Château de Saint Paterne
Gourmet discovery and Antiques hunt in the Perche region
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The Perche region makes one want to explore this beautiful area, filled with sumptuous manor houses, deep forests and green valleys. Our suggestion for a days outing is to help you discover this beautiful area and on the way to find several antique dealers that we particularly like.
Leave Saint Paterne and take the direction of Mamers, the capital of the famous speciality from the Sarthe . Then take the direction of la Perriere. This beautiful village is worth visiting, go up to the church and admire the amazing panorama : the site " de l'éperon. ". This village has beautiful manor houses listed as historical monuments.
On the main square, you can have a brief visit of the netting museum. The Alençon lace has been invented by Madame de la Perrière and the Alençon lace started by a net ! Have lunch or tea in the charming Proustian salon de thé “la maison d’Orbée” and discover their antique shop and gallery.
Leave La Perrière through the Bellême forest until the town of Bellême, where you will find a few antique shops travelling the age from the 18th century to the 70’s(maison fassier,or les brochanteuses down in the village). At Bellême you can also stop stop at the chocolaterie : Bataille, or La Verticale very nice wine bar and then visit the very nice decoration shop Gabrielle Feuillard . You will be overwhelmed.
Leave Bellême, taking the direction of Nogent le Rotrou during few kilometers until the sign : Préaux du Perche. In Préaux du Perche turn right just before the church and follow the signs of " jardin Francois ". Discover in a very bucolique setting a charming garden.
This garden has been designed by one of the most famous florist in Paris : Gérard Francois. Leave the garden and go to Manoir de Courboyer, one of the rare manor houses open to the public. There is also a little cafeteria at Courboyer, with local products for a quick lunch or tea.
To come back you can go to Mortagne au Perche, a town with great antiques, and fine wine shop “la vie en rouge”, a great market on Saturday morning, and of course not to forget beautiful houses.” To come back to Saint Paterne we encourage you to take the N12 in direction of Alençon and we will be waiting for you.