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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Fresnay-sur-Sarthe
Insee code72138
AltitudeFrom 67 to 117 meters
Surface2.10 km²
Population2161 inhabitants
Density1029 inhabitants/km²


National labelsSaint-Aubin-de-Locquenay at 1.8 km (4 min)
Chief townLe Mans (at 48 km, 38 min)Saint-Ouen-de-Mimbré at 3.1 km (6 min)
DepartmentSartheSaint-Victeur at 5.5 km (8 min)
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Name of inhabitants: Fresnois.


The earliest origins of Fresnay back to the 6th century where we note the presence of a dozen families on the site "Fraxinidum". It was not until the ninth century that the history of the city actually begins with the construction of the castle in 877 under the leadership of Charles the Bald. In fact the site seems ideal for the installation of a fortress as located on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Sarthe. Despite this, the city, known at the time as the Fresnay-le-Vicomte, undergo several assaults, those of William the Conqueror and later those of the English. With the attack of the English during the Hundred Years War, a native of the region will be honored: Ambroise de Lore, companion of Joan of Arc, named Captain of the city in recognition of his bravery.

Over the following centuries Fresnay be known for its hemp fabrics. This economy will mark the landscape of the city including the district of Bourg Neuf which lists many houses of weavers. The architecture of the houses is recognizable outside staircase leading to the first floor the only part of life, and at the bottom, slightly buried the weaving.

Fresnay-le-Vicomte become Fresnay-sur-Sarthe after the Revolution.


The Notre Dame built in the 12th century, then it has a single nave ending in a chamber choir. After various damages caused by war and weather, the church will be restored and enlarged. The last restoration dates from the second half of the 19th century, a period of addition of the transept.

The portal of the church: the western entrance of the church is marked by a remarkable portal carved oak. It dates from 1528 and is the work of the Brothers Dienis, local artists who worked in various buildings in the area. This portal is a side with the Old Testament illustration of the Tree of Jesse and the other New Testament including the representation of the 12 Apostles.

The castle gate: one of the best preserved parts of the old fortress. It dates from the 14th century and consists of two circular towers connected by a central building that houses the machinery of the drawbridge and portcullis. Element of defense, she also served as a prison.

The library of Fresnay-sur-Sarthe: Adult space, amphitheater, children's area, teen space, space music and multimedia. Contacts: 12 bis rue du Docteur Horeau - February 43 33 35 41. Open Tuesday from 17h to 19h on Wednesday from 10am to 12.30pm and from 14h to 16h30, Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm and from 14h to 16h30.

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Information pointsTourist Office of Fresnay-sur-Sarthe
MonumentsCastle of Fresnay-sur-Sarthe,   Church Notre-Dame,   La Cave du Lion


Every Saturday in July and August: city tour, starting in 1530, the castle gate - free.


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Thursday 29 January
Min. 4°C - Max. 7°C
Friday 30 January
Min. 4°C - Max. 6°C
Saturday 31 January
Min. 0°C - Max. 6°C


French cuisine restaurantLa Barque   NEW
La Barque the restaurant welcomes you in the small town of Beaumont- sur- Sarthe, between Le Mans and Alencon. Come in and sit in a warm atmosphere ! You 'll love the warm, bright interior...
Located 10.2 km from Fresnay-sur-Sarthe28 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLe Gasseau Restaurant & Hôtel de Charme  
SPECIAL GOURMET - To full of greenery and serenity, is an invitation to gourmet Gasseau Restaurant & Charming Hotel in Saint-Leonard-des-Bois. Nestled in an area of ​​35 hectares, this...
Located 11.2 km from Fresnay-sur-Sarthe31 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantAu Colibri  
CRÊPERIE - Come fight buds in Alençon at the salad bar, creperie Au Colibri! LANDSCAPES BUCOLIQUES - The pancake-salads Au Colibri welcomes you to Alençon, a jet pack meal of the cathedral,...
Located 16.9 km from Fresnay-sur-Sarthe15 € per person 

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Manor house with 4 bedroomsManoir de Saint-Pierre    
In this Country High River Sarthe or linger for better embrace of his arms homes well born, was an elegant Manoir lost at the end of a small alley boisée. Ses four tastefully decorated...
Located 9.9 km from Fresnay-sur-SartheFrom 75 € to 80 € the double room 
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3 comfortable rooms, shower, separate sink and toilet. Closed parking. Internet access. RdeC : bed 2 people in 140 cm, shower, washbasin and WC, TV, 1st floor: 1 bedroom 4 people, 140cm...
Located 22 km from Fresnay-sur-Sarthe45 € the double room 

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House for 4 personsMaison   NEW
Cottage 2 star ranking number : 072014004 ranking more tourist office family house located in quiet street with fully enclosed and secure close to all commerce. House with a fully equipped...
Located 16 km from Fresnay-sur-Sarthe500 € per week 
House for 10 personsGîte De Cinq Ans : Confort, Beaux volumes  
 A piece of nature in a quiet old street, close to the town center and shops. House labeled 'Gîtes de France' 4 ears, 'Accueil vélo'. Ideally located between Le Perche and mancelles...
Located 27 km from Fresnay-sur-SartheFrom 590 € to 640 € per week 
House for 8 personsL 'Annexe nord sarthe  
Independent house of 1791 in a small village near Mamers, near Normandy Park Maine and Perche. This cottage has 4 bedrooms, 2 double beds of140.2simple beds of90, and 2 bunk beds. On...
Located 29 km from Fresnay-sur-SartheFrom 220 € to 250 € per week 

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120 places over 9 haCamping Indigo Les Molières    
Les Molières Indigo Campsite***... In the heart of the national forest, on the edge of the lake at Sillé Beach... Les Molières Indigo Campsite is situated next to the activity park...
Located 13.4 km from Fresnay-sur-Sarthe 
75 places over 2,5 haCamping les tournesols    
Traditional family camping in the wilderness. 500 m from the forest and 2 km from the lake sillé guillaume. Free coffee on arrival. Wifi. Kid club from July 23 to August 15. Entertainment...
Located 15.5 km from Fresnay-sur-SartheFrom 14 € to 17 € per day 

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Hôtel Ronsin - Hotel in Fresnay-sur-SartheHôtel Ronsin     
Hotel Ronsin is located in the mediaeval town of Fresnay-sur-Sarthe. It offers 2-star accommodation with free Wi-Fi internet access and a traditional restaurant. All of the rooms at...
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Logis de la Barque - Hotel in Fresnay-sur-SartheLogis de la Barque     
This hotel is located in the heart of a small medieval town and offers the ideal backdrop to your break in the Pays de la Loire. The Logis de la Barque features 24 comfortable guest...
Located 10.2 km from Fresnay-sur-SartheRoom from 60 €
Touring Hotel & Restaurant - Hotel in Fresnay-sur-SartheTouring Hotel & Restaurant     
The Touring Hôtel is located in the heart of the Alpes Mancelles, in the village of St Léonard des Bois, not far away from Le Mans and Alençon. Two hours away from Paris, it offers...
Located 10.7 km from Fresnay-sur-SartheRoom from 66 €

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Located in the heart of Le Mans and housed in a classic building dating back to 1906, Hôtel Concordia is only a 2-minute walk from the train station. The...
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