Château du Bois-Guy

Parigné, Ille-et-Vilaine

A fresh, modern look for an ancient château surrounded by glorious countryside only 40-minutes' drive to Mont Saint-Michel


24 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


Stay in the main house itself or pick one of five eco-lodges around the lake with its ducks and geese. Animals rule the roost here; you may happen upon a pot-bellied pig in the car park, or find a door opened for you by a wily chocolate Lab. It’s just how owners Michael and Mathias envisaged; they’ve put the finishing touches on their vision with a nine-hole eco golf course and a swimming pool. They’re unfailingly generous: borrow golf clubs, bikes, umbrellas.Generosity extends to breakfast, a cornucopia of local produce (jam, eggs, cheese, patisserie), served in the dining room with lakeside views. Dinner, local and seasonal, also takes place here. Interiors are hip rather than historic, though big beams and yawning stone fireplaces hint at 15th-century roots.The grounds are perfect for a walk and there’s a great gym, a driving range and yoga twice weekly; book a massage if you’ve had a long drive. You need your car for the coast but there’s plenty on the doorstep; cycle for miles along the very peaceful Voie Verte or visit the American cemetery.

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We think you'll love

  • The modern conversion of a building with history
  • All the extras like the gym, yoga, swimming, golf
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Home truths

  • You may meet a pig if you’re roaming the grounds
  • Weddings are hosted several weekends a year


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Breakfast, €14. Dinner, 3-courses, €45-€55.


Nightly price
from €90
Extra bed/sofabed available €10 per person per night.
5 Cabins for 2
From €160
17 Twin/doubles
From €90
2 Family rooms for 4
From €150


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The neighbourhood

No noisy neighbours here: in 78 hectares of parkland you’ll find the horses, pigs and Ouessant sheep to be rather peaceful bedfellows. It’s a long, languid drive to the road but once you get there the nearest village, Parigné, is a few minutes away – pleasant by bicycle too. There’s a grocery shop and a small restaurant, but Fougères (10km) is a better option and has a 13th-century fortress that’s worth a look. Vitré is one of Brittany’s lesser-know medieval towns and can be reached in 30 minutes.

Local points of interest from Michael Linhoff & Mathias Haefeli

  • The fabulous Mont Saint Michel
  • The dynamic and interesting City of Rennes, the capital of Brittany
  • The medieval town of Fougères with its 13th century château
  • The Floral Parc of Haute Bretagne, an amazing botanical parc with 21 themed gardens on 25 Hectares
  • The magnificent Emerald coast: Saint-Malo, Dinard, etc.
  • The Normandy coast and its famous landing beaches (Utah, Omaha, Gold)


Michael Linhoff & Mathias Haefeli

The château’s eclectic design may have something to do with its Danish-Swiss owners. When Michael Linhoff and Mathias Haefali snapped it up in 2009 they had a vision to turn it into a luxury B&B, but soon saw potential to expand into a hotel. They live in an apartment in the tower and are very hands-on owners and into everything green – Mathias used to run a vegan restaurant in Switzerland, so the menu features lots of interesting options.