ARRIVING AT THE CHÂTEAU
How can I get to Château Coliving from Paris?
If you’re coming by train, the closest train station is Carentan, and from there you can either book a taxi or contact us to organise a transfer for a 15€ fee. By car, it takes around 3,5h and there’s lots of safe parking space on the property. We recommend the blablacar.com carpooling service which is very popular in France.
Do i need a car when staying at the Château?
Although car is the only way to get to chateau, you don’t necessarily need a car for the entire time of your stay, unless you’re planning to explore the region daily. We organise grocery shopping 2x per week and you can join us or order online.
What is the best way to rent a car?
There are several options depending on your needs and preferences:
- We have a car at the castle that is available to rent for short trips, day trips and weekend trips based on availability. We charge from 5 to 30 euros + fuel depending on the length of the trip. Check with us on arrival and we will tell you more about the process for booking. (PS: it is an automatic gearbox)
- If you decide to rent your own car for the time of your stay or only for certain days when you’d like to go explore around you can check out these websites where you can easily rent cars from individuals www.ouicar.fr or www.getaround.com
- The supermarket next to us Super U also has car rentals. Renting from the known international car rental companies that you can find at the airports is of course also an option.
- Before renting feel free to ask in our Slack channel if someone might want to share the rental with you.
Are there bicycles on the property?
Yes, there are some bicycles available for use, at no extra cost – help with maintenance is highly appreciated!
Are there chargers for electric cars?
Yes, we do have electrical car chargers!
I'm travelling in my van, can I still come?
Absolutely! There’s plenty of parking space here. You have the option to either book one of our rooms or use only the facilities you need (kitchen, bathroom, workspace) and still sleep in your van. Please get in touch via email or contact form for this second option! 😉
How does it work in terms of food?
Breakfast is from 8am to 11am Monday to Saturday and on Sundays we have French Crêpes at 10am – all included in your rate! There are optional lunches twice a week – you can subscribe the day before when we announce the menu and it’s usually between 5 and 7 Euro per person.
We also organize weekly events such as Family Dinners and Apéro Nights, where colivers pitch in.
Other than that, each person is responsible for their own food. We encourage colivers to cook together & share meals.
For grocery shopping, there are supermarkets not far (5min by car) and twice a week Château team collects orders from the colivers.
What are your cooking facilities?
We have a fully equipped kitchen with several cooking stations, two big ovens, several fridges and freezers and everything you need to cook some delicious food!
I am vegan/vegetarian or have food allergies / dietary restrictions, can I still share meals with the colivers?
Please leave us a note upon reservation to let us know what is your specific allergy/diet. We will do our best to adapt to it.
Can I bring my pet?
FACILITIES AND AMENITIES
Is there Internet in the rooms?
Yes, there is Internet in all the rooms of the building (common areas and private bedrooms). You can work anywhere in the castle and the strongest and fastest network is in the coworking space (over 120Mbps).
Are there desks in the rooms?
Yes, every room is equipped with a desk or a table for work/studies and a chair.
Is there a laundry?
Yes. We have both laundry and tumble dryer.
Are there hairdryers in the bathrooms?
Yes, in all bathrooms!
Which common areas will I have access to?
You’ll have access to two kitchens, all the ground floor (living room, entrance and dining room), workspace, laundry and the outdoors. The main Château is a very spacious building and you can choose where to work from or carry out your projects. Also, the property is a total of 80ha, so plenty of outdoor space as well for workouts, walks and other activities.
When can I use the workspace?
The workspace is available 24/7, you may use it regardless of the timezone you work in.
COMMUNITY AND WHAT TO DO AROUND
What is there to see in the region?
Normandy and the Manche department are so rich in history and culture. You can go on hikes by the beach, visit museums and areas known for the World War II events and check medieval architecture in towns nearby. You can find some suggestions of places to go and activities to do on our Instagram Page (@chateaucoliving), on our blog here or ask us when you come.
I don't speak any French, would that be a problem?
Not really, the main language we speak at the house is English and the hosts can also speak Spanish, Portuguese and French. People are keen to connect and practice other languages they’re learning. A few basic sentences are good in interaction with locals, but don’t worry, you can absolutely go without speaking any French.
How many people maximum can there be in castle?
We have a total of 13 rooms and the max capacity is 26 people.
Do I have to attend all organised group activities?
Not at all – private time is just as much appreciated as community time. You’re free to attend the events whenever you can or want.
What kind of events / activities do you usually facilitate?
We adapt according to the interests of the colivers, but most common activities include: yoga, workouts, skillshares or sharing hobbies/passion projects, workshops, feedback sessions if people need any help/ideas on something, games nights, movie nights, deep discussions on specific topics, dance nights, music evenings, bon fire nights, stargazing and many more.
Can I organise an activity for the colivers?
Yes, we encourage that very much. Anything you’d like to share from cooking to business scaling or anything you’re willing to organise that could be fun or useful – let us know and we will schedule it in our weekly house agenda.
Can I come with my children?
Yes, we do welcome nomadic families as well.
For children under the age of 10 we always recommend our appartments which are located just across the castle in a 18th century manoir. That gives plenty of privacy and still gives you access to the community and, for the adults, to the worspace..
We do have a few rules to make sure that the children are safe and cared for all the while preserving the harmony of the whole community.
You can read our policy in details here.
Do not hesitate to get in touch if you have questions about that.