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It's always the special places that return to us in our daydreams. Château Les Hauts is one of them. Built when seaside resorts were at their most popular, it has preserved a slightly outdated yet perfectly charming atmosphere. The sunlight (which even shines in winter) floods the facade whilst the windows invite you to look out towards the magical bay of the Mont-Saint-Michel. The property has all manner of features to feast your eyes upon, from a garden with exotic perfumes to an incomparable view. Let time and worries drift away, staying at Chateau les Hauts is a little moment of eternity.
The story began twenty years ago. My parents-in-law then had a real soft spot for this little chateau with an ideal location up high and just opposite the Mont-Saint-Michel. They invested all their love and energy into maintaining it and welcoming travellers from around the world. After they left, we couldn't imagine leaving this place that has experienced so many events since it was built. In addition to hosting guests, we have striven to preserve and support this heritage which is so precious to us.
The property was built in two stages: the first part was in 1830 and it was then expanded in 1880. The inspiration came from famous architect, Viollet-le-Duc. The expansion was intended to make it more symmetrical, to create more space in the living room and more rooms for the family. The owners had medieval-inspired frescoes painted in the living room. They also added solid wooden pillars that had once served as a bridge support for a galleon across the sea towards Pondicherry.
The house has been remodelled several times since it was built, with the wealthy Kula family having the greatest influence on its style and functions. Charles Kula made his fortune in plumbing at the beginning of the 20th century and Château Les Hauts was his family home. He gradually bought land around the village of Saint-Jean-le-Thomas and had other houses built for his grandchildren. The current lounge was used as a reception for their Sunday meals as a family, a tradition that we try to perpetuate when welcoming our guests for weddings, weekends away or just an evening out.
Right by the coast, the castle overlooks a colourful bay and has an unrivalled view of the Mont-Saint-Michel. Also on the estate is a floral park with rare and exotic plants that one rarely comes across in Normandy. We offer our guests the chance to relax and focus on well-being. The property has a heated pool open from June to September.
There are many activities in the surrounding area, such as the crossing of the bay on foot or horseback during low tide, visits to the D-Day landing beaches, walks across vast stretches of fine sand beaches, and visits to the old city of Saint-Malo surrounded by ramparts. You could also stroll through the village and visit exhibitions as you go, attend free concerts on Sundays during the summer season, or take a look at the Jazz en Baie festival. Guests will also enjoy La Break Genêts, a small restaurant nearby in the village of Genêts whose delicate cuisine with subtle flavours earned it a place in the prestigious Gault & Millau. The pastry Letousey in Saint-Pair-sur-Mer is not to be missed, an outstanding pastry shop hidden down a side street which we found after a great deal of exploring.
4700 € / week
1580 € / week-end
The chateau can accommodate fifteen people. The bedrooms (with views of Mont-Saint-Michel) are on the first and second floor. They are decorated in 18th and 19th century style and each have a private bathroom. The ground floor has a 150m2 living room with a fully equipped kitchen along with a terrace looking out over the bay where the guests can have their breakfast.