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Département: Sarthe (72)
Valley of the Sarthe is enchanting. Village after village along
meandering and gentle River Sarthe will surprise you with its charm,
and tranquility. At the heart of this valley you will find the
Château de Vaulogé on the banks of the tiny River
a château with a long and interesting history brought into the
century to welcome you as its guest. You will find your hosts
exceedingly charming and friendly. Ask about special offers when
making your reservation as well as cooking lessons with chef Jean-Marie
In 1398, Jean III married Marguerite de Champagné, Dame de Fercé, and began construction of Château de Vaulogé at the beginning of the 15th century. The manoir exists to this day. Between 1601 and 1622 crenelated walls were erected for its defense. The château was transformed in the 18th century when René-Charles-Joseph de Vahais came into possession of Vaulogé. It was 1736, and he decided upon a number of modifications including replacing the dormer windows with those in the style of the mid-18th century and demolishing the small tower and the walls around the château and chapel. He constructed the long avenue, bordered by oaks and other trees, between Fercé and the town of Noyen-sur-Sarthe.
In April of 1831, owner Henri-Jean-Baptiste de Picot, decided to close the parterre between the old castle and the chapel and make it a courtyard entrance. He engaged the services of Manceau Delarue, the architect of the diocese who had restored the cathedral St-Julien in Le Mans and other renown structures, and the construction of a néogothic wing began. Together with the fifteenth century manor house, the château was now one rectangular form -- Delarue wanted to combine the neo-medieval with the modernism of his day -- maintaining correct proportions, standing as a testimony to 19th century troubadour style.
Be sure to visit the 15th century mill reconstructed four centuries later and two ancient chapels. One, la Chapelle de St-Henry, was built in the 16th century on the edge of the moat, restored in the 19th century, and consecrated in 1832 for the celebration of marriages, baptisms and masses. Inside the altar is a pieta damaged during the Revolution and a bell dated 1580, both recently discovered. The smaller chapel from the 17th century, la Chapelle de St-Roch, sits at the edge of the Fercé-Noyen road on the path leading to the castle, and it was the object of pilgrimages until in the 19th century as Saint Roch was invoked against pestilence, epidemics, cholera, contagions, and certain fevers. From the year 1462, the Lord of Vaulogé had the authority to mete out justice, so you will also find a former prison on the grounds, constructed of stone, two-stories high with its original pyramid shaped slate roof.
There is a distinctiveness about guest rooms at Château de Vaulogé. They are spacious and thoughtfully appointed, each with en suite bathrooms, and the location of several rooms in round towers makes them unique because of their curved walls. Château de Vaulogé has been owned by two families over the centuries, each with their own dreams for the château. Its architectural evolution has made it what it is today -- a welcoming and captivating sanctuary in one of the most appealing départements of France.
* * * Book this lovely château by contacting au Château and mention 'Vaulogé' in the subject line. * * *
1double, Iris, with an en suite bathroom.
Suites: 4 - Bohème, Grand Tour, Casanova and Byron
Price: Suites & Jr Suites € 260, Double Room € 230. Extra bed in any room € 70. Extra child's bed is € 40.
Breakfast: included in room rate
*** See the special offers including garden tours, cooking classes and more on our Special Offers page. ***
Dinner: offered with advance reservation at € 70 per person, coffee and wine included. Choose from French or Italian cuisine.
Guests have their own entrance and use of a dining room, grand salon, library.
Travel Packages offered: Italian or French cooking. Prices upon request.
Seminars, receptions and weddings hosted. Please inquire for details and cost.
Non-smoking rooms are available.
No animals, please.
from April 1 to January 1st.
From Paris, 230 km to the château via A10 / A11 autoroute direction Le Mans. Stay on autoroute just past Le Mans and exit at "Le Mans Sud" onto the N 226. In 3.5 kilometers take the D309 in the direction of Louplande and Fercé-sur-Sarthe. About 2 kilometers past the village of Fercé-sur-Sarthe the château is on the right.
Airport: at Tours
Train: Railway Station at Le Mans (55 minutes from Paris Gare Montparnasse and 1 1/2 hours from Charles de Gaulle airport)
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