Location: In the French countryside near Le Mans in the Pays de la Loire
Château de la Ruche is a magical 18th century petit château set in 15 acres of secluded private parkland and woodland in the heart of the Pays de la Loire region of France. Surrounded by peaceful French countryside, the château is being lovingly and carefully restored by the Jones family, who have created a welcoming, luxurious and family-friendly chambre d'hote.
Laidback luxury is their motto, you won't find any stuffy formality there, so whether you're looking for a relaxing few days away to unwind or somewhere to stop for a night on your journey through France (they are just a few miles from the A28 route south), they are always happy to welcome you into their home.
Choose to stay in one of their three beautiful bedrooms which have each been carefully renovated to preserve as many of the original features as possible. After a wonderful night's sleep in one of their beautiful antique beds, make your way to the Salon or the garden where you can enjoy an indulgent breakfast of pastries, the freshest bread, homemade preserves and locally sourced produce.
Then while away your day wandering the grounds and woodlands, visiting the grand châteaux of the Loire, exploring the beautiful local countryside or strolling the cobbled streets of the ancient Plantagenet city of Le Mans.
In the evening, head back to the Château where you can enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal made with ingredients from the Château potager or sourced from their friendly farmer neighbours.
Find out more at www.chateaudelaruche.com