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
We stayed only one night at this beautiful Relais et Chateaux property in Normandy after a wonderful trip to Brittany. We chose the chateau for its proximity to Paris as well as to see the Bayeux Tapestry which is only a 15 minute drive away.
We booked through our Virtuoso travel agent rather than R&C as they offered amenities that were not offered when booking via the R&C concierge although we are both 5C members. This is a bit of a puzzle to me but with Virtuoso we got a room upgrade, tickets to the Bayeux tapestry as well as massages/ facials in the spa.
So what is wonderful about this hotel? Beautiful grounds, an old castle much like many of the R&C hotels in France, a fabulous HUGE room with a lovely bathroom up a flight of stairs (which make a night time trip to the loo an experience...), a fantastic visit to the spa where Pauline gave my husband the best massage he has ever had and I had a relaxing facial, and friendly helpful staff.
The great disappointment here is the restaurant, Le Seran.
We had eaten every night of our French road trip (through Dinard and further into Brittany) at Michelin starred restaurants, some of them far less pricey than the restaurant at this hotel. I tend to book hotels which have excellent restaurants and have found some of the R&C hotels in France to be exceptional. From the very beginning the experience was strange to say the least. The waitress, when asked if we could change tables so as not to be stuck in a curtain with no view of the grounds of the hotel on a hot night, said she would need to ask someone else, this despite the fact that she had just told us we would be the only people sitting in that section of the restaurant. The sommelier appeared to have the night off so we were left with the young barman to help us to choose wine and an apperitif. I chose to have a coupe of champagne and ordered one of only two on the menu available by the glass. When he brought it I did not like it at all and said that I would prefer then to try the other one. I was told that he "did not like it either, was not sure why it was on the menu and that it was being removed"! When I tried to order the other one sold by the glass he said that one had already been taken off the menu and that I was now only able to order the small bottle of Perrier- Jouet (at substantially more than the cost that the glass would have been) and also as my husband wanted to drink red wine we were stuck with more champagne than we had wanted. The small bottle was served way too warm and I was only offered for it to be put on ice when I suggested that the barman do so!
But the wine saga was only the beginning. The amuse bouch was peculiar, served with none of the usual explanation of what we would be enjoying. My entree which was a confit egg came sitting in a puddle of what could be described as gruel- clearly it had been sitting under a lamp as there was a kind of skin on top of it all. The bread was one kind of roll, nothing creative or attractively served. Wine when poured was done sloppily with drops of red and my champagne being spilled on the table cloth at every pour.
The main course was the true downfall of the meal. I was served a piece of flaccid fish, Char I believe it was, undercooked and cold. The description was that it was to be cooked skin side down and having just come from Iceland where we had fantastic fairly rare Char, this was just distasteful. The veges were a few little potatoes and pieces of onion, sort of grilled and some kind of vegetable but I forget what! All in all the most unappetizing dish I have been served since I lived in a university residence many moons ago. I called the waitress over and sent it back. At that point I was not interested in anything else so had the cheese plate (no cheese cart here with mouthwatering cheeses to choose from- just a plate with four little sad looking pieces of cheese with no explanation of where or what they came from). Dessert left me unmoved and I admit I have no recollection of what it was.
When l'addition arrived it appeared that they had charged for me, instead of 75 euros for the "discovery menu" 65 euros which appeared to be the cost of each of the courses I had eaten had i ordered them a la carte!! I was not prepared to say anything and even when I spoke to the young man at the front desk on check out there was no attempt to offer any kind of reduction. We had eaten at Rackham in Roscoff the night before where young chef Peran works his magic in a beautiful setting for 49 euros and this meal at Le Seran could not compare in any way.
It is hard to know whether the chef was on a night off or if he was having an off night but regardless of which this was a most disappointing meal in every way and I would say that if you are coming to this beautiful hotel, enjoy the room and facilities but skip dinner- there must be some far better restaurants in the town which is only 15 minutes away.
To compliment the hotel- we arrived late from Granville and they very thoughtfully moved our spa appointments to accommodate us.
This property easily merits its five-star status. The staff take the service mission seriously. I left for an afternoon walk, and when I returned my room had been tidied --- in the middle of the day! The gardens and pool area add to the restful ambiance. Although it is a large property, it was very quiet. After wondering how French people deal with snarly hair, since even my 4-star hotels did not provide conditioner this hotel offered guests a full complement of lovely toiletries, including body lotion. Located on a country road in a beautiful old chateau, this is an experience uniquely European. Excellent food as well and fully comfort-conditioned rooms.
Nestled in a quiet town near the bustling town of Bayeux, the Chateau is the kind of place which, on first view, and each view after that, takes your breath away. Are we really staying in this beautiful chateau? Yes!
The place is formal yet relaxed with a friendly and efficient staff, beautiful decor, a gorgeous garden, and secluded pool. The D-Day experience is a must, and the chateau is a wonderful place to come back to for a relaxing meal or just to hang out.
We loved the staff, from Olivier in the restaurant, to Philippe and Fabian and Tatiana.
We had been here before about 25 years ago. The outside is pretty much the same, but inside has been completely redone and upgraded to multi-star levels of quality. We used the hotel as our go to place to gather both before and after long days of touring and exploring. The bar and lounge areas are perfect, cozy and friendly and a wonderful place to relax before setting out for dinner in Bayeux or just downstairs in the hotel's excellent restaurant.
The service staff are on top of their game and the rooms are comfortable and clean though as an old building you might find a low ceiling or a room that is listed as a suite but is actually more like a large regular room with a small sitting area. Such are the limitations of dealing with an older building that was not originally a hotel.
We stayed for one night at the chateau d’audrieu, but would have liked to have stayed an extra day. The atmosphere was very peaceful — beautiful gardens, a nice swimming pool donkeys grazing in the pasture, and pretty rooms and common areas. The restaurant also had a nice atmosphere with very attentive service and tasty food (especially the dessert!)