My husband and I had several milestones over the past year....we both turned 60, had our 38th Wedding Anniversary and retired from owning our own law firm!!! It was time to celebrate..... I booked La Vie de Chateau - Chateau de Villers-Bocage and worked closely with Sylvain and Axl to make it the most entertaining week for our 33 guests!!! Our home for the week was one of the most amazing places to stay....the comforts of today....but the feel of the 16th and 17th Century! Truly amazing!
We toured the Normandy Beaches, cemeteries ,Bayeux , Caen and
Mont Saint Michel with professional tour guides and travelled in the comfort of a coach bus...all mind blowing from the history to the scenery... We arranged for a Michelin Star Chef to come to the Chateau , a 16th Century Costume Ball and dinner, French picnics and free time to cycle through the countryside, walk to town ,swim , have a spa treatment and drink lots of fabulous French wine! Sylvain and Axl are so great to work with and La Vie de Chateau - Chateau de Villers-Bocage is breathtaking .....it was home to all of us..we turned back in time!
A must place to visit......
Sylvain and Axl - Cheers to you..job well done!!!
We were a group of 6 couples that spent 8 fantastic days at Chateau de Villers – Bocage.
We fell in love with the chateau as soon as we saw it from the long driveway amazingly illuminated on the evening of our arrival.
The chateau itself is an amazing house, large (we occupied about one third of it) but really feels like home. The bedrooms are spacious with high ceilings very nicely decorated and really comfortable. The living rooms with the fire places are large and you can seat and relax for hours. We enjoyed dining in the main fantastic dining room, and the second dining room on the lower level with its open kitchen is something out of this world. The indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna make you want to stay in the house nonstop.
We came to the house as a base for exploring Normandy, and it is just perfectly located, with easy short drives everywhere in this part of France.
Those of us who exercise have enjoyed immensely Jogging and walking around in the vast area surrounding the chateau. It seems endless.
From the house we conveniently visited the D – Day landing beaches, Mont saint Michel, Bayeux, the Calvados region and many more places.
The one major mistake was that eight days did not leave us with enough time to fully enjoy the chateau itself and the many indulging opportunities it offers.
As for the hosts and hospitality, I can hardly find words to describe the way we were treated by Sylvain and Axel. The house was perfectly ready for us, there was not even one request that took more than minutes to be fulfilled. They both were extremely helpful with any question we might had and solved immediately any problem that appeared (we did not really have any serious one). They went far above and beyond what you’d expect from hosts in a rented house, and we stayed in others all over the world.
It looks like Axel and Sylvain found the secret formula for how to combine a luxury house with warm, friendly and efficient hospitably, provided at the highest possible level.
As one of our friends phrased it when we landed back home: "it feels like we were expelled from The Garden of Eden".
We warmly recommend the Chateau and Sylvain and Axel.
We are a group of 6 families, a total of 24 persons who spent 10 nights in the chateau with the purpose to experience and live the history of this part in France. we did have very high expectations from the Chateau and the area. I am happy to say that the experience we had, was way beyond our expectations. we just cannot fully describe the contribution of the amazing hosts that took a special care of us, including assistance in planning our tour to the amazing area. The Chateau offered a unique and non-forgettable experience. the rooms, pools, sauna, Jacuzzi, cinema theater made it so hard to get our kids out of the Chateau!
Thank you Axel and Sylvaine,