Gite in the grounds of a Normandy chateau - Votre
Votre is a cottage in the grounds of Le Castel. It has been created from a row of pretty 18 th century stone cottages and stables. But you are not just renting a cottage - you also get use of the main chateau and its grounds. In the chateau salon you can enjoy complimentary soft drinks as you chat with other parents while the children play.
The cottage is 50 metres from the Napoleon III chateau and have views of Le Castel's twin turrets.
The cottages is set in three acres of parkland just outside of the cathedral city of Coutances.
The cottage (gite) blends old world charm with 21 st century comfort. Original beams and exposed stone work collide harmoniously with innovative touches and styling from today. The cottage has TV with UK channels (including children's channels) and a DVD player.
At Le Castel you are not just hiring a gite - we have lots of child friendly options to make your holiday more fun.
You get full access to the salon in the chateau plus the terrace. Often you can book meals in the chateau or just pop up for a drink from the bar. Sometimes there is the option to be all inclusive guests or opt in and out of meals and play sessions as you wish.
Self catering guests can enjoy free tea, coffee and soft drinks in the salon plus free ice cream and lollies for the kids in the play marquee. Children's playtime can also be booked at additional cost - subject to availability.
You can also book in for meals at the main chataeau - we do family meals on three nights and adult only dinners on three nights. Sometimes it is possible to do all inclusive, where you take breakfst and dinner in the main chateau.
There is also 65 square metres of soft play area in the Camelot marquee, a woodland den area, several huge lawns for games plus an above ground swimming pool (badly heated!). The toys in the marquee are aimed at 0 - 8 year olds but there are also bats, balls, rackets, frisbees, goal posts etc for older children.
We can often deliver fully prepared or part prepared meals to your cottage.
With notice, we can arrange a professional baby sitter.
This year the cottage will rent from Sunday to Sunday.
A two bedroom gite with a large open plan reception area with four sets of double French doors.
There is a well fitted kitchen, dining area and lounge
Downstairs is a bathroom with a shower over the bath.
Upstairs is a good sized double bedroom and a small twin/triple room plus a toilet with wash basin .
Bed time is great fun for the kids as one of the beds is in the shape of a wooden fort with a rope ladder to climb into it. There is also a secret play area. A mattress can also be put underneath and there is a more traditional bed.
Votre has a sprial staircase with open treads. There is a hand rail and most children find it fine. There is a stair guard at the top and a hand rail. There is a removable stair guard at the bottom.
Users of the gite get to enjoy the three acres of parkland that the gites and Le Castel are set in.
There is a huge play marquee filled with toys aimed at up to 8 year olds. It has a soft flooring with loads of Fisher Price an Tomy toys plus sand pit, bikes, scooters etc.
Search out the woodland den area where older children can let their imagination run riot with lots of planks and braches to create their own special places.
There is also a trampoline and a boucy castle.
Also, check out swings, the 5.5 metre diametre swimming pool (above ground and not heated very well most of the time) and picnic areas.
Opposite Le Castel is a farm.
The gite has use of a well equipped laundry room with washing machine and dryer. There is also a clothes line. The laundry room is not available on Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays.
The kitchen has a number of stock cupboard items, including herbs, spices, salt, pepper and flour. There will also be a bottle of Le Castel house wine or local cider to get you in the holiday mood (week long bookings only).
Meals at the Chateau
Give mum a break from cooking and have a meal at Le Castel. Gites users can enjoy beautiful table d'hote meals at the chateau every Friday night – 45 euro for five courses and coffee. Two course suppers at €28 (includes house wines, beers and soft drinks with the meal) are served most other nights during summer (not Thursdays).
We do family buffet style meals on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The Sunday arrival day buffet is particularly popular with self catering guests as you don't have to cook on your first night! Please book this in advance
Reservations are required and the number of places is limited.
Shopping, Sightseeing & Beaches
Le Castel gites are in a beautiful rural setting, but the village of Montpinchon is just a few minutes away while a huge hypermarket is ten minutes away.
The cathedral city of Coutances is 15 minutes away.
Lovely sandy beaches are twenty minutes away.
Top tourist sights like Bayeux and the D Day beaches are 45 minutes away, while Mont St Michel is around an hour away.
The ferry ports of Caen and Cherbourg are both just over an hour away. Ask about discounts with Brittany Ferries. Eurotunnel is around 4 hours away on very good roads - break your journey at the pretty port of Honfleur or the glitzy seaside resort of Deauville.