Castle | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 35
Château wedding, cultural course, family gathering or just a relaxing holiday, all are available at Château de Blavou, set in the Perche Natural Park in Normandy, near Mortagne au Perche. We have five luxurious ensuite bedrooms. Hire a room or the whole Château which is set in a 30 acre secluded park. You can also hire our Lodge and Gite which, including the Château can provide accommodation for a total of 35 people.
Although a major building has existed at Blavou since the 12th century, the current Château was originally built in the 15th. Century and later additions were constructed in the 19th. century
Paris and the Loire Valley are two hours away, Caen and Monet's garden at Giverny 90 minutes, Le Mans, Chartres, Fontainebleau and Versailles 50 minutes.
You can also have an evening meal in either our grand dining room or our 15th. century kitchen in the vaulted cellar of the Château.
From time to time we have musical or theatrical events in the grounds or our small theatre.
Complimentary Wi fi is available to guests.
|Size||Sleeps up to 35, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Bayeaux 90 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Paris Orly or Charles de Gaulle 150 km, Nearest railway: Condé sur Huisne 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Boat available|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 5 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (10), Cots (1), Dining seats for 50, Lounge seats for 16|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river|
The Normandy region
Think of Normandy and Apples and Calvados, the Battlefields and what comes to mind? Yes the coast and Honfleur, Caen and Arromanche and rightly so. But hidden away in Lower Normandy, 90 minutes from the coast is one of the prettiest and as yet still undiscovered parts of France, and it's real France. The area known as Le Perche is nearer to Paris than Calais, Caen or Rouen being only 2 hours drive and although many a Parisian has discovered the rolling hills and verdant pastures of Le Perche, it is still part of a conspiracy to keep it secret.
The grass and trees never seem to lose that intense green of early summer and combine the perfect French summer with cider, fantastic local cheeses and a mixed cultural background that provides interest throughout the year. As you leave Paris behind or the coast, fields of rapeseed, sunflowers, maize and bales of mowed hay litter the countryside around you, with wild deer, hawks, hedgehogs, and woodpeckers greeting you as you pass those classic French stone farmhouses with the most fabulous oak structures, you know that this is something special. The area has striven to maintain its beauty declaring itself a Natural Park and restricting the type of buildings that can be erected and carefully managing some of the largest forests in France.
Take the local town of Mortagne au Perche. In addition to its bustling French way of daily life, there is a wonderful Saturday market which stretches throughout the town, where you can buy fresh vegetables, goats cheese and yoghurt, local beef, pork or chicken straight from the farmers. The farmers will always sell bunches of lilies or dahlias freshly pulled from their gardens that morning, littered in buckets around their main produce. Many of those farmers have farmed the land for years and interestingly, those farms are now being managed by the sons and daughters who have returned to the area to take over from their parents. After wondering through the most beautiful stone archways and cobbled streets, buy some local boudin noir (Mortagne is the centre of French black pudding) and then there is time to sit in the Cafe du Theatre on the main Square for the locally prepared dish of the day. Top this off with other specialities of Mortagne, fresh baked baguette du Perche and local cider which makes the most thirst quenching drink on a summer day and yet warming in the winter, and your day has been made.
Mortagne au Perche
Le Perche is also host to some of the most beautiful villages in the area attracting artists, musicians and entertainers of all nationalities.
Reveillon is now one of the famous villages in the area. No bigger than its main square it's famous for its Jazz Cafe on a Friday to which locals, Parisians and ex pats of all nations arrive to eat Shirley's hearty fare and to hear Bob Tinker, her partner, join in with the group playing anything from Miles Davis to New Orleans Jazz; Ronnie Scotts in Le Perche! Even Shirley, a classically trained violinist from the Royal College of Music will bring out her violin after supper has been served and launches into a reel or two.
In the audience will be Masaki Iwana who lives on the edge of the village and is a world famous Butoh dancer running workshops for dancers from all over the world and directing films, or Reny Autrigaur, ex-Miles Davis keyboard player, or Olivier Savariau guitarist extraordinaire. The local Reveillons take it in the stride and even Francis and his wife will buy you a drink if you return the favour. They certainly enjoy the music, which can also be a local affair, Patrick Dufor, the local doctor playing keyboards whilst still helping his wife Mireille run their Art Gallery. After the Jazz bar you can visit Radwan's house where they have converted a barn into the most exquisite theatre and, during the summer a variety of magicians, circus performers and comedians perform followed by more food home cooked and all for 10 Euros and the chance to dance the night away after the show.
Down the road (past Chateau de Blavou ) is another medieval town, Belleme, where the whole town closes once a year for the most amazing brocantes selling antique French furniture, pictures and all sorts of memorabilia at prices that can be haggled over even though they are still pretty cheap to start with. Walk up the cobbled Rue to the old town and there you will find flower shops and antique shops which sell exquisite dressing gowns and modern sculptures. At night, Gabrielle, the owner lights hundreds of candles on the ramparts whilst across the road is Marie's shop where you can buy locally made clothes and jewellery and then refresh yourself in the salon du the.
The area is also developing a gourmet taste for restaurants using the finest local produce and selling cheeses made by Benoit who's Cows eat hay from Chateau de Blavou. It is a hard cheese but creamy and tangy with a hard rind that can be eaten. Laurent of the Croix d'Or in Le Pin la Garenne cooks and his impeccable wife Karinne, serves with elegance making you feel as if you are old friends and all for a menu starting at 10 Euros. In Mortagne, Freddy Pommier will cook an exquisite meal as good as any Michelin star chef and a fraction of the price.