Chateau de Courtomer was built as the family seat for Count Antoine de Saint-Simon, Marquis de Courtomer and was completed on the eve of the French Revolution. Today’s chateau stands on the vestiges of a medieval building dating back to the 11th century and unusually the chateau and the estate, (350 acres) which includes a farm, remained in the same family for generations until it was recently bought and lovingly restored by Elisabeth Bonner, an American woman from New York.
Since 2005 the entire residence has been extensively renovated marrying the charm and style of France’s elegant past with the conveniences and comforts of today. The chateau is centrally heated and all rooms have en suite bathrooms. The result, a property with the atmosphere of a welcoming family home which is large enough to host family celebrations, and intimate enough to make everyone feel relaxed and happy. The Chateau is listed on the National Register of Historic Monuments.
Courtomer is conveniently situated, just a couple of hours west of Paris by car or train and within easy reach of the Normandy coast offering guests an ideal base from which to explore Normandy’s rich heritage. Local activities and nearby towns provide cultural and recreational fun. Farther afield, you are only two hours from the D-day Beaches, Mont Saint-Michel, Giverny and the Chateaux of the Loire.
Alternatively, you and your guests may just want to relax locally, explore the Chateau’s private parklands, sip wine in the Cour D’honneur, or explore the surrounding countryside by bicycle or on foot. The property offers something for everyone who wants to experience the French ‘savoir vivre’ and the best of Normandy country life. Courtomer village is just a few minutes away and offers a full range of local services, including a boulangerie which still bakes bread in a traditional wood oven, a local cafe where you can enjoy a coffee or a simple lunch, and a local cider producer. There are regular open-air markets in the village offering you a chance to meet local producers selling fresh, seasonal vegetables and a wide variety of cheeses.
During the ‘Ancien Regime’ (pre-revolution) the Chateau and its estate was completely self-sufficient and a wander around the private grounds reveals traces of this rich past. Throughout the grounds guests will find buildings that bear witness to chateau life - the glacière which was used for making and keeping ice, the spring house where the chateau laundry was washed, the Orangerie which was built to grow exotic fruit, and an exceptional 17th-century Protestant chapel.
The Chateau can be enjoyed as a self-catered venue or we can organise full-service support for guests who are looking for an increased level of attention during their stay. Additional services, which need to be pre-booked, can include on-site concierge, housekeeping, catering or private chef, and special event management for celebrations such as weddings and family gatherings. We also offer tailor made packages for conferences and meetings. No customer requirement is too big or too small so don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your needs.