The chateau is equidistant from Normandy’s three main attractions: Mont Saint-Michel, the D-Day beaches and the Bayeux tapestry
The rooms brim with history, family heirlooms and authentic period furnishings
Service that’s truly welcoming and warm
The magnificent rare book library (one of three libraries), shown only upon request
What To Know
There isn't a typical restaurant, but there is a resident chef. Members will need to e-mail the property in advance to make reservations on the evening of arrival
There are no elevators, but first-floor rooms are handicap-accessible
Only one menu is served at dinner; if you have dietary restrictions or special requests, notify the staff at least 24 hours in advance
Normandy is notoriously rainy; pack an umbrella
Parking on site
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Storybook castle set on 740 acres with antique-studded rooms and easy access to Normandy’s main attractions
Set on 740 wooded acres inhabited by cows and geese, the 11th-century Chateau de Canisy is a storybook castle complete with towers, moats and parapets, and enough Empire chairs, brocade fabrics and leatherbound tomes to fill a museum. But unlike many French chateaux, which offer nose-in-the-air stuffiness, this family-run retreat eschews formality and is a place where, despite its distinguished lineage and sumptuous furnishings, you can truly feel at home. A stay here is casual and convivial — with easy access to Normandy’s main attractions.
Bed and Bath
Off corridors lined with leather trunks and family portraits, the 17 guestrooms are études in French history, each representing a different era (First Empire, Restoration, Art Deco) and decorated with period pieces carefully selected by the comtesse herself. The majority of the rooms have luxe bathtubs (copper, clawfoot and marble), but only a few have walk-in showers. Though the chateau’s facilities have been modernized, there are no TVs in the guestrooms.
Mont Saint-Michel, the D-Day beaches and the Bayeux tapestry are close by, but the 740-acre estate offers plenty of diversions, from fishing to cycling to playing petanque or croquet. There’s even a botanical garden and a farm with llamas, turkeys and deer. And don’t fret if you’ve forgotten to pack your rain boots; the property has a ready supply of gear (including boots) for exploring the grounds. At night, tuck into a four-course dinner — with wine pairings, bien sûr — prepared by chef Christian.
In the Area
Mont Saint-Michel, its towers, turrets and ramparts rising from a swirl of flat sand, is the most recognizable landmark in northern France. At the very top of the compound, the abbey, founded in the 8th century, hosts chamber music concerts, illuminated nighttime tours and exhibitions in the high season. The Caen Memorial Museum is a must for war buffs, but if you want a bit of sand without the history, head to Agon-Coutainville. The Bayeux tapestry, a hand-embroidered, 230-foot-long depiction of the Norman conquest of England, is listed by UNESCO as a “Memory of the World.” Normandy is known for its black-and-white milking cows and the excellent dairy products that are made from the protein-rich milk. Visit the Camembert Museum (surely the world’s smelliest) to learn more about the local cheese.