Seine-Maritime (76) Special features:
Château de Sommesnil is at a high elevation over Normandy's Caux
valley in the Seine-Maritime region known as the Pays de Caux.
It is a land of steep, white coastal cliffs, deep harbors, rows of
trees serving as windbreaks, a vast array of country manoirs and
and fields of flax on the chalk plateau. The Seine-Maritime was
birthplace of Gustave Flaubert, King Edward IV of England, and
Hollande the current President of the French Republic. Claude
Camille Pissarro, Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Paul
Renoir were among the many Impressionists who found the coast and light
of the region irresistible. You will, too!
Château de Sommesnil is a mid-18th century mansion with fine proportions and symmetry, recently restored to a very high standard. It offers three salons, an elegant dining room that can seat up to twenty at the table, nine guest rooms, and spacious grounds for walks and exploration. Although not offered as a self-catering accommodation, guests may cook meals if they wish. This is a region that has been inhabited by the Celts, Romans, and Vikings in ancient and Medieval times. Today, a trace of the Norman dialect remains in the Pays de Caux as it does in the Cotentin to the west. More recent history dates to World War II when the German occupation of the region had an impact on the population. General Rommel, commander of the 7th Panzer Division, used Château de Sommesnil as his base. A testament to those citizens who endured or were lost in the war lies in the area's commemorative stained glass windows and pristine graveyards, carefully maintained by the local people on behalf of the War Graves Commission.
The new owner of the château, David Daniel, is eager to welcome you to his château. He offers escorted tours of the region for groups of eight to eighteen people traveling together and who are staying at the château. A snapshot of a typical tour would include pick up at Charles de Gaulle airport in an air-conditioned coach, check-in at a hotel in Chantilly, a visit to the historic Château de Chantilly, a possible visit to Monet's home and gardens at Giverny, settling in at Château de Sommesnil, dinner that evening in the coastal town of St Valery en Caux, private visit the next day to a neighboring château, Champagne dinner at Sommesnil, a visit to Rouen, shopping and dinner in Honfleur, visits to the D-Day beaches and St-Mère Eglise and much more. Free time is also included during the eight days. There are escorted tours of Champagne-Ardenne to WWI sites, as well as tours of nearby châteaux and gardens. Of course, M. Daniel will be happy to customize any tour to suit the wishes of the group.
The château is easily reached from Great Britain by the Dover to Calais ferry or the Eurotunnel from Folkstone to Calais (a two hour twenty minute drive to the château) or the ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe, which is a thirty-five minute drive to the château.
For families or a group of friends interested in a unique holiday experience in Normandy that combines interesting historical visits with the taste of French château life, a week at Château de Sommesnil would be perfect. Making it all the more satisfying is having an enthusiastic host who loves the château and the Pays de Caux and wants to share it with his guests.
* * * Book this lovely château by contacting au Château and mention 'Sommesnil' in the subject line. * * *
Nine double en suite guest rooms, five with baths and two with showers,
which includes two two-bedroom suites.
Weekly rental rates: High season £ 6200; low season £ 3900. Breakfast is included.
Check-in at 3:00 PM or later; check-out on or by 12 noon.
Weekend rental of château: £ 2020. Breakfast is included.
Deposit: A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking with the 50% balance due 60 days prior to start date. A £ 500 refundable security deposit to be paid before start date. Rates do not include any gratuities for the staff.
Cancellation policy: A full refund if cancellation in writing is received 60 days prior to start date; a 70% refund if cancellation is received less than 60 days before start date.
Dinner: gourmet dinners can be served by prior reservation (48 hours notice) at £ 40 per adult, wine not included. Local restaurants at Cany-Barville, St Valery en Caux, Yvetot, Rouen and Honfleur. Your hosts will be happy to make reservations for you.
Events can be hosted at the château. Please inquire about pricing and details.
Weddings: hosted at château. Maximum 40 guests indoors; outdoor weddings can be hosted in a marquee for larger numbers of guests. Please inquire about prices and details.
No pets, please.
Internet connections available.
1st April to 1st November.
From Paris by rail: Gare St Lazare by Intercities train 1 hour 20 minutes.
From Paris by auto from Paris take the A13 autoroute direction Rouen and continue around the west of Rouen on the N338 to the A150 direction Barentin and Yvetot. From Yvetot take the D131 direction Hericourt; continue about 4 kms passing the D23 on left to the next left direction Sommesnil. Entrance to the château will be on your left onto rue du Château next to the church.
From Le Havre: Take the D6015 direction Bolbec. At Bolbec take the D149 north direction Hericourt. At Hericourt, follow directions give above. Or, take the A29 autoroute to Bolbec, exit 7, and follow the D149 as above.
Le Havre (50kms), Rouen (60kms), Deauville (70kms)
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