Le Clos Castel

Le Clos Castel Raids, Near Carentan, 50500 France (Show map)


Le Clos Castel is a beautiful French farmhouse owned by the Ramsbottom family who are originally from Lancashire England. We are ideally situated close to Carentan for you to explore Normandy and the amazing D-Day beaches and museums. The historic cities of Caen & Bayeux are within easy reach not forgetting the wonderful Bayeux tapestry. A warm welcome awaits you at Le Clos Castel a traditional French B&B with good British hospitality.

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Innkeepers: Hazel & Stephen Ramsbottom



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  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Excellent Caravan Site

5 on August 23, 2012

We have a caravan, and we found the site listed in the Caravan Club Caravan Europe book. We arranged to stay for 14 nights - we hadnt been to Normandy before and felt it was a central point from which we could see the area. We weren't disappointed! The site was excellent value for money, providing many amenities that larger sites would lack - washing up area and clean showers and toilets. Hazel and Steve were superb as hosts! The bar was very welcoming, and we had a wonderful time! We do not go back to sites we have visited, but we will call here again. Thanks Hazel and Steve for your hospitality, and we wish you all the best for the future. Jason and Jill

A fantastic home

4.6 on August 19, 2012

A fantastic home, lovely warm welcome from Hazel and Stephen. Room was perfect, clean, spacious with beautiful furniture and the bed was very comfy. We would recommend this B&B; you will not be dissapointed if you choose to stay here.

The Quintessential B&B

5 on August 09, 2012

This should be the model that all B&B's follow. I can't say one area I would recommend improving. From start to finish it was absolutely perfect. It's quiet, clean, the owners are great (and very knowledgeable about the history of the area), and the location is PERFECT. It's not overly modern, but not rustic either. If anybody reading this is looking around and on the fence about where to stay during a visit to Normandy, you can't do any better than this. When we go back, we will not consider staying anywhere else. This place deserves every star they get. Hazel, thank you so much for a great stay. Tim and Athena

An excellent house with lovely people and very charming!

5 on June 20, 2012

Dear Hazel, we loved our stay in your Castel! Hans Scheffers and Ger en Marianne and Dineke!

Absolute perfect, spotlessly clean & excellent food

5 on August 31, 2011

I cannot speak highly enough about our stay here in August 11 for five nights. Beautiful place, spotlessly clean, superb standard of food - put on what seems like 2 stone on Hazel's breakfasts alone!!! Excellent communications at every step of the way. Brilliant location for anything to do with 101st Airborne and D D landings. Spacious rooms and en-suites. Free Wifi, Tea and Coffee making facilities and water too - all replenished daily. Nothing was too much trouble, both Hazel and Steve really went out of their way to ensure we saw everything we wanted to do and lots of things we did not even know about but Steve's incredible knowledge made sure our day outs were just amazing. Don't bother wasting your time staying anywhere else but here - nowhere else could compare!! Friendly, very welcoming, very informative, superb location, delicious food - both breakfasts and dinners if taken (definately make Hazel do you the beef bourginon - spelt wrong I expect) It was divine!!! Make sure you have stretchy waistbands on your clothes :-) Oh and safe and secure parking....oh god the list is just endless, surpassed all expectations! An absolute credit to Hazel, Steve and their boys. You deserve every success as you clearly give 110% to your guests at all times.

fantastic stay

5 on May 29, 2011

my son and myself stayed with hazel and steve for three nights and we both agree they treated us fantastically , the room was superb with a great on suite,food was top notch and nothing was to much trouble,we will be going back next year to do more touring.a+++++++++++++

the best B&B in the world!!!

5 on April 27, 2011

We stayed at Le Clos Castel in April 2011 and upon arrival we were greeted by the very friendly and gracious Mrs Ramsbottom. The inn and room were lovely, comfortable and clean-- superb! The warm croissants, delicious homemade dinners as well as fresh eggs from their chickens, pots of tea in our room, games and dvds in the family room, the quiet countryside and most of all very interesting, helpful and kind hosts made our trip to the Normandy area very memorable! We will stay there most definitely if in the area again! We cannot say enough about the Ramsbottom family and their inn. You will not regret renting a room from them(rates were very reasonable we thought). FYI--took about 75 min to reach Mont St Michele and about 35-40 to reach the beaches. The Lindbergs from Germany/USA

Highly recommended

5 on November 02, 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay in September 2010. The room was spacious (huge, actually) and clean and the bathroom was large and modern. The hosts were extremely friendly and helpful. The breakfast was excellent, somewhere between an petit dejeurner and an English breakfast (no meat and eggs, but fresh breads and croissants, cereals, juice and coffee). Located in a very old farmhouse but only recently converted into a B&B. Excellent value for the money.

Great place to stay.

4.6 on September 07, 2010

After a very fun motor bike ride from Calais I can say that that firstly it’s easy to find, and secondly we were really well looked after by the host. The rooms are really lovely – they are not dull like a regular hotel room, more like a great guest bed room. Hazel gave us directions to the some local attractions on the way home and also booked us a table for dinner in town. What more can you ask? I would stay again – no question.


5 on August 10, 2010

we stayed at this lovely b+b for 3 nights in july and what afind we made.hazel and family made us feel at home, they are so friendly.the rooms are spacious and spotless with lovely views and the guest room was just what my husband wanted to watch all the war films.if anyone visits this area try and stay in this lovely b+b you wont be disappointed.thank you hazel and family for making are short stay so wonderful.

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Location Type

Countryside, Village


Paris, France (CDG-Charles de Gaulle) 195 miles

Directions to property:

From Cherbourg follow the signs for Caen (N13) continue on the N13 until Carentan. At Carentan follow the signs for Periers on the D971. You will pass through a little commune called Sainteny. Continue on the D971 until you reach the little commune of Raids. As you pass by the church at Raids (stay on the main road) you will find Le Clos Castel at the first gates on your right after the church. When approaching from Caen follow the signs for Cherbourg until you pick up the N13 then follow the directions as above. Tel: +33 (0)2 33 17 23 61 (from outside France) 02 33 17 23 61 (from France)

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, D-Day Beaches & Museums, Bayeux Tapestry, Day visits to Jersey, Mont St Michel, Horse Riding nearby, Golf nearby, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Zoo

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, DVD Player, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, TV Video games, VCR, Videos , High Chair, Travel Cot

Room amenities

Coffee/Tea facilities, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Fishing, Golfing, Horseback riding, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only No smoking within the property
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, Cash



Hazel & Stephen Ramsbottom

Languages spoken

Basic French, English

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

About the innkeepers

Hazel & Stephen have two sons Alex & Nicholas. The family originate from Lancashire in the UK. After leaving busy lives behind in the UK we love our new lives in France and take great pride in our B&B.

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  • Time Served: 8-10 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian