The 400 year old Château de la Pommeraye is a wonderfully atmospheric boutique hotel near Caen, and the D-Day landing beaches, in Normandy, France, with an intimate, friendly atmosphere and a gorgeously peaceful rural setting.
It is a relatively informal place and in common with many great boutique hotels, a stay at the chateau feels more like being in the company of distant relatives than being in a hotel.
They have a choice of rooms and suites, all of which are doubles/twins and which range in size from 36 to 85 m². There are no ordinary or standard rooms here, every one is either in the ‘luxury’ or the ‘prestige’ category, and are broadly similar except in terms of extra space. Check out your options on the booking page here.
Broadly similar means polished wooden floors, large windows with old style tie-up curtains, regal looking beds, plump soft fabrics and an array of classic art works and antique furniture pieces to accentuate the romantic, historical ambience.
With even the smallest room having 36 m² to play with, space becomes really not much of an issue and so the lower cost choices should be more than adequate for most people.
FACILITIES & THINGS TO DO:
Château de la Pommeraye is a lovely property with a history going back to 1646 and with many historical features still on display including parts of the ancient moat and adjacent defensive towers which date back even earlier.
Internally there is plenty of common space too, with an ornate living room filled with historical art and artifacts, and a grand old dining hall as the center pieces of the house.
There is an informal restaurant at the chateau where you can enjoy a generous organic breakfast spread each morning, but one which sadly is not included in the room rate.
Some superb multi course evening meals with fine wines are also available with the hosts requesting though that any guests who would like to join give them 48 hours notice to get all the fresh ingredients in place.
Again, these are informal arrangements; it is not a professional restaurant, but the excellent food and wine, the presentation and the atmospheric dining hall setting can make an evening meal at the chateau a quite special event.
In keeping with the informal, familiar theme there is an honesty bar with a selection of wines and other alcoholic drinks including local Normandy cider, that guests can avail of throughout the day, as well as complimentary tea and coffee.
The countryside around the chateau, known as Suisse Normande, is a land of deep green, rolling hills and a joy to explore, particulalry around the nearby Orne Valley. Your hosts can help you get the most out of it with recommendations of what to see and do in the area, and can help to organize all sorts of activities such as horse riding, pony trekking, golf, rock climbing, canoeing, paragliding etc., plus access to nearby (just 300 meters away) spa facilities.
Not much more than a half an hour by car from the city of Caen, Normandy, this is the heart of Suisse Normande, a hilly, green country with an abundance of peaceful rural charm. It is also just an hour from the D-Day beaches and many historical monuments. The journey from Paris should take no more than three hours, with Rouen and Le Harve being just over two and Calais around three and a half.
WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY:
“5 star stay in magnificent Chateau! Superlatives don’t describe this property adequately! Inside, outside and the host Alexandre are all special. If you ever have the opportunity to stay here jump at it! Simply Superb!..”
“We had an amazing time here- truly a hidden gem. It felt like we stepped back into history. Alexander, our host, prepared the most delicious dinners and the breakfast in the morning – perfect! Everything was locally sourced which was an added bonus. Would highly recommend this lovely chateau! Can’t wait to return!..”
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