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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 few days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Lombron, France

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • 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 flask
  • 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 , bath with shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Bedroom 5 has a separate toilet, but private, outside of the bedroom.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 7 - 1 large double bed , 1 double bed , 1 cot , 1 sofa bed/futon , Air conditioned bedroom
    Bedroom 8 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 1 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double bed , 2 single bed
  • 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 - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • video player
  • 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 rentals available
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:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse 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 pass 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

Fairy-Tale 15th-18th C. Loire Chateau
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

We have had the most magical time at this chateau

  • 5 of 5

When you drive up the chateau the only suitable word is wow. The outside lake, moat and grounds are beautiful especially with resident swan and other wildlife. The men of our party all enjoyed successful fishing catching large tench. All members loved the large pool, gardens and outside seating. Annette the friendly and helpful housekeeper supplied a lovely breakfast and looked after us all. The bedrooms were all very clean with lovely bed linen and really comfortable beds. We were a large party of teenagers, grandmas and parents so a mixed bunch but this place suited us all perfectly. We had a fabulous week here, many thanks to Marie-Laure the owner for being so friendly and helpful

Ps the place is heaving with history and the walk to the local church is worth the effort

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, picturesqe chateau

  • 5 of 5

We attend the legendary Le Mans 24 hour race every year with our guests and have been lucky enough to stay at this wonderful chateau for many years situated just 20 minutes from the circuit. After the hustle and bustle of the race track it is wonderful to return each evening to the tranquil surroundings of this beautiful chateau.The owner has been very accommodating with our many requests which are often quite demanding at times. The chateau is steeped in history and has been lovingly restored keeping many original features - be sure to look up the charming stories attached to the chateau, many references of its history can be found in documents in the chateau's library.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful experience for our families

  • 5 of 5

We planned a reunion with two other families and we could not have found a more ideal location than the Chateau de Launay for our week catching up together. The arrival was such a pleasant surprise. Neither the pictures or the descriptions do the setting justice! There was ample space for the children (aged between eleven and eighteen) to play ball games well away from the house and formal gardens. The swimming pool was enjoyed every day and the children enjoyed exploring the extensive grounds on the bikes provided. The chessboard in the turret room also entertained all of us at different times.

The adults were really able to relax as well, thanks to the wonderful attention of Annette, the housekeeper, who was always ready to help but never intrusive. It was a great treat to come down each morning and find breakfast ready and waiting, all laid out on the dining table.

We particularly appreciated all the extras that were provided for our comfort and ease, that were not mentioned on booking, such as the never-ending supply of towels for the pool, the well-stocked larder and the excellent games room for the children.

The moat, the black swan, the turrets, the lavender walks and long evenings spent chatting over wine on the terrace all created an unforgettable holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous chateau to call home-away-from-home

  • 5 of 5

The chateau has an elegance and serenity which made our stay so very special. We made great use of the chateau. Rooms are spacious, well appointed and spotlessly clean. The lounges and dining rooms were inviting and comfortable for socializing. I highly recommend Chateau de Launay for families and friends seeking a memorable experience in the Loire Valley.

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Family Stay

  • 5 of 5

I did not (yet) rent any other Chateaux so far, so I can not compare to other alternatives, I can say though, that I did a long online research of many other similar offerings, but none of them could accommodate groups up to 18, plus have the breakfast included in the rental price.

We (a family of 14, including 2 elderly, 3 couples, 6 children and teenagers) spent a lovely 10 days at this beautiful chateaux. The place is impeccably maintained, FULY equipped (wifi, ping pong, pool, outdoor equipment, 20 bicycles, BBQ, very tasteful furniture and decoration, fully equipped kitchen, even including a black swan and geese who swim in the lake and moat around the house:)

We really felt like French novelty, with a great breakfast, including fresh baguettes and croissants every morning. The house keeper is incredibly nice, and makes all efforts to accommodate every need. When suggested to take her home with us, it appeared that many guests before us had the same idea...this lady works at the house for 34 years, and one can see her care an love to the place in every corner (and there are many, as the house is big). she makes a real difference.

The location is very convenient, 2.5 h drive from Paris, 20 min from Le Mans, surrounded by lovely villages, restaurants, supermarkets 5 min away, and would be a great base for Loire Valley explorations.

Booking arrangements and communications with owner are very effective and pleasant.

Dearly, dearly recommended. A+++

Gil, Israel

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dream vacation

  • 5 of 5

12 of us rented the Chateau in Spring of 2007 and it was everything we'd hoped for. The rooms were clean, beautifully appointed, and spacious. The kitchen was well-stocked for cooking our community dinners. The breakfasts were just what we wanted: fresh breads, cereals, yogurt and fruit.

The weather was unseasonably warm, but the bedrooms had fans and opening the windows allowed for efficient ventilation. There are cross bikes for everyone, and the narrow country roads allow for easy exploration of the surrounding countryside and its villages. We took several road trips--notably to Chartres and Villandry.

Our friends and we frequently dream out loud about our time together at the chateau and would love to return.

Ann & Bob from Spokane, WA

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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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

Rental Rates for this holiday chateau / country house in Lombron, France

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2017
15 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late Fall
14 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
Holidays 2017-2018
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
6 Jan 2018 - 20 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
21 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$2,006.7

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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