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 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.
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 Open in august and early September and Château de Médavy
Le château de Vendeuvre – A not to be missed Château and with a surprise water garden and museum of Miniature furniture.
Le château de Sassy and their garden à la française. Opening : from 6/15 to 9/15, from 10h30 to 12h30 and from 14h to 18h.
From Easter to June 14th and from September 16th to au September 30th, week-ends, from 15h to 18h.
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.
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 : From July 1st to August 9th every day from 13h00 to 19h00.
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.
Pontgirard garden - Open May 1st to September 30th, from 14h30 to 18h30 Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.
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.
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.
Tel : +33 (0)2 33 31 00 42 or +33 (0)6 07 66 23 61
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
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 Thursday, Saturday, Sunday from 11h to 13h and 15h to 19h, and Friday from 15h to 19h
Just opposite Fassier, a wonderful place to take a little tea www.maison-gustave.fr/
Tel : +33 (0)2 33 73 94 89 firstname.lastname@example.org 18 rue Ville Close 61130 Béllême
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! 6 rue ville 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.
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 10h to 20h, and from Tuesday to Sunday 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.
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
Le Château de Saint Paterne has been selected by :
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