When I think of places to stay in Brittany, I think of two types of places. Being by the seaside or in a gorgeous chateaux in the heart of the French countryside. Even better, a few nights at both. Having shared my wonderful little seaside escape with you already at Les Petites Maisons Arin, I’d now like to share with you the most beautiful country manor house! The manor house in question? The stunning Manoir de La Villeneuve. Having stayed here for a couple of nights last month, I can attest that if you’re looking for somewhere to stay that well and truly delivers on style, history, comfort and location then this beauty will most certainly make your trip one to remember.
Manoir de La Villeneuve
The Manoir de La Villeneuve is an 18th century mansion, set in around 3.5 hectares of picturesque parkland. Located just a couple of minutes drive outside of the town of Lamballe, this historic manor house has been lovingly restored over the last twenty years by Nathalie Peres and her husband. They have put in such care and attention to detail that you would be hard pushed not to fall in love with this characterful property.
Leaving the main road behind, you drive along a country lane which winds its way along a tree lined avenue towards the front of the manor. Your anticipation building second by second, an anticipation that will not leave you wanting. There are rolling lawns, beautifully tended gardens laden with roses and a shady woodland to roam to your hearts content. Take a stroll and you’ll most likely bump into Ella, the owners dog, who is extremely friendly and will undoubtedly give you an enthusiastic hello.
The manor itself has five bedrooms, each beautifully styled with modern luxuries mingled with antique pieces. The perfect blend of traditional furnishings throughout, so that you are able to allow yourself to be transported back in time – without there being any sacrifices on comfort of course. Across from the manor, there are the converted outbuildings which are now three self contained cottages. Ideal for family holidays or trips with friends.
We stayed in Un Ange Passe, a generously sized suite inside the manor itself. Its majestic appearance captivated us from the moment we stepped through the threshold. With its exposed beams, marble bathroom and Beauty and the Beast style furnishings, we were instantly in love. In the mornings Nathalie prepares breakfast, eaten in the salon by the window. A feast of delicious local produce, from cheese and meats to yoghurt, fruit salads, pastries and even homemade jam cooked up by Nathalie’s mother. Your morning won’t get off to a better start.
In the afternoon’s take a swim in the outdoor pool or sit with a book on one of the loungers. If you’re feeling energetic, take a walk into nearby Lamballe which is around 3km away. There you’ll find a weekly market (which happens on a Thursday), the national stud farm, a picturesque walk along the river, lots of half timbered houses, cafes and restaurants (make sure to dine at La Charrette) and my personal favourite, a hidden medieval garden tucked away behind the church. Just a ten minute drive north and you’ll reach the coast where you can enjoy a day on the white sandy beaches. However you spend your days whilst staying at Manoir de La Villeneuve, I can’t recommend the warm hospitality of Nathalie and her wonderful home enough.
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