We are a family of 8 (Mother, Father, 2 sisters and their 4 Children). We booked into a chateau for 3 nights but our booking was cancelled a week before our stay was due to start. Fortunately, the Chateau de Pont-Rilly's Mill was free and was subsequently reserved for us.
We were not dissappointed. As we turned into the drive, we had our first view of the beautiful Chateau. The Mill is a seperate building with lovely views of the chateau. It has been restored by Jean-Jacques and Annick to a very high standard. The rooms were immaculate, with fresh, white linen on the beds and lovely soft furnishings. The rooms are large and accommodated 8 easily in luxury. When it rained, Annick arrived to build us a fire in the kitchen/diner; what a treat. The children were enchanted with the animals on the estate; donkeys, sheep, very friendly pigmy goats, peacocks, chickens, water voles and a black swan. We were invited to explore the estate at our leisure and could have spent many hours in the woods, but the weather spoilt those plans.
Breakfast was taken in a downstairs room in the chateau. Again, we had a real, roaring fire. We were treated to yoghurt, jams, marmalade, all homemade; and muesli, bread, croisants and bowls of fruit. All washed down with real coffee,and home made tea bags.
Annick was happy to recommend various restaurants for our evening meal and these were enjoyed by all of us, as we sampled local produce. There is much to see in the area, with ww2 landing beaches, Bayeaux, and assorted, lovely, little fishing villages.
Jean-Jacques gave us a tour of the chateau that he has lovingly restored with Annicks interior designing assistance. He is very proud of their achievements, and rightfully so. He was in the process of finishing the restoration of the Coach House which has been transformed into another beautiful gite.
We cannot wait to return and would not hesitate to recommend this property to others.
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Pont-Rilly Hotel Normandy