If you are looking for a very intimate place to stay in Normandy - just outside of Bayeux - this is a fantastic option. The Chateau is located about 5 miles outside of the tourist bustle of Bayeux and is literally an old chateau renovated and updated by the owners, Vincent and Corinne. It is at the end of a long, tree-canopied driveway and is tucked away from all the streets and noise.
We took two rooms, one for me and my wife with a king bed and the other for our two daughters, with two twin beds. Both rooms were spotless, well appointed, had views of the garden, and were gigantic.
We also purchased the dinner in the dining room with Vincent and Corinne. Now understand, V&C bought this chateau after having owned and run an upscale bistro in Paris for many years and they can cook really well. We enjoyed appetizers and an aperitif before sitting down to a home cooked meal with the two of them, a few other guests, and their young son. After weeks of traveling and so many restaurants, it was so refreshing to sit down with a family and enjoy a home-cooked meal.
The location was perfect for us. We enjoyed the tapestries and the cathedral one day, explored the Normandy beaches another day, and then had a fantastic dinner and walk around Honfleur, only an hour or so away.
So, if that wasn't enough - here's the clincher: Once we checked out and were unpacking at our next destination, we realized that we left behind my daughter's favorite shorts. We called Vincent and he said, yes, they found them in her room under the bed. GET THIS: VINCENT THEN MAILED THEM TO US IN THE US AT HIS OWN EXPENSE despite my pleas to expense the cost to my credit card! Who does that???
Staying at Chateau De Damigny is really the perfect balance of staying with a family and being in a guest house. I recommend staying here without any qualifications.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Near bayeux and the DDay beaches and at 20 km from Caen ,we welcome you in our Chateau completely renove.3 rooms and 2 Suites with all facilities are at your disposal You can have a walk in our park to see the century trees and the "potager a la Française"The evening , you can have dinner with fresh vegetables of the garden ... more less
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