October 2011 - The Guardian votes Le Castel one of the "20 best family-friendly places to stay"
The Guardian says:
This 19th-century Normandy chateau near Coutances will be running all-inclusive family holidays next year from 30 June to 25 September. The trips feature seven nights in a two-bedroom suite with all meals, organised play sessions – and free ice-lollies in the play tent. Family suites are available at other times too, including October half term. We love the relaxed atmosphere (you don't need to worry about your children staining the carpets) and kids love the woodland den, swings, board games and table football. Adults-only evening meals are the perfect chance to relax once they've gone to bed.
• Family suite from £183 a night B&B, sleeping five; all-inclusive family holidays from £315 a night
All inclusive family holidays - The Sunday Times
Le Castel's new all incusive family holidays were featured in the Sunday Times travel section on Feb 8. The article reads:
"No need to rough it just because you are with the off spring. Le Castel, a luxury chateau in Normandy, is setting up as a family haven this summer with an all-inclusive package for parents who don't want to give up the finer things. You stay ina roomy and stylish two bedroomed suite with toys and children's books supplied. There's childcare on some days so you can send the children down for breakfast while you lie in; in the evenins the little 'uns get a supervised high tea as you relax before having a proper dinner later; and well stocked fridges are yours for snacks anytime. There's a pool, of course, but also a huge play marquee with toys and table tennis, a woodland den in the four acres of grounds, a sandpit, swings and more. If you want to get out - and why would you - the coast is less than ten miles away. It is aimed at children aged 2 - 12 "
July 10 2012 - Le Castel features in The Mirror
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Magazines rave about Le Castel
During Summer 2010 Le Castel featured in four glossy magazines - the Evening Standard magazine (3 page article), Brit Mag (3 pages), Brittany Ferries' on board magazine (2 pages) and reFresh magazine (3 pages). Please note we no longer have the llamas.
Le Castel in new guide book
Le Castel stars in a lovely new guide book - Back Roads France by Dorling Kindersley (£14.99) Unearth the real soul of France relying on all the practical information you could need, from road conditions and length of drive to parking information and opening hours. Twenty-five themed drives, each lasting one to seven days, reveal breathtaking views, hidden gems and authentic local experiences in France that can only be discovered by road. Each tour is bursting with insider knowledge and loaded with ideas for varied activities from short walks and longer hikes, days on the beach and children's attractions, to wine tours, cycling trips and river-rafting. Meanwhile, the most friendly, best-value hotels and guesthouses and charming restaurants specialising in regional produce have been selected by expert authors. Full-colour throughout, with a pull-out map of the entire country for easy navigation between tours and even postcode information for use with 'Sat Nav', discover the unexpected on your driving holiday with DK Eyewitness Back Roads France. Check out www.dorlingkindersley-uk.co.uk
Le Castel also features in the Cadogan Guide to Normandy.
Storming Normandy with the Evening Standard
The Editor of the Evening Standard Magazine in London had to rapidly rearrange a family holiday when the Icelandic volcano errupted. She ended up swapping a skiing trip for a break at Le Castel. You can read her account of a family holiday in Normandy at http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/lifestyle/article-23829707-storming-normandy.do
Dally with the llamas in the Daily Express
The Daily Express features Le Castel in its travel pages on Nov 14. "The whole chateau invites you to relax" says journalist Holly Thomas. Read the article online at http://express.co.uk/features/view/140407/Dally-with-llamas-at-Le-Castel
Please note we no longer have the llamas
Travel Doctor at The Times recommends Le Castel
The Travel Doctor at The Times recommends Le Castel as being the ideal venue for a ruby wedding party. See http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/travel/your_say/article6894194.ece
Get the party started in The Independent
Le Castel was voted a top family party and wedding venue by the Independent on Sunday. Read the article at: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/france/get-the-party-started-in-a-normandy-chateau-965913.html
Le Castel named top family hotel by Daily Telegraph
Le Castel was named one of the top family hotels in France by the Sunday Telegraph on May 11 2008 in a front page article in the Travel section. The Telegraph says: "A stunningly decorated yet child-friendly chateau. A contradiction? Jon Barnsley has achieved it with elegant family accommodation and children's suppers, leaving parents free to enjoy their house-party dinners"
Read it online at
Le Castel has three special family suites with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. We also offer children's meals in the kitchen followed by adult only dinners later
Brittany Ferries magazine -
Le Castel features in a lavish six page article in the Brittany Ferries onboard magazine. We also offer 15% discounts on Brittany Ferries - ask for details
British invasion of Normandy - The Times
Le Castel owner Jon Barnsley wrote an article for The Times about Brits invading Normandy and opening businesses. You can read it on the timesonline.co.uk site - http://travel.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/travel/destinations/france/article2277820.ece
To the manor lawn - Daily Telegraph
Le Castel was the venue for a big lawn mower test in the Daily Telegraph on April 21, 2007. The Telegraph brought over 5 huge ride-on lawn mowers to test on Le Castel's four acres of parkland. Read the article at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3341845/Best-ride-on-mowers-to-help-the-llama.html
Le Castel featured in double page articles in the Ryanair inflight magazine - read the article at http://www.ryanairmag.com/story/moving-abroad/48 We also featured in Attitude magazine during May 2007. We also appeared in a Czech daily newspaper (no, we don't know why either!) and the Daily Telegraph.
Le Castel is a Top 10 weekend break in The Independent
le Castel was one of the Top 10 weekend breaks recommended by the travel section of the Independent on Sunday in the UK. Others in the article on Dec 3, 06 included hotels in Cuba, Italy, Ireland and Slovakia
In the news
Le Castel featured in a full page review in the Plymouth Evening Herald plus two double page spreads in the Bournemouth Daily Echo and Dorset Echo during April 2006
What the magazines say
Le Castel has been acclaimed by writers from top magazines like Red, New Woman, Prima, BBC Good Food and Company.
"Wonderful place, wonderful food," Heather Mairs, Prima magazine;
"The house is gorgeous, the food is fantastic," Jenny Wood, Company magazine;
"A very special house with a lovely friendly atmostphere. Great food - worth a Michelin star!" Nicky Palmer, That's Life magazine;
"A wonderful place. Delicious food," Deborah Robertson, Red Magazine;
"A lovely house and a lovely meal," Kathryn Custance, BBC Good Food. "Thanks for such spectacular hospitality. I'll be back to beat you at croquet."
Travel agents' bible
Le Castel was featured in Travel Weekly, the national newspaper for travel agents around Britain.
Top 20 Places To Buy In The Sun
Le Castel had a starring role in the Channel 4 show Top 20 Places To Buy In The Sun, which was broadcast on January 5th. Come and stay at Le Castel and learn some of the secrets of buying a property in Normandy
Le Castel in The Times for the 5th time
Le Castel has just appeared in The Times for the fifth time. The lastest article was on March 20, 2006 and was about the first year in business. Owner Jon featured on the front of the property section and a full page article inside. You can read it at: http://property.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,14052-2074421,00.html
Le Castel and Jon Barnsley were first featured in a full page article in The Times property section on Aug 13, 2004. Jon wrote a second article for The Times in November 2004 about marketing propery in France. We have subsequently appeared on the travel pages twice
Le Castel in The People