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Historic Luxury Chateau in Normandy Near WWII Sites

Chateau Cherbourg

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About The Experience
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.
Location Description

In this castle, the treaty of Cherbourg was signed between the American general Lawton Collins and the German general von Schlieben on June 26th, 1944. Now far removed from the horrors of war, this amazing French chateau is located in quiet country setting in the heart of the Contentin peninsula, just a few minutes by car from the small, historic town of Valognes, where you can find all you need in the way of necessities. There is also a culture center and a music festival in August. Fifteen minutes will take you to the seaside and bathing beaches, while a twenty minute drive will put you on the shores of Normandy, where the landing took place. In the vicinity of the chateau, you can enjoy a number of activities, including horseback riding, golf, tennis, etc. The area is also ideal for visiting parks, properties, and historic cities such as Cherbourg, Ste Mere Eglise, Bayeux, Coutances, St Lo, Caen, and St Malo.

Nearby Attractions: Ste Mere Eglise's landing museum (15 min by car), Normandy landing beaches (20 min), public tennis court at Yveto-Bocage (600m), 9-hole golf courses at Quineville and La Glacerie (15km), Omaha Beach (60km). Horse riding is possible at Brix (8km).

Paris: 330 km/205 mi
Caen: 100 km/62 mi
Bayeux, Coutances, St-Lo: 60 km/37 mi
Cherbourg, Ste-Mere-Eglise: 20 km/12 mi
Valognes (Train): 5 km/3 mi
Exterior Description
(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.
Interior Description

(600 m2)
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.

Features Description

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: 13 Euros per hour
  • Transfer Service: Upon request
  • Pre-Stocked Villa: 50 Euros plus the cost of groceries
  • Babysitting: Upon request
  • Pool Heating (Above 25 C): Upon request
  • Chateau Heating (Above 19 C): Upon request

Please Note:

  • 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 and towels are changed weekly.

Features and Amenities

  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Independent Villa
  • Outside Area - Private
  • Outside Dining
  • Pool Towels
  • Swimming Pool - Heated
  • Swimming Pool - Private
  • Bikes Available - Upon Request
  • Billiard/Pool Table
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Telephone - Incoming & Outgoing
  • American Coffee Maker
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Washing Machine
  • Heating - Whole House
  • High Chair
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
  • Housekeeping - Included

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly 3 Nights       Min
Sep-02-2017 - Oct-28-2017 $8,402 $4,201 3 night
Oct-28-2017 - Mar-24-2018 $8,121 $4,201 3 night
Mar-24-2018 - May-26-2018 $8,402 $4,201 3 night
May-26-2018 - Aug-26-2018 $9,522 1 wk
Aug-26-2018 - Oct-27-2018 $8,402 $4,201 3 night
Oct-27-2018 - Mar-23-2019 $8,121 $4,201 3 night

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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sat 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Conditions *

Security Deposit

  • Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash or traveler's checks. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus any extra charges or accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 3000 EUR

Additional Expenses

  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
  • Heating - Weekly Charge (above 19°C): 500 EUR

Other Notes

  • Housekeeping available upon request at an extra charge
  • Arrival Fee (Outside Posted Times): Payable upon arrival
  • Departure Time: 10:00 am
  • Cook Services (If Available): must be arranged at least 2 months prior to arrival
  • Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
  • Extra Services (cook, housekeeping, etc) may be arranged for a non-refundable fee payable to Last minute requests (less than 2 weeks prior to arrival) will be an extra charge. Please inquire for pricing.

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  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 19 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Spectacular! The chateau was grand and beautifully appointed, yet warm and inviting--not at all off-putting in its grandeur. We loved the sense of history we got from the property as well. The outdoor furniture groupings were wonderful, and it was great to have the couches in the back, the big outdoor dining table, and the small table and chairs by the kitchen door. The sun in the afternoon in that spot was glorious! We also loved having the barbecue--a real one, not gas!--and we used it a lot. Though the weather was a bit cool, many in our group used the pool and loved it. The pathways through the grounds and woods were magical, and we enjoyed feeding carrots to the horse and donkey. It was great to be so close to Valogne--especially in the morning when dashing there to pick up baguettes at the boulangerie--and yet on the property we had such an extraordinary sense of peace and quiet. The meal prepared for our arrival on Saturday was superb, and Francoise could not have been more attentive to us throughout our stay. And it was a special treat to meet the Countess at the end of the week--she was so warm and welcoming.
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Enjoyed Least:
The only real negative--and this probably had nothing to do with anyone at the Chateau--is that there was no internet service upon our arrival (Saturday night) and we didn't get it back until sometime late Monday. This was a drag for one member of our group who is a translator and was finishing up a big project on deadline and absolutely needed a WiFi connection--she and her husband ended up having to book a room at a hotel in Cherbourg for Saturday and Sunday nights. Early on, a few people In our group lamented the lack of an American style stand-up shower in any of the bathrooms, but they got over it.
Surrounding Area:
The beauty of the fields and farms and villages, proximity of all necessities in Valogne, proximity to he historic sites of the D-Day beaches, Bayeux, and even Mont St. Michel, all of which we visited.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Valogne--not walking distance, but a 10-minute drive and very convenient and quaint. The marche on Friday morning was delightful. Also a good hair salon!
Tips or Restaurants:
We did not eat out on any of the nights we were there--the kitchen and dining room were so beautiful and well appointed and we were able to shop in Valogne and so many in our group enjoyed cooking--we had a beautiful meal at home every night and we couldn't have been happier.
We used GPS, and all three cars traveling to the property found it with ease.
Check In Out:
Everything went perfectly.

Meg, June

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Amazing! Francoise was there every morning to clean and she would help with anything we needed. The first night she prepared a meal for us and it was excellent!
Enjoyed Most:
The decor and the experience of living in a French chateau!
Surrounding Area:
Everything - it was a beautiful location.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Yvestot Bocage and yes it was in walking distance for food shopping and bakery - Valognes - a 3 minute car ride.
Tips or Restaurants:
You can find everything you need in Valognes.
We used GPS with the street address and it took us right there.
Check In Out:
All very easy.

George, June

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Fantastic. Very nice property.
Enjoyed Most:
The grounds, the pool, and the orchard with apples and figs. A very nice lady came in 3 hours each day to clean up.
Enjoyed Least:
The kitchen itself was great, but there were relatively few pots and pans.
Surrounding Area:
Great location from which to visit Normandie.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Valognes is close and easy to reach by bicycle provided by the chateau.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring your entire family. Great location for a reunion.

Anne-marie, August

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