Le Castelet

Guide Price: £5,522 - £6,064 per week Low to high season price range based on exclusive hire of the property for a week.

Short Breaks: £2,367 - £6,064 for 2 nights Low to high season price range based on exclusive hire of the property for 2 nights.

Nightly price: £36 - £39 per person per night Price shown is per person per night based on seven night rental.

Region: Normandy

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Situated on the site of a small medieval castle, this superb Napoleon III chateau is ideally placed to visit all of Normandy’s top tourist sites - including the Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel and the D-Day beaches. Located just outside the cathedral city of Coutances in four acres of parkland, Le Castelet is within easy reach of deserted beaches with magnificent sand dunes. It has golf courses, horse riding and a splash pool nearby.

The Chateau Le Castelet, built in 1870, was originally a judge’s summer house that has a classic feel with its two turrets and enormous entertaining room (over 76 square metres) with an impressive white baby grand piano. French windows open out onto a sun terrace, while upstairs provides 7 luxurious bedrooms, each with en suite bath or shower rooms. Downstairs there is a large kitchen and downstairs bedroom.

Le Castelet is a perfect venue for family reunions, celebrations or small business events. It can either be rented on a self catering basis or as a B&B with daily cleaning. Delicious suppers, lunches and picnics can be provided. It is accessible by air, flying to Dinard from Stansted, Bristol or East Midlands, or is just over an hour away from the ferry ports of Cherbourg, St Malo or Caen. Alternatively, it is just 3 hours from Paris by train.

Outside in the summer the chateau can be rented on its own for smaller groups of up to 16 at a discounted rate. Please inquire.

There are five double rooms, a twin, and a triple room all with en suite bath or shower rooms, which sleep up to 13 people. A fold up bed for a child and 3 cribs for babies can also be provided.

The ground floor is large, light and open plan with double French doors and four sets of large windows. The dining room and salon are separated by a 1930s white baby grand piano, with stunning working fire places at both ends of the room. There are two huge leather sofas and plenty of additional chairs in the salon. The dining room easily seats 14. The kitchen/breakfast room stretches across the width of the house. There is a large range, a huge wood burning oven and hot plate, a small electric oven and a microwave. There is also a fridge, freezer and dishwasher. The laundry room comprises of a washer, dryer, and an American style fridge/freezer with an ice maker whicxh is now located in the block with the cottages. There is a library area in the salon, there is a games table, large satellite TV, with DVD and video players along with a wide range of books, DVDs and Videos. Wifi internet access is also available. Just of the hallway, there is a cloakroom with WC.

On the first floor four en suite bedrooms of luxury hotel standard are individually furnished with antiques. The Napoleon is a large double room with a sofa and a huge en suite bathroom. A bath stands in the centre of the room with fantastic views over the garden. The Louis room is lined with stunning green silk and has an empire style bed. The Josephine room has twin beds and is lined with yellow silk. The Marie Antoinette room is a substantial double with an elegant draped bed and silk sofa.

There are two en suite bedrooms on the second floor. The Joan of Arc room is ideal for families, with a double, single and room for fold up bed and cot. The Dauphin room has a claw foot bath in front of a window with fantastic views over the garden. It has a draped half tester king size bed.

Also within the estate are two cottages that are hired in conjunction with the chateau. Both have two bedrooms and are just 50m from the chateau.

The four acres of parkland which surround the chateau provide a beautiful backdrop at any time of the year, with a colourful composition of trees planted when the chateau was built in 1870. The 30ft laurel hedges that encircle the grounds allow for a very private setting. In the summer, there are plenty of places to relax and enjoy the surroundings, either on the deck chairs or in the seating and dining areas spread across the ground, cooking on the barbeque, on the three swings in the garden, or in the 5.5 metre swimming pool. Two double gated entrances mean that it is easy to drive in one and out of the other, and there is parking for dozens of cars – even more in the summer when the grassed areas can be used.

*Please note, locations shown on the maps are approximations only

The Nearest ports are Cherbourg and Caen, both of which are about 100km from the chateau. The nearest town is Coutances (12km).

Key highlights in the Normandy region are the magnificent abbey at Mont St Michel, the famous Bayeaux 1066 tapestry and cathedral, and the D-Day beaches. There are numerous gastronomic tours catering for all tastes – including cider and calvados farms, a snail farm, a bee keeping farm, a fois gras farm, and a cheese factory. There are nearby deserted beaches which offer panoramic views and plenty of chateaux, castles and gardens.

The top things to do during a stay in Normandy include (in no particular order): Mont Saint Michel, Caen (great for shopping and museums), Granville (a local picturesque seaside resort, very lively with a medieval fortified old town), the D-Day beaches (To do them properly, you would need at least a day and include a visit to some museums and exhibitions), Bayeux (for the 1066 tapestry and the medieval town), local sandy beaches (huge and always empty) and the cathedral and botanical gardens in Coutances (with music and lights on summer evenings).

There are large and helpful tourist offices in Coutances (behind the Hotel de Ville) and Saint Lô. There is a small office in the neighbouring village of Cerisy-la-Salle in the Maison Cantonal, across the road from the main square and opposite the Post Office (opening times are limited in the Cerisy office).

Local activities include horse riding, donkey treks, golf, bungee jumping, paint-balling, tennis, swimming, calvados tasting, food trails and fishing.

The chateau has a drinks licence for when it is hired on a B&B/fully catered basis.

The dining room seats up to 14 people around one table. Superb 4-course candle-lit dinners are available from 45 euros a head. The chateau has a restaurant licence for drinks, with bottles of wine from 16 euros to 150 euros. Dinner is often served on the terrace in summer. Buffets can be arranged for larger parties.  With catering you can use the bar or pay a corkage charge of 10 euro a bottle for wine or 15 euro a bottle for champagne.

Simple kitchen suppers are available for parties of up to six – two course suppers cost 18 euros. Dining room suppers are available for 1 to 14 people – two courses for 24 euro. The lighter suppers are designed for the days when you can’t manage four courses! Guests can use the kitchen to make light snacks during the day or lunches can be arranged from 12 euros a head. Picnics can be arranged with a day’s notice.

With exclusive hire bookings you have the choice of dining together, or having a children’s supper in the kitchen between 5pm and 6pm. Children’s meals are 12 euros a head for two courses and a drink. Mothers are welcome to use the kitchen at anytime to prepare baby food.

You can opt for self catering or B&B. For B&B there is a daily charge of 144 euro for breakfast and cleaning for up to 12 people. Additional guests are charged at 12 euro a head to a maximum of 14. Breakfast includes freshly baked pastries, breads, homemade jams, yoghurts, cereals, orange juice, tea and coffee.

The chateau is ideal for weddings of up to 100 people.  There is extensive additional accommodation available locally - everything from farm house B&Bs to large chain hotels like Etap with rooms from 40 euros a night.  Wedding and conference catering can be adapted to suit individual requirements. The chateau can offer tea breaks, lunches and catering for drinks parties of up to 70 people or 30 people seated for dinner. The chateau is only suitable for weddings of up to 30 people, unless a marquee is hired at additional cost.

Indoor reception capacity: 35
Outdoor reception capacity: 50
A marquee is available for approx €3,500 for a 12mx6m for 35 to 50 people. Includes marquee lining, carpet, Napoleon III chairs and tables etc. It is likely the chateau will have two 6mx6m marquees for 2009. There is an 1,000 euro charge for the day of the wedding. This includes services of a manager, use of a blessing area in the grounds and two pagodas for drinks and canapes.

All year round.

The Service
There is a natural cathedral of trees with five canvas sails flying out of them. This is in front of the chateau. Alternatively there is a very pretty Norman church in the village. It costs around 250 euros for a minister for the service or a layperson for a more informal blessing. After the service guests usually move over to two pagodas on the lawn for champagne and canapés. An hour or so later you sit down for dinner either in the main chateau or in permanent marquees on the lawn.

From 65 euro a head for plated starters, hot and cold buffet and French wedding cake.
Reception food ranges from elegant cocktail parties to formal dinners to a more casual hog roast.

Other Services
Flowers: Yes – bouquets and table decorations, Live bands/DJs: Yes. Also pianist – around 150 euro for four hours on the chateau's baby white grand piano, Transport: Yes, Maquee hire: Yes. Also hairdresser can come to the chateau. Table decorations, flowers, music, hairdresser, fireworks, balloons etc – upon request. Extras – take a champagne balloon flight over Mont St Michel; let Thai lanterns rise off into the night, go bungee jumping.

13 guests can sleep in the main chateau and four in the cottage. There are plenty of hotels from 50 euro to 100 euro a night within ten minutes drive.

Dinard – Ryanair. 1hr 30 minutes away. Ferry ports – Cherbourg and Caen around an hour. Eurotunnel and Calais around 3.5 hour. Paris 3.5hr by train.

“We can’t thank you enough for making our day so special, indeed the few days we spent at Le Castelet were all wonderful. The wedding was just as I had wished for and you made us all feel very at home. I have had so many friends and family say what a fabulous time they had. We’ve some lovely pictures and the house and garden looks lovely in the sun. Thanks again for all your help and support to make our wedding so wonderful.”

“Our wedding day was just perfect; the venue, weather and food were just lovely. Your efforts ensured that everything went like clockwork, for which we are very grateful. We have received cards and feedback from many people at the wedding who said how fairytale it was.”

“I just want to say again thank you very very much for a wonderful wedding at Le Castelet. We have been racking our brains trying to find something that wasn't right but we can't. Everything was absolutely perfect and we only have you to thank for that. I wanted the prefect wedding blessing and I got it. Everybody is still talking about the fantastic time they had, the house, the food, the wine and the hospitality were all exceptional. Emily has never cried before about coming home. Please thank Denise, Graham, Richard and all your staff on our behalf. The only bad news is that we will be back!!!! Even if only to prove that we can make it in 3 1/2 hours!!!. “

“We wanted a wedding that would leave our guests talking about it for years to come and at Le Castelet we got it! As we are based in England we had to put our trust in Jon to arrange everything for us and he certainly did not let us down. The flowers and the setting were just beautiful. Richard ( the Officiant) delivered a perfect wedding blessing set under the trees at the end of the garden. The reception tables were all arranged and dressed perfectly. The caterers provided us with food that was not only delicious but plentiful, topping it off with a spectacular traditional French wedding cake. The day couldn't have got any better then the sun came out!. From the moment we arrived on the Saturday to the time we left on the Tuesday Jon and his team made us and all of our guests (35) feel at home. Nothing was a problem, whatever we wanted/needed they were only to happy to provide. This truly was a perfect wedding.”

- Security deposit: There is no security deposit if hiring on a B&B basis. If hiring on a self catering basis there is a 1,000 euro security deposit that must be paid in cleared funds before arrival or in cash upon arrival. This amount will be refunded by a sterling or euro cheque within a week of departure.
- Linen & towels: All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price.
- Energy costs: These are charged in addition. In summer these should be no more than 25 euro for the week. In winter there is effective oil central heating plus two wood burners.
Wood is ten euro a night. Oil is around 70 cents a litre.
- Cleaning & catering: If you hire the chateau for a week on a self catering basis there is a compulsory mid week cleaning charge of 75 euro. Daily cleaning and catering is available upon request for those hiring on a self catering basis. An end of stay clean will be charged at 20 euro an hour - allow 5-6 hours. There are no energy or cleaning costs if you choose the B&B option, which costs an additional 144 euro a day  for breakfast and cleaning for up to 12 people. This charge is paid on arrival direct to the owner.
- Arrival time: 4pm onwards.
- Departure time: 10.30am.
- Pets: Pets are not allowed.
- Smoking: No smoking in the property.
- It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.

  • Truly amazing

    Posted by Anonymous Guest on 10/09/2010

    Staying here was the hightlight of our trip. Merci.

  • We will wholeheartedly recommend you

    Posted by Anonymous Guest on 07/09/2010

    We all thoroughly enjoyed our time with you and could have happily stayed for much longer. We will wholeheartedly recommend you.

  • Nick's Cooking

    Posted by Anonymous Guest on 07/09/2010

    Nick should have a Michelin star for his cooking.

  • 70th birthday

    Posted by Anonymous Guest on 06/09/2010

    My 70th birthday party at the chateau was the best day of my life.

  • Lounging on the lawn reading and snoozing

    Posted by Anonymous Guest on 03/09/2010

    Jon cooked us a late meal in the kitchen on our arrival. The first day we spent lounging on the lawn reading and snoozing. That evening we were waited on under the trees in the garden as we dined by candle light. Breakfasts were under shade on the patio (served late by request - a real bonus when you want to lie in!) Jon was an excellent host, attentive and friendly. We enjoyed just the right balance of professional service coupled with friendly conversation and informally which helped make our stay very relaxing.

  • Thank you for making us feel at home

    Posted by Anonymous Guest on 29/08/2010

    Thank you for making us feel at home. It is nothing like staying at a hotel but it has all the facilities.

  • Peaceful and relaxing

    Posted by Anonymous Guest on 27/08/2010

    So peaceful and relaxing. A really friendly feel.

  • A gem in the countryside

    Posted by Anonymous Guest on 27/08/2010

    A gem in the countryside. Superb food plus peace and quiet. The best nights sleep I have ever had.

  • Thank you so much

    Posted by Anonymous Guest on 27/08/2010

    Thank you for making Le Castelet live up to the high standards set in your publicity materials. Thanks to the environment and atmosphere you have created, it so much more than a lovely old chateau set in a beautiful part of the country.

  • Perfect idyllic honeymoon

    Posted by Anonymous Guest on 27/08/2010

    Le Castelet was everything we could ever have wanted for our perfect idyllic honeymoon. Sumptuous room, exquisite tranquillity, homely kitchen, warm welcoming hospitality, delicious food and regal felines!

  • A walk with the llamas

    Posted by Anonymous Guest on 27/08/2010

    Taking two llamas for a walk is one of the best things I have ever done!

  • Excellent value for money

    Posted by Anonymous Guest on 27/08/2010

    Excellent value for money. We plan to have our anniversaries here! Wouldn't hesitate recommending it.

  • Perfect Holiday

    Posted by Anonymous Guest on 26/08/2010

    The surrounding countryside was idyllic and the local people polite and welcoming.

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