Domaine de la Groirie
What We Love
- A charming château in northwest France, with daily breakfast and a glass of wine on arrival Discovering that nearby Le Mans has more to offer than an annual car race
- Waking up to delicious buffet breakfasts piled high with home-made goodies
- Afternoon strolls in the estate’s immaculately maintained gardens and grounds
What To Know
- Ideally situated for day trips to Paris
- Nearby Alençon is great for fishing and hiking excursions
- Free WiFi is available
There’s no shortage of French finesse at this charming château in the northwest of France. And for car-crazy fans (and those who fancy watching a Porsche, Aston Martin or Ferrari whizz by), the location really doesn’t get any better; just 10 minutes from Le Mans – home of 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s oldest endurance race that’s been part of motor sport’s tapestry since 1923.
Built in the 15th century but transformed into a château some two-hundred years later, the exterior is as fairy-tale-like as it gets. There’s ravishing flower-filled gardens and grounds, an orangery used for wedding receptions, a lovely chapel with stained-glass windows dating back to the 19th century, and a dovecote that’s currently in the process of being renovated.
You’re spoiled further with 13 welcoming guest rooms, all of which have a different layout and décor theme (think grandiose furnishings, plush fabrics, and other quirky features). All feature flat-screen TVs with cable channels, tea and coffee facilities, good-size bathrooms with bathtubs or showers, and comfy double beds.
How to Get There
Very nice hotel. Lodgings are actually next door to the Chateau, in a contemporary decorated building. There is a nice breakfast area and small sculpture garden in front of the hotel. There's also a nice pool. Staff are excellent.
The hotel does not offer lunch or dinner, but they will provide a recommendation list. Le Mans town centre is 15 minutes drive . Nor is there a bar.
Rooms are well kept with new bathrooms.
Traveling often in Le Mans area, we have discovered recently this very nice hotel. The location is very convenient: just few minutes from highway exit, but still in the middle of a very nice countryside and next to a beautiful castle, you'll feel far from the noise and business of the City.
More than a hotel,staying at La Groirie is more like staying in a guest house. They are few rooms, each one with is very own tasteful decoration, nice bathrooms ans every comfort you would expect (comfy beds, amenities, ...).
The staff is very welcoming and trying his best to make you fell comfortable, with nice advice and attentions. The owner did provide himself a visit of the very beautiful castle whose first floor has been revamped recently. Kindness is a common quality from people in this area, but the staff of the Hotel is putting this reputation to a whole new dimension!
The breakfast (continental type) is perfect, with fresh and various food. We had some drinks in the courtyard of the hotel, enjoying the quietness and nice weather.
This "hotel" is a gem, which should absolutely be in your shortlist if you plan a visit in the Pays de Loire.
Others may think its a little picky only giving 4* as so much is excellent but it is the overall experience that is important for me. It is a short drive from the motorway so much easier than a trip into the dreadfully busy Le Mans and easy to find. Free parking almost adjoining the rooms. Wonderfully friendly and professional Manager and staff. Beautifully furnished rooms and bathrooms. Excellent breakfast.
Small but nonetheless important points are the lack of lounge areas, bar etc. no restaurant (and none in the local village), large windows that cannot be left open overnight whilst remaining secure coupled with the lack of air-conditioning, no water gratis (albeit this is a pet hate of mine) compounded with the opportunity to purchase one left in the room at 10 euro's. There was a fridge with a bar with a few drinks in but no costs indicated. Very meagre refreshment tray (do plastic stirrers really go with antique furniture and beautiful wall coverings?). No indication of telephone charges or even how to dial inter room or reception. No explanatory guide to the hotel and room services.
Readers may feel I am unreasonable but I frequently get all these in much more humble establishments so 4* it remains. Would I stay again, absolutely (if they will have me after reading this) and I will bring the extra's I need!