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

Lombron, France
  • Chateau / Country House
  • Bedrooms8
  • Sleeps18
  • Bathrooms8
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

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.


Marie-Laure McKee

Member Since 2003
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english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 15, 2018


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
      • Bedroom 1
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 king
      • Bedroom 4
        1 double, 2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 5
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 6
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 7
        1 queen, 1 double, 1 twin/ single, 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon, Air conditioned bedroom
      • Bedroom 8
        1 queen
      • 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.


      • 8 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 5
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 6
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 7
        toilet, tub, shower
      • Bathroom 8
        toilet, shower
      • Bedroom 5 has a separate toilet, but private, outside of the bedroom.

      Location Type

        • Rural
        • Village


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic


                • Catering available


                    • Linens Provided
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Computer Available
                    • Dialup Access
                    • Fireplace
                    • Firewood
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • 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


                        • Kitchen
                        • Blender
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • Coffee Grinder
                        • Lobster Pot
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 18 people


                                • Music Library
                                • Audio Tape Player
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Books for Kids
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Foosball
                                • Game Room
                                • Games
                                • Games for Kids
                                • Books
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Pool Table
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • Toys
                                • VCR
                                • Video Games
                                • Video Library


                                    • Large Cooler
                                    • Balcony
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Bicycles
                                      Available for you to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Golf
                                      1 golf course nearby at Sargé-les-le-Mans and a awarded course in Sablé
                                    • Barbecue
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Patio
                                    • Small Cooler
                                    • Tennis
                                      3 beautiful courts in the village
                                    • Terrace


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Heated Pool
                                            • Outdoor Pool
                                            • Private Pool
                                              Available from June to September

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Daily Maid Service
                                                • Private Chef


                                                    • museums
                                                    • autumn foliage
                                                    • churches
                                                    • forests
                                                    • library
                                                    • botanical garden
                                                    • 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

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: 5:00 PM

                                                                      Check-out: 9:30 AM

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                      19 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Beautiful Chateau in a lovely quiet setting

                                                                      Gavin H.

                                                                      From the moment you go down the long sweeping tree lined drive and turn the corner past the pond and moat on the left you are left awe inspired by the property and the grounds. I have stayed in the summer and the autumn and its definitely a place you can stay in all seasons. The housekeeper, Annette, provides fantastic breakfasts and arranges and looks after everything in an efficient low key way that really suited our stay. Our three families children aged 2-15 loved it equally as much as the adults, they really liked watching films in the "snug" every evening whilst the adults sat around the vast open fire one of the two grand lounges eating too much cheese and drinking too much wine. The grounds are large and well looked after and the bedrooms are all clean and have great facilities. The small town of Lombron is easy to get to and very friendly with all your basic needs. There is also a supermarket nearby and I would also recommend a trip to the nearby Go Kart track, Charlotte there really looked after us and we have a big inter family race. All in all this place is hard to beat and I would recommend it to anyone. Gavin Hawkes, UK

                                                                      Absolutely Stunning in Every Way!

                                                                      Jill O.

                                                                      This beautiful chateau was the site for a surprise 60th birthday party for my husband. For nineteen months Marie-Laure, fourteen adult friends and family, Jack Pilfert (the chef), and I coordinated in secret for the dream of a lifetime. The surprise was priceless, but the chateau with all of its beautiful furnishings, scenery, and of course Annette, made it an event that will never be forgotten. We all have plans on returning to Chateau du Lunay at sometime in the future. The memory was priceless, and it could not have been achieved without such a spectacular backdrop as the absolutely stunning Chateau.

                                                                      Truly magical - beautiful castle, exceptional service and everything you need is there.

                                                                      A guest from Dundas, ONDundas, ON

                                                                      A 'real life' castle complete with moat and swan. Decorations are truly to period yet very comfortable. Property is beautiful, private and the swan who loves her bread a real highlight. The housekeeper Annette is very sweet and helpful and provides beautiful breakfasts every morning. We were only 8 which was a nice number, however the Castle is very roomy for large groups as well. I highly recommend this for a beautiful holiday.


                                                                      Peter H.

                                                                      Do not hesitate to book your next holiday in this chateau. It really is superb in every way, from the spacious bedrooms and newly renovated bathrooms to the splendid 'grand salon'. Annette served us an excellent continental breakfast every day and was both helpful and efficient throughout our stay. If you really want to finish with a flourish, call in M. Barbotin , a 5 star chef from Le Mans, to cater for your final dinner. Our large family usually get together in a different location every two years but there is only one place we are going to next time - the 'Chateau du Launay'.

                                                                      Lifetime memories

                                                                      David P.

                                                                      The Fairy Tale Castle met all our expectations and then some! We were a family, ages 1 to 76, and the Castle was perfect for all of us. The children as well as the adults loved the pool and all of us have special memories of our time on the alfresco-- just like a scene right from the movies. We had two meals prepared and delivered by a local couple, Nadine and Jack, which were absolutely wonderful, high quality, and more than generous in portions. Annette, the housekeeper, took very good care of us, even when some of us could not speak French (sign language always works). All of us would highly recommend the castle, the owner, and her help while planning your trip and working with HomeAway. Our family was able to build lasting memories and celebrate the life of husband, father, and grandfather. Thank you.

                                                                      Donna Ptak and family

                                                                      Excellent chill In Faubert country!

                                                                      Josephine I.

                                                                      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.


                                                                      Lombron, France

                                                                      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.

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                                                                      Damage Deposit

                                                                      Initial 25% deposit is non-refundable.

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