Our choice of hotels and restaurants to make your trip even more pleasurable.
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5* Hôtel Le Saint-Delis, Honfleur
New Relais & Château hotel in former home of painter Henri de Saint-Delis, part of Le Havre Fauve Group of artists. Three interconnected houses from 17th century with nine elegant rooms, each with steam shower and some with balneotherapy bath.
4* Les Jardins de Coppelia, Honfleur
New hotel with 27 rooms and suites, all individually decorated, in manor house or garden annexe close to the pool. Reserve by digital tablet for the gastronomic restaurant and spa.
4* Le Paquebot, Villerville
Decorated in Art Deco style, each of the 16 rooms or ‘cabins’ has a sea view and terrace at this new hotel in Villerville, classified as a Calvados Character Village. Dine in the restaurant or enjoy a seafood platter in your cabin.
2* Le Clos Normand, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer
Reopened in April after a complete refurbishment by the new owners. Panoramic beach view from all rooms. Gourmet bistro cuisine and extensive cocktail menu.
Le Relais d’Horbé, La Perrière
Newly opened near Bellême in the Perche Regional Natural Park with four individually decorated suites and three bedrooms. Seasonal menu. Private garden, craft shop, and deli.
Château Saint-Gilles, Guéron
Close to Bayeux, an 18th-century property with 22 bedrooms, studios, and apartments set in extensive parkland. Facilities for cyclists.
3* Hôtel du Tribunal, Mortagne
Boutique hotel and gourmet restaurant in adjoining properties from 16th and 18th centuries in heart of the Perche Regional Natural Park.
Le Castel Saint-Léonard, Falaise
New owner Charles Vatinel has refurbished the downstairs salons and three bedrooms of this late 18th-century château in stunning Siècle des Lumières style.
Ô Saisons, Ô Châteaux, Mézidon-Canon
Five bedrooms in U-shaped château, which is a classified Monument Historique, built in the 18th-century between Caen and Lisieux. Partial private hire is an option.
La Rose de Ducey, Ducey-les-Chéris
Stylish 19th-century property in village close to Mont-Saint-Michel. Two guest bedrooms, plus an enclosed garden stocked with roses.
Château de Chantore, Bacilly
Two suites and three bedrooms in elegant 18th-century château close to Avranches. Large wooded park with lake, camellias and rhododendrons. There is also a gîte sleeping five.
Maison Maleyrand, Mortagne-au-Perche
New B&B in period town house restored to 18th-century glory. Original Louis XV features. Three double en-suite rooms furnished with rare objets d’art.
La Vraie Vie, Caen
Small restaurant run by Parisian-trained chefs Elodie and Matthieu, opened November 2019. Emphasis on organic, local ingredients with cheese from Matthieu’s brother at La Crémerie des Baratineurs. Pâtisseries are a speciality.
La Voile Blanche, Ouistreham
Opened in summer 2020 above the Accostage restaurant and specialising in fish and shellfish. Eat indoors or on the shady terrace with glorious views over the beach.
L’Aigue Marine, Villers-sur-Mer
New bistro and wine bar opened by the owner of La Villa d’Eaux. Dine in on local produce from sea and land, or take away a picnic.
La Contremarche, Granville
Built into the walls of the 19th-century fish market in the historic upper town. Local seasonal produce.
From France Today magazine