Le Château de Monfréville

Europe France Normandy Calvados

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A family friendly campsite in the gardens of a French château, limited to a few pitches so that space is guaranteed

A thousand years ago, the cling clang of armour and haughty laughter of French aristocracy reverberated from the walls of this picturesque little château. Its grey stones and romantic round tower were as attractive then as they are today – if these walls could talk.... Since its commission by William the Conqueror, Château Monfréville has housed all sorts, from the family of Walt Disney to the invading German soldiers during World War II. Today, this scenic abode offers accommodation to those who venture into its beautiful gardens. Here, in the most quintessentially French surroundings, a thoughtfully-run campsite provides the perfect family getaway.

From the second you arrive at Le Château de Monfréville the quaint rusticity of the place is overwhelming. Parked beside the leafy apple orchard you are met by the rumble of a vintage tractor, your transport around the chateau to the vehicle-free pitches beyond. Bobbling along in the wooden trailer, a spacious site is revealed, limited to just 25 tents so customers are guaranteed to never feel crowded. There is ample room for children to play, open spaces where Bert the donkey can graze, and a natural swimming pond perfect for an authentic camping dip!

The greenery of the château gardens are unmarred by sanitary blocks. Instead campers head into the cellars of the castle where immaculately kept ablutions are accompanied by power sockets, fridge freezers and a washing machine. And, if a quick blast under the hot showers isn’t enough for you, back outside a steamy hot tub is sure to help you unwind. Those who wish such luxury to continue can forego the tent to stay in one of the two gypsy caravans – small but well equipped, and furnished with an eye for detail. A double bed and bunk-bed allow space for up to four, while ample storage space, two gas hobs, tables, chairs and every kitchen utensil required mean all you’ll need to bring is your toothbrush.

Overlooking a stunning national park, Le Château de Monfréville is the perfect place to grab a bike (free-to-borrow onsite) and head into the trees, discovering migrating storks, hooting owls or gregarious bullfrogs that offer a dawn chorus each morning. A longer cycle ride also takes you to the coast, a 15 minute journey in the car. Here the historic sandy beaches of D-Day are backed by fascinating museums, while sites like the famous Bayeux Tapestry are also close at hand.

At its heart, however, it is not just the pleasant countryside and rich history of Normandy that make the site so special but the real thoughtfulness that goes into how it is run. Owners Zoe and Paul are attentive and welcoming, while their smallholding of animals and tiny onsite honesty shop reflect the easy-going, rural atmosphere of the site. Children can socialise with fellow campers, parents can relax beneath the shady trees and everyone can leave vowing to return the following year.

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Facilities

Ablutions may normally be a footnote but the showers, loos and washing up area, in the cellars of the château, would give some people's homes a run for their money. There are 2 showers, 2 loos and hand basins in the ladies and the same in the gents. There is no power onsite but loads of power points in the cellars, with 2 large fridges and a freezer for everyone to use. Campers can use the washing machine in the château on either a self-service or laundry basis. There is a fabulous natural swimming pond which is cleaned by the plants that surround it, plus a bubbling hot tub. A ping-pong table, table football and loads of ball games such a badminton and boules are available, while bikes are free for everyone to use. There are no cars on the campsite and no dogs because of the chickens and ducks. A classic vinatge tractor transports everyone to and from their pitches.

Suitable For

Tents, glampers, large groups (on request), families – yes. Caravans, motorhomes, campervans, dogs – no.

Nearby

Le Château de Monfréville, though a small château by French standards, makes up for it with extensive gardens and a prime position overlooking the Regional Nature Park of Cotentin and Bessin (0033 233 716 190). It is centrally located for Utah and Omaha Beach (20 minutes drive), with fascinating museums and miles of sandy beaches. Utah Beach Museum (+33 233 719 236), the Omaha Beach Memorial Museum (+33 231 219 744) and the Bayeux War Cemetery are perhaps the most poignant of insights into D-Day and the Second World War. The charming medieval town of Bayeux is home to the famous 11th-century tapestry, listed as a “Memory of the World” by UNESCO. Mont St Michel (0033 233 601 430) is an hour's drive, as is Giverny, the home of Monet's Gardens (0033 232 512 821). There's a cheese factory (0033 231 513 333) and (separate) caramel factory (0033 231 516 650) in the local town of Isigny, while the local tourist office here is also a decent starting point to discovering the area.

Food & Drink

A basic honesty shop stocks essentials such as marshmallows, logs, charcoal, the château’s own eggs, homemade jams and chutneys. The bread fairy delivers pastries every morning to your tent and Thursday evening is 'moules frites night', when campers gather in the barn for a night of feasting. Once a week they also fire up their enormous wood-fired pizza oven (made from one of the château’s old boilers). Sunday’s are whole roast chickens and chips! Normandy, known as the bread basket of France, has a superb larder of cheese, cider and seafood and markets every day of the week. The great restaurants of Isigny (4km) include La Flambee (0033 231 517 096), Bar Central & Crêperie (0033 231 510 960) and an excellent oyster bar. Similarly, the traditional fishing village of Grandcamp Maisey, boasts A La Maree (0033 231 214 100), La Tinquettte (0033 231 226 490) and La Belle Marinière (0033 231 226 123), all excellent.

Opening Times

May Half-Term – Mid September.

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The Owner Says

We love running our little camp site in the heart of the Normandy country side. The best part of it, is all the people who come to stay and especially the ones who come again and again who have now become good friends. If we had to descibe what makes this a special spot, it would have to be the total ambience of nature and history combined together. The site overlooks The Cotentin' national park which is home to storks, herons, kingfishers and many other birds whilst the chateau has baffling history dating back to William the Conqueror. With a 'No Car', policy on the site, this makes a super happy relaxed atmosphere, with kids running freely and parents relaxing without the worry. The natural swimming pond is a highlight as you get to swim in what is essentially a beautiful garden with frogs on lilly pads overlooked by the mighty east wall of the chateau. The hot tub is also extremely inviting as you can sit and enjoy warm bubbles overlooking the spectacular views.

The animals all make quite an impression on people, from donkeys, chickens and horses, to cats, dogs and Kune Kune pigs.

Eggs and homemade produce are all available to buy from the honesty shop.

In July & August we cook for every-one on a Thursday evening: Moules Frites chez Chateau Monfreville! We host this in our huge outdoor barn which has long tables running up and down. Many a party has been had and many more to be had! On Sunday's, whole roast chickens and chips are available as a take away - the two things you can't easily do when camping is roast a chicken and fry some chips so we've done it for you!

The idea of camping brings to mind the caption of, The Great Unwashed', which can bring chills to some at the thought of not having a proper shower and generally being rather dirty by the end of a camping trip. This couldn't be further from the truth when camping at Chatea Monfreville. Because we like our little creature comforts when camping, we decided to put in showers and loos that we would want! So, in the cellars of the chateau, are the most gorgeously decorated Men's and Ladies that one could ask for. Hot showers, no meters, power points for hairdryers, mobile phones & cameras. Theres even a sofa or 2 to pop yourself down, should there be a queue.

The wash up sinks, bins, recycle, 2 big fridges & microwave are also in the cellars of the chateau. We really hope that we have thought of everything.

Accommodation

25 grassy pitches and 2 gypsy caravans.

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Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 25 Available
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Gypsy Caravan

Gypsy caravan Sleeps 4 2 Available
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Location

Contact Le Château de Monfréville, Le Château de Monfréville, 14230 Monfréville, Calvados, France

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Getting There

Sat Nav coordinates: N49.18.717 / W001.02.584

From Calais take the A16 towards Boulogne. The road divides near Boulogne and you must continue on the A16 NOT the N42 to Paris. Near Abbeyville the road divides again. Take the A28 towards Le Havre and then over the Pont de Normandie (bridge). After the bridge follow the signs to Caen (N13) and then Bayeux. After Bayeux take the turn-off to La Cambe(D113). At the stop sign turn left, at the roundabout take the 3rd turning to Monfreville. Drive over 4 small bridges and after the last one take the 2nd turning to the right. Campsite is about 1/2 mile on the right hand side. Ignore the exit Monfreville sign as it is a bit further on and don't take the left turn to the church.

From Caen/Ouistraham follow the road towards Caen and take the turn-off to Bayeux and Cherbourg (N13). Remain on the N13 for approx 20minutes past Bayeux and take the turn-off to La Cambe(D113). At the stop sign turn left, at the roundabout take the 3rd turning to Monfreville. Drive over 4 small bridges and after the last one take the 2nd turning to the right. Campsite is about 1/2 mile on the right hand side. Ignore the exit Monfreville sign as the site is a bit further on and don't take the left turn to the church.

From Cherbourg follow the signs towards Caen & St Lo (N13). Take the turn off for Isigny sur Mer & D5 which is after Carentan. At the stop/give way sign turn right and then immediately left to Monfreville (5km). Follow the signs to Monfreville (not the Mairie) and you will find the chateau at the top of the hill on the left.

The nearest train station is Lison about 11km away. It is a direct train to and from Paris (2hrs). There are no bus facilities in the area so a car is essential to get around or a bike.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 5 reviews

★★★★★

Excellent campsite

Had a wonderful stay at this lovely place - amazing facilities, location and hosts. Would love to come back again and highly recommend to everyone.
Jun 21, 2018 by Georgia Croxford
★★★★★

Fantastic - a little slice of heaven in Normandy!

Stayed at the incredible Chateau de Monfreville for 3 nights recently and had a brilliant time - the facilities are first rate and the owners Zoe and Paul have thought of just about everything. We were there for the pizza night and the moules et frites night where everyone on the campsite joined together in the big barn to eat and listen to live music. You even have breakfast delivered to your tent every morning! The pitches are relatively private and the lack of cars on the campsite itself makes a huge difference. Brilliant!
Jul 29, 2017 by tjmedaly
★★★★★

Fabulous

We all loved this site, even our 17-yr old reluctant camper.  The kids loved le ping-pong, hot tub and swimming pond.  We loved the friendly laid-back atmosphere, beautiful setting & really nicely done showers, toilets & washing up facilities.  The food they provide is a touch of genius, a real treat not having to cook & wash up with a great big campsite social thrown in & all very reasonably priced.   Tonnes to do in the region for all ages & interests.  Will definitely go again. 

Sep 24, 2015 by sarah&phil
★★★★★

Perfection

This was our our second year at the Château ,last year was perfect and it was if anything even better this year.everything was wonderful and so many things set it appart from your usual French site.The showers more of a power than the usual push button on continental sites.The animals that you can feed a real treat for anyone with kids.The informality of the camping pitches add to the charm just pick your favourite free spot.Paul and Zoe really make everyone's stay special and you are more of a friend than a guest.Everything they do adds to the experience the little things you can't do on the cooking stove the moules and chip night ,chicken Sundays and the marvellous new wood fired pizza oven made from the old Château boiler provides the best pizza I've had ever.Rural enough for peace and quiet but close enough for all Normandy has to offer.Will we be returning next year,just try and stop us!

My rating is 5 star only because I can't give it a 6 !

Aug 16, 2015 by Mark greenwood
★★★★★

Favourite campsite yet

This was by far the favourite campsite we stayed at on our ten day tour of France. The chateau and grounds are stunning, facilities excellent and Zoe and Paul were so welcoming and hospitable. We have already recommended Monfreville to our friends and family and we will definitely be back! 

Aug 2, 2015 by Samantha

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