Camping le Château de Martragny

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
A campsite with it's own rich tapestry: the château, the pristine grassy pitches, the heated pool, the ornamental pond… it's enough to keep you busy even before you visit the historic surroundings

Think of Norman history and immediately one thinks of that famous depiction of the Norman conquest, the Bayeux Tapestry. For centuries, the intricate masterpiece hung in the town cathedral relatively unnoticed until scholars marked it out as a treasure of human handy-work. It was around this same time that another set of master-craftsmen were at work, interlinking their bricks and mortar into the elegant Château de Martragny, one of Normandy's loveliest manor houses which today reigns over seven acres of herbaceous camping meadows. From those scholarly days of Bayeux Bourgeois to it’s gritty field-hospital use in World War II, the château has seen its fair share of drama. But it’s latter years as a family home and farmhouse have paid dividends for the campervan and canvas contingent who dwell here every summer. Flat, well-drained spaces, mature juicy apple trees and a well-stocked fishing pond; it's ready made for camping.

The house, now lived in by the De Buretel De Chassey family, is approached down a long, perfectly straight, driveway lined on either side by mature trees. It creates a wonderful entrance and has the effect of making you feel strangely lucky to be where you are, as though you’ve been granted special permission to camp in someone’s large, manicured garden. The majority of the pitches are in the paddocks around the house, while a few can also be found alongside the driveway. Those in the former have the newest facilities, built in a conservatory-like building with spacious showers, toilets and washbasins – all kept immaculately clean. Old stables and outbuildings are now home to a small onsite shop and bar, while the château’s swimming pool and tennis courts are open for campers to use. Pitches along the driveway make do with slightly older facilities, a more exposed feel and the to-ing and fro-ing of passing cars, but they still offer the acres of space that make this site a winner and when the rest of the grounds get busy these can still be a quiet choice.

The pleasures of relaxing in the château gardens are always a treat and additions, such as the playground, provide a little extra activity for kids. Those with an itching for angling can wander over to the perfectly square ornamental pond at the very front of the château, stocked with hungry carp, or take the short drive back to the coast for some more extreme cliff-top fishing. It is a 20 minute drive to the beaches, often via nearby Bayeux where its still worth nosing into the grand cathedral – though the tapestry is now in its own museum next door. Caen is a similarly speedy journey in the other direction making the campsite a wonderfully central point for your holiday; the beaches in the north, vast Marais du Cotentin National Park to the west and a busy city to the east. It’s also pretty conveniently located for the ferry too, making this a one-hop stop from England for a sneaky Gallic getaway!

Details

Facilities

Electrical hook-ups and extensions available from reception. 3 sanitary blocks feature toilets, showers and laundry with 3 washing machines and 2 dryers. An iron can also be borrowed at reception. Safari tents feature a kitchenette and 2 bedrooms (1 double bed and 3 singles) and are situated close to an ablutions block. A small shop sells essentials and fresh bread, there is also a bar where evening meals can be ordered. Tourist info in reception is accompanied by a regularly updated blackboard with info on local markets and upcoming events. There is a swimming pool in the gardens of the chateau, tennis courts, a badminton and football field, 2 ping-pong tables, a children's playground and a swing. The site also offers some home-made fun on the occasional afternoon; crafts with the children, drawing competitions, tours inside the chateau or a boat building competition on the fishing pond.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs, groups (with advanced request) – yes.

Nearby

Normandy's famous sand beaches, forever enshrined in history since World War II, are a short drive away with some excellent museums and moving memorials along the coastline. The cemeteries (British in Bayeux, American in Colleville-sur-Mer, German in La Cambe) allow visitors to respectfully appreciate the magnitude of the D-Day offensive. Whilst in Bayeux, visit the beautiful cathedral (0033 231 920 185). With its thrice-weekly light show during July and August. The tapestry now hangs in the museum (0033 231 512 550).

Food & Drink

An onsite shop sells local organic cider, jam and calvados. 5km away Les Vergers de Ducy (0033 231 802 865), in Ducy St Marguerite, is a farm shop (easily accessed by bike) where the farmer organises guided visits of the orchards and cellars. Buy fresh fish in Courseulles-sur-Mer, 12km from the campsite, and in Port-en-Bessin, 20 km from campsite, with a beautiful little harbour. The former is also home to Hotel de Paris (0033 231 374 507), an excellent seafood restaurant. In Bayeux (7 km from campsite), try the Creperie next to the cathedral, Le Louis d’Or (0033 231 924 732), a superb spot. For a summer's day treat, seek out La Haizerie (0033 231 517 709), 10km away in Vaux-sur-Seulles, to taste their excellent homemade ice-creams.

Opening Times

Mid May–late August. Reception and shop 9am–7pm. Bar 5pm–11pm)

Family Friendly


Accommodation

160 pitches (156 for tents and caravans and 4 safari tents). 5 guest rooms and 2 gîtes in the château also available.

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Location

Contact Camping le Château de Martragny, 52 Hameau Saint-Léger 14740 Martragny, Calvados, Normandy

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Getting There

From Caen (Ouistreham): Follow the directions towards Cherbourg and Bayeux (N13). Leave at the exit signed to Loucelles and then follow signs to Martragny (3 roundabouts in a row with signs). You will then see tourist signs for Château de Martragny appear. Follow these to the campsite.

From Cherbourg: Follow directions towards Caen and Paris on the N13. Leave at the Exit for Creully. Follow signs to Martragny (over 2 roundabouts) and drive 1km further. The campsite entrance will be on your left, clearly signed.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews

★★★★★

Great Campsite

We really enjoyed our three nights camping here. Its very handy for Bayeux where we visited the tapestry and the British War Cemetery. Nice sized pitches with decent shade from the apple tree on our pitch. Nice clean facilities and fresh baguettes and pastries are delivered to the on-site shop at around 9am. Don't be late to avoid disappointment. The shop is well stocked and we were surprised to see they had Campingaz 907 canisters for sale. Which was a nice bonus considering there are no official Campingaz outlets in the whole of France. You will need a European domestic adapter cable at this site as there are no IEC 60309 sockets on the hook ups. A nice quiet location and there are decent cycle lanes into Bayeux for those with bicycles. Nice bar and restaurant with friendly staff. Would definitely stay here again.
Jul 14, 2019 by Peter Grant
★★★★☆

lovely campsite

A great balance between having enough amenities to keep the children entertained, while still providing a peaceful site. Perhaps a little more geared to the slightly older child (my 18-month old was still a little small to enjoy the playground and swings etc as they are designed for bigger kids). The pitches are laid out in a way that it felt more intimate a site than it really is, and it never felt too crowded. The modern shower block was one of the better ones I've experienced, and the shop and bar/restaurant very handy! 

Sep 4, 2015 by Cat

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