|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 nights|
In the 19th century, the owner of the Vaulaville castle decided to move in the outbuildings to leave the main house to his newly-married son. She transformed these outbuildings into a second castle and furnished the upper level of the central part to a very high standard. Later, her son's wife put a vampire statue on the façade...
It is this accommodation of 180 sqm that we offer. It has a living room, dining room, fully equipped kitchen, 4 bedrooms, bathroom with toilets and shower room with toilets.
Annex: utility room and play room with table tennis. Courtyard and big garden with aboveground pool, trampoline and swing.
After a busy week in Paris, we wanted to relax and see the D-Day sites around Normandy. The spacious cottage of this 18th century chateau was the perfect spot. Our children enjoyed running all over the grounds and playing on the swings and slide. We also had nightly Ping-Pong tournaments. None of the D-Day sites were more than 30 min from the chateau.
Ms. Helen was a gracious and helpful hostess. The chateau has been in her family for generations and she is anxious to share that history while taking you on a tour of the buildings. It is a quiet, beautiful setting where our family enjoyed time together. Highly recommended for families with small or multiple children.
It is difficult to express what a special place this is. In planning a side trip from Paris to Normandy, I searched high and low for a location that would combine ease of access with the beauty of the French countryside. What I found was beyond my expectations - so much so that I booked the large house (can sleep 8 to 10 comfortably) for my family of three. The outbuilding is spacious, clean and very well-equipped (they truly thought of everything). While the house is gorgeously historic, the bathrooms are modern and the kitchen is up-to-date, which made for a very comfortable visit. The house has a beautiful library full of books (French, some English and beautiful coffee table books, many about Normandy), games and DVDs though to be honest, we never turned on the TV. The grounds are lovely and my son loved running around visiting the donkey, the cat and the horses on property. The house is proximate to Utah Beach and Omaha Beach, Caen and Bayeux. It is also reasonably close to Rouen and the lovely seaside towns of Honfleur, Trouville and Deauville. While there are no larger markets in the town, one can find everything in Bayeux which is a lovely town within a short driving distance. One of the highlights of the trip was meeting Marie-Helene and her husband, the proud custodians of this historic gem, who proved to be warm, caring and gracious hosts. They shared with us the property's proud history, as well as that of their family, which was very moving. We had such a special visit to Normandy and much of it had to do with the character of the house and its owners. We long to visit again.
This home away property was ideal for this family of 5 from the u.s. We loved the location 10 mins from Bayeix and surrounding towns in Normandy.
It was easy to see the notable historic areas related to D-Day events.
The spacious property allowed for needed "down time" in the early evenings. Kids could run around the property or chill out with extensive DVD selection.
Kitchen allowed for breakfasts and it was easy to prepare dinner at home as well.
The bathrooms were clean and adequate and our host was accessible and welcoming. There were many neighboring restaurants in towns nearby.
All in all it was a positive experience and I would recommend the property.
A delightful June week in Normandy! Six adults and 2 grandkids, ages 5 and 11 enjoyed absorbing French history In Marie's Outbuilding. Mimi and Papa slept in the large bedroom with four twin beds and our two daughters with husbands each had a large private bedroom. It is conveniently located about 6 minutes from Bayeux and 10 minutes from Port Au Bessie. The property is accurately described, and as long as you understand the building really is a few hundred years old with all that entails, you should not be disappointed. The kitchen is well appointed and each morning we would drink our coffee while exploring the grounds, then meet for breakfast in the large dining room to plan the day's activities. In the late afternoon the kids enjoyed the trampoline or visiting with the two resident donkeys. The "library" is fully stocked with hundreds of videos (many in English) and books (mostly French). Marie is a wonderful hostess, and her tour of the castle and recounting of her family history was a highlight. One evening she guided us to her favorite restaurant in Port Au Bessin. Rent this property to experience the French countryside, history and have convenient access to the D-Day Beaches and Normandy sites. Realize it is not a 4 or 5 star hotel property, and if it tried to be it would losel its charm and attraction.
We had a wonderful time at Vaulaville as a family of 5 adults and, as others have said, Marie-Helene was most gracious and helpful and her English is very good. She is particularly proud of her heritage (with good reason) and provided a tour of the chateau itself where she tells the story of her mother being a part of the French resistance and the medals that were awarded to her and her grandfather. Very moving. The outbuilding was spacious, clean, well-maintained and the kitchen had all we could ask for. What is does not have is a television connection (only for DVD use) but there are DVD’s in English and also some books in English. However, wifi is included and it helped to keep up with the news. As has been mentioned, it is not a home for anyone who needs handicapped accessibility due to the spiral staircase, but my husband who has mobility issues was able to maneuver the staircase and the 5 stairs which lead to the kitchen and the rooms we used. The walk-in shower was particularly useful. It's in a great location for all we wanted to do and more. We spent two days touring the WWII battle sites (we could have spent longer), a day at Mont-Ste-Michel, an afternoon relaxing in Porte-en-Bessin and a day in Bayeux, all within reasonable distance. For touring the area, I would definitely recommend a GPS as the road signs don’t tell you what direction you are heading in but only the town names. If they are not on your paper map, you are out of luck. We got lost several times even with the GPS and our 9-passenger van (needed because of luggage and a wheel chair) had to be driven down several single-lane roads which was dicey at times. (It was also an ‘adventure’ driving it through the arch at the castle but that was part of the fun!) English is spoken some by most people in stores and restaurants but knowing some French is obviously a benefit. A word of caution when touring: many places close for lunch which is what we encountered at Pointe du Hoc. As we were on a time schedule, we were not able to wait an hour to see the movie so I suggest planning accordingly. Most of the WWII touring sites have a movie which helps to explain the area you are visiting. Our family had a wonderful time and would definitely recommend staying at the Outbuilding of Vaulaville Castle.
This was a terrific place to experience. The location was terrific for exploring the WW II beaches (our goal) as well as surrounding area. Our 10 yr. old grandsons had a ball & loved the ping pong provided as well.
Marie Helene and her husband were very helpful and accommodating. The house tour at the end of our stay was a special treat. A very reasonable price for such a lovely setting and warmth of our hosts!!
Bayeux tapestry, Normandy landings.
Tree top adventure, vegetal maze, and paintball 4 km away.
Theme park 25 min away.
Sand yachting 15 min away.
Paragliding and boat trips 4 km away.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|