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“Beautiful Setting” 5 of 5 stars
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2 avenue du chateau, 14470 Courseulles-sur-Mer, France   |  
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Lake Country, Canada
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10 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful Setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Chateau is beautiful and peaceful. Location is great, close to Juno Beach Centre, town centre is just a few minutes walk. Interior is full of character. Our room had a private terrace. Owners were away but we were well looked after by Miriam who was very friendly and helpful. She explained interesting and extensive history of the Chateau. Highly recommend this B&B. Cons were baths instead of showers and limited availability of wifi but these were minor inconveniences. We travelled with family but it would be a great romantic relaxing getaway. There are many restaurants in town however service varied, best to ask for recommendations. Juno Beach Centre is very well done and a must see.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Canada
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We travelled to Chateau Francois d'O on the first day of our trip to Europe and it was the perfect spot to start our vacation. Our children (6 & 8) were so excited to be staying in a chateau - the owner met us and showed us to our huge family room (2 separate bedrooms and large private bathroom). Beds were very comfortable and we adjusted to the time change with a great night's sleep! It is within walking distance of a small town market, many restaurants and shopping, and the Juno Beach Centre. Grounds are beautiful, chateau is nicely decorated, breakfast was lovely and we met some nice couples who were also travelling. Owner put out special dishes for the kids, which was a nice touch! Would have liked to stay longer and highly recommend to anyone travelling to the area!

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

My wife and I spent two nights here with our two children (6 and 8) and enjoyed our stay. It is a nice blend of traditional and modern - although the Chateau is quite old, the family that runs it completely renovated the interior recently. They have lots of interesting old photographs, and clearly have put a lot of effort into the place. The breakfast was delicious and the service was very friendly. The rooms have an old-fashioned feel but are quite comfortable. The location is convenient for exploring the D-Day beaches.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saint John, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

For those wishing to visit the Canadian D-Day landing Site at Juno beach and interpretive Centre in Normandy, and nearby Allied memorial sites along with a chateaux experience, the Chateau Francois d'O in Coursuelles-sur-Mer offers both. Within the town one can walk to the coastal beaches, restaurants and even shop the local market, just outside the chateau walls. The 5 rooms are spacious, one with a rooftop terrace and have attractive decor and modern baths. Breakfast, served in the drawing room by the family who own the chateau, was tasty. The daunting challenge of owning and operating such an historic complex becomes clear as well as its rewards.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

We stayed for 4 nights in September and switched rooms after 2 days due to prior booking commitments. This was fine with us as we knew before travelling this was the case. Both rooms were lovely, and splendid views over the grounds. Our hosts were very helpful and breakfast was a real social event as all guests sat at one table and we spent over an hour most mornings chatting with fellow guests. The breakfast was fresh, tasty and plentiful. All village amenities were within easy walking distance and this was a superb base for us to explore Normandy. If we were in the area again we would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Zonhoven, Belgium
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35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

We stayed with our children in the Château Francois d'O for 2 nights. The castle has its charm and you do not always have the opportunity to stay in a castle B&B. The owners are very nice and helpful. They explained the history of the castle which was very interesting. This is certainly a nice opportunity for a Canadian family who wish to visit the Canadian Juno Beach museum and stay at such a historical monument. Although the rooms were nice, clean and had all necessary comfort, we felt that they overpriced the rooms with about 25%. Breakfast is really the absolute minimum for that price.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kirkland
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44 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2011

Booked the property at random off the internet for my family as a base to visit the Landing Beaches. The property is family run and has and is being lovingly restored. The entrance is grand, you open the gates yourself and drive up the driveway. The rooms are upstairs. We have one room en suite for my parents and I had a suite with two rooms with one bath room - perfect for a family with two kids.

Breakfast is served in an elegant room downstairs and is a decent continental one.

The location in town is a 5 min to the marina and 10 min to the beach though the main area of town. It is ideal for a car. You are on Juno Beach and 20 mins away from Omaha Beach and same from Bayeux.

Minor issues are that wi-fi is only available downstairs and make sure you have cash. Their credit card machine would not take my US credit cards as i believe they run the cards through their other business. However these minor issues should not takeaway from a unique and special property.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Chateau Francois d'O

Address: 2 avenue du chateau, 14470 Courseulles-sur-Mer, France
Location: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Courseulles-sur-Mer
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Courseulles-sur-Mer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Chateau Francois D'O Courseulles-Sur-Mer, France - Basse-Normandie

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