Historic Luxury Chateau in Normandy Near WWII Sites - Chateau Cherbourg
Description from the manager
You've seen this French castle before: on a postcard, in the pages of a history book... or perhaps only in your dreams. This chateau in Normandy, framed by idyllic gardens and rolling countryside, was no doubt lifted right from the pages of a storybook fairytale. Let us not mislead you, however; for this magical, turreted French chateau is no figment of your imagination. Firmly rooted in history, garden paths cross ancient Roman roads, lead past 17th century stables and steles erected in honor of the fallen (forget not that we are but 20 minutes from the beaches), and arrive at vine-covered walls that housed the signing of the treaty of Cherbourg in WWII.
(7 Hectares) This magnificent family historical chateau in Normandy has a heated pool and all the comfort you wish for, indoors and out. Listed as a 17th century monument, the castle and its grounds have been in the same family for 500 years-- indeed, the most recent Comte and Comtesse occasionally inhabit a private wing of the chateau. The property itself is like a jewel set in the midst of lush greenery: guests will enjoy strolling through seven hectares of landscaped garden surrounding the chateau, planted with rare trees and scattered with romantic 19th century follies-- including a stream and a small, child-sized stone manor! There is also a chapel, a temple to Neptune, and a terrace on the bank of the stream. Vegetable gardens are housed in superb 19th century greenhouses, while the beautiful heated swimming pool (12m x 6m, 1-2m deep) is equipped with elegant Roman steps. The grounds also include a covered games room, swings, and a sand pit. The landscaped property is surrounded by cultivated fields and apple groves belonging to the property. Naturally, all of this gorgeous land needs plenty of care-- so the gardener and his friendly dogs live on site.
The decor of the chateau combines local crafts (such as traditional hand molded tiles) with the most prestigious names in international interior decoration: Rubelli fabrics, Murano chandeliers, Aubusson-style carpets, and more. There are also many period antiques and furnishings designed by the owner himself, an architect. The entire house is also equipped with a WiFi connection, for the convenience of those bringing laptops.
Ground Floor: The entry to the chateau is via a double hall in Carrara marble. To the right of the hall is a spacious dining room, seating up to twenty guests. A large kitchen is fully equipped with microwave, oven, stove, dishwasher, coffee maker, and a table seating eight. To the left of the entrance hall, there is a large billiard room decorated with historic arms. There are two guest bathrooms, each with a sink and a toilet.
First Floor: Upstairs, a wide landing opens into a large drawing room/library with Louis XVI wood paneling and a Carrara marble fireplace. There is also a Louis XV music and games room. This floor is also host to the master bedroom, which contains a 160 cm queen-size bed and an additional 90 cm twin-bed. It has an ensuite bathroom containing a bathtub with a handheld shower-head. The WC is separate.
Second Floor: On this floor there are a total of seven bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom (including towel warmer and bathtub with handheld shower-head) and toilet. The first bedroom has a 150 cm small queen-size bed. The second room has a 100 cm large single bed. The third room has a 135 cm four poster bed, best suited for sleeping one. The fourth room contains two 90 cm twin-beds that can be combined to form a king-size bed upon request. The fifth room has a 160 cm queen-size bed. The sixth and seventh rooms each contain a 140 cm standard double bed. The chateau also has two baby cots that can be used in any room.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
* Cook Service: 11 Euros per hour, plus cost of food
* Transfer Service: Upon request
* Babysitting: Upon request
* Pool Heating (Above 25 C): Upon request
* Chateau Heating (Above 19 C): Upon request
* Occasionally the owners occupy a private wing of the chateau, but do not impose upon the clients' privacy. When present, they are happy to meet visitors if so desired.
* The caretakers have a dog that lives with them on the premises.
* Many French beds are 140 cm standard double beds, considered small by some Americans.
* It is customary to tip the staff 8%-10% of the rental cost upon departure.
* Housekeeping is provided for 3 hours, 5 days per week. Linens are changed weekly. Towels are changed twice per week.
Additional amenities include: pool table, ping pong table, housekeeping - included, pool towels, housekeeping available - extra cost, cd, cook service available - extra cost, bike, outside area - private, independent villa, free parking on premises, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request, outside dining, american coffee maker....Read more
Left on 07/09/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 9, 2011Stayed Jun 2011
It was fabulous! There were enough bedrooms - all of which have en suite bathrooms so that everyone had privacy. Early risers did not disturb those who slept in. The chateau itself is lovely and evocative of the end of WWII.
The ambiance. It was quiet and peaceful, yet close to town. Francoise, the housekeeper is a gem. She comes in unobtrusively and is so gracious!
Can't think of a thing. The weather was cooler than we expected, so the pool was not an option.
The WWII beaches and Mont St. Michel were even better excursions than anticipated. We also really enjoyed the town of Valognes. We bought groceries, had our favorite boulangeries, and found great sales.
Left on 07/31/2009 for a stay in July 2009 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 31, 2009Stayed Jul 2009
Magic. I can't think of a more relaxing and peaceful setting.
The chateau and grounds were spectacular. A perfect mix and balance between luxurious living conditions and French country charm.
If there is a negative I could mention, it would be that the kitchen is perhaps a bit undersized and under equipped to support a large group. Nothing very serious, just something I noticed.
The Norman countryside is absolutely beautiful. The area around the chateau is straight from a story book complete with rolling hills, hedgerows and grazing cattle with the local population living life at a pace I could definitely get used to.
Left on 06/30/2007 for a stay in June 2007 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 30, 2007Stayed Jun 2007
We take a family trip every year and this was probably the very best ever, and we have had some real winners! The caretaker and cook couldn't have been better. The dinners were wonderful. I would recommend eating every dinner in the chateau and lunch out at the nearby Creperies. They were excellent too. The kitchen was perfectly equipped and we enjoyed fixing breakfast crepes with the crepe mix we found at the nearest grocery store. All in all a memorable trip.
Everything was perfect
There was nothing we didn't like
We went for the D-Day ceremonies and they were better then we could have hoped for.
Left on 09/30/2006 for a stay in September 2006 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 30, 2006Stayed Sep 2006
If you are looking for a secluded location, close to all the facilities you are likely to need, this is the place for you! The chateau is also steeped in history from WWII; a surrender was signed there, and the D-Day landing beaches can be reached in less than 30 minutes. If you just want to relax in the peaceful French countryside this Chateau serves equally well. It was a brilliant location
We found everything to be exactly what was promised and the entire property exceeded our expectations. The staff who prepared our meals were friendly, polite and very eager to please.
The temperature of the pool, but this is being picky
The location was close to all local facilities but totally secluded from them - Perfect.
Left on 07/31/2005 for a stay in July 2005 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 31, 2005Stayed Jul 2005
The chateau and gardens are as beautiful as the pictures.
The kitchen is under-equipped and the barbecue turned out to inoperable. Also there really isn't a comfortable place to sit and read. Bedrooms should have more pillows. Bathrooms should have soap. Dining room should have cloth napkins.
So much to see and do within short distances, including landing beaches, Bayeux and little port towns.
Left on 06/30/2005 for a stay in June 2005 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 30, 2005Stayed Jun 2005
The outstanding parts of the experience were the people and their pride in the chateau. The owner has owned the property for generations. He has completely modernised the building but has kept the atmosphere very personal. The housekeeper was there to greet us and guide us and we used the chef for two family dinners, seating 18 people. They were some of the highlights of the trip. The food was simple and good using local ingredients. There is an honor wine celler. We used some of the wines produced by the family and some of our own wines. I had the feeling that everyone at the chateau loved the place and wanted us to love it too. This was a memorable family time and fulfilled all our expectations.
A beautiful chateau in lovely grounds. All of our expectations were fulfilled and more. We were three generations and everyone was happy. We loved the children's house and game room in the grounds. The highspeed Internet connection was a help to those who needed to stay in touch with work. The chateau blends the beauty and space from the past with all the modern amenities we are used to having.
There is little to dislike. there is no garbage disposal. In one bedrooms the mattress of the canopied bed was hard.
The grounds of the chateau are lovely and very peaceful. There are garden chairs and seating in the sunny and sheltered areas. The pastoral setting with spreading chestnut trees cows and a horse and foal are etched in my mind. We took day trips to the WW2 landing beaches and to some of the small towns on the coast. One group went to Mont San Michel for a day.The day we left we stopped in Bayeau to see the Tapestry - really interesting - and on the way back to Paris we took a twenty minute diversion to see the gardens at Giverny. There is a small American museum down the road from the gardens
Left on 07/31/2004 for a stay in July 2004 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 31, 2004Stayed Jul 2004
The chateau and the grounds were magical. Our expectations were exceeded in every regard.
The grounds, the grounds, and the grounds. Did we mention the grounds? Absolutely lovely. The online pictures don't do it justice. Jeanine, the chef and substitute key-keeper was friendly, helpful and above all else, a fantastic chef!
The temperature of the pool was a bit jolting, especially after we read that it was supposed to be heated.
Valogne is charming. We enjoyed the Friday open market there.
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