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Fairy-Tale 15th-18th C. Loire Chateau

Bedrooms 8
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Château de Launay is a Beautiful and Relaxing Familial Home

Launay Castle in France comfortably sleeps 14+2 people in the château and 2 in the guest house. Enjoy the large heated swimming pool, explore the many castles of the Loire Valley and return to the castle each night.

The Chateau is in exquisite condition and is decorated with a combination of contemporary and period style furnishings. Each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom.

The Loire Valley & Le Mans

The chateau is situated on 36 acres of secluded property in Sarthe and is adjacent to Lombron, a charming village of 2,000 inhabitants, near Le Mans France in the Loire Region - la Région des Pays de la Loire.

Read more about the Loire Valley Region which you can easily visit when staying at Launay Castle.

The Castle Grounds and Gardens

The property includes beautiful tree-lined paths, an orchard and a one and a half-acre pond.

The château is surrounded by a picturesque moat.

Romantic History: The Château de Launay is also the home of a romantic story that involved the Seigneur de Luce, Charles de Coesmes and Gabrielle d'Harcourt. Their marriage in 1523 was initially disapproved by François 1er following the abduction of Gabrielle by Charles de Coesmes, who was aided by Pierre de Bernay, Seigneur de Launay.

The couple took refuge at Château de Launay and subsequent events are known in great detail including quotes from the angry mother trying to fetch her daughter at night.

But by 1527, because of services rendered by the seigneur and some say because of Gabrielle's remarkable beauty, the couple often joined the court of François 1er at Amboise and Chambord.

Later the chatellenie de Luce was changed into a barony.

Château de Launay is located in the Pays de la Loire region, within easy walking distance to the quaint village of Lombron, which has its own bakery, butcher, café-restaurant and pharmacy.

Château de Launay is ideally located for innumerable interesting day excursions.

-You will be able to explore the many castles of the Loire Valley and return to the castle each night.

-Saumur, Vouvray, Jasnieres and Côteaux du Loir are some of the region's wine specialties that can be tasted at many of the area's wine cellars.

-Paris is a 2-hour drive by car or just 55 minutes on the TGV (high-speed train) from Le Mans.

-Brittany and Normandy are both within easy reach of the castle.

The Château de Launay is a short 20-minute drive from Le Mans.

For the automobile enthusiasts, a stay at the Château de Launay around the second weekend of June each year is a must to witness the 24 hours of Le Mans, the world's most celebrated motoring event.

The old town of Le Mans and its beautiful medieval historic quarter is one of the preferred medieval and renaissance locations.

It is also one of the most filmed in many French movies, including Cyrano de Bergerac which shows the old town extensively.

Horseback riding for all levels of competency, including youngsters, is available within 2 kilometers at the outskirt of the village and some of the riding trails border the property of the chateau.

More Details

Marie-Laure McKee
Member since: 2003
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Lombron in Sarthe

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 09:30
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Dialup Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 18 people
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bedroom 5 has a separate toilet, but private, outside of the bedroom.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Air conditioned bedroom
  • Bedroom 8 is in separate lodging (petite maison) and is a little rustic. Perfect for staff or a younger couple. Please request it if needed.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 10 bicycles
  • 18 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
A stone bridge crosses the moat which encircles an old stable, a pigeonnier and a square tower. Pastoral views of the moat and pond can be enjoyed from the very large tiled terrace. The narrow peninsula between the moat and the pond is an especially pleasant place to relax. The pond teems with fish and hosts an interesting variety of waterfowl. The grounds also include well-manicured paths bordered by fragrant linden trees and an orchard composed of several kinds of fruit trees. Beautiful landscaping surrounds the swimming pool. Trails on the property traverse grazing fields and wooded areas and join other well-marked lanes and trails in the surrounding countryside. A professional gardener maintains the property. Castle History: The Château de Launay is an historic 15th and 18th century castle, which has been thoroughly restored. Its renaissance architecture is typical of many châteaux of the Loire region. It is also know as the Château de la Grande Maison


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(19 traveller reviews)

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Fairy-Tale 15th-18th C. Loire Chateau
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Beautiful Chateau in a lovely quiet setting

  • 5 of 5

From the moment you go down the long sweeping tree lined drive and turn the corner past the pond and moat on the left you are left awe inspired by the property and the grounds. I have stayed in the summer and the autumn and its definitely a place you can stay in all seasons. The housekeeper, Annette, provides fantastic breakfasts and arranges and looks after everything in an efficient low key way that really suited our stay. Our three families children aged 2-15 loved it equally as much as the adults, they really liked watching films in the "snug" every evening whilst the adults sat around the vast open fire one of the two grand lounges eating too much cheese and drinking too much wine. The grounds are large and well looked after and the bedrooms are all clean and have great facilities. The small town of Lombron is easy to get to and very friendly with all your basic needs. There is also a supermarket nearby and I would also recommend a trip to the nearby Go Kart track, Charlotte there really looked after us and we have a big inter family race. All in all this place is hard to beat and I would recommend it to anyone. Gavin Hawkes, UK

  • Review Submitted: 18-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely Stunning in Every Way!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful chateau was the site for a surprise 60th birthday party for my husband. For nineteen months Marie-Laure, fourteen adult friends and family, Jack Pilfert (the chef), and I coordinated in secret for the dream of a lifetime. The surprise was priceless, but the chateau with all of its beautiful furnishings, scenery, and of course Annette, made it an event that will never be forgotten. We all have plans on returning to Chateau du Lunay at sometime in the future. The memory was priceless, and it could not have been achieved without such a spectacular backdrop as the absolutely stunning Chateau.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly magical - beautiful castle, exceptional service and everything you need is there.

  • 5 of 5

A 'real life' castle complete with moat and swan. Decorations are truly to period yet very comfortable. Property is beautiful, private and the swan who loves her bread a real highlight. The housekeeper Annette is very sweet and helpful and provides beautiful breakfasts every morning. We were only 8 which was a nice number, however the Castle is very roomy for large groups as well. I highly recommend this for a beautiful holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Do not hesitate to book your next holiday in this chateau. It really is superb in every way, from the spacious bedrooms and newly renovated bathrooms to the splendid 'grand salon'. Annette served us an excellent continental breakfast every day and was both helpful and efficient throughout our stay. If you really want to finish with a flourish, call in M. Barbotin , a 5 star chef from Le Mans, to cater for your final dinner. Our large family usually get together in a different location every two years but there is only one place we are going to next time - the 'Chateau du Launay'.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lifetime memories

  • 5 of 5

The Fairy Tale Castle met all our expectations and then some! We were a family, ages 1 to 76, and the Castle was perfect for all of us. The children as well as the adults loved the pool and all of us have special memories of our time on the alfresco-- just like a scene right from the movies. We had two meals prepared and delivered by a local couple, Nadine and Jack, which were absolutely wonderful, high quality, and more than generous in portions. Annette, the housekeeper, took very good care of us, even when some of us could not speak French (sign language always works). All of us would highly recommend the castle, the owner, and her help while planning your trip and working with HomeAway. Our family was able to build lasting memories and celebrate the life of husband, father, and grandfather. Thank you.

Donna Ptak and family

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent chill In Faubert country!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent chill in a comfortable chateau where history seeps from the walls and local village is timeless. After the hustle and bustle of London, a country life called for late mornings, long walks and feeding ducks and swans. Wonderful staff, too. See you soon.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Le Mans
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The Pays de la Loire is the perfect place to escape to whether you're looking for adventure, a journey back in time or a relaxing respite. Waterways offer the tranquility of excursions allowing stops where and when you choose. Nearby river cruises also offer lunch or dinner cruises. Rolling green hills and woods are full of opportunities for horseback riding, biking or gentle strolls. Echoes of history abound in the castles, abbeys and churches, and in the bustling market towns which continue ancient traditions. The beautiful and historic châteaux of the Loire Valley such as Amboise, Chenonceaux, Blois, Chambord, Angers, Villandry and Tours are all conveniently nearby. A visit to the world renowned 11th century Solesmes Abbey, where monks still sing Gregorian chant, will transport you back centuries. Vineyards offer another taste of true French heritage.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Damage Deposit £1,116.45

Initial 25% deposit is non-refundable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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