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“A bit of Heaven on the Bay of Mont. St. Michel!”
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Chateau Richeux
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Cancale
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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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192 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“A bit of Heaven on the Bay of Mont. St. Michel!”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

After visiting Mont St. Michel and St, Malo, we stopped by this hotel for a night. From the moment we drove into the garden, I knew it was something special, in spite of the rain. The building was lovely, the garden well-arranged and we parked beside the smokehouse, where the local fish was prepared for the dining room.

The marvelous chef, Roellinger, is well-known, though his establishment perhaps less. The late 19th c. building has been meticulously restored and provided the prettiest room possible overlooking the Bay of Mont St. Michel for our companion who was 90. Our room, equally lovely in terms of decoration, did not look out on the sea but the gardens. And in the morning, the view provided us with a magnificent rainbow! In the room, someone had thought of each need--we had lovely soaps and oils, a bottle of digestif, cookies, dried fruits, and even a TV that rose from the furniture (but did not have to be seen).

The restaurant, where we had reserved in January, was a bit more difficult. When we were seated at 7:45 pm, the restaurant was almost empty, but we had a table with a view on the radiator and the wall. Fortunately our friend, who is 90, had the good sense to ask, "Why are we here, and not next to the window with something to see?' The maitre d' said that all the tables were reserved, but somehow he found a place for us, in the center but with a view. When I asked why the tables were thus arranged, he said--'It is according to the date you reserved." Since we had reserved in January and it was May, I was not completely convinced…. But, our table was delightful, the dinner was delicious with oysters and riz de veau, The dessert table was the best part--,magnificent presentation and choice. I advise the tart with chocolate and caramel with salted butter and the profiteroles. The rhubarb sorbet was also terrific.

The breakfast was wonderful, with homemade breads, and local yogurt.

My only reservation was about the seating in the dining room. Otherwise, it wa a memorable stay in a glorious setting with a memorable dinner. Extra added attraction--a beautiful black cat named Bigoudi, who gave a special atmosphere for us who love and missed our cats.

A memorable hotel and I'd return in a minute--with proper instructions to the restaurant.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Haslemere, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

We have stayed at Chateau Richeux frequently over the years. It is an outstanding property with very high standards of comfort and service. On our last visit, the menu in the restaurant had changed and left my husband with no choice of a starter as he does not eat seafood or foie gras. We were most pleasantly surprised on placing our order that the Maitre d' had spotted our booking and alerted the Chef of my husband's potential problem. They very kindly provided him with a dish from the previous menu which they knew he could eat and really liked. I think this really was above and beyond the call of service.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Normandy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed December 8, 2013

This hotel has panoramic views over semi tropical gardens, to the bay to Mont St. Michel. Our room on the first floor was elegant and spacious with a three dimensional bay window over the sea. The staff welcoming and helpful and dinner excellent. This was born out by the restaurant being busy on a Thursday night, The breakfast was extensive and oysters and muscadet were offered but not taken! The bread, baked in the four a pain in the hotel grounds, was delicious. The theme of the hotel was based on spices and delicate spices and fruits were in the rooms and flavoured the food. It was a total treat.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Vienna
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

We've visited a number of times and keep coming back for the entire experience. This is high end travel in France at its best. Excellent food and wine, well appointed rooms, and staff who are friendly and eager to make sure you have a great stay. The location and grounds are beautiful.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

I booked my one night stay at Chateau Richeux with some trepidation as not all the reviews were great. The hotel itself is! The service was friendly, the building itself was charming and the grounds lovely. Our room overlooked the sea and had a huge bay window with fabulous views. Yes you can see Mt St Michel in the distance and yes it is a long way off but to the person who criticised the hotel for this, I can only say that an elementary understanding of maps, distance and perception would tell any normally intelligent soul this would be the case! If your only reason for booking is to get a view of the Mont St Michel, then go somewhere closer. Otherwise do stay in this hotel. It is fabulous. We could not fault in any way the service, the building, the ambience or the food. An added bonus is the easy access to a lovely coastal walk towards Cancale. Also do eat in the restaurant. It is bijou and excellent. Breakfast is a bit pricey but is worth having!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Starting with the romantic room overlooking La Manche/Bay of Cancale, even or especially with the low tide pulling one from and through the old windows framed in sparkly cobalt blue mosaic tiles, you are quickly transported to another more elegant time and place through the tremendous effort, expense, and careful aesthetic choices of the owners. From what one has read about the 1930s, however, one does not want to go too far down that particular path of memories; suffice it to say that it is a lovely place to spend the night, especially if you are there to dine in the other worldly restaurant, Le Coquillage.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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NYC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights during our trip around Normandy and Brittany. This charming and historical house sits on top of the cliff and the view from the garden, guest rooms and restaurant was stunning. Our room (cardamom) was not large but came with nicely designed bathroom and a large balcony with the stunning view of the sea. We enjoyed sipping the complementary calvados in the balcony each evening. The ground is huge and it was fun watching animals and different vegetables being grown there. You can also walk down to the shore easily to stroll. In one evening we had a seafood tasting menu at the hotel's Michelin starred restaurant which was also very memorable (and reasonable). There are also oyster and mussels stands within a short drive from the hotel which serve freshest catch daily. Highly recommended.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Chateau Richeux
Address: 1 rue du Guesclin, 35260 Cancale, France
Location: France > Brittany > Ille-et-Vilaine > Cancale
Amenities:
Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cancale
#2 Family Hotel in Cancale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Chateau Richeux 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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