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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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
Chateau d'Audrieu is in a beautiful setting, with serene, gracious gardens and a very understated feeling in the hotel. The staff is very helpful, our check-in was smooth, and the concierge helpful in recommending nearby restaurants for dinner.
The restaurant, Le Seran, offers a very creative delicious menu for dinner. However, the selection is somewhat limited, so one would probably want to dine there only once, and then go to another restaurant for additional evenings. Service at the restaurant needs improvement. We had to wait much too long for menus and wine to be opened; there was no one to serve after dinner drinks in the bar area, the kitchen was not open until 8 AM for breakfast.....