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Chateau Choices - France (Peg's Picks - B)

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CHATEAU CHOICES - FRANCE (PEG'S PICKS #B)


B1.  CHATEAU VILLIERS LE MAHIEU HOTEL SPA

Rue du centre
78770 VILLIERS-LE-MAHIEU
Tel: +33(0)1 34 87 44 25 - Fax: +33(0)1 34 87 44 40

From their website; Imposing wrought iron gates... broad gravel drive... hundred-year-old trees towering over the water filled moat... the majestic 13th century buildings of the Château of Villiers le Mahieu have been transformed into a Premium hotel catering for seminars, receptions, weddings and overnight guests.  Just half an hour from Paris, this captivating place, steeped in history, is a haven of peace, luxury and comfort...

If the Château of Villiers-le-Mahieu looks like a Middle-Age fortress this is because it was built in 1642 on the remains of a 13th century castle. Its many turrets and moat give this lovely château a particularly medieval air.    A number of documents detailing gifts to abbeys make it possible to trace the history of the MAIZELAN family as far as the 14th century. In the Middle Ages, Hugues de MAIZELAN was Lord of Villiers-le-Mahieu. In 1240 Pierre de MAIZELAN, a knight of the realm, was summoned to Chinon to fight alongside his King, Saint Louis.  In 1360, as a result of the treaty of Brétigny, Lord de MAIZELN was one of the hostages sent to the King of England to guarantee the surrender of the Count De Montfort. Not far from Villiers-le-Mahieu, the fief of Launay belonged at this time to the MESNIL-SIMON family.  During the 15th century the seigneuries of both Villiers and Launay were in the hands of the MESNIL-SIMON family. As late as 1556 there are documents showing Lord Charles de MESNIL-SIMON claiming ownership of the seigneuries of Villiers, Launay and even Autouillet.  It is only in the 17th century that we have evidence of the owner of the lands of Villiers-le-Mahieu being one Claude de BULLION, Garde des Sceaux then Surintendant des Finances in the reign of Louis XIII. Of his three sons it was Claude, Marquis of ATTILLY who inherited Villiers-le-Mahieu and built the château in 1642Twenty years later, at the inauguration of the Château chapel bells, the register of names includes that of my Lord Philippe of CUISY, Equerry and Secretary to King Louis XIV and a member of the Fermiers Généraux, as the one and only Lord of Villiers-le-Mahieu. Just before the French Revolution, the château passed into the hands of one Nicolas de la HAYE, Conseiller du Roy and Lord of several fiefs, including Villiers-le-Mahieu. Later Baron CARUEL de SAINT-MARTIN, a deputy under the Second Empire, became its owner.  
In 1919, the château was bought by Doctor VELTER who farmed the 150 hectare estate that surrounds it. In 1965, Count Charles of ROHAN-CHABOT undertook extensive restoration work that lasted until 1970 and resulted in the château that we see today. The well-known artist, Bernard BUFFET, lived in the magnificently restored château from 1971 to 1979.   In 1980, Jean-Luc CHAUFOUR acquired the Château of Villiers-le-Mahieu so conveniently located to the west of Paris. He undertook major internal and external restorations to adapt this medieval site to 20th century demands and to convert it into a prestigious château-hotel.
Half an hour from Paris, an outstanding combination of traditional architecture and all the comforts of a modern hotel.  The luxuriously appointed Château of Villiers le Mahieu is the perfect hotel for both your private and professional needs.
95 rooms...
The 700 sq. m. Ultimate Spa...
1,000 sq. m. of multi-purpose reception rooms and private dining rooms...
21 hectare parkland grounds with rare trees...
Welcoming, traditional, top quality Restaurant - Lounge-Bar...
Tennis, swimming pool and golf for your leisure and pleasure.
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B2.  HOTEL LE MARCHAL
4/6 Place des Six Montagnes, Noires
68000 Colmar
Tél. : 33 (0) 3 89 41 60 32 - Fax : 33 (0) 3 89 24 59 40
This is a personal favorite of ours.  Colmar is a lovely little city with canals, called the ‘Petite Venice’.  So much charm here and the dining room most enjoyable.


From their website; Built in 1565 on the eleventh century fortifications surrounding the city, the Hostellerie Le Maréchal typically Alsatian with its renovated, welcomes you in its unique environment where everything is charming, quiet and delicacy.  This building has welcomed within its walls in the late 17th century, Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne, Vicomte de Turenne and Marshal of France during a battle in the region near Turckheim. At this time the house was known as the Gasthof zum Schwartzenberg (Inn of the Black Mountains).
Subsequently, the house was owned by a large family and it was not until the early 70s that Mr. Gilbert Bomo had the opportunity to rent the ground floor.  In August 1972 the history of the Maréchal begins with a lovely terrace on the water, a wine cellar and a specialty that will quickly establish the reputation of the restaurant : The Ham on a Spit ... Soon Gilbert Bomo neighborhoods gradually transformthe the  house into a hotel with the help of his wife Ingeborg.
Ranked first with 40 three-star rooms the couple upgrade their home into a 4-star hotel with 30 rooms and a gourmet restaurant appreciated by many Gastronomic Guides. Gilbert was a long time Kitchen Chef well-know for specialties such as sauerkraut Bartholdi, a revisited sauerkraut cooked in puff pastry with duck liver ... A life devoted to his home, almost 30 years and in 1999 he decided to sell his house to his brother Roland and his nephew Alexander.
From January the 1st 2000 are Roland and Marianne and Alexander the new owner, they retained all the staff and the philosophy so long cultivated by the founding couple as hospitality, culinary, and know-how.
30 romantic rooms and suites individually decorated. All decorated and furnished with taste and respect for the antics, the rooms are equipped with current technology (flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, free wireless high-speed Internet, electronic safe and individually controlled air conditioning.
The Restaurant is daily open for lunch and dinner and located directly on the water in the picturesque and authentic Little Venice. The cuisine is innovative, creative and our chef has a motto: to satisfy the gourmets and the gourmands.
This house has been built in 1565, this historical monument welcomes you all the year. The hospitality, friendliness and attention to detail are the hallmarks of Family Bomo who leads the house for over 40 years. For your Romantic, candlelight dinners, business trips, seminars and banquets our team will be at your disposal to organize your trip.  Located in the heart of tourist paths between vineyards, flowers and gastronomie, Colmar, capital of the famous wine route of Alsace is a recommended step during your stay in Alsace.
COLMAR AND DOWNTOWN  -  Colmar, prefecture and city of 65,000 inhabitants located in the heart of Alsace in the department of Haut-Rhin. The location is ideal, Colmar is in the middle of Alsace, Strasbourg 70km, 60km and 55km from Basel or Fribourg. Good positioned, the TGV train station in Colmar, Basel airport (40min) and Strasbourg (50min) and you quickly reach the tourist attractions of the region by the wine road or the A35 motorway.   The advantages of Colmar: The architecture of the old town with its picturesque and authentic Quarter such as Little Venice and its canals, The Ancienne Douane (Koïfhus), La Maison Pfister, The Cathedral and many more...

Many opportunities for sightseeing and cultural activities will make your stay in Colmar unforgettable.

The location of the hotel you can reach by foot all the cultural activities of the city.  Around Colmar, some ideas of visits:
-Eguisheim
-Ecomuseum (www.ecomusee-alsace.fr) Bioscope (www.lebioscope.com)
-Neuf-Brisach, fortified city (Vauban) and entered in the UNESCO World Heritage. www.neuf-brisach.com
-Hunawihr, its fortified church, the Stork and Butterfly Garden
-Museum of Car (www.collection-schlumpf.com) and Railway in Mulhouse (www.citedutrain.com)
-The top Koenigsbourg-Castle (a must). www.haut-koenigsbourg.fr
-The Hohlandsbourg Castle www.chateau-hohlandsbourg.com
-The Maginot Line www.ligne-maginot.fr | www.lignemaginot.com
-Unterlinden Museum: There you will find the Isenheim altarpiece painted by Matthias Grünewald, a masterpiece of world painting.
    www.musee-unterlinden.com
-Bartholdi Museum: The museum dedicated to the famous sculptor Bartholdi who created the Statue of Liberty
    www.musee-bartholdi.com
-The Toy Museum and the Little Train: This is the museum that will delight young and old people...
    www.museejouet.com
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B3.   CHATEAU DE MAULMONT
63310 St.Priest Bramefant, Randan, France.
Tel: +33 (0)4 70 59 14 95
Fax: +33 (0)4 70 59 11 88
E-Mail: info@chateau-maulmont.com

From their website; Former royal hunting lodge of Princess Adélaide (1777-1847), Chateau de Maulmont stands at the edge of the royal estate of Randan with breathtaking views over the Allier valley.  Situated in the beautiful unspoilt Auvergne, between Vichy and Clermont-Ferrand, this cosy and fantastically romantic castle has been completely renovated  and the bedrooms are all individually and tastefully decorated.  This listed building has retained the essential elements of its original décor, notably the magnificent oak-paneled rooms with period stained glass windows that house the restaurant, bar and breakfast room.
The site of Château de Maulmont was a Templar's stronghold in the 13th century.  This stronghold was built by Renaud de Vichy, Master of the Order of the Templars, after he returned from the crusades in 1255.  In 1829, it became the property of Princess Adelaide Louise d'Orléans (1777-1847), sister of King Louis Philippe d'Orléans.  Her Royal Highness Princess Adelaide demolished the old ruins of the templars in order to construct a "rendez-vous de chasse" (hunting lodge) on the site.  In 1830 the architect Fontaine, who was famous for designing a wing of the Chateau des Versailles, the "Galerie des Batailles", was commissioned to construct the chateau at Maulmont for the princess.  In the summer, King Louis Philippe would come to Randan with the whole Court, and spend days hunting and shooting at Maulmont.
The chateau has 19 bedrooms, 2 apartments and 3 holiday homes. We provide four categories of rooms : Comfort, Character, Family Suite and Ground Floor Suite.
The hotel has 19 bedrooms and 2 apartments.  The restaurant is open every evening and for lunch on Saturday, Sunday and French Bank Holidays. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom (bath and/or shower), hairdryer, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, TV, DVD and WI-FI.
Activities on site: outdoor and indoor heated swimming pool, golf driving range, bicycles.
Here is a link for the region: http://www.chateau-maulmont.com/en,1,6482.html
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B4.  CHATEAU DE BUSSET
Le Bourg 
03270 Busset France
Mailto: info@busset.com
Tel:  +33 (0) 470 59 13 97; Fax: +33 (0) 470 59 29 78

History (From their Website)
An architectural masterpiece which links the Middle Ages with the Renaissance; fortress and ancestral home - the Chateau de Busset is an eloquent witness of the most fascinating times of French history. Since the end of the 15th century, it hasbeen the property of the non-reigning direct descendants of Saint-Louis.

At the time of the Crusades...  The origins of the Castle of Busset resonate with the din of the weapons of the Templars - the religious and military knights who fought in the defence of the pilgrims in the Holy Land. Tradition maintains that the construction of the castle had commenced by the end of the 13th century on the site of a Commanderie during the time when Renand de Vichy was Grand Master of the Order of the Temple. The frescos that decorate the oratory of the south-east tower, which probably date from the end of the 14th century, bear witness to the strong sense of spirituality permeating that house.

Medieval fortress...  The edifice dominating over the valley of the river Allier was a creation of its time - a feudal home erected to repulse attacks, to defend its sovereignty, to protect itself. Its ramparts, whose longer side presents itself from the front, the straight moat-protected walls, the mighty keep crowned by galleries and battlements as well as the elegant and yet imposing Orion tower, still bear witness to that purpose.

The Orion tower...  Covered by an octagonal roof, the Orion tower (opposite) received its name from the constellation which the Knights of the Temple enjoyed observing from its top.
To the origins of the family of France...  The vicissitudes of history resulted in Busset falling to the feudal lord de Tourzel, Baron d'Alegre, and later his great-grand-daughter Marguerite getting married in 1498 to Pierre de Bourbon, Chamberlain of Louis XII. Since that moment the Bourbon Busset family have never left that estate.

From the fortified castle to the pleasant home...  The marriage between Philippe de Bourbon Busset and Louise Borgia, daughter of the famous Cesare Borgia, brought a flavor of Italian Renaissance spirit to Busset that softened the character of the castle. In particular, Louise added a covered arcade to the ground floor, which reproduced the architectural rhythm of the cloisters, and a gallery on the first floor of the east wing, whose frescos have recently been re-discovered and restored.

The Cousin of Navarre...  The influence of the Bourbon Busset family on history was considerable. Henri IV would not have honored the castle with his stay there in 1559 if he had not highly esteemed that family - which was the only one to lend its name to a province: le Bourbonnais.  Moreover, Claude de Bourbon Busset, coutier of the King's Chamber, was raised by letters of 1586 to the rank of Count.

After the Revolution...  Feats of armed combat were frequent among members of that illustrious family. Many of them bore high military titles even after the French Revolution, which proved to be a painful period...   After the injuries had been healed in the 19th century, the restorations of Viollet-le-Duc and a number of interior conversions were completed in the castle. For example, the wooden panelling "en plis de serviette" of the Saint-Louis gallery or the painted coffered ceiling - additions which are harmoniously juxtaposed to the medieval parts such as the monumental fireplace in the grand salon.

We are closed form 23. decembre up to the 1. march.
Extra bed: 15 Euro
Animal Supplement (in few rooms only)
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B5.  CHATEAU DE SAULON
 67 rue de Dijon
21910 SAULON LA RUE
Tel.: +33 380 792 525 - Fax : +33 380 792 526
Mailto:info@chateau-saulon.com

From their Website: Constructed in the 16th century, and rebuilt at the end of the 17th century, the Château de Saulon, at the heart of the Burgundy vineyards, south of Dijon, has long possessed both the vocation and talent for reception. Today, this is a residence where work, leisure, holiday and rest all coexist in harmony.
With its authentic Burgundy art de vivre and noble traditions, the Château de Saulon offers guests today’s modern conveniences within an enchanting historic setting.
  • 3-star hotel, member of the Châteaux Hôtel Collection
  • 17th century Château
  • 32 rooms full of character
    (nine of which have air conditioning)
  • Gastronomic restaurant
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Private garden and park (27 hectares)
  • Private fishing lake
  • Open-air swimming pool
  • Tennis
  • Table tennis
  • 18-hole golf course, 15km away
  • Safe available at reception
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Private car park
  • Pets welcome (subject to conditions), at a supplement of €15
  • Weddings and parties
  • Families welcome: cot, changing mat and high chair available on request
  • Two rooms with disabled access
As your bill will be established on the basis of your reservation, we kindly ask all guests to familiarise themselves with the following cancellation conditions:
·         Stays of three nights or fewer: 100% of the stay will be charged for all cancellations made less than 72 hours before the expected arrival date.
·         Stays of three nights and more: 100% of the stay will be charged for all cancellations made less than 14 days before the expected arrival date.
·         No-Shows: 100% of the stay, including all extra services booked, will be charged.
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B6.  CHATEAU DE VILLEMENANT
58130 Guérigny, France
Mobile + 33 (0) 6 80 27 46  57
E-mail : contact@villemenant.com 
                                                          
From Website, (In French ONLY) CHÂTEAU CLASSÉ MONUMENT HISTORIQUE.
Listed as an ancient monument since 1930, Villemenant is, by the unit of the architectural style and the harmony of the proportions, one of the most remarkable castles of the Native of Nevers. They have few elements on his building. They assume that he was constructed in the middle of the XIVth century (1360) by Girard de Carroble, chamberlain du duke of Nevers. 

It was a castle strengthened during the war of hundred years first. Become Castle of amenity in Renaissance and lived by the famous lords de Villemenant. He was the witness of the development of steel industry in XVIIth and XVIIIth century in the districts of Guérigny and Cosne on Loire. Ownership of the Master of smithy, Babaud de la Chaussade, main purveyor of irons and anchors of Navy, he accompanied the extension of the Royal Navy of Louis XV and was attached to the royal domain of Louis XVI in 1781. Her architecture and its internal developments not having been transformed since this epoch, he is a genuine witness of the ancient regime.
Villemenant is a place of unforgettable stay in the middle of the Region of Burgundy, witness of historical conflicts, in XIVth century and in XVth century between England and the Kingdom of France. In less than one hour, it leads to the historical cities of Vézelay (place of the departure of the second crusade in XIIth century), of Bourges (fief of Jacques Cœur, the big financier of Charles VII) and of Decize (city where was born one of the biggest jurists of French Renaissance: Guy Coquille). 
Listed as an ancient monument since 1930, Villemenant is, by the unit of the architectural style and the harmony of the proportions, one of the most remarkable castles of the Native of Nevers. They have few elements on his building. They assume that he was constructed in the middle of the XIVth century (1360) by Girard de Carroble, chamberlain du duke of Nevers.
It was a castle strengthened during the war of hundred years first. Become Castle of amenity in Renaissance and lived by the famous lords de Villemenant. He was the witness of the development of steel industry in XVIIth and XVIIIth century in the districts of Guérigny and Cosne on Loire. Ownership of the Master of smithy, Babaud de la Chaussade, main purveyor of irons and anchors of Navy, he accompanied the extension of the Royal Navy of Louis XV and was attached to the royal domain of Louis XVI in 1781. 
Her architecture and its internal developments not having been transformed since this epoch, he is a genuine witness of the ancient regime. Villemenant is a place of unforgettable stay in the middle of the Region of Burgundy, witness of historical conflicts, in XIVth century and in XVth century between England and the Kingdom of France. In less than one hour, it leads to the historical cities of Vézelay (place of the departure of the second crusade in XIIth century), of Bourges (fief of Jacques Cœur, the big financier of Charles VII) and of Decize (city where was born one of the biggest jurists of French Renaissance: Guy Coquille).
Villemenant is in Burgundy in 15mn from Nevers, in Nièvre (in 2 h 30 Paris time in 3 h Lyons time)
By train (1 h 50)
Paris Gare of Lyons: take the Téoz Clermont Ferrand, first stop Nevers, envisage a taxi (we are in 15mn of the railway station) or a hire car.
By the road
from Paris access by A6, then A77 (taken out 31) Pougues-les-Eaux then to follow direction Guérigny.
from Lyons A6 until Macon, follow direction Mill, then Nevers.

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B7.  CHATEAU LE WINDSOR
Le bois Billy
22130 PLOREC/ARGUENON
Tél. 02 96 83 04 83
Fax : 02 96 83 05 36
e-mail : colombiere@wanadoo.fr


From their Website: Built during the 18th century and renovated 22 years ago, it has 23 large rooms - comfort keeper. Equipped with a swimming pool, dining rooms, a bar, a conference room, surrounded by 27 acres of land, the Château-Hotel-Restaurant "Le Windsor "offers the luxury, the calm of the forest and the joys of the beach, just a few miles away ... His chef will let you discover the delights of his cooking with amazing sea accents.  Located in Côtes d'Armor in the heart of Emeraude forest in Plorec-sur-Arguenon, Château le Windsor is a hotel close to the sea (between Saint Brieuc and Saint Malo: Pléneuf, Erquy, Saint Cast, etc.).  Stay in the sumptuous setting of an 18th century chateau surrounded by an 11 hectares park with trees sometimes hundreds of years old.  Le Windsor will receive you in its restaurant, La Bégassière, with head chef Mr Jérome Barbançon. Be astonished by the creativity of his cuisine and mix of unusual tastes.
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B8.  CHATEAU DU VAL
35550 Saint Just, France
Tel +41 79 948 5222
Owned by Jocelyn and Jas Saini Chateau du Val is in Brittany. Our hunting lodge is available for holiday rental and private celebrations.  To enquire about staying at Chateau du Val, please visit their website for the best information.
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B9.  CHATEAU DE BONABAN  -  REMOVED
35350  La Gouesniere
Bretagne, France

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B10.  MANOIR DE LA HAZAIE
22400 Planguenqual
Bretagne, France 
Tél. 33(0)2 96 32 73 71 - Fax : 33 (0)2 96 32 79 72
Email: manoir.hazaie@wanadoo.fr
http://www.manoir-hazaie.co.uk/ 

From their Website: The chateau de la Hazaie is located in a historic part of Brittany with a lot of historic monuments nearby and castles to visit.  You are near the sea.  A privileged stay near the Emerald coast, Saint-Malo, and le Mont Saint-Michel.  You can do a lot of activities : golf, sailing , horseriding,tennis... all around this warm and comfortable chateau.  Access wifi hotspotThe quality of a charming and luxury hotel in a romantic and friendly guesthouse - chateau, recommendation of Michelin's guide books.  

In Brittany between Saint Malo, the ile de Bréhat and Dinan.  You will find every comfort in this refined chateau near the coast and several seaside resorts.
Rooms spacious and airy, our rooms are designed as independent flats and perfectly insulated . The kingside four poster beds and the family furniture from bygone centuries ,as well as the monumental fire places in the state rooms recreate the intimate and refined atmosphere of the origins of the manor house.  Our luxurious rooms are all equiped with TV and a private telephone number.  Each bathroom, is equipped with an air-bath, assuring you optimum relaxation during your stay.
A heated swimming pool, balneo bath tubs, four poster beds, antique period furniture, all so elegant and charming.  Tranquility and charm inside this elegant chateau located between Saint-Malo on the Emeraude coast, Mont Saint-Michel, and the famous Pink Granite Coast, near the splendid beach of Val-André.  Many different types of stay and special offers like the " chateau way of life ".  Everything about this medieval chateau including the cooking ,the blazing fire is done for the pleasure of the guests.  A very warm welcome in this beautiful chateau, immaculately restored with charm and comfort.
Christine and Jean-Yves will welcome you in a friendly house set in a romantic park with foutains, a small lake,a medieval garden surrounding by boxwood and palings with aromatic herbs in the cooking .
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B11.  CHATEAU DE ROCHECOTTE (HOTEL RESTAURANT)****
43 rue Dorothée de Dino 
37130 SAINT PATRICE (near TOURS)
LOIRE VALLEY - FRANCE
Tel. (33) 02 47 96 16 16 - Fax : (33) 02 47 96 90 59
Email: chateauhotel@rochecotte.fr
http://en.chateau-de-rochecotte.fr/ 

From their Website: The Château de Rochecotte, formerly the private home of the Duchess Dorothée of Dino and Prince of Talleyrand, is situated in the heart of the Val de Loire and Bourgueil’s vineyards and just 3 hours from Paris. Located close to the Loire’s chateaux, this remarkable place will take you back to the 18th century. Whether for an overnight stay in one of the bedrooms or suites, a seminar or simply for lunch or dinner, this exceptional 4-stars château-hotel welcomes you in Saint-Patrice, near Langeais.
The Château de Rochecotte located in Saint-Patrice near Langeais, former private estate of the Duchess of Dino and Prince of Talleyrand, has welcomed a number of illustrious political, literary and aristocratic figures, such as Honoré de Balzac, Adolphe Thiers, or even King George IV of England and the Queen.
The château was built in the 18th century in the Valley of the Kings amongst many other châteaux of the Val de Loire region and vineyards such as Bourgueil, Saint-Nicolas, Chinon et Saumur. It is surrounded by a magnificent wooded park with French gardens, an ornamental lake and a large swimming pool alongside a pathway of limetrees.
Today, Rochecotte is a beautiful hotel where the relaxed way of life, so dear to the Duchess of Dino, continues to perpetuate.
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B12.  CHATEAU DU BREUIL****
23, route de Fougères
41700 CHEVERNY
Bernard et Véronique GATTOLLIAT
Phone:  33.2.54.44.20.20
FAX:     33.2.54.44.30.40
Email: info@chateau-du-breuil.fr; inquiry@au-chateau.com  
http://www.au-chateau.com/duBreuil.php

From their Website: Everyone is drawn to and fascinated by the Loire Valley of France.  The famous, historic grand châteaux of the Loire welcome millions of visitors each year. Therefore, it is even more special to be able to stay in a Loire Valley château ~ one whose history began in the fifteenth century,  made evident by the moat and tower that still remain to guard its courtyard entrance.  Set on 45 hectares (over one hundred twelve acres) of wooded Loire Valley parkland, one couldn't ask for a more inviting and delightful getaway in France.
The castle was built in the eighteenth century incorporating the tower, and subsequent additions were made in the nineteenth century, all beautifully blending to create a harmonious and architecturally pleasing building.  (An old legend tells of a donkey,  activating the mechanism of the bucket waterwheel to draw water from the moat,  who stopped working when the water overflowed from the top of the tower!)  On the grounds is also a fine 19th century chapel with a superb stained-glass window. 
As that century drew to a close, Château du Breuil was owned by the Marquise de Méloise Frenoy, and as recently as 1968 it belonged to the Earl de La Salle.  But, it was in 1987 that it was lovingly transformed into a comfortable and peaceful château-hôtel welcoming guests from around the world. In the elegant dining room, delicious regional cuisine and fine wines are offered, and meals can be enjoyed in the park behind the dining room in good weather.  
Completely renovated in 2008, there are the château is the perfect Loire destination for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.  Le Verger (the Orchard), is a superb old masonry building located at the edge of the park near the pond, very close to the castle, and was renovated in 2008 with eight new rooms. Today, Le Pavillon des Fleurs (House of Flowers), a fine building from the middle ages, offers the comfort of thirteen additional new rooms on both the ground and first floors. To maintain authenticity,  the restoration scrupulously preserved and emphasized the patina of the walls and used Italian stone. Flowers gave the inspiration; and beds are canopied; as with the castle itself, the rooms are air-conditioned and provide flat panel satellite televisions.  The château today offers warm hospitality, a highly refined environment and personalized service to all its guests. 
All guest rooms are furnished with antiques and are equipped with fine bed linens.  Beds are queen or king size, and the en suite bathrooms have tubs and/or showers and hair dryers.  Rooms provide mini-bars, Internet and WiFi and satellite TV.  Some rooms offer silk feather beds which are 100% 'bio', for the ultimate in comfort and restful sleep.
For cycling enthusiasts, bicycles can be rented at the château so guests may explore the region on their own or join the "Castle by Bike" tour that passes in front of the property.  At less than four kilometers distance one can play golf at the Golf Club at Château de Cheverny or enjoy the nearby tennis courts.  Equestrian pursuits are but one kilometer from the château.  And, of course, the beauty and charm of the River Loire and the fine towns, castles and vineyards throughout the valley make day trips by automobile very pleasant and rewarding. 
The château's interior is very sophisticated with both guest and common rooms decorated in a palette of rich colors and soothing pastels creating a soft and warm atmosphere.  The salon is a perfect example of the mood achieved by the careful selection of furniture and colors enabling guests to completely relax and enjoy their stay.  Bedrooms and suites are designed with the comfort of their occupants in mind as well, and they are beautifully appointed with fine furniture and lovely fabrics and carpets.  Your host and hostess will welcome you to their fine home and make every effort to see that your stay at Château du Breuil is one of the happiest memories of your time in France.
Rooms: 16 doubles and 2 suites in the Château; 6 doubles and 2 suites in Le Verger; 13 guest rooms and suites in Le Pavillon des Fleurs -  all with en suite bathrooms, including hair dryers. (Twin bed arrangements are possible in some rooms.) 
Prices – See Website
Optional Extras such as Bouquets in Room, Champagne in Room, Chocolates, Bicycle rental are available.  Please inquire about cost. 
Fine restaurants in the region as well.
All rooms are air conditioned, have minibars, telephone, WiFi, Internet connections, satellite TV, and are NON-SMOKING.  Doors are locked at 11:30 PM each night. Check-out before noon.                                                                                  
Open all year 'round.
On the grounds: Beautiful new swimming pool and pool house, pond with ducks, bicycle rental, parkland, chapel.
Vicinity:  Hot air balloon rides arranged, golf, horseback riding, tennis courts, Castle by Bike Tour, Loire vineyards, great Loire châteaux such as Cheverny, Chambord, Chenonceau, Blois, Amboise and others.
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B13.  CHATEAU DE BRIOTTIERES****
49330 CHAMPIGNE
Vallee de la Loire, Anjou, France                                                                                  
Mailto: briottieres@gmail.com 
https://www.briottieres.com/en/
                                                                           
From their Website: The Château des Briottières with its 4 star rating invites you to the heart of the Loire Valley.  Ideally situated at the west end of the Châteaux of the Loire circuit this 18th century family château is one of the most beautiful in the region.

Situated in Anjou near Angers, only 2h30 from Paris, the Château des Briottières is at the gates of Brittany, of Normandy and the Loire Valley and is an ideal base for visiting the Châteaux de la Loire, heart of French history.  If you are looking for a hotel near Angers,Nantes or accommodation for a family holiday, a romantic weekend, or on business, the Château des Briottières is perfect…..Its 50 hectares of English parkland , the guesthouse “Le Fruitier” for 20 years the favourite of guests from all over the world in search of tranquillity and prestige.  François and Hedwige de Valbray welcome you.

“A new concept of hotel where you have the feeling of being in a private Château and luxury hotel at the same time. Reuniting refinement and comfort of a luxury hotel and the serenity of a private Château, the Château des Briottières provides you with a warm welcome and high quality food to enjoy your holidays and weekends – a holiday you will recommend to family and friends.

With 11 bedrooms in the Château with their period furniture, the 6 bedrooms in Le Fruitier, the open air heated swimming pool, horse riding, tennis and promenades in the park you can satisfy your every wish. With an excellent golf course 5Km away and the historical sites of the Pays de La Loire this is an ideal base for those who seek tranquillity, sporting activity or just want to immerse themselves in culture.  Come to visit this wonderful historical and romantic  family chateau very located in pays de la Loire or western Loire .
We are closed to le Mans classic or the circuit 24H du Mans .
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B14.  CHATEAU DE VERRIERES****
53 rue d'Alsace
49400 Saumur France
Tel 33 (0)2 41 38 05 15 ; Fax 33 (0)2 41 38 18 18
e-mail : contact@chateau-verrieres.com                                                           
http://www.chateau-verrieres.com/english/index.php
                                                                       
From their Website: Chateau-Hotel  de Charme in Saumur in the heart of the Loire valley, the offers you ten uniquely decorated bedrooms, each full of charm.  Peacefully set in a four acre park, right in the midst of Saumur, Verrières allows you to discover the charm and History of the Loire Valley : the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, the National school of Equitation, the troglodytes caves, the historical cities of Chinon, Angers and Tours, the many chateaux of the Loire Valley.
Known as the « Pearl of Anjou », Saumur and the banks of the river Loire have been akcknowledged part of World Heritage by UNESCO. Come and enjoy the charm, the serenity, the elegance of this equestrian city…and its wines of course.. !  A four **** hotel, Verrieres has nevertheless kept its private mansion atmosphere, with its authentic decoration and its period furniture.  You will be welcomed by the readily available owners, devoted to making your stay most enjoyable.  Within a short walk, you will discover the pedestrian streets in old Saumur, historical houses built in tuffeau stone, and the lively activity of its traditional Saturday morning market.
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B15.  CHATEAU DE JALLANGES
Vernou sur Brenne
37210 Vouvray
Tel : +33 2 47 52 06 66
Fax : +33 2 47 52 11 18
Contact : Stéphane FERRY BALIN

From their website: Jallanges, a very beautiful castle from the 15th century is built in 1460 by the King Louis XI for his bankers. Surrounded of the famous vineyards of Vouvray and 25 hect. of forest, it is the ideal place for visiting the Loire Valley by remaining in an authentic Historic building Rebirth. 
Located in full heart of Touraine, with the principal Loire chateaux in a ray of less than 40 km, it remains has 10 minutes of Tours and 10 minutes of many animations of the town of Amboise (55 minutes of Paris TGV). Bordered of a superb Garden, a park with tercentenary cedars and a vault dedicated to St Joseph, classified as "Historic Monument", this castle is furnished and inhabited by a family impassioned and devoted to the French inheritance. 
The family restored sumptuous rooms which are affectionately placed at the disposal of the hosts who can thus appreciate the calms, and the comfort, and the architecture and the history of this monument, personalized by the so cordial reception of the Ferry-Balin family. 
On the spot you will taste one of 47 jams made in house, or you will appreciate one of the 22 wine vinegars aromatized with grasses of the Vegetable garden. 
Sale of product of the Local handicrafts. Table of hosts on reservation, according to the number of requests. Take-off in the montgolfier, strolls in the barouche.Visits of Banneret de Jallanges and its seven frescos Renaissance in horn-the eye. On the spot, you will appreciate the host rooms, the professional organization of our receptions, and the visits of this private monument. Raised carpark of 2500 m2. Access handicapped.
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B16.  CHATEAU DE L' AUBRIERE
37390 La Membrolle-sur-Choisille
France 
Tel +33.247.515.035
Fax+33.247.513.469                                                                                          
http://www.aubriere.fr/en/


From their Website:  Let’s go back to 1873, when it was the birth of the town of the Membrolle,under the will of Ernest Henri Martell who was its mayor until 1900 and he was at the origin of the building of the current castle in 1864.
Finally, in 1918, the castle was acquired by Gaston Cousin who, with Madame Dumontier specialized themselves in the pharmaceutical preparations and particularly "La Jouvence de l’Abbé Soury".

Aubriere was a fief as soon as the 12nd century , and depended of the one of Lavare. The latter stretched over 74 hectares.  The Aubriere name comes from a family, The Aubry’s,who the dictionnary of Indre et Loire of Carré de Busserolle quotes in 1292 : Hubert, Aubry, Ecuyer, and in 1435 ; Jean Aubry, Chevalier. During the French Revolution, The owner was Pierre Cormery,a Justice of the Peace and a national property manager.

We find again on the coat of arms of the North side of the current castle , the reproduction of their own coat of arms, with in festoon, the following quote : " Sicut Fortis Equus ",which highlights the noblest conquest of the man : the horse.
It is in the Aubriere castle that Jacques Feydeau composes his vaudeville "La dame de chez Maxim". The second act is located at the Aubriere and Feydeau often alludes to the Membrolle which he writes with one "l". Now,the play belongs to the repertoire of the Comédie-Française and it was performed for the first time on January the 17th of 1899 in the theatre of the Nouveautés in Paris.   The Aubriere and its 15 hectare park, with its hundred-year-old rare tree species, became hotel business in 1983.

At 6 kilometres from Tours, a little outside the road overhanging The Choisille,you cannot miss The Aubriere Castle.  From Tours, go to the northwest until The Membrolle sur Choisille, a small town where you could find information to get to the Aubriere Castle.
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B17.  CHATEAU DE VARENNE***
Place Saint Jean
30150 Sauveterre,  FRANCE
tél. +33 (0)4 66 82 59 45 - fax +33(0)4 66 82 84 83
http://www.chateaudevarenne.com/
From their website: Chateau de Varenne is a truly peaceful and comfortable haven located a few miles from the city of Avignon in the heart of Sauveterre village. Originally built in 1738, the chateau has now been transformed into a beautiful and charming hotel in Sauveterre. The Château de Varenne is beautifully kept: stone floors, genuine panelling, Versaille and Hungarian type wooden floors, marble fireplaces and carved ceilings. You will discover the beautiful hall and lounges on the ground floor; then before going to the first floor to the Tower suite, you will admire the 18th century wrought-iron made main stairs; and finally, from the suite terrace, you will enjoy the marvelous view on the Mont Ventoux, the Lubéron hills, the surrounding vineyards and even discover the house where mime Severin spent several years of his life in Sauveterre.

History:  Built in 1610, the Chateau was then bought in the 19th century by Guillaume Puy, “the Perfect Mayor” of Avignon according to Napoleon and then occupied by his son in law, the Marquis of Cambis. The Chateau was later sold to the Prefect of Gard before the first world war. Since then it has become one of the luxury hotels Provence.

The Puy Family
Until the mid-nineteenth century, its history is intimately linked to the Puy family. Loup Puy, the earliest known owner was an apothecary in Avignon. He is known to have erected in the church of Sauveterre, around 1676, an altar dedicated to St. Pancras.   The property then passed from father to son until Antoinette, the daughter of Guillaume Puy, Mayor of Avignon, married in August of 1809 to Marquis Cambis Orsan.    After the death of Antoinette in 1833, ownership of the castle was passed to her son Henry Francis Cambis. After the death of two sons, in 1847 and 1848, the father in turn inherited. The last branch of Orsan, the Marquis inherited the castle in 1860.   Subsequently, Paul Maitrot de Varenne, prefect of the Gard, purchased the property name. Long after his death in 1933, his wife and daughter sold the castle.

The concept is one of a private home, our château hotel comprise of 11 rooms and 2 suites.
Including:
Air-conditionning
Charming gardens. Park
External swimming-pool
Breakfast room and terrace
Lounge and terrace bar
Conference room
Wifi access (internet)
Breakfast - We provide a breakfast service full of natural produce. We believe this makes us the perfect choice for bed and breakfast Avignon.
Local producers from the agricultural village of Sauveteur provide our fruit juices and fruit (melon, apricots, peaches, cherries etc) served at breakfast. Our tasty jams are hand made by a local farmer.
The village baker gives us daily bread, croissants, pain au chocolate, focaccia etc ...
There is a large swimming pool as well as a playground which includes a swing, slide and other children's games and activities such as tractors.
Chateau De Varenne is ideally situated between Avignon, chateauneuf du Pape, Orange, Uzès, Pont du Gard. Allowing easy acces for exploring the region.
From the tower of the chateau, one can enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the Ventoux, Luberon and surrounding vineyards.  An enchanting, heritage protected, 400 year old Liban Cedar tree can be found in the garden as well as a fountain with a natural water supply. The tree-shaded terrace is the perfect place to relax or one can completely unwind by the picturesque hotel swimming pool.

A history of welcome Built at the beginning of the 17th century by the Counts of Anglure, the Chateau was a staging post for French monarchs whilst on progress to their eastern dominions.  Louis XIV, the Sun King, was astonished by the sparkling fountains you will see in the miniature lakes in the grounds of the Chateau.

The unfortunate Louis XVI also stayed here, the country seat of his First Gentleman of the Bedchamber, Claude de Chamilly, during his flight to Varennes in 1791.
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B18.  CHATEAU D’ETOGES
4 rue Richebourg
51270 Etoges, France
Tél (00.33) 03 26 59 30 08 - fax : 03 26 59 35 57
Email:  contact@etoges.com

28 Exquisite bedrooms for your pleasure.  From their website;
Following the French Revolution, Etoges passed into the hands of the wife of Marshal Lannes who played hostess to the Court of the Emperor Napoleon.  Today, the family that has owned Etoges for over a century is delighted to continue the Chateau’s tradition of offering a royal welcome to honoured guests.
The village of Etoges, in past times an important posting-house, lies on the main road from Paris to Strasbourg. The tombs of the Lords of Etoges are to be found in the 12th century church, which was completed together with a fine Renaissance portal in the 15th and 16th centuries. As befits a village of winemakers and vineyards, the famous “Cote des Blancs” is close at hand.
History:  Pleasantly situated on the slope of a hill, surrounded by moats fed by natural springs, the Château of Etoges began as a stronghold built in the 12th and 13th centuries by Eustache de Conflans and his successors, hereditary Marechals of Champagne. In 1339, Marguerite de Conflans brought it as her dowry when she married Oger III d’Anglure, a knight in the suite of the Duke of Orléans. In 1572, Antoinette d’Anglure married Chretien de Savigny, Chamberlain of the Duke of Alençon, governor of Châlons and Lieutenant for the King in Champagne.
To their son Charles de Savigny also called d’Anglure was succeeded by their grandson Antoine, who hosted Louis XIII at Etoges in 1632, and was named Earl in 1652. Antoine d’Anglure had to have the Château rebuilt on its medieval foundations after 1661, when his wife Louise-Angélique de Braux inherited the earldom of Anglure from her brother.  He kept the moats and the design based around an inner courtyard, added a fourth tower, the one that is still standing. His grandson Charles Nicolas, who when he was four years old dined at the table of King Louis the 14th of Etoges, died without heirs. Sold at the insistence of creditors in 1718, the earldom of Etoges, with its 1 500 hectares of lands and woods, became the property of the Maréchal de Bouffler’s son. It is thought that the main entrance was moved at this period: after the old drawbridge collapsed under the weight of Queen Marie-Leszczynska’s carriage in 1725.

The Duke of Bouffler had the courtyard opened on its south side and built the elegant bridge that still stands, with its stone balustrades and four arches. Seized again in 1758, the property was purchased two years later by Clement de Feuillet, counsellor to the Parliament of Paris. In 1782, Claude – Christophe Lorimier de Chamilly, the first valet to King Louis XVI, become the new owner, but paid for his loyalty on the guillotine. Sold again in 1792, the castle was the property of seven different owners in ten years before finally being purchased by François de Gueheneuc, father in law of the Marechal Lannes, one of Napoleon I’s, best military commanders.
Amazingly, the apartments had remained intact, and when the Prussian General Blücher occupied Etoges in 1814, a portrait of Louis XVI, moved the general to spare the Château.  After the death in 1874 of Baronness Kirgener de Planta, née Guéheneuc, the Château was in desperate need of repair and its furnishings were unfortunately dispersed.
Its next purchaser would adapt the Château to his own needs by not restoring its towers or wings, most notably the right wing, which has totally disappeared. Renovated in 1991 by the family Fillette-Neuville which has occupied it for over a century, the Château d’Etoges maintains its reputation as an ideal site for a stopover or a fete.
In middle of a large park, in border of the small typical village of Etoges, we are situated: at 22 km to the south of Epernay; at 45 km to the south of Reims; at 120 km to the east of Paris; at 3 hours from Brussels; at 3 hours from Calais
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B18.  Château de Montbrault
35133 FLEURIGNE, France
Attn: M. Erwann et Yannick Leray-Dores
02.99.18.81.95
Email : infos @ chateau-de-montbrault.com
http://www.chateau-de-montbrault.com/ 

Located 5 km from Fougères Castle, Château de Montbrault is a 14th-century chateau set within a 10-hectare park with plants, natural ponds and statues. It offers classically decorated guest rooms with countryside views and an outdoor swimming pool.

All of the rooms at Château de Montbrault have antique furniture, wooden floors and four-poster beds and are unique and comfortable. Each room features a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a welcome tray and a seating area. The private bathroom is fitted with a shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Breakfast is included and served each morning in the dining room. Restaurants and shops can be found 5 km from the chateau.
Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout at Château de Montbrault. Free private parking is also possible on site and Rennes is 45 km from the property.
The town of Fougères is a lovely place to spend a morning or afternoon enroute to or from the Loire Valley or on way to Normandy and Brittany.  There is however, so much to see in this area, spending more than one night is worthy.

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From their Website: HISTORY OF THE CASTLE OF MONTBRAULT
Originally, in the 14th century, the first castle Montbrault (meaning Mont des Bruyeres) was fortified, he had a walled enclosure, towers, moats, a drawbridge and a chapel.
He also had a right to high justice. This meant that the Lord owns Montbrault could make the death penalty.

The castle was destroyed and burned in 1589 by the Chevalier Mercoeur and his troops. The same was Mercoeur League leader and Governor of Britain. Archives have left the names of the former owners, and we therefore know that Montbrault Castle was owned by the family in 1411 Husson. It passed by marriage to Du Hallay in 1420. It was sold legally in the family De Langan, Lords Wood in February 1620.

The land was given to Lord Caesar Langan by King Louis XIII for services rendered to the kingdom, to the point of the sword. At his death, Caesar Langan was buried in the chapel.

In 1789, during the French Revolution, the De Langan were still the owners.

The construction of the present castle began in 1903 and ended in 1906. The chapel was built on it in 1908. The complex was built by Le Bouteiller family, descendants of De Langan. The architect was Henry Mellet, famous in the area for the construction of many churches, and a few castles such as the Eclosel in Nouvoitou. The stone was used in the reconstruction is that of the former castle of the 14th century. Under the porch, we find a 16th century stone bearing the arms of Du Hallay and De Coëtquen.

The castle, built on a square plan, has three towers side by side at the junction of two buildings, two rectangular and one semi-circular. The berries are high in the front and rectangular, while the pass windows are smaller, and topped by a semicircular pediment. The chapel reuses including arched door and window brace the first castle.

The castle is under the protection of St. Anne. A magnificent granite statue, located 3 meters high, placed in a niche is present in the front entrance of the castle. It is the work of the son of the builder, and from the early twentieth century. A copy of this statue is also present in the chapel. Built in the spirit of 17th and 18th century neo regionalist Castle Montbrault wants light. To do manufacturers have placed windows face each other, which passes a crossing light from one side of the monument.

Composed of twenty pieces, Castle Montbrault offers approximately 500 m2 area. The living rooms are on three levels, which must be added the cellar, which was formerly used for domestic, present number of seven in 1906, and an attic. The cellar also housed the castle kitchen. Parts distribution is organized around the central staircase. This impressive by nature is made Hungarian oak and grows up to the attic.
The extensive that we offer for the site, allows us to see the campaign Vitre 20 kilometers.

Today the property consists Montbrault Castle, its chapel and 10 acres of meadow and forest. The chapel is still consecrated and is ready to resume service. The altar stone is always embedded in the altar. It was blessed by Pope Benedict XV in 1915, as evidenced by the Papal Bull present in the archives of the Castle is still present in the building.

Sent in early 2012 to new owners, the castle knows full recovery in respect of old materials. A few years before his death, the former owner, Countess Christiane Le Bouteiller, wanted "long life to his castle in good hands loving and respectful."



 

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