Tennis courts, gardens with playground and trampoline, CD, DVD and book libraries, in-room massage, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD, iPod dock, Casanera products.
L’Orangerie is set apart from the château, a huge, self-contained suite with an open bathroom, vast wooden bed and one wall made from a 19th-century backdrop found in a Barcelona theatre. The château’s most modern room is the Chambre des Mystères, romantically secluded up two narrow flights of winding stairs. It’s chocolate-coloured, with bold red accents. For a stay that’s steeped in history, go for the Chambre d’Henri IV, where France’s first Bourbon king kipped.
There's a heated outdoor pool in the grounds, open May to September.
Riding boots and hats, and a hearty appetite for cider and cheese.
Pets can stay for €10 a night; the owners have dogs of their own and are happy to make meal arrangements for yours too. See more pet-friendly hotels in Normandy.
Extra beds can be added to all rooms, except Maréchal and Henry IV, for €30 a person, each night. Cots for babies are free, and baby monitors can be borrowed. Children’s dinner is served at 6.30pm.
Kids of all ages are welcome. There's plenty for them to do in the château's 2.5 acre park with a pool, playground, trampoline and more.
Clad in 18th-century wood paneling, the Canard suite has an imposing four-poster bed, a roll-top bath and an adjoining room with bunk beds for two children. Smaller double Classic Rooms Marechal and Terrasse can be joined together to sleep up to four .
The owners’ three little boys have grown up in this family château, so there’s plenty here to keep children of all ages busy. Let yours roam free in the 2.5 acre park, a halo of lush Normandy greenery and manicured lawns surrounding the castle, with a heated outdoor pool, playground, ping-pong, badminton and huge trampoline for active little Smiths. A tennis court lies in quiet seclusion an 150-metre stroll away from the main house. If relaxation is more your thing try your hand at croquet, or simply flop with a good book in the dappled shade of an old tree.
Sitting by a paved terrace, the heated pool in the grounds is open from May to September. It’s not supervised, but the sunloungers set out on the surrounding grass are great for keeping an eye on little ones, who can pick from the hotel’s floats.
Children gather for dinner at 6.30pm to enjoy a special menu together. French kids’ staples of steak haché, ham or pasta are served in the dining room (highchairs are available); parents are then free to enjoy a peaceful dinner once everyone’s tucked up in bed. The hotel can heat up milk or prepare purées – just ask.
The hotel has local babysitters on hand to step in when required (€9 an hour). Book a day in advance.
Extra beds can be added to every room except Classic Rooms for €30 a person, each night. Cots are free. Please note that, in accordance with French law, children in pools must be supervised at all times.