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
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!
An amazing place: a moderate 'chateau' on a huge property with easy access from highway and to Le Mans, ... and yet totally quiet. 14 very large guest rooms in a new brand new side building to the chateau, all representing different, royal eras in french history. Amazing attention to detail and period correctness! No expenses saved!
Very friendly, family run operation. Very discrete, very considerate. Wonderful walks. Excellent breakfast. A place to return to!
Warm welcome and excellent services with truly personal & dedicated attentions in a beautiful environment. This was really missing and is unique in the region. We will come back next year for Le Mans Classic. The owners mansion is simply fantastic.
This hotel is just a perfect place to be out of everything and in a different world. The rooms are all different and in the style of different historical times, with antique furniture, but at the same time everything very clean and modern. There is plenty of space in the rooms, beautiful bathrooms and a huge property to go for a walk around the castle. The castle is very easy to find and close to the highway and close to Le Mans an interesting town where you can find restaurants and all you might need. It is good to take a few days to really enjoy all this place has to offer. The hosts are very friendly and helpful. The breakfast is excellent.
The hotel is definitely at the top level. I really like its interesting history, big territory, design and different comfortable features. Perhaps I haven't stayed in such cozy room for a long time! It's light, quiet, comfortable! A sleep in this room is really ideal!
I strongly recommend this hotel!