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A 500yr old chateau with fairy-tale turrets in the heart of gastronomic Normandy, now a family friendly boutique hotel

Once rumoured to be the place of Henry VI’s romantic romps and liaisons, Charles-Henry de Valbray and his wife, the irrepressibly bubbly Ségolène, have lovingly restored Château Saint-Paterne. Staying here is like being in a large family home, complete with worn faded carpets, original exposed beams and creaking wooden floorboards. It is welcoming and comforting, quaintly old fashioned, supremely enchanting and yet a stay here comes with all the modern bits and pieces that you might need.

During winter, fires crackle in the open fireplace in the drawing room, in summer splash in the huge heated pool or explore the emerald green gardens and little wooded copses. After an apéritif, dine by candlelight and feast on a dinner prepared by the brilliant self-taught Charles-Henry using fresh vegetables and herbs from the kitchen garden.

Fantastically child friendly, baby monitors can be provided to parents, the gardens are home to a trampoline, badminton, croquet, ping-pong and plenty of space. And with the delights of Normandy to explore with its idyllic villages, beaches and rolling hills, a stay here may not be long enough…

This is the place to...
  • Rummage for antiques in the old streets of Alençon
  • Visit the beautiful surrounding villages of Alpes Mancelles and Saint Ceneri le Gerel
  • Head to Camembert and try some gooey cheese
  • Visit Le Haras du Pin, the national stud farm known as “Versailles for horses” set in a 2500 acre park

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