NUMBER OF ROOMS: 10 bedrooms and 1 Datcha cabin
ANNUAL CLOSURE: From December 15th to March 15th
THE STORY: Deep within a lush 10-hectare estate on the edge of the Sarthois Perche province, you’ll find Château de Saint-Paterne: an immense 15th-century old-stone-clad building which has been governed by Charles-Henry de Ségolène de Valbray since 1989. Adorned with tapestries and an impressive staircase, the vast residence includes 11 bedrooms. Depending on which one you choose, they will either take you on a trip back in time to the reign of Henri the Great, have a 19th-century ambiance or host a more contemporary feel. We are particularly fond of the Orangerie bedroom, which feels straight out of the 17th-century, with its high ceilings and towering windows. The most adventurous among you might opt for the Datcha bedroom: a Robinson Crusoe style cabin tucked away on the grounds, with a private Nordic bath and sauna…. The cherry on top of this castle? Over 100 candles are lit every night in the dining room for supper, prepared by the head of the household, depending on what’s fresh from the vegetable garden, and served with the family’s personal silverware collection. It’s a moment unlike any other. Double rooms starting at €150 a night.
TOILETRIES: Organic Casanera Corsican myrtle and orange products, and artisan soaps made in the South of France.
BREAKFAST: €15, with coffee or tea, artisanal bread and viennoiseries, organic and local orange and apple juices, homemade yogurts and compotes, walnut cake, jams, granola, cereals, cheeses, charcuterie…
LITTLE LUXURY: Splash around in the pool which is heated from early May through late September.