We decided to spend a few days in Normandy on our recent trip to France and as a result of its good reviews, Chateau Bouceel was the choice. You must have a car to stay here as it is not within walking distance of any towns, nor are any meals bar breakfast provided, but it is worth it!
Chateau Bouceel has history, luxury, beauty and comfort. It is a unique experience.
We arrived in Winter so it was quiet, in fact after staying in Paris, the silence was deafening. We were escorted to "Uncle Francois" bedroom up the formal stone staircase. There was a canopy around the bed which had 3 big white feather doonas on it. There was a fireplace and many large paintings of the Chateau's ancestors in ornate gold frames. There was a "walk in robe" area between the bedroom and bathroom which was large enough for our 2 cases and all the contents. The bathroom had a shower over the bath and plenty of room. There was a good hair dryer provided but no robes or slippers (always good for wooden floors).
The tall windows which could be opened also could be covered on the inside by wooden shutters to keep the cold out at night.
The view from the windows over the gardens was a highlight. In front of the chateau was a small stream, huge old trees, geese and 2 happy donkeys. The small family chapel can also be seen. Waking up to that beautiful serene vision set the tone for the day.
Breakfast was served downstairs in the large dining room on a formally set table. Juice, coffee, croissant and yoghurt was the only food on offer but with the Count, owner of the chateau entertaining us with historical stories, it was the highlight of our day.
The only downsides were, there was no TV, but we didn't miss it, the free Wifi was very slow, the heating in our room was turned off during the day so we had to turn it back on when we returned at night and there was no fridge in our room so we asked the Count to store our cheese and wine and on returning at 8pm the whole Chateau was locked up and dark and the Count not around so we had no access to our meal. Being a Sunday and Winter there was nowhere around to eat and we did not feel like driving around to find something open.
That said, we cannot wait to return, it really was a wonderful experience and I am already treasuring my memories of those 4 nights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 18kms away from Mont Saint Michel the chateau is still a family home. Built in 1763, it sits in a quiet park with lakes, island, age old trees. The interior boasts super carved wood panels, parquets floors, period antiques, family portraits blending harmoniously with modern comfort and stylish bathrooms. Your hosts, Nicole and Regis, will welcome you as friends and share the enjoyment of their home. Breakfast included in rate. Non-smoking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Bouceel Vergoncey, Normandy, France
- Chateau De Bouceel Hotel Vergoncey