© Château de Saint-Paterne
A couple of hours in the car, and there you are. Rent or borrow a coach to go to the Perche , it is the promise of a rustic and romantic weekend in the middle of a preserved natural park.
Walks in the forest, good food, charming hotels and castles , flea markets galore, meadows as far as the eye can see: a call to slow life that deserves to be answered. Our dream program in a few places of choice for a chill and sharp break.
The good life
© Château de Saint-Paterne
It's hard to be more chic and Percheron than the family at the helm of the Château de Saint-Paterne , a superb 15th century residence a few minutes from Alençon surrounded by an incredible kids and pet friendly park with undergrowth, dacha, swimming pool and games . All different, the rooms compete in charm and are the ideal cocoon for a romantic getaway as well as a tribe.
In the evening, all the guests gather in the living room for an aperitif around the fireplace in a decor worthy of Barry Lyndon , before having dinner by candlelight around local products simmered in the kitchen by a local chef. Peaceful, elegant, with good advice for a flea market / local tables course from the hostess Ségolène, who knows Perche like the back of her hand.
Rooms from 150 €
The good guesthouses where to put your suitcases
© Hotel D'One
In the charming village of Moutiers au Perche, Hugo and Daniela (formerly Septime , L'Agapé ) have taken over the hotel-restaurant well known to the locals: Villa Fol Avril , a magnificent former coaching inn now enjoying a lush garden , a heated swimming pool and a table offering fresh, local market cuisine. A must-go recommended by Amélie Pichard , the most fancy of country women.
Rooms from 100 €
A real country house in the heart of a large estate of meadows and forests, d'Une has been talking about it since 2018 with its 9 rooms and its small bar-restaurant, all nestled in an adorable 17th century hamlet. At its head, the trendy duo from the East of Paris aka Bertrand Grébaut and Théo Pourriat ( Septime , Clamato ) offer their creative version of the best local products (even straight from the vegetable garden) in a farmhouse filled with antiques and whose none of the rooms look like any other.
Rooms from 85 €
Located on the square of the very pretty village of La Perrière , Le Relais d'Horbé acts as a little novelty with its four suites and three bedrooms and its restaurant with a very Bali Style decor whose cuisine by Percheron chef Julien Bonmarin competes in colors and colors. surprising associations. It must be said that the young bosses Maud Plaza and Benjamin Vanhaeverbeek wanted a place to live in the air, a thousand miles from the rustic houses that are legion around.
Rooms from 95 €
Other popular tables
© Sven Chartier / @kathaparis on Instagram
After the sale of his Michelin-starred restaurant Saturne and a moment spent getting back on its feet in his country house in Préaux-du-Perche , Sven Chartier finally settled there. Who to blame him? Symbol of this gentrification in search of calm, its inspiring new restaurant Oiseau-Oiseau opens only three days a week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday), and strives to do justice to the vegetables of the kitchen garden as to the best farms in the region. : homemade pie, squash velouté, fatty veal chop, fine quince tart ...
Dishes between 18 and 56 €
If the next session of its legendary blood sausage festival will be held next March (a once-in-a-lifetime event), Mortagne-au-Perche is also worth the pilgrimage for the dining cellar La vie en rouge , whose boss - half gruff - Philippe Ribaut is obviously an obsessive of wine well made in nature or biodynamic. We let ourselves be guided on the jaja side, to accompany rillettes, black pudding, pâté, octopus or belly, not without leaving with good products under the arm, caught on the side of the grocery store.
€ 5 a glass of wine, plates between € 7 and € 30, reservations at 09 66 13 88 20
Flea markets to truster
© La Maison d'Horbé / flea market Saint-Maurice-lès-Charencey
South of Nogent-le-Rotrou , the edges of the D923 road prove to be the promised land of second-hand dealers' cooperatives, gathered in
Huge warehouses like the Brocante du Chêne Vert where you can find everything at very low prices (Art Deco armchairs, 60's tables, etc.).
Family affairs are also legion in this region conducive to large residences. Among the best addresses: the amazing flea market / tea room La Maison d'Horbé for crystal glasses and silverware, the flea market of Saint-Maurice lès Charencey for large wooden furniture, the very famous Maison Fassier for chests of drawers, Louis XV chairs or china cabinets… As antique dealers often travel from Perche to Paris, you can undoubtedly negotiate home delivery for large items.
Complete list of flea markets on calameo.com , pages 23-24
Call of the wild
© @pnrperche on Instagram
Impossible to pass in the Perche without booking a highly invigorating “nature ” experience to completely disconnect. Your choice: an outing to discover mushrooms with the Club Mycologique Fertois for a brilliant picking, a walk in the forest by moonlight with a meal at the inn, the incredible Saturday market in Nogent-le-Rotrou with products straight out of the vegetable garden or even a horseback ride with the best equestrian centers in the country (Percheron obliges!) including the Equestrian Farm of Montécôt (€ 32 for half a day).
Find all the programming on parc-naturel-perche.fr