Chateau St Germain de Livet

How can you not go to Normandy be in the Pays d’Auge and not visit a chateau?

chateau st germain de livet

Impossible and with two princesses in training it wasn’t going to be hard to convince the little ones to leave the swimming pool either.

chateau st germain de livet

Normandy is brimming with castles and although others may have been richer in their offer we chose one that wasn’t too far away conscious of the travelling time involved and the need to get back to the pool.

chateau st germain de livet

Chateau St Germain de Livet is set off the main road and surrounded by a brick wall but as I entered the gate I was stunned by the beauty of this historic building. Luckily it wasn’t just me, the girls were equally captivated.

chateau st germain de livet

We found the peacocks a bit camera shy as they would move away from me whenever they saw my lens coming out which made the girls giggle.

chateau st germain de livet

We took a walk through the main gate to the courtyard whilst waiting for the chateau to open for it’s afternoon viewing at 2pm and from there we saw the path on the other side of the moat – it had to be explored of course.

chateau st germain de livet

Beauty and the Beast is a favourite story and Disney film in our house and we’ve talked about how the castle was in France,

chateau st germain de livet


this was also part of my convincing techniques when asking about visiting a chateau.

chateau st germain de livet

As we walked around the castle we looked at the bedrooms, dining room and grand piano, we talked about Chip and Mrs Teapot, we talked about how life would have been and where Belle would have slept.

chateau st germain de livet

The girls loved it, the chateau was a great hit with them and offered plenty of drawing incentive later on. Mummy is quite the dab hand at castles and princesses now ;)

chateau st germain de livet

We also had a ‘muck around’ in the courtyard afterwards playing peek a boo behind the pillars and counting the bird’s nests built high in the rafts.

chateau st germain de livet

I’m linking up with Coombe Mill #CountryKids which is all about getting the kids away from the screen and outdoors.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. Super Busy Mum
    September 3, 2013 / 9:26 AM

    Whoa…what a gorgeous castle. I bet your two little Princesses in waiting loved it! x

  2. Tariq Mohammed
    September 3, 2013 / 1:22 PM

    I agree, the castle looks amazing! Looks like you all had a fantastic time.

  3. Gretta Schifano
    September 4, 2013 / 11:30 AM

    Genius – this castle does look remarkably like the Beast’s! I’m glad you all enjoyed it, and thanks for joining in with the #familydays Linky.

  4. Coombe Mill (Fiona)
    September 4, 2013 / 11:50 PM

    I love the French Castles. This one looks like the perfect princess castle for your two princesses! So often they can be a disapointment inside but this looks slendid inside and out. Woth leaving the pool for a day! Thanks for joining me on Country Kids.

  5. September 8, 2013 / 2:49 AM

    Wow – that is absolutely stunning and so Beauty & The Beast, I’d love to visit! xx

  6. September 8, 2013 / 12:41 PM

    Looks like a really gorgeous castle! And excellent way to sell it to the kids! lol!

  7. September 11, 2013 / 5:42 AM

    Castle is beautiful. I also want to visit there.

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