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Chateau de Colombieres
Reviewed 12 August 2012

When I showed this property to my spouse when planning our trip, her immediate response was "book it! - you cannot show me a castle and then take me to a regular hotel." Wish Granted!!! We had a great time at the Chateau on our trip to Normandy. Charles and his father, the Comte de Maupeou were great hosts and took great pride in showing us around the property and making us feel very welcome. It is in a fairly rural area - so you must have your own transportation to get around, however, it is a great base for exploring Normandy with the D-Day tour companies only a 20 min. drive away in Bayeux. We loved our stay and would HIGHLY recommend it to everyone.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

My husband and 2 children stayed at the Chateau Colombieres. We all consider our stay here a truly memorable experience - for my husband, this was a highlight of our trip. Charles and his father, the Comte de Maupeou are truly lovely hosts, providing us with excellent advice on places to eat in the area and a warm welcome upon our return from our day's journeys. We stayed in a fantastic Tower room, with a living room, separate bedroom and small kitchen and grand French fireplace. The Chateau itself and the family history are fascinatingly intertwined with French history. Our room overlooked the moat and surrounding gardens, which are glorious. Charles provided our children with a historical scavenger hunt for exploring the castle, which they loved and they also found the treehouse. Breakfast is fantastic and and the location is a wonderful stepping off point for exploring the Canadian museum of WW history at Juno Beach as well as Mount St. Michel. We will definitely return if we are ever so fortunate to be in the area.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

My wife, son (10), and I stayed at the Chateau de Colombieres from June 28 through July 2, 2012, and it was the highlight of our trip to Europe. I'm fascinated by European castles, and was set on staying in one in France this summer, and I couldn't have made a better choice. It is a beautifully maintained building with large, well-manicured grounds. Each evening we wandered around the grounds, taking in the sites of the castle, moat, garden, woods, and pasture area. The environment and atmosphere was very serene, and it was a great base from which to relax following long days of seeing the D-Day beaches. When the lights are on at night, the towers of the castle glow and the reflection in the moat is beautiful.

We stayed in the Watchman's Suite, which was very spacious and nicely furnished. It was very cool to sit on the same stone benches the castle guards used hundreds of years ago when keeping lookout. The beds were very comfortable, and with the extreme quiet of the area, we slept like babies. Even though the chateau is hundreds of years old, the bathroom is very modern and the shower is excellent. There is a refrigerator and a small stove if you choose to cook/eat in your suite.

Charles de Maupeou was the perfect host, helping us with whatever we needed. Breakfast each day was excellent, with fresh croissants, cheese, ham, and breads, as well as various accompaniments. We took advantage of this opportunity each morning, and it started our days off nicely. Charles gave us many suggestions for D-Day sites to visit, and his expertise was very helpful. We easily visited many sites from there, and also went to Mont St. Michelle and Bayeux for day trips. The location is excellent for a Normandy vacation.

I can't say enough good things about Charles, the Chateau, and the area. We will definitely stay there again if we are lucky enough to return to Normandy.

Room Tip: The Watchman's Suite could easily sleep 5.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 May 2012

It is a beautiful Chateau and M Maupeou was a perfect host (with perfect English). He very kindly organised reservations for dinner for us both nights and provided a grand breakfast in the morning. We stayed for two nights and what a history lesson ! We were shown around the private chapel and got to hear about the proaganda war run by the Allies out of the Chateau just after the D-day landings as well as the early history. There is an amazing collection of flyers, clippings and a first rate diorama and M Maupeou talked us though it all explaining its signifigance - so interesting as with the explanation better than most muesems for putting it in context ! (Thank you again if you are reading this !)

The children loved staying in a real castle with a moat and a turret tower and the rooms very comfortable, spacious and clean. Really nice to have a living room and kitchenette as well. Well located for seeing the Normandy beaches and making the Ferry back to England in good time.

Very highly recommended.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

We stayed at this wonderful castle/chateau for two nights and felt as though we were staying with family. We met both Count Etienne de Maupeou and his son Charles de Maupeou while there. They were both very congenial and knowledgeable about the castle's history and the history of the surrounding area. They made reservations for us at the BEST restaurant of our entire trip! (La Maree in Grandcamp Maisy--best scallops I've ever eaten! We ate there both nights!) The chateau was admirably situated for exploration of the D-Day beaches, Bayeux, and the towns in the surrounding area. The castle itself was a trip back into the 14th century..we stayed in the Louis XVI room, with its adjacent sitting room and lovely view over the countryside (cows). The breakfast was ample and delicious; the first day we had the HUGE dining room to ourselves. A stay at this castle/chateau was one of the highlights of our trip!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

Spent a few days here at the chateau with my family. Wonderful experience.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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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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Additional Information about Chateau de Colombieres

Address: 14710 Colombieres, France
Region: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Colombieres
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Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Colombieres
Price Range: £93 - £202 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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