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Fresh Picks: Château de Saint Paterne

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Fresh Picks features the latest luxury properties admitted into the Kiwi Collection. This week, we peek inside 600-year-old Château de Saint Paterne.

Where: Erected in the 15th century, the castle is located between Loire and Normandy in the rural Perche region of France. French countryside at its finest.

What: Owned by the de Valbray family for centuries, heir Charles-Henry has looked after it since 1989. Later wife Segolene and their three boys joined in. There are only 10 rooms, charmingly decorated and accented by lovely natural light streaming in. There’s a pool for cool off in the summer months. Delectable dinners are served by candlelight. And if you’re game, your hosts will arrange a murder mystery party.

Who: Francophiles and food lovers (owner Charles-Henry is the talented self-taught chef; he has his own cookbook and offers cooking classes).

Why: The rumor is King Henry IV entertained mistresses here. If Le Vert Galant felt it très romantique, then so do we. Another honeymoon maybe? Plus starting at €135 a night, it’s also très économique.

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