Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

Le Castel features on the Alastair Sawday website Special Places To Stay. Le Castel is also in the beautiful Sawday guide book called French Hotels, Chateaux and Other Places

Vacation Rentals By Owner - VRBO

Le Castel is property number 80297 on this popular holiday rental site in the US

Family friendly accommodation in France

Le Castel features on Recommended Family Holidays. It is a great website to find independent family friendly holidays that are recommended by other mums and dads. The site has places in France, UK and Ireland.

Le Castel on website for families of 5 or more

Le Castel features on a website designed for larger families who often have difficulty finding suitable accommodaion. specialises in places offering accommodation for mum, day and three or four kids

Eurotunnel - drive to France

Eurotunnel is a fast and efficient way to get to France. It is particularly good for those who are not great sailors. Le Castel is 3.5 hours from Calais. There are a number of pretty places to stop for lunch along the way, including Honfleur

Discount ferry travel & buying property in France

Save on ferry tickets and learn more about buying property in France with Normandy Life

LD Lines - ferry service to Normandy

LD Lines are a new budget ferry company operating from Portsmouth to Le Havre, which is 1hr45mins from Le Castel. The boats and service are basic, but they often offer the cheapest crossing to Normandy. Book in advance to get the best deal.

Eurostar - Paris and Normandy in one trip

Take the fast and efficient Eurostar from London or Kent straight to Paris. From Paris it is two hours to Lison in Normandy, which is very close to Le Castel. Get the best of both worlds - a capital city and a chateau in the countryside

Flying to Le Castel with Ryanair

Ryanair offers low-cost flights from London Stansted to Dinard, which is 90 minutes from Le Castel. The flight is 45 minutes. You can also book very good value car hire from Dinard airport via the Ryanair site. Top names like Hertz. Ryanair also fly to Dinard from Bristol and East Midlands airports at certain times of year

Car hire

If you need car hire when coming to Le Castel then you can use many of the big ones including Hertz. They are reasonably priced in France. If you are flying into Paris pick up the car at the airport. Alternatively, take the train to Caen and pick up a hire car there

Car hire at Dinard airport

Car Hire Search - a comparison service throughout France, including Dinard airport, which is the nearest to Le Castel. Dinard is 90 minutes away. Paris airports are around 3.5 hours

Getting here - route planner

ViaMichelin offer a very good (and free) route planner, which tells you how long your journey will take and the cost of tolls (if any).

Gites in France

Le Castel's gites feature on a number of websites managed by holiday home rentals including

Le Castel, Le Castelet, Le Castelon - they are all the same

Le Castel appears on the internet under two assumed names - Le Castelet on and Le Castelon on These two websites promote Le Castel but charge a commission that we pay. These websites offer a wider variety of ways to pay than we can.

Simply chateau

Le Castel appears on the Simply Chateau website as Le Castelet. Simply Chateau offer a wide selection of chateaux across France

Rental site

Le Castel features on - Villas, apartments, gites, chalets and chateaux - rentals in Normandy France reviews

Le Castel is pleased to report that there are a number of very complimentary comments and reviews on The owners of Le Castel work hard to ensure we have great guest satisfaction


Wedding and lifestyle photographer

Julie Bourner is a stunning photographer, who specialises in reportage for weddings. The results are amazing - quite the best wedding albums I have seen. Julie is also offering an innovative new lifestyle product called Life In Squares, which involves mounting 250 small photos on one canvas to give a unique glimpse into your life.

One of the world's leading destination wedding planners, offering weddings abroad all over the world - including Le Castel

Hotel for additional wedding guests

Le Castel recommends the Cositel hotel in Coutances for wedding guests unable to stay with the main bridal party at Le Castel. It is a clean, modern hotel and is only ten minutes drive from Le Castel


Le Castel in Evening Standard Magazine

The Editor of the Evening Standard Magazine in London stayed at Le Castel and wrote a 3 page article.

Le Castel in Ryanair mag

Read the article on line

Independent names Le Castel top wedding venue

Read the article online

Telegraph names Le Castel top child friendly hotel in France

The Daily Telegraph voted Le Castel one the best family friendly hotels in France. Read the article on line

Le Castel one of the world's Top 50 winter breaks

The Independent voted Le Castel one of the world's Top 50 winter breaks. We came in at No19

To the manor lawn

The Daily Telegraph tested five huge sit on lawn mowers at Le Castel

Le Castel - one of the Top 10 weekend breaks - The Independent

British invasion of Normandy

Read an article by Le Castel owner Jon Barnsley in The Times. It is about Brits invading Normandy and bringing good British hospitality skills with them to challenge the locals

Norman wisdom

Read about Le Castel owner Jon Barnsley's move to France in an article in The Times in 2004.

Dally with llamas at Le Castel

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

Christmas at Le Castel in top Russian travel mag

Le Castel's Christmas package features in the latest editon of Russian's top travel magazine - Voyage. You can see it online at We are on page 42.


Stunning B&B in Bordeaux

Barbara Dean, one of the first guests to stay at Le Castel , has now opened her own stunning B&B in Bordeaux. It is full of stylish touches. Why not combine a trip to Le Castel with a few days at Clos de Saveurs?

Life coaching

One of Le Castel's regular guests is life coach Stephen Hewson, who practices in London. He specialises in results, performance and leadership


Much of the furniture at Le Castel was bought at La Cle des Temps, a depot vent in Coutances. It is a huge treasure trove. Le Castel has put together a great tour of antique shops and depot vents for guests to discover their own treasures

Financial advice in Normandy for ex pats

Le Castel hosted a successful financial seminar for Siddalls, the independent advisers. The seminar addressed the many questions faced by Brits living in Normandy. You can contact local expert Jennie Poate on 06 88 47 53 03 or email She is qualified to advise on UK and French investments, which could make your life in Normandy more enjoyable and secure

Moving it

Jon moved to Le Castel with the help of ET Brokers, who help get the best price for your removal


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Guardian Feb 2011
Guardian review by a paying guest, which appeared on Feb 9, 2012
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Manchester Evening News review by a paying guest, who loved our all inclusive family holidays.

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

00 33 (0) 2 33 17 00 45
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