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Chateau de Courtomer in Normandy: private, authentic, luxurious retreat

Bedrooms 15
Space 18,836 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Getaway for family and friends in splendid 18th-century Normandy chateau

Your private, luxury getaway in bucolic Normandy.

The Chateau is an intimate retreat perfect for spending quality time with family and friends, or for a special occasion. Fully-renovated, Chateau retains all original architectural and decorative detail. It is set amid 370 acres of private park, fields, and pastures. All bedrooms are en-suite with full bathroom. Modern kitchen, fully equipped. Laundry with washer, dryer, and iron.

Convenient, the Chateau is only a few minutes walk from the local village with its shops and services. Explore the countryside on our bicycles, hike in nearby forests, visit many historic sites for the afternoon or a day trip. The Chateau is 2 hours from Paris and the D-Day beaches. Day tours can be organized for the Chateaux of the Loire, Mont Saint-Michel, Monet’s garden at Giverny, and much more.

Lawn games and indoor games -- badminton, croquet, billiards, ping pong, board games, and cards -- will keep guests of all ages entertained.

The grounds include a rare classified 17th-century Protestant Temple, an 18th-century ice house, Orangerie, gardens, and working farm.

The local village of Courtomer offers a post office, pharmacy, open-air market, butcher, grocer, two bakeries, bar/tabac (newspapers, light meals), cider shop, hardware store, and church. There are excellent restaurants in the area as well as many historical and cultural attractions. Charming local villages include Essay (with Chapel of the Dukes of Alençon), Mortagne au Perche. Nearby larger towns are the medieval cathedral town of Sees, bustling historic Alençon, Argentan, and L'Aigle. We are 40 minutes from the Haras du Pin (National Stud), and 2 hours from Deauville and the Landing Beaches.

More Details

Property Manager
Heather Pane
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 2, 2018

About Heather Pane

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.

Heather Pane purchased this chateau / country house in 2005

Why Heather Pane chose Courtomer

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.

Also available for rent is our Farmhouse which sleeps up to 8 people.


Courtomer Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • 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 , combination tub/shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 10 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 11 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 12 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 13 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 14 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 15 - toilet , combination tub/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 king , canopy bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Louis XV style bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , child cot available
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , converts to king
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 8 - 1 king , Four-poster bed
    Bedroom 9 - 1 double
    Bedroom 10 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 11 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 12 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 13 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 14 - 1 double
    Bedroom 15 - 1 queen
  • 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 for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 6 bicycles
  • 20 garden chairs
  • 20 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges 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.


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Chateau de Courtomer in Normandy: private, authentic, luxurious retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

An unforgettable stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the chateau over the New Year and had a wonderful time. Our group of 14 friends has a tradition of visiting chateaus for New Year and this was our fourth and the best we have found. The chateau is extremely well equipped - the kitchen was a particular joy to cook in - and perfect for parties. Our group enjoyed cocktails in the large living room, playing pool in the basement party room, and much more besides. The chateau was always warm (a rarity, believe me!) and the wifi worked perfectly throughout. Thank you so much and we hope to stay again!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review! We appreciate your business and look forward to hosting you again next year. Sincerely, Maria
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Delightful place, delightful stay

  • 5 of 5

There are some moments in life when you do not need to think about what happiness is, you just feel it. Courtomer is a place where such moments happen.

We organized for Christmas time our family gathering of 28 people age from 8 to 88, and we all felt so much "at home" in the beautiful rooms of the chateau, that we did not want even to go out... Courtomer is more than just a holiday rental, it is about touching history in an intimate way, listening to piano music played on the Pleyel in the "grand salon", chatting with your loved ones close to the chimney in the library, walking in the green tenderness of the lawns in front of the house, and of course enjoying dinner together in the beautiful dining room. We cannot thank enough the Bonner family for the fantastic work they have done, renovating the chateau in a delightful way, not forgetting the comfort of modern life! (even if the cold and humid normand winter, you feel really warm inside...)

The "check-in and check-out" procedures are very efficiently managed by Heather, and the French couple living in the small house near the chateau is very kind and helpful in case you need something.

We would love coming again to Courtomer to live again such an experience,

Philippe and Karina Cohen

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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C'est Magnifique!

  • 5 of 5

C'est Magnifique! We were invited guests of the Host/Hostess, and couldn't have been more impressed. I've been "commuting" back and forth overseas for 50 years, and have experienced all sorts of travel experiences in Europe. This was a bit more than I'd expected, perhaps because the accoutrements were scaled to present day accommodations without losing the charm of the Chateau.

The private bathrooms were divine (every bedroom has one), and there was no evidence of past mold/mildew as one might have reservations about. Very efficient, clean, cozy, - a true memorable, unforgettable experience for those who go out of their way for a unique experience.

I felt like a movie star in such lush surroundings with so much privacy.

Now, - Go!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind comments! We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Chateau de Courtomer. We care about the authentic "French country house " ambiance and family tradition of our Chateau, and it's a pleasure to share it with guests who appreciate its history and well as the extensive renovations and our decorative touches. Merci à très bientôt!
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  • 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..

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rosie, We're very pleased that you've booked another stay at Chateau de Courtomer. Un grand merci! The Team at Chateau de Courtomer
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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.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Courtney, The pictures are on our Facebook page, and we love them! Un très grand merci from the Team at Chateau de Courtomer
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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

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • 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. Hot air ballooning.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $12.22
Cleaning fees 15 ppl $458.21
Refundable damage deposit $1,221.9

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 if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.