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Monuments and what to see in the Alençon area

What to see nearby Saint Paterne

The old town of Alençon

Alençon : Alençon's streets, gift shops, chocolatiers, parks and street markets (Thursday and Saturday) should not be missed. You can follow an audio tour from the Alençon Tourist Office, which is in the former palace of the Dukes of Alençon, the 'Maison d'Ozé', next to the spectacular gothic Eglise Notre Dame. You can also visit the birthplace of St Therese of Lisieux, which draws pilgrims from around the world.
Most of all Alençon is known for its lace, considered by many as the finest in the world, and which has been made since the 17th century. The Museum of Fine Arts has a permanent exhibition explaining the technique and displays examples through the centuries.Market in Alençon on Thursday and Saturday.

Alpes Mancelles and the village of Saint Ceneri le Gerei, 15 km away from Saint Paterne. One of the most beautiful villages in France, which is worth a detour : gorgeous landscape, charming Roman Church and little chapel along the river.

The old town of Le Mans and then visit the 24 hours museum . Or make your dream come true and drive on the Bugatti circuit www.lemans.org

The Perche region between Alençon and Chartres, filled with antique shops, gardens to visit and delicious little auberges. www.le-perche.org

Sées – The gothic Cathedral and the religious art museum.

The famous Camembert village and the pays d’Auge.

Chateaux and manor Houses in the area

Le château de Carrouges

At Ancinnes – le Manoir de Couesme

Le Manoir de Courboyer

Le Haras du Pin (national stud farm) known as « the horses’ Versailles »   is in a beautiful 2500 acre park just for horses.

Mortrée - Château d'Ô 1st of august and to September 9th from 10h00 to 16h00.

Château de Médavy - Open in 2014, château de Médavy and its parc opens every day from Saturday June 28th to Sunday August 31st from 14h to 19h. Guided tour 1 hour

Chateaux and manor Houses in the area

Le château de Vendeuvre –45 minutes away from Saint Paterne, a not to be missed Château and with a surprise water garden and museum of Miniature furniture.

Tulipe Festival in April from 14h to 18h, from May 1st to September 30th, open everyday from 11h to 18h, October open Sunday and bank holidays from 14h to 18h, from October 20th to November 2nd, everyday from to 14h to 18h.

Le château de Sassy and their garden à la française. Opening : from 19.04.2014 to 09.06.2014, from 15h to 18h.
From June 14th to September 14th open everyday from 10:30 to 12:30- 14:00-15:00 September 20th and 21st, from 10:30 to 12:30- 14:00-15:00 Visit of the gardens by yourself, and take a guided tour of the château, which includes an extraordinary library.

Château du Lude – The first Loire Valley château coming from the north.

And a few gardens

Mansonnière garden in Saint Ceneri

In the Perche, the jardin François - Open all year long from morning to sunset.

In Rémalard the botanic garden of La Petite Rochelle which had in 2004 was named the « remakable garden » Open to the public : Opening times 2014 : 14h-19h - April: Sat.-Sun. 5-6 Sun. Mon. 20-21 (Easter)- May: Thu.-Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 1-2-3-4 Sat.-Sun. 10-11 Thu.-Fri.-Sat. 29-30-31 and Sun. 1 June (Ascension Week-end and "Rendez-Vous aux Jardins" days.- June: Sat.-Sun. -Mon. 7-8-9 for the Charity Enfance et Partage Sat.-Sun. 21-22 - July - August: Sat. 19 July > Mon. 18 August included, daily: 14h-19h.

Le jardin du Champ de la Pierre ànext to château de Carrouges. But also my godmother’s garden. Open every day from June 1st to September 30th, from10h to 12h and from 14h30 to 18h30.

Antique shops and boutiques that we like

In Alençon, antique and decoration shop. One of our favourite.
Auguste 14 place de la Halle au Blé 61000 Alençon tel : 02 33 26 54 68 Open from Tuesday to Saturday.
Closed at lunch time.
Local market in Alençon, Saturday morning, find local cheese there 

In Radon, in a massive old farm, you are looking for a staircase, gates, chimneys, genuine tiles etc. Come and visit this unique place. Even if you are not buying it is worth a visit.
Esprit Antique Avoise 61250 Radon.

In MORTAGNE AU PERCHE
Beautiful little town, on week ends trendy bobos from Paris meet and visit all the different antique shops in town La vie en rouge 31 Rue Ste Croix 61400 Mortagne-Au-Perche Tel : 09 66 13 88 20

In  BELLEME
La Maison Fassier. Boutique with absolute treasures. Quite a few furnitures in the château come from there. La Maison Fassier · 21, Rue Ville Vlose · 61130 Bellême · Tél: +33 6 07 34 36 72  Friday, Saturday, from 11h to 13h and 15h to 19h, and Sunday from 11h to 13h
www.lamaisonfassier.fr/


Coming down the street, you can visit different antique shops, with one specialises in the 50’s and the other one in the 70’s. behind “le comptoir duPorche, on the little courtyard.

Comptoir du Porche. For a cup of tea and discover fantastic regional artcraft– 1 rue du château 61130 BELLEME - +33 (0)2 33 73 15 00

Gabrielle Feuillard great decoration, great brocante and great florist! 1 place au blé close to Bellême.
Tel : +33 (0)2 33 73 53 82 or +33 (0)6 81 93 16 16
In summer open from Tuesday to Sunday , and in winter from Thursday to Sunday. Open from Thursday to Sunday , from morning to dark

In la Perrière : a place you can have lunch, buy some great fois gras, discover painters and antiques. La maison d’Horbée Grande Place 61360 La Perriere
Tel : +33(0)2 33 73 18 41 Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11h to 20h, and every day during holidays.

Domfront : don’t be afraid to come in. A huge warehouse, in which you can find what you are looking for. If you don’t mind moving furnitures, have dusty close and fun, this is your place. Open every afternoon from 14h to 18h30 and Sundays from 15h to 18h30.
61700 Domfront.
Tel : +33(0)2 33 38 98 64 or +33(0)6 07 31 63 23

La rue des Antiquaires, route du Mont Saint Michel www.anticdeco.fr

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A little further

Alençon is located in centre of western France not far from the A28. If you are not afraid to do a little driving.

The mont Saint Michel et Cancale.

The D day beaches and the Peace Memorial in Caen.

The beautiful town of Deauville

The beautiful town of Honfleur

La Tapisserie de Bayeux

The Loire valley chateaux, and the town of Angers, Tour and Saumur.

The stunning Chartres Cathedral

Giverny gardens