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A long driveway bordered by lawns on either side, a stone balustrade adorned with two guard lions, a pond with a fountain at the centre, and a high façade with neat lines; the Château de Villers- Bocage certainly appears committed to the tradition of classical architecture at first sight. From the Revolution to the Second World War, it has witnessed some great chapters in history, not to mention the emperors and popes that have stayed here. With a renewed 18th century décor, it now pursues its destiny with grandeur and splendour but in the spirit of modernity. Everything has been thought out to satisfy even the slightest of desires. Villers-Bocage might just be a fairy-tale castle.
The Château de Villers-Bocage is ideally situated. The whole region of Normandy is a place of great inspiration, but this particular micro-region is truly at its heart, just one hour from Deauville and Mont-Saint-Michel and thirty minutes from Swiss Normandy. The magic that takes place here was immediately apparent to us and we strive to share it with everyone who comes to stay. It can be enjoyed from any perspective, whether that be refocusing on history and culture or admiring the unusual and changing landscapes throughout the day. The chateau serves as a refuge where you feel both protected and immersed in all the richness of the region.
The chateau showcases the architectural classicism that emerged between the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century. A notarial deed dated 1888 indicates that the chateau was built by Mansart, and that the French-style park was designed by Le Nôtre. The chateau's facade is asymmetrical. The first part of the building was built in 1637. The stones of the rusticated facades and the four angles flanked by projecting watchtowers date back to the Middle Ages. The distinctive features of classicism are particularly apparent in the 17th century wing. A wing set at a right angle was added to the chateau in 1766, it was inspired by neo-classicism through paintings and sculptures influenced by the discoveries of Pompeii and Herculaneum in the 1730s. Another wing was due to be added, but the expansion work was interrupted by the Revolution.
The Château de Villers-Bocage was built in 1637 by the Morin family. In the 18th century, it became the property of Pierre François, Viconte de Blangy and Lord of Villers-Bocage. His successor, Pierre Constantin, fled to England in 1792 and sold the chateau to Pierre-Jacques Meslé de Grandclos who was given the title of Ecuyer du Roi in 1768. After being arrested by the revolutionaries, the latter managed to escape to Santo Domingo. On his return to France in 1795, he moved back to the Villers-Bocage estate where he died in 1806. The chateau was sold on the death of his grandson and heir in 1888 to settle his heavy debts. Amédée and Albertine de Clermont-Tonnerre bought the chateau in 1930 and it remained in their family until 2014. During the Second World War it became a hospital and was partly occupied by the German army. It became a maternity hospital after the war and 450 children were born here! We arrived in 2020 after the restoration work that started in 2015 was complete. We upgraded the chateau to hotel standards but in accordance with the original architecture to preserve every detail of its great history.
Experience the life of a chateau owner at a 1750m² estate with a 400m² well-being spa that features a sauna, a jacuzzi, a heated indoor swimming pool, a gym, and a massage and yoga room. It is a haven of peace with thirty-two hectares of park and gardens, an organic vegetable garden, ponds, an outdoor swimming pool, a nine-hole golf course, a multi-sports ground and a fitness trail. Guests have the freedom to do anything and everything whether that be a sauna at midnight, enjoying an aperitif around the swimming pool or the ponds, taking in the fresh air in the forest, taking off in a hot air balloon from the chateau garden, or relaxing around the swimming pools or in the garden whilst watching the sunrise. Everything is possible here, even a themed evening of dancing in 18th century costumes from our collection of five hundred theatre costumes and accessories. A concierge service is available. A ceremony to hand over the keys to the chateau is arranged upon arrival and our guests are then the masters of the property. Our concept is simple: “stay at ours, but make it yours”.
There is already so much to do at the chateau! Among other things, we offer an educational session in our apiary and vegetable garden, horse-riding on the estate or on the beach, cooking workshops with products from our vegetable garden in the company of a professional chef, an introduction to golf supervised by a master golfer, and escape games on site. Outside of the chateau, we recommend a visit to Les Arpents du Soleil, the only wine estate in Normandy; a tasting of Calvados at Maison Busnel, in Cormeilles; a tour of Jean Rouvière's oyster farm in Agon-Coutainville; and the Senechal farm, a dairy farm, in Cahagnes.
The property can be fully privatised for seminars, study days or any type of professional event. The ceremonial lounges and the cinema room are transformed into meeting rooms or work rooms. Accommodation is provided in the sixteen bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom. On the ground floor there is a spa with a swimming pool (10x3m), a jacuzzi, a sauna, and a massage and yoga room. A catalogue of "team building" and other activities is available on site. The golf course, the multisport ground, the fitness trail around the ponds, the vegetable garden and the outdoor swimming pool are also available to guests.
Traditional Chinese and Californian treatments are available on request at the chateau spa.
Sessions with a yoga master in the chateau yoga room. Minimum of ten participants required.
Cooking workshop in the basement kitchen in an open class. Rates depend on the chosen activity (more than twenty possibilities).