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Chateau de Colombieres
Saco, Maine
1 review
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“An idyllic place, unaffected by time”
Reviewed 6 January 2012

If you plan to visit France you must visit Normandy and you must stay at the Chateau de Colombieres!It is a step back in time!The castle dates back to the 14th century.It has turrets and a moat! It is a family home and you will feel like family when you visit.
We visited for two nights in September 2011. Our host was Count Etienne de Maupeou,a most charming and gracious gentleman.His English is excellent and he was most encouraging when we tried to speak French.
Our room, the Louis XVI suite, was large with a very comfortable king size bed The bathroom had plenty of towels,face cloths( not available in all European hotels) and hot water.Breakfast was delicious-croissants, brioche and home-made confiture.The Chateau is peaceful and relaxing,perfectly situated for day trips to the beaches and surrounding towns.M.de Maupeou shared his vast knowledge of the history of the Chateau and the WWII battle sites.Our visit to the beaches and the cemeteries was emotional and very moving.
Unfortunately M. Charles de Maupeou was not there. We were disappointed to miss seeing his museum of psychological warfare.
On the morning we left we woke early ,looking through the mist ,over the moat to the pasture beyond.Had it all been a dream? We shall return just to make sure!

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Mississauga
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Reviewed 12 July 2011

I cannot say enough about our experience at the Chateau de Colombieres. Begining with the host M. Mapeau who was lovely, warm and very helpful, the experience was perfection and authentic from start to finish. The castle and the grounds are magnificent, the room: which was the Watchman's Tower, was roomy and extremely comfortable for our family. The breakfast was great, the location was perfect - in a quiet location yet a very short drive to a lovely town: Bayeaux, and a short drive from the Normandy Beaches. I cannot say enough about this hotel - just that we do recomend it and hope to be fortunate enough to return again someday soon. The castle is perfect for an authentic experience in France - don't expect tv or the internet - but for our family - this added to the experience - Also - there is not a restaurant on premises - but there were fantastic restaurants very close by - Mr Mapeau is also helpful when recomending the best places to eat. We loved our experience here.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 June 2011

We stayed at the Chateau for several nights in September 2010. This area of Normandy has abundant historic sites, and the location of the Chateau is excellent for easy and quick access to these many sites, such as Bayeux, Caen, WWII sites along the Normandy beaches, Chateau de Balleroy, and more. Bottom line: this is a delightful place to stay if you are interested in visiting this area of Normandy.

The Chateau rates a chateau/castle symbol on the Michelin’s map of Normandy--such is its historic fame. The Chateau is home to the de Maupeou family. Charles, the son of the family, manages the B&B. But since Charles was not well during our visit, his father, Count Etienne de Maupeou, was filling in for Charles. Both the son and the father are welcoming individuals; both speak English well. We arrived later than we had informed them, and as we drove the long approach to the Chateau, the Count came out to the parking area to give us a warm greeting. He is a very charming man with a twinkle in his eye and a good sense of humor. He made us feel at home.

The Chateau has a long history, starting out as a wooden fort on the edge of a saline swamp in medieval times and then transformed into an all-stone fortress subsequently.
Various changes have occurred over the intervening centuries. It still has a water-filled moat with ducks. The castle has been in the family of the Count’s wife for several centuries. If we recall correctly, the Gestapo evicted the family in WWII and used the castle for their intelligence operations. After the Nazis retreated under the advancing Allies, General Bradley took over the castle as headquarters for US intelligence. The Count will delight you with the full history of the castle.

Also, when we were there, the Count had retained the services of a young tourism industry student from Caen to give historical tours of the castle several times a week. The Count graciously arranged a private tour for us. The history of the Chateau is fascinating.

We stayed in the suite at the top of the Chateau’s tower--called the Watchman’s Suite. It is up a circular staircase in the tower. The suite had a living room, bedroom, bath, and small kitchen. Overall, the suite was charming. The bedroom was well-furnished and the large bed was comfortable. The bathroom had modern plumbing and was in top condition. The living room, while very large, was set up partly to accommodate additional guests beyond the two in the bedroom and so had twin beds placed at the edges of the living room outside the core couch and chairs. The living room was not as elegant as one would have liked. Additionally, it was dark and needed more lamp light both during the day and evening. The kitchen had a microwave, stove-top burners, full refrigerator, and enough basic equipment to prepare a simple meal. The suite had no TV or internet access. However, the Count graciously offered us access to the internet on his office computer. Our suggestion would be for the Count and his son to upgrade the furnishings in the living room and kitchen. There are other more expensive suites in the Chateau. We saw the living room of one, and it was more elegantly furnished than the Watchman’s Suite.
We had breakfast two mornings in the enormous dining room. We had a banquet table to ourselves--complete with candelabra. The breakfast offered fresh fruit, croissants, toast cheese, good coffee, tea and about everything else one could expect from an outstanding breakfast. Breakfast is not included in the cost of the room.
We spent four very full days touring the many historic sites in this area of Normandy. This included a very good half-day tour offered by Normandy Sightseeing Tours during which we visited Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and the American cemetery. The tour originated/ended at the railroad station in Bayeux. Our guide was Vincent from Caen: his English and knowledge were both excellent, and the tour group was small (mini-bus for 8 people).
We highly recommend the Chateau, and if we were to return to the Bayeux, this is where we would stay. It cannot be beat for charm.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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Edmonton
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Reviewed 19 May 2011

We were treated royally by our host Charles. He shared his family's history and the history of the chateau. We were offered a welcoming glass of wine in the courtyard and a tour of his private WW2 history project. Our room was so special. Louis 14th decor.
We are recommending it to all of our friends.
Merci Charles

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Mentor, Ohio
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Reviewed 8 January 2011

My first trip to France was planned with great detail. The stop I most eagerly awaited was this Chateau, even though it was my fourth day in France. I was in awe as soon as we saw this beautiful chateau; even more impressed after meeting Charles. He welcomed us on a cool April evening with a fire in the kitchen, and a glass of wine. The magic began for me- I felt transformed, like I was queen of the castle. Charles recommended places for dinner, and lit up the castle for our return. Truly amazing! We arrived as Americans, but left feeling like friends. We enjoyed his tour of the grounds, and his museum. It's wonderful to see someone embrace the history of the chateau, and the part it played during WW II ! Truly one of our treasured memories of our trip! Peggy & Joseph Gartner Mentor, OHIO

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Mytilene, Greece
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Reviewed 23 August 2010

For our honeymoon, we stayed at this chateau for two days and we left with the best impressions. It is the best that you can choose for the region of Normandy. In short, this castle is a a unique experience and a REAL TIME-TRAVEL !!!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 30 May 2010

Maybe it was the gorgeous setting in the countryside surrounded by lush trees or maybe it was the stunning castle protected by its ancient moat or perhaps it was the luxurious room in the tower or quite possibly it was the warm hospitality of Count Charles, the owner but whatever it was Chateau de Colombieres has a magical elegance and charm that defies description.

The moment you cross the drawbridge is the moment you step back into time. The castle is relatively small but you get a sense of majesty. Our room in the castle tower had a 'walk in' fire place and on the wall opposite was a 300 year old tapestry. The bed room had a canopied bed and on the wall were portraits of past family members. Period furniture dotted the rooms. You almost expected a knight or a guard to stroll by. The modern bathroom was tucked away neatly in a corner. If you were besieged, you''d be comfortable!

The Count - Charles- was there to greet us and immediately took us on a tour. What can I say? He was the perfect host. He showed us the nooks and crannies and told us stories from the time the Normans to the Revolution and to WWII. His little museum on "Psychological" warfare was fascinating.

The next day, we had breakfast in an elegant dinning room with a table as long as a football field. The croissants were flaky and warm and the breads and jams were out of this world.

If you are looking for comfort, charm and character at a reasonable price, this is the place. Visit Chateau de Colombieres

  • Stayed May 2010
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Property: Chateau de Colombieres
Address: 14710 Colombieres, France
Region: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Colombieres
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Colombieres
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Count Etienne de Maupeou d’Ableiges and his children welcome you in their fascinating medieval castle. The château de Colombières is very well located to discover the local history, culture, touristic attractions and cuisine. The guests will appreciate quiet and peace in this beautiful fortress. ... more   less 
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