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French Country Chateau - 2.5 Hours From Paris

Bedrooms 15
Space 18,836 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

A gracious and comfortable chateau located in the idyllic French Countryside.

This historically significant Chateau (listed on France's National Register) has been luxuriously renovated to include modern comforts. It sits majestically on 370 acres and includes an extensive park, bucolic pastures and a working farm. The Chateau is also centrally located making it a perfect place with which to visit the fascinating sites of Normandy.

Medieval towns, chateaux, churches, gardens, World War II battle sites to visit are nearby. The Chateau is under 2 hours' drive from the D-day Beaches, Paris, Giverny. Guests also take day trips to Mont Saint-Michel and the chateaux of the Loire.

You will arrive at the Chateau through two sets of ornate iron gates, crossing over a double moat. Entering the Great Hall, you will walk through to the Petit and Grand Salons, with elegant furnishings, comfortable seating, a grand piano and magnificent views. The ground floor also includes a Grand Dining Room with French windows overlooking the moat and the pastures. A charming small dining room seats up to 12. The library is a cozy place to gather for drinks, or to rest and read. A handsome meeting room, with trompe l'oeil ceiling and walls, is also a private and refined dining space. Windows on three sides overlook the grounds. A "fumoir" tucked away at the end of the east wing makes a quiet spot to gather or spend "alone" time.

A club room, with handsome leather sofa and chairs, offers a wide-screen television and a card table, books, videos and games such as chess, backgammon, and monopoly.

The old kitchens have been converted into a billiards room, with a fireplace and seating. A pingpong table provides more indoor recreation.

Each well-appointed bedroom has its own fully-equipped bathroom. All bedrooms have excellent views of the grounds. King, twin, full and single bedrooms are available, as is a pack-and-play for babies and tots. A ground-floor bedroom is also available.

The kitchen has been brought up to 21st century standards -- convenient and well-apppointed whether you like to cook, hire a private chef or use a caterer.

A new heating plant keeps the chateau comfortable even in brisk weather and ensures a constant supply of hot water.

The extensive park -- guests have launched hot-air balloons on the grounds -- is available in all seasons. Relax in a lounge chair under the trees or in the sunny courtyard...gather around the fire pit...play badminton, croquet or boules...stroll on woodland paths...pick blackberries in summer, and discover the rare and fascinating buildings on the grounds.

These include one of the rare Protestant temples to survive the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, an intact 17th-century ice-house, an Orangerie, stables and farm buildings.

You'll also enjoy walking and bicycling along a network of country lanes.

The chateau is 10 minutes walk from the little village of Courtomer, where you will find your groceries and a weekly open-air fresh market, bar and restaurant.

More Details

Property Manager
Halle von Kessler
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2017

About Halle von Kessler

My husband and I undertook a major five-year renovation and restoration of the chateau in 2005. Our goal is to make you and your guests feel welcome and at home at Chateau de Courtomer.

Halle von Kessler purchased this chateau / country house in 2005

Why Halle von Kessler chose Orne

We fell in love with the beauty and charm of this magnificent estate in Normandy. Chateau de Courtomer was constructed in the 11th century, completely rebuilt on the eve of the French Revolution in 1789, and remained continuously in the family of the Saint-Simon de Courtomer or their descendants until 1905. It has a long history as a majestic family home. We use it in the same spirit of family, while respecting and maintaining its unique historic and historical character.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

A thorough renovation of systems ensures your comfort and convenience. The decoration is in keeping with the period and style of the Chateau. The working farm adds to the authenticity, with our herd of cattle and tended fields. You can see some of our renovations in progress in the outbuildings. The farmhouse will be available for rental starting in June 2016. It is also centrally located to many of France's important tourist spots.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Courtomer in Orne

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 18836 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 15 people
  • 15 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 9 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 10 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 11 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 12 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 13 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 14 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 15 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
  • Thick cotton bath, extra-large sheet and hand towels, bath mitt and bath mat provided. Toilet paper provided. Hot water on demand from large water heater in basement, even when all bathrooms in use. Individually adjustable radiator allows you to warm your bathroom to your comfort. Hair dryers. White ceramic extra-wide tub, wide sink, toilet. Some bathrooms have grab bars for toilet, bath. Polished nickel accessories: soap/shampoo holder attached to tub wall; soap holder, 2 toothbrush holders, water glass and holder on sink backsplash; toilet-paper holder, extra roll holder, toilet brush holder, step-on trash can. Floor and lower half of walls tiled in honed ceramic, soft stone tones, decorative details. Large window lets in light, air, and views. All bedrooms have own en-suite bathroom.
  • 15 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , canopy bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Louis XV style bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , child cot available
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , converts to king
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Four-poster bed
    Bedroom 9 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 10 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 11 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 12 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 13 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 14 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 15 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • All rooms have their own private modern bathroom. Egyptian cotton sheets, thickly padded mattress covers, hard and soft pillows. Also available are extra blankets. 3 king-size bedrooms, one with canopy bed. 5 twin-bedrooms can convert to 5 king-size bedrooms. 2 single bedrooms. 2 double-bedrooms. Baby/toddler bed available. Each room has individually adjustable Radiator, hard-wired Smoke Detector, wireless Internet connection. Antique Armoire in each room offers wood and padded hangers, shelves for clothing and shoes, plus comfortable seating and sork area with reading light in all bedrooms (ex. no. 4 and 12). Bedside tables and lamps in all rooms. Handsome period furnishings and curtains have black-out lining for a good night's sleep. All rooms have 1 or 2 large windows with view over park, pastures, woods. Ground-floor bedroom-bathroom suite is suitable for elderly or infirm person with easy access to living, dining rooms and kitchen.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Conservatory
  • Terrace
  • 6 bicycles
  • 20 garden chairs
  • 20 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
INDOOR activities: billiards room with large stone fireplace, ping-pong table. Grand piano in drawing room. TV and DVD player, iPod player. Board games. OUTDOOR games: boules, croquet, badminton and volleyball. 6 new bicycles with saddlebags and child seats. Box stalls with running water for horses. New gas barbecue grill. 2 extra-large sun umbrellas, 2 teak tables seat 8 each, outdoor chairs and drinks tables, 20 transats (deck chairs). GROUNDS: Moat surrounds chateau. Park includes allées of mature trees, copses, streams and ponds. Also on grounds: ruins of original medieval chateau,16th-century Protestant Temple, one of the oldest surviving in France, a listed 'Monument historique'; intact 19th-century glacière (ice house), Orangerie, 17th-century farm buildings, spring house, stables, 2 funerary chapels. Farming operation features herd of registered Limousine cattle, fields of hay and cereals. Allée through fields links chateau to village church.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

French Country Chateau - 2.5 Hours From Paris
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We were a group of fifteen family members having a reunion. We picked Chateau de Courtomer for its location (close to French branch of the family) and the en-suite accommodation. We had high expectations, all of which were exceeded. The chateau interior and park are gorgeous, fantastically well equipped for large numbers but best of all a totally relaxing and comfortable environment. The village has everything you need and surrounding towns offer choices of supermarkets and restaurants. None of us knew this part of France and its understated beauty delighted us all. Communication with Halle was perfect. We have wonderful memories and souvenirs and we hope to come back..

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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My Wedding at the Chateau de Courtomer!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at the chateau! We had a small 30 person wedding and had some family stay at the chateau during a four night period. It was a beautiful place and the chateau had everything we could possibly need. The decor is amazing and there are so many rooms that each have unique touches. The grounds are also beautiful and we all loved seeing the cows in the pasture outside of the window. Some of our guests even saw some wild animals on the grounds. Working with Aude to arrange the rental for the wedding was straight forward and very easy. The kitchen accommodated the wedding caterer and the large dinning room easily sat all of our guests. We had the ceremony in the grand salon and it was truly a beautiful setting. We also had wedding dancing in the orangerie - which is a smaller event space on the lawn. All of our guests loved it! We will definitely be returning for anniversaries. I highly recommend the chateau for events and can furnish additional details about the wedding via Aude.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Courtney, Thank you so much for your reviews! I really look forward to seeing the pictures! Kind regards, Aude Bernard-Yatchinovsky
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Magical and Enchanting

  • 5 of 5

Everything about our experience at Chateau Courtomer was exceptional. From the moment we booked the Chateau, right up to the follow up email. We were treated like royalty. People onsite were very helpful. Aude made everything effortless. I had an "experience" and had invited 10 women from around the world. They were impressed and it felt like home! We were so grateful for everything, as all we required was onsite. I would highly recommend staying at Chateau Courtomer. You will be very pleased. Looking forward to coming back again. Much gratitude, Leona

  • Review Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the chateau over Christmas. Despite being very large, it has a wonderful, warm, cosy and homely feel to it. I love to cook and the kitchen was very well-equipped - something most holiday lets are not - so I was very pleased. I highly recommend it and will definitely go back myself again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I have rented many Chateau's and villas over the years, this home was beautifully maintained. Large enough to properly host and impress friends yet very intimate at the same time. The owner has done a wonderful job throughout the home, refinishing antiques wile offering modern conveniences. I will definately give a great rating and will most probably rent again.


  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Chateau With Everything You Need

  • 5 of 5

The Chateau is an amazing, well-restored building that oozes charm. With the beautiful furnishings, plethora of books and even a stand of umbrellas at the front door it feels like a home, without the sterile feeling of a typical vacation rental or hotel. The caretakers were wonderful and helpful and the entire property is exceptional! The rooms are nicely restored and the en-suite bathrooms offer privacy for large get-togethers. I highly recommend it for your next stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
165 Kilometres
Charles de Gaulle (Paris)
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Golf de Belleme, Belleme
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
D932 and D3 at Moulins-la-Marche
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Le bouche à oreille, Courtomer
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Chateau de Courtomer is surrounded by 150 acres of its own park and farmlands, but only 10 minutes walk from the local village with post office, pharmacy, twice-weekly open-air market, butcher, greengrocer, 2 bakeries, bar/tabac (light meals), home-made cider shop, hardware store, and church. Gourmets will delight in nearby restaurants (especially Pavillon de Gouffern, set in forest glade; Les Pieds dans l'Eau & Le Tribunal at Mortagne-au-Perche). Nearby historical attractions: cathedral town of Sées, historic chateaux (Sacy, Carrouges, Champ de Bataille, etc.), Haras du Pin (French national stud, founded by Louis XIV), medieval city of Alençon, forest of Ecouves (nature walks and WWII history), Lisieux (birthplace of St. Thérèse). Chateau is 2 hours or less by car from Paris, Versailles, Giverny Monet's gardens, D-Day beaches, Bayeux Tapestry, Caen Memorial, beaches and race track of Deauville, Le Mans (of car-racing fame and race-car museum). Two hours 40 minutes from Mont Saint-Michel, world heritage site.

Other Activities: Horse-racing, car-racing, Central Parcs amusement park, karting, hiking in Forêt d'Ecouves.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Courtomer, Lower Normandy

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £896.86
Pet Fee £8.97
Cleaning fees £336.32

Please do not hesitate to contact us for week-ends and events. Special rates are available for weddings, seminars, etc.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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