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In contrast to the surrounding small plots of land dedicated to farming or breeding, Courcy brings a certain precision to this checkerboard landscape divided by hedgerows. The precision of balanced architecture, a perfect testimony of its past which imposed symmetry as an absolute rule. The precision of granite stone and slate roofs whose varying tones of grey match those of the changing skies whipped by the sea air. And finally, the precision of the gardens whose immaculately straight lines seem determined to guide the steps, glances or even thoughts of its visitors. This warm and lively property is nonetheless imbued with the spirit of a family house. Guests will feel right at home as they to add a new page to their life story.
The Château de Courcy has been a family property for four generations. We love the countryside landscape and the proximity to the sea. We also love the largely unspoiled coastline which remains quiet even in the height of summer.
Raised on a large base and spread over three floors (one of which is the attic) the west facade of the main building is flanked by two protruding pavilions whose angles are accentuated by split chaînes. The north pavilion has still features elements of the 16th century mansion. The central building, completed in 1658, owes its current appearance to a major transformation that began in the 18th century. This main body is organised around a central bay, cushioned on the front facade by a triangular pediment. The chateau stands between a main courtyard surrounded by low walls and formal gardens. Large outbuildings, a dovecote and a cottage complete the ensemble. Created in the 18th century, the Courcy gardens owe a great deal to the mild and temperate climate of Cotentin. To the east is a large grassy parterre surrounded by moats. To the west, a wide avenue lined with yews gives access to the estate and to the main courtyard and its flower beds. To the south is a large pond bordered by pruned lime hedges and flower beds adjoining a walled moat garden, and a former vegetable garden that has become a rose garden divided into sections by boxwood hedges. The chateau and a large part of the garden are listed in the supplementary inventory of historical monuments.
Courcy was built between 1658 and 1663 by Guillaume le Berseur. His third generation heir (inherited on his mother's side) Henri Auguste Hellouin, Marquis Le Berseur, undertook very large works here and gave the property its current appearance. After the death of the marquis in 1791 and that of his son in 1795, Courcy was sold as national property and changed hands several times during the 19th century before it was bought by the current owners, the Gatellier family. It was occupied during the Second World War and was notably saved from destruction because it served as a rallying point for paratroopers and was therefore spared from the D-Day bombings.
A real family property that combines 18th century décor and furniture with modern comfort. It is located near the sea and a golf course which is less than five kilometres away. Guests have access to bicycles and many games, as well as a heated swimming pool, a tennis court and numerous activities such as carp fishing in the moat.
Oyster farmer Jean-Paul Bluzat, for the quality of his oysters. The Au Bommage de la Ménagère shop in Montebourg sells local and organic products, cheeses from all over France, and whiskey and rum (spirits which the manger specialises in). The unmissable Maison du Biscuit in Sorteville en Beaumont and the Biscuiterie de Quinéville which is more of a hidden gem. Gervaiserie Mara des Bois jam is sold at the Saint-Vaast and Valognes markets. Fish stands get their supplies directly from boats at the ports of Barfleur and Saint-Vaast. Last but not least, have a drink on the beach with a plate of whelks at Goéland in Réville, or dine while watching the sunset at La Potinière on Carteret beach.
5400 € - 6900 € per week
The property consists of the chateau and a two bedroom cottage with a maximum capacity of fourteen people. On the first floor of the chateau are a first living room, a library lounge, a very large dining room and another smaller one, and a bedroom with an en suite bathroom. The upper floor has five bedrooms (two of which are suites with en suite bathrooms) two single bedrooms with showers and sinks, and one double bedroom (which can be converted to two single beds) with a separate bathroom. The basement has two huge rooms, including a large kitchen with a fireplace, an office and a games room equipped with a television. The cottage has two bedrooms upstairs (one double and another with two single beds) a bathroom on the ground floor, a kitchen, and a living room.