The Castle of Maisonseule
brings you plenitude !
Luxurious guest rooms and Ardéchois gastronomical meals.
Welcome to the Castle of Maisonseule, with its exceptional guest rooms, located in the heart of the Monts d'Ardèche.
For a night, make the most of a magical moment, and live a unique experience: feel the plenitude of a site shrouded in history ; And only 2h15 away from Paris by TGV !
Located in the heart of the Monts d'Ardèche, in a 85 hectare private wooded park, the Castle of Maisonseule overlooks the Doux and the Eyrieux rivers' valleys.
⁃ Luxury rooms and suites
⁃ King size beds
⁃ Living room with flat screen tvs, mini-bar, desk, games room
⁃ Bathrooms with bath and showers (soon with jacuzzi)
⁃ Locally made bath and beauty products made with goat's milk.
A full experience
At the Castle of Maisonseule, you are assured of an enchanting show: sunsets, seasonal colours, flora, fragrances, fauna, etc... To make your stay a whole and sublime experience, we welcome you with dinner and breakfast, using regional gourmet flavours.
"Luxury and Flavours"
A medieval bedroom in a building full of history, and an authentic cuisine using regional and seasonal products with Ardèche wines.
Our chef at Maisonseule, always looking for taste and defending Ardéchois flavours, only works with fresh seasonal products !
Our guest meals, built around the use of regional produce, make this journey in time and history whole.
It is available for 58€ per person (drinks not included).
Suites and Bedroom Prices
From 180€ to 265€*
Breakfast included, free car park
Open all year round :
Everyday from May 1 till September 30
and weekends, school holidays the rest of the year.
*Please note :
- Bedroom prices may vary according to discounts provided by some partner booking sites or because of their profit margins
- Room allocation is not binding as long as upgrading is possible
- You must book your room or suite before noon for the same evening
- It is advisable to book ahead your guest meal or at least before 5pm for the same evening
* * *
- The information given on this official website prevails over all those given on our partners' sites.
and take immediately advantage of a 5 or 10% discount
If you are unable to find an available room on our booking page, please call us ! We may have a solution !
WIFI 2018 !
Please note that the village of Saint Basile is not yet connected to the optical fibre network. But will be in 2018 !
We can already tell you that Wifi access at the Castle of Maisonseule in 2018 will be free of charge and powerful.
Make someone happy, the gift of a holiday break at Maisonseule!
The "gift voucher" includes:
- Welcome with cocktail or fresh Ardechois fruit juice
- Ardechois apéritif on the patio or by the ornemental pond
- Dinner using regional and seasonal produce, Ardechois wines, after dinner drinks
- One night in a luxury bedroom with amazing views on the Monts d'Ardèche
- "All you can eat" breakfast (coffee/tea, fruit juices, home made patisseries, local breads assortment, home made jams, etc...)
- Guided tour of the Castle historic parts (9 centuries of history!)
- Free access to the swimming pool (and soon to the SPA and the sports room).
To stay at the Castle of Maisonseule is to enjoy an exceptional guest room, in a rare area. Located in the heart of the Monts d'Ardèche, the Castle of Maisonseule has unique and magical surroundings.
It is possible to organize your "gift voucher" with an arrival by helicopter!
Activities at and around the Castle
Away from urban noises, radioelectrical waves and pollution, guests can feel free to indulge in the practice of sport.
A fitness programme adapetd to their stay or/and personalised treatments can be put into place.
At the Castle of Maisonseule, you are able to stay with your horse. You would be able to ride it or it can be trained and cared for by a professional. All this in ideal surroundings.
Hiking / Cross-country Cycling
Cross country cycling circuits around the castle
Hiking tracks of the Ardèche (GR), and marked out circuits around the castle
To find out more about the region:
Around the Castle
The Castle of Maisonseule is also Fauna and Flora brought together for an authentic time away
It's not unusual to see a roedeer, a badger, a buzzard or an eagle, and, when lights falls, an owl or a genet...
At the Castle, dogs are welcome, on request !
A 20€ supplement per night will be charged: after a stay with your companion, the bedroom is entirely shampooed.
Private visit (VIP) of the Castle every Sunday at 15h30 followed at 17h by an English Afternoon Tea with patisseries by the fire.
Booking compulsory !
Privatization of the Castle and room hire:
The Castle of Maisonseule offers a unique setting for your business events and a magical site for your wedding.
It can host conferences, seminars, general assembly yearly meetings for Associations or Philosophy groups, birthdays, weddings, groups of visitors during open days and escape games.
Please contact us to study hosting capacities.
How to get to the Castle of Maisonseule
Motorway A7 exit Valence or Loriol. Free carpark at the castle
Valence TGV station. The castle offers a free shuttle service (40min journey)
Valence Chabeuil Airport. The castle offers a helicopter transfer service (10min flight time. Please inquire for fee and weather forecast).
The Castle of Maisonseule, a building full of history located in an 85 hectare natural reserve.
History of the Castle of Maisonseule
In the 13th century, the Sahune family, otherwise known as Asseyne or Asséné, built a dunjeon, the « Saint Louis dunjeon », for keeping watch over the valley between the Rhône and the Velay.
In the 15th century, Balthazar d'Asseyne, Lord of Maisonseule, marries Françoise de Pierregourde. Their daughter Phélise d'Asseyne, Lady of Maisonseule, brings by alliance the domain to the La Gruterie family, and therefore, Christophe de La Gruterie, Lord of Chassagne and Bailiff of the county of Joyeuse, becomes Lord of Maisonseule.
In the 17th century, Gaspard de Maisonseule, Lord of Saint Basile, was made knight of the Order of Malta. Jean, his brother, marries Judith de Chambaud, Baroness of Privas, and succeeds his father Alexander. Judith's mother, Paule, was responsible for the « war of the lovers ».
The last of the Gruterie, Antoine Marie Count of Maisonseule, Baron of La Mastre, Lord of Retourtour and Désaignes, knight of the Order of Malta, spent his life in courts and lost the castle. Claudine de Maisonseule, also called the « benefactress », inherits the castle and dies a spinster in 1739.
After the death of Claudine, the castle becomes the property of Louise de Chevrier, daughter of Jeanne and Gaspard de Grollier. Her son, Pierre Louis Gilbert de Grollier, will be the last Lord of Maisonseule. He will die on the guillotine in 1793.
Then, Maisonseule was sold as a Nation's property, later bought back by the Gaillard family in 1859, to then change ownership twice before being sold in 1990 by Mme Chapon to Yves Lecoquière Duboys de la Vigerie, also known under his artist name as « Yves Lecoq ».
Since 1983, the castle walls are protected under the Historical Monuments Supplementary Inventory.
The Castle of Maisonseule is open all year round
Guest rooms and Luxury suites
Guest meals on request
Visit of the castle all year round, by request only
Open for Heritage days ; discounted price for Saint Basile residents, free for under 12's.