Comments from Le Castel's guest book

A lovely stay. Very friendly service, lovely food and such great accommodation. I've been back every year for four years now and can't wait till my next trip - I now think of it as my home in France.


I recently returned from a short break in Normandy staying in Le Castel, and had a wonderful time. The house itself is beautiful - it is big enough to look very grand, but also small enough to still feel very homely and comfortable. The salon and dining room are beautifully furnished with a very varied range of antiques, including some very quirky touches. Our room (the Napoleon room) was equally stunning - very large, with a lovely antique walnut bed and marble fireplace, wooden shutters and an absolutely huge bathroom. The views out of the windows over the large lawn surrounded by some lovely trees was just wonderful. Jon is a fantastic host - nothing was too much trouble, and we were made to feel very welcome. The evening meals at Le Castel were the highlight of our stay. Fantastic food, all locally sourced and including a variety of local specialties. Considering the quality of the food, the five courses and of course the impressive surroundings you are eating in it is great value. There are also some lovely local restaurants in the area, but we actually preferred dinning at Le Castel. The local area is beautiful - lots of winding country lanes, a stunning, windswept beach (Montmartin sur Mer) less than half an hour away and a very impressive cathedral in local town of Coutances - but Le Castel was also perfectly located for visiting all of Normandy's best known sights such as Mont St Michelle, Bayeux and the D-Day beaches. And to top it all off, Le Castel is home to two beautiful Burmese cats, Kylie and Robbie. Highly recommended.


Spent a lovely evening at Le Castel after a holiday elsewhere in France. It's only about an 1 hour 15 from Cherbourg so a handy location. Stayed in the Marie Antoinette suite- a big room overlooking the garden, with lots of character and very comfortable bed. Jon Barnsley, the owner had some great showbiz tales (he used to be showbiz editor at the News of the World), he made us a fab 5 course evening meal and brilliant breakfast- fresh fruit, yoghurt, croissants, bread etc.  This is a place that's more about good hospitality and character than faceless chain hotels 


Le Castel is a beautiful and elegant guesthouse set in the most lush and green parklands. Jon, the host, was very accomodating and kind, he made us feel very welcomed. The breakfasts and suppers are highly recommended as they are done with so much care and attention to detail, very impressive. In the end, such a relaxing stay, we didn't want to leave. Look forward to visiting again someday.


 Le Castel is absolutely stunning and situated 'en plein campagne'. Waking up in the beautiful, elegant bedroom to the sound of nothing but birds and the odd moo of a cow was total bliss. Jon, the owner, is absolutely charming and has done a great job decorating the chateau with a mixture of antique furnishings and some fun, more modern artwork. I would thoroughly recommend dining at Le Castel, as the five course dinner we experienced was an absolute delight (and better than most restaurants we tried in our week in Normandy), plus the ambience of the dining room along with other guests was really fun (and not far to stagger to bed after plenty of lovely French wine and the ubiquitous Calvados!). Breakfast was also perfect, with an array of pastries, bread, fresh fruit, etc. We thoroughly enjoyed relaxing at Le Castel, with one afternoon spent in front of a roaring fire whilst it rained outside, plus it made a great base for visiting Le Mont St Michel and the Normandy beach areas. Jon's charm and delightful chateau made it a really memorable stay and we definitely hope to return. We also loved his friendly Burmese cats. Le Castel is a real gem!


My husband and I decided to go to this Chateau over the Easter break travelling from Jersey for a relaxing peaceful weekend, we were not disappointed.
This delightful Chateau is run by Jon and it is the perfect place to feel completely relaxed and also for being close to sights such as The Bayeaux Tapestry, Mont Michel and the Normandie Landing Beaches.
There are six rooms in this Chateau and we stayed in the "Marie Antionette" stylishly furnished with lovely antiques, the rooms have lovely views of the extensive garden area which in summer must be lovely for having breakfast and dinner in.
On our first night we decided to have dinner at the Chateau, which consists of four courses cooked with local fresh produce, which was that good we decided to dine there again on our last evening.
Jon entertained us well prior to dinner being served serving pre-dinner drinks which are reasonably priced and large in size by the very welcome log fire and during the meal there was good conversation as well as good wine. A very different experience dining with your hosts but a very enjoyable one.



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Le Castel, 50210 Montpinchon,
Manche, Normandy, France.

00 33 (0) 2 33 17 00 45
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