A romantic château in rural France, two hours from Paris, with breakfast and spa accessStocking up on local specialties, like goat cheese and black pudding, at the nearby farmer's market
Pampering yourself with apple-infused treatments at the spa
Savoring gourmet dishes at the château's exquisite restaurant
What To Know
The hotel is two buildings: an old Mill house and an 18th-century castle, all located in Le Perche regional park
Standard rooms have views of the garden
Free WiFi is hit or miss
A stunning 16th-century château, boasting a spa and gourmet dining, with breakfast and a dinner option
When it comes to romantic château stays, Domaine de Villeray, a 16th-century castle just two hours from Paris, ticks all the boxes. Overlooking Huisne Valley, in France’s northwest, the château is located in the heart of Le Perche Regional Nature Park, a protected area full of scenic splendor, picturesque villages and charming local markets, where you can stock up on all sorts of wonderful gourmet delights.
While the exterior of this ancestral estate instantly impresses, the interiors arejust as appealing, with lovely lounges for snuggling up by the fireplace, individually designed rooms featuring rich boutique-style décor and a game-changing gourmet restaurant that serves exquisite regional dishes paired with fine French wines.
Spend your days sipping cocktails on the shaded terrace, lazing by the outdoor pool (when the weather allows) or exploring the area on bicycle or horseback. And if you still need help relaxing, you'll find a sumptuous spa on the property, with a hydromassage indoor pool, a sauna, a steam room, a relaxation area and multipletreatment rooms.
The uniquely styled Superior rooms impress with rich boutique-style décor, chic furnishings, lavish fabrics and ample creature comforts. The rooms are located in the mill or the main building and each feature a bathroom with a tub, a queen-sized bed and large windows that provide views of the stunning grounds.
Dining is a real treat at the signature restaurant, a grandiose space dominated by a huge mill that opens daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Elegant cuisine is prepared with fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. You'll enjoy expertly crafted dishes, such as wild-mushroom ravioli and crunchy-apple-and-salted-butter-caramel mousse. Equally tempting is the wine selection – you'll have some 400 varieties of the finest French labels to choose from.
The elegant spa is a softly lit space that offers a hydromassage indoor pool, a sauna, a steam room, a relaxation area and multiple treatment rooms. The star ingredient in the products here is an organic variety of the Normandy apple – the humble fruit features heavily in all the massages, facials and spa rituals.
Overlooking Huisne Valley, in France’s northwest, the château is located in the heart of Le Perche Regional Nature Park – a protected area that makes a great base from which to explore Normandy and the Loire Valley. For nature lovers, this rural playground, two hours from Paris, offers plenty of diversions: explore the countryside on horseback, discover Le Perche’s dozen or so quaint villages, visit the Normandy beaches of Deauville and Cabourg and stock up on gourmet delights at the famous markets of Mortagne-au-Perche, Bellême, Nogent-le-Rotrou and Rémalard.