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.
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I stayed at the Chateau d'Audrieu the last weekend in March of the year, which was the property's opening weekend. The grounds and chateau are beautiful, particularly when lit up at night which makes for an impressive arrival. The room (a junior suite) was fine but more the size of a standard room elsewhere. But that is about the end of the positives...
The rest was a downright disaster... The service in the restaurant for breakfast on both days and for the dinner on Saturday night was nothing short of appalling. Probably hands down the worst restaurant service I have ever had in a hotel and I have travelled extensively. Not at all worthy of being a Relais & Chateaux member (beware!). Breakfast took ages to even place an order. The menu (not provided the first day) mentions a choice of a Continental BUFFET breakfast or an American BUFFET breakfast... however there was NO BUFFET ANYWHERE... you had to wait to be served... and what a wait. First breakfast we were the only ones when we arrived, second day quite a few tables were taken. But had to wait more than 20-25 mins to be asked what we wanted. The table next to us started to eat out of the small jam jars as they had been waiting quite some time. I could go on, but suffice it to say that service at John Cleese's "Fawlty Towers" is Ritz quality compared to Chateau d'Audrieu.
Dinner was nothing short of a disaster... Sat down at 9pm at the first dish of the Gourmet tasting menu arrived at our table at 10pm!!!! The first dish!!! The bottle of white wine, ordered at 9:20pm hadn't even arrived at the table by the first course. I reminded them and they then hurried to bring it to the table... but it was warm so asked that they but it in an ice bucket... UNACCEPTABLE. Waiters looked so uncomfortable and almost terrorized... there was no sommelier I could identify... No one asked if we wanted pre-dinner drinks such as glass of champagne etc... Water took ages to be refilled, we finally asked that they leave the bottle on our table. When the cheese course arrived (now remember we are in Normandy - cheese heaven) no cheese cart in sight, just some small slices of cheese of which I could identify the Comte and the Camembert. When I asked what the other cheeses were, the person serving me didn't know and disappeared to ask only to return to confirm AFTER we had consumed the cheese selection!!! Dinner was finally finished at 12:15am and only after I asked them to expedite cheese and dessert courses. A TOTAL CATASTROPHE...
To be honest, upon check out the assistant manager took the full dinner off the bill which was a nice gesture but certainly not the point or purpose of my complaint. When one books a Relais & Chateaux property and accepts to be the prices (room was north of 700 euros per night incl. breakfast) one is entitled to expect ALOT more.
I will avoid this place like the plague.
We stayed here on the first part of our road trip outside of Paris. The staff was nice and super accommodating. We actually ended up doing a group tour of the beaches of Normandy and that worked out really great. The hotel set that up for us. The room was gorgeous as well as the beautiful gardens and grounds. The dining experience was top notch and delicious. Worth every penny that we spent there.
We stopped over at Le Chateau d'Audrieu for two nights as a stopover when driving from the UK to Brittany in early October. The Chateau is conveniently placed for visits to many historical sites as well as attractive towns and villages, and the road network makes travel easy. While autumn was well underway the gardens were still extremely attractive and relaxing, and the Chateau itself is a beautifully appointed and restful place to stay. We enjoyed dinner in the restaurant both evenings, and the breakfasts were excellent. The initial welcome to the hotel was exceptionally warm and hospitable, and all the staff were thoroughly charming and helpful throughout our stay. We strongly recommend the Chateau as an excellent base for exploring Normandy and we will certainly be back again soon.
We only went in for a drink and were lead to a very comfortable room with a fantastic view over the formal approach to the chateau . It is an absolutely beautiful place and I hope to return! The chateaux is very large and set in beautiful gardens, would be lovely to walk around on a dry day, sadly It was pouring with rain when we were there!
There aren't enough superlatives to describe Chateau d'Audrieu. The chateau itself is stunningly beautiful and the surrounding grounds are peaceful and serene. We recently stayed here for three nights while touring Mont St Michel and the D-Day Beaches. It was such a treat to return to the chateau and enjoy the scenery and the superb restaurant onsite after two very full days of sightseeing. The room we had was decorated so tastefully and the bathroom was large and luxurious The staff is extremely professional, yet personable.. attending to our every wish or need. We only wish we had more time to enjoy the pool and leisurely stroll the property. We would highly recommend this property.