The Elegant and Well-located Château de Saint-Maclou-La-Campagne
Recently, we were introduced to two very inviting and appealing château bed and breakfasts in Normandy. We told you about Château de Bénéauville in a recent issue of this publication – the lovely château exuding elegance and grace both inside and out. We are now introducing you to the second of these fine properties,Château de Saint-Maclou-La-Campagne.
The Enchanting Château de Saint-Maclou La Campagne
It is a pleasure to welcome Château de Saint-Maclou to our web site. This stately and elegant château, only fifteen minutes from the seaside village of Honfleur, is in 17th-century French Baroque style ~ constructed in 1606 ~ and offers travelers both bed and breakfast accommodations and the opportunity to rent the entire château on a weekly basis. In addition, it is the perfect venue for a memorable French château wedding and especially convenient from Paris, Great Britain and Ireland.Visitors will be fascinated by the history of this château, including a planned visit by Catherine the Great which prompted the heir to the estate, Edouard de Giberville, to plant twelve hundred yards of lime trees lining the drive to the château. He renovated the dining room as well to make it as elegant as possible for her visit. However, disturbed by the excesses of the French Revolution, she decided not to visit France after all. Edouard, who spent lavishly on the preparations, found himself in further trouble when he lost everything, was imprisoned by the revolutionaries, and finally executed by guillotine in 1794 just before the end of the Terror. The château was returned to his daughter three years later and remained in the family until the mid 1800s. It has changed hands several times since then. Sympathetically restored in the 1990s, it is today the pride of Robin and Nicola Gage who are eager to welcome guests to share their lovely home.
The château sits on six hectares of wood and lawns in a peaceful part of Normandy. It offers four elegant en suite bedrooms for bed and breakfast guests, or it can be rented by the week in the summer months with a capacity for ten people in five bedrooms. Weekly tenants will have the fully-equipped, spacious kitchen to prepare their own breakfasts and other meals. This part of France is a wonderful source of artisanal cheeses, cider, cream, butter and locally grown fruits and vegetables. Village market days are convenient for finding everything needed to stock the kitchen. A chef can be hired to prepare meals, of course.
Château’s ‘Old Kitchen’ and Inviting Salon with Ancestor’s Portrait
Common rooms include lovely salons, a formal dining room, and the Old Kitchen. There are several wood-burning fireplaces in the château, and it also has geothermal central heating. Enjoy times outside in the lovely gardens, where one can find a boules pitch, teak garden furniture and a barbecue for dining en plein air.
One of the first floor guest rooms and a look at the grassy moat and dovecote
The grounds are superb with a small bridge crossing the grassy ‘moat’, an ancient dovecote that once housed 5,000 pigeons, and a large expanse of lawns where weddings are frequently held. Ensure happy memories of your time in Normandy with a few nights or more at this exquisite château.
Please visit their pages on our web site to learn more about the elegant Château de Saint-Maclou and how you could be a bed & breakfast guest at this historic and charming property.
Château de Saint-Maclou-La-Campagne: http://www.au-chateau.com/Maclou.htm
au Château - the Ultimate Lodging Experience in France: http://www.au-chateau.com