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Staying at the Château de Montmirail is like stepping into another era - it takes you back in time. For 800 years, each century has left its trace and style in the spaces and rooms. The towers stage a contest between form and time, everyone is free decide their winner. There are no restrictions here. The view encompasses the surrounding, bountiful countryside and the never-ending stretches out from one of the two facades. The "Mons mirabilis", where one can gaze at the chateau, is an equally admirable place.
As I am originally from this region, the chateau of Montmirail was part of my childhood. An iconic site in the Perche Sarthe, it was the first place we discovered when we moved here from Paris and we could distinguish for miles around. After long months of reflection when the chateau was up for sale, I finally decided to leap into this adventure with a love of beauty, history, regional roots and a desire to share.
From a fortified chateau to a residential one, Montmirail's exterior architecture bears witness to many centuries it has lived through. The basement (dungeons and weapons rooms) dates back to the 12th and 15th centuries. The facades, although remodelled, and one of the doors are from the Renaissance. The large tower (or observatory) was built in the 19th century and rises almost thirty metres above the ground. The stables, the pigeon house, the farmhouses and the gardener's house are still standing. There is also a cool room from the beginning of last century that was used to preserve food. The features of a residential chateau preside over the medieval building inside. The dining room, furnished with a Dutch stove, dates back to the 18th century. The adjoining rooms are 17th and 18th century lounges. One of them (the Grand Salon) is historically listed along with the armchairs, marble consoles and wood panelling.
The chateau is built on land that was given to Guillaume I Gouët, first lord of Montmirail, by the bishop of Chartres in thanks for his help against the Normans. It became the region's main defensive chateau between the kingdoms of France and England and hosted the meeting between Louis VII the young, Henry II, and the Archbishop of Canterbury. After being destroyed by Richard the Lionheart, it was be rebuilt and destroyed again by the King of France at the end of the 100 Years War. It then belonged to Marie de Melun, wife of the marshal of La Palisse, before becoming the property of the princess of Conti, legitimate daughter of Louis XIV and Mademoiselle de La Vallière, at the beginning of the 18th century. Mons Mirabilis, the place from which one admire the chateau, became a bright place overlooking the Perche Sarthe 260 metres below. The chateau then belonged to the same family until I bought it in 2016.
A stay in an exceptional place, overlooking the percheronne countryside, away from time and the rest of the world. Sunrises and sunsets bring a touch the magic to the place. Each room has stunning views of the countryside and the village.
The Bistronome restaurant in La Ferté-Bernard, they are happy to come and cook for you at the château. The small town of Montmirail and its church. The chateau's herbal teas. The church and town of La Ferté-Bernard. Sophie Meulemans' rillettes in Courgenard, the Glaces du Perche in Cherreau and, of course, Le Mans and the 24 hour circuit are less than thirty minutes away.
The chateau can accommodate a maximum of two hundred people. Dinners and parties can be held in the 15th century dressing rooms or in a barnum in the park which increases the capacity to three hundred guests. Cocktail parties are usually held on the esplanade so that guests can enjoy the exceptional view of the Perche Sarthois. Fourteen guest rooms can also be rented in the main building of the chateau.