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The facade of Château de Bernières
The facade of Château de Bernières


Château de Bernières

Close to the D-Day beaches, a Norman château with a 2.5-hectare park

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In the du Tilly family for seven generations, the Château de Bernières—fully renovated and recently decorated by Laurence du Tilly—is the perfect retreat for a group of 15 to explore Calvados

Close to the D-Day beaches, a Norman château with a 2.5-hectare park

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"The house is very cozy, perfect for chats by the fire or in the large kitchen."

It is said that the village of Bernières—located just minutes from the D-Day beaches—was the first to be liberated by the Allies. Like the village it is named after, the Château has a long history dating back to the 16th century. This château, which has served many purposes over the years, including as a wartime hospital, has retained its splendor and continues to gather large families for joyful holidays, despite the passage of time and hardships.

Now fully renovated, the property offers all modern comforts and a concierge service. It’s perfect for hosting 15 guests within its walls and expansive grounds, offering an ideal Norman getaway!

A family renovation project

Partially destroyed by a fire and during the D-Day landings, the Château de Bernières has since undergone several restorations. Built in two parts—one dating back to the 16th century and the other to the 17th century—the former has been completely renovated while preserving its classical foundations, and the entire structure has been modernized to offer guests contemporary comforts. Each room now has its own bathroom, insulation has been redone, and underfloor heating counters Normandy’s damp weather.

After the renovation, it was time for the family to tackle the decoration! The touch of Laurence du Tilly, stylist, designer, and sister of Jacques, the current owner along with his wife Frédérique and their four children, is indeed evident. In the family château, Laurence has—as usual—managed to blend styles harmoniously: period pieces, contemporary furniture designed by her—such as the modern BOHO wooden kitchen table softened by vintage Scandinavian chairs—or sourced locally. ‘I wanted to preserve the house’s soul. I chose neutral and timeless shades because, in such an old building, the project must be considered for the long term.’

The - very - large kitchen where everyone can gather.

The - very - large kitchen where everyone can gather.

The château seen from above, nestled between land and sea.

The château seen from above, nestled between land and sea.

A Norman gem

Nestled in an expansive wooded park, the Château de Bernières invites relaxation and summer activities: badminton, pétanque, soccer, woodland walks, and beach outings. Guests can explore the area on bicycles provided by the owners, discovering local highlights not to be missed. Naturally, there are the D-Day beaches, the ‘Maison des Canadiens’ on Bernières’ seawall—recognized as the first liberated house on French soil—and the Bayeux Tapestry.

For those preferring sport over culture, tennis courts and a sailing club are just 500 meters from the château. What makes Bernières-sur-Mer special? It combines tourism with enjoying local specialties: oysters and seafood platters on the terrace at Île de Plaisance, or a relaxing aperitif almost by the water’s edge at Le Père Tranquille. All the delights of Normandy are within easy reach!

The quintessential
family home




The newly installed wood paneling in the kitchen brings a touch of antiquity to the renovated part of the Château.

The newly installed wood paneling in the kitchen brings a touch of antiquity to the renovated part of the Château.

Although Jacques and Frédérique Hayaux du Tilly now lives abroad, they reunite with their family every year for a mandatory visit to Château de Bernières, a place Jacques holds dear from many childhood vacations. The advantage of this property? It comfortably accommodates large gatherings without feeling cramped! There’s a dormitory for larger groups and plenty of chairs around the central kitchen island…

In the summer, everyone enjoys their activities across the extensive grounds, taking naps under the old oaks with the background sounds of birds, the sea, and the scent of freshly cut grass and honeysuckle. Come winter, it’s all about family gatherings around the large kitchen fireplace. What we love most about Château de Bernières is its blend of old family home charm with modern comfort!

The 3 things

we love the most

The large kitchen with the wood-burning fireplace
The view of the 13th-century church
The proximity to the sea


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Destination Bernières-sur-Mer


Bayeux train station

28 min

Caen airport

28 min

Caen train station

29 min


Au Père tranquille (italian cuisine)

2 min

Bons vivants (local and seasonly cuisine)

10 min

Le Comptoir du Beau Rivage (local and seasonly cuisine)

12 min

Shops and Craft workshops

Le Bocal Normand (fine grocery store)

10 min

L'Armoire Gourmande (fine grocery store)

11 min

Nature, Culture and Heritage

Courseulles-sur-Mer village

6 min

Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer village

8 min

Caen Memorial

21 min

Château de Bernières

26 Rue du Royal Berkshire Régiment, 14990, Bernières-sur-Mer, France

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Table BOHO


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Vintage gilded mirror

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Curly fabric armchair

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