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Chateau de Courtomer in Normandy: private, authentic, luxurious retreat

Courtomer, France
  • Chateau / Country House18836 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms15
  • Sleeps15
  • Bathrooms15
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Getaway for family and friends in splendid 18th-century Normandy chateau

Chateau de Courtomer was built as the family seat for Count Antoine de Saint-Simon, Marquis de Courtomer and was completed on the eve of the French Revolution. Today’s chateau stands on the vestiges of a medieval building dating back to the 11th century and unusually the chateau and the estate, (350 acres) which includes a farm, remained in the same family for generations until it was recently bought and lovingly restored by Elisabeth Bonner, an American woman from New York.

Since 2005 the entire residence has been extensively renovated marrying the charm and style of France’s elegant past with the conveniences and comforts of today. The chateau is centrally heated and all rooms have en suite bathrooms. The result, a property with the atmosphere of a welcoming family home which is large enough to host family celebrations, and intimate enough to make everyone feel relaxed and happy. The Chateau is listed on the National Register of Historic Monuments.

Courtomer is conveniently situated, just a couple of hours west of Paris by car or train and within easy reach of the Normandy coast offering guests an ideal base from which to explore Normandy’s rich heritage. Local activities and nearby towns provide cultural and recreational fun. Farther afield, you are only two hours from the D-day Beaches, Mont Saint-Michel, Giverny and the Chateaux of the Loire.

Alternatively, you and your guests may just want to relax locally, explore the Chateau’s private parklands, sip wine in the Cour D’honneur, or explore the surrounding countryside by bicycle or on foot. The property offers something for everyone who wants to experience the French ‘savoir vivre’ and the best of Normandy country life. Courtomer village is just a few minutes away and offers a full range of local services, including a boulangerie which still bakes bread in a traditional wood oven, a local cafe where you can enjoy a coffee or a simple lunch, and a local cider producer. There are regular open-air markets in the village offering you a chance to meet local producers selling fresh, seasonal vegetables and a wide variety of cheeses.

During the ‘Ancien Regime’ (pre-revolution) the Chateau and its estate was completely self-sufficient and a wander around the private grounds reveals traces of this rich past. Throughout the grounds guests will find buildings that bear witness to chateau life - the glacière which was used for making and keeping ice, the spring house where the chateau laundry was washed, the Orangerie which was built to grow exotic fruit, and an exceptional 17th-century Protestant chapel.

The Chateau can be enjoyed as a self-catered venue or we can organise full-service support for guests who are looking for an increased level of attention during their stay. Additional services, which need to be pre-booked, can include on-site concierge, housekeeping, catering or private chef, and special event management for celebrations such as weddings and family gatherings. We also offer tailor made packages for conferences and meetings. No customer requirement is too big or too small so don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your needs.

Property Manager

Elisabeth Courtomer

Member Since 2008
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Calendar last updated:
Mar 19, 2018
About Elisabeth Courtomer

My husband and I undertook a major five-year renovation and restoration of the chateau in 2005. Our goal is to make you and your guests feel welcome and at home at Chateau de Courtomer.

Elisabeth Courtomer purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2005

Why Elisabeth Courtomer chose Courtomer

We fell in love with the beauty and charm of this magnificent estate in Normandy. Chateau de Courtomer was constructed in the 11th century, completely rebuilt on the eve of the French Revolution in 1789, and remained continuously in the family of the Saint-Simon de Courtomer or their descendants until 1905. It has a long history as a majestic family home. We use it in the same spirit of family, while respecting and maintaining its unique historic and historical character.

What makes this Chateau / Country House unique

A thorough renovation of systems ensures your comfort and convenience. The decoration is in keeping with the period and style of the Chateau. The working farm adds to the authenticity, with our herd of cattle and tended fields. You can see some of our renovations in progress in the outbuildings. Also available for rent is our Farmhouse which sleeps up to 8 people.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 15 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
      • Bedroom 15
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, canopy bed
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king, Louis XV style bed
      • Bedroom 3
        1 king, child cot available
      • Bedroom 4
        1 double
      • Bedroom 5
        2 twin/ single, converts to king
      • Bedroom 6
        1 king
      • Bedroom 14
        1 double
      • Bedroom 8
        1 king, Four-poster bed
      • Bedroom 9
        1 double
      • Bedroom 10
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 11
        1 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 12
        1 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 13
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 7
        1 queen
      • All rooms have their own private modern bathroom. Egyptian cotton sheets, thickly padded mattress covers, hard and soft pillows. Also available are extra blankets. 3 king-size bedrooms, one with canopy bed. 5 twin-bedrooms can convert to 5 king-size bedrooms. 2 single bedrooms. 2 double-bedrooms. Baby/toddler bed available. Each room has individually adjustable Radiator, hard-wired Smoke Detector, wireless Internet connection. Antique Armoire in each room offers wood and padded hangers, shelves for clothing and shoes, plus comfortable seating and work area with reading light in all bedrooms (ex. no. 4 and 12). Bedside tables and lamps in all rooms. Handsome period furnishings and curtains have black-out lining for a good night's sleep. All rooms have 1 or 2 large windows with view over park, pastures, woods. Ground-floor bedroom-bathroom suite is suitable for elderly or infirm person with easy access to living, dining rooms and kitchen.


      • 15 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 15
        toilet, combination tub/shower, ensuite
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, ensuite
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower, ensuite
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, combination tub/shower, ensuite
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, combination tub/shower, ensuite
      • Bathroom 5
        toilet, combination tub/shower, ensuite
      • Bathroom 6
        toilet, combination tub/shower, ensuite
      • Bathroom 14
        toilet, combination tub/shower, ensuite
      • Bathroom 8
        toilet, combination tub/shower, ensuite
      • Bathroom 9
        toilet, combination tub/shower, ensuite
      • Bathroom 10
        toilet, combination tub/shower, ensuite
      • Bathroom 11
        toilet, combination tub/shower, ensuite
      • Bathroom 12
        toilet, combination tub/shower, ensuite
      • Bathroom 13
        toilet, combination tub/shower, ensuite
      • Bathroom 7
        toilet, combination tub/shower, ensuite
      • Thick cotton bath, extra-large sheet and hand towels, bath mitt and bath mat provided. Toilet paper provided. Hot water on demand from large water heater in basement, even when all bathrooms in use. Individually adjustable radiator allows you to warm your bathroom to your comfort. Hair dryers. White ceramic extra-wide tub, wide sink, toilet. Some bathrooms have grab bars for toilet, bath. Polished nickel accessories
        soap/shampoo holder attached to tub wall; soap holder, 2 toothbrush holders, water glass and holder on sink backsplash; toilet-paper holder, extra roll holder, toilet brush holder, step-on trash can. Floor and lower half of walls tiled in honed ceramic, soft stone tones, decorative details. Large window lets in light, air, and views. All bedrooms have own en-suite bathroom.

      Location Type

        • Rural
        • Village


            • Family
            • Historic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Maps
                    • Fireplace
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                      Good WIFI coverage throughout the chateau and grounds
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Firewood
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Telephone
                    • Telescope
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Tumble Dryer
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Ice Maker
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Normandy is one of the gastronomic centres of France and we have equipped our kitchen to take into account that many of our guests are very keen cooks. We think that you will find everything you need
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          The chateau is fully equipped to cater for large parties with formal and informal place settings, glasses and serving dishes.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                          Freezer in kitchen; full freezer available in cellar.
                        • Coffee Grinder
                        • Kitchen
                          The kitchen is fully equipped to a professional specification so if you decide to DIY, or bring in a chef, catering will be easy and stress free.
                        • Microwave
                          Two micowaves
                        • Oven
                          Two conventional ovens
                        • Refrigerator
                          1 side-by-side (American-style) with freezer and one standard. Extra freezer space and a large cold room is available in the basement for drinks and back up storage.
                        • Stove
                          Two induction hobs
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              The main dining room can seat 30 guests comfortably and has direct access from the kitchen making the service easy. Lit by sparkling chandeliers it offers fine views over the adjacent parkland.
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 30 people


                                • Games for Kids
                                • Books
                                • Books for Kids
                                • DVD Player
                                • Game Room
                                • Games
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Piano
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Pool Table
                                • Television
                                • Video Library


                                    • Balcony
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Bicycles
                                      New sport cycles.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Gravel cour d'honneur in front of Chateau.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Screen Porch / Veranda
                                    • Terrace


                                        • suitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • museums
                                            • arboretum
                                            • botanical garden
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • forests
                                            • live theater
                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • playground
                                            • pond
                                            • restaurants
                                            • ruins
                                            • theme parks
                                            • water parks

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • golf privileges optional
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • equestrian events
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis


                                                            • INDOOR activities: billiards room with large stone fireplace, ping-pong table. Grand piano in drawing room. TV and DVD player, iPod player. Board games. OUTDOOR games: boules, croquet, badminton and volleyball. 6 new bicycles with saddlebags and child seats. Box stalls with running water for horses. New gas barbecue grill. 2 extra-large sun umbrellas, 2 teak tables seat 8 each, outdoor chairs and drinks tables, 20 transats (deck chairs). GROUNDS: Moat surrounds chateau. Park includes allées of mature trees, copses, streams and ponds. Also on grounds: ruins of original medieval chateau,16th-century Protestant Temple, one of the oldest surviving in France, a listed 'Monument historique'; intact 19th-century glacière (ice house), Orangerie, 17th-century farm buildings, spring house, stables, 2 funerary chapels. Farming operation features herd of registered Limousine cattle, fields of hay and cereals. Allée through fields links chateau to village church.

                                                              9 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              An unforgettable stay

                                                              Louise F.

                                                              We stayed at the chateau over the New Year and had a wonderful time. Our group of 14 friends has a tradition of visiting chateaus for New Year and this was our fourth and the best we have found. The chateau is extremely well equipped - the kitchen was a particular joy to cook in - and perfect for parties. Our group enjoyed cocktails in the large living room, playing pool in the basement party room, and much more besides. The chateau was always warm (a rarity, believe me!) and the wifi worked perfectly throughout. Thank you so much and we hope to stay again!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for the wonderful review! We appreciate your business and look forward to hosting you again next year.



                                                              Delightful place, delightful stay

                                                              Philippe C.

                                                              There are some moments in life when you do not need to think about what happiness is, you just feel it. Courtomer is a place where such moments happen.

                                                              We organized for Christmas time our family gathering of 28 people age from 8 to 88, and we all felt so much "at home" in the beautiful rooms of the chateau, that we did not want even to go out... Courtomer is more than just a holiday rental, it is about touching history in an intimate way, listening to piano music played on the Pleyel in the "grand salon", chatting with your loved ones close to the chimney in the library, walking in the green tenderness of the lawns in front of the house, and of course enjoying dinner together in the beautiful dining room. We cannot thank enough the Bonner family for the fantastic work they have done, renovating the chateau in a delightful way, not forgetting the comfort of modern life! (even if the cold and humid normand winter, you feel really warm inside...)

                                                              The "check-in and check-out" procedures are very efficiently managed by Heather, and the French couple living in the small house near the chateau is very kind and helpful in case you need something.

                                                              We would love coming again to Courtomer to live again such an experience,

                                                              Philippe and Karina Cohen

                                                              C'est Magnifique!

                                                              Jeaddeo a.

                                                              C'est Magnifique! We were invited guests of the Host/Hostess, and couldn't have been more impressed. I've been "commuting" back and forth overseas for 50 years, and have experienced all sorts of travel experiences in Europe. This was a bit more than I'd expected, perhaps because the accoutrements were scaled to present day accommodations without losing the charm of the Chateau.

                                                              The private bathrooms were divine (every bedroom has one), and there was no evidence of past mold/mildew as one might have reservations about. Very efficient, clean, cozy, - a true memorable, unforgettable experience for those who go out of their way for a unique experience.

                                                              I felt like a movie star in such lush surroundings with so much privacy.

                                                              Now, - Go!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Many thanks for your kind comments! We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Chateau de Courtomer.

                                                              We care about the authentic "French country house " ambiance and family tradition of our Chateau, and it's a pleasure to share it with guests who appreciate its history and style...as well as the extensive renovations and our decorative touches.

                                                              Merci encore...et à très bientôt!


                                                              Rosie m.

                                                              We were a group of fifteen family members having a reunion. We picked Chateau de Courtomer for its location (close to French branch of the family) and the en-suite accommodation. We had high expectations, all of which were exceeded. The chateau interior and park are gorgeous, fantastically well equipped for large numbers but best of all a totally relaxing and comfortable environment. The village has everything you need and surrounding towns offer choices of supermarkets and restaurants. None of us knew this part of France and its understated beauty delighted us all. Communication with Halle was perfect. We have wonderful memories and souvenirs and we hope to come back..

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Dear Rosie,

                                                              We're very pleased that you've booked another stay at Chateau de Courtomer.

                                                              Un grand merci!

                                                              The Team at Chateau de Courtomer

                                                              My Wedding at the Chateau de Courtomer!

                                                              Courtney K.Chicago, IL, USA

                                                              We had an amazing time at the chateau! We had a small 30 person wedding and had some family stay at the chateau during a four night period. It was a beautiful place and the chateau had everything we could possibly need. The decor is amazing and there are so many rooms that each have unique touches. The grounds are also beautiful and we all loved seeing the cows in the pasture outside of the window. Some of our guests even saw some wild animals on the grounds. Working with Aude to arrange the rental for the wedding was straight forward and very easy. The kitchen accommodated the wedding caterer and the large dinning room easily sat all of our guests. We had the ceremony in the grand salon and it was truly a beautiful setting. We also had wedding dancing in the orangerie - which is a smaller event space on the lawn. All of our guests loved it! We will definitely be returning for anniversaries. I highly recommend the chateau for events and can furnish additional details about the wedding via Aude.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Dear Courtney,

                                                              The pictures are on our Facebook page, and we love them!

                                                              Un très grand merci from the Team at Chateau de Courtomer

                                                              Magical and Enchanting

                                                              Everything about our experience at Chateau Courtomer was exceptional. From the moment we booked the Chateau, right up to the follow up email. We were treated like royalty. People onsite were very helpful. Aude made everything effortless. I had an "experience" and had invited 10 women from around the world. They were impressed and it felt like home! We were so grateful for everything, as all we required was onsite. I would highly recommend staying at Chateau Courtomer. You will be very pleased. Looking forward to coming back again. Much gratitude, Leona


                                                              Courtomer, France

                                                              Chateau de Courtomer is surrounded by 150 acres of park and farmland but only a 10 minute walk from the local village which offers a wider range of shops and services. Mortagne-au-Perche, a nearby town hosts an excellent market every Saturday and is home to a very good restaurant- La Tribunal. The area is famous for it's cider, beer and of course cheese so tastings are always easy to organise. A short drive away will take you to the historic city of Sées, and a number of local castles-Sacy, Carrouges, Champ de Bataille. Normandy is famous for horse breeding too and the Haras du Pin (French national stud), is a 30 minute drive from Courtomer. The medieval city of Alençon, Forest of Ecouves (nature walks and WWII history), Lisieux (birthplace of St. Thérèse) are all within easy reach of the chateau. Other Activities: Horse-riding, karting, water park, hiking and cycling around the quiet lanes, hot air ballooning.....too many to list!

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Cleaning Fee
                                                              Pet Fee

                                                              Please do not hesitate to contact us for week-ends and events. Special rates are available for weddings, seminars, etc.

                                                              9 Reviews
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