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Château de Chantereine

A majestic Château, just a short walk to the pretty seaside town and beach of Criel-sur-Mer, in Upper Normandy. Voyager School Travel introduced French immersion school trips to the centre in 2022

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School trip to Normandy Chateau de Chantereine residential centre


The Château de Chantereine centre is located nearby the picturesque seaside town of Criel-sur-Mer in the Upper Normandy region of Northern France.

The centre is based in a 17th-century Château making it our most majestic residential centre in France.

With four acres of beautiful grounds, there is plenty of green space for the children to explore. Bad weather is never a problem because the complex includes a well-equipped sports centre offering basketball, football, table tennis and a climbing wall, as well as plenty of classrooms and common rooms for school groups to use for evening activities. 


Accommodation and facilities

Accommodation at Château de Chantereine is provided in three main buildings, including the Chateau building itself, all located around an open courtyard.

Each school group is designated their own floor which can only be accessed with a key-code, so you can be confident that your children won’t come in contact with any other groups.

The clean and spacious student rooms sleep up to 6 children and each has a designated bathroom (though not all are en-suite). Teacher’s rooms are located just along the corridor so you can keep an eye on your charges. There is a private lounge where teachers can relax after lights out.

School groups have priority access to the multi-sport complex for evening games and film nights.

Accommodation and facilities

Centre staff

Our own team of French-native animateurs will be responsible for looking after you and your learners throughout the trip and will run all the onsite activities and day trips with your group to create an immersive French experience. Our local French team has considerable experience looking after British school groups and will even run a fun-packed evening programme so your learners will be fully occupied.

The centre has a night manager, providing 24-hour security, and its own in-house French catering team so you know the food will be of a high standard.

Located less than two hours coach ride from Calais, Château de Chatereine is ideally located to offer the perfect mix of French language, local culture, and history on your school trip. What's more, the nearby Baie de Somme is one of France's most lovely and protected natural environments where students can learn about the area's rare flora and fauna, including the local seal population, birds and marine wildlife.

Centre staff

Activities and learning

Château de Chantereine is home to our Upper Normandy French language immersion programme, offering local cultural, historic and nature visits, led by our own animateurs, as well as some onsite language activities. What makes Château de Chantereine a great base for school trips is its proximity to Calais, which is less than 2 hours coach ride away, and the protected natural ecology of the Baie de Somme area, with its own seal colony and colonies of migrating birds.

Perfect for….

  • groups who want a shorter trip
  • practising French in the local community and on local visits
  • students who enjoy the beach and being in nature
  • WW1 history buffs
Activities and learning

Other uses

As well as hosting British school groups at Château de Chantereine, we also run a parallel English language programme for French school groups.  By hosting both French and British school groups at the centre we can offer a school 'exchange' option where British children can socialise with their French peers during their stay.

At the weekends the Château de Chantereine is used by local French holidaymakers who are drawn to the wildlife and landscapes of this beautiful area.

Other uses

See our school trips to the Château de Chantereine school centre

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