Chateau Alexis de Tocqueville
Welcome to Normandy, home of Alexis de Tocqueville, William the Conqueror, the landing beaches, The Mont Saint-Michel, the Bayeux tapestry and much more! The Tower of the Château de Tocqueville could be yours for a week!
When you rent the Chateau Alexis de Tocqueville, you will be able to enjoy Alexis and Mary’s retreat, discover Cherbourg in the Cotentin and the many historical sites nearby.
Rent the tower
The Tower Wing is comprised of 4 floors of 100 square meters each. On the ground floor you will be able to relax around a large fireplace dating back to the 17th century. You will also find a library area as well as a kitchen and a dining area. There is a separate entrance and a guest toilet. A lift will bring you to the rooms on the upper floors. On the second floor you will enter the Barnett room as well as the Pink room.
On the third floor you will enter the Bazoches room, where you will able to sleep in Alexis de Tocqueville’s own bedframe and the Ming room. You will enjoy the view of the sea from this floor as we are 4 km away from the seaside.
On the last floor you will be able to enjoy the beamed ceiling of the lovebird room as well as the family room with its home cinema.
Every room features a reading area and has its private bathroom with either a bathtub or a shower or both. Every floor is reachable per lift.
All floors are equipped with the internet and Wi-Fi on the ground floor.
The six hectare ( 14 acres) park of the Château de Tocqueville was designed in 1836 by Alexis de Tocqueville’s wife, Mary Motley, who was English. Eschewing the rigidities of the classical Jardin a la Francaise, she created in front of the house a romantic English style garden, with a small elegant lake, broad lawns, walks under ancient oaks and willows.
In the old joinery, you will discover an introduction to Alexis de Tocqueville life and achievements. This small exhibition was created in 2005 by the French Archives Service to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Tocqueville’s birth.
If you are in the mood for sports, you can enjoy the tennis court or go for a jogging in the park. You can also follow the tracks for Grandes Randonnées (GR) in the Val de Saire or go for a swim at the nearby beaches.
Tocqueville is located on the Cotentin peninsula in the West end of Normandy, 20 km (12 miles) East of the port of Cherbourg. The nearest train stations are either Cherbourg or Valognes. The train trip Paris-Valognes takes a little less than 3 hours. The closest airport is Cherbourg Maupertus (10 km (6 miles) from Tocqueville and also 10 km from Cherbourg).
Tocqueville is very near the sites of the D-day landing, making it a great spot to learn about The Second World War.
For those who are particularly interested in French history, there are many other historic sites in the near vicinity. For example, you can visit the nearby town of Bayeux, which features a crown masterpiece of French Medieval history: the Tapestry of Bayeux 91 km (56 miles), which pictures the conquest of England by William the Conqueror and was crafted by Queen Mathilda, his wife.
For more information about staying at the Chateau Alexis de Tocqueville, visit their website here.
Or alternatively give them a call on: + 33 (0)6 83 17 22 67