The Story off Klaus and Soren
Reference: Magazin Be attitudes Saison 2022 - Gratuit - Be Bagnoles
Credits photos: Bagnoles de l'Orne tourisme David Commenchal, Christophe Aubert
A shared dream of another life, Klaus Bentin and Soren Rasmussen left Denmark for Bagnoles de l'Orne and the Château du Gué aux Biches in 2020 .
A chateau of 1,200 m2 on five floors, located on a hill just outside the town of Bagnole de l’Orne with a park of 13 hectares, wonderful views and close to the Andaines forest.
"We did not choose the Gué aux Biches,it was the Gué aux Biches that chose us. This is the story of love at first sight. Or rather of several... “Before we got to know each other, we each had had the same passion for France. Together, we continued to visit France to search for the right Chateau: to settle there and to open it as a Chambre d’hôte (Bed & Breakfast) to welcome guests.
Determined to change their lives, far from their native Denmark, Klaus Bentin and Soren Rasmussen, visited many chateaus, without real emotion, until they encountered the legendary Bagnole Chateau. We knew straight away that this was the project and the vision we had been searching for"
TO REVIVE THE PRESTIGE OF THE CHATEAU DU GUE AUX BICHES
Built in the early 19th century for the daughter of Admiral Bouvet, the residence then passed to Prosper Vialon, the editor of the "Century" who received, at that time, many writers such as Alexandre Dumas, Paul Féval, Auguste Vitu and Barbey d'Aurevilly to stay at the Chateau
From 1868, the new owner Albert Christophe, a member of the French parliament, a Minister of Public Works for the Orne department , carried out major improvements. The chateau then became the property of the Cousin family.
“We visited the Gué aux Biches in 2016 for the first time
and signed the deed of sale in 2017, says Klaus. Since then, we have not only left our jobs as equity trader and politician, but also our country. We settled permanently at the chateau in August 2020.”
For a year, Klaus and Søren renovated the chateau, modernizing it and furnishing it with period furniture. “We wanted to respect its history and the original details in order to restore it to its former grandeur.
THE ALLIANCE OF ELEGANCE AND HOSPITALITY
Today labelled Gîte de France 4 stars, the Gué aux Biches reveals, on the first floor, 3 superior rooms and 2 suites of character with contemporary comfort. Each bears the name of a personality who stayed at the château or in Bagnoles: www.chateaudugueauxbiches.fr
The Albert-Christophe suite, with bedroom, living room, en-suite private bathroom (shower and bath)and south-facing balcony;
The beautifully naturally lit Alexandre Dumas suite, facing South, a large west facing balcony and en-suite private bathroom.
The Marie-Laurencin, Paul-Féval and Sophie-Herminie rooms, all with a en-suite private bathrooms and views.
The price: From €200 per night for suites and €150 per night for superior rooms. An offer that not only includes bathrobe and slippers embroidered with the logo of the chateau, but also breakfast. "We are not cooks, but we love to eat well," says Soren, with a broad smile. "We don't offer table d'hôte, but treat our guests to a hearty breakfast served in the Dining room on the ground floor, guests are also free to make use of the salon, a library and a large terrace with views of the park and its lake.
PROJECTS AND A COTTAGE TO COME
Beyond the sumptuous setting of the chateau, the couple also intend to provide their guests with a warm experience…we want everyone to feel at home.
"We also have a few welcome surprises in store... The owners of the chateau nurture many projects for the future for their visitors: to allow real interactions with Bagnolaise life and to extend their offers. Thus, a gîte will soon be open in the former gardener’s cottage“
We think this will be perfect for families and groups of friends of four to six people. It can be reserved for the week from Friday to Friday, specify the couple.
Le Gué aux Biches begins a new story and these new chapters promise to be particularly happy one’s.