Who we are ?
The Château du Perron team is made up of passionately committed men and women who collaborate on specialised projects, with outstanding events specialists, imaginative creatives and craftsmen boasting unique skills. Naturally, we are extremely attentive to your wishes and intent on providing exactly what you want.
The team functions as a real events organiser. We work, think through, design and support you in delivering the unique made-to-measure experiences you have in mind.
The Château du Perron ensures the smooth running of your stay in terms of organisation, welcome, schedule, catering, entertainment, music, workshops….not forgetting the indefinable chemistry of gracious hosting.
Cardinal Jacques Davy du Perron 1556 – 1618
Cardinal Davy du Perron’s motto was “He delights in the Earth’s harmony”. This is perfectly in tune with the mission of the Château and Estate and is echoed by the three harps on the coat of arms.
The harp, symbol of joy and festivities, represents the instrument which allows us to find this harmony.
It has the clear, subtle and soothing resonance of water, giving rise to the whole range of feelings and making them at once noble, spiritual, exalted, joyous and sensual.
The representation of this instrument is very appropriate for a personality who strived to reach a high level of excellence.
He worked to reconcile the reality of circumstances with pure aims and devoted himself to this quest.
He sought to transcend everyday reality in order to reach the harmony of perfect moments of experience….
Cardinal Jacques Davy du Perron was born in Saint-Lô. He gave his name to the estate, the Château and the nearby village, which is where his family had come from.
He was a bishop, diplomat and poet, a colourful and precocious character. Thanks to his extraordinary intellect, from the age of 10 he started to teach himself mathematics, Hebrew and Greek, and developed a passion for Virgil, philosophy and above all physics.
When he was just 20 he was introduced to Henry III and the French court by Jacques de Matignon, count of Torigny, and delighted them with his erudition.
He very quickly became the King’s reader and a friend of Ronsard, “the prince of poets”. He received an ovation when he gave the eulogy at Ronsard’s funeral at the end of 1585. He took orders that same year.
In 1587, he was asked to give the eulogy at the funeral of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots and Queen of France from 1560 to 1561.
He was introduced to Henri IV through the intervention of Gabrielle D’Estrée, and appointed Archbishop of Evreux.
He was soon admitted to the King’s bedchamber where he would take part in games of chess and be on very familiar terms with the monarch.
He provided enthusiastic instruction to the Béarnais King from Navarre in his conversion to Catholicism and achieved the feat of obtaining the King’s absolution: he presented himself at the feet of the Pope and accepted punishment on behalf of the King.
As the Ambassador for France in Rome he enjoyed so much influence and was so eloquent that he succeeded in securing the elections of two consecutive French Popes. He was rewarded with the Archbishop’s see in Sens.
Pope Clement VIII made him a Cardinal on 17 June 1604 in recognition of his eloquent and ingenious arguments against a reformer.
He spent the twilight years of his life at Bagnolet, surrounded by the literary works of his favourite authors Montaigne and Rabelais. He published his own works on a special printing press he had had installed.