Le Castel is perfectly situated for exploring Lower Normandy and northern Brittany (St Malo, Mont St Michel, Bayeux, Normandy beaches etc.). The house is a small chateau with beautiful, luxurious rooms. Jon, the owner, treated us like visiting friends. Breakfasts are a treat, featuring a variety of fruits, freshly baked bread and croissants. If you opt for dinner, it is taken communally, which we enjoyed; dinners were good.
All in all, we found Le Castel to be the perfect place for relaxing. We were able to treat the place as our own home (if only!). It was very family friendly. Attention was available if wanted but wasn't forced on us.
Le Castel is not cheap, but the exchange rate has a lot to do with that. I was satisfied that it provided value for money, considering the quality of the accommodation. We experienced none of the problems that cottoncandy22 reports, though we did stay in the main house.
If you're tempted to try Le Castel, read carefully what it is, where it is, and what is on offer. If it looks to be what you want, then don''t hesitate. It's a special place and Jon is a terrific host. Oh, and you need to like cats - two gorgeous Burmese in this case.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Napoleon III chateau guest house with 6 luxurious rooms plus self catering cottage with two bedrooms. Near Mont St Michel, Bayeux and D Day Beaches. Country house party atmosphere. Set in four acres of parkland, but just 20 minutes from beach. Meet Le Castel's pet llamas and take them for a country walk. ... more less