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“Exceeds Expectations” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chateau de Vouilly

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14230 Vouilly, France   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vouilly
New Jersey
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Exceeds Expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

My wife and I spent three nights at the Chateau de Vouiilly in September and used it as our base to visit the D-Day beaches. The chateau and surrounding farm exude history with some portions dating back to the 10th century. James and his family are marvelous and accommodating hosts and he has a cornucopia of books, maps and information in several languages (including English).
If you're traveling without GPS, follow James' website directions to arrive since few people in the surrounding area seem to know how to get to Vouilly. Alternatively, it's a beautiful countryside in which to be lost.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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toronto
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

We spent 2 nights in the magic Orangerie suite, 3 rooms with wonderful views.
The chateau, the gardens, the nearby pond, and the farm all offer unforgettable experiences and our family enjoyed every moment.
We were having breakfast in the very same room where the press reports were typed during D-day…a very significant detail for my history studying son. James is very knowledgeable and shared with us some historical instances which will make our trip even more memorable…It is a very good location to visit Bayeux, D-day beaches, and all the small coast villages.
Thank you Marie Jo and James for making us feeling as welcomed guests in your wonderful chateau.

Room Tip: The Orangerie suite for a family of 4 is ideal
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wetumpka, Alabama
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10 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

We were a group of 6 (3couples) and we stayed at Chateau de Vouilly 3 nights. It was one of the highlights of our trip. The rooms are spacious and beautiful, the location is perfect for exploring the Normandy beaches, James is a wonderful host, and the home is rich in history. James even made a picture of our group and presented each couple an 8x10 of our group and an 8x10 of pictures of the Chateau. You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

Great hotel. We had a charming 3 room "orangerie" suite. Great place from where you can explore the Normandy Beaches. The host, James, is exceptionally helpful. James will gladly spend an hour talking about the chateau, the Normandy Beaches and the surrounding area. There is a charming XIII century small church in the village. A lady living in an adjoined house will be trilled to open it for you and show you around. The breakfast is served in the main room. The marmalade and the cheeses were great. The same room was used by the press just after the landings.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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31 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

Whilst this hotel is a little bit off the beaten track, if you have a car it is a great location to visit the D-day beaches and sights. The setting could not be better. It is rural and old, but well maintained and James the Inn-keeper was very friendly, speaks good English and was always ready to help make dinner reservations and give directions and tips to visit the sights.

There was no wifi (at least not in our room) or TV in the room, but this isn't the kind of hotel where you'd miss them. There was also no stand-up shower and so you'll need to wash sitting in the bath tub whilst holding the shower head above your head. If this is unacceptable to you, you'll probably want to look elsewhere, but whilst it would've bothered me in any other hotel, in the Chateau de Vouilly it just added to the experience.

Not only would I return to this hotel if I was in the area, we are already planning a return trip solely because we enjoyed ourselves so much. One night was not enough. Everything was better than perfect.

Very clean, very spacious, very romantic, great service, fantastic setting and breathtakingly beautiful surroundings.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Del Mar, California
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4 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2011

A short drive from Bayuex and 20 minutes Omaha Beach, this Chateau was built in the 1350's. A beautiful setting in the country, the Chateau is surrounded by a mote and lovely gardens.
James Hamel, the owner greated us and ushered us to our two large rooms, each with a large bathroom, and views overlooking the gardens and countryside.
Breakfast is served daily in a well appointed room which formally served as the working press room for the US and Great Brittan Press during WWII. Such notibles as Walter Cronkite, Ernie Pyle, Andy Rooney, Earnest Hemmingway and Gen. Omar Bradely had daily briefings and wrote articles from this room.
Breakfast was served with choices of local cheeses, hams, breads with French butter, yogurts, cereal, juices, coffees and more.
James Hamel, and his family acquired the Chateau around 1916. James is a bit of a history buff with pictures and stories of numerous events to share which make up the history of this Chateau.
The bedrooms were large and well furnished.
A short drive to good spots for dinner, shopping and history in general.
We highly recommend Chateau Vouilly for its rich history, superior accomodations and a touch of history from a family that cares.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2010

We stayed two nights at the Chateau de Vouilly, with our days spent touring the Normandy landing sites and visiting Bayeux. The chateau is beautiful, as are its gardens, and has an interesting history including its use during WW2 by the US Press Corps. The owner and host, James, is a very charming gentleman who gave us a warm welcome, and upon our arrival helped us to book our tour for the following day. Our room overlooked the moat and rear gardens. Each morning, we were greeted in the dining room by James and a table laid with a traditional French breakfast of breads, jams, cheeses, and freshly-squeezed orange juice and coffee. The Chateau de Vouilly was the center piece of a great weekend away in Normandy.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Chateau de Vouilly

Address: 14230 Vouilly, France
Location: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Vouilly
Amenities:
Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vouilly
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Chateau De Vouilly France - Normandy

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