Le Château de Monfréville

Europe France Normandy Calvados

  • Laundry
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A family friendly campsite in the gardens of a French château, limited to a few pitches so that space is guaranteed

A thousand years ago, the cling clang of armour and haughty laughter of French aristocracy reverberated from the walls of this picturesque little château. Its grey stones and romantic round tower were as attractive then as they are today – if these walls could talk.... Since its commission by William the Conqueror, Château Monfréville has housed all sorts, from the family of Walt Disney to the invading German soldiers during World War II. Today, this scenic abode offers accommodation to those who venture into its beautiful gardens. Here, in the most quintessentially French surroundings, a thoughtfully-run campsite provides the perfect family getaway.

From the second you arrive at Le Château de Monfréville the quaint rusticity of the place is overwhelming. Parked beside the leafy apple orchard you are met by the rumble of a vintage tractor, your transport around the chateau to the vehicle-free pitches beyond. Bobbling along in the wooden trailer, a spacious site is revealed, limited to just 25 tents so customers are guaranteed to never feel crowded. There is ample room for children to play, open spaces where Bert the donkey can graze, and a natural swimming pond perfect for an authentic camping dip!

The greenery of the château gardens are unmarred by sanitary blocks. Instead campers head into the cellars of the castle where immaculately kept ablutions are accompanied by power sockets, fridge freezers and a washing machine. And, if a quick blast under the hot showers isn’t enough for you, back outside a steamy hot tub is sure to help you unwind. Those who wish such luxury to continue can forego the tent to stay in one of the two gypsy caravans – small but well equipped, and furnished with an eye for detail. A double bed and bunk-bed allow space for up to four, while ample storage space, two gas hobs, tables, chairs and every kitchen utensil required mean all you’ll need to bring is your toothbrush.

Overlooking a stunning national park, Le Château de Monfréville is the perfect place to grab a bike (free-to-borrow onsite) and head into the trees, discovering migrating storks, hooting owls or gregarious bullfrogs that offer a dawn chorus each morning. A longer cycle ride also takes you to the coast, a 15 minute journey in the car. Here the historic sandy beaches of D-Day are backed by fascinating museums, while sites like the famous Bayeux Tapestry are also close at hand.

At its heart, however, it is not just the pleasant countryside and rich history of Normandy that make the site so special but the real thoughtfulness that goes into how it is run. Owners Zoe and Paul are attentive and welcoming, while their smallholding of animals and tiny onsite honesty shop reflect the easy-going, rural atmosphere of the site. Children can socialise with fellow campers, parents can relax beneath the shady trees and everyone can leave vowing to return the following year.

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Facilities

Ablutions may normally be a footnote but the showers, loos and washing up area, in the cellars of the château, would give some people's homes a run for their money. There are 2 showers, 2 loos and hand basins in the ladies and the same in the gents. There is no power onsite but loads of power points in the cellars, with 2 large fridges and a freezer for everyone to use.

Suitable For

Tents, glampers, large groups (on request), families – yes. Caravans, motorhomes, campervans, dogs – no.

Nearby

Le Château de Monfréville, though a small château by French standards, makes up for it with extensive gardens and a prime position overlooking the Regional Nature Park of Cotentin and Bessin (0033 233 716 190). It is centrally located for Utah and Omaha Beach (20 minutes drive), with fascinating museums and miles of sandy beaches. Utah Beach Museum (+33 233 719 236), the Omaha Beach Memorial Museum (+33 231 219 744) and the Bayeux War Cemetery are perhaps the most poignant of insights into D-Day and the Second World War. The charming medieval town of Bayeux is home to the famous 11th-century tapestry, listed as a “Memory of the World” by UNESCO. Mont St Michel (0033 233 601 430) is an hour's drive, as is Giverny, the home of Monet's Gardens (0033 232 512 821). There's a cheese factory (0033 231 513 333) and (separate) caramel factory (0033 231 516 650) in the local town of Isigny, while the local tourist office here is also a decent starting point to discovering the area.

Food & Drink

COVID 19 Information
For the shared bathrooms we ask you to respect social distancing rules. Our fridges will be turned on. We will clean this area rigorously every day.

Due to Covid 19 we will not be opening the hot tub. Our swim pool will be open. We will offer the opportunity to buy take away food and bread and pastries will be available every day of the week. . The great restaurants of Isigny (4km)  Bar Central & Crêperie (0033 231 510 960). Similarly, the traditional fishing village of Grandcamp Maisey, boasts A La Maree (0033 231 214 100), La Tinquettte (0033 231 226 490) and La Belle Marinière (0033 231 226 123), all excellent.

Opening Times

May Half-Term – Mid September.

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The Owner Says

We love running our little camp site in the heart of the Normandy country side. The best part of it, is all the people who come to stay and especially the ones who come again and again who have now become good friends. If we had to descibe what makes this a special spot, it would have to be the total ambience of nature and history combined together. The site overlooks The Cotentin & Bessin national park which is home to storks, herons, kingfishers and many other birds whilst the chateau has a baffling history dating back to William the Conqueror. With a 'No Car' policy on the site, this makes a super happy relaxed atmosphere, with kids running freely and parents relaxing without the worry. The swimming pool is a highlight.

The idea of camping brings to mind the caption of, The Great Unwashed', which can bring chills to some at the thought of not having a proper shower and generally being rather dirty by the end of a camping trip. This couldn't be further from the truth when camping at Chatea Monfreville. Because we like our little creature comforts when camping, we decided to put in showers and loos that we would want! So, in the cellars of the chateau, are the most gorgeously decorated Men's and Ladies that one could ask for. Hot showers, no meters, power points for hairdryers, mobile phones & cameras. Theres even a sofa or 2 to pop yourself down, should there be a queue.

The wash up sinks, bins, recycle, 2 big fridges & microwave are also in the cellars of the chateau. We really hope that we have thought of everything.

Accommodation

25 grassy pitches and 2 gypsy caravans.

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Location

Contact Le Château de Monfréville, Le Château de Monfréville, 14230 Monfréville, Calvados, France

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Getting There

Sat Nav coordinates: N49.18.717 / W001.02.584

From Calais take the A16 towards Boulogne. The road divides near Boulogne and you must continue on the A16 NOT the N42 to Paris. Near Abbeyville the road divides again. Take the A28 towards Le Havre and then over the Pont de Normandie (bridge). After the bridge follow the signs to Caen (N13) and then Bayeux. After Bayeux take the turn-off to La Cambe(D113). At the stop sign turn left, at the roundabout take the 3rd turning to Monfreville. Drive over 4 small bridges and after the last one take the 2nd turning to the right. Campsite is about 1/2 mile on the right hand side. Ignore the exit Monfreville sign as it is a bit further on and don't take the left turn to the church.

From Caen/Ouistraham follow the road towards Caen and take the turn-off to Bayeux and Cherbourg (N13). Remain on the N13 for approx 20minutes past Bayeux and take the turn-off to La Cambe(D113). At the stop sign turn left, at the roundabout take the 3rd turning to Monfreville. Drive over 4 small bridges and after the last one take the 2nd turning to the right. Campsite is about 1/2 mile on the right hand side. Ignore the exit Monfreville sign as the site is a bit further on and don't take the left turn to the church.

From Cherbourg follow the signs towards Caen & St Lo (N13). Take the turn off for Isigny sur Mer & D5 which is after Carentan. At the stop/give way sign turn right and then immediately left to Monfreville (5km). Follow the signs to Monfreville (not the Mairie) and you will find the chateau at the top of the hill on the left.

The nearest train station is Lison about 11km away. It is a direct train to and from Paris (2hrs). There are no bus facilities in the area so a car is essential to get around or a bike.

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