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Accommodation at the Chateau and getting there

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We provide good quality accommodation which comprises en-suite dormitories for pupils.  We try to accommodate teachers in single rooms where possible, however on some occasions we may need teachers to share.

There are special lounges for teachers with tea and coffee, and we provide free wine for teachers with meals. Larger dorms have 2 toilets and 3 showers.  There are games rooms and plenty of indoor spaces for pupils.

Getting there

We will pick you up from school with one of our coaches. Travel is then either via Euro tunnel or the western channel with Brittany Ferries. The Chateau is only one to two hours from the French ports of Cherbourg or Caen.

Smaller groups are shuttled to Portsmouth and then go over as foot pax and then one of our French coaches will pick you up on the French side.

Very small groups of under 20 passengers generally need to get to and from Portsmouth under their own steam. Typically this involves using the school minibus or using a small coach, but some far away groups have used the train service and more local schools sometimes use parents to drop off and collect.

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Accommodation at the Chateau

Pavillion du Normandie

Pavillion du Normandie

This comprises 4 dorms of upto 14 pupils. Each dorm is ensuite with a bathroom containing 3 showers, 2 toilets and 5 sinks. There are 3 ensuite teachers rooms which are either double rooms or twins plus one other ensuite bedroom which can either be a teachers room or a dormitory of 6 pupils.

Maison du Verger

Maison du Verger

This building contains 2 identical floors of 3 dorms and 1 teachers room. All the rooms are ensuite with the dormitories of 8/10 pupils bathrooms containing 3 showers, 2 toilets and 3 sinks. The downstairs ensuite teachers room is a double and the upstairs ensuite teachers room is a twin. There is small teachers’ lounge on the landing with tea and coffee facilities.

Ecurie devant school accommodation

Ecurie

This building has 5 dormitories 6/8/6/8/10 on 2 floors and 2 communal bathrooms, one on each floor. Each bathroom has 5 showers, 4 toilets and 8 sinks. There are 2 single teachers rooms in the attic which share a bathroom and one further ensuite room on the ground floor which is used either as a dorm for 6 pupils or an additional teachers room. 

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La Menuiserie

La Menuiserie comprises 4 ensuite dormitories; 2 are downstairs 8/10 and 2 are upstairs 6/6. There is a downstairs teachers ensuite twin room. This accommodation is joined onto one of our games rooms which has an upstairs mezzanine lounge with tea, coffee and wine.

Petite Maison school accommodation

La Petite Maison

This accommodation has 2 ensuite dormitories of 8 pupils and a single ensuite teachers room. It forms part of one large building that also houses La Ecurie and Les Abeilles and is right next to our staff room where the 24hr duty staff normally reside.

Les Abeilles

Les Abeilles

This was part of the traditional farm worker house back in the day and it was where Gerard and his family lived. These days it is an ensuite dormitory for 12 pupils and an ensuite single room for a teacher.

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Versailles

This forms part of the Pavillion du Normandie building and comprises 5 rooms, all of which have their own bathroom and toilet. 4 of the rooms are teachers rooms with 2 double rooms, a twin and a single. The fifth room, also ensuite, is either used as a room for teachers or as a dormitory for up to 6 pupils.

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Nivard Gite

About 5 minutes’ walk from the main Chateau complex is the Nivard Gite which can accommodate a group of upto 30 pupils and accompanying teachers. The old gite has a lounge and kitchen plus an ensuite dorm of up to 6 pupils and 2 teachers rooms upstairs that share a bathroom. The new gite has 4 ensuite dorms of between 5 and 8 pupils plus a small mezzanine lounge and a kitchen diner downstairs.

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