If you have any questions about the services that we offer, then please feel free to contact owner Jon Barnsley using one of the methods on this page:
From outside France: 00 33 2 33 17 00 45
From within France 02 33 17 00 45
Skype - jonbarnsley
Location, Location, Location
Le Castel is near the cathedral city of Coutances in Normandy. It is handy for all the top tourist sights as well as beautiful beaches.
This Napoleon III chateau is an hour from the ferry ports of Caen and Cherboug, which are served by Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth and Poole. We can offer you a code to get up to 15% off your ferry crossing.
Many guests use Eurotunnel, which is 4 hours from Le Castel. The roads are very good. Stop off at the pretty harbour town of Honfleur on your way to Le Castel.
Ryanair flies to Dinard airport, which is 90 minutes away. Car hire is cheap and easy at the airport
Le Castel is an ideal base to visit Le Mont St Michel, Bayeux and the D-Day beaches.
Sat Nav co-ordinates for Le Castel Lat: 49:02:27N (49.0407) Lon: 1:19:00W (-1.3166). There is no street address for Le Castel - with most sat navs you put Le Castel as the street address and the postcode 50210
Web Address for map of Le Castel: Google Maps
Getting Closer - directions
Le Castel is between Coutances and St Lo.
Turn off the D972 at La Chapelle/Belval Gare onto the D52. It is exactly 3 miles (4.8km) to Le Castel from the railway crossing. Set your mileometer as you go over the crossing.
You go through a village called La Croix Perier (1.6miles, 2.5km). You go down and then up a hill with crash barriers each side. Take the next right (D252, no signs!) This is 2.6 miles (4.1km) from the railway crossing.
Go over a tiny cross roads (signposted Le Castel on the right) and through a small hamlet. You will then see a pair of white gates straight in front of you. This is Le Castel. Call 02 33 17 00 45 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 02 33 17 00 45 end_of_the_skype_highlighting if you get lost.
Terms and conditions
To secure a booking you need to pay the cost of the first night or 25% of the booking cost if this is greater. This is always non refundable, so please consider travel insurance.
The balance for all inclusive holidays and gite holidays is payable ten weeks prior to arrival and is non refundable at that stage
For bookings of two suites or more (on a B&B basis), the full cost is due ten weeks prior to arrival and is non refundable at that stage. The same applies to gite bookings.
You can pay in Euros or UK pounds. We do not take credit cards, except via paypal (with a 3.5% charge). We can take UK cheques or bank transfers - we use the sell exchange rate at www.postoffice.co.uk
A bit about owner Jon
Le Castel is owned by Jon Barnsley, who used to be Travel Editor and Showbiz Editor of a UK national newspaper. He spent 25 years of his journalistic career staying at top hotels around the world. Then, in 2004 he opted out of the rat race and created Le Castel. He hopes he has learnt from the successes and failures of hotels he has reviewed around the world.
Jon tries to combine elements of boutique and country house hotels with the friendliness of a guest house.
Please remember that the services of a guest house can sometimes be better than a hotel, sometimes different to a hotel and sometimes more limited.