Chateau Francoise, Normandy

Sleeps 28

€6,000 - €10,000 per week

An 18th Century estate in Normandy, near the seaside towns of Honfleur and Deauville and under two hours from Paris and its airports. A great location for the races or exploring this historic area and beautiful beaches.

The estate consists of 50 hectares of land – consisting of gardens, woods, orchards and farmland – and is on the edge of a small village and close to a market town. The main building is the chateau, which was built in about 1641 and extended in 1726. In addition, there is a range of independent buildings built in the 17th and early 18th century. Some of these, like the Château, are built in brick and stone, whilst others are oak-frame buildings typical of Normandy.

The house was completely restored about 40 years ago to the highest standards, when the current floor plans were established and the marble and parquet floors laid. However, since then there has been a thorough update of the estate including luxurious redecoration, the restoration of the farmhouse and stable-block and the construction of a large swimming pool. The estate now provides first class accommodation and facilities. The Château is in the heart of the estate and is surrounded by traditional Norman buildings that are dotted around the gardens including The Pool House and the Farm.

The Pool House is a beautiful, traditional barn which was fully restored in 2004 to create a function room with large kitchen, beautiful galleried hall and two shower rooms. The hall is 14 metres long and can seat 28 people for dinner and two shower rooms. It has windows opening to the pool which is heated and functional from June to September inclusive. Upstairs is the spa area.

The Farmhouse was also fully restored in 2004 and now provides accommodation for up to ten people. It has its own entrance drive from the public road and is surrounded by grazing land and orchards. The Château and Farmhouse can be rented together or separately.

The gardens are spectacular in the summer with hundreds of hydrangeas and roses. They consist of six main areas:

The outer avenue which stretches from the public (old Roman from Paris to Pont L’Eveque) road to the main gates with a single row of beech trees on each side. The inner avenue is between the main gates and the Château and has a double row of lime trees on each side. It is also bounded on the west side by a carriage house that is used as a workshop and for storing machinery.

The formal garden is to the rear of the Château and is bounded to the south by the chapel (dated 1724) and the pavilion. The Italian garden consists of a croquet lawn and six seating areas with tables, two of which are “outside” rooms – an ideal place for a cocktail or for tea. The Orchard is bounded by the Estate Manager’s House, the Children’s House (originally a goat house and now used for storage) and the Pool House.   Most of the trees in the orchard were replanted 12 years ago – mainly apple but with a pear tree, walnut, fig trees and a mulberry. The wood lies beyond the formal garden and orchard with a path leading down to a disused single track railway line. You cross the line and descend to the bottom of the valley where there is a stream that comes from the old Château laundry (lavoir). Here there is a path which takes you through the wood, up a slope and into a field where the Farmhouse is.

Price Guide 2019:

Chateau from €6,000 to €10,000 per week
Farmhouse from €1,650 to €2,500 per week

Sleeps:

28 if both properties taken together:
Chateau sleeps 16-18
Farmhouse sleeps 10

Garden Floor:

  • Family Room
  • Garden Room
  • Kitchen
  • Scullery

Ground Floor:

  • Grand Salon
  • Petit Salon
  • Large Terrace
  • Hall
  • Dining Room (with kitchenette)
  • Cloakroom

First Floor:

  • 3 Master Bedroom Suites

Top Floor:

  • 6 Double Bedrooms
  • 3 Shower Rooms

Garden Floor

 

First Floor

Ground Floor

Top Floor

  • The Estate Manager and Housekeeper live in the grounds
  • One hour’s cleaning per day included in rental (more hours by arrangement)
  • Clean sheets and towels every 7 days
  • Catering by arrangement
  • Swimming Pool (heated, fenced and alarmed) 12m x 6m.
  • Pool House with galleried Dining Hall, kitchen and showers
  • Spa Area for aromatherapy massages
  • WiFi

Activities

  • Horse Riding – We recommend Le centre Equestre du Val Loyer, St Sulpice de Grimbouvilee (02 32 41 45 34). Turn right out of the chateau and keep going. Turn right at the T junction that you reach after several miles and it is immediately on your left.
  • Golf – there are numerous good golf courses in the area. The nearest is at Deauville, and the spectacular course at Etretat is less than half an hour away.
  • Sailing and Sand Yachting – There is an excellent centre at Deauville – Le Centre Nautique, Promenade des Planches (02 31 14 02 19)
  • Tennis – there are some local courts behind the school in Beuzeville – less than 10 minutes away (02 32 56 63 96). There is also an excellent tennis club at Deauville with about 20 courts. They are to be found on the Boulevard de la Mer (02 31 14 02 18)

Places of Interest:

  • Honfleur – A charming medieval port that has a wonderful market on Saturdays and has many bars and restaurants. Our favourite bar is L’Albatross, whilst our favourite restaurant is L’Absinthe. Honfleur was also the cradle of impressionism, and Monet developed his style here. There are a number of very good museums and sites – do not miss the wooden church. There is an excellent tourist office that can provide you with all the information.
  • Deauville – An extremely cosmopolitan seaside resort that is often referred to as the 21st arondissement of Paris. It has a casino, two five star hotels, all the major fashion boutiques, and some excellent restaurants. The beach itself is beautiful with a board walk and sea front bars.
  • Cormeilles – a charming village about 5 miles away. It is full of antique shops, and holds a tiny market on Sundays.
  • Landing Beaches – These are to be found in the area to the south east of Cherbourg through to Caen.  Arromanches, Omaha Beach and the vast US cemetery are a 75-90 minute drive from the chateau whilst the furthest beach, Utah, is 1 hour 45 minutes away. Much can still be seen, including remnants of the artificial harbour, gun emplacements, etc. The main museums are to be found at Arromanches  – La Musee du Debarquement (02 31 22 34 31), Bayeaux, Caen Memorial and Utah.
  • Regional Nature Park – The domaine is about 2 minutes drive from the limits of the “Boucles de la Seine Normande” Regional Nature Park. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty that is now protected by the state. It consists of the flood plains of the Seine river which are framed by chalk cliffs. As a result of regular flooding in the past the area is extremely fertile which results in very green countryside as this photo shows. Many rare species of flora and fauna are to be found in the park. The most interesting area is called Le Marais Vernier, which surrounds the village of the same name, where there is a bar.  There is also an excellent view of the surrounding area from the lighthouse at St Samson de la Roque. This is about 15 minutes away if you leave St Maclou in the direction of the Tancarville Bridge.
  • Monet’s Garden – immortalised by his many paintings. It is to be found at Giverny, just outside Vernon. This is about an hour away by car – take the A13 to Paris from Beuzeville and leave at Junction 17.
  • Bayeux Tapestry – the famous tapestry of the last successful invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. The Bayeux Tapestry is to be found in Bayeux, just under an hour from the estate. The tapestry is the only such document in the world, is in fact wool embroidery on linen cloth made in the 11th century measuring 70m by 50cm and displays a wealth of details.
  • Honfleur – 10 minutes
  • Deauville – 15 minutes
  • Rouen – 45 minutes
  • Paris – 90 minutes
  • Calais – 140 minutes

Please note that the map is only a general indicator of location

What Sarah thinks:

“I visited this house on a day trip from London and it was well worth the drive.   A very charming dolls house of a Chateau with the farmhouse the other side of the hedges. Lots of traditional features and a super pool house and facilities. A lovely couple look after the estate and will make sure you thoroughly enjoy your stay”.

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