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The secure Gites courtyard and parking

House | 10 bedrooms | sleeps 50

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome

We have group accommodation for up to 60 persons in a choice of 1-4 bedroom well appointed self-catering Cottages and apartments each sleeping 2 to 12 people.The charming estate of Chateau Bellenau is set in an idyllic location surrounded by eight hectares of historic gardens, awarded a French Heritage listing in 2010. Situated 10 minutes from Utah beach and Ste Mere Egise on the east coast of the Cotentin peninsular, between the ferry ports of Caen and Cherbourg, Chateau Bellenau is easlily accessible and provides the perfect base to relax and explore Basse-Normandie. The market town of Carentan with a range of supermarkets is only 3km away

Size Sleeps up to 50, 10 bedrooms
Nearest beach Utah Beach
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 4 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Dinard 162 km, Nearest railway: Carentan 4 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Sauna, Staffed property, Boat available
General Games room, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms of which 8 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (46), Double beds (11), Dining seats for 50, Lounge seats for 50
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river
Further details outdoors

Chateau Bellenau holiday accomodation consists of a selection of appartments converted from 18th century barns arranged around a secure courtyard, and a charming converted boulangerie set apart in a unique historical garden of 8 hectares, inlcuding waterways, lakes, follies and islands to explore. The cottages and appartments are furnished in rustic style retaining many of the original massive timber beams and carved stone tracery. An ideal location for families and groups and a truely multi-cultural venue-over the past decade Bellenau has attracted visitors from all over the world. In addition for couples searching for a cosy romantic break, La Fosse cottage in the heart of the gardens provides an enchanting escape. Facilities include bikes, a tennis court, rowing boat, pony rides in high season, a communal hall, bbq and picnic areas, books toys and games for all

The Normandy region

The Château is situated at the base of the Cotentin Peninsular, surrounded by varied areas of natural beauty and interest with over 200km of coastline to explore, you can find verything from rolling sand dunes to rugged cliffs. Why not sample the seafood and other indigenous culinary delights of the elegant costal ports of Barneville-Carteret, St Vaast, Barfleur or the busy port of Cherbourg?

Famously, an hour and a half to the west is Mont St Michel with its gothic monastry and the Christain Dior museum at Granville en route. An hour to the east the historic city of Bayeux with its world famous Bayeux tapestry and cathedral and the nearby Omaha beach and war memorial.

Paris is easily accessible as a day trip destination by train from Carentan to St Lazare in 2.5hours through beautiful Normandy countryside.

The region is of course well known for the many D-Day landing sites and museums and sites from the Second World War.

Local sporting attractions include fishing in the sea or the myriad of lakes and rivers nearby and golf, horse riding, canoeing, wind and kite surfing, land yachting, walking and birdwatching.

The rolling farmland countryside scattered with Manoirs and Châteaux is mainly put to horse breeding and dairy farming from which the renowned Creme Fraiche D'Isigny and various soft cheeses are produced. You may also be lucky enough to come across some of the vast apple orchards that source delicious Normany Cider and Calvados.

St Mere Eglise

We will be happy to advise you on finding special places to explore, hidden treasures that we have enjoyed as a family having lived in the region for 11 years. There are many good restaurants to choose from within a 10km radius ranging from some excellent seafood restaurants where you can sample locally caught produce, notably oysters and mussels, to quiet country auberges or bustling creperies, not to mention the unique fine dining experience that is "Chez Roger."

The local town Carentan has all amenities readily to hand, and a lovely market on monday mornings. The nearest supermarket, garage and recycling facilities are only a 5 minute drive away.

For special gifts, or a touch of boutique shopping, Bayeaux and Cherbourg have plenty to offer while the chic resorts St Vaast La Hougue on the east coast and Cartetet on the west coast are lively places to shop, eat and drink, attracting a more cosmopolotain clientele during the summer months as Paris empties.

Carentan has a fantastic new swimming pool complex with sauna and steam room, a cimena and sailing school. Land yachting is available on utah beach, and other locally available sporting activities include cycling, horse riding, sea and river fishing, golf and clay pigeon shooting.

The summer months in particular are packed with local fetes and " vide greniers" (empty attics) a great way to pick up bargains and get to savour the atmosphere of local life.

The region is also rich in history and culture, from the Bayeaux tapestry and Mont St Michel, the glamourous villa of Christian Dior at Granvile, to fascinating museums of rural life such as"La Ferme Musee at Ste Mere Eglise", and "A la recherche du temps perdu " in Bricquebec.

For those interested in the military history of WWII, Chateau Bellenau is ideally situated to visit every landing beach, museum and cemetry, and also had a role to play itself, being the first building liberated by the 101st airborne american paratroopers, "the screaming eagles"

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3 Jun 2014


"One of the loveliest places I have ever stayed"

I came here not knowing much about Carentan, or indeed about Normandy. Why I never looked into visiting this chateau and this area before hand is a mystery. I would encourage anyone to come here be it for a weekend or a fortnight. There is so much to see and do.

This area is perhaps most famous for the DDay landings and the fact that some of Saving Private Ryan was filmed nearby. There are many local landmarks and museums and during the first two weeks of June the DDay landings are commemorated and vast numbers of re-enactors turn up with jeeps, motorcycles and even the odd tank.

If that's not your cup of tea you have the Bayeux tapestry and the town of Bayeux itself. Both are absolutely fascinating. There is no end of decent restaurants and prices are incredibly reasonable.

The chateau grounds are fabulous and so well tended. There is a small lake that attracts wild birds, a tennis court, manicured gardens and romantic ruins too. To walk around the gardens needs a good bit of time and it is time well spent. There is a camping area too and it's all just so lovely I cannot wait to come back.

12 Jan 2014


"Ideal for school and other groups"

Whilst some organisational care is required this venue suits school groups like ours (we were 32 in total) the dining hall and secure facilities are welcome and the gardens a pleasure

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