Kingswood

Château De Chantereine

Rue de Chantereine, 76910 Criel-sur-Mer, France

Features

Easily accessible – just 30 minutes from Dieppe.

Four acres of grounds and a multi-purpose sports complex provide the perfect location for team games and adventure activities.

Opportunities to tour WWI battlefields, Rouen, Dieppe, local produce makers and more.

About

Set in the heart of the picturesque town of Criel-sur-Mer, an old fishing village in Upper Normandy, the charming 17th century Château de Chantereine stands majestically in four acres of beautiful private grounds. The Château is ideally situated at the border of the Normandy and Picardy regions. The ancient region of Picardy is home to historic monuments and sites, including the Battlefields of the Somme, while Normandy has a distinctive character of its own, with beautiful chalky cliffs, busy seaside resorts and traditional fishing ports.

When you’re not out exploring the sites and culture of France, your group can unwind at the Château and bond as a team with our selection of adventure activities.

Excursions

Below are our standard excursions and tours, if you want to do something that is not listed we may still be accommodate this, so please get in touch

 

  • Rouen – explore the capital city of Normandy. Learn about its architecture, Joan of Arc and the Black Death that plagued the city

  • Dieppe – a half day visit to the port town where your group can learn about Abraham Duquesne and the WWII beach landing, operation jubilee

  • Arras – discover two very different types of architecture and learn about the French Revolution and a theatrical history of the guillotine. Best combined with Vimy Ridge

  • Wellington Quarry in Arras - a thought provoking experiential visit to the medieval quarries used to hide 28,000 British soldiers before launching an attack

  • Vimy Ridge - this site saw fighting between France, Britain and Canada against the Germans on hill 145. Explore the reconstructed and preserved trenches and defences form WWI. Combine with Arras or Wellington Quarry

  • WWI Battlefields – A full day on the Somme visiting five sites as our guides deliver personal stories of bravery and sacrifice

  • Val Ygot V1 flying bomb launch site – explore the WWII Nazi super weapon site conducting a self-led mini project to find out the terrible secrets of its construction and the weapons it concealed

  • Neufchatel cheese farm – the owner of the farm guides the group through the process of cheese making, communicating entirely in French with the help of props

  • Tour of a goat farm (in English and French) in the region of Neufchatel with a tasting session of goat’s milk, organic cream cheese, yoghurts and refined cheeses with home-grown herbs. Feed and pet the goats and learn all about the different production techniques involved. There are over 70 goats on site and also various other farm animals such as cows, chickens and horses
  • Cider farm – explore the orchard and discuss the life cycle of the chemical free techniques used to produce their cider, brandies, pommeau and vinegar

  • Fabrication de Croissant – A croissant making experience where all participants can make their own from scratch to have for breakfast the next morning

  • Beach – Just a 20 minute walk from the Château, the beach is great for games, a traditional meal and ice cream!

  • Nausicaa – one of the largest public aquariumns in Europe, home to over 35,000 marine creatures – located in Boulogne, a great place to visit on the journey to or from the Château. Find out more at http://www.nausicaa.co.uk/ 

  • Chocolaterie de Beussent – the passionate owner of this small chocolate factory takes the group through the process of chocolate making, with a tasting at the end!

  • Biscuiterie d’Hardelot – A traditional biscuit and cookie maker demonstrates how they make their products through an interactive demonstration

  • Meal at a French restaurant – Kingswood will contribute towards the cost of a meal for the group at one of two restaurants in Criel sur Mer

  • Local markets - experience French culture first hand by visiting a traditional French market and interacting with the stalls to barter on prices. We visit three local markets - Mers-les-Bains on Thursday Morning, Eu on Friday Morning, Dieppe on Saturday Morning

  • Boulangerie session in Eu: groups have a chance to make traditional croissants and French bread in an authentic local boulangerie, learning all about the ingredients and techniques and tasting various specialities

Disney

Add a trip to Disneyland® Paris or Parc Astérix!
For an extra treat for your group, why not add a theme park trip to the start or end of your visit?

We can arrange an excursion to either Disneyland® Paris or Parc Astérix at an extra cost. Due to its location, Disneyland® must include an overnight stay in Paris and we can offer preferential rates on accommodation. Parc Astérix is closer to the Château and can be done as a day trip with an early departure.

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Accommodation

Accommodation at the Château is divided between three buildings in muliti-bedded rooms of 2-12 beds. The main building has 60 beds across two floors, with toilet and shower facilities on each floor. The right wing has a capacity of 54 beds with toilet and shower facilities. It also has disabled access and facilities on the ground floor. The left wing contains 92 beds with shower and toilet facilities. The ground floor also features disabled access and facilities. All accommodation buildings are security protected with digital coding.

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Food

Guests at the Château enjoy three traditional French meals per day, including a healthy continental breakfast, a large balanced packed lunch and a four course meal in the evening. Students have the opportunity to try new types of food, especially at the end of the stay when they can choose to try frogs’ legs and snails.

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Location & Travel

Set in the idyllic fishing village of Criel-sur-Mer in Upper Normandy, just 30 minutes from Dieppe.

Château De Chantereine
Rue de Chantereine, 76910 Cruiel-sur-Mer, France

Key travel times by road:

Dieppe: 30 min
Calais: 1h 45
Normandy: 2h 30 min
Paris: 2h 45
Dover: 3h
London: 4h 20 min

Location & Travel