Château de Saint Paterne can host whatever event or reception you wish to commemorate.
But Saint Paterne has so much more to offer than its surroundings. As privately owned, Charles-Henry and Ségolène de Valbray have an eye for details. There are no ‘set packages’, each event is truly bespoke. Hosting at Saint Paterne gives you the freedom to create your perfect event whilst being supported by an enthusiastic team, all dedicated to making everything utterly enjoyable, both for you and your guests.
What joy in the deepth of winter to seat around the fire place in the drawing room with your relatives. What great memories of a garden party with all your friends orcfamily on the lawn or iswimming in the pool. For your once in a lifetime experience event, chateau de Saint Paterne is the perfect place for you.
- 11 unique rooms or suites
- sleep up to 29 people
- 3 “salons” 35m2, 70m2, 40m2
- Possibility of another 70m2 room with a supplement
- 15x5 pool open from May 1 to mid-October if the weather permits
- Trampoline, badminton, balls, table tennis, tree house for toddlers.
- 10 hectar park
- 2 Honesty Bars
- Possibility of massages with a supplement
- Each event is unique and truly be-spoke
- Possibility to organize dinners up to 70 people
- Possibility to organize brunch, lunch, cocktail and / or BBQ
- We can recommend hotels nearby to accommodate other guests
- We can recommend you florist, DJ, photographer, hairdresser etc ... the ones who will be most suitable for you. We will only recommend people we know and appreciate for their quality of work.
We own a charming chapel from the 15th century, 2km from Saint Paterne. we can put at your disposal. It has no electricity, but the candle light is truly romantic.
Alençon's streets, gift shops, chocolatiers, parks and street markets (Thursday and Saturday) should not be missed. You can follow an audio tour from the Alençon Tourist Office, which is in the former palace of the Dukes of Alençon, the 'Maison d'Ozé', next to the spectacular gothic Eglise Notre Dame. You can also visit the birthplace of St Therese of Lisieux, which draws pilgrims from around the world. Most of all Alençon is known for its lace, considered by many as the finest in the world, and which has been made since the 17th century. The Museum of Fine Arts has a permanent exhibition explaining the technique and displays examples through the centuries.
One of the most beautiful villages in France, which is worth a detour : gorgeous landscape, charming Roman Church and little chapell along the river.
Between Alençon and Chartres, filled with antique shops, gardens to visit and delicious little auberge.
Gothic Cathedral and the religious art museum
The old town of Le Mans, as well as the Museum of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Realize a dream by rolling on the Bugatti circuit.
There are two new tennis courts in the village, and we have the keys for them (they are available most of the time without booking)
Ecurie des As Taquins : horse back riding for any age and any level, located 2 km away from the town center of Alençon. You need to book ahead, especially in summer time. Our children ride there!
We can provide maps for exploring the two forests, Perseigne and Ecouves which surround Alençon. Also Saint Ceneri le Gerei and Saint Leonard des Bois, in the Alpes Mancelles is a great place to start a walk in this beautiful norman nature.
For a first flight or a flight over the region. At 10mn away from Saint Paterne.
The closest bunjee jumping from Paris. Le viaduc de Saint Georges le Gaultier.
Why not try canoeing on the Sarthe, for a half or a full day. Lovely river, beautiful countryside and over 40 km of rivers to float.
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Paris - Saint Paterne with motorway (230 km)
From A28: Alençon Sud exit N° 19, follow the sign to Saint Paterne, Saint Paterne centre, and at the 2nd stop turn immediately on your right.
Paris - Saint Paterne with the N12 (190 km)
From Paris: take the "pont de Saint Cloud", then the motorway A13 in direction of Versailles, and then the N12 in direction of Dreux, Verneuil sur Avre, Mortagne au Perche and finally Alençon.
From Alençon: take the D311 in direction of Chartres/Mamers/Orléans. At the exit of Alençon, the alley of the château will be on your right, opposite a gas station, in the centre of the village of Saint Paterne.
From Roissy Charles de Gaulle
Take the A1 in direction of Paris. Stay in the right hand lane, and follow the signs "Paris Ouest" up to Porte de la Chapelle. Take then the "périphérique Ouest". Paris is on your left. Follow the signs for Rouen (the A13 motorway). Continue to follow the direction of Rouen and take the tunnel of "Saint Cloud". Continue on the A13 until Versailles, and then the N12 in direction of Dreux and Alençon.
For our British guests
- You can now, thanks to Easyjet fly from London to Tours. The airport is small so very simple. Hire a car and drive on the motorway A28 directly to the château. It will only take you from Tours 1hour and 15 minutes.
- You can also take the train from St Pancras International station and arrive in Le Mans without going through Paris. Le Mans is just 30 minutes from Saint Paterne.