CHÂTEAU ISLE MARIE:
Owned by the same family for 800 years, this beautiful property survived a number of invasions, occupations and other major historical events. Isle Marie recently opened its doors to the public with the mission to share and pass on its fascinating history as well as to offer guests an unforgettable stay in Normandy.
Château L’Isle Marie was voted one of the top 50 most romantic destinations in the world by the prestigious “Travel & Leisure” magazine.
Valentina and Nicola are both experienced hospitality professionals with incredibly diverse backgrounds. Valentina is also a philologist by education and a history enthusiast – the best person to show you around the castle and tell you the secrets of this old property that survived so many ups and downs.
Nicola’s background is very colourful, too – he experienced different career paths before discovering his passion and talent for cooking. Then he opened his own very successful restaurant in Corsica and was also in charge of recruiting and training of young chefs in France and Italy – to mention just a few of his previous projects.
At Isle Marie Valentina & Nicola are on a mission to not only ensure the excellent stay of our guests, but to create a unique and personalised human experience that only a small family property can provide.
“We will be happy to lead you through the history of the Castle, from the Vikings to William the Conqueror, Louis XIV and World War II.
THE BEST OF NORMANDY
Your host Nicola has 20 years of experience in luxury restaurants in France. He will take you on a memorable journey and introduce you to all the flavours and culinary secrets that Normandy has to offer.
Nicola is also a sommelier and a connoisseur of permaculture, extensive breeding and local agriculture that respects the natural cycles of mother Earth.
Mansion Louis XIV offers fully equipped and comfortable apartments with view over the main castle
Fresh local ingredients and a creative menu with seasonal products. Welcome to our cozy table d’hôte in the library of the castle!
LOCATION & ACTIVITIES
Due to its central location Isle Marie is an excellent base for visiting the main tourist attractions in Normandy. Mont Saint Michel – the second most visited landmark of France after the Eiffel Tower is only 1h and a half away and makes a perfect day trip. The cute historical town of Bayeux where you can see the tapestry of William the Conqueror is 30min drive from the property. D-Day landing beaches – The American Cemetery of Omaha Beach is 30min away, Utah Beach and a number of incredible World War II museums can be reached in 15min by car from the castle. The house of Christian Dior in Granville is 1h and 30min drive from the property. You can also visit the channel islands Jersey and Guernsey for a duty free shopping spree. Other activities in the vicinity include horse riding on the beach, visiting local calvados breweries, oyster farms, medieval churches and other museums.
On site we provide yoga mats for your practice, ping pong, petanque, chess, cards and board games. You can walk and jog around our private park, experience bird watching, fishing, have a cooking class or a wine/cheese tasting or just relax with a book in front of the fireplace in our beautiful living room.