Chambre et table d'hôtes Les Fermes du Chateau

865 rue de la Garenne Maubourg, St Maurice de Lignon, 43200 France (Show map)


In the style of the region, owners have done everything possible to keep the original spirit of the farm building and they hope to help you enjoy a restful, peaceful yet exhilarating stay in this nice and comfortable home in the middle of a wooded and wild countryside. Located only 30 minutes away from Saint Etienne and one hour from Lyon, you will enter very french and authentic environment, yet furnished with all modern equipment: flat TV screen and DVD player in each rooms, private toilets and bathrooms, Internet access and nice furniture. Agnes will do her best to make you discover typical french breakfasts and regional dishes for dinner if whished. The house is in the middle of a large yard where you will enjoy the owners' pets (cats, dog, chickens, duck, goats...) And both owners speak english!

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Innkeepers: Agnes and Francois Venisse



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.2

du bonheur

3.2 on April 11, 2016

Beauté intérieure et extérieure, espace, calme, bon accueil. à recommander

Wonderful Setting and Great Home Cooking

4.8 on September 12, 2013

My wife and I spent three wonderful days in the country at Les Fermes du Chateau. We were made to feel as part of the family while being treated as premier guests. Breakfasts were typically French but were very plentiful. We ordered Table d'hote on two evenings and had wonderful meals and conversations with the owners. They accepted our limited French but both spoke perfect English. That should be an excellent benefit to language limited travelers. There is plenty to see and do near Les Fermes but each day you return to a quiet peaceful farming community.

A happy three days spent at Les Fermes du Chateau

4.8 on July 17, 2013

Agnes and Francois are very friendly and helpful. Their home is delightful and comfortable in a beautiful country setting. We have no hesitation in recommending Les Fermes du Chateau.

on reviendra!

5 on August 31, 2012

excellent accueil une maison très belle et des propri'taires aux petits soins qui aiment partager leur amour de leur région

An Excellent Experience

4.6 on October 26, 2011

This is a gem of a B & B in a quiet hamlet. It has recently been tastefully renovated and is immaculate. The gardens are lovely and well kept. Agnes is a delightfully personable woman who chatted with us and made us feel right at home. She went over and above our expectations with all the information and help she provided. We didn't dine at the B & B but given the service we received, I'm sure it would be a great experience. I heartily recommend this charming B & B for a pleasurable stay. Melinda - Newcastle, Ontario, Canada

Home Away from Home

5 on October 21, 2011

We were amazed at the warm and friendly amosphere at this place, and very much enjoyed the hospitality of our hosts, Agnes and Francois. We would come again in a heartbeat. The home, including the bedroom and the bathroom were done very well and made us feel comfortable and relaxed. The food was the best, and all homemade with care. Thank you both, for a very enjoyable stay!

A Good Place to Be

4.0 on October 07, 2011

A comfortable place to be within a restored stone walled barn with excellent accommodation, firm bed with care taken as to the decoration of the room. Outstanding view. Cosy well kept garden with several places to sit. Delicious homemade jam with excellent croissant, not like the heavy doughy ones you can buy elsewhere in France. Forthcoming hostess. Because of the quality of the B&B we returned for another night at the end of our vacation. I recommend this B&B on all counts but hesitate to do so because then it might be full when I want to return!

La Desirade

4.2 on September 21, 2011

Apart from the delightful surroundings and home itself, what makes this stay extra special is the friendliness and inclusiveness of the innkeepers, Agnès amd François. This is a family home and, whereas there is appropriate private space, you are made to feel part of the household during your stay. The lack of a separate entrance to your quarters could be seen as a disadvantage, but it is fun to come 'home' and walk through the large kitchen and dining room to your own space and, in our experience, Agnès is often found cooking something delicious for the family ... or for guests if they wish to arrange dinner. Opening the shutters in the morning reveals a beautiful garden and potager. In short, a lovely experience of French life with most gracious of hosts.

A good choice

3.8 on September 11, 2011

We booked on the net and really did not know what to expect. Agnes and Francois were the most wonderful hosts - we are still talking about Agnes' nettle soup. We only had an overnight stay We booked an overnight stay at La Desirade on the net, and really did not know what to expect. Agnes & Francois, our hosts, made us feel very welcome. We are still talking about Agnes' menu for dinner that night - simply superb. Forgot to get the recipe for the nettle soup. Susan & John - Sydney, Australia

From the JENSEN/ california

4.0 on August 29, 2011

Very welcoming, charming and cozy. Friendly host. Perfect for relaxing and visiting the region.

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Rooms & Rates


Large family room with one double bed and 3 singles.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double , 3 Twin

Nightly Rate: EUR 65 - EUR 70


Large double bedroom with bathroom

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: EUR 70 - EUR 75

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Location Type

Countryside, Mountains, Rural


Lyon, France (LYS-Satolas) 80 miles

Directions to property:

Driving from Lyon : take on Highway A7 or A46 towards Marseille. Right before Givors, get on highway A47, St Etienne/Clermont Ferrand direction. Just when arriving in St Etienne, you must keep going on the the National 88 towards Le Puy en Velay. You are on a 2x2 way road. Take the St Maurice exit, about 6-7 kms after passing by Monistrol s/loire. Go under the N88 in order to enter St Maurice de Lignon’s village. Keep driving straight forward up to the end of the village. Just before getting out, you will find a parking lot with a place on your right. At this intersection, you will need to go on the left road direction Maubourg-Les Yverras-Chateau de Maubourg (a steel cross is showing the intersection) Take this road for about 1 km (the road goes down then up in a wooden area). When driving out of the woods, keep driving down for 200 more meters. At the bottom of this descent, you will see a group of stoned houses on your left. La Desirade home is a large stoned farm building with a wooden gate. Bonne route !!!

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, River

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Homestay

On-site amenities

Bike rental, Board games, Childcare, Copier, Library, Parking, Private entrance, Washer/dryer

Room amenities

CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Microwave, TV, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, NEW : wellness massages on site !, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: from 6pm
  • Check Out:: before 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: Limited
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 30% of the total amount
  • Cancellations: deposit is kept by owner whenever cancellation
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Agnes and Francois Venisse

Languages spoken

English, French, German, Spanish

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

About the innkeepers

Alors que François travaille encore dans une PME lyonnaise appartenant à un groupe, Agnès a fait le choix de quitter son poste de Responsable de Communication Emploi Europe dans un grand groupe américain pour avoir plus de temps pour ses 3 enfants et a alors crée cette activité d'accueil touristique en 2007 .

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  • Time Served: from 7 to 9:30 am
  • Serving Location: outside terrasse in the summer, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Tourte de lentilles vertes du Puy
Tourte de lentilles vertes du Puy au Bleu d'auvergne


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