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Chateau With Heated Pool On 88 Private Acres Additional Cottage Available

Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Chateau in St Martin de Cenilly, Manche, Normandy - Peaceful Setting Close To All Of Normandys Destinations

Private chateau located on 88 private acres that was occupied by a German General during the war and then by Colonial Clark of America, this restored Chateau features bedrooms en-suite and entire chateau decorated with antiques and artifacts. Heated in ground pool, pond with a rowboats,sauna and outdoor firepit. Ideal for families and friends. Grand rooms with fireplaces and modern conveniences, chef services, babysitters and additional staffing available if required. Located between St Lo and Coutances. Within 20 mins of beaches and coastlines, Bayeux and Le Mont St Michel within 35 min. Restaurants and many attractions nearby. Satellite and computer services available. Gym with ping pong and indoor basketball nets. Near to Cherbourg ferries and trains. Train from Paris and Airport in Caen easy access.

Kelly Corbett
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
12 July, 2017

About Kelly Corbett

I'm a jewelry designer and maker. I use only vintage items I find during my long stays in France.

Kelly Corbett purchased this chateau / country house in 2000

Why Kelly Corbett chose Manche

My husband and I fell in love with the beautiful property built in 1632 and the former owners. It feels like we belong there.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Peaceful with great energy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Am home from Normandy and want you to know what a good time we had and how much all of us loved the Chateau. What a lovely spot you have! The ivy was turning red on the buildings, grass so green, sheep in the distance, blue sky - it was beautiful! The chateau is so charming - we were all very comfortable and it was a nice place to come back to at the end of a day of sightseeing. A fire in the fireplace in the dining room was especially welcoming... Columbe was so nice and brought us croissants every morning, and also started cooking for us! We never asked her, but one morning she had made a quiche! Dear person she obviously loves that place and takes pride in having it nice for guests.
Mar 2005
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Saint-Martin-de-Cenilly in Manche

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bunkroom has shower over, 2 sinks and wc en-suite. Master has bath/shower sink and toilet en-suite. Upstairs hall WC with sink and shower over. 2 bedrooms have shower over with sinks and wc ensuite. 1 bedroom has sink and bidet.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (6 Bedrooms) sleeps 16 with cottage Notes on bedrooms: 5 rooms with double beds. 1 room with 3 bunk beds all with trundles. Cottage has 2bedrooms one double bed and two singles.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: new cabana bathroom next to pool. children absolutely welcome. Outside: 88 acres of secluded property, including heated pool which is fenced, many mature plantings and the most beautiful hydrangeas you've ever seen, 2 ponds,long tree lined driveway, outdoor dining set up as well as barbeque and pool furniture and dining areas as well as lawn sitting areas. Utility Room: Additional fridge/freezer, laundry washer/dryer cabana full bathroom by pool. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Chateau has maid service available. Linens included. Beds and towels changed weekly but more frequently if needed or wanted at your expense. Other: Excercise room has sauna,excercise equip., weights,table tennis. Dining room w/ huge fireplace w/sitting for 16 plus private access to a bar/pub, other TV w/DVD, video and lounge area for the as well with over 100 movies most in English.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
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Chateau With Heated Pool On 88 Private Acres Additional Cottage Available
average rating of 4.375 based on 9 reviews

Awesome French Chateau

  • 5 of 5

Felt the need to write a review that is long overdue! My girlfriends and I (small group of 6) have gone many times over the last decade. The Chateau is a historic, french country home with ample space for all of us. It is as though you have stepped back into a simpler place and time. This is to me its biggest charm. It allows our group to connect with each other, which is one of the reasons we have gone back time and tiime again. The locals are frinedly and inclusive, which adds so much to the experience. My poor attempts to speak french are greeted warmly. There are so many amazing sites. Omaha beaches are a must. Unbelieveable and very moving! Also love Cancale where you sit on the beach and eat all the oysters you can. Lots of great towns close by with great shopping and historical sites. Love Coutances and Granville. The weekends briing great markets and massive town yard sales (like nothing you have ever seen) . The hunt to find great gifts to bring back to the states for only a euro or 2 makes for a fun day. The sausage baguette is breakfast...can never get enough of those. YUM!! They are at every market and town sale. The real charm is staying at the house at the end of the day. We always dine out for lunch but dinner at the house infront of the massive fireplace keeps us warm all night long.

Do make plans for a car, as you will need it. If you want a driver and tour guide, that is also available. Contact the owner, who can give you ample names for driving, catering and other services. I have done both. First time there, I recommend driver so you sit back, relax and take in the sites. Beautiful country! If you feel the need to dance, only 5 minutes away is (in the middle of a field) a disco. Its a hoot....always fun stories to share later.

Normandy is truly one of my favorite places in Europe. So much to see and this place is charming and unique.....always a good time.


Stuart, FL

  • Review Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect home in Normandy!

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time in Normandy at this completely authentic French chateau. Location is perfect for seeing all the tourist spots in Normandy and exploring all the surrounding towns. The house itself is so beautiful -- built in the 1600s and all its charm preserved.

Kelly was so helpful before and during our stay, and we look forward to returning here on our next trip!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing stay

  • 5 of 5

The property is gorgeous and the house even more so. While we spent quite a bit of time exploring different things in and around Normandy we also found ourselves spending hours on the property itself.

When we return to France we will be stopping by Normandy if for no other reason than to stay here. Thank you Mrs. Corbett for a fantastic experience and being so helpful prior to and during our time in this beautiful home!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful everything worked out including the weather! Colombe and Yves loved your group and the chickens enjoyed your leftovers! You are most welcome anytime!
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Very disappointing

  • 1 of 5

After fruitless attempts at dialogue with Ms Corbett and after seeing recent "reviews" we feel obliged to post the following factual account of our two weeks in August 2016.

A very disappointing experience. This is an eccentric Maison de Maitre with most of the facilities, décor and furnishings being of the standard of my great-grandmother's 1950s house in a similar rural setting, close to a farm. The advertised specification (as of August 2015) was misleading in parts. Things may have changed, but for us (6 professional adults and 4 teenagers):

- We found ourselves living in a house which had not been "restored" in the modern sense of the word.

- There were few modern conveniences - UK Sky basic service excepted.

- There was no tumble dryer. It was lying in a heap in the utility room.

- The promised mid-rent change of bedding did not happen. We had to find clean bedding and change the beds ourselves.

- Archaic - we would argue probably unsafe - kitchen facilities with inadequate cooking equipment and the smallest microwave imaginable.

- We had to deal with some exposed electric wiring (there was a 2 year old in the party), and dubious wiring system standard generally.

- Constant battle with flies because of the neighbouring farm and unhygienic kitchen. In some winds a rich animal dung smell from a not very well managed farm.

- Generally unsuitable sports equipment. For example, we had to buy table tennis bats and balls.

- The pool is not adjacent to the house but is close to the cottage, some 60 metres away, which can be rented separately. The pool was not fenced.

- The poolside cabana is actually part of the cottage.

- There is easy access to but 2 to 3 acres of the advertised large estate.

- We were warned that eating any fish caught in the "stocked pond" was unsafe.

- Crucially, there were no instructions for electrical appliances, television, DVD and VCR(!) players, access to fuel or anything else.

The only relief was that the concierge was as helpful as she could be (and luckily we speak French) but gave us Gallic shrugs and smiles to all the above. It was very disappointing. It merits but a 1 of a 5 star rating.

Ms Corbett has had some months to respond to a draft of this review but has chosen silence.


  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Slice of Heaven in France

  • 5 of 5

Hidden down a private drive. This jewel is nestled behind a guard wall and opens onto pastoral views and a pond. The chateau is magnificent and its setting only adds to its grace. The interior tells of 400 years of history, Stone walls,magnificent fireplaces, spiraling staircases and salons, hidden wine caves and quiet libraries.. However the owners have made it warm and homey. There is an up dated kitchen....as well as updated baths and six cozy bedrooms. Large manor windows open to the breezes and the amazing vistas. Truly a place you could never leave. But then you would miss the quaint restaurants and bars. Le Mont St Michel, Coutances, The DDay Beaches, St Lo, The Bayeux Tapestry and Granville. I have visited Normandy and the chateau on numerous occasions and never tire of the experience. Open air markets with fresh produce, cheese, shell fish and meats which makes your mouth water. Ancient towns are nestled along the sea each with a view worthy of enjoying over a cold bier or French wine.

I could go on and on ....a fabulous home with the added bonus of a guest house. This slice of heaven is perfect for a family reunion...a wedding or a retreat. ,

Reprends moi!!!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karen I am so pleased you had a wonderful stay!
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  • 5 of 5

Fabulous! That's the best way to describe a stay at this chateau and its surroundings. The chateau was everything we had hoped: authentic, clean, well appointed, elegant and charmingly decorated with Norman antiques and artifacts and beautifully landscaped. Picking herbs from the kitchen garden, afternoon swims in the pool, early morning walks in the quiet countryside, late nights by the fire pit or in the chateau "pub"....these are memories we'll treasure forever. Once we managed to tear ourselves from the chateau, we visited the WWII landing beaches, Mt St Michelle, Bayeux, Granville, Cancale, Caen.. all located within driving distance. Great choice for couples or families. We will definitely return!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mayra so glad your visit was so memorable! It's my favorite place on earth! Kelly
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Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Located near beautiful places for swimming, hiking, painting, nautical, tennis, biking, facilities, sightseeing, horseback riding, shopping and antiquing etc.


Located within 20 minute drive to more than a dozen coastal communities and within an hour of D-day beaches too.


Caen airport is the closest airport to the chateau. You will need to rent or hire a car. Trains are nearby as well but would require a car. Cherbourg is an hour 10 min by car and again a car is available and essential. Granville is 25 min by car and trains are there as well.


The closest town, Hambye is approx 3km. Coutances is 15 min by car for shopping, sightseeing and restaurants. St Malo is 25 min away by car with much to see and do. Gavray is about 13 km with good restaurants and Villedieu les Poeles is a 18 minute drive with trains to Paris and known for the copper pots it produces.

Further Details:

The historic Bayeux tapestry, D-day beaches and sites, le Mont St Michel, cathedrals, antiquing, Villdieu for shopping as well as all of the incredible beach communities with abundant amounts of fresh seafood, picnics in the countryside, fresh produce, dairy products, local meats, tranquility and the most beautiful day and evening sky on the planet are just a few things you will want to enjoy while you are here.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Saint-Martin-de-Cenilly, Lower Normandy

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
August 2017
30 Jul 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £223.48

Booking Notes:
Bookings will be arranged with a 50% deposit. The remaining 50% will be due 1 month before your arrival.

Changeover Day:
Saturdays are generally the changeover days with some flexibility to be discussed per case basis. Checkout time is 10 am to allow for a thorough cleaning before the next guests arrive at 4.00pm.

Notes on prices:
Changeover fee is 265.00€
If the chateau is rented to you, the cottage is discounted 25% if you take both.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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