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Chateau de Saint Maclou la Campagne
Ranked #1 of 1 Saint-Maclou B&B and Inns
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“Perfect in every way!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

This is the sort of place you would selfishly like to keep secret. It encapsulates all the possible charm of a beautifully restored and maintained chateau set in the lush Normandy countryside, complete with vistas of horses frolicking in adjacent tree lined paddocks. Such is the tranquility and beauty that it takes only moments to feel very, very relaxed. We hail from Australia, and stayed for four nights in late September 2012, and enjoyed ourselves so much that I was moved for the first time ever to write a review. The interiors, including bedrooms, kitchen, dining and sitting rooms, are most comfortable, very pretty and would appeal to both Francophiles and Anglophiles alike thanks to the artful touches from the colourful English owners. Full marks to lovely Martine, the thoroughly pleasant and helpful housekeeper. The fact that she speaks only French only added to the authenticity of our French stay. The biggest star of course was Hugo, the handsome black bilingual Labrador whose enthusiasm for life can be totally understood, given where he lives!

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

You expect always a little bit of a feeling of dislocation (unless of course you already live in a château!) as well as a degree of self-consciousness when landing in a place of past splendour and grandeur but not the case here, thanks to a really cozy feeling that permeates once you step inside. It's more "bon chic bon genre" than stiff upper-lip due to the château's modern style and its owner. Of course, a silly puppy running amok succeeds in dispelling any misapprehension. You then become something of a ghost or Goldilocks maybe, borrowing the comforts of somebody's plush home and their dog's affection albeit temporarily. In reality, this was the best (and much needed) sleep I had in my entire stay, noisily irreverent of the extraordinary surroundings. The bath I wish I could have taken home (by Villeroy & Boch), big and deep and set in a lovely room with view of the front of the property with horses grazing in the distance. We were in the first floor room somebody here has already mentioned in great detail. On the wall, hung paintings by a relative of the owner's holding their own quite well alongside some by better known artists throughout the house though she was recognized as a poetess. The place has an interesting story of family trials and tribulations, a Russian imperial connection, and hides a wartime treasure somewhere on the grounds. The general atmosphere however is one of complete serenity that echoes of more recent merriment. It's not surprising to learn Sir Paul McCartney was once a guest at the owner's other château. You can easily envision a boho artsy crowd descending upon this one as well, every now and again. It's that accepting of people and their unique qualities. Case in point was our breakfast mate, a famous writer, and his wife. It's a place far from the ordinary and it makes it that much more special.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Langford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2012

We stayed the night at the Chateau de Saint Maclou la Campagne in August for 1 night on route from Cognac to Calais. The drive up to the chateau is breathtaking. The owner wasn't in residence but his house-keeper greeted us along with another couple and showed us to our room. The owner generously upgraded us to a room on the first floor. It was huge! 2 large windows which were open let in a gentle breeze and fragrance from the surrounding trees and gardens. The room had a large bathroom with double ended bath, hand held shower, 2 sinks and you entered from the bedroom down a few steps adding to the spacious feel. The only reason I haven't given 5 stars was because if we hadn't arrived at the same time as the other couple who spoke french we wouldn't have understood the instructions from the housekeeper and the mattress in our room could do with being replaced or a "topper" added. Minor points and shouldn't distract from this wonderful chateau.

The housekeeper left after making us some tea so it was just us and another couple in the house for the night. Quite a responsibility to make sure everywhere was locked up and secure when we all went out but it did allow you to relax and "live" the experience! The housekeeper came back in the morning for breakfast which was plentiful and delicious.

The chateau is close to Honfleur where we had dinner. I'd have liked to spend longer here but holidays have to end somewhere and our last night here was definitely one to remember.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

We stayed here for a night at the end of June en - route back home. Despite arriving when it was pouring down we were still impressed by the beautiful parkland and gorgeous house appearing through the trees. We were welcomed in the lovely interior and shown up to the fab room with delightful views across the parkland.

We asked the owner to book us a table at a good restaurant and we were not disappointed. Ate in the village and had a wonderful meal.

Slept very well in the chateau, lovely big bed and quiet. Just what we wanted. Fantastic breakfast and the house keeper was very hospitable (despite my poor French!)

We would highly recommend this as a place to stay - a spot of decadence before returning to real life!!

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2012

We spent 3 nights at this Chateau and it was an wonderful experience! It is a great place, full of antiques and elegantly decorated with art pieces, tapestries, paintings, sculptures, etc. The rooms are very spacious and comfortably furnished. The bathrooms are modern, very well equiped and sparkling clean. Breakfast is filling and tasty, very French. The chateau is close to Honfleur and conveniently located for exploring Normandy. We highly recommend it!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2012

This is our second visit to this magnificent chateau and we shall be back next year again!
This time we spent a really wonderful 3 nights at the Chateau with our children and grandchildren and had the whole beautiful romantic chateau for ourselves. The rooms are huge and beautifully decorated with antiques and superb original paintings and sculptures and have modern bathrooms equipped with everything a visitor possibly needs.
Robin and Nicola are just great hosts and Martine, the very helpful French housekeeper, serves great breakfasts with freshly baked croissants, homemade jams and local products.
The chateau with its impressive façade and an elegant entry is located 15 minutes from beautiful Honfleur (great seafood restaurants)!
We surly can say that the chateau is a gem and it is the best place to stay while on vacation in France.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Dietikon, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2012

We spent two nights in a nicely refurbished room on the top floor featuring an elegant mix of antique and modern elements. Breakfast was rich and tasty and was served in a bright room with a large historic fireplace. The host Mr. Gage was very friendly and helpful. We can recommend this chateau to everyone who wants to stay in Normandy in a warm and welcoming chateau on the countryside.

Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Chateau de Saint Maclou la Campagne
Address: 352 rue Emile Desson, 27210 Saint-Maclou, France
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Location: France > Normandy > Haute-Normandie > Eure > Saint-Maclou
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Saint-Maclou
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chateau de Saint Maclou la Campagne is a romantic and beautiful early 17th Century Chateau, located in the lush and verdant countryside of Upper Normandy. Set in magnificent grounds, this 400 year old stately home is steeped in history. The Chateau was first built as a hunting lodge in 1606, and then enlarged in 1661 in the reign of Louis XIV. It has a rich and dramatic history which further adds to the historical interest of this important piece of French architecture.The Chateau is surrounded by a 6 hectare park, where thoroughbred horses graze on either side of the house, beneath avenues of centuries old limes. During the summer months, the Chateau is available for exclusive rental, affording our guests a unique blend of luxury, tranquillity and privacy, providing five double en suite bedrooms. ... more   less 
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