14250 Audrieu − France
Relais & Chateaux Château d’Audrieu, located between Caen and Bayeux, offers the opportunity to travel back in time. This 18th century edifice, listed as a historical monument, offers the warm welcome of a family home. The elegantly proportioned château is set in an extensive 25 hectares of wooded grounds and gardens. Hesitate not a minute longer, all the charms of Normandy await you at Audrieu!
The history of the Relais & Chateaux Château d’Audrieu is closely linked to the history of Normandy and its most famous representative, William the Conqueror. He became William II of Normandy in 1035 after the death of his father. He turned Normandy into a powerful duchy, which was independent of the Kingdom of France. Following his victory at the Battle of Hastings, William became King of England in 1066. His epic is illustrated by the Bayeux Tapestry, a precious embroidery from the 11th century, which is listed on the Memory of the World register by the UNESCO and preserved in the William the Conqueror Centre in the town of Bayeux.
The village of Audrieu, which was already known during Antiquity as Alderium, is only a dozen kilometres away from Bayeux. Traces of Gallo-Roman houses and a feudal motte were found there. The village also harbours the Gothic church Notre Dame d’Audrieu.
The château is situated close to the village. Its current architecture is from the beginning of the 18th century, but its history dates back to the 11th century. Originally, the seigneury of Audrieu belonged to the Percy family. One of the family members, William de Percy, participated in the battle of Hastings alongside William the Conqueror. According to the legend, Sir de Percy was William the Conqueror’s personal cook.
It is said that at Hastings he knocked out a few Saxons by hitting them with a skimmer. For this he was ennobled, became the first lord of Hastings and sired the dukedom of Northumberland. His descendants founded the Juaye-Mondaye Abbey (which is nearby and worth a visit) and built the château.
In 1593, Audrieu was passed down to the Séran family, following the marriage between Marguerite de Percy and Guillaume de Séran, who was a gentleman of the king’s chamber. He saw his land elevated to a barony in 1615. The château was sold during the French Revolution and returned to the Séran family during the Bourbon Revolution.
It became the property of the Livry-Level family, following the marriage between Nicole Saillard de Boisberthe, a descendant of the Séran family, and Philippe Livry-Level (1898-1960), who was a member of the French resistance, Free France pilot, former mayor of Audrieu and former MP of Calvados.
During the Second World War, the German army set up their headquarters here. On the 8th of June 1944, 24 members of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and two British soldiers were killed, in the orchards, forests and clearings around the château.
The château has been listed as a historical monument since the 27th of December 1967. It became a 5-star hotel and a member of the prestigious Relais et Châteaux Association in 1977.
The château, listed as a Historical Monument, remains unchanged. However, inside, the architect Philippe de Lanouvelle, in charge of the renovation of the château and in agreement with the new management, made the decision to “rejuvenate” the whole interior whilst both enhancing the spirit of the time when the Château was built (1715) and improving comfort.
“Firstly, we took our inspiration from period colours and drawings that can be found in some reeditions of Frey or Canovas fabrics. Therefore, in the rooms, instead of having the same paint on all four walls, we have chosen to place Jouy wall covering fabrics on the wall where the headboard is and on one other wall, which gives a tapestry effect. The rest is extremely simple in order to avoid changing the original style of the château” explains Philippe de Lanouvelle.
Some details, such as gold, enhance the château, particularly the golden highlights for the mouldings on the first floor.
Regarding the new layout of the rooms, particular attention has been given to the beds, most of which measure 79” x 79”: ornamental headboards inspired by the 18th century and brought up to date; bedside tables built-in and highlighted with gold; lighting inspired by 18th century venetian masks associated with LED.
The Château d’Audrieu is furnished with classical background furniture inspired by the 17th and 18th centuries, with reference to its history and tradition. This furniture is completed with traditional seats from the Jean-Pierre Besse manufacture in the Vosges region, thus perpetuating the know-how of French cabinet-making.
Relaxing and walking in the open air:
A magnificent park, the charm of the “white garden”, the aromas of the vegetable garden and a calm swimming pool on the edge of a forest
The Relais & Chateaux Château d’Audrieu rejoices in a 50 acres park and 12 acres of gardens landscaped in 1985 by the landscaper Louis Benech. They include a jardin à la française (French formal garden), an English garden, the “white garden”, the “rose garden” and a vegetable garden.
Alain Scelles, the gardener, started working at the Château as a trainee 27 years ago! This part of the domain has been completely preserved.
After a few steps into the Cour d’Honneur, the park appears as a harmonious jewel, with its two prominent pavilions, with French style flowerbeds in a refined, charming, unobtrusively luxurious setting and the endearing conviviality of property of character.
The English style park comprises tricentennial trees including numerous species: beeches, oaks, ashes, chestnuts and cedars.
This magnificent park offers over three kilometres of alleys where you can have a stroll and relax, while listening to the birds sing.
The guests also enjoy relaxing in the heated outdoor pool, hidden from view and surrounded by greenery. In 2017, a Spa will complete the wellbeing package.
Extremly personal service throughout your stay. A destination where every details is essential for an echanting and plaisant break. The elegantly proportioned château is set in an extensive 25 hectares of wooded grounds and gardens. Hesitate not a minute longer, all the charms of Normandy await you at Audrieu!
At the Relais & Chateaux Château d’Audrieu, all children are kings. In additon to the swimming-pool and playing in the park, a specially equipped area is reserved for them: a log cabin, swings and toboggan.
Baby Sitting: Would you like to take some time for yourself? Without children? We offer you an experienced babysitter services. A nanny will take care of your children, during your absence.
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The hotel offers a concierge service to its customers. A number of services can be booked, such as:
From 25 to 30m2, comfort and simplicity. Rooms have beautiful views over the gardens, the 62 acres wooded park and the cour d'honneur.
From 30 to 60 m2, fully renovated rooms. Located on the first or second floor or in our private villa 10 meters away from the Castle.
From 35 to 80 m2, spacious and comfortable Junior Suites with views over looking the gardens, park and main majestic court.
From 47 to 100 m2, spacious bedrooms and living rooms, the privilege of a king, the caprice of a queen…Over looking the Park and gardens.
For you, hotel night rhymes with originality? It is well perched in the trees that you will spend your stay! With a total surface area of 70 m², with a terrace, a bathroom with a bathtub, this suite from the top of the summits offers an exceptional panorama of the English gardens of the Château d'Audrieu! An experience that combines luxury and unusual!
A large pool set in the heart of the park. Set slightly away from the Château, a tranquil heaven. The outside swimming pool is heated at 25°C. Special towels are available in the changing room as well as pool slippers that you can acquire at the reception.
Our Hotel Spa by Sothys, is the place to relax and feel rejuvenated after a long day of visiting our beautiful region.
What is better than a visit to our Spa for a massage, facial and a workout in our fitness room. Not to forget our outside heated swimming pool to end your day on a good note.
To organize your special treats, please contact the front desk.
Enjoy your stay with us.
A private Coach is at your disposal during your stay at the chateau:
For reservations and rates, please contact the Front Desk.
The reception rooms, measuring 110 square feet overall, are laid out in a row. This means that you can hire one, two or three rooms depending on the number of guests.
The capacity of this venue is of around 70 seated or 140 people for a cocktail reception.
The Château’s team offers à la carte packages and can meet any requests for a successful and memorable event.
In the Summer, it is possible to organise outdoor receptions, protected from the heat of the sun or from the coolness of the evening, thanks to large marquees set up for the occasion.
For seminars, the following is available:
The hotel is proud of its high quality conference space, not to mention, its 62 acres of gardens and park, a Spa by Sothys and a luxury tree house,
private or professional events of high quality can be reserved within the premises. We offer custom made services and always to your fullest satisfaction.
Château d'Audrieu offers a fairy-tale setting for a destination wedding in France. You get the prestige of a historical site and a legendary castle, the service and expertise of a team, renowned gastronomy, elegance and grand style. Our attentive team will take care of everything. You benefit from our 80-places restaurant. Your guests can enjoy our swimming pool, Spa and 62 acres of gardens and park.
Host an elegant reception at the Château d'Audrieu in grand style. Our package is the perfect solution for gatherings of 20 people or more. You can include accommodation as well as dinner and drinks throughout your evening.
The château is less than half an hour away from the Normandy Landing beaches and the Mémorial de Caen. It is the ideal starting point for visiting the D-day museums and the memorial sites that are dedicated to this event.
Those interested in history will not be disappointed. Normandy’s historical heritage is very rich as shown by Bayeux and the famous tapisserie de la reine Mathilde (tapestry of Queen Matilda), Caen – the city of the Norman dukes – and Mont Saint-Michel, a French heritage jewel.
The Relais & Chateaux Château d’Audrieu, situated between Caen and Bayeux in Calvados, has a prime location in the heart of Normandy’s countryside and its historical heritage, including the Bessin manors and their exceptional gardens.
Near the beach, the Normandy coast offers a large range of seaside activities in the Summer, including outdoor sports, kite-surfing, sand yachting as well as horse back riding and cycling in a romantic landscape.
Upon request, the Château can organise a hot-air balloon trip, book a round of golf for its customers, recommend the region’s best addresses for cider tastings etc.
From May 27th to 5th November 2017. There has never been a better moment to visit Le Havre, listed in the Unesco World Heritage Site. (1:20 minutes’ drive from the hotel)
All across the city, from the historic docks to the shopping district and the beach, art exhibitions, street parades, theatrical performances and boat races will be taking place over five months, making for a summer to remember.
The Chef Olivier Barbarin proposes a continuous renewal of the menu of the Relais & Chateaux Château d’Audrieu’s restaurant, which has been named “Le Séran” as a tribute to the history of the Château. The restaurant contains three dining rooms on the ground floor and has been completely renovated during the first stage of the works. It has been immersed in a warm atmosphere with a strong colour: The “Terre d’Égypte” red!
Two of the three rooms have also been decorated with grey, whilst the central room, the “sanctuary of gastronomy” according to the Chef Olivier Barbarin, is completely red from the walls up to the ceilings and the damask curtains.
“My thirst for discovering new things coupled with my exciting career alongside top Michelin-starred chefs allows me to offer a cuisine that is both simple and delicious. By showcasing the flavours of the huge range of products from Normandy and vegetables from the château’s kitchen garden, I want to offer everyone who comes to eat at “Le Séran” a unique experience."
OLIVIER BARBARIN - CHEF
Since March 2009, Olivier Barbarin is in charge of the gastronomy of the Relais & Chateaux Château d’Audrieu. He started out cooking as an apprentice alongside d’Antoine Sachapt. Then he continued his journey with famous French Chefs, including Pierre Orsi*, Dominique Toulousy**, Roland Mazère**, Jean-Claude Leclerc*, Michel Hulin*, Jean-André Charial**, Olivier Brulard**.
“My desire for novelties and discoveries very naturally led me towards cooking. My numerous experiences have shaped my personality and allow me to offer a both simple and gourmet gastronomy to the guests of the Relais & Chateaux Château d’Audrieu.”
Olivier Barbarin’s creativity, influenced by his travels and his natural curiosity, allows him to intensify the products of the terroir and Normandy in his guests’ plates by enhancing flavours, textures and colours for a big moment of gastronomy!
By working closely with the gardener of the property, the Chef creates a new menu every two months, in harmony with the seasonal products of the vegetable garden.
In the first dining room, a generous wine cellar with 600 bottles covers an entire wall between two doors! A rich range of over 200 different wines has been selected, most of which represent French vineyards as well as some from Europe and the New World. The wine menu includes a page called “Coups de Coeur” (favourites), dedicated to the recommendations of the Sommelier.
Mr Olivier Héricher, Sommelier and Food & Baverage Manager of the Château, recommends wines, champagnes, cocktails, soft aperitifs and liqueurs.
After his first work experience at the Plaza Athénée, he started out at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin, a 5* establishment, which is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. When he returned to France, he joined the Chef Stéphane Carbone at Port-en-Bessin. Since he was motivated and willing to use his knowledge of the high range hotel industry, whilst still enjoying the presentation of gourmet cuisine, he very naturally ended up at the Relais & Chateaux Château d’Audrieu.
As well as being the Food & Baverage Manager, he selects the wines, Calvados and other quality nectars with passion. He is also in charge of creating a range of “Création” cocktails in collaboration with his team and of course he also works closely with the Chef Olivier Barbarin in order to enhance his creativity by pairing his cuisine with harmonious and specific wines.
The bar, which used to be on the ground floor, is now located on the first floor of the château in an air-conditioned lounge, a comfortable area with ancient decoration. All the original oak panelling has been preserved. This panelling comes from the Juaye-Mondaye Abbey, of which the family was a founding member of the château. This welcoming and convivial bar offers all the comforts of the 21st century, whilst enhancing the elegantly decorated historical setting.
The guests can appreciate being able to lean on a natural oak counter especially designed for the renovation of the château. The blue and gold furniture, leather and fabric armchairs, two round sofas and pedestal tables with black granite tops contribute to creating an atmosphere which is both welcoming and elegant.
The “1715” bar offers a large range of whiskies, white and rosé champagnes from wine-producers by the glass, as well as traditional and creative cocktails. These are served with petits fours concocted by the Chef so that guests can build their appetite before the gourmet dinner in the “Le Séran” restaurant.
Throughout the entire day, le “1715” offers drinks and snacks in the large lounge, a worthy reminder of classical architecture, that plays with light. At the end of the evening, the setting lends itself perfectly to the tasting of Calvados, Cognac, Armagnac etc. The bar also proposes tastings for two or three of the best Calvados on the menu.
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Train Station: Caen (20 Kms) Bayeux (12 Kms.)
Airport: Caen-Carpiquet Airport (15 Kms.)
From Paris: By the A13 motorway via Rouen, Caen. When approaching Caen, take the ring-road south (périphérique Sud) towards Rennes – Cherbourg. Travel to the end of the ring-road (Exit n°8) following signs to Cherbourg - Bayeux on the N13. On N13, travel for approximately 15 Kms. in the direction of Bayeux – Cherbourg and then take the exit Loucelles – Audrieu on D158B. Drive towards Audrieu (3 Kms.) and continue through the village passing the church; the Chateau is about 100 meters after the church on the left.
From Charles de Gaulle - Paris Airport: Take A1 towards PARIS, then A86 towards Stade de France. Follow direction to A14 and take A14 then A13 towards Rouen - Caen. When approaching CAEN, take the ring-road south (périphérique Sud) towards Rennes – Cherbourg. Travel to the end of the ring-road (Exit n°8) following signs to Cherbourg - Bayeux on the N13. On N13, travel for approximately 15 Kms. in the direction of Bayeux – Cherbourg and then take the exit Loucelles – Audrieu on D158B. Drive towards Audrieu (3 Kms.) and continue through the village passing the church; the Chateau is about 100 meters after the church on the left.
From Orly - Paris Airport: When leaving Orly Airport, take N7 for only 500 meters, then A106 for under 2 Kms. direction Paris. Take A86 direction Versailes. Continue on N286 then N12 direction Rouen. Then take A12 motorway towards Saint-Germain-en-Laye - Poissy for about 6 Kms. in order to pick up A13 direction Rouen – Caen. When approaching Caen, take the ring-road south (périphérique Sud) towards Rennes – Cherbourg. Travel to the end of the ring-road (Exit n°8) following signs to Cherbourg – Bayeux on the N13. On N13, travel for approximately 15 Kms. in the direction of Bayeux – Cherbourg and then take the exit Loucelles – Audrieu on D158B. Drive towards Audrieu (3 Kms.) and continue through the village passing the church; the Chateau is about 100 meters after the church on the left.