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 expected, and wanted, to love this property. But unfortunately, it is so badly managed that our visit was marred by repeated instances of under-staffing and poor maintenance. The staff did their very best. But we had one staff person who was responsible for reception, bar service, AND restaurant service! He would run back and forth between the restaurant, the bar and the front desk to try to cover all the bases. One evening, we were in the bar and wanted to order off the bar menu. We were told that the Chef would NOT provide the bar food while he was managing the restaurant meal. But we had been told that we could not eat at the restaurant because they were full and we had no car to go elsewhere. So we went to bed hungry. It was inexcusable. Several items in our room did not work. The heating/ventilation system was useless. Kudos to the staff. They did the best they could given the extreme lack of resources.
The staff are truly excellent — hardworking and dedicated to doing whatever it takes. We were really impressed. The property is lovely, both inside and out. However, the rooms are really dark, the heating/ventilation does not work, the heated towel rack did not work, our friend’s safe did not work, the shower was sit down only, the hot water was spotty. In addition, the property is quite far from town so guests without cars must rely on the hotel food options which are extremely limited. Have to say again how very much we appreciated their excellent staff.
I don’t have anything different to say from the other guests regarding breakfast and bar service. We did reserve just a few weeks before we checked in, during a busy tourist period in the area, and didn’t have a lot of choice in rooms. Even with a last choice room it was not as should be for a hotel of that quality. The bathroom was like that of a motel, and there were only two small windows, which you could only look out of when standing up. Massage was so so.
I hope they increase their staffing, for the sake of the guests and the hotel employees. If service is improved they could at least bump up to a three or four.