Le Château d’Audrieu
What We Love
- A five-star Relais & Château stay in a magnificent château, with a tree-house-room option Admiring the beauty of the château’s impressive historic exterior and classic interiors
- Opting to stay in a luxurious Tree House room and enjoying unique views of the property
- Treating yourself to mouth-watering cuisine and local wine at the onsite restaurant
What To Know
- If mobility is an issue for anyone in your party, be sure to check your room will do; even some ground floor rooms have steps
- This is a great base for exploring Caen, Bayeaux, and the Landing Beaches in Normandy
- Rooms could use a little updating but they are spacious and beds are comfortable
Set among 60 acres of exquisite gardens and parkland, Le Château d’Audrieu is a classic 18th-century property offering both history and elegance. A symbol of the French art of living, this château is listed as a Historical Monument and is the perfect base for exploring the charms of Normandy.
Discover everything from the beaches of the D-Day landings and the famous tapestry of Queen Matilda in Bayeux to the city of the Dukes of Normandy, Caen, and the French treasure that is Mont-Saint-Michel. If utter relaxation is your thing, unwind with a stroll through the well-kept gardens or take a dip in the large, heated outdoor swimming pool. There’s also a spa, should you fancy indulging in a rejuvenating treatment.
When you’re all cultured out, treat yourself to a gastronomic delight at the onsite restaurant, which pays homage to the château’s rich history with period fireplaces and traditional furniture. With its warm ambience, inspired seasonal cuisine and extensive wine list, you’ll get to relish an authentic French experience. Le Château d’Audrieu is part of the exclusive Relais & Château group, and there’s no doubt why.
How to Get There
I have been to France 34 times. I tend to rely on my DIY approach to create the itinerary. I found the hotel on trip Advisor and selected it based on the location. The serene country road through pastures and a tiny village made the arrival at the chateau feel very grand. While the hotel was elegant,the staff are friendly and warm. I was pleased the staff were not formal and reserved. Despite my DIY approach, the Concierge, Tatiana, saved the trip. I was unable to find an available guide for D day. It is the 75th anniversary so incredibly busy. About three weeks before, via email, I contacted Tatiana and she was able to find François de Bourgoing. (I reviewed François on his trip adviser page).
The trip was focused on Normandie and the D day landing pages. The location of the hotel was ideal to visit the American sector (40 min) and the British sector (45 min) as well as the mountain of Saint Michael (1hr. 15 min)
The hotel is 15 minutes from Bayeaux, which was an excellent town of quality restaurants and a superb bakery (Boulangerie Capucine)
I had done a lot of research to select restaurants, and make sure the trip was special for my husband for whom it was only his third time.
The other amazing way that Tatiana contributed to our trip was to provide her expert advice in guidance on restaurants. I sent her my pre-researched restaurants and she narrowed down with quality input and added to the list as well. Finally, I requested help from Tatyana to find a restaurant that serves duck confit because I could not find one. She called six restaurants, to no avail, the dish is out of season in the heat of summer. She talked to Chef Olivier Barbarin of Le Seran, and he agreed to make the dish for us! It turned out to be delicious and expertly made. Thank you so much for this unforgettable trip! I can’t wait to go back!
We visited for lunch for a private celebration. Right from the start the staff lacked any depth of warmth or hospitality. I wanted to order a bottle of champagne having taken our seats on the terrace but no one came and eventually I had to go looking for somebody to take our order. It was brought to the table lukewarm but there was an ice bucket. No amuse bûche or little appetisers. We placed our order from a very limited menu and ordered tomato gaspacho followed by the St Pierre fillets. The gaspacho was absolutely dreadful - thin and lacking any depth of flavour with a hideous and badly presented dollop of fromage frais. Pretty disgusting. The St Pierre was good and finely presented. BUT the whole thing lacked any finesse. This is a five star hotel with a boastful restaurant. Maybe we went on a bad day but it just didn’t come up to standard. They should charge more and do it properly. We would not return.
As was stated in other reviews, the chateau and grounds are spectacular and a welcome change from the crowded cities.
Reception and Tatiana’s assistance all good. Room large and lovely. Food service not what it should be. Dinner at Le Seran was enjoyed but service slow. Menu does not change so We ate in the bar the other two nights. It is a 20 minute drive to Bayeux and other restaurants. Both bar food and breakfast have limited selections but breakfast was the worst. They need to update both menus and also add wait staff. 5 stars for accommodations, 2-3 stars for food. Could be a great hotel with these improvements