Last week I took the train from Paris to an area close to Normandy, city called Alencon. We took the train to Le Mans then rented a car and drove to the most beautiful chateau close to Alencon in a village called St. Patern.
The chateau is called “Chateau de St. Paterne and you can go on their web side at www.chateau-saintpaterne.com. The chateau is owned by Charles Henry and Segolene de Valbray, they live in the chateau with their children and 2 dogs. The chateau has been in their family for hundreds of years and now has been restored the the grandure that it once held when it was a hideaway for Henry IV. Each room has the charm of years past with all the up to date luxeries of today.
The chateau is about 1 hour 20 minutes from the cost of Normandy and with the new freeway it was an easy drive. We left after a perfect French breakfast and spent the day visiting the cost of Normandy and the new visitors center where there are over 9,000 men and women laid to rest .
The entire coast line from the cliffs to the Sword beach ,where the English landed, has been preserved in a very beautiful way. I would recommend this trip to everyone sometime and be sure to stay at least one night at Chateau de St. Paterne.