This secluded 18th-century farmhouse in the heart of Normandy embodies all the charm of the region and is ideal for relaxing in the shady garden dotted with apple trees and fish ponds, or sampling some of the region’s best dishes.
Château La Chenevière
Situated in the heart of Normandy and set in vast grounds littered with exotic trees, Château La Chenevière is an 18th-century mansion that exudes historic charm. It successfully combines period grandeur with an intimate atmosphere and makes an appealing base for exploring the Normandy countryside, the D-Day beaches and nearby historic Bayeux. Alternatively, you can stroll through the grounds, the rose garden or walled garden, swim in the secluded pool or play a game of tennis.
Throughout the hotel, the decor is elegantly refined, matching the building's grand proportions with understated contemporary luxuries. The spacious, soft-hued rooms are classically-designed, featuring wood-panel walls and original fireplaces as well as modern amenities such as Wi-Fi. Service is impeccable throughout, while the hotel's gourmet restaurant is highly regarded and worth a visit in its own right.
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Château La Chenevière prides itself on combining classic style and sophistication with all the amenities of a five-star property. The rooms are individually decorated in an understated but elegantly refined manner, with pastel hues and a combination of traditional features and contemporary fabrics, minimal clutter and fresh flowers. Complimentary Wi-Fi, safes, minibars, bathrobes and slippers come as standard. Some of the higher category rooms contain Jacuzzi bathtubs, seating areas and large closets.
Located in the countryside of Normandy with views of the surrounding farms and hillsides, Château La Chenevière is about a 15-minute drive from central Bayeux, and 20 minutes from its train station, which is a gateway to the rest of France. The property is ideally situated for exploring the D-Day beaches and is only about a 20-minute drive from Omaha Beach, while Utah Beach is 45 minutes away.
Food and Drink
Breakfast consists of an array of hot and cold items such as fresh juices, coffee, tea, cheeses, meats, eggs, pastries and the property’s homemade honey. A ‘pop up’ restaurant also serves lunch on the property from late-spring to September, but the real gem is the gourmet dinner restaurant, The Botanist. Here, the focus is on local seasonal ingredients which are crafted into two prix-fixe (set price) menus, with amuse-bouches served between each course.
A shallow children’s pool is attached to the main pool.
Facilities and Activities
During your stay, you can make use of a heated outdoor pool, complimentary bicycles, a small gym and a spa. Outside there are multiple seating areas, as well as a tennis court and a vegetable garden that provides some of the food for the property’s restaurants.
The hotel itself is wheelchair accessible but is surrounded by a gravel walkway and patio which could cause some difficulty for those with reduced mobility.
We love this hotel for its quiet location on the Normandy coast, the novel experience of staying in a chateau, and its close proximity to Bayeux and the D-Day beaches.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Tucked away 20 minutes from Bayeux sits Château d’Audrieu, an 11th-century chateau that was converted in the 18th century into a much grander estate. Later commandeered by the Nazi SS as a headquarters during the Battle of Normandy, this now 5-star property is teeming with history.
Less than a ten-minute walk from the heart of Bayeux sits Hôtel d’Argouges, a hotel so steeped in history you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time throughout your stay. The light, airy rooms and garden offer a peaceful hideaway during your time in Normandy.
Located in the heart of Honfleur, just steps from Saint-Catherine’s Church and the old port, the small, family-run Hotel le Dauphin les Loges is characterful, friendly and built in quintessential Normandy style with a 17th-century half-timbered façade.
Built in the heart of the city, Hôtel Reine Mathilde has the feel of a family home in medieval Bayeux. The local touches added throughout the property and the proximity to top sites make this hotel an ideal base from which to explore the region.
Hotel Villa Lara is a modern hotel that offers spacious rooms and friendly service. Located in the heart of Bayeux just a short walk from the Bayeux Cathedral and tapestry, it's an excellent base from which to explore this historic town.
Just a short walk from the heart of Honfleur, La Ferme Saint Siméon is a peaceful retreat set in an elegant country residence that was once home to impressionist painter Claude Monet. It now offers five-star facilities and service.
Centrally located yet tucked away in a small 16th-century private square, La Maison de Lucie strikes an easy balance between chic and intimate, as if guests are staying in a private home.
Set on a secluded hill outside Honfleur, Le Manoir des Impressionnistes is an elegant country getaway set in a historic building typical of the region. Stately yet intimate, the family home retreat values both attentive and friendly service as well as gourmet cuisine.
Despite its central location in Honfleur, Les Maisons de Léa feels like a stylish country house with beamed ceilings, large stone fireplaces and chic decor. A charming hotel, it is known for its refined elegance, excellent service and fine dining.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore the British and Canadian D-Day landing sites at Sword and Juno beaches on the Normandy coast. Visit war memorials, museums and cemeteries, as well as the chateaux used as tactical headquarters for both sides in the conflict.