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CHARMING CASTLE near Yvetôt-Bocage with Pool & Wifi. **Up to $1785 USD off - limited time** We respond 24/7

Sleeps15
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms8
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Details
Property
castle
Sleeps
15
Bedrooms
8
Bathrooms
8
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

Description

Yvetot-Bocage Castle Rental Photos and Description

Max Beds: 15, Min Beds: 14, Double Beds: 6, Single Beds: 2, Baths: 8, Reference: 12454

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.

(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.

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.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
December 4, 2016
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

CHARMING CASTLE near Yvetôt-Bocage with Pool & Wifi. **Up to $1785 USD off - limited time** We respond 24/7
average rating of 4.894737 based on 19 reviews
5

Amazing! Francoise was there every morning to clean and she would help with anything we needed....

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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5

Spectacular! The chateau was grand and beautifully appointed, yet warm and inviting--not at all...

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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5

Fantastic. Very nice property....

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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5

Incredible. Beautiful chateau, all the modern ameninities, great water pressure, en-suite bathr...

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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5

It was fabulous! There were enough bedrooms - all of which have en suite bathrooms so that eve...

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
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5

Magic. I can't think of a more relaxing and peaceful setting....

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
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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. Paris: 330 km Caen: 100 km Bayeux, Coutances, St-Lo: 60 km Cherbourg, Ste-Mere-Eglise: 20 km Valognes (train): 5 km

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  • 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.
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Amenities

Yvetot-Bocage Castle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • castle
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
Bathrooms:
  • 8 Bathrooms
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming

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