Chateau Alphonse

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Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5

Overview

Wedding Venue Chateaux & Castles
Heritage Collection
Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request
Romantic

This classic French château exudes both charm and comfort, set within an 18-hectare estate and close to pretty villages, historic market towns and the forested landscapes of this part of Normandy. Just off the much-loved Avenue Verte trail, this region is a paradise for cyclists and walkers or spend your time visiting Rouen, Dieppe and even the wonderful city of Paris!

With its elegant façade, 19th century Château Alphonse is an inviting holiday home with so much historic character across its entrance, grand salon and dining room. Built as a wedding present to the original owner’s wife, it’s been beautifully restored in more recent years and features six lovely bedrooms for up to 12 guests. Each bedroom is decorated in its own delightful style alongside comfortable beds and five well-appointed bath or shower rooms, four of which are en suite. The top-floor bedroom under the eaves is especially bright and spacious whilst there is a charming family suite with a king-size double, separate twin and shower room.

There are plenty of modern touches such as the gym, TV room and various games or simply spend hours in the glorious grounds with its roses, lawns and trees. Sip coffee or calvados on the handsome château terrace, prepare meals on the barbecue, watch children have fun in the play area or simply find a peaceful spot on a stone bench or wrought iron chair. There’s over 300 apple and pear trees in the fruit orchard, walking trails through the estate’s woodland and views of Normandy countryside.

Pick up delicious local produce at the twice-weekly market in the nearby historic town, only a 5-minute drive away, then pack a picnic and head off to explore some of the superb surroundings of this region. Normandy’s largest forest is a short drive away, ideal for long walks and other outdoor adventures with its towering beech trees. Be sure to stop off in the picture-perfect village of Lyons-la-Forêt, one of France’s classified ‘Plus Beaux Villages’.

Rose-filled Gerberoy is another idyllic gem nearby, once home to 19th century artist Henri Le Sidaner, whilst Monet’s famous Giverny is under an hour by car with its picturesque setting near the Seine river. Then there’s the maritime town of Dieppe, the iconic white cliffs of the Pays de Caux coastline, historic Gisors and atmospheric Rouen. Indeed, there is so much to admire across the Seine-Maritime and beyond before returning to the tranquillity of your romantic Normandy château.

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What you should know…

  • A caretaker lives within the grounds, separate from the château.

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Bicycles Provided Gym/Fitness Room Indoor Games Table Tennis Home Cinema DVD Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

Château Interiors (various levels, via steps)

-    Entrance
-    Living room
-    Dining room
-    Library/TV room
-    Kitchen, well-equipped
-    2 x bedrooms with queen-size double bed and en suite bathroom
-    Bedroom with king-size double bed and en suite shower room 
-    Bedroom (under eaves) with king-size double bed and en suite bathroom
-    2-bedroom family suite with one bedroom with king-size bed, one bedroom with twin beds and one bathroom with shower and separate WC

Outside Grounds (18-hectare estate)

-    West-facing terrace with al-fresco dining tables and chairs
-    Barbecue
-    Garden with benches, tables, sculptures
-    Children’s play area
-    Orchard with 300+ fruit trees
-    Parkland with woodland and paths
-    Bikes

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    Heating
-    TV (French channels) and DVD player
-    Home cinema
-    Billiards
-    Table-tennis
-    Gym
-    Outdoor play area

Location

About the surrounding area of Chateau Alphonse
<1hr to Airport Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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In the Seine-Maritime department of Normandy, around 50km east of Rouen and under 2hrs from Paris, Château Alphonse is ideally located for historic market towns and picturesque villages set across beautiful landscapes of forests, orchards and rivers, not far from Monet’s famous Giverny.

Around 2km from the nearest village, the château is set just off a country road leading to a delightful small Normandy town which can be reached in a 5-minute drive. As well as restaurants, shops and other useful amenities, there is a market on a Tuesday and Friday morning and other festivities or events throughout the year.

Within a 20-minute drive you can be in the heart of the Forêt de Lyons, Normandy’s largest forest with close to 11,000 acres of towering beech trees and woodland, ideal for hiking and other outdoor adventures. The idyllic village of Lyons-la-Forêt, one of France’s classified Plus Beaux Villages, is a must-see with its charming houses, pretty cafes and restaurants as well as the village’s 18th century covered market.

Romantic Gerberoy (15km) is yet another one of France’s Plus Beaux Villages, set in the Picardy region of France. Explore its cobbled lanes, admire half-timbered houses with trailing roses and visit the garden of the 19th century artist, Henri Le Sidaner, who fell in love with this enchanting village. The annual Fête des Roses usually takes place on a Sunday in early June.

Claude Monet’s house in Giverny, just under an hour away, can also be visited for the day from spring to autumn, set near the Seine and close to the village of Vernon. Claude Monet lived in Giverny for over forty years until his death in 1926 and the stunning gardens are featured in so much of his work – no wonder it’s one of France’s most popular attractions. Learn more about Monet and the impressionist movement at the small but interesting Musée Vernon.

Closer to home, you can discover the Avenue Verte, part of the Paris to London green-way cycling route and also popular with horse-riders and walkers. It passes through the local town and onwards to Beauvais and Paris or head north towards the former spa town of Forges-les-Eaux, nowadays known for its Grand Casino. 

On the banks of the Epte, Gisors is another fascinating historic town with superb views from its 11th century castle. Visit the half-timbered houses of Rue de Vienne and look out for the atmospheric twice-weekly morning market. Just to the south, there are some great canoeing opportunities in Saint-Clair-sur-Epte.

Learn all about medieval Rouen’s history in this characterful town, only 50km away, also home to some excellent restaurants showcasing the best of Normandy cuisine. Alternatively, head to the Normandy seaside with its iconic white cliffs and amazing coastal gems such as Dieppe (75km), Veules-les-Roses (90km), and Étretat (135km).

Not forgetting Paris for a truly memorable experience – either take the car to Beauvais (33km) and catch the train to Gare du Nord, taking 80 minutes, or drive into the city for a day out exploring its grand monuments, world-famous museums and wonderful arrondissements.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Paris Beauvais Airport

(39km)

Nearest Airport 2 Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

(107km)

Nearest Train Station Beauvais

(33km)

Nearest Village Small rural village

(2km)

Nearest Restaurant Local town

(3km)

Nearest Supermarket Just outside local town

(3km)

Nearest Town Small market town

(3km)

Nearest City Rouen

(50km)

Nearest Golf Golf Chaumont-en-Vexin

(33km)

Region

History and gastronomy go hand-in-hand in Normandy, making it a great choice if culture and fine dining are what you’re looking for in a holiday! There’s still plenty on offer besides the food and tales of yesteryear, however – you can take a tour around some of the beautiful inland towns and villages or head to the coast, where you’ll find a mixture of wide sandy beaches and rugged, romantic cliffs. If you’re not already convinced to head to one of our villas in Normandy (or maybe if you’ve already booked) you’ll find a wealth of great things to do, see and eat in our ultimate Normandy travel guide!

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

There are some amazing walking trails through the Forêt de Lyons, Normandy’s largest forest with towering beech trees perfect for outdoor adventures. Close to the town of Forges-les-Eaux, the Épinay forest is also wonderful for families and you are close to the Avenue Verte, partly a former railway line that is perfect for family walks, cycle rides and horse-riding.

Under half an hour away, the popular amusement park, Parc Saint-Paul, is a fun day out with a number of family attractions and rides.

Heading north, try to escape from the Labyrinthe Artmazia, close to the beautiful Forêt d'Eawy. It’s one of the largest mazes in the country and features a little play area for youngsters as well as croquet, pétanque and other traditional games.

Admire the ruins of Château Gaillard (40km) above the banks of the Seine, perhaps followed by a trip to Tolysland, a simple but welcoming amusement park with inflatable attractions, animals and play areas.

You can even spend the day by the Normandy coast with Dieppe and the incredible Pays de Caux around a 90-minute drive away. Alternatively, drive south and you could be in the heart of Paris in under two hours (or hop on a train from Beauvais).

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • <1hr to Airport
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Swings
  • Slide
  • Bicycles Provided
  • Indoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Home Cinema
  • DVD

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Local Tours Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Private chef
- Extra cleaning
- Local tours

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €1000 paid via bank transfer to the owner one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes and mid-stay linen change for stays of 7+ nights.
End of stay cleaning included? No. €250, payable locally. This is for a standard changeover clean. Guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Changeover day Saturday from mid-July to end-August. Flexible during all other periods.
Minimum stay 7 nights from mid-July to end-August. 5 nights over Xmas/NY. 3 nights during all other periods.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner. If accepted, a pet supplement will apply (payable locally).
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings and other special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges. Stag/hen parties are not allowed.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Mar 2nd 2024 - Jul 13th 2024 £4,447 £5,929 £7,411 £10,376
Jul 13th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 - - - £10,376
Aug 24th 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 £4,447 £5,929 £7,411 £10,376
Dec 20th 2024 - Jan 1st 2025 - - £7,411 £10,376
Jan 1st 2025 - Jul 12th 2025 £4,447 £5,929 £7,411 £10,376
Jul 12th 2025 - Aug 23rd 2025 - - - £10,376
Aug 23rd 2025 - Sep 3rd 2025 £4,447 £5,929 £7,411 £10,376

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Mar 2nd 2024 - Jul 13th 2024 €4,838 €6,450 €8,063 €11,288
Jul 13th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 - - - €11,288
Aug 24th 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 €4,838 €6,450 €8,063 €11,288
Dec 20th 2024 - Jan 1st 2025 - - €8,063 €11,288
Jan 1st 2025 - Jul 12th 2025 €4,838 €6,450 €8,063 €11,288
Jul 12th 2025 - Aug 23rd 2025 - - - €11,288
Aug 23rd 2025 - Sep 3rd 2025 €4,838 €6,450 €8,063 €11,288

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Mar 2nd 2024 - Jul 13th 2024 $5,247 $6,996 $8,745 $12,242
Jul 13th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 - - - $12,242
Aug 24th 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 $5,247 $6,996 $8,745 $12,242
Dec 20th 2024 - Jan 1st 2025 - - $8,745 $12,242
Jan 1st 2025 - Jul 12th 2025 $5,247 $6,996 $8,745 $12,242
Jul 12th 2025 - Aug 23rd 2025 - - - $12,242
Aug 23rd 2025 - Sep 3rd 2025 $5,247 $6,996 $8,745 $12,242

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Reviews

  • Beyond our expectations!

    on 09/09/2019

    Exceeded all expectations. Group of 15 doing London to Paris. Well located on Donald hirsch route. House is amazing. Breakfast and all the snacks were great - thanks for the custard tarts and pastries!! House is lovely and the owner, Adeline, was exceptionally helpful and thoughtful.

  • Idyllic!

    on 01/06/2018

    TRULY WONDERFUL. VERY COMFORTABLE BED AND ROOM. VERY QUIET. LOVELY FAMILY WHO RUN THE CHÂTEAU. IT COULD NOT BE MORE IDYLLIC AND QUIET. THE BREAKFAST WAS DELICIOUS, LOCAL PRODUCE

  • Characterful house

    on 23/05/2018

    Fabulous! Lovely quiet place with character, great alternative for crowded hotels.

  • An exceptional stay in Normandy!

    on 15/04/2018

    EXCEPTIONNEL! SUPERBE SÉJOUR ACCUEIL, PROPRETÉ IRRÉPROCHABLE ET PETIT DÉJEUNER COPIEUX, NOUS REVIENDRONS UN JOUR MERCI

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