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Villa 9052 Normandy, France

Sleeps: 12

Chateau de la Haye
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Description

This beautiful Normandy chateau was originally constructed in 1641 as a "manoir". Extended in 1724 and 1758, this estate sits in the heart of Normandy near the utterly charming and quaint port town of Honfleur and the Victorian town of Deauville, famed for its casinos and nowadays, annual film festival and horse racing.

The current owners purchased the château in 2003 and have undertaken a renovation project which has fused a stylish mix of modern furnishings with the Chateau's classic features. They remain commited to the renovation process with the addition of new facilities, paintings, furniture and objets d'art each year, and many improvements to the landscaping.

In keeping with its history, the chateau has many gardens, all with different themes. Dine on the terrace overlooking the formal garden with its central fountain, bordered by the chapel, and the pavilion. Relax in the Italian walled garden bordered by espaliered fruit trees: ideal for a picnic, aperitifs or a game of chess!

The cottage offers a contrast to the opulence of the Chateau. Once a carriage house, now used as a garage, store room and for extra accommodation. The plants on the top of the thatch are planted there on purpose to bind the top of the thatch together and are irises and houseleeks. Houseleeks are traditionally believed to help protect the house from witches!

There is a chapel within the grounds which was built in 1724 and is still consecrated. It can seat about 12 people and has been used recently for weddings, blessings and baptisms.

There is a strong horse racing tradition in this part of Normandy. The focal point is the racecourse in Deauville. There is a programme throughout the year, but the summer season is the most important. The "Boucles de la Seine Normande" Regional Nature Park, Monet' s house and garden and The Bayeux Tapestry are nearby.

Norman cuisine is famous throughout the world, especially the cheeses such as Camembert, Livarot and Pont l'Eveque and Calvados - the apple brandy. Seafood is excellent, butter and eggs can be bought direct from the local farm as well as chicken, guinea fowl etc according to season. Everything is organic/free-range.local markets are excellent, the nearest is in Beuzeville on Mondays, however there are also excellent ones in Honfleur on Saturday, Trouville on Sunday and Pont Audemer on Monday.

Location

Honfleur 10 mins. Deauville 16 miles. Beaches 10 miles. Le Havre 30 mins. Caen 45 mins. Dieppe & Paris 1hr 15 mins. Train station to Paris 15mins. Golf 15 mins, Horseriding 10 mins.

Accommodation

Garden level:
Lounge, kitchen, casual dining and living room. Guest WC.

Ground floor:
Formal living room, drawing room, office, dining room , guest WC. Access to large terrace overlooking formal garden.

First floor:
Suite with sitting room, double bedroom, ensuite bathroom, WC .
Double bedroom, ensuite bathroom, WC. Third double bedroom, ensuite bathroom, WC.

Second floor:
Three double bedrooms, 3 twin bedrooms for children, 3 bathrooms with WC .
Cottage accommodation:
This should only be used for staff or single parties requiring an individual room.
One bedroom with one double bed (1.80m) and one single bed (0.90m). Shower room, WC.

Grounds:
A well-lit gravel path leads to the original stable block which has been converted into a magnificent pool house with two changing rooms, shower, WC, double height function room (14m long) overlooking pool, fully equipped kitchen and exercise area upstairs (all centrally heated). Consecrated Chapel. Various gardens. The wood beyond the formal garden descends steeply to a single track railway line which is used by a small, two carriage tourist train, three times a day. This is 10 mins from the house. Caretakers live in a cottage beyond the orchard.



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