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Château du Grand-Lucé
72150 Grand-Lucé
Jean-Paul Michel, General Manager
Email: inquiry@au-chateau.com
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Languages:  English 
Credit cards are welcome. 

Département: Sarthe (72)
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Château du Grand-Lucé



 
  Sumptuous and elegant are the two best words to describe the magnificent Château du Grand-Lucé.  Once owned by the French government, the château now has an American owner who recently completed a seven million euro restoration of the château and its impressive gardens.  This is a most luxurious château, called one of the "most precious elements of architecture of the French Enlightenment" by the Architect of French Monuments. 

Duke Jacques Pineau de Viennay had the château constructed in 1760 on the grounds of a tenth-century castle based solely on written instructions, as he was living in Strasbourg at the time.  Those plans are housed in the National Archives in Paris.  During its early days, the château welcomed Voltaire, Diderot and other luminaries of the Enlightenment.  The owner's influence was able to prevent damage to the château during the French Revolution as were subsequent owners during two World Wars, sparing it the destruction suffered by so many historic buildings.  Visitors will appreciate the fine paneled rooms, parquet floors and the salon painted by the 18th century master, Jean-Baptiste Pillement.  Today, the entire estate is listed as a French National Landmark.

Set on 74 acres (30 hectares) of exquisite gardens, meadows, woodland and a lake, guests will have ample opportunity for outdoor experiences.  Follow the trails through the woods, visit with the swans and geese at the lake, swim in the heated pool or just sit poolside to relax.  An added benefit is that the château borders a small town where guests can enjoy authentic French village life at one of three cafés, or they can visit one of the bakeries, stop in at the newsstand, or pay a visit to the historic 12th century church.   As those who have visited this region of France know, the Sarthe is an incredibly interesting, peaceful and beautiful place.

The château interiors are exceptional.  Adorned with museum quality art and fine antiques, and appointed by interior designer, Timothy Corrigan, who is also the owner of the château, each room will take your breath away!  Mr Corrigan has designed major residences for European and Middle Eastern royalty, as well as celebrities in the entertainment industry ~ and this château is no less grand or elegant than those.  Architectural Digest featured the château, and it and In Style magazine have both commended Mr Corrigan as 'today's tastemaker' for his ability to create exceptional comfort and livability in residences of great style and elegance.

Eleven spacious and beautiful guest rooms, all with their own en suite bathrooms, await guests at the château.  Several inviting salons, a dining room, fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher,  pantry, library / TV room, and two powder rooms are on the ground floor.  An elevator takes guests from the garden level to the ground floor and then to the first floor, as do two staircases, where most of the bedrooms are located.  Another  staircase continues to the second floor, where there are additional bedrooms, for a total of fourteen in the château.  All ground floor rooms have fireplaces.  For the convenience of guests, there are three washing machines and three clothes dryers.

Recent renovations include the Theatre on the property which can now be used for conferences, concerts and weddings, and the Chapel in the château has been completely restored.  An additional informal salon and a gym have been added.  This is a château for all occasions!

If you have a group of friends or family looking for the perfect vacation getaway ~ to a place that offers sublime luxury and classical French style ~ or if you are looking for the ideal location for a very special event such as a wedding or anniversary celebration, Château du Grand-Lucé has it all!  This stunning property awaits you and your loved ones in the easy-to-reach Sarthe département of the Pays de la Loire.

 

Bedrooms:    14 bedrooms, all en suite.  There are 14 full bathrooms and two half bathrooms in the château.
Price by the Week:   €29,500 per week - VAT included   Maximum capacity: 28 persons.
Daily rate (rental only w/o food, optional activities) is €280 per room .  Minimum 4-night stay.  Low season, October to April, has an extra cost for heating the château.  For each rental a written contract is provided and signed by the owners and the guest renting the château.  Possibility of a 15th room; please inquire.
Full Continental Breakfast:  €15 per person
Stays begin any day of the week after from 3:00 to 8:00 PM and end same day of the next week by 10 AM.
Deposit: 50% when making reservation. 100% of the deposit is refunded if the reservation is canceled up to 6 months of the start date; 50% of the deposit is refunded if the reservation is canceled up to 3 months of the start date; after that, no refunds given.  Final balance of 50% is due two weeks or more prior to start date.
Weddings: 2-night 3-day stay is €16,775 including VAT.  Inquire for 4, 5, 6 or 7 days.  Please inquire as to what is and is not included in this price.
Photo Shoots: €3500 day for château, orangerie, stables / €1800 per day in park.  Please inquire for half day shoots, extra hours, etc.
Conferences and Meetings:  from 10 to 150 can be hosted for meetings.  Please inquire for prices and facilities offered.
Security deposit of € 12,000 required one month prior to start date.  Refund of security deposit will be 10 days after guests depart deducting any charges for damages, loss, etc. All payments can be made by certified check or credit card.
Laundry service available at €29 per hour.. 
Meals: Arrangements can be made to have a chef for breakfasts / lunch / dinners at €400 general rate per day plus food. 
Cost negotiable based upon the number of guests and the number of meals.  Wait staff price €18 per hour per wait staff.  Catered meals can also be arranged ~ prices will include food, chef, service, table décor, cleaning).  Please inquire.
Chauffeur service from,CDG airport, Paris, and from Le Mans rail station, as well as to Le Mans racing circuit, châteaux of the Loire, etc.  Please inquire in advance. Babysitting: €17 per hour
Manager is available to answer questions, but he does not do shopping or run errands for guests. 
For stocking the refrigerator with food/beverages prior to group arrival, an accurate list must be provided 4 weeks prior to start date along with a prepaid deposit for the shopping.
No Telephones.
Television, High-Speed InternetWi-Fi, Stereo/CD player and iPod dock
available. 

Entire château is non-smoking.  No large dogs.  Please discuss bringing pets with owners prior to booking.

Open all year.
On site:  Central heating, elevator, heated swimming pool (only open June to late September), bicycles delivered and 3 mountain bikes available, parking for 20 cars at rear of château, formal gardens, fountains, terraces and outdoor furniture and barbecue. 

Also available by prior arrangement:    
DJ Evening with laser show, Hot Air Balloon rides from château grounds, Helicopter flights taking off from château park, horseback riding from château park, Classical string quartet, Jazz band (8 musicians + female singer0, Cabaret Show in château theatre, Wine Tastings, and Fireworks.  All must be booked in advance.

  Directions:

From Paris by TGV from Gare Montparnasse to Le Mans, less than one hour.

From Le Mans Railway (Gare Sud) by auto:  from the railway station on rue de Pied Sec, turn right to bd. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, turn left and proceed to the large roundabout until you can exit onto the D304 (avenue du Dr Jean Mac) direction Le Grand-Lucé.  The château is on the edge of the village of Le Grand-Lucé.  About 27 kilometers from Le Mans.

Airports:   Paris Charles de Gaulle InternationalTours Loire Valley Airport

Railway Station:  Le Mans (Gare Sud)

Car Rental Le Mans Railway (click here)
FranceMichelin Map to Château
Vicinity:  Tennis (5 minute walk away), golf nearby, horseback riding (10 kms), vineyards and wine tastings (15 kms), indoor swimming pool in village of Grand-Lucé.  Convenient to many of the grand and historic châteaux of the Loire, Le Mans for (auto racing, the Musée de l'Automobile, and Cathédrale St-Julien), Chartres (magnificent cathedral and several often-ignored great churches), Vendôme and the River Loir, the historic city of Tours.

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Luxurious Bedroom Aerial View of Estate Elegant Bedroom The Château and Lake Salon and Dining Room
Refined Guest Room Aerial View of Estate Luxurious Guest Room The Château and Lake Salons and Dining Rooms