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Villa 23020 Normandy, France

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Chateau De Court
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Chateau de Court is an exquisite 18th Century country house, set in the midst of its own parklands, fields, and pastures in bucolic Normandy. The current owners have restored this grand monument of the Ancien Régime with 21st Century standards of comfort and convenience, without yielding any of the chateau’s original elegance and charm.

Complete with three fully-equipped conference rooms, a business centre, and wifi throughout the château and grounds, the chateau is ideally suited to host your business meetings. However, it is equally suited to your more intimate reunions of family and friends.

You and your guests will find the chateau de Court a congenial place to work or play. Start your day with a walk through the chateau’s 20 hectares of park and woodlands (where you may surprise deer grazing or admire the chateau’s herd of registered Limousin cattle). Breakfast in the sun of the “cour d’honneur". After a full day exploring the region’s rich heritage, returnto a cheerful fire in the library, a cocktail in the cozy “fumoir” (an 18th-century gentleman’s den), an intimate dinner in the informal dining room (comfortably seating up to 10) or a grand dinner in the great dining hall. Follow that up with a game of billiards or around the piano in the grand salon.

You and your guests will enjoy the traditional amenities of a grand French chateau - with the added bonus of luxurious en-suite bathrooms and a modern kitchen. In short our chateau will be your home in one of the most charming and historically important regions of France. Only 160km from Paris, well-served by auto routes and train, the chateau is ideally suited to host you and your family and friends.

Interior and grounds

This grand 18th-century country house offers you and your guests 12 bedrooms all with luxurious en-suite bathrooms. The chateau includes a large dining hall and a smaller private dining room (comfortably seating up to 10), an entrance foyer with magnificent chandelier, a sweeping "escalier d'honneur" with full-size portrait of the Marquis, two elegant and comfortably appointed salons, a charming library with working fireplace, a "fumoir" (18th-century gentleman's den), a Catholic chapel in the main house and a rare 17th-century Protestant temple in the grounds. The grounds also include an orangerie, fitted with a handsome stone chimney and French doors, a "glacière"(an C18th ice house), a spring house once used as a laundry, stables, and an active farm. There are three conference rooms, a business centre, and wifi throughout the chateau and grounds.

Ground Floor
Dining Room: Large crystal chandelier and floor to ceiling windows with views out over the chateau''s fields and pastures and the rolling French countryside.

Kitchen: Fully-equipped with new Siemens appliances: 2 electric ovens, electric cooktop, 2 microwaves, 2 dishwashers, 2 refrigerators (one with side-by-side freezer), plate warmer and 2 sets of place settings. Direct access to both the large and the smaller dining rooms salon and caves. Dumbwaiter (freight lift) with access to large cold storage unit in the cave.

Petit Salon: Elegant and comfortable, with large French windows opening onto the park.

Grand Salon: Comfortable sofas and armchairs, sumptuous silk curtains, handsome paintings and engravings, grand piano, marble fireplace, French windows overlooking park and farmland.

Library: Original book collection of the house, comfortable leather sofa, chairs, chaise longe. Marble fireplace.

Fumoir: Intimate sitting room for small gatherings or time alone to work or read. The parquet floor, in an intricate star shape, is listed with the French Monuments historiques.

Business centre: 2 printers, with fax. Photocopier and scanner. Fixed-line telephone. 3 desks.

Double bedroom1: Double bed with en-suite shower and views of the French countryside. Double bedroom2.

First Floor
Bedrooms: All with exquisite views of the countryside and park. 4 bedrooms with double beds, 4 bedrooms with twin beds, and 4 bedrooms with single beds all exquisitely decorated. All rooms have luxurious en-suite bathrooms.

Area: The grounds span 365 pristine acres, of which some 20 acres are park and manicured gardens, the rest actively farmed.

Outbuildings: Stables, guardian's house, ice house, spring house, and rare C17th Protestant temple, also a listed monument on the national registry.

Location and local information

The closest train station is called L'Aigle which can be reached directly from Paris. The closest international airport is Paris Charles de Gaulle, which is 160km away.

The local town is just 10mins walk from the chateau and has two boulangeries (one with a wood-fired brick oven), a wine cave (where you can also buy the local calvados and cider for which Normandy is famous), an excellent butcher and charcutier, a mercerie (where the town’s hospitable mayor presides over sewing supplies), a pharmacy, a convenience store, a bank and a bar.

On a Sunday, you’ll be able to buy locally-produced camembert and foie gras, fresh vegetables and locally-raised meat and poultry. You’ll also note the 19th Century church with its stained windows of the saints of France and ornately carved altars. On hallowed ground outside the church is the obligatory war monument to the France’s lost generation of 1914-1918; outside the mairie is artillery from the Battle of Normandy of 1945.

A 15-minute drive away is the charming cathedral town of Seés, one of the oldest diocese in France. The twin towers of its 13th-century gothic cathedral, lit from within at night, are a luminous beacon for miles around. Today, Seés is a bustling small town with lively Saturday market.

Bayeux: This lovely town combines the roots of Norman history with proximity to the D-Day beaches of World War II. The Bayeux Museum displays one of oldest and certainly most famous embroidered “tapestries” (it is actually a cloth, not a woven tapestry) in the world. The 11th-century tapestry depicts the Norman conquest of England in 1066 and is said to have been embroidered by William the Conqueror’s Anglo-Saxon queen, Mathilda. The soaring cathedral, dating from the same epoch, was built by William’s half-brother, Bishop Odo.

Numerous D-day beaches, museums and memorial sights are located along the Normandy coast, about 100km to the north of the chateau.

Not just for history enthusiasts, people also visit the seaside and coastal towns of Normandy for the sandy beaches and excellent seafood. You will find the best oysters in Courseulles!

Mont St Michel: Monastery and fortress, Mont Saint Michel rises from the sea just off the coast of Normandy: “like a fantastical manor, like a palace in a dream, eerily strange and beautiful” wrote Guy de Maupassant. You can walk to Saint-Michel at low tide. The abbey was founded in 708, one of the first sites consecrated to the Archangel Michael. The abbey is a textbook example of medieval architecture and its gardens, where the intrepid monks cultivated vegetables for their austere meals. You’ll eat richer fare in one of the harbor town’s many restaurants. Be sure to visit the boutique of the Mère Poulard, known to generations of French schoolchildren for her buttery cookies.

Paris: The ultimate day trip from the Chateau is of course Paris. Only 1.5 hours on the train you can spend the day in Paris exploring the fast-paced City of Light and return back to the quiet French countryside for a locally prepared dinner and restful night’s sleep.

Catering and services

Any amount of catering and/or maid service is available on request. Please enquire.

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