4, rue de la Gaieté 72610 Audrieu − France
+33 (0)2 33 27 54 71
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The chateau hotel of Saint Paterne will welcome you for a weekend in France or Normandy, or a stop-over from Calais, a special stay for a few days exploring Normandy beaches, Mont saint Michel, Loire valley chateaux, Chartres Cathedral or Le Mans. (24 hours race in Le Mans, or the Bugatti race track).
Charles-Henry and Ségolène de Valbray will help you in your itineraries, in the Perche region, the Haras du Pin, the old town of Alençon, Pays d’Auge, or Alpes Mancelles. Combining comfort and elegance, the luxury hotel of Saint Paterne will also give you the charm of a private chateau for a luxury weekend.
Château de Saint Paterne, could have been designed with beautiful events in mind when it was first built, over five hundred years ago. The house itself is nestled on 25 acres parkland, with a heated pool, and many different outdoor activities, and, inside, the elegance and style of the rooms is simply elegant and charming. But Saint Paterne has so much more to offer than its surroundings.
As a privately owned, Charles-Henry and Ségolène de Valbray have an attention for details. There are no 'set packages', each event is truly bespoke. We can arrange diners up to 70 people with candle lights all around, lunches or brunches. You wish music, photographer, florist arrangement, hairdresser; we will only recommend people we know and appreciate for their quality of work.
Alistair Sawdays Special places to stay : “A 21st-century fairy tale: a 500-year-old château was abandoned by its owners for 30 years, then rediscovered by the heir who left sunny yellow Provence for cool green pastures”.
Châteaux et hôtels collection (CHC) : “….a superbly refurbished lounge on the ground floor featuring 18th century furniture, an intimate dining room where guests can discover a series of fine dishes served by the author of cooking books.”
Michelin red guide book : « A romantic stay awaits you in this château with its large parc….”
Chic Retreats : « Château Saint-Paterne is a true luxury family-run Château with the authenticity of a family home and the comfort and luxury of an elegant small charming hotel. Just 2 km away from Alençon, between Loire valley and Normandy, located half way between Paris and Brittany Château St Paterne lies in one of the most beautiful areas in France. Charles-Henry de Valbray and his team will welcome you with open arms into their home and invite you to appreciate the pleasures of life in this Renaissance period house that once accommodated Henri IV of France's paramours.
Room for romance : « THIS JEWEL OF A RENAISSANCE CHATEAU on the borders of Normandy and the Loire boasts impeccable credentials as a romantic hideaway. Château de Saint-Paterne was where King Henry IV conducted his very own liaisons dangereuses, indulging in royal romps with his lovers far from the prying eyes of his court. Wrapped in lavish 25-acre gardens and vibrantly restored by Charles-Henry and Ségolène de Valbray, Château de Saint-Paterne offers an authentic taste of ‘la vraie vie de château’ in a style that’s both luxurious and lived-in.
Guide Elle : « le château de Saint Paterne est entouré d’un vaste parc où il fait bon déambuler avant de se baigner dans la piscine ou d’apprécier au coin du feu un dîner préparé à partir des produits du potager. »
Normandy, the land of Camembert, calvados, cider, romantic villages and picture-perfect rolling hills, is among the richest and most beautiful regions in all of France. With miles of coastline bordering the English Channel, Norman cuisine abounds with treasures from this rich and diverse area. Come savor its splendors at this gorgeous 15th century chateau set on the Normandy-Loire border…where history has been given a stylish and stately twist, warmed by a family’s welcome.
Without a doubt, during winter, the crackling of the wood in the open fireplace in the drawing room is extremely 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.
The Chambre du Parc has a double exposure with a view of the Honor courtyard and the park. In this room you can admire the chateau's great design from the XVth century with its beautiful carpentry work on the ceiling.
Facilities: junior suite, double bed, 2nd floor, view on the park and courtyard, 1 single bed, bathroom with sunken bath and shower, TV, DVD, Stereo, telephone, courtesy tray.
Our latest restoration project. A spiral staircase of 52 steps takes you to the room.
We designed it with a theme of mysteries and curiosities. Huge bathroom.
Amenities: luxury suite, double or twin bed, second floor, view on the park and courtyard, bathroom with free standing bathtub and shower, minibar, TV, iPod station, telephone, courtesy tray.
One of the sunniest room in the chateau. You can admire paintings of the directly on the wall and a great view of the park. Trumeau from the XVIIIth century.
Amenities: double classic room, double or twin bed, 1st floor, bathroom with bath, TV, DVD, telephone, courtesy tray.
Reputedly the room in which Henry IV had a romantic affair with one of his mistress, Diane de Courtemanche. Double bed in the "alcove" looking up at the original painted beams from the 16th century detailed with Diane's and Henry's crests. Private balcony in wood and zinc with amazing climbing campsis.
The bathroom also has original painted beams from the 16th century.
Amenities: superior double room, double bed, 1st floor, view on the park, bathroom with bath and shower balcony, TV, DVD, telephone, courtesy tray.
Large family-size room with 18th century woodwork, typical of a country residence. In the main bedroom a large bed or two twin beds, depending upon guest's choice, face a superb portrait of Henry the IV's 17th century portrait. A small contiguous room, with bunk beds allows room for a second child.
The bathroom with Louis XV wooden panels has been renovated this winter and has a beautiful view of the park.
Amenities: superior suite, first floor, bathroom with free standing bathtub and shower, TV, DVD, iPod station, telephone, courtesy tray.
"La pièce de résistance". This room is our most renowed. It is a beautifully decorated and restored suite with a four-post bed and a sensational view of the park and pool.
Amenities: luxury suite, 1st floor, bahtroom with free standing bathtub and shower, TV, DVD, Stereo, telephone, courtesy tray.
Another magnificent suite on the ground floor next to a French style rose garden with triple exposure and its own entrance onto a private terrace. It is ideal for families because as there is a small room adjacent to the main room with a single bed, it has access to the main terrace of the chateau.
In the main room there is a Polish style, four poster bed that can be made into two singles or into a double bed. There is also a very nice XVIIIth centurt "trumeau" and wooden chimney from Louis XV.
Amenities: luxury suite, double or twin bed, ground floor, view on the park and courtyard, 1 single bed, bathroom with bath and shower, TV, DVD, Stereo, telephone, courtesy tray.
Double bedroom with a collection of engravings by Horace Vernet. They were given to one of our ancestors by Napoléon. The curtains and bed cover were designed by Pierre Frey.
Amenities: double classic room, double bed, 1st floor, view on the courtyard, bathroom with shower, TV, DVD, stereo, telephone, courtesy tray.
On the 3rd floor there is a provence style room with material designed by Pierre Frey. There are mexican tiles and wood beams on the courtyard.
Amenities: superior double room, double or twin bed, view on the courtyard, bathroom with bath and shower, TV, DVD, telephone, courtesy tray.
For a really amazing stay at Saint Paterne, we offer you to stay in the orangerie.
Located 50 meters away from the chateau, this new suite offers one of the best view of the park, the chateau and the swimming pool.
This large suite (55 square meters) is decorated with a beautiful 19th century stage set, a greenery framed by an old gate opening on an imaginary park, which came from the Barcelona theater.
The monumental wood bed is flanked by two old stone cutter's blocks serving as night stands, the bathroom is a mezzanine overlooking the bedroom. It's lime green patina and jacuzzi bathtub mounted on a platform give the room a dramatic flair.
The heated floors, the high windows of the original orangerie and the extraordinary dimensions of this room make it truly unique.
Facilities: luxury suite, double bed, ground floor, flat screen TV set with DVD and CD players, stereo, telephone, courtesy tray.
In the midle of the park, we built a datcha in larch wood with private sauna and jacuzzi on the outdoor deck.
Offer the dream of an escape for those who want to suspend time and reconnect with the imaginary, that is our idea!
We wanted to create a charming nest for a dream holiday in nature. The datcha has large windows all along the walls, covered with shutters that rise vertically by a system of ropes and pulleys. During the day, doors can be open onto the terrace, then life happens mainly outsidem the contact with nature is total. And off through the trees we distinguish the silhouette of the Renaissance château.
At night, everything closes: the datcha becomes intimate and warm. A cocoon of wood stuck in the middle of nature, it feels hidden and protected. The stove is ready to be turned on, with a wood fire crackling in the room.
Amenities: double bed, 1 single bed, shower, sauna, outdoor Jacuzzi, TV, DVD, stereo, telephone, safe, courtesy tray.
All rooms are non smoking, have a safe, TV, telephone, iron, desk, courtesy tray, hair dryer.
For horseback riding lovers
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!
For cycling and walking routes
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.
Canoeing in the Alpes Mancelles
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.
Your children will enjoy
Karting on the Essay circuit: 25mn drive from Saint Paterne, you have an international competition circuit, which welcome adults and children starting at the age of 7. Parents and children can have an unforgettable moment.
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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.