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“My home in Normandy”
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Chateau de Vouilly
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vouilly
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
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“My home in Normandy”
Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

I just had my third stay at Le Chateau Vouilly. My first stay was in 2001 and things haven't changed much since. The place remains one of my favorite places in the world and I'll come back as often as I can. I won't re-hash all the details by previous reviewers, but will confirm they're all pretty much spot on. This is one of the most relaxing places I've ever been. The views of the countryside and garden are amazing. The garden is immaculately kept and the addition of a walking path around the lower dam is such a treat. James is the perfect host and provided all the support we required. I saw lots of nice places to stay in and around towns as we toured Normandy, but always thought how fortunate we were to be staying at Chateau Vouilly.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed May 11, 2014

During World War II, the Chateau de Vouilly was the accommodation for war journalists, reporting of the landing of the allies in the Normandy. Today, this feudal building is a great place to enjoy an overnight stay in the luxury of aristocrats. The rooms are huge and very beautiful, the garden is a wonderful place to walk and write a masterpiece novel! The couple who runs this place is wonderful and fully of stories about the house and the area.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Dallas
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

TOTALLY COOL
We stayed at Chateau Vouilly (picked on “TA”, based upon location and lack of alternatives). What a find! Run by 70 year old French farmer, James Hamel, he will become your new favorite dairy farmer!
The Chateau was the Foreign Press Association HQ in the early days for the Battle for Normandie, follow in footsteps of Cronkite, Rooney and Hemingway! Its south of Point du Hoc and pretty equidistant from Utah and other Allied beaches. James and his wife, Marie-Jo are wonderful hosts and wonderful fonts of information

My buddy and I spent five days touring the beaches and battlefields. James was very helpful. Breakfast was delicious. Only drawback was lack of real shower.
Beautiful gardens.
Very central location for visiting battlefields.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

We spent a month in the summer of 2013 exploring Germany, Norway, and France, ending our trip in Normandy with a stay that we ended up extending at Chateau de Vouilly. As a historian who focuses on the Second World War, I was incredibly excited to make a return (and extended) stay to the region with a rental car this time, providing much more flexibility and freedom to explore all of the sites. The Chateau de Vouilly was recommended to us by a former guest and it was well worth the effort it took to find it (with a couple of detours down narrow roads and dirt paths that led to... cow fields). After staying in many budget accommodations and some contemporary lodgings in Germany, the Chateau de Vouilly was a shock to the system. The beautiful chateau retains it's historic charm. Our room was large with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the gardens with a small table where we ate picnic dinners and lived the luxurious life. There was also a private bathroom and separated bedrooms that were completely unexpected and enabled our group to have our own sleeping quarters. Some important notes: you need to have a car to stay here and try to get a sense of the location on a map as it is a bit difficult to find. However, if you are going to be driving Normandy trying to find all of the historical sites, this is no more or less difficult or remote of a location and enables the guests to have a wonderful place to relax and recover after a strenuous day of hiking and exploring the many sites of Normandy.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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New England
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

My parents and I used this as our base while exploring the Normandy D-Day sites in April 2013 and I have to say that we have fondly talked and reminisced about our stay at Chateau de Vouilly many times ever since. I found the Chateau on Trip Advisor and wanted something unique for us to experience while staying in the area and host James and his wife did not disappoint. As others have written, the Chateau is full of character and charm and James was more than willing to share the history with us as well has having a library full of resources, reference materials, and maps that we were allowed to borrow. There were several languages worth of materials available in the breakfast/press room that he generously encouraged us to read and use during our stay. The Chateau is also their home, a working dairy farm in the quiet Norman countryside. The rooms are upstairs and my parents, 85 and 80, were comfortable with the stairs as well as the ample bath. The house is a step back in time, and in this day and age of modernized, sterilized suites, staying here was a breath of fresh air. Our room was actually a suite of sorts; a large bedroom with 2 smaller bedrooms and a bathroom with views of the back moat and expansive gardens. The heat worked fast and efficiently when we needed it and the beds were comfortable. After exploring all day long in the area and a dinner out, this was always a treat to come home to in the evenings to unwind, relax, and recharge for the next day. Breakfast was ample, tasty, the local cheeses were heavenly. James was always there to greet us in the morning with a smile and twinkle in his eyes and he patiently answered our questions and was the perfect host. The Chateau is not that difficult to find given the ease of google directions and GPS and after a day, we felt well acquainted with the area to find our way home without a hitch. Seeing the D-Day sites and discovering the area was a special experience that my parents truly enjoyed and staying at the Chateau was the icing on the cake of a memorable and wonderful trip. Highly recommended for people who appreciate character, charm, and a slice of history.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Texas
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Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

If you are looking for a place with lots of amenities, this is not for you. If you are looking for a place that has lots of history associated along with a very gracious host then this might be your place. It's old! Lots of stairs, simple but very good breakfast on a real working farm. If you require a shower, you won't like it. If you come expecting to experience history, you won't be disappointed.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

A lovely experience with a fascinating bit of history, the Chateau Vouilly is, as others have noted, hard to find the first time after quite a pleasant drive through small french country towns. You will not be going here unless you have a car and are comfortable navigating with a map or GPS. There are only 4 rooms available for guests at the chateau as the rest of them are occupied by extended family. It is quite nice to see young children playing with kittens outside as you approach. Part of the land is a working dairy farm run by James' son but the Chateau and Orangerie are quiet and attractive. The Hamels provide access to a refrigerator and you should bring drinks and snacks if you anticipate wanting them as there is no place less than 15-20 minutes away to buy anything. Breakfast is lovely, including croissants, bread, jams, yogurt, cheese and coffee and is served in the dining room which was used by the war reporters during the D-Day invasions. The room is filled with memorabilia of that time and a portrait of the owner's grandmother who, James explained, was the one who invited the press corps to stay there. The gardens in the Orangerie were a mass of tents to house many of them. James explained that his grandmother had told him that the German's did come by to assess the chateau's usability for German troops but she made sure to tour them through the house in the most inconvenient way possible and they decided to bypass it.
The Orangerie Suite is quite large and would work well for a family as the main room has a queen sized bed, fireplace and table and there are two additional rooms off of the large center room, each with a smaller bed. There is one bathroom with a sink, toilet and gracious tub but as four adults we ended up asking James to rent us an additional room, which he was happy to do. As it was, the Orangerie Suite was much too large for just two people but the other rooms were occupied so we rattled around in it.
If your plan is to spend all day touring the Normandy coast, this is a peaceful place to return to although that would only be for sleep. Dinner requires a return drive to town (Grandcamp Maisy) and requires all eyes to stay on course while driving in the dark! That said, James is able to recommend some nice restaurants and we had two lovely dinners. I think one night would have been enough here but our itinerary worked best to have two. We did not have the pleasure of meeting Marie as she was away but James was warm, gracious and knowledgable (I do speak french however.)

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Chateau de Vouilly
Address: 14230 Vouilly, France
Location: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Vouilly
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Number of rooms: 5
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