Chateau with 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms in Tocqueville, France
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Chateau to rent in Tocqueville, France
Experience history at the superb Pavillon Normandie, part of a luxury chateau in Normandy in the heart of the Cotentin peninsula, just five kilometres from the sea and the charming town of Barfleur.
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Experience history at the superb Pavillon Normandie, part of a luxury chateau in Normandy in the heart of the Cotentin peninsula, just five kilometres from the sea and the charming town of Barfleur, one of France's 'Plus Beaux Villages de France'.
The home dates back to the 16th century when it was a large stone house with two towers and by the 19th century it had become a small chateau, lived in by one of France's greatest political thinkers and writers of the time. His wife created the beautiful English gardens which now include fortifications from the Second World War. The famous writer describes the view from the Tower Wing perfectly in one of his works; "A long meadow blending into the sea on the horizon." The couple adored their chateau and it has remained in the family ever since with a fascinating history. It's is now considered a national landmark and listed amongst France's Patrimonie National.
Guests now have the opportunity to stay in the Tower Wing at Pavillon Normandie, over four floors each measuring 100 square metres. The home has been beautifully renovated to feature original charms but with modern amenities such as a lift to all floors, a home cinema room and daily maid service. The five bedrooms all have en-suite bathrooms, and the period-style furnishings and design include an 18th century tapestry, beamed ceilings and four-poster beds in some of the rooms. The 17th century fireplace in the elegant living room is another of the unique features in this fabulous home.
Outside you can relax in six hectares of parkland, a romantic English style garden with broad lawns plus a beautiful pond. The more active guests can enjoy a game of tennis or jog around the vast grounds or you can simply find a shady spot to read your book under the ancient oak and willow trees.
Despite the tranquil surroundings you are only five kilometres from the charming harbour town of Barfleur with pretty granite houses, characterful cafes and restaurants and some lovely beaches and walks. Follow the coastal path up to the headland for stunning views of the Contentin peninsular from one of Europe's tallest lighthouses.
In this captivating region, there is so much of historical Normandy to discover. Highlights of the area include the pretty hamlets, fine gardens and little ports of La Hague, the breathtaking views from Cap de Carteret (57km) and dining on local oysters in Saint-Vaast-La-Hougue (13km). The Contentin Peninsula played a vital role in the D-Day landings with Utah Beach and Saint- Mere-Eglise a mere 26km away and further historical landing beaches nearby.
The former owner once wrote about his chateau "I glimpse into a world of dreams…from the top of the tower I can see the port where William the Conqueror embarked for his conquest of England, and do you know that all these places around me bear names that are famous in our history." It is indeed a special place in a region steeped in history as well as a wonderful, tranquil home for a memorable holiday.
Good news! For a little extra, this property is available as a Vill'otelYey! Wait… what is that?
It's the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel.
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the Extras tab for all the details.
- Living room with fire-place dating back to 17th century
- Open-plan dining room for up to 12 guests
- Well-equipped modern kitchen
- Library area
- Guest WC
Lift with access to all three floors
King-size double (or twin) and en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. Features 17th century tapestry, overlooks pond
- King-size double (or twin) and en-suite shower room. Features 19th century ciel de lit over the bed
- Twin room (each bed 190cmx130cm) and en-suite shower room. Features a 19th century Napoleon style bed frame, slept in by the original owner of the house
- King-size double with four poster bed and en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. Bedroom suitable for wheelchair access
- King-size double with four poster bed and en-suite art deco style bathroom with bath and shower. Features spectacular beamed ceiling
- Family living room with sofas and armchairs, home cinema and games
- Six hectares of parkland
- Al-fresco dining and lounge areas
- Mature trees and plants
- Tennis court
- Portable BBQ with coal
- Old joinery featuring small exhibition on owner's life and work
- Wi-Fi (ground floor only)
- Cable TV
- Home cinema
- Indoor games
Pavillon Normandie is located on the beautiful Contentin peninsula, just south-east of Cherbourg.
You are just five minutes drive from Barfleur, one of Frances ‘Plus Beaux Villages de France', an unspoiled fishing harbour and coastal town with pretty granite houses with white shutters, colourful shops and atmospheric cafes and restaurants. Be sure to try the local speciality, mussels harvested in the sea called Blonde de Barfleur.
The village is full of character and history, with houses dating back to the 16th century. Visit the medieval courtyard of Saint-Catherine whilst the more energetic can walk up to the headland where you can enjoy magnificent views of the Contentin peninsula from one of the highest lighthouses in Europe.
The town has some attractive beaches, the main one, Plage de la Sambiere, just to the south. There's a sailing school and diving opportunities and some stunning walks from the village across the nearby dunes. Keen hikers will appreciate the G23 which passes through the village and along the nearby coast. There are also various mountain bike trails to follow, an ideal way to travel through the scenic surroundings.
In this captivating region, there is so much in Normandy to discover. Head to beautiful towns and timeless villages, explore the regions gastronomic delights or head to the coast whether it is dunes and sandy beaches or rugged cliffs. Highlights of the area include the pretty hamlets, fine gardens and little ports of La Hague, the breathtaking views from Cap de Carteret (57km) and the stunning granite island of Mont St Michel (160km).
Be sure to visit one of the fine Calvados cellars and learn how the drink is made and visitors of all ages will enjoy the aquarium museum La Cite de la Mer in Cherbourg (25km). Nature lovers should walk (high tide) or take the amphibious boat (low tide) with wheels across to the amazing Tatihou Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
This part of Normandy is full of history. Indeed at Pavillon Normandie you will find a pair of German blockhouses, known as The Atlantic Wall, in the grounds. The Contentin Peninsula played a vital role in the D-Day landings with Utah Beach and Saint- Mere-Eglise a mere 26km away. The town of Carentan, scene of bitter fighting, is just 54km away.
Moving east, Arromanches (102km) and Omaha (84km) are two further examples of beaches with historical importance as well as the batteries and cliffs of Longues-sur-Mer (97km). Combine with a lunch of delicious oysters in Port-en-Bessin (95km) before heading south to Bayeux (90km). The historic town is well known for the UNESCO classified Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the Norman's conquest of England and the medieval cathedral is also worthy of a visit. It is a beautiful town with many renowned restaurants, historical buildings and interesting museums about this fascinating part of Normandy.
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Updated 6 September 2018
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- 24 September 2018 - 6 September 2021: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
Refundable Breakage Deposit
£896.18 per booking, paid locally
5 bedrooms, Sleeps 10
DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet / WiFi, TV, Satellite / cable
Central heating, Open fire