I could not say one bad thing about our stay at the Chateau. The chateau itself, the grounds, and the Comte and Comtesse were all amazing. We traveled with our son (5 years old) and all enojyed it immensely. It is very peaceful and gorgeous...even on days with a little fog it added to the mystique! While there, don't consider it just a place to sleep. Carve out time to explore the grounds, meet the donkeys :), visit the chapel, and most importantly engage the Comte in conversations about the chateau, its history, and his family! While we speak french (my husband is french and my son and I are fluent), the Comte speaks exceptional english (he previously lived for some time in Chicago - our home city, what a small world!) and as such there are no language barriers here. Breakfast was a time when he would sit with the guests, answer our questions, and indulge us with stories from his family's past (if we desired). Don't plan on eating & dashing if you can...stick around and enjoy a leisurely breakfast and discussion.
We only stayed two nights but would have happily stayed longer and likely will the next time we visit Normandy and Brittany. It is well situated and there are various good dining options in nearby towns - just ask the Comte and he will provide his recommendations. He even went out of his way to make reservations, get us maps (we forgot to bring our GPS..not a great idea!), etc. He also gives good guidance on what to visit in the region and how best to layout an itinerary for the day (what city/site to visit first, where to end the day for dinner, etc).
Only thing I would caution is to mind the cat when you get back to the chateau in the evenings. It is a very nice and friendly cat but he likes to jump in guests' cars - as we discovered the morning of our departure when we opened the car and the cat jumped out! It had apparently spent the night in our car having jumped in when we got out the prior evening. No harm done though...the cat just napped and luckily didn't leave any evidence behind from its stay :) We had a good laugh with the Comte and Comtesse about it afterwards :)
So, if you're in the area and it's in your price range, you MUST stay at the Chateau de Bouceel. You will not regret it!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 18kms away from Mont Saint Michel the chateau is still a family home. Built in 1763, it sits in a quiet park with lakes, island, age old trees. The interior boasts super carved wood panels, parquets floors, period antiques, family portraits blending harmoniously with modern comfort and stylish bathrooms. Your hosts, Nicole and Regis, will welcome you as friends and share the enjoyment of their home. Breakfast included in rate. Non-smoking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Bouceel Vergoncey, Normandy, France
- Chateau De Bouceel Hotel Vergoncey