Photos courtesy of Château de Colombières
Tel: ++33 (0)2 31 22 51 65
Fax: ++33 (0)2 31 92 24 92
Double rooms: 180–200 euros
Open: mid-April to mid-October; contact castle for exact dates
Colombières is about halfway between Carentan and Bayeux. Look for route D5 just south of the N13. The castle is well signposted. You’ll need a car to best enjoy your stay.
On site: guided tours of residence;
walking paths on the adjacent
Marais Regional Nature Park
Nearby: Landing beaches and museums of Normandy; Bayeux; Caen; Mont-Saint-Michel; golf; horseback riding; tennis; fishing; water sports
Yes. Small chapel on site, but Mass cannot be held. Inquire castle for details.
Normandy is dotted with wonderful family estates, stately manor houses and châteaux, offering visitors unique, historical accommodations.
If I were to pick just one that tops the list in authenticity and romance, the Château de Colombières is it.
Two things strike you when you drive up: the stunning architecture—complete with towers, drawbridge, and moat—and the sense of calm. The layers of stress peel away immediately; there’s nothing urgent you must do except step into a world of charm and elegance.
The château is not a hotel but the private residence of the Count and Countess Maupeou d’Ableiges and their family. Nowhere will you find a more genuine and warm welcome, and nowhere will you find such enthusiasm and passion about the history of their château.
There are only three guest rooms: the Louis XVI Room, the Watchman’s Suite, and the Tower Suite. Each is unique, and it’s hard to pick a favorite. You’ll find each room offers unusual features such as a medieval stone fireplace, original beams, and arrow slit windows.
All of them have fine antique furnishings, fresh flowers from the gardens, and views of the moat and grounds. One room is suitable for wheelchairs. Rest assured, too, the rooms are completely private.
A substantial breakfast will set you right for the day. There is no evening meal offered, but the family can recommend many fine restaurants in the area, as well as sights to see (you’re close to Normandy’s best attractions) and tours to take.
The hospitality of the Maupeou family.
The château is listed as a historical monument of the 14th and 15th centuries.
Museum quality rooms, which give an insight into daily life of 100s of years ago, are open to the public by guided tour (small charge).