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Le Château de Monfréville

· Calvados, Normandy
1 acre
25 units
25 Tent
A family friendly campsite in the gardens of a French château, limited to a few pitches so that space is guaranteed

A thousand years ago, the cling clang of armour and haughty laughter of French aristocracy reverberated from the walls of this picturesque little château. Its grey stones and romantic round tower were as attractive then as they are today – if these walls could talk.... Since its commission by William the Conqueror, Château Monfréville has housed all sorts, from the family of Walt Disney to the invading German soldiers during World War II. Today, this scenic abode offers accommodation to those who venture into its beautiful gardens. Here, in the most quintessentially French surroundings, a thoughtfully-run campsite provides the perfect family getaway.

From the second you arrive at Le Château de Monfréville the quaint rusticity of the place is overwhelming. Parked beside the leafy apple orchard you are met by the rumble of a vintage tractor, your transport around the chateau to the vehicle-free pitches beyond. Bobbling along in the wooden trailer, a spacious site is revealed, limited to just 25 tents so customers are guaranteed to never feel crowded. There is ample room for children to play, open spaces where Bert the donkey can graze, and a natural swimming pond perfect for an authentic camping dip!

The greenery of the château gardens are unmarred by sanitary blocks. Instead campers head into the cellars of the castle where immaculately kept ablutions are accompanied by power sockets, fridge freezers and a washing machine. Those who wish such luxury to continue can forego the tent to stay in one of the two gypsy caravans – small but well equipped, and furnished with an eye for detail. A double bed and bunk-bed allow space for up to four, while ample storage space, two gas hobs, tables, chairs and every kitchen utensil required mean all you’ll need to bring is your toothbrush.

Overlooking a stunning national park, Le Château de Monfréville is the perfect place to grab a bike (free-to-borrow onsite) and head into the trees, discovering migrating storks, hooting owls or gregarious bullfrogs that offer a dawn chorus each morning. A longer cycle ride also takes you to the coast, a 15 minute journey in the car. Here the historic sandy beaches of D-Day are backed by fascinating museums, while sites like the famous Bayeux Tapestry are also close at hand.

At its heart, however, it is not just the pleasant countryside and rich history of Normandy that make the site so special but the real thoughtfulness that goes into how it is run. Owners Zoe and Paul are attentive and welcoming, while their smallholding of animals and tiny onsite honesty shop reflect the easy-going, rural atmosphere of the site. Children can socialise with fellow campers, parents can relax beneath the shady trees and everyone can leave vowing to return the following year.

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Calvados, Normandy, FranceTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Le Château D.Joined in January 2021
16 Ratings · 17 reviews
Rachel M.recommends
September 5, 2022
Chateau de Monfreville Camping
Beautiful family-friendly site with welcoming hosts. Lovely to have animals on site, chickens provided much entertainment! Hope to visit again.
Rachel H.recommends
August 29, 2022
Chateau de Monfreville Camping
This was a wonderful stop on our cycle tour around this beautiful region of France. Thanks to our lovely hosts!
Natalie P.recommends
August 21, 2022
Chateau de Monfreville Camping
The magic of this charming campsite is irresistible. It feels like a hidden retreat full of like-minded people. The wine tasting, BBQ and chicken night brought people together. The setting is truly gorgeous, oozing in history and beauty. My children will never forget the tractor ride! Thank you! Already planning a return visit with friends!
Laura S.recommends
August 8, 2022
Chateau de Monfreville Camping
Lovely spacious, peaceful & classy campsite. No cars near pitches mean even young kids are safe to roam freely. Hosts are friendly, helpful and well organised. Facilities are always clean. Bakery delivery, meal nights and a very pleasant pool made our stay even more special. All in all, a very relaxing and very cool campsite.
Emma L.recommends
August 7, 2022
Chateau de Monfreville Camping
Easy camping - c’est magnifique!
This campsite is just lovely - we were there for only five nights and wish it could have been longer. Spacious site with great facilities in the gorgeous grounds of a chateau with fascinating history - and very friendly chickens! The food evenings are fantastic - tasty food, well organised and in a great setting. Thank you Perrine and Thibault - you are brilliant hosts and your vision and passion for ensuring everyone has a great stay is clear. Fingers crossed you get some much needed rain to refill the lake!
Pippa G.recommends
July 31, 2022
Chateau de Monfreville Camping
Great place, wonderful hosts and an excellent place for children.
Ishtaricat ?.recommends
July 30, 2022
Chateau de Monfreville Camping
A wonderful, relaxing and very green site, with lovely friendly owners. Loved the bread fairy (and possibly ate a few to many croissants...) and the swimming pool. Great facilites and gorgeous location.
Rob D.
February 2, 2021
A top highlight of a trip I took in 2019!! Paul and Zoe are the type of people that you would love to have as your everyday neighbors at home, rather than owners. They work extra hard to make sure everyone is have an enjoyable time at their Chateau. Thanks for the lifetime great memories. I stayed a few nights and I hope to return some day. Rob D
Roisin ?.recommends
August 12, 2020
Chateau de Monfreville Camping
Probably the best campsite I've been at. Beautiful location with swallows flying over head and bats at night, beautiful pool perfect for kids. Stones throw from beautiful beaches and fantastic hosts - couldn't ask for more
Charlie C.recommends
July 27, 2020
Chateau de Monfreville Camping
My girlfriend and I stayed here for a week and had an incredible time. The campsite is so peaceful and set in a beautiful location. The facilities inside the chateau were brilliant. Loved getting our morning baguettes and pastries. And LOVED Mungo the cat. Already planning our return visit.
Gayle P.
July 19, 2020
What a special place. We spent a wonderful week at Chateau Monfreville and loved every minute. You get the best of both worlds, camping in such a peaceful, unspoilt location, with the benefits of lovely showers and delicious food. Not to mention the swimming pool and last but not least the wonderful owners. We will be back!!
Cameron W.recommends
September 1, 2019
Chateau de Monfreville Camping
Just returned from an absolutely delightful stay at Le Chateau de Monfreville. Everything you want from a campsite. Brilliant relaxed hosts including the bread fairy, great facilities which were well maintained and all in a beautiful setting. Couldn't ask for better. We stayed for 5 days to tour around Normandy by car & bike, enjoyed both the pizza night and moules & frites night that were put on by hosts Paul & Zoe, both of which I can highly recommend and ended up being some of the highlights of our trip. Toured to Isigny, Omaha, Grandcamp Maisey & The German cemetery all of which are close by as well as a trip to Mont Saint Michel but it was always lovely to get back to the chateau for a full on relax (either round the pool & hot tub or just soaking up the natural surroundings. By the way coming from London the sky at night is amazing with no light pollution whatsoever. Shout out to Zoe for the apricot jam & the warm hospitality of excellent hosts. Everything was just perfect. If you're planning on being in the area I can't recommend it enough.
Georgia C.
June 21, 2018
Had a wonderful stay at this lovely place - amazing facilities, location and hosts. Would love to come back again and highly recommend to everyone.
Tjmedaly ?.
July 29, 2017
Stayed at the incredible Chateau de Monfreville for 3 nights recently and had a brilliant time - the facilities are first rate and the owners Zoe and Paul have thought of just about everything. We were there for the pizza night and the moules et frites night where everyone on the campsite joined together in the big barn to eat and listen to live music. You even have breakfast delivered to your tent every morning! The pitches are relatively private and the lack of cars on the campsite itself makes a huge difference. Brilliant!
Sarahbayliss73 ?.
September 24, 2015
We all loved this site, even our 17-yr old reluctant camper.  The kids loved le ping-pong, hot tub and swimming pond.  We loved the friendly laid-back atmosphere, beautiful setting & really nicely done showers, toilets & washing up facilities.  The food they provide is a touch of genius, a real treat not having to cook & wash up with a great big campsite social thrown in & all very reasonably priced.   Tonnes to do in the region for all ages & interests.  Will definitely go again. 
Mark G.
August 16, 2015
This was our our second year at the Château ,last year was perfect and it was if anything even better this year.everything was wonderful and so many things set it appart from your usual French site.The showers more of a power than the usual push button on continental sites.The animals that you can feed a real treat for anyone with kids.The informality of the camping pitches add to the charm just pick your favourite free spot.Paul and Zoe really make everyone's stay special and you are more of a friend than a guest.Everything they do adds to the experience the little things you can't do on the cooking stove the moules and chip night ,chicken Sundays and the marvellous new wood fired pizza oven made from the old Château boiler provides the best pizza I've had ever.Rural enough for peace and quiet but close enough for all Normandy has to offer.Will we be returning next year,just try and stop us!My rating is 5 star only because I can't give it a 6 !
Samantha ?.
August 2, 2015
This was by far the favourite campsite we stayed at on our ten day tour of France. The chateau and grounds are stunning, facilities excellent and Zoe and Paul were so welcoming and hospitable. We have already recommended Monfreville to our friends and family and we will definitely be back! 
From the host
Family-run boutique camping in the grounds of a magical castle, idyllically set in the heart of the Normandy countryside. Perrine and Thibault warmly welcome guests of all ages for a truly unique holiday. We love running our little camp site in the heart of the Normandy country side. The best part of it, is all the people who come to stay and especially the ones who come again and again. If we had to descibe what makes this a special spot, it would have to be the total ambience of nature and history combined together. The site overlooks The Cotentin & Bessin national park which is home to storks, herons, kingfishers and many other birds whilst the chateau has a baffling history dating back to William the Conqueror. With a 'No Car' and no caravans/ campers policy on the site, this makes a super happy relaxed atmosphere, with kids running freely and parents relaxing without the worry. The swimming pool is a highlight. The idea of camping brings to mind the caption of, The Great Unwashed', which can bring chills to some at the thought of not having a proper shower and generally being rather dirty by the end of a camping trip. This couldn't be further from the truth when camping at Chateau Monfreville. Because we like our little creature comforts when camping, we decided to put in showers and loos that we would want! So, in the cellars of the chateau, are the most gorgeously decorated Men's and Ladies that one could ask for. Hot showers, no meters, power points for hairdryers, mobile phones & cameras. Theres even a sofa or 2 to pop yourself down, should there be a queue. The wash up sinks, bins, recycle, 2 big fridges; microwave are also in the cellars of the chateau. We really hope that we have thought of everything.
Nearby attractions

Le Château de Monfréville, though a small château by French standards, makes up for it with extensive gardens and a prime position overlooking the Regional Nature Park of Cotentin and Bessin (0033 233 716 190). It is centrally located for Utah and Omaha Beach (20 minutes drive), with fascinating museums and miles of sandy beaches. Utah Beach Museum (+33 233 719 236), the Omaha Beach Memorial Museum (+33 231 219 744) and the Bayeux War Cemetery are perhaps the most poignant of insights into D-Day and the Second World War. The charming medieval town of Bayeux is home to the famous 11th-century tapestry, listed as a “Memory of the World” by UNESCO. Mont St Michel (0033 233 601 430) is an hour's drive, as is Giverny, the home of Monet's Gardens (0033 232 512 821). There's a cheese factory (0033 231 513 333) and (separate) caramel factory (0033 231 516 650) in the local town of Isigny, while the local tourist office here is also a decent starting point to discovering the area.

Food and drink

Due to Covid 19 our swim pool will be open but might be restricting (will depend of government policy). We will offer the opportunity to buy take away food and bread and pastries will be available every day of the week. . The great restaurants of Isigny (4km)  Bar Central & Crêperie (0033 231 510 960). Similarly, the traditional fishing village of Grandcamp Maisey, boasts A La Maree (0033 231 214 100), La Tinquettte (0033 231 226 490) and La Belle Marinière (0033 231 226 123), all excellent.

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