La Grande Maison Younan Collection acquires 7th château-hotel

The former Domaine et Golf de Vaugouard will operate as Château de Vaugouard. Photo credit: Younan Collection (Chateau de Vaugouard)

La Grande Maison Younan Collection has acquired its seventh French château-hotel in less than three years with the purchase of Domaine et Golf de Vaugouard, which will operate as Château de Vaugouard. The property has 55 rooms and suites as well as an 18-hole golf course.

Zaya S. Younan, chairman and CEO of France-based Younan Collection and Younan Properties, called the acquisition a "significant" one for the company, helping it become a global luxury brand. “Our goal has been to make strategic acquisitions in the Loire Valley and scale our luxury hotel brand so that everyone is able to get a touch of royalty with history...We plan [on] making additional improvements that will further distinguish Château de Vaugouard as one of the premier luxury resorts in the region.”

Located an hour’s drive from Paris, the 18th-century estate—the castle was built in 1750—is near Montargis, a community that has been called the "Venice of France" for its canals, bridges and historic buildings.

The estate has changed ownership several times and numerous renovations and upgrades have been made, including the addition of the golf course, driving range, club house, locker rooms, a pro shop, a park and expanded meeting rooms. A former stable was adapted into 31 guestrooms that overlook a garden courtyard. 

The Younan Collection is a global private equity firm with assets under management of more than $1.2 billion. The brand includes Younan Properties and La Grande Maison Younan Collection, which owns and operates hotels and resorts throughout the Loire Valley. These include:Château de Beauvois, Hôtel Saint-Martin, Château Le Prieuré, Alexandra Palace, Chateau de Vaugouard, Golf des Forges and Golf du Petit Chêne.