Luxurious 11th Century Chateau in the Heart of Brittany
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Langon chateau / country house description
A French Chateau with 11th century origins set within one of the finest private gardens in France, known as Le Jardin Anglais, an exclusive retreat for the few, offering luxurious accommodation, a roman spa, fine food and wines in a relaxed ambiance.
Furnished with fine French and English antiques, all rooms are en suite, with an individual charm, maintaining many of the original architectural features and most giving spectacular garden views.
Le Jardin Anglais is now acknowledged as one of the finest private gardens in France. It was the vision of Alan Mason, a leading English Landscape gardener and television host to create an English style garden in all its color and disheveled splendor that would profit from the comfort of the warm continental climate. From a ramshackle Breton vegetable plot and forest of poplar trees, Alan forged his design and now 15 years on, with more than 20,000 varieties of plants, many rare and exotic, the garden has come of age. His work was the subject of a television series that captured the imagination of many.
Offering color for all seasons, its boasts a rosary of some 360 David Austin English Roses that flower from May to November, a Mediterranean garden, arboretum , bamboo copse and herbaceous borders decorating the English formal lawns. Paths and streams meander through the woodland gardens with surprises and vistas around every corner, leading to an Asian themed island and lake to which trout return every year.. The main lake linked as it is with the River Vilaine is a haven for local wildlife, included, kingfishers, herons, ducks and even coypu. The Garden is under constant development and this year has seen the addition of an aromatic garden, Clematis walk and the beginnings of a wildflower meadow.
The garden has attracted visitors from all over the world, many comparing its beauty to that of Monet’s garden near Paris, and remains open to the public at various times of the year.
The building steeped in history with 11th century origins has been modified through the ages by successive noble families. Standing as it does on the crossroads and only two hundred metres from the bridge over the Vilaine river, it has always been of strategic importance. None more so than in the Second World War when it was the centre of the local French resistance under the leadership of Marie Moquet, whose family owned the estate for some 150 years.
She used the house as a safe-haven, open night and day for Resistance fighters and escaping Allied pilots. In August 1944, the local Resistance were guarding the bridge, when a German column flying American colors and seeking to escape the allies, ambushed and murdered them. Indeed, the then Gardener of 'Le Manoir', Celestin Poulain was shot against the garden wall and remains buried there today.
There is now a memorial outside the front of the house to those brave young men who died. Marie Moquet was decorated after the war by both the French and General Eisenhower for the Americans, for her bravery and assistance in the escape of many allied airmen.
- Chateau / Country House
- Vacation Rental
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 15
Bathrooms: 7 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Ice Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Catering Available
- Washing Machine
- Wood Fireplace
- Parking Off Street
- Linens Provided
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
- Hot Tub
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Water View
- Mountain Biking
- Horseback Riding
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Fantastic holidayGuest comment entered by manager
We came all the way from Australia a group of friends to celebrate One of the group 60 birthday we order a gala dinner party the food the place Where all fantastic a night to remember the rest of our life. The owner are very welcoming the Manoir and the Garden are all Magic we really enjoy ourself the week we where in France .
- Guest Mrs Greenhouse
- Date of stay 09/01/13
- Review Submitted 11/05/13
Mr SmithGuest comment entered by manager
We came to France from Israel a family of 10 adult and 9 children We had a fantastic time at the Manoir, the owner are very welcoming And very help full, we order a Gala Dinner from the owner and it was a Feast to remember, the Manoir is beautiful and the Garden is magic We'll recommend
- Guest Mr Smith
- Date of stay 08/04/13
- Review Submitted 11/05/13
We stayed in this house for a week, last December. We had a wonderful week, the house was extremely comfortable and well equipped. We rented a car and took several day trips. The weather that time of year was quite cold, but the house is very warm and dry with a nice big kitchen and 2 fire places with plenty of wood. We'd highly recommend it.
- Guest Ruth62 (New York)
- Date of stay 12/15/09
- Review Submitted 03/26/10
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, age 55+.
A truly wonderful holiday for our large family!! Beautiful house and garden, with everything we needed. The kids loved the miniature horses and us adults loved the wine and incredible garden. Also lovely and very knowledgeable hosts. I am sure we will be back to stay again for Tom’s 50th birthday next year. Thank you for your hospitality.
- Guest Tom and Brenda (Aspen)
- Date of stay 03/04/10
- Review Submitted 03/04/10
Nov-Feb ...€1525/week (1-6 Persons)...100 euros/week each Extra Person March-May/Sep-Oct...€2200/week (1-6 Persons)...100 euros/week each Extra Person June-August/xmas/Easter...€3250/week(1-6 Persons)100 euros/week each Extra Person
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Year Purchased: 2008
About: English woman who decided to give up the city and start a new life by doing the things she loves...making people happy, entertaining, buying beautiful things for her antique store.
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
There is plenty to do and see at La Manoir, as listed above, lovely walks, towns to shop in, restaurants to eat in, but equally its a great place just to stay put.
- Primary: +44 (0) 1223 242 035 (United Kingdom)
- Secondary: +33 (0) 299 08 64 41 (France)
The chateau from above
The Monk's Suite
Ariel view of the grounds
The Rose garden
The Church Room
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