Domaine de Villeray
What We Love
- 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
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.
How to Get There
It is a gorgeous place in the Perche but the rooms at the Moulin are “tired” and just not confortable at all ( old mattress, old curtains, very old towels bit like a one star hôtel really). At dinner the place is nice, very good service, food is fine they are catering for a lot of people in the summer but they are very efficient.
This was the first stop-off on our road trip to the South of France. TBH, given the recent political status relating to our relationship with Europe, I was slightly nervous about how the English are currently perceived across the channel and how this would affect our stay. However, all my worries evaporated when we arrived at Domaine de Villeray. We were warmly greeted by (I think) the owner and helped with our bags to our Suite. The room, albeit a little dark, was tastefully decorated in a rustic style. Everything was clean and well made up. The evening meal was atypical French cuisine - delicious food and some lovely wines. The waiting staff made time to listen to our children's (2 & 4) language endeavours and, although it is not a child-focussed establishment, all the hotel staff were very friendly and accommodating. We only stayed for one night but I would have happily remained for longer. A beautiful location, happy/friendly staff, welcoming setup, great pool, fantastic breakfast, etc, etc..
Spent 4 days at Dom. De Villeray. Exquisite place to say, unpretentious, very friendly, quiet, for those like us who like authenticity. Dinners where the best food we had during our 2 weeks in France and the spa is gorgeous.
The best part for me - being French & in the hospitality/food industry - was that I never felt like in an hotel, but more like in a timeless private manor.
What else could I say!
you feel at home in that hotel. Decoration of room are very typical. One outdoor swiming pool and the in door swinning pool in the Spa so you can go here in any season. THe hotel was fully book and anyway you felt like if it was not the case as their are lot of different spaces - lounges, gardens, rooms are located in several places - castel, mill, separated house. For sure we will come again
How often have you gone to a place and been sort of disappointed or worse? When was the last time you arrive and think you have landed in heaven? Well this is that place - a heavenly spot. Elegant but relaxed... spacious rooms, beautiful views, go for long walks on the large estate, come back and snuggle by the fire and dine well. There was one guest I know who never left the sitting room as it was so beautiful and cozy. The restaurant is really excellent. I normally avoid hotel restaurants instead I had dinner there every night. It's not trying to be a 3 star Michelin - it's just thoughtfully prepared great French food at its best. I am foodie and I was never disappointed. It's great value which is wise because as a hotel guest you don't feel ripped off or the bill adding up so you choose that extra special wine (which they will happily keep for you for another time) or feel free to doe more spa treatments (I did one every day) . The staff are multinational, multilingual friendly, helpful and charming. As I am house hunting, one staff member even looked up a potential property for me... When did that happen last to you? The breakfast is good and the spa is really great. The treatments were surprisingly good. Two caveats: they need to realize the guests can hear you in the kitchen, and the Spa needs to supply the tea until closing - not run out. But honestly, this place is what you hope for - a beautiful but not pretentious place with history, comfortable rooms, places to go, places to relax and more. I'd have to say that even if you had not thought of staying in France, I would come here. Just to be far removed from the modern world, be cared for, indulge, and recharge but if you feel like fly fishing or horseback riding, they will arrange it. The only reason I hesitated writing this review is I may not get in... so it's from Elizabeth and her lab, Rosalind, who say thank you and hope to come back again. Just to put this in context, I have stayed in the best hotels in the world throughout Europe, the USA, the Pacific Rim, South East Asia and Asia and this was one of my best experiences - ever.