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Chateau de Vouilly
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

During World War II, the Chateau de Vouilly was the accommodation for war journalists, reporting of the landing of the allies in the Normandy. Today, this feudal building is a great place to enjoy an overnight stay in the luxury of aristocrats. The rooms are huge and very beautiful, the garden is a wonderful place to walk and write a masterpiece novel! The couple who runs this place is wonderful and fully of stories about the house and the area.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Uasuas
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

TOTALLY COOL
We stayed at Chateau Vouilly (picked on “TA”, based upon location and lack of alternatives). What a find! Run by 70 year old French farmer, James Hamel, he will become your new favorite dairy farmer!
The Chateau was the Foreign Press Association HQ in the early days for the Battle for Normandie, follow in footsteps of Cronkite, Rooney and Hemingway! Its south of Point du Hoc and pretty equidistant from Utah and other Allied beaches. James and his wife, Marie-Jo are wonderful hosts and wonderful fonts of information

My buddy and I spent five days touring the beaches and battlefields. James was very helpful. Breakfast was delicious. Only drawback was lack of real shower.
Beautiful gardens.
Very central location for visiting battlefields.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Paddyintexas
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

We spent a month in the summer of 2013 exploring Germany, Norway, and France, ending our trip in Normandy with a stay that we ended up extending at Chateau de Vouilly. As a historian who focuses on the Second World War, I was incredibly excited to make a return (and extended) stay to the region with a rental car this time, providing much more flexibility and freedom to explore all of the sites. The Chateau de Vouilly was recommended to us by a former guest and it was well worth the effort it took to find it (with a couple of detours down narrow roads and dirt paths that led to... cow fields). After staying in many budget accommodations and some contemporary lodgings in Germany, the Chateau de Vouilly was a shock to the system. The beautiful chateau retains it's historic charm. Our room was large with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the gardens with a small table where we ate picnic dinners and lived the luxurious life. There was also a private bathroom and separated bedrooms that were completely unexpected and enabled our group to have our own sleeping quarters. Some important notes: you need to have a car to stay here and try to get a sense of the location on a map as it is a bit difficult to find. However, if you are going to be driving Normandy trying to find all of the historical sites, this is no more or less difficult or remote of a location and enables the guests to have a wonderful place to relax and recover after a strenuous day of hiking and exploring the many sites of Normandy.

Room Tip: We stayed in the "Rose Room" which included a view of the garden and three separate 'rooms' to sleep.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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8  Thank Brittany Q
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

My parents and I used this as our base while exploring the Normandy D-Day sites in April 2013 and I have to say that we have fondly talked and reminisced about our stay at Chateau de Vouilly many times ever since. I found the Chateau on Trip Advisor and wanted something unique for us to experience while staying in the area and host James and his wife did not disappoint. As others have written, the Chateau is full of character and charm and James was more than willing to share the history with us as well has having a library full of resources, reference materials, and maps that we were allowed to borrow. There were several languages worth of materials available in the breakfast/press room that he generously encouraged us to read and use during our stay. The Chateau is also their home, a working dairy farm in the quiet Norman countryside. The rooms are upstairs and my parents, 85 and 80, were comfortable with the stairs as well as the ample bath. The house is a step back in time, and in this day and age of modernized, sterilized suites, staying here was a breath of fresh air. Our room was actually a suite of sorts; a large bedroom with 2 smaller bedrooms and a bathroom with views of the back moat and expansive gardens. The heat worked fast and efficiently when we needed it and the beds were comfortable. After exploring all day long in the area and a dinner out, this was always a treat to come home to in the evenings to unwind, relax, and recharge for the next day. Breakfast was ample, tasty, the local cheeses were heavenly. James was always there to greet us in the morning with a smile and twinkle in his eyes and he patiently answered our questions and was the perfect host. The Chateau is not that difficult to find given the ease of google directions and GPS and after a day, we felt well acquainted with the area to find our way home without a hitch. Seeing the D-Day sites and discovering the area was a special experience that my parents truly enjoyed and staying at the Chateau was the icing on the cake of a memorable and wonderful trip. Highly recommended for people who appreciate character, charm, and a slice of history.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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10  Thank MaineTravel50
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

If you are looking for a place with lots of amenities, this is not for you. If you are looking for a place that has lots of history associated along with a very gracious host then this might be your place. It's old! Lots of stairs, simple but very good breakfast on a real working farm. If you require a shower, you won't like it. If you come expecting to experience history, you won't be disappointed.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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