vast estate of 1750 acres in the Limousin is home to Château du
a residence with its origins in the thirteenth century when it served
the noble dwelling of Demoiselle Quitterie du Fraisse who became the
of Urbain des Monstiers in 1220. Eight centuries later,
du Fraisse is still in the family, and Comte and Comtesse des Monstiers
Mérinville are eager to welcome you to their historic home.
Little is left of the original château after having been set afire in 1356 by the army of Prince Edward of Wales (the Black Prince). It was subsequently rebuilt in the fifteenth century by Jacques des Monstiers following the Hundred Years War, forming what today is considered the "vieux château". The central part of the present structure is Italian Renaissance, the result of reconstruction by Jean des Monstiers, the Bishop of Bayonne, who also had a notable diplomatic career. The architect for this portion of the château was Italian Sebastian Serlio. You will no doubt be impressed by the main entrance door with its four Ionic columns and inlaid marble, as well as Serlio's incredible fireplace found in the first floor living room -- the lower part of which is a naïve fresco depicting life at Le Fraisse in the sixteenth century.
The owners conduct tours of the estate for groups, but those who enjoy this wonderful château the most are the guests who stay in one of the delightful rooms! As you can see from the photo above, a grand driveway brings you to the château's very appealing and welcoming entry. Once you are inside, you will find that this warmth and appeal is not diminished. Instead, you will discover the interior is sensitively and tastefully appointed with magnificent antique furnishings, exquisite art work and restful colors. Your room will be a place of comfort and solitude after you have been out during the day touring the region of the Haut-Vienne.
Guests will enjoy wandering the grounds. Among the interesting features is a spring that comes up to form a small canal and then travels away from the château as a small stream. The château owners now have a completely organic vegetable garden and a small but growing herd of cattle designated organic as well.
Time on the property can be spent on the tennis courts or enjoying a challenging game of French billards in the billiard room. The château's proprietors specialize in weddings. The completely renovated hall has a bandstand, dance floor and ample room for a sit down dinner reception for 300 people. A garden cocktail reception can also be held on the lawns of this beautiful château. Whatever you chose to do, you will agree that Château du Fraisse provides a rewarding journey back into history while it serves today's guests in twenty-first century comfort. We can personally assure you that both Comte and Comtesse des Monstiers Mérinville will captivate you with their friendliness, warmth and charm as they do everything possible to make your stay just perfect!
4 doubles, 1 twin, each with private bath.
Price: Chambre Rouge € 90; Chambre Jaune € 100; Chambre Bleue (twin) € 100; Chambre Saumon € 100; Chambre Rose (twin beds) € 75; all for 2 persons.
Suites: Chambre Rose sharing with Chambre Jaune (double bed) for 4 people € 150 (one bathroom for two bedrooms); . Chambre Saumon (double) with Chambre Verte (communicating single) for 3 people € 135 ( sharing a bathroom). € 30 for extra bed in double room (3 persons).
Breakfast: included in room rates.
Weddings: A magnificent hall is available for up to 300 guests. There is a small chapel for a marriage at the château. Prices are available on request and depend on the number of people in attendance, the number of guest rooms required, catering, and other amenities. Please inquire by email above.
Dinner: not offered on premises, but good restaurants are located in Mortemart, 5-6 kms away.
year except between December 15 and January 15.
From Paris: A10 south to Poitiers, followed by the N147 from Poitiers to just before Bellac, then right onto the D951 direction Mézieres. In Mézieres take the D4 direction Nouic, proceed only 2.5 kilometers and look for signs -- Château du Fraisse will be on the right.
Limoges 40 kilometers; Poitiers 80 kilometers.
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Weddings at the Château