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La Houssaye Castle Bed and Breakfast & Spa - Sarthe, Le Mans

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Situated in the Sarthe Valley at Saint Jean du Bois (Saint John’s forest), 5 kms from La Suze and 25 kms from Le Mans.

Château de la Houssaye face nord > côté nord

In 1479, the lands of La Houssaye were heard of for the first time by Jehan Samson, the Kitchen Esquire of his Lord Charles IV, Count of Maine and Duke of Anjou (1436-1484),

In 1684, the castle was brought as a dowry by Anne-Antoinette THE PRIEST, the lady of the chapel of REASON, to her husband and 1st cousin Jacques of GAIGNON, Lord of Villaines in Louplande.

The castle, was resold several times, and then bought in 1704 by Mr Sauquaire, Officer of the king’s house.

In 1789, Martial SauquaireSouligné inherited.
The latter, a statesman, exmember of the Convention, conspired with La Houssaye against the monarchy with the complicity of Goyet, Benjamin Constant and Lafayette, deputy of La Sarthe.
Having failed, he fled to England in August 1823, to escape the sentence.      

His cousin, Alfonso Leon Chamillart, Marquis de la Suze, page of Louis XVIII, then acquired the castle, enlarged it by adding two round towers flanked by four towers. It is now a beautiful house built on a hillside overlooking two large lakes and the broad valley of the Sarthe.

In 1881, Victory Chamillart became the owner, after her untimely death, her husband, Harscouet St Georges returned to his family home in Nantes and sold the castle to Count Bonvouloir in 1919.

In 1958, Countess of Bonvouloir sold the castle to the intercommunal syndicat.

The castle was purchased by Mr Jean Louis Ferré in 2000.

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Roman SPA

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Come & enjoy the roman private spa, 36°C heated with massage jets, fountain and light therapy, in the exclusive use of your room ...

The castle day by day


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The rooms are harmoniously decorated with the charm of antique furnishings yet at the same time have all the modern comforts.

Enjoy the exceptional view of the beautiful parkland of spiralling forests and numerous lakes. You will forget about time as you enter into the serenity of the peaceful surroundings.

These elegant lounges are decorated with «La Fontaine» fables’tapistries, «taffetas» curtains and elegant mirrors that will entertain you whilst sipping away at your drink.


The dining room with its imposing sculptured chimney and ancient history will offer you a place to enjoy sumptuous meals either alone, as a couple or with your family.

Contact information


Château de la Houssaye

72430 Saint Jean du Bois, France

GPS : Lon. -0.045473° -  Lat. 47.869166° 

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The trees

They were planted in the beginning of the second empire.

  • A- Lime trees
  • B- Ceders of Lebanon
  • C- Sequoias trees
  • D- Oak trees
  • E- Sweetgum trees
  • F- Parosel pine trees

In our beauty and well-being care centre you will find the rest and tranquility you have always dreamt of : candles, perfumes, soothing music, and soft hands …

You will enjoy our beauty care center, we offer the more traditional hot stone treatment, thai reflexology, face and back massages, donkey milk baths …

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