The Château de La Douve d’Armaillé, surrounded by its 14-hectare park, dominates the Verzée river with its proud silhouette. With its neo-Louis the 13th style, the castle adopts a quadrangular mass plan where the service rooms are placed on the ground garden and the ceremonial rooms and reception rooms are on the ground floor slightly elevated. The castle has an Italian staircase in the front. The current owner is committed to giving back to the château its splendour, while keeping its romantic charm. The park has a beautiful swimming pool and a cozy wooden pool house.
On the ground floor, the castle of La Douve d’Armaillé welcomes you in its vast hall, which opens on three reception rooms in enfilade, measuring each around 60m2 and connected by large glass doors. Each of the lounges can comfortably accommodate around forty people for your seated banquets, making a total of 120 people for your family events, your wedding or your reception. A grand staircase leads to the rooms on both floors. A space for caterers, a game room with a pool table, and toilets are located on the ground floor.
The castle can accommodate 42 people in 18 rooms, each with its own bathroom, a vestige of the period when the castle was a hotel, before its acquisition by the current owner. The bedding is in perfect condition and comfortable. By privatizing the entire château and housing your guests on site in the bedrooms of the castle, you offer them not only a beautiful party, but also a stay of sharing and conviviality that they will remember. They can also take the opportunity to discover the charm of this region, so famous for its sweetness of life.
The property is always rented in its entirety to a single group. You have the park (14 hectares) with a swimming pool and the castle to accommodate 42 people.
The price of the rental includes the park, the rooms to accommodate 42 people and the lounges of the castle. Heating, water, electricity, maintenance of the garden, the pool, and cleaning at the end of the stay are included in the price. Bed linen and towels are provided, but not the pool towels. Beds are made upon arrival. Only the tourist taxremains to be paid upon arrival. The tables and chairs for the reception are at disposal
Security deposit requested : 3000 euros.
|Season||Stay||With reception||Without reception|
|November to April (except Christmas and New Year)||WE 3 days 2 nights||7200 €||6600 €|
|Week 7 days /7 nights||12000 €||9000 €|
|May/June - September/October||WE 4 days 3 nights||7800 €||6800 €|
|Week 7 days /7 nights||12000 €||9000 €|
|July - August||WE 4 days 3 nights||8400 €||7200 €|
|Week 7 days /7 nights||14000 €||10000 €|
The history of the Château de la Douve d’Armaillé began on the 2th July 1565 when René Cormier, Count of Fontenelle, decided to buy part of the manor house and farmhouse of the “Douve”. The castle is located on the lands of a former stronghold of the Roche d’Iré. He inherited from the Cormier family and eventually ended up in the Marquis d’Armaillé. After the revolution, in 1793 during the wars of Vendée, the Lords of the Moat, Monsieur and Madame d’Armaillé die. They leave five children including the General Rene Armaillé who was part of the army of Princes, that intended, and he thought so, to save the kingship. His youngest brother, Ambroise Louis Henri of Forest Armaillé becomes owner of the Douve. He marry on the 8th May 1866, Gabrielle de Buisseret-Steebecque of Blarenghien. Relatively penniless, it is thanks to this marriage and the fortune of his wife that he undertakes the construction of the current castle of “La Douve”. Henri d’Armaillé calls on the architect Auguste Bibard for the construction of the castle around 1871-1874. He will be adding a chapel around 1880.The castle of La Douve contains a treasure: Auguste-Medard de la Forest, knight of Armaillé had four boys and five girls. Two girls were arrested with their maid in a farm of “La Douve” which is called Mabouillère. During the rising of the Vendée, this maid had hidden a considerable sum and the silverware belonging to her masters. She was denounced to the Committee of Public Safety who had her arrested and locked up in Angers, in the former convent of Calvary, turned into a prison. Again, some tried in vain to snatch some information on the treasure. The little girl d’Armaillé was then taken from her at the age of three years old, to be entrusted to the jailer, to whom she died of hunger and sorrow. The maid was executed shortly after, the only words she consented to pronounce were these: “When my masters come back, you will tell them that the treasure is hidden in a place where we walk every day.”During the second world war, a summer camp of young Parisians stayed permanently at the castle, including many Jewish children who found refuge there. They were never reported, and a few months ago a survivor came back to greet the property that saved her life at the time. At the time, the Nazis occupied the castle of Falloux a few hundred meters away.
30 minutes from Angers and slightly more than one hour from Nantes and Rennes, on the road of the famous french Châteaux de la Loire, come and discover the wonders of Anjou between charming villages, secret heritage, authentic farms. This part of Anjou, called “Blue Anjou” is a vast territory that stretches from the borders of Brittany to the rivers of Sarthe and Mayenne. It finds its name in the blue slates, sky and rivers. This territory draws its history from the wealth of its subsoil mixing slate schists, iron ore and granite stone. You can visit the Blue Mine which is a unique site in Europe and offers a guided tour 126 meters underground galleries and mining chambers of this former mining site.
Discover the river or the Halage route between Mayenne and Maine-et-Loire, thanks to the base of leisure Anjou Sport Nature.
Travel back in time to La Petite Couère: All the charm of yesteryear revives through the reconstituted village in a huge park where animals graze peacefully. Discover the life of the nineteenth century through this eco-museum housing a wildlife park and a reconstituted village of 1900, with its famous grocery store, his school, living rooms of the time, incredible collections.
Immerse yourself in the heart of Pouancé Fortress! Browse the remains of this must-see fortress on the Marches de Bretagne. And let yourself be surprised by the towering towers and unique defense elements that make this fortress an exception in military art.
On the Route des Chateaux de la Loire, located at the entrance of Segré and going from Angers to Rennes, the castle of Lorie is the northernmost of the castles of the Loire. Built during the reign of Louis XIII, it contains a large living room entirely made of marble and similar to the decor of the princely palaces. Its large gallery designed by the Marquis de Saint-Genys houses a beautiful collection of paintings of art and antiques.
For golf lovers, the Anjou Golf & Country Club welcomes you in a natural and preserved environment. Spread over a hundred hectares, the estate welcomes you for your relaxation with its courses, cottages and club house.
In the parks and gardens of Anjou, your senses are constantly awake. Go biking on the “The Loire by Bike” route or along the rivers to explore undiscovered landscapes. Embark your cherubim to conquer the longest river in France. Be your family captain aboard a boat to go up the rivers of Haut-Anjou. Cultural, tourist and sporting activities are not lacking around the castle of La Douve d’Armaillé, and only two hours from Paris !
Take the A6a Highway direction Nantes / Bordeaux, then take A10 then A11 direction Nantes. Take exit 11 Durtal / le lion-d’Angers
Take the D775 direction Bois II
Adress : Château La Douve d’Armaillé, Route du Tremblay, 49520 Le Bourg d’Iré
Park : 14 ha with swimming-pool 9 x 17 meters
Château (18 bedrooms, 42 persons. Each bedroom has its own bathroom and toilets) :
Ground floor :
Ground floor garden side :
1st floor :
2dn floor :
Baby Equipment :
2 baby beds and 2 baby high chairs
Outdoor Equipment :
Kitchen Equipment :
Dish washer, 1 fridge, 1 freezer, 1 american fridge-freeze, 1 traditionnal oven, 1 micro-wave, 1 oven-grill, 1 oven air pulsed, 4 electrical fires, 2 gaz fires, 1 washing machine, 1 dryer
Nous sommes allés deux fois au château de la Douve et je dois dire qu'à chaque fois la magie opère. Le château est magnifique et chargé d histoire. Il est décoré à merveille et le parc est somptueux. Chacun peut avoir son indépendance tout en se retrouvant dans les nombreux salons du rez-de-chaussée. Nous avons également pu profiter de la piscine pour la plus grande joie de tous. Enfin, et surtout, M Walgraffe et sa belle fille sont adorables. Ils savent prendre soin de leurs hôtes tout en étant discrets. Bref, des moments d'exceptions dans un lieu magique. Grand Merci de nous permettre de profiter d un tel lieu. Florence & Thomas (janvier 2018 - Nouvel an et juin 2019 - Anniversaire mariage
Bonsoir Monsieur Walgraffe, Je tenais à vous remercier pour votre accueil et vous dire combien mes invités et moi-même avons été enchantés de notre séjour en votre château. L’atmosphère, les salons, les chambres, le parc, les animaux, tout était exceptionnel et bien au-dessus de ce que nous pouvions imaginer et je comprends pourquoi vous êtes attaché à ce lieu. Nous tenons également à remercier fortement votre intendant d’une gentillesse et d’une disponibilité sans faille. Nous avons fait le tour du château ensemble avant mon départ de façon à lui signaler quelques petits dysfonctionnements tels que pommes de douche qui fuyaient ou ampoules grillées, de façon à ce que tout soit à nouveau prêt pour vos futurs invités. Encore mille mercis de m’avoir aidée à faire de ce séjour un weekend de rêve.