Chateau De Cource

Sleeps: 10 - 14 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 6
Sleeps: 10 - 14 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 6


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With style reminiscent of a miniature Versailles, this striking chateau in Normandy conjures the grandeur of the 17th and 18th centuries from the moment you approach it through the tree-lined driveway. The chateau effortlessly combines classic touches (from the stonework in the garden to the Aubusson carpets and even an original c17th backgammon set), with the modern amenities you expect, such as jetted tubs, Nespresso machine, widescreen TV (with Netflix and DVD) and the heated pool, to name just a few.

This is no dark and dreary castle - large windows on both sides of the chateau let light stream in throughout the day. Sportsmen and women can compete on the private tennis court, do some laps in the pool, fish in the moat, and bicycles are also available for anyone wanting to leave the extensive grounds. The beach at Fontenay-Sur-Mer for example is within easy biking distance.

Through the gardens, 100m away from the main chateau, is a separate cottage that’s perfect for a small family who prefers more privacy.

Here, your family chateau holiday includes the best of both worlds: peaceful French countryside, with access to historic sites. Only 15 minutes away WWII history comes to life in the town of Sainte-Mère-Église and Utah Beach, the site of the D-Day landing. Cherbourg & Caen are the nearest port and airport, but it is also convenient to drive from Paris, just 3 hours away.

Please note this property is available for groups of up to 14 guests when renting the chateau and the cottage. For smaller parties of up to 10 guests, the chateau on its own can be rented at a reduced price.

Oliver Approved

What Oliver loves…

  • The approach to the chateau via the tree-lined driveway will quite literally take your breath away as you're transported back to the C17th.
  • The heated private pool is set within a beautifully kept garden beneath the chateau. It's huge and perfect for relaxing beside whilst the kids play.
  • The sheer scale of the place - all the rooms in the chateau are enormous with high ceilings so even large groups will struggle to get on top of each other.
  • The table tennis room has been decked out with tennis memorabilia and even has tennis lockers. A nice hang out spot for teenagers.
  • Sandy beaches are only 10 minutes drive away and they are perfect for the little ones as you can walk our about 100m and still only be up to your knees!
  • Mont St Michel, Bayeux Tapestry and the Normandy landing beaches are all easily accessible for day trips.

What you should know…

  • The downstairs bedroom has a shower and basin but no WC currently (there are plans to install one for 2018).
  • The cottage is clean and comfortable but is not furnished to the same standard as the chateau.

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Internet Tennis Court Cable TV Bicycles Provided Games Room Indoor Games Outdoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating

Chateau de Cource, Sleeps 14: 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms

Ground Floor
- A large kitchen (50 m²) equipped with two electrical ovens, 3 electric halogens hot plates, an electric plancha, full height refrigerator with freezer compartment, dishwasher and lots of cooking equipment. Sufficient crockery, silverware and glassware for the rental capacity; kitchen table for up to 10 and a bar counter for up to 5.
- A pantry with sink, kitchen table, Nespresso machine
- A Boiler room
- A Mud Room with hangers and bench
- A large TV/Playroom (65 m²) with satellite TV with international channels, Netflix DVD reader, Hi-Fi, bookshelves, Wi-Fi, two Chesterfield sofas, armchairs, games table (DVDs & English books are available).

First Floor
- A large Louis XIII dining room (50m²) with a maximum capacity of 14/18. Kitchenware is furnished for to cater for the maximum capacity.
- A small dining/breakfast room for up to 8 is equipped with dishwasher, 2 hot plates, sink, microwave, refrigerator, automatic espresso machine and crockery.
- A large Regency bedroom (30 m²) with a double bed (140x190), shower and a small hand basin.
- A cloakroom with phone, Wi-Fi, umbrellas and cupboard with numerous regional guides.
- A large guest WC with double sinks, cupboard with numerous vases.
- A large blue Louis XV Drawing Room (50 m²) with meridienne, armchairs, game table and Piano forte (not tuned!). A great spot for a gin and tonic pre-dinner!
- A Louis XIII library/drawing room (45 m²) with sofa, armchairs, desk, tapestry, bar, Hi-FI.

Second Floor
- A large double en-suite bedroom (30 m²) with a double bed (140x200) with  bathroom with double sinks, separate shower, Jacuzzi bathtub and WC.
- Two single bedrooms equipped with a 100x190 bed and hand basin.
- A laundry room with washing machine, dryer, ironing table.
- A large double en-suite bedroom (35m²) with a 140x200 electrical bed and bathroom with bathtub, separate shower, WC, and en-suite dressing room, mini TV (only local channels).
- A twin bedroom (25 m²), with two single beds 90x200 which may be joined on request.
- A child bedroom/den with a small bed 80x150 (not accounted for in the sleeping capacity). This connects with the twin bedrooms so works well for small children.
- A hall bathroom which connects to the twin room but can also be accessed from the corridor, with sink & bathtub.
- A separate WC.

Cottage, Sleeps 4: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
Located 100m from the main house. It includes a separate bathroom with bathtub, sink and WC, a fully equipped kitchen/dining room (oven, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, hot plates etc), Wi-Fi and living room. Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms, one with a 140x200 bed which can be split and one with 2 90x190 beds.

Exterior Grounds
- Heated swimming pool (a balmy 27-29 degrees)
- Private tennis court
- Moat for carp fishing
- Mountain bikes
- Vegetable garden with playground
- Table tennis games room
- Croquet
- Gas barbecue
- Tennis racquets
- Basic fishing rod (carp are available in the lake)


About the surrounding area of Chateau De Cource
Coastal <1hr to Airport Walking/Hiking Paths Rural Location Golf Nearby Fishing Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Chateau de Cource lies in the heart of the wild and beautiful Cotentin Peninsula area in Normandy, in Fontenay-sur-Mer, 300km west of Paris. The closest train station is Valognes (12 km).

You can discover and enjoy the local area by walking or biking through the beautiful and peaceful countryside. There are many bikes available at the chateau (free of charge) so we recommend exploring the local area this way as the roads are so quiet.

During your stay you should visit the historic town of Valognes, particularly the Hotel de Beaumont and the famous Cider Museum. Here you will find everything you need during your stay (supermarket, shops, restaurants etc) and it is only ten minutes drive away from the chateau.

The chateau is 3 miles from the beach and an 18 hole golf course created 30 years ago by the father of the current owner of the chateau!

There are also several riding clubs around where lessons or private hire can be organised.

- 5 mins to sandy beaches
- 15 mins to the D-DAY BEACHES (Utah Beach)
- 15 min to world renowned village Sainte-Mere-Eglise
- 1.5 hours to the Mont St Michel
- 45 mins to The Bayeux Tapestry.
- 2 hours to Honfleur.
- 2 hours to Gardens at Giverny (Monet).
- 2 hours to Rouen.
- 3 hours to Paris by car or train.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Cherbourg & Caen

(31-35 km)

Nearest Ferry port Cherbourg

(31-35 km)

Nearest Village Fontenaysur Mer


Nearest Town/City Montebourg/Quineville


Nearest Restaurant Quineville

(5 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Montebourg

(5 km)

Nearest Beach Fontenay sur Mer

(5 km)

Nearest Golf Fontenay sur Mer

(5 km)

Nearest Shop Montebourg/Quineville


Nearest Supermarket Montebourg/Quineville



Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Child-Safe Pool Cot(s) High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Horse riding
  • Historical sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Table tennis
  • Swings
  • Board Games
  • Boules/Petanque
  • Table football
  • Badminton
  • Bikes

Services Available

  • Babysitting service available (at extra cost)
  • Catering available (at extra cost)


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Maid Service Included

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:
- Laurence is a fantastic local cook to the chateau who is available to cater as much or as little as you need. She costs €20p/h and you simply pay for the hours she works. She is happy to do additional cleaning and will even shop for you if you require (she will charge for her time and the cost of the shopping).
- Cleaning of the common areas is included daily within the rental price but please note that this does not extend to washing up. If you wish to have a full clean and tidy you will need additional hours of cleaning that can be arranged a couple of weeks prior to your stay.

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.

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.

A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!

B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit

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Terms & Conditions

A daily 3 hour cleaning service of common areas (Monday-Friday) is included in the chateau rental (this does not extend to washing up). Washing up and cleaning of bedrooms and bathrooms can be included on request at additional cost.

A chef is available to cater for breakfast and evening meals at €20 p/hr + cost of the ingredients. Please enquire for more details.

Security deposit €2000. The security deposit is paid prior to arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time 4 pm onwards.
Departure time 10 am.
Energy costs included? Included except central heating (from October to April).
Linen & towels included? All linen included in the rental price.
Pets welcome? No
Changeover day Saturday.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking.
Insurance It is a condition of the owner that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Other Ts and Cs No groups under 25 allowed. No stag&hen parties allowed. Names and ages of customers must be sent to the owner before arrival.

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 10 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
February 18th 2018 - March 31st 2018 - £3,419.00 £5,373.00
March 31st 2018 - May 26th 2018 - - £5,373.00
May 26th 2018 - September 1st 2018 - - £6,742.00
September 1st 2018 - October 27th 2018 - £3,687.00 £5,373.00
October 27th 2018 - December 22nd 2018 - - £5,373.00
December 22nd 2018 - January 5th 2019 - - £6,742.00
January 5th 2019 - March 30th 2019 - - £5,373.00
March 30th 2019 - May 25th 2019 - £3,687.00 £5,373.00
May 25th 2019 - August 22nd 2019 - - £6,742.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 14 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
February 18th 2018 - March 31st 2018 - - £5,794.00
March 31st 2018 - May 26th 2018 - - £5,794.00
May 26th 2018 - September 1st 2018 - - £6,953.00
September 1st 2018 - October 27th 2018 - £3,687.00 £5,794.00
October 27th 2018 - December 22nd 2018 - - £5,794.00
December 22nd 2018 - January 5th 2019 - - £6,953.00
January 5th 2019 - March 30th 2019 - - £5,794.00
March 30th 2019 - May 25th 2019 - £3,687.00 £5,794.00
May 25th 2019 - August 22nd 2019 - - £6,953.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 10 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
February 18th 2018 - March 31st 2018 - €3,717.00 €5,841.00
March 31st 2018 - May 26th 2018 - - €5,841.00
May 26th 2018 - September 1st 2018 - - €7,330.00
September 1st 2018 - October 27th 2018 - €4,009.00 €5,841.00
October 27th 2018 - December 22nd 2018 - - €5,841.00
December 22nd 2018 - January 5th 2019 - - €7,330.00
January 5th 2019 - March 30th 2019 - - €5,841.00
March 30th 2019 - May 25th 2019 - €4,009.00 €5,841.00
May 25th 2019 - August 22nd 2019 - - €7,330.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 14 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
February 18th 2018 - March 31st 2018 - - €6,299.00
March 31st 2018 - May 26th 2018 - - €6,299.00
May 26th 2018 - September 1st 2018 - - €7,559.00
September 1st 2018 - October 27th 2018 - €4,009.00 €6,299.00
October 27th 2018 - December 22nd 2018 - - €6,299.00
December 22nd 2018 - January 5th 2019 - - €7,559.00
January 5th 2019 - March 30th 2019 - - €6,299.00
March 30th 2019 - May 25th 2019 - €4,009.00 €6,299.00
May 25th 2019 - August 22nd 2019 - - €7,559.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 10 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
February 18th 2018 - March 31st 2018 - $4,612.00 $7,247.00
March 31st 2018 - May 26th 2018 - - $7,247.00
May 26th 2018 - September 1st 2018 - - $9,094.00
September 1st 2018 - October 27th 2018 - $4,973.00 $7,247.00
October 27th 2018 - December 22nd 2018 - - $7,247.00
December 22nd 2018 - January 5th 2019 - - $9,094.00
January 5th 2019 - March 30th 2019 - - $7,247.00
March 30th 2019 - May 25th 2019 - $4,973.00 $7,247.00
May 25th 2019 - August 22nd 2019 - - $9,094.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 14 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
February 18th 2018 - March 31st 2018 - - $7,815.00
March 31st 2018 - May 26th 2018 - - $7,815.00
May 26th 2018 - September 1st 2018 - - $9,378.00
September 1st 2018 - October 27th 2018 - $4,973.00 $7,815.00
October 27th 2018 - December 22nd 2018 - - $7,815.00
December 22nd 2018 - January 5th 2019 - - $9,378.00
January 5th 2019 - March 30th 2019 - - $7,815.00
March 30th 2019 - May 25th 2019 - $4,973.00 $7,815.00
May 25th 2019 - August 22nd 2019 - - $9,378.00

Owner Profile

Property Owner

How long have you owned the property?
More than 20 years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The Chateau has always been in the family. It is very bright and have beautiful gardens. Between tennis, pool, golf, sailing  and water ski the property was like a private club med during my summer holidays while I was growing up.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
As it is 8 miles from Utah Beach, the house was fortunate not to have been bombed on D'Day during the WWII. It changed hands 9 times in 3 days so neither the Americans or the Germans knew who was inside at any given times.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
King James II of England in 1692.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?

Watch the sunrise on the sea.

Really eat?
Oysters, Mussels, Local Lamb and Cream & Apples.

Really see?
Mt St Michel, La Hague, D-day beaches.

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
It can be windy at times.



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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  • Absolutely Wonderful

    Posted by Phoebe W on 05/01/2017

    We had the pleasure of staying at the Chateau de Cource last year for a family re-union. There were 8 adults and 7 children, of which 6 were under 10 years old. Our stay was absolutely wonderful. The house is beautiful, standing amid expansive and very well maintained gardens, with plenty of spaces for the kids to play as well as a clean and accessible swimming pool. We had full use of the house and grounds and enjoyed learning about the history of the owner's family, the house and all its beautiful furniture from the owner, who met us and ensured that everything was perfect for our stay. There is a caretaker/gardener and family living adjacent to the house, which was very helpful on the few occasions when we lost our keys or needed access to some of the amenities. The kids thoroughly enjoyed roaming the grounds, playing tennis and spent much time in the pool.
    The owner, also arranged for us to have the support of a wonderful cook to prepare family friendly and adult pleasing delicious meals every evening, including after dinner clean up and morning cleaning every day.
    We spent our days enjoying the property and nearby villages as well as exploring the history and sites of the D-Day landings. The owner was extremely helpful and attentive in ensuring everything was perfect.

  • All-time favourite holiday

    Posted by Jonathan & Polina on 05/10/2016

    We enjoyed one of our all-time favourite holidays at Chateau de Cource during the summer of 2016. It was pretty much like spending 14 blissful nights in an extraordinarily comfortable, divinely elegant, charming, characterful and fascinating museum. The property's long history is palpable, as if you can touch and breathe in the centuries. It’s absolutely somewhere you immediately settle in and don’t want to leave, made even more instantly relaxing by owner Jean, as gracious as he is entertaining. It’s also beautifully well-equipped: we spent countless hours in and by the pool, playing tennis at sunset, rowing in the moat, feeding the swans, walking the grounds, engaged in the kitchen preparing delicious local produce, and as much time again unwinding in the enchanting brick-vaulted lounge with a log fire for atmosphere. Locally, it’s fascinating: the Normandy beaches and dunes, alluring farmers’ markets and agricultural shows, museums a plenty, historic towns and quiet countryside that is at all times tranquil, even in the height of the season. Everything is half the price of the Cote D’Azur, yet twice as pleasant, so altogether four times better value. Of course we shall return.

  • Understated, relaxed elegance in the Normandy countryside

    Posted by Phoebe L on 26/11/2014

    A handful of close friends and I spent the most enjoyable and relaxing week at Chateau de Cource, a thoroughly charming and idyllic 17th century chateau located in the gorgeous Normandy countryside. Prepare to be transported to another time entirely; it did not take us long to appreciate the chateau's unique qualities and also its idiosyncrasies. If you are looking for a property with 5* amenities across the board, specifically perfectly updated bathrooms and kitchens, this may not meet your expectations. However, the opportunity to experience an historic, centuries owned, "grand family home" is special indeed. All of the rooms are elegant and ooze character and the pool, gardens, tennis court and moat (complete with 2 swans!) are like icing on the cake. The owner, Jean, could not have been more gracious, accessible and warm. He drove from Paris to meet us on arrival, gave us a thorough tour of the home and property and made sure we felt welcomed and comfortable. Jean checked in with us regularly (his english is excellent!) and was very pleased to answer any questions and make recommendations for local restaurants, markets and sightseeing excursions, all of which made the trip feel authentically french. A lovely housekeeper/cook is available to provide as much support as you desire --- she is an excellent cook and extremely pleasant. After long days of walking the coastline, exploring nearby towns, making the trip to Mount St. Michel and the D-Day Beaches, it was wonderful to return to delicious home cooked meals. We were sad when our week came to its end and we all have such fond memories of our time at Chateau de Cource!

  • Most incredible time- living in a fairy tail for one week

    Posted by anonymous on 26/11/2014

    This chateau is just a dream come true. The photos look nice but it is even more impressive in reality. We were lucky to find an available week and the booking process was very easy. Jean is just wonderful. He came from Paris to greet us on our arrival and explained everything and even introduced us to the local fishmonger.
    The property is very well kept- the house and the gardens are always perfect. There are some gardener looking after the wonderful gardens and the Madame, who is looking after the Chateau is also a great cook. We, a group of friends with children, spent lovely hours at the pool and in the gardens and we all felt like little prince and princess. In the evening we enjoyed the delicious dinners, which were prepared for us and the evening ended with a digestive in one of the living rooms. All rooms are furnished with precious antiques and all bathrooms are equipped with high class facilities. Also the kitchen was a dream: Very atmospheric but with first class equipment.
    The beach is near by and there are a lot of things to explore in the area.
    We will definitely come back! We all felt so lucky to be able to stay in such a wonderful place and also felt very welcome and taken care of. I must admit, that absolutely all expectations were exceeded a lot. Chateau de Cource is definitely the greatest place I have stayed at.

  • A beautiful chateau and gardens

    Posted by anonymous on 26/11/2014

    We have stayed two years in a row at this idyllic house. It takes 300 years to get a well balanced house and garden. The in house chef made wonderful suppers of Normandy fare. The poll and tennis court allowed good exercise.
    We'll placed to visit numerous historical sites and attractions. Would go every year.

  • Truly amazing

    Posted by Keith Crow on 17/09/2012

    We thoroughly enjoyed this house. It is beautifully furnished and in great condition. The grounds are spectacular. We have stayed in a number of other large houses in France, and this is by far the nicest. The owner's attention to detail throughout the house and grounds is impressive.

    Our kids really enjoyed the pool, the nearby beach and Normandie in general. There is great shopping in a nearby village. And great wi-fi in the house.

    This is a very relaxing and refreshing place to stay.

  • A wonderful experience

    Posted by mark roper on 11/09/2012

    This house and its garden are really a piece of art. It is a beautifully preserved stately country home with well laid out and developed gardens. The furnishings are of equal quality .
    We benefited from Laurence who did a wonderful job preparing our suppers and assisting us in any needs we had.. The owner was also very helpful with any questions we had, even organizing typical Normandy cuisine.
    We used the tennis courst and pool in the morning and saw the sites in the afternoon.
    When renting a home there i some trepidation but this worked out far bettter than my best expectations.

  • Authentic and lovely to visit

    Posted by Anonymous User on 19/07/2012

    On reflection, bar the heating or lack of..

    It is a chateau in Normandy it was clean, authentic and lovely to visit.

    Jean made us very welcome and it was the first time he had leased the property

    And a new experience for all

    We all get so used to our mod cons,and it was lovely to step back in time.



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