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Not far from the banks of the Loire, this large residence tells a story that spans the centuries, from the first foundations of the stronghold in the 11th century, to the latest developments resolutely focused on modern comfort. The schist stone, tufa and slate bear the mark of Anjou, a region renowned for its softness and light which gave birth to some of the most beautiful royal and aristocratic holiday resorts. The park, the formal gardens and the rose garden make for a fine view beyond the vast rooms where the balance between splendour and intimacy, and classic style and contemporary touches means there is something for everyone.
Our family have owned the property since 2004 and are originally from this region. They initially offered stays in the guest rooms of the chateau. After expansions and restoration work carried out over the years, the chateau was transformed into a hotel in 2015.
The chateau's facade features mullioned windows surmounted by dormers with pinnacles and hooks. It is punctuated with beautiful gargoyles, one of which is adorned with a cow's head. The main building is stood between two towers, one from the 12th century and a second square one from the 15th century. The fuie was a tower of the old fortified enclosure and, in the 17th century, it was transformed into a dovecote and covered by a dome with a lantern reminiscent of the Chateau de Serrant. The lantern was surmounted by a striking led spike over a meter high and decorated with a beautiful pigeon and three acanthus leaves. Behind the chateau, on the opposite side of the courtyard, stands a 15th century stately home with a mix of schist and tufa. A square tower with a beautiful spiral staircase still stands. In the 17th century, major works extended the house to the south by a long building with large windows and a pedimented door. The remnants of a medieval fortress still stand opposite this 15th-16th century stately home: a high surrounding wall and the walkway of a square entrance gatehouse in ruins which led to the interior courtyard of the house.
Large Angevin families owned the stronghold of Epinay. The Gastinels, founders of the fief in the 12th century, succeeded the La Jaille family in 1451 followed by the Brie-Serrants then the Montelais de Verns. It was at the end of the 16th century that the land passed by marriage to the Andigné family who held the fiefdom until 1730, when the Cumont family became owners. Arthur de Cumont, who inherited the property in 1874, was Minister of Public Instruction. The stronghold is also tied to Jean Racine whose memory is curiously associated with the priory of Epinay's history. He was involved in a lawsuit with Le Ferron for obtaining this office in 1666 following the resignation of his uncle Antoine Sconin, canon of Uzès and prior of Epinay. After three years of proceedings, Racine gave up the title of Prior of Epinay and revisited the memory of these quarrels in the only comedy he ever wrote, Les Plaideurs (The Litigants). The countess of Pimbèche, a character from this famous play, therefore owes her existence in part to the disputed title of Prior of Epinay, which Racine nevertheless mentions in the privilège of Andromache in 1667. The chateau was bought in 1988 after suffering many years of neglect and was largely restored. The property has belonged to the Montuoro family since 2004.
The chateau is surrounded by a seventeen hectare park with a pond. Our guests are able to live a timeless experience in an ideal setting to recharge their batteries and relax in the heart of nature. We offer them the freedom to create a tailor-made wellness break by booking reiki, yoga, meditation and hypnosis classes in advance, or even by discovering our many spa treatments and the variety of activities on site: fitness centre, hammam, natural swimming pool, jacuzzi, billiards, tennis, bikes, canoes and so much more! The Château de l'Epinay team offers a warm and personalised welcome to everyone.
We recommend a tour of the Château de Serrant in Saint-Georges-sur-Loire, a very beautiful building dating back to the 18th century. A tasting of the vintage from the Coulée de Serrant in Savennières, one of the finest wines in the region. A visit to see the Apocalypse tapestry in Angers which is the most important surviving set of medieval tapestries in the world. A trip to the Terra Botanica park which features plant varieties from all over the world.
119 € - 349 € per night
The twenty-three rooms of the chateau, each with their own personality, are spread over three wings: the rooms located in the pool side outbuilding, the rooms in the reception outbuilding with a view of the French gardens or the park, and the rooms located within the walls of the chateau with a view of the park or the main courtyard. The Orangerie restaurant serves refined cuisine that respects the environment with a choice of vegan and vegetarian dishes. Breakfast consists of a wide variety of organic and local products. The wellness centre features a jacuzzi, a natural outdoor swimming pool, a hammam/fitness centre, and a spa. Also available to guests are a billiard room, many board games, on-demand movies, a tennis court, a pétanque court, a ping-pong table, canoes and bicycles.