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In the heart of the small village surrounded by a checkerboard of fields, this recently renovated former hotel has been reacquainted with its role of welcoming travellers. Behind the somewhat severe facade lies a warm and happy little world. The soft light of Normandy illuminates the stones, some bare, some plastered, and the old tiles that cover the three buildings of the courtyard leading to the garden at the back. With both traces of the past and contemporary touches, countryside and seaside, there is something to satisfy all ages and desires here.
My husband and I are both from Normandy - he is from the Manche department and I am from Orne in Perche. We met a few years ago when we were both living and working in Caen. We have a deep love for this region, its history and the treasures it has to offer. It was the obvious place for us to settle. Having the sea nearby was essential for us and it was only natural that we looked for a property that could bring us the calm we needed to raise our daughter and build this adventure together.
The house dates back to the 18th century. Built in 1790, the architecture is particularly unique. With four stories and a small tower overlooking it, the house boasts breathtaking views of the Caen plain. Successive owners managed to preserve many old elements such as two sundials, the sculptures of the various fireplaces, the stone plate warmer, the floors and the cathedral stone staircase. As for the building where our guests stay, it appears to be older. Initially intended for animals and estate staff, it was most likely constructed during the 17th century. It was also thought to be linked to the medieval castle of Creully by an underground passage, but whether this is fact or fiction remains to be seen.
The house was originally a hotel. Many elements echo its varied past. The year of construction is insignificant as the chimneys still bear traces of black paint which would have been applied as a sign of mourning after the death of Louis XVI. Our village was, for a very long time, a Protestant village; as evidenced by the temple located close to the church. Protestant graves are still present in our garden and that of our neighbours. Whilst the house was fortunate not to be occupied by the Germans during the Second World War, it did still receive the Canadian army when the village was liberated. It was the last village to be freed on the evening of 6 June 1944. We are proud to have been able to restore this estate to its origins and to welcome passing travellers who wish to explore the region.
We think of the estate as a place of sharing, discussions and relaxation. A place that allows families, friends or couples to come together in a search for calm and serenity. We wanted to offer our guests what we ourselves were looking for during our travels, first as a couple then as a family. We offer multiple services including meals, yoga, massages, meditation and rental bikes.
Staying with us means being at the centre of a renowned region encompassing the sea, the countryside and the city. For all lovers of good food, I cannot recommend the food and wine at Chez Suzanne in Courseulles-sur-Mer enough. Both the dishes and the service will enchant and, better yet, it is just a stone's throw from the sea. Very close to the estate, with the help of our directions, you will find a little corner of paradise. Lost in the middle of the greenery and accessible by bike or on foot, it is the perfect spot for a picnic or stroll as soon as the sunny days arrive. Just twenty minutes from the estate is the city of Bayeux. The architecture and history will take you back in time, along with its tapestry which is one of a kind. Normandy is full of natural and historic places that will keep every member of the family happy.
The main house, the park, the guest rooms and the gite are available for filming and photo shoots. Accommodation in the seven bedrooms of the property is available on site.