elegant, Château de Saint-Maclou-La-Campagne in Upper Normandy
its next guests. This seventeeth-century French Baroque
constructed in 1606, offers both bed and breakfast accommodations and
opportunity to rent the entire château on a weekly basis.
it is the perfect venue for a memorable French château wedding,
accessed from Great Britain and Ireland.
The château's fascinating history unfolded not that long ago to its present owners. Once the jewel of all the Normandy estates owned by the de Giberville family, it was the centerpiece of a 550-hectare estate. When the young owner died leaving a wife and five children, a knight who was an engineer in the army of Prussia's Frederick the Great saw an opportunity to possess the property. He married the young widow, and they had a son whom he hoped would inherit it all. He shipped out the de Giberville children, some to a tragic fate, in order to ensure that none of them would inherit. The oldest son, Edouard, found himself working on a ship bound for St Petersburg where he landed and became an apprentice to a vintner, the brother of the English captain of his ship. After telling the story of his family, the vintner spoke with the French Ambassador to Russia who ordered an inquiry into the matter. The eldest daughter, Henriette, escaped the farm where she had been sent by the Chevalier, and joined her brother in Russia. Finally, Empress Catherine of Russia met with the two children and saw to it that they would be provided a home and an education. Eventually, Edouard returned to France with enough money to bring a court case to recover his rights from his step-father, and he was successful.
Soon after, Catherine the Great planned to come to France and was scheduled to be a guest at the château. In preparation for her arrival, Edouard planted avenues of lime trees twelve hundred yards long to line the drive to the château, began adding two wings and renovated the dining room so that it was befitting a visit by the Empress. He overspent on these plans, and the Empress, who was shocked by the excesses of the French Revolution, refused to visit France. Edouard met an unpleasant end after having lost it all, was imprisoned in Paris by the Revolutionaries and guillotined on the Place de la Concorde on July 7, 1794, a few days before the end of the Terror.
The château was returned to his daughter in 1797, and in the mid 19th century was purchased by the family of Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin, the celebrated chemist and the inventor of chrome. His nephew completed the construction of the wings of the château, but they were later dismantled under the direction of the Monuments Historiques who added the château to its list of historic buildings, the ISMH. Prussians occupied the château in 1870 as did the German army in 1944. In the 1990s, the estate was purchased for use as a stud for raising and training racehorses. It then fell into disrepair until some sympathetic proprietors brought it back to its former glory.
Today, this lovely and stately château sits on six hectares of wood and lawns in a peaceful part of Normandy. It offers four elegant en suite bedrooms for bed and breakfast guests, or it can be rented by the week in the summer months with a capacity for ten people in five bedrooms. There are several wood-burning fireplaces in the château, and it also has geothermal central heating. Breakfast for chambres d'hôtes guests is a lovely way to begin the day as it includes fresh ground coffee, teas, hot chocolate, yogurt, home made jams and honey, mango and orange juices, hot croissants, hot pain au chocolat, baguettes and whole grain breads, cereal, muesli, cured ham, cheeses and butter. Dinner is not offered at the château, but nearby restaurants serve regional, seasonal cuisine. The village of Saint-Maclou has a baker, butcher and a fine restaurant. Beuzeville has supermarkets, and within an easy drive are several Michelin-starred restaurants.
Guests renting the entire château on a self-catering basis will have the fully-equipped, spacious kitchen to prepare their own breakfasts and other meals. There is a gas cook top, electric oven, microwave, two dishwashers, two refrigerators, two freezers, and two washing machines, a tumble dryer, and an ice machine. This part of France is a wonderful source of artisanal cheeses, cider, cream, butter and locally grown fruits and vegetables. Village market days are convenient for finding everything needed to stock the kitchen. A chef can be hired to prepare meals, of course.
Do consider this fine property for your next visit to France. Its interesting history, ideal location, manicured grounds, and richly appointed interiors will ensure that your stay in Normandy will be very special and long-remembered.
Four double bedrooms: two deluxe doubles on the first floor, both with
en suite bathrooms with bathtubs, one with separate shower stall.
Two second floor bedrooms with twin beds that can be made up into
large doubles. These have en suite shower rooms. All
have two basins, WCs and heated towel rails.
B&B prices per night: Deluxe doubles at € 225 per night; second floor doubles are € 175 per night. Baby cot (crib) is available.
Breakfast: € 15 per person per day.
Self-catering weekly rental rates: (breakfast is not provided) High season € 6000, Low Season € 5000. Prices include taxes, and all linens are provided. A 5th bedroom with a canopy bed, bath, shower stall and bidet are available for those renting by the week for a total capacity of ten guests. Maid service is 12 hours per week.
Security deposit of € 1000 - € 1200 (20%)is required and will be refunded within one week after departure or sooner.
Deposit: A deposit is required at the time of booking for B&B bookings of more than four nights. Guests can cancel up to 2 days prior to arrival. For weekly rentals, the balance is due one week or more before arrival.
Dinner: not available at the château. Fine restaurants nearby.
Weddings, seminars and receptions can be hosted at the château. The wedding fee is € 3000.
Please ask about bringing small pets when making your initial booking inquiry.
Satellite television, TV SKY, SKY sports, Canal+, video, DVD recorder / player, CD player and fax machine. Six telephones at the château.
From Paris by train: from Gare St Lazare take the Intercities train to Deauville (2 hours) or the Intercities train to Liseux (1 hour 45 minutes).
From Paris by auto: take autoroute A13 to Exit 28, Beuzeville. Take the D675 direction Pont-Audemer. On arrival at the traffic lights in Saint-Maclou, turn right coming from Beuzeville, the A13, or Honfleur, or turn left coming from Pont-Audemer. Follow the road that curves round to the left and 600 yards on the right is the château entrance.
From Le Havre by auto: Take the A131 across the Seine and bear right onto the D6178 direction Foulbec. About 4.5 kms later, take the D675 direction Pont-Audemer for about 1 kilometer turning right at traffic lights as indicated above.
Le Havre regional airport (48 kms)
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