The most moving, and arguably the most memorable, moments of a month-long trip to France last September occurred in and around Mr. and Mrs. James Hamel's magnificent Chateau Vouilly and farm. Site of the first press room following the D-Day Landings in June 1944, and briefly invasion commander Gen. Omar Bradley's residence at that time, the Hamels embody the spirit of generous-hearted French citizens who have welcomed Americans to France since Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. In short, in the three days were were privileged to stay in their home as B&B guests, we came to greatly like and admire them, their family, their passion for their ancient and historical home, and their beautiful part of Normandy. Our room was perfectly adequate, though we lusted after the famous "Orangerie Suite" across the hall, and we were very comfortable. Breakfasts in the B&B dining room-press room museum were delightful, made even more so by James's prompt appearance to see to our comfort, share tips to help us get the most of our day, and offer any assistance we needed. We marveled at the furnishings, the moat, the farm, James's son's lovely family, incomparable roses in a magnificent garden, and a constant sense of stepping in and out of the 1940s/2012...enhanced by the occasional appearance of a Belgian military staff car from World War II driving around the property. We were humbled and awed by what we learned from our DDay professional guide, who was recommended by James, but also felt the ghosts of history who stayed under the same roof we did during one of the most momentous events in civilization's history. The price was incredibly reasonable for our nice room, great breakfasts, and personal care and service from the Hamel family -- we hope to visit again, believing that when we arrive James and his lovely wife will be waiting for us, as they did on our inaugural visit, and we will embrace as old friends. What a gift it was to stay at Chateau Vouilly!
- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Vouilly France - Normandy