Le Castel is a classic Napoleon III chateau in Normandy offering Bed and Breakfast plus some rather special family holidays in school breaks.
We specialises in all-inclusive family holidays in July and August, but at other times we are a normal Chambre d'Hotes (guest house) for adults. The idea of a Chambre d'Hotes is that it is a friendlier and more relaxed environment than a hotel.
Le Castel is luxurious for adults but fun for kids.
We also do weddings and whole house bookings for special parties at any time of year. We are currently gearing up for the Tour de France, which comes through our tiny village of Montpinchon in 2016.
This small chateau has just four suites, which each have two interconnecting bedrooms, but two of the suites split into individual rooms.
We also have two cottages in the grounds - usually for self catering guests, but they get to enjoy the salon in the main chateau, the terrace and all the children's facilities in the grounds. We offer free tea, coffee and soft drinks in the chateau salon. There is also free ice cream or lollies for kids.
Outside of June 30 to August 30 we offer pre school age holidays at reduced rates.
NEW - a suite for granny and grandpa..or a small family
Our brand new Comte suite has been designed with granny and grandpa in mind, but it is also ideal for a family with with one or two children. It is a small but perfectly formed suite on the ground floor.
We specialise in:
Luxury almost all inclusive family holidays - From the beginning of June to the end of August we only offer week-long almost all inclusive breaks for families. The chateau and grounds are full of toys and it is meant to feel like a home from home. We have a very relaxed attitude to noise, breakages etc! We are aimed at 0 to 8 year olds but we often get families that also include older children. We have most things you need for a holiday with a baby or toddler - high chairs, cots, changing mats, baby baths, potties, toilet steps etc. Le Castel has been voted one of the top family-friendly places in the world by The Guardian, The Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. We have also featured in most UK national newpapers and dozens of magazines including Mother & Baby mag. We have also appeared in magazines in Russia, Greece, Czech Republic etc
Bed and Breakfast - Outisde of July and August we offer individual rooms on a B&B basis. Evening meals are often available from 28 euro a head including wine and beer.
Whole house bookings - rent all rooms on a self catering, B&B or all inclusive basis. Ideal for a special birthday party, a wedding, anniversary or just a get-together with friends or family. Perfect for around 12 to 14 guests (with or without children). Up to 20 guests if you take the cottages too. Available at Christmas and New Year. Can be booked on an all inclusive basis for adults or parents and children over the festive period
Self catering cottages - We have two self catering cottages in the three acres of grounds. The cottages have two bedrooms each. However, at Le Castel you don't just rent a cottage - you have a holiday experience. Self catering guests can use the salon and terrace at the main chateau and enjoy free tea, coffee and soft drinks. You also get full use of all the facilities in the grounds including the play marquee where children can help themselves to free lollies and ice creams. The play marquee is full of toys and has 65sq metres of soft play area.
Le Castel is near all of Normandy's top tourist sights - including the stunning monastery at Mont St Michel, the D Day landing beaches and the Bayeux tapestry.
Le Castel offers luxurious and versatile accommodation. You can hire anything from a suite to the whole chateau for a party or wedding. The three big suites become individual rooms with the turn of a couple of keys.
Larger parties can also hire the self catering cottages
In summer there is an above ground swimming pool (5.5 metres/18ft diametre, heated in July and August) plus a huge Camelot style play marquee (65 sq metres of soft play area) filled with toys for young kids, two large trampolines, climbing wall, swings, slide and a woodland den area.
There is easy access from the ferry ports at Cherbourg, Caen and St Malo, which are served by Brittany Ferries. They are all around an hour away. Calais with its ports and Eurotunnel is around 4.5 hours on very good roads.
Our rooms are named after historical French figures:
Emperor suite - Napoleon (double) and Josephine (twins) rooms
Roi suite - Marie Antoinette (double) and Louis (twin) rooms
Dauphin suite - The Charles VII (double) and Joan of Arc (triple) rooms.
Comte suite - suitable for Granny and Grandpa or for a family with one or two children.
They are all completely different and are furnished with local antiques. Some rooms have ensuite showers while others have bathrooms.
All inclusive family holidays
Le Castel is a haven for young children during many of the school holidays, when our marquee becomes a big play zone with soft flooring and loads of toys. There is also an above ground swimming pool (heated in July and August), den area, swings etc. We offer children's meals at 5pm so adults can sit down later to a peaceful dinner.
Our four suites manage to be child friendly and luxurious (quite a tough thing to pull off!)
Each suite consists of two interconnecting rooms and kids will find a box of toys and story books to keep them amused.
One of the suites can take up to four children while the other two are designed for two or three children.
During June, July, August we only offer all inclusive family packages. We aim the all inclusive holidays at 0 - 8 year olds but children of all ages are welcome. Read more
Self Catering Cottages
We have a row of three cottages in the three acres of parkland - one is for staff and not available for letting
Voici has two bedrooms and two bathrooms plus a dining kitchen and lounge.
Votre has two bedrooms, one bathroom, a second toilet plus a large open plan reception room with four sets of double French doors.
Le Castel is an ideal venue for a special party with family or friends. We have hosted many 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th and 80th birthday parties plus Golden Wedding celebrations. Le Castel is also ideal for vintage car rallys, golf breaks etc. With exclusive hire you have the choice of self catering or we can do all the cooking for you. Prices from £850 a night for self catering for the main chateau (not July or August). The cottages and the chateau together cost £1,100 a night or £7,000 a week. Read More
Le Castel is a fairytale venue for weddings. We have a natural cathedral of trees with sails flying out of them for your blessing and there is a Camelot style marquee with two spires that can seat up to 65 guests. Le Castel is meant to feel like your own home for the duration of the wedding stay. We can take care of all the preparations for your big day, but we encourage you to get involved as much as you would like to. Read more
Le Castel is perfectly located to visit Mont St Michel, the D Day landing beaches and the Bayeux tapestry - 45 mins to an hour away. They are the big three, but there are also beautiful chateaux, ruined castles, great beaches, forests, abbeys, cathedrals, zoos and theme parks. There are also foodie trails or an antiques tour we can send you on. Deserted beaches are 15 minutes away. Read more