Château de Boucéel | Normandy, France


One of the main things I wanted to do in France was stay in a château. Like most little girls who grew up in the 90s, I watched Beauty and the Beast and dreamed of visiting a place like Beast's castle. Thankfully, I have an amazing husband who helps me fulfill all my childhood wishes. On our road trip through France, we were able to stay at two châteaus. Both were quite different in many ways. The first was Château de Boucéel in Normandy and I have to be honest, it was my favorite of the two. Previously, I posted the exterior of the château, where we took last year's Christmas card photo.  

I loved EVERYTHING about Château de Boucéel. It's been in the same family since 1763 and is lovingly run by Comte Regis de Roquefeuil, who is a delight, and his family. Comte Regis actually lived in 60s era Chicago, and it was great hearing his stories from his time in the U.S. He is very charming and I may have formed a teensy lil' crush on him. The property itself is so beautiful and true to it's roots. All the decor is intentionally placed and displayed as an homage to the history of the château. There are modern conveniences, like the beautiful pool, but they're not over the top. Our room didn't have a TV, which was great because it encouraged us to explore the grounds and nearby area. I enjoyed every minute we spent here and it would be one of the few places that I would return for a second stay. It was that amazing and truly an incredibly unforgettable experience.