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Sleeps:
14 - 15
Single Bedrooms:
2
Double Bedrooms:
6
Bathrooms:
8
Type:
Castle
Property #:
16492
Nearest Town:
Yvetôt-Bocage

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Overall:
It is a beyond special place to stay.
Enjoyed Most:
It's gorgeous, historical, and comfortable.
Enjoyed Least:
We were there during great weather, not too hot or cold and were able to use the beautiful pool during several of the days. I'm not sure how hot it gets there, but noted there was no AC, which again in our case didn't matter but in the heat of summer might make a difference
Surrounding Area:
Lots of great one-day excursions close by.
Nearby Events or Locales:
There are plenty of grocery stores close by, though only walked into the little town for a dinner and lunch (which was a really nice option).
Tips or Restaurants:
Only a silly suggestion...full size bar of soap.
Directions:
My friends knew how to get there - so I didn't have any challenges getting there.

David, July

Overall:
I found the curio cabinets, game room, and decorative pieces all intriguing. The ambience was luxurious, tasteful, relaxing.
Enjoyed Most:
The elegance and variety of buildings and activities available. I think we used all the amenities.
Enjoyed Least:
I can't think of anything to say here.
Surrounding Area:
Normandy is rich in history so we took advantage of the D-day beaches and Bayeux tapestry. But we also enjoyed the rugged beauty of the coastline and the bucolic countryside.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Valognes isn't a long walk but the narrow roads with not much space on either side made it hard to enjoy the walk. On the other hand, the walks on the property were beautiful in rain and shine.
Tips or Restaurants:
I didn't feel we lacked anything. There was a restaurant nearby with an outdoor space and a mill that served very good food.
Directions:
We used a GPS and had no problem.
Check In Out:
Francoise met us at the chateau. Check-in and check-out were seamless.

Candice, July

Overall:
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and consider the Chateau to be a marvelous venue.
Enjoyed Most:
It's grandness and peace & quiet (pool was nice too). The kids had a ball on the grounds, including seeing the cows.
Enjoyed Least:
WiFi is a bit spotty and the shower/tubs take getting used to.
Surrounding Area:
All of Normandy and Valogne were throughly charming and very clean.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The village nearby had two great restaurants. Valognes was quaint and fun on market day in particular.
Tips or Restaurants:
The two just off the grounds were excellent. The pizzeria in Valognes was great for Sunday nights.
Directions:
Just fine as is.
Check In Out:
It was all very accommodating and pleasant.

Richard, July

Overall:
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.
Enjoyed Most:
Everything!
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.
Directions:
We used GPS, and all three cars traveling to the property found it with ease.
Check In Out:
Everything went perfectly.

Meg, June

Overall:
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.
Directions:
We used GPS with the street address and it took us right there.
Check In Out:
All very easy.

George, June

Overall:
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

Overall:
Incredible. Beautiful chateau, all the modern ameninities, great water pressure, en-suite bathrooms, etc, in a historical setting.
Enjoyed Most:
The grounds were spectacular, and the staff was incredibly helpful.
Enjoyed Least:
There was no one central gathering place in the house--the kitchen was too small to accommodate the whole group. Overall, though, this was a very small concern.
Surrounding Area:
The history of the D-Day landing beaches. It was perfectly centrally located. The bucolic nature of the area was also very serene.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest small town was Yvetot-Bocage, and it was within walking distance, but it was simply a village of houses, with no commercial activity. The closest small town was Valognes, and it was not within walking distance, but was a very short 3km or so drive.
Tips or Restaurants:
No need to bring anything whatsoever. Everything is provided here.
Check In Out:
Francoise, who maintains the house, is incredibly helpful and accommodating.

Susan, July

Overall:
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.
Enjoyed Most:
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!
Enjoyed Least:
Can't think of a thing. The weather was cooler than we expected, so the pool was not an option.
Surrounding Area:
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.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Valognes was the nearest large town. It was easy walking distance for all of us. But we are walkers. The only reason we drove into town was if we needed to bring back more groceries than could not be easily carried or because time was of the essence.
Tips or Restaurants:
We asked the cook, Jeanine, to prepare two dinners for us and our guests. The food was well prepared. Not haute cuisine, but good, local and seasonal food. We cooked for ourselves for the other meals, something we love doing. Only thing I can think of is that there are no toiletries - bring y0ur own shampoo etc. Linens are changed once a week. If you want them changed more often, wash and dry them yourself. We used two bedrooms as guest rooms. They were used two nights at the beginning of our stay and then for the last night by other guests. All that was needed was to tell Francoise.

Arline, June

Overall:
Magic. I can't think of a more relaxing and peaceful setting.
Enjoyed Most:
The chateau and grounds were spectacular. A perfect mix and balance between luxurious living conditions and French country charm.
Enjoyed Least:
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.
Surrounding Area:
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.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Yvetot-Bocage and Tapotin are two very small hamlets within walking distance. These hamlets are primarily residential in nature with little or no commercial development. Valognes is only a 5 minute drive from the chateau and is a fairly good sized town with everything you could want.
Tips or Restaurants:
The restaurant -can't remember the name - located in downtown Valognes directly across the street from the St. Malo Catholic Church is a wonderful street-side cafe that is reasonably priced. Also, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Valognes open air market on Friday mornings. Everybody in the surrounding countryside goes into town on this day. What a blast from the past!
Directions:
We followed the directions as written with no problems.
Check In Out:
If you need to leave early in the morning on the day of checkout, make sure you let Francoise, the caretaker, know as soon as possible. The security deposit is required in cash Euros and a spot inspection is made on the last day prior to refund of your deposit.

Norman, July

Overall:
My wife and I and all our guests had a wonderful time.
Enjoyed Most:
The house is wonderful
Enjoyed Least:
The refrigerator didn't work. The cost of heating was an extra 500 euros per week.
Surrounding Area:
Interesting history.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Volognes was about a mile away.
Tips or Restaurants:
Cosy little pub in Volognes, just ask where's the pub.
Directions:
Had a GPS didn't need to use it.

David, September

Overall:
It was superb.
Enjoyed Most:
We loved the bikes they supplied for bike riding. The chateaux itself was beautiful and the grounds were lovely for strolling or playing games.
Enjoyed Least:
The common living spaces were not that comfy for sitting around as a whole family...
Surrounding Area:
The creperie down the street and the fresh market in the morning in Valogne.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Valogne was not in walking distance but it was close...There was a tiny town Yvette Bochcage in walking distance, but there was nothing in it really but a church.
Tips or Restaurants:
All the suggestions that Rentvillas gave we perfect..a good description of the chateaux and the surrounding area- well done, again.

Melissa, June

Overall:
Pictures of the chateau do not do the location justice. It is far more elegant and charming and the property is stunning.
Enjoyed Most:
Overall ambiance.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Nearest small town is Valognes which is not within easy walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Be sure to see the D-Day beaches, Peace Museum and Tapestry in Bayeux.

David, June

Enjoyed Most:
The chateau, the grounds, the peace and quiet, and the remarkable history of the place.
Enjoyed Least:
The lounge area's colour scheme and upholstery!
Surrounding Area:
The lushness, the small towns, the ability to bike and jog safely, and the wonderful restaurants. They are there if you look.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Yvetot-Bocage was within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
The Hotel Marine restaurant in Carteret on the coast--about a half and hour away, very expensive, but worth it. Beautiful seaside views and gourmet food. Lunch for 14 with three kid menus was about 1300, including wine. It was memorable. Also the creperie near the entrance to the chateau on the D902--the one near the lake--really wonderful. The Friday market in Valognes is outstanding and worth a visit.

Cynthia, July

Overall:
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.
Enjoyed Most:
Everything was perfect
Enjoyed Least:
There was nothing we didn't like
Surrounding Area:
We went for the D-Day ceremonies and they were better then we could have hoped for.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Valognes. The grandchildren rode bikes to it. We older ones drove. Fine hospital with English speaking doctor who was very good. Grandma took a spill in Paris and they were as fine as any hospital care in our country, and in English.
Tips or Restaurants:
Just take your own clothes and toilet kit. Everything else is there.
Directions:
We had no trouble at all - after we got our gang organized and going.
Check In Out:
No! It was handled beautifully.

Todd, June

Overall:
We would go back!
Enjoyed Most:
Very comfortable. The chef was wonderful!
Enjoyed Least:
There was not enough toilet paper or soap products. When the owner was told, he was quite upset that they were not provided. that.
Surrounding Area:
Very peaceful.
Tips or Restaurants:
We used the chef for four days of the seven.

Nancy TVL AGT, May

Overall:
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
Enjoyed Most:
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.
Enjoyed Least:
The temperature of the pool, but this is being picky
Surrounding Area:
The location was close to all local facilities but totally secluded from them - Perfect.
Nearby Events or Locales:
A short bicycle ride, or two minutes in the car.
Tips or Restaurants:
Try the patisserie's - they are outstanding.
Directions:
The history of the place is undersold.

Charles, September

Overall:
One felt situated in a magical place between a movie set and museum.
Enjoyed Most:
The historic significance, the grandeur, the grounds to walk on, the chapel, the playhouse the thoughtfulness of the host and his staff.
Enjoyed Least:
Probably the security gate, but it is necessary for property that size.
Surrounding Area:
The friendly people and the nearness of historic sites both military and other.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The town of Yvetot-Bocage was the closest but there was nothing commercial there. Valognes was larger and had a railroad and many stores. One could walk there but not easily.
Tips or Restaurants:
A great restaurant in Bricabaque in the ancient part of the city - there is a hotel and the restaurant was in the hotel. Your notes pretty much covered everything, no surprises.
Check In Out:
We were a little early but they were quite accommodating.

Brenda, September

Enjoyed Most:
Beautiful setting, comfortable interiors. The owner of the property is very nice and extremely helpful.
Enjoyed Least:
The train to Paris takes 2 hrs 40 mins, not one hour. In addition, the staff doesn't uderstand English, which created problems, particularly with the cook.
Surrounding Area:
It's very country, if that's what you're looking for.
Check In Out:
The staff was insulted when asked to help with the bags. I thought that the staff was rude.

Iwona, September

Enjoyed Most:
The chateau and gardens are as beautiful as the pictures.
Enjoyed Least:
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.
Surrounding Area:
So much to see and do within short distances, including landing beaches, Bayeux and little port towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Valognes is the nearest market town, not quite within walking distance, but there are several nice creperies nearby.
Tips or Restaurants:
Chateau suggestions regarding restaurants are all good, particularly La Marine in Cartaret which was our favorite.

Sam, July

Overall:
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.
Enjoyed Most:
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.
Enjoyed Least:
There is little to dislike. there is no garbage disposal. In one bedrooms the mattress of the canopied bed was hard.
Surrounding Area:
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
Nearby Events or Locales:
There is a small hamlet, Yves Bocat, by the chateau. You can walk down the driveway and out the gate and find two adaquet restaurants. One is in an old mill and serves crepes. There is a lawn with playground and pond. it was just right for a casual evening meal with the children. Try the cider. There is also a grill and crepe place in an old Forge. Go there when you are hungry. This restaurant seems to be very popular with the people in the area so I suggest that you make reservations ont the weekend. The local market town is Valonges, about ten minuts away. Ther are two fairly large supermarkets on the outskirts of the town. One is open until 8:00PM on Saturday night. We made a bread run each morning to the bakery. We felt that the third one you come to on the road into town is the best . It is on the left hand side on a corner.
Tips or Restaurants:
You will find everything you need for a family vacation. If you have children and want some down time bring one or two DVDs of favorite movies to play on the TV. We loved the restaurants on the coast. Hotel la Marine in Barnville for lighter, more elegant food. The restaurants on the waterfront are great for oysters and mussles.

Lindsay, June

Enjoyed Most:
The extensive grounds were wonderful for children to play. The bicycles were a good addition.
Enjoyed Least:
Some of the mattresses were small and lumpy.
Surrounding Area:
Beautiful countryside with easy access to Valognes, and two good restaurants were only a five-minute walk away.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Valognes was about five minutes by car and offered everything necessary for stocking the Chateau.
Tips or Restaurants:
The best restaurant finds were in St. Vaast on the coast about 20 minutes away. The oysters were outstanding and the seafood in general was great.

Rober, August

Overall:
The chateau and the grounds were magical. Our expectations were exceeded in every regard.
Enjoyed Most:
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!
Enjoyed Least:
The temperature of the pool was a bit jolting, especially after we read that it was supposed to be heated.
Surrounding Area:
Valogne is charming. We enjoyed the Friday open market there.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Yvetot-Bocage is the nearest town within walking distance although there are no shops. Valogne has everything for stocking up the chateau.
Tips or Restaurants:
There are 2 creperies in the hamlet of Tapotin, a 5-minute walk. The one located further west, by the corn maze, was excellent and reasonable, and had outdoor seating complete with a playground which the kids loved. The other creperie was too crowded to handle our large group.

Pete, July