In the heart of Pays d’Ouche, château Villers-en-Ouche and its 20 ha park are available to rent for exclusive use to a single family or friends for holidays or weekends. The property has two separate buildings, the castle and a guest house. It can accommodate up to 24 people.
The park and its alleys remind of a forgotten rural way of life : the hornbeams, the flowers, the charming vegetable garden, the pool in its green setting, the Saint Christophe alley or the Trianon alley which leads to the “Folie du château” (the Folie is a lovely small cottage with painted ceilings).
As the sun sets, candles light the table where everyone gathers to enjoy a feast from the local market with wine and laughter as the adventures of the day are recounted.
For your receptions, family events, birthdays, party with friends, the castle can accommodate up to 50 people in its lounges. The 40 M2 lounge with its King Louis XVI wood paneling is large and comfortable. The “Directoire” lounge, which has succeeded in keeping its original emerald green paintings, has remained the same through the ages: it can be used as a dining room.The first floor lounge and its library are a cozy place for taking a break.
All of the lounges have been classified by the French Ministry of Culture in its “Inventaire supplémentaire des Monuments Historiques”
The guesthouse is a small cottage offering on one side a view on the old cider press, and on the pool on the other side. The guesthouse has 2 bedrooms, the first one with two bunk beds and the other with a double bed. A sofa-bed in the living room can accommodate 2 more persons making a total capacity of 25 persons. The guesthouse has one bathroom and one separate toilet.
The property is rented out in its entirety to a single group, who have access to the château with its bedrooms, the park with its swimming-pool.
The rental price includes rooms, and the charges for water, electricity, garden maintenance, pool, cleaning the chateau, and linenhouse. Bed linen and towels are provided. Beds made on arrival. Only the « taxe de séjour » (a few euros per person) remains to be paid upon arrival.
Security deposit : 2000 euros.
|Season||Stay||Château and guesthouse|
|January February March||Weekend 3 days 2 nights||2650 €|
|Week 7 days 7 nights|
|April, October to December except Christmas and New Year||WE 3 days 2 nights||3100 €|
|WE 4 days 3 nights||3800 €|
|From May to September||WE 3d 2n / 4d 3n||3500 €||4000 €|
|Week July/ August||5600 €||5600 €|
The village and chateau ‘Villiers’ derived their name from a large villa that existed during Roman times in the general location of the current chateau. In the middle ages, the property was transformed into a stronghold. The 16th century half-timbered dovecote, with its flat tile roof, is an artifact from this part of its history. During those days, Villiers was a “maison des champs” surrounded by a 670 hectare park to the East of the village. In 1610 a castle was built by the family Baurepaire. The great oak staircase goes back to the XVII th century and the other rooms were renovated in King Louis XVI times. In the XVIII th century an English style park was built in which a small temple was constructed, so called the “Fabrique” or “Trianon” a romantic reference to princess Marie-Antoinette’s farm in Versailles. A special area for harvest feast dances was also added to the English style park.
Unlike so many other castles, the chateau did not suffer damage during the French revolution. During the Second World War, the castle became the “kommandatur” of the German Wehrmacht before they were expelled by the British army, which then led it to a short occupation by the US army. In addition to the majority of the chateau’s extensive renovations, the current owners are also working to repair the woods which were damaged by a huge storm in 2002.
As of 2004, the chateau, the outbuildings, the park and the gardens have been as a whole registered in the “Inventaire supplémentaire des Monuments Historiques”; and the very rare XVIIIth century wallpapers classified in the “MH” list for their historic outstanding importance.
The Pays d’Ouche has been inhabited since the Neolithic times, there still remain many menhirs and dolmens to be seen, for example the dolmen de Rugles 20 minutes from the castle. Then came the Celts, the Romans, the Vikings…the Orne district is an ideal getaway for many touristic attractions, among which is the Mont Saint Michel, the castles of the Loire, and the D-Day in June 1944. The romantic landscape and the charm of the country account for a long tradition of writers and poets, such as Guillaume de Conches in the middle ages, Jean Boivin de Villeneuve in the XVII th century… and more recently, Jean de la Varende who wrote many short stories originating in the Pays d’Ouche. The Pays d’Ouche provides a lot of cultural, sports opportunities. It is a region well known to fishermen with its fish-bearing rivers, lakes and streams. Many touristic villages are worth visiting nearby, as for example “L’Aigle” with its beautiful brick and stone houses and its famous market, or Bagnoles, a city with a peculiar and unique “Belle Epoque” style. Not far away, the chateau du Champ de Bataille has been recently bought and renovated by the architect and stylist Jacques Garcia (famous for redesigning la Mamounia in Marrakech, the Royal Monceau and the Fouquet’s in Paris, the NoMad in New York or the Danieli Hotel in Venice). Next to the property of Villers-en-Ouche, the manege “le Manoir” offers equestrian activities such as horse riding and pony club with an excellent restaurant and a rural cottage for 10 people. And 3 kms from the château, there is a municipal tennis facility.
Itinerary from the nearest major cities :
– Follow highway A13 (autoroute de Normandie), take highway A12 towards Dreux then join N12 towards Dreux, cross Dreux then continue on N12 and D12
– By train (departure at Paris Montparnasse-Vaugirard station) direction Granville, stop at L’Aigle (16 km to Villers-en-Ouche).
Take highway A132 direction Lisieux. Cross Orbec and join D12
Adress : Château de Villers en Ouche, Route d’Anceins, 61 550 Villers-en-Ouche
Park : 20 hectares with a pool 10 x 15m
9 chambres, 25 persons
The chateau (7 bedrooms, 17 people, 6 bathrooms, 3 WC):
Ground Floor :
– Dining room with a table and 25 chairs
– Directoire Lounge
– equipped kitchen with an old-fashionned cooker, 2 plates, 3 ovens; 2 washing machines, 2 fridges, 1 italian coffee maker
– Grand Salon lounge
– 1 shower
– 1 toilet
First floor :
– reception lounge with a library, a sofa, tv set and 2 extra beds
– Colomban bedroom, next to the reception lounge: 2 twins beds (convertible in 1 double bed)
– washroom with shower and toilet, washing machine and dryer
– Parents’ bedroom : double bed with a bathroom, independent toilet.
Second floor : 5 bedrooms for 11 people
– Marguerite bedroom : 2 twin beds
– Pauline bedroom : 1 twin beds (convertible in 1 double bed)
– Emmanuel bedroom: 2 twin beds, shower and washbasin in the room, and 1 cradle for baby
– Isabelle bedroom : 2 twin beds, shower and washbasin, a cradle for baby
– Louis bedroom : 3 single beds, shower and washbasin. 2 of the single beds can be convertible in 1 double bed.
– 1 toilet in the corridor
The guesthouse (2 bedrooms, 6-8 people):
Ground floor : lounge with a sofa (double sofa bed), dining room, fully equipped kitchen
First floor :
– Parents’ bedroom : 1 double bed
– bunk beds’s bedroom : 2 bunk beds for 4 people
– 1 bathroom
– 1 WC
More equipment :
For children : a crib and a folding-bed, a baby high chair, a baby play pen.
Outside activities :
15m X 10m pool
tennis table, baby-foot, badminton rackets, 4 bicycles
summer veranda lounge