When in Europe: Stay in a majestic 16th Century Chateau in France for only $65 a night

Doug Williams
Glyn Ridgers
Glyn Ridgers

Situated close to the French beaches that contributed in the D-Day invasion Chateau de Tocqueville is seemingly tucked away within a tiny northern village in France. The Chateau was formerly used by the Count and Countess de Tocqueville d’Herouville as a private resident along with their three children.

The Chateau is now open for the public to visit and immerse themselves in the magic of the serene ambience of the building and its surroundings for as little as $65 per night.

Classified as a mesmerizing historic Monument Chateau de Tocqueville has gained an exquisite stature; the original structure dates back to the 16th century which simply adds to its grandeur.

The Chateau is now owned by the Count and Countess of Tocqueville, who use the part of the building as their private home and have also hosted some of the most prestigious names from all fields including nobilities and even the Royal families.

One of the inspiring aspects of the Chateau is that the owners gladly opened up parts of the building to those who do not really fancy mixing up with elite circles; some of those hosted by the owners in the past include the legendary figures such as Alfred Hitchcock, Ernest Hemingway, Greta Garbo, Sarah Bernhardt, Agatha Christie and even King Edward VIII.

One part of the building called the Norman Stone House which stands under the shadows of two large towers has been allocated to those who want to rent the place.

The guests can now even rent one of the towers that include larger than expected bedrooms that could easily house 10 people with their lavishing ensuite bathrooms and amazing views. The Tower Wing was built sometime around 1892, however it underwent a number of renovations one of which took place most recently.

The master room is fairly large with an incredible master fireplace with vintage sofas and reading chairs encircling it; the hanging chandelier gives the ambience a classic look. The walls of the rooms are elaborately decorated with a number of historical portraits including one of the political writer Alexis-Charles-Henri Clerel de Tocqueville.

The writer has reportedly lived in the room along with his wife Mary Motely in the 18th/19th century; the English gardens surrounding the building are reportedly built around that time as well.

If you leave the open-plan room you will step into a stunningly large dining area which has an adjacent compact kitchen area. The kitchen is fitted with all the modern facilities that a guest would need to make their meals. For those who fancy a more of an alfresco dinning, a couple of doors open to the back garden with chairs and tables for the guests to enjoy their meals outside if the weather permits. www.chateaudetocqueville.com

The Chateau gives the impression of a mansion from a fairy-tale; overlooking vast and lush green grounds touching a clear water pond guarded by two majestic swans. The pond also serves as a gigantic natural mirror if pictured from a fair distance which only adds to the overall magic of the building.



fmssolution is one of the authors writing for Outdoor Revival