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With high slate roofs firmly planted on the brick and stone walls of the manor, an impressive octagonal dovecote and a sleekly designed garden, Ravenoville is both tranquil and majestic. It takes centre stage on these lands that were once the theatre of frightful battles. The property's hard exterior is counteracted, however, by a surprisingly soft interior. The virtues the 18th century inspired decor can be found in each cleverly orchestrated detail. The dovecote is a fine example of creative and daring design, it will delight those looking for somewhere slightly off the beaten track.
The Cotentin has established itself as a population destination thanks to its ease of access and the wealth of its heritage. Having methodically travelled all of the peninsula's roads, we found this fantastic ruin which turned out to be the only brick and stone building in Cotentin. Despite the collapsed roofs and walls with entire sections missing, research showed that it was an architectural and historical jewel that was owned by a great realm. We fell in love with this exceptional 17th century architectural ensemble of three houses: the Manor, the Dovecote and the Pavilion. On the Cotentin Bay, near Sainte-Mère-Église, the Ravenoville estate overlooks the famous landing beaches.
Only the outbuildings of the Domaine de Ravenoville still stand; the rigour and symmetry of the Louis XIII architectural style is very apparent. The long-pitched roofs are characteristic of the time, as are the triangular pediments. The octagonal dovecote with cut sides adds a great deal of elegance to the ensemble. These remaining buildings showcase a rather exceptional architectural style in the department of Manche that combines brick and stone in an unusual way - a brick structure frames the stone walls. The huge park, a subtle mixture of French and English country gardens, is also home to the ruin of a more recent chateau which has now been converted and expanded with a pool and simple garden.
The Domaine de Ravenoville was originally a rural estate which was enriched in the 18th century by the construction of a chateau. The chateau was simply kept weathertight by the owner who lived there in 1890. It was occupied by Belgian refugees during the Great War and severely damaged by the 6 June bombings in 1644. The property was completely demolished in 1955. During the Second World War, the Germans did not occupy the chateau due to its run-down state. They did, however, use the driveway to build a factory for manufacturing concrete "Rommel's Asparagus". These were reinforced concrete piles that were planted on the beaches or in the fields to strengthen the coastal defences. It is difficult to say exactly when the Domaine de Ravenoville came into existence because it is still something of a mystery. The outbuildings were built much earlier than the chateau, this suggests that a much older chateau once stood where the current manor is today.
Whether guests are coming to enjoy an intimate night in the Dovecote or a spontaneous weekend with friends and family at the Manor, the Domaine de Ravenoville offers a unique experience. Not far from the beaches of Normandy and surrounded by French gardens, this old estate has been entirely restored to provide guests with modern day comforts. This being said, the Manor of Ravenoville gives pride of place to the original materials and architectural elements of its time in order to preserve its soul. The neat decor echoes the 18th century French way of life. We welcome our guests, introduce them to the house and are very attentive during their stay. Every detail has been carefully thought out to make it an unforgettable experience: stunning tableware, a fireplace ready to be lit, an inviting library, bikes and board games for rainy days. To make the stay even more enjoyable, we bring breakfast and other meals to your door and massages can be enjoyed in your room.
The estate is located on the Cotentin peninsula where there are plenty of beaches to choose from. The islands of Saint-Marcouf and Tatihou are perfect for a scenic day trip. Our little corner of paradise is the Goéland 1951 at the end of the tip of Joinville, a great sport for an aperitif with your feet in the water and a view of the sea. You can not stay in the heart of the landing beaches without visiting Utah Beach and its museum.
The entire property can be privatised for weddings with a minimum of two nights on site (from Friday to Sunday for example). It consists of a 240m2 reception area which is heated and well lit. It has a maximum capacity of two hundred people seated - tables and chairs are included. The French gardens all around the Manor and the pretty converted ruin can be used for drinks or the ceremony - a temporary 120m2 tent will be put up if there is rain. Caterers have access to a 25 m2 pantry and a 30 m2 covered preparation area which adjoins the reception area. The Maison du Parc also adjoins the reception area and can be used for the younger guests, it has a living room that can accommodate a few children, four dormitories upstairs and two bathrooms. It has a maximum capacity of fifteen people. There is a car park with sixty five places and the secondary one has an additional ten. A total of thirty-five people can be accommodated on site in the various areas of the estate: the Pigeonnier (which includes the marriage suite and another double room) is 130 m² and spread over three levels; the Manor, which is 240m2 and also on three levels, has four double bedrooms; the 200m2 Pavilion has two floors and four double rooms; the Maison du Parc and four dorm rooms can accommodate fifteen people. The church used for religious ceremonies is so close to the estate that it almost seems part of it.