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Fairy-Tale 15th-18th C. Loire Chateau

Bedrooms 8
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Château de Launay is a Beautiful and Relaxing Familial Home

Launay Castle in France comfortably sleeps 14+2 people in the château and 2 in the guest house. Enjoy the large heated swimming pool, explore the many castles of the Loire Valley and return to the castle each night.

The Chateau is in exquisite condition and is decorated with a combination of contemporary and period style furnishings. Each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom.

The Loire Valley & Le Mans

The chateau is situated on 36 acres of secluded property in Sarthe and is adjacent to Lombron, a charming village of 2,000 inhabitants, near Le Mans France in the Loire Region - la Région des Pays de la Loire.

Read more about the Loire Valley Region which you can easily visit when staying at Launay Castle.

The Castle Grounds and Gardens

The property includes beautiful tree-lined paths, an orchard and a one and a half-acre pond.

The château is surrounded by a picturesque moat.

Romantic History: The Château de Launay is also the home of a romantic story that involved the Seigneur de Luce, Charles de Coesmes and Gabrielle d'Harcourt. Their marriage in 1523 was initially disapproved by François 1er following the abduction of Gabrielle by Charles de Coesmes, who was aided by Pierre de Bernay, Seigneur de Launay.

The couple took refuge at Château de Launay and subsequent events are known in great detail including quotes from the angry mother trying to fetch her daughter at night.

But by 1527, because of services rendered by the seigneur and some say because of Gabrielle's remarkable beauty, the couple often joined the court of François 1er at Amboise and Chambord.

Later the chatellenie de Luce was changed into a barony.

Château de Launay is located in the Pays de la Loire region, within easy walking distance to the quaint village of Lombron, which has its own bakery, butcher, café-restaurant and pharmacy.

Château de Launay is ideally located for innumerable interesting day excursions.

-You will be able to explore the many castles of the Loire Valley and return to the castle each night.

-Saumur, Vouvray, Jasnieres and Côteaux du Loir are some of the region's wine specialties that can be tasted at many of the area's wine cellars.

-Paris is a 2-hour drive by car or just 55 minutes on the TGV (high-speed train) from Le Mans.

-Brittany and Normandy are both within easy reach of the castle.

The Château de Launay is a short 20-minute drive from Le Mans.

For the automobile enthusiasts, a stay at the Château de Launay around the second weekend of June each year is a must to witness the 24 hours of Le Mans, the world's most celebrated motoring event.

The old town of Le Mans and its beautiful medieval historic quarter is one of the preferred medieval and renaissance locations.

It is also one of the most filmed in many French movies, including Cyrano de Bergerac which shows the old town extensively.

Horseback riding for all levels of competency, including youngsters, is available within 2 kilometers at the outskirt of the village and some of the riding trails border the property of the chateau.

More Details

Marie-Laure McKee
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017


Lombron Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Dialup Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 18 people
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Bedroom 5 has a separate toilet, but private, outside of the bedroom.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Air conditioned bedroom
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 8 is in separate lodging (petite maison) and is a little rustic. Perfect for staff or a younger couple. Please request it if needed.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 10 bicycles
  • 18 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
A stone bridge crosses the moat which encircles an old stable, a pigeonnier and a square tower. Pastoral views of the moat and pond can be enjoyed from the very large tiled terrace. The narrow peninsula between the moat and the pond is an especially pleasant place to relax. The pond teems with fish and hosts an interesting variety of waterfowl. The grounds also include well-manicured paths bordered by fragrant linden trees and an orchard composed of several kinds of fruit trees. Beautiful landscaping surrounds the swimming pool. Trails on the property traverse grazing fields and wooded areas and join other well-marked lanes and trails in the surrounding countryside. A professional gardener maintains the property. Castle History: The Château de Launay is an historic 15th and 18th century castle, which has been thoroughly restored. Its renaissance architecture is typical of many châteaux of the Loire region. It is also know as the Château de la Grande Maison


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Fairy-Tale 15th-18th C. Loire Chateau
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Excellent chill In Faubert country!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent chill in a comfortable chateau where history seeps from the walls and local village is timeless. After the hustle and bustle of London, a country life called for late mornings, long walks and feeding ducks and swans. Wonderful staff, too. See you soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Beyond Belief

  • 5 of 5

This place was more than I expected. The location was perfect, the grounds were amazing and the house itself was beyond belief. Very comfortable for a place so large. Annette was wonderful and was more than willing to help our group with anything we needed. I would recommend this vacation to anyone looking for a one in a life time experience!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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We all had a delightful time.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Launay was a delight.

The chateau, its grounds and the area proved to be all we had hoped:

Lombron and the chateau were easy to reach from Calais, easy to find, easy to gain access to, easy for all to park.

The rooms were very clean and tidy.

The public rooms provided all we wanted, we comfortably sat 17 down to evening dinner, and breakfast was a pleasure too (courtesy of the wonderful Annette).

The drawing room also accommodated us all superbly after dinner for games, quizzes and conversation; being able to light the log fire was a nightly bonus and delight.

The bedrooms were admired and appreciated by all, especially with their outlooks and ensuite facilities (one of our reasons for selection).

The grounds were super and we were able to play rounders and French Cricket and stroll, and fish.

We were able to sit outside on the terrace in the early evenings and chat.

We were able to find lots of local walks and cycles as well as travelling further afield.

As you know, we had brothers, sisters-in-law, sons & daughters, nieces & nephews & partners all together and the chateau and its grounds gave our party the chance to spend a lovely week together in a way that would not otherwise have been possible; the fact that it was all we hoped it would be was the icing on the cake.

And you were able to rustle up excellent weather too! Thankyou.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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This is a spectacular chateau and property

  • 5 of 5

Our group had such a wonderful time at this chateau. The owners were very gracious and professional in the rental process and also in making sure that we were enjoying our stay.

Our housekeeper Annette was the sweetest woman, and was very hard-working and efficient. She made sure we had our breakfast every morning and kept the house running beautifully.

The chateau is beautifully and tastefully decorated, with very comfortable rooms. It was convenient having en suite bathrooms.

The property was just made for strolling and enjoying the moat, lake, fields, woods and pastures next door which contain horses and donkeys.

For entertainment there is also a pool and a small building containing a game room and bicycles.

Within walking distance is the picturesque village of Lombron. There is a charcuterie and patisserie where you can buy delicious food.

This was a very memorable stay and I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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a true Fairy tale paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Heaven! We all thought we were in absolute heaven! Gorgeous chateau with ultimate privacy but near enough to charming villages and towns. So very spacious but at the same time immediately felt like a home away from home with every amenity you could ever need, a wonderful functioning kitchen with ample space. We had a fabulous housekeeper Anette to assist us in the upkeep everyday. She took such good care of us with delicious petite déjeuner every morning. After the first day we were all planning when we could return. I'd recommend waking before dawn to see the sun rise over this fabulous property as the birds chirping and the black swan and ducks prepare for the day. It was like waking in a Disney film every morning. Absolutely rent a car since it is close enough to many famous Chateau if you can pull yourself away for a day trip, and many restaurants, shops. We booked Nadine and Jacques to cook us an incredible French country meal for one day and would book them for more than that when we return. Delicious! The whole experience I would say felt once in a lifetime, well perhaps for others. I believe we will make this our regular Chateau to vacation in. Just perfect!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Wonderful stay at this lovely French Chateau!

  • 5 of 5

This project is simply stunning with lovely grounds, lake, 36 acres of land behind to explore and best of all your very own moat! There is also a black swan we dubbed Jean Pierre who patrols the lake and most and will not say no to some fresh bread. The chateau itself was delightful with en suite bedrooms with gorgeous views and a homey charm that did not make you feel too nervous sitting on the furniture. A special mention must be made to Annette the housekeeper who was just fabulous and made you feel so welcome in this majestic home. I am already planning my next trip to this lovely house and could not recommend this property and area enough! 6 stars for the owner, staff, property and area!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Le Mans
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The Pays de la Loire is the perfect place to escape to whether you're looking for adventure, a journey back in time or a relaxing respite. Waterways offer the tranquility of excursions allowing stops where and when you choose. Nearby river cruises also offer lunch or dinner cruises. Rolling green hills and woods are full of opportunities for horseback riding, biking or gentle strolls. Echoes of history abound in the castles, abbeys and churches, and in the bustling market towns which continue ancient traditions. The beautiful and historic châteaux of the Loire Valley such as Amboise, Chenonceaux, Blois, Chambord, Angers, Villandry and Tours are all conveniently nearby. A visit to the world renowned 11th century Solesmes Abbey, where monks still sing Gregorian chant, will transport you back centuries. Vineyards offer another taste of true French heritage.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $1,500

Initial 25% deposit is non-refundable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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