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Romantic 18th Century Chateau Apartment

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Tranquilly beautiful apartment close to the sea in rural Normandy, half an hour from Cherbourg.

The Chateau d'Aumeville-Lestre is a quintessentially French, 18th Century Chateau. It is near the sea, in beautiful countryside, standing in its own parkland, with avenues of trees stretching to each point of the compass. It is a simply beautiful location, perfect for a romantic getaway.

The main bedroom has an enormous and very comfortable four poster bed ;and the bathroom has both a rolltop bath and a separate shower and underfloor heating

The apartment is the longtime and very personal holiday home of a retired lawyer and is full of books, DVDs, and CDs ;there is both UK and French TV but there is currently no internet in the apartment (though it is freely available 5 minutes drive away)and the mobile signal is good to adequate, for speech and texting .Candles and logs are normally provided. The high-ceilinged centrally heated rooms are warm in winter and cool in summer.

You can eat outside on the terrace on sunny days: on cooler days you may choose to eat either in the kitchen or at the octagonal marble topped dining table in the salon

Bikes are also usually available (free of charge )and are reasonably well maintained but are used at your own risk .Electric bike hire is available (at 18E a day) about 8km away at Quettehou

This wonderful place ,however , is not a Holiday Inn and you should not expect it to be. We do not dust the six chandeliers weekly and there may be the odd bit of peeling paint ,as in any old Chateau.

NB There is also the possibility of a second, twin bedded bedroom, two floors up and not ensuite. It is a former maids room( a "chambre de bonne"):each apartment owner is allocated one. It is accessed via the main staircase immediately outside the apartment door: those using it share the bathroom in the apartment itself

The apartment is only 5 minutes drive from the small seaside resort of Quineville ,which has shops selling everything you might reasonably need ,plus a couple of bar-restaurants (including the Hotel de la Plage which has free internet with your morning coffee and croissants)

There is also horse riding, golf, tennis ,sailing and watersports at Quineville ;plus an excellent boulangerie/ patisserie.

More Details

Geoffrey Still
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Geoffrey Still

I live in Winchester and the Apartment is my base in France. Accordingly you will find it extremely well equipped with much that you would not normally find in a rented property. You will find much advice on great restaurants, secluded beaches, picnic spots and day trip venues in helpful guides left out for you.

Geoffrey Still purchased this apartment in 2002

Why Geoffrey Still chose Aumeville-Lestre

I bought the Apartment in 2002 but I have known it since 1991 when it was decorated by the well known British interior decorator David Carter who used it as his international showcase. I bought it because I always wanted to live in a Chateau!

What makes this apartment unique

This Apartment is the most romantic place that could be imagined - four poster bed, open log fire, candelabra, underfloor heating, rolltop bath, park and lake outside, outdoor living on the terrace, view of the sea.


Aumeville-Lestre Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Chateau front door to be locked at night
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • The elegant bathroom has underfloor heating, a double-ended, roll-top bath, wash basin, WC and a large modern shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 17th century French 4 poster with a huge English mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 2 floors up (not en suite and accessed outside apartment)
  • Description of sleeping capacity: RATES QUOTED ARE FOR MAIN BEDROOM ONLY The master bedroom is very romantic with a very large, comfortable 4 poster bed; the deep blue ceiling is painted with stars. The second twin bedded room is not really suitable for the very young or very old, because of the stairs and lack of en suite facilities..... but a very beautiful and theatrical room with views over the park to the sea
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: One of the great things about the Apartment is that you do not have to spend half a day buying the basics - because it's usually all there already - coffee, tea, sugar, UHT milk, jam, cereals, olive oil, condiments etc. Outside: Standing in its own parkland, with avenues of trees stretching to each point of the compass, the Chateau is in a simply beautiful location, perfect for a romantic getaway with glorious views across the fields to the sea offering numerous opportunities for walking locally and further afield. The fortified towers of a previous medieval chateau still flank the courtyard. There is an ornamental lake, and tall palm trees grow in rose-beds either side of the Chateau's main entrance. At the rear, the Apartment overlooks a terrace with a garden table, chairs and parasol. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: There is a full linen and towel service. Additional linen and towels by arrangement. Other: The Apartment has high ceilings, tall windows and shutters, double doors and a marble fireplace. Spectacularly decorated by a celebrated English interior designer in the 1990s, it is lit with chandeliers and furnished with gilt mirrors and original paintings.


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Romantic 18th Century Chateau Apartment
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews

Great secluded, stylish and romantic place with a very good athmosphere

  • 4 of 5

The place is very nicely decorated and is spacy for two people, but could also accomodate four if you take the extra bedroom.

It is a perfect getaway to relax and unwind in your own bubble. If the weather is nice it is great to have breakfast in the garden or make a walk. The views from the chateau are fantastic.

The landlord is friendly and easy going.

The through road is not so great for cycling because the cars drive very fast so it is best to take smaller roads.

The nearby coast and landscape is beautiful and there are enough facilities and restaurants (some very nice) in nearby villages.

The only thing is that we feel that at some spots the place would benefit from some tidying. Having said so, this is also part of the charm so don't let this put you off.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are new to Owners Direct so it was so pleasing to get such a lovely review (our first!) I will try to be even tidier in future!! Geoffrey
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  • 5 of 5

L'appartement du château est fantastique ! Très confortable, bien chauffé, beaucoup de cachet. On s'y sent bien tout de suite. Le parc, les allées couvertes de feuilles mordorées, le bassin, les chevaux autour du château nous offrent un spectacle d'automne reposant. Les vélos à disposition permettent de faire de belles randonnées et la région est riche en sentiers côtiers (Cap de Barneville-Carteret, Nez de Jobourg : là aussi le spectacle est grandiose).

La situation géographique du château permet de sillonner le nord du Cotentin, très belle région avec ses petits ports animés (St Vaast la Hougue, Barfleur), ses bourgs authentiques (Valognes) ou plus loin le Cap de la Hague et le phare de Goury, Omonville-la-Petite et la maison natale de Prévert !

Tellement de choses à voir, il faudra revenir. De plus, nous avons eu un temps extraordinaire : pas de vent, un ciel bleu et un soleil d'automne réconfortant.

L'accueil, la disponibilité et la gentillesse de Geoffrey sont indéniablement sincères. Merci encore et à très bientôt.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Bel endroit

  • 5 of 5

Bel endroit

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Bayeux Tapestry Museum
Omaha Beach
Utah Beach
Utah Beach
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Le Goëland 1951
Cimetière américain d' Omaha Beach
Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
35 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The weather on the Cherbourg Peninsula is similar to the Channel Islands, both warmed by the Gulf Stream. Primroses come early, palm trees are grown widely, and fuchsias reach the eaves of the famous Hotel des Fuchsias in nearby St Vaast. Winters are short and sharp but the Apartment is centrally heated, and there are always plenty of logs for the fire. Summers are usually balmy and never too hot.


The sea is very close and provides sandy beaches by the mile. Inland it is all lush green valleys, woods and meadows. There is history everywhere from William the Conqueror in 1066 to the 1944 Normandy landings. On a sunny day, walk in the grounds and then cycle to the sea (1.5km) On a winter's night, choose a book from the hundreds on the bookshelves and read by the fire, or listen to music, or watch a DVD.


Brittany Ferries have year-round ferry services to Cherbourg, Caen, Le Havre and St Malo from Poole and Portsmouth, and seasonal fast craft services to Cherbourg and Caen. The Chateau is a 30 minute drive from Cherbourg. You can also come via the Channel Islands. The Channel Tunnel is a 5 hour drive away. You can come by Eurostar via Paris (2 1/4 hours) and Valognes (2 3/4 hours), or you can fly to Caen, Deauville and Rennes from Paris, and then rent a car.


Within striking distance. Utah Beach, Mont St. Michel and Bayeux. Paris is 3 hours by train and the Chateaux of the Loire a 4 hour drive.

Further Details:

The nearby fishing ports of St Vaast and Barfleur are perfect for restaurants and shops, as is Quineville.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $346.21

Booking Notes:
A Deposit of £250 is required


Changeover Day:
Flexible but generally Fridays (check in time 4 pm) for a long weekend break departing Monday morning by 10 am and for a mid-week break, check in is 4 pm on Mondays with check out at 10 am on Friday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.