What We Love
- A grand château in scenic Normandy, with a welcome drink on arrival and breakfast Hanging out in a handsome 18th-century château surrounded by acres of parkland
- Savouring gourmet cuisine paired with fine wines in the exquisite restaurant
- Driving 30 minutes to Giverny to see Claude Monet's former home and garden
What To Know
- The château is set on four acres of parkland, a short stroll from the Seine
- The signature La Closerie restaurant is housed in the old stables and serves gourmet Norman cuisine using estate-grown herbs and spices
- The guestrooms are individually decorated
There’s a stately air about this three-star château, located in Normandy’s Seine Valley. Named for the 17th-century French dramatist Pierre Corneille, who stopped at this former post house during frequent trips to the court of Louis XIV in Paris, the setting is as sublime as it gets. You’ll enjoy four acres of landscaped parkland, and you’re just a few minutes from the banks of the Seine.
While the redbrick exterior wows with stroll-worthy manicured lawns and a fabulous outdoor terrace for summertime dining, the understated yet pretty interiors are the most inspiring. All of the 20 guest rooms (including two suites) are uniquely-styled, with each assuring soothing French décor, tasteful furnishings, and all the creature comforts you’ll need. Modern bathrooms, flatscreen TVs, and cracking views across the grounds wrap things up nicely.
Equally impressive are the dining options, most temping of which is the grand lounge for evening drinks and ample breakfasts piled high with regional goodies. There’s also the signature La Closerie restaurant – a sophisticated spot housed in the old stables that serves gourmet Norman cuisine created solely with locally-sourced ingredients and estate-grown herbs and spices.
How to Get There
We found Chateau Corneille by chance on our way back to the UK from the South and it was a great choice. The building is beautiful, the room was very comfortable and the bathroom modern and spotlessly clean.
We had an evening meal at the separate restaurant which was well supported on a Thursday evening. The meal was excellent in a fairly traditional style. Our breakfast in the main building was also good but at €13 we thought a bit too expensive.
This is a beautiful residence set in attractive countryside with great service, very relaxing and to be recommended. This was the second time I stayed here. Unfortunately it was on a Sunday when the restaurant was closed otherwise I would have liked to eat there in the evening.
Near Les Andelys and Giverny, this is a charming 18th century mansion. Rooms are small and chopped up; there is no elevator. But this is what a good, basic 3* French hotel should be. There are long tables arranged on the gravel drive, perfect for having a drink before dinner. Bathroom appeared to be newly remodeled. Thorougly enjoyed my stay here.