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Experience history at the superb Pavillon Normandie, part of a luxury château in Normandy in the heart of the Cotentin peninsula, just five kilometres from the sea and the charming town of Barfleur, one of France's 'Plus Beaux Villages de France'.

The home dates back to the 16th century when it was a large stone house with two towers and by the 19th century it had become a small château, lived in by one of France’s greatest political thinkers and writers of the time. His wife created the beautiful English gardens which now include fortifications from the Second World War. The famous writer describes the view from the Tower Wing perfectly in one of his works; "A long meadow blending into the sea on the horizon." The couple adored their château and it has remained in the family ever since with a fascinating history.  It's is now considered a national landmark and listed amongst France’s Patrimonie National.

Guests now have the opportunity to stay in the Tower Wing at Pavillon Normandie, over four floors each measuring 100 square metres. The home has been beautifully renovated to feature original charms but with modern amenities such as a lift to all floors, a home cinema room and daily maid service. The five bedrooms all have en-suite bathrooms, and the period-style furnishings and design include an 18th century tapestry, beamed ceilings and four-poster beds in some of the rooms. The 17th century fireplace in the elegant living room is another of the unique features in this fabulous home.

Outside you can relax in six hectares of parkland, a romantic English style garden with broad lawns plus a beautiful pond.  The more active guests can enjoy a game of tennis or jog around the vast grounds or you can simply find a shady spot to read your book under the ancient oak and willow trees.

Despite the tranquil surroundings you are only five kilometres from the charming harbour town of Barfleur with pretty granite houses, characterful cafes and restaurants and some lovely beaches and walks. Follow the coastal path up to the headland for stunning views of the Contentin peninsular from one of Europe’s tallest lighthouses.

In this captivating region, there is so much of historical Normandy to discover. Highlights of the area include the pretty hamlets, fine gardens and little ports of La Hague, the breathtaking views from Cap de Carteret (57km) and dining on local oysters in Saint-Vaast-La-Hougue (13km).  The Contentin Peninsula played a vital role in the D-Day landings with Utah Beach and Saint- Mère-Eglise a mere 26km away and further historical landing beaches nearby.

The former owner once wrote about his château "I glimpse into a world of dreams…from the top of the tower I can see the port where William the Conqueror embarked for his conquest of England, and do you know that all these places around me bear names that are famous in our history." It is indeed a special place in a region steeped in history as well as a wonderful, tranquil home for a memorable holiday.

Good news! For a little extra, this property is available as a Vill’otel
Yey! Wait… what is that?
It’s the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel.

What can be arranged?
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the Extras tab for all the details.
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What you should know…

  • The Pavillon is the spacious Tower Wing of the château, over four floors with five bedrooms, that has been beautifully renovated to rent out to guests
  • There is a small lift that can take you to the upper levels or you can climb up the spiral staircase to each floor
  • The charming pond has its own resident swan called Lorenza!

This home is a part of our Great Value and Heritage Collection!

This is a historic home, and as such:

  • It has probably been standing for over 100 years, which means it's full of historic value and charm but it may also have one or two quirks!
  • Some of the decor and furnishings may not be brand new, but that should not detract from your holiday experience in this unique setting that allows you to take a step back in time!

This home is a part of our Sustainable Collection!

To be part of the collection, homes must meet a minimum of four criteria from our sustainable checklist, or three from the checklist and have a daily carbon footprint of 5kg or lower, based on full occupancy per bedroom. View the full collection here >

This home meets the following criteria from our sustainable checklist:

  • Supports the local community (promotes local businesses)
  • Committed to Renewable and Green Energy
  • Promotes Sustainable Living (Recycling)
  • Promotes Sustainable Living (Vegetable Patch)
  • Protects and conserves local Heritage

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite Tennis Court TV Lift Games Room Indoor Games Home Cinema Working Fireplace/Woodburner

The Pavillon

Ground Floor

- Living room with fire-place dating back to 17th century
- Open-plan dining room for up to 12 guests
- Well-equipped modern kitchen
- Library area
- Guest WC
- Lift with access to all three floors

First Floor

- King-size double (or twin) and en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. Features 17th century tapestry, overlooks pond
- King-size double (or twin) and en-suite shower room. Features 19th century ciel de lit over the bed

Second Floor

- Twin room (each bed 190cmx130cm) and en-suite shower room. Features a 19th century Napoleon style bed frame, slept in by the original owner of the house
- King-size double with four poster bed and en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. Bedroom suitable for wheelchair access

Third Floor

- King-size double with four poster bed and en-suite art deco style bathroom with bath and shower. Features spectacular beamed ceiling
- Family living room with sofas and armchairs, home cinema and games

Outside Grounds

- Six hectares of parkland
- Al-fresco dining and lounge areas
- Lawns
- Pond
- Mature trees and plants
- Tennis court
- Portable BBQ with coal
- Old joinery featuring small exhibition on owner’s life and work


- Lift
- Wi-Fi (ground floor only)
- Cable TV
- Home cinema
- Indoor games
- Tennis

Extra Sustainability Gems About the Property

The entire heating system is only based on geothermal energy. The owners have installed a heat pump in the park hidden in the bushes and it produces all the heat necessary for the Tower. Regarding the food supply, the food chain is very short, the ingredients come from local markets or nearby producers (neighbouring fishermen, butchers, farmers etc).


About the surrounding area of Pavillon Normandie
Beach Nearby <1hr to Airport Sailing Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Pavillon Normandie is located on the beautiful Contentin peninsula, just south-east of Cherbourg.

You are just five minutes drive from Barfleur, one of Frances ‘Plus Beaux Villages de France’, an unspoiled fishing harbour and coastal town with pretty granite houses with white shutters, colourful shops and atmospheric cafes and restaurants. Be sure to try the local speciality, mussels harvested in the sea called Blonde de Barfleur.

The village is full of character and history, with houses dating back to the 16th century. Visit the medieval courtyard of Saint-Catherine whilst the more energetic can walk up to the headland where you can enjoy magnificent views of the Contentin peninsula from one of the highest lighthouses in Europe.

The town has some attractive beaches, the main one, Plage de la Sambière, just to the south. There’s a sailing school and diving opportunities and some stunning walks from the village across the nearby dunes. Keen hikers will appreciate the G23 which passes through the village and along the nearby coast.  There are also various mountain bike trails to follow, an ideal way to travel through the scenic surroundings.

In this captivating region, there is so much in Normandy to discover. Head to beautiful towns and timeless villages, explore the regions gastronomic delights or head to the coast whether it is dunes and sandy beaches or rugged cliffs. Highlights of the area include the pretty hamlets, fine gardens and little ports of La Hague, the breathtaking views from Cap de Carteret (57km) and the stunning granite island of Mont St Michel (160km).

Be sure to visit one of the fine Calvados cellars and learn how the drink is made and visitors of all ages will enjoy the aquarium museum La Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg (25km). Nature lovers should walk (high tide) or take the amphibious boat (low tide) with wheels across to the amazing Tatihou Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

This part of Normandy is full of history. Indeed at Pavillon Normandie you will find a pair of German blockhouses, known as The Atlantic Wall, in the grounds. The Contentin Peninsula played a vital role in the D-Day landings with Utah Beach and Saint- Mère-Eglise a mere 26km away. The town of Carentan, scene of bitter fighting, is just 54km away.

Moving east, Arromanches (102km) and Omaha (84km) are two further examples of beaches with historical importance as well as the batteries and cliffs of Longues-sur-Mer (97km).  Combine with a lunch of delicious oysters in Port-en-Bessin (95km) before heading south to Bayeux (90km). The historic town is well known for the UNESCO classified Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the Norman’s conquest of England and the medieval cathedral is also worthy of a visit. It is a beautiful town with many renowned restaurants, historical buildings and interesting museums about this fascinating part of Normandy.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Cherbourg

(16-20 km)

Nearest Ferry Port Cherbourg-Maupertus


Nearest Village Barfleur/Saint-Pierre-Eglise


Nearest Town/City Cherbourg


Nearest Restaurant Barfleur


Nearest Bar/Pub Barfleur


Nearest Beach La Sambière


Nearest Supermarket Carrefour Express, Barfleur


Nearest Golf Golf Of Cherbourg En Cotentin


Nearest Tennis

(On site )


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

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Sailing
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Board games
  • Tennis Court
  • Lift
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Home Cinema
  • Toys

Services Available

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


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available
Good news! For a little extra, this property is available as a Vill’otel

With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay:
- Daily breakfast
- Daily maid service
- Deluxe welcome hamper with local delicacies
- Welcome drinks for your group
- Fridge-stocking service
- Private chef service

If you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option, contact us on for a tailor-made quote! Typical costs range between £100-£250 per person per week dependent on requirements.
Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking.

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

- Housekeeping (2 hours a day) included

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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Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit €1500 charged to clients' credit card prior to arrival.
Arrival time 16.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pets welcome? No pets allowed.
Changeover day Saturday.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes.
Smoking Allowed? Outdoors only.
Insurance It is recommended 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 The owner requires the client to sign an agreement before arrival.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable to Oliver's Travels at the time of balance payment (typically costs €1-€10 per adult per night - please enquire if exact amount is required).
Minimum stay 3 nights.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 22nd 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 £2,090 £2,787 £3,483 £4,478
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 £2,239 £2,986 £3,732 £4,876
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 £2,389 £3,185 £3,981 £5,175
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 £2,239 £2,986 £3,732 £4,876
Oct 1st 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 £2,090 £2,787 £3,483 £4,478
Dec 21st 2024 - Jan 4th 2025 £2,239 £2,986 £3,732 £4,876
Jan 4th 2025 - May 31st 2025 £2,090 £2,787 £3,483 £4,478
May 31st 2025 - Jun 30th 2025 £2,239 £2,986 £3,732 £4,876
Jun 30th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 £2,389 £3,185 £3,981 £5,175
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 30th 2025 £2,239 £2,986 £3,732 £4,876
Sep 30th 2025 - Oct 24th 2025 £2,090 £2,787 £3,483 £4,478

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 22nd 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 €2,258 €3,010 €3,763 €4,838
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 €2,419 €3,225 €4,032 €5,268
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 €2,580 €3,440 €4,300 €5,590
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 €2,419 €3,225 €4,032 €5,268
Oct 1st 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 €2,258 €3,010 €3,763 €4,838
Dec 21st 2024 - Jan 4th 2025 €2,419 €3,225 €4,032 €5,268
Jan 4th 2025 - May 31st 2025 €2,258 €3,010 €3,763 €4,838
May 31st 2025 - Jun 30th 2025 €2,419 €3,225 €4,032 €5,268
Jun 30th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 €2,580 €3,440 €4,300 €5,590
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 30th 2025 €2,419 €3,225 €4,032 €5,268
Sep 30th 2025 - Oct 24th 2025 €2,258 €3,010 €3,763 €4,838

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 22nd 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 $2,406 $3,207 $4,009 $5,154
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 $2,577 $3,436 $4,295 $5,612
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 $2,749 $3,665 $4,582 $5,956
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 $2,577 $3,436 $4,295 $5,612
Oct 1st 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 $2,406 $3,207 $4,009 $5,154
Dec 21st 2024 - Jan 4th 2025 $2,577 $3,436 $4,295 $5,612
Jan 4th 2025 - May 31st 2025 $2,406 $3,207 $4,009 $5,154
May 31st 2025 - Jun 30th 2025 $2,577 $3,436 $4,295 $5,612
Jun 30th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 $2,749 $3,665 $4,582 $5,956
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 30th 2025 $2,577 $3,436 $4,295 $5,612
Sep 30th 2025 - Oct 24th 2025 $2,406 $3,207 $4,009 $5,154

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.


  • We sincerely thank you!

    on 18/10/2023

    Little did we know when our week at Pavillon Normandie was purchased at the S action that we were going to have such a marvellous experience. The Hosts took beautiful care of us and made us feel very welcome. Three of our days were spent visiting WW2 memorials and landing sites. We are in awe of the achievement of the combined forces and very proud of our American soldiers.
    The whole area is full of charming towns and we are extra appreciative of the host’s suggested excursions. The highlight was our tour in the library of Alexis de Tocqueville. We sincerely thank you

  • Thank you for everything!

    on 26/09/2023

    We have enjoyed our stay here at the Chateau. We visited many beautiful cities near and far from here. The visit to the WW2 memorial was very special to us as we paid our respects to our Uncle U S who lost his life 3 days after he stepped foot onto Omaha Beach. Your home was an amazing place to stay. Thank you for everything. Godspeed

  • Very grateful!

    on 17/09/2023

    What a beautiful week we spent here in Normandy at your lovely and historic chateau. After long days of taking in all this area has to offer in the way of history and beauty it was so nice to come back here and enjoy the views, the breeze, the swans, the gardens and even the cows! Rufus is a love also. We will never forget this week and especially loved meeting the host who was so gracious to tell us the family history and to help us with a car disaster. All is well now. The chateau is comfortable and welcoming and we would love all to come back someday

  • Normandy simply did not disappoint!

    on 15/09/2023

    Our stay at your charming Château was like being in a 17th century fairy tale. It became so much more real and fascinating when we realized that we were in the midst of true greatness at the home of Alexis de Tocqueville! His passionate quest to explore democracy started a movement that has been sustained for well over a century at esteemed learning institutions around the world and now with your foundation. We are all inspired to learn more about Alexis’s book and your family history. We were equally impressed with you and how graciously you welcomed us into your home. The generosity of your time and the knowledge you imparted on so many subjects was greatly appreciated. We all wished we had more time with you.
    Normandy simply did not disappoint! We enjoyed every facet of our exploration of this beautiful and historic part of the world. We hope our paths cross again! God Bless you and your family and keep you in good health.

  • Amazing experience!

    on 03/09/2023

    What an amazing experience at the Pavillon Normandie. Thank you for opening up this beautiful property for us to be able to experience Normandy. We especially enjoyed learning the history of the property. Hosts were so helpful and welcoming. Thank you so much! Very very good, magnificent!

  • What a magical place!

    on 02/08/2023

    Thank you for opening the doors of this magnificent castle full of history and wonderful nature. A hug for the whole family and host for welcoming us so well!

  • Pavillon Normandie

    on 20/07/2023

    What a joy to stay in this peaceful home for several days! We were delighted to learn the beautiful story of the Tocqueville family and to appreciate it deeply. Thank you for your warm welcome ! God bless you !

  • This was a trip of a lifetime!

    on 23/06/2023

    Many thanks to this extraordinary place we called “home” for five nights. We especially loved our mornings and evenings gathered by the fire and around the table recounting our stories of touring wonderful Normandy. The hosts and staff made us feel so welcome. Thank you for the special memories.

  • With our deep appreciation and thanks!

    on 12/06/2023

    Thank you for a magic time at the Pavillon Normandie. Three generations and 11 members of the family travelled from the US for nine days in France but the 5 days here were the best!!! The only thing that matched the history and the beauty of the chateau was the warmth of team who supports it.

  • It truly surpassed our expectations

    on 21/08/2019

    We were a group of five couples of friends. From pictures, we knew that we would be living for a few days in superb surroundings, but our stay surpassed our expectations. The ground floor has a large living space with a dining area, a comfortable living area with a beautiful fireplace, and a kitchen. The five spacious bedrooms are all beautifully appointed and each with its own special charm. They are easily accessible with an elevator, but also by a narrow spiral stone staircase that sent us back in time. The special quality of this residence is the palpable sense of history it conveys to its occupants... The park is magnificent, with a large pond reflecting the noble façade of the château, and it has a tennis court well hidden behind hedges. The whole place displays the unerring sense of taste of the people who created it. The reception and the service we got during our stay were as remarkable as the surroundings. On our last day, the owner, who had arrived at the château the evening before, made a point of coming to see us and we had a very pleasant conversation before our departure. This stay was by far the best experience I ever had with a vacation rental. I was so enthusiastic about it that I booked another stay, this time to show it to members of my family.

  • We'll be back for a third time

    on 19/10/2017

    The chateau was lovely in every way. From our warm greeting by Danielle and Corinne to all the thoughtful touches in our rooms. The grounds were immaculate and extensive, perfect for walks and sitting outside. The bedrooms were huge and filled with beautiful antiques. The en suite bathrooms were well appointed and the daily visits by Corinne to make beds and remove trash were greatly appreciated. We cooked at home every night. The kitchen was totally modern and while a bit small offered all the amenities we needed. I have stayed here twice and can't wait to return.

  • WOW!

    on 25/08/2017

    A quite magnificent place to stay - a stunning property, painstakingly restored, luxuriously appointed, with delightful care from Danielle and Corinne, in a fascinating and beautiful area, so easily reached from Cherbourg. Don't miss the tour of the main chateau, offered by the charming descendant of Alexis de Tocqueville and his family. We, a party of four couples, stayed for a week leading up to a 60th birthday, which we celebrated with a meal cooked and served in the splendid main a local chef - wonderful. All the bedrooms are superbly decorated and furnished, the bathrooms chic and modern. A 3-person lift serves the three bedroom floors - it's 24 spiral stone stairs for each storey, so you get fit (and/or dizzy!) if you use the steps! Grounds are extensive and include a superb tennis court. Four bikes available to borrow. Being an old, stone building, its prime focus is inside - don't expect indoor/outdoor living, though there are chairs and a table for eating outside.

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