The residence has the feel of a family home and promises you an atypical holiday, the gardens invite you to relaxand spend days full of charm in absolute calm where only nature is expressed.
While all the guest suites offer views of the gardens, they are a real place of discovery in the heart of a wooded and hilly countryside.
Pascaline and Emmanuel, DPLG landscapers, are passionate about decoration and gardening and they are delighted to share their passion with you. The themed gardens of the estate guarantee you a surprise on every walk.
As soon as you enter the large gate, the feel of this classically French chateau is immediate. Once in the square courtyard, the manor house and its 15th century dovecote confirm this feeling, an outward sign of wealth from the time of the lords. The simple yet grandiose courtyard, with its large lawn, has boxwood spheres and two large topiary yews that frame the entrance to the manor.
Our two 50-year-old proprietors, trained at the Versailles School of Landscape, developed the transformation of the estate while respecting its cultural and climatic history. Thus, the search for biodiversity and suitable plants led them to create “contemporary” garden spaces and “natural” areas, such as meadows favorable to bee species which give the current garden a lot of charm and beauty.
The French garden reflects the classical gardens of Versailles or Vaux le Viconte in France, both known throughout the world : rectilinear paths punctuated by ponds, yews and boxwood cut into topiary, and beds of white roses. “Iceberg” is their vernacular name, they bloom for 6 months from April to October and are the perfect setting for your family photo shoots !
The king’s kitchen garden in Versailles is one of the most beautiful places in France and around the world. At La Massonnière, the vegetable garden, which mixes flowers and crops, is surrounded by the wall of the estate and is enclosed by hedges of clipped hornbeams. A veritable micro-climate is conducive to the cultivation of exceptional vegetables, fruits and aromatic plants in the Sarthe and the Le Mans country and much appreciated in the kitchen ! A mixed-border mixes fennel, artichokes and perennials. The vegetable plots are home to tomatoes, squash, cabbage, salads, pears for vegetables, and cosmos, turkey carnations, sweet peas, not to mention potato flowers ! The rose garden will allow you to take an aromatic walk and rest under the arbours for an ideal tea break…
Leave the colourful rose garden with its gazebos and pergolas and enter the wilderness of the forest garden and ipond. In this magical place awaits a collection of remarkable trees such as the tulip tree, the ginkgo biloba and Japanese maple. The large pond, full of koi carp, has a natural relaxing feel enhanced by a trickling waterfall and adorned with lotuses and water lilies.
Our guests will especially appreciate the park around the house. Like a large outdoor room, the large lawns invite you to picnic or enjoy outdoor activity. The tall trees, many more than a hundred years old, guarantee you freshness and shade at all times of the day and a variety of birds will accompany your day including the coal tit with its black and yellow plumage and melodic song.