Éric Guerin’s Jardin des Plumes hotel/ restaurant at Giverny

The best restaurants and hotels in the region, plus some hidden secrets only the locals know about…

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Domaine de la Pommeraye, Suisse Normande: Country hotel and spa in traditional Norman stone buildings with spacious grounds under new ownership. Evening meals on reservation. www.audomainedelapommeraye.com

Le Clos, Perche: Antique furniture, elegant bedrooms and fine dining at this 19th-century château, part of the Relais & Châteaux network of luxury hotels. www.leclos-normandie.com

Château d’Audrieu: Classical furnishing, an excellent restaurant and a high-quality refit makes this historic four-star château near Bayeux a popular choice. chateaudaudrieu.com

Château de Bénéauville, Côte Fleurie: B&B in style at this sumptuous Renaissance château in a former hunting park at Bavent, near Deauville, with wood-panelling, beamed ceilings and tapestries. www.chateaudebeneauville.fr

Boutique hideaway La Bergerie

Hôtel La Fontaine, Caen: Newly renovated two-star boutique hotel in quiet city-centre street with ten modern rooms and generous breakfast of Norman specialities. en.hotelfontaine-caen.com

La Bergerie, Suisse Normande: Close to the Vélo Francette cycle trail, guest rooms or gîtes with the options of traditional Normandy evening meals and tours in London taxis. bb-cottages-normandy-61.jimdo.com

Spirit of 1944 Guesthouse, Omaha Beach: Glen Miller plays in the background and WWII memorabilia abounds at this luxury B&B close to Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc. www.spiritof1944.fr

Relax Normandy-style at the Spa du Domaine de la Pommeraye

Le Jardin des Plumes, Giverny: Boutique hotel in Giverny owned by Michelin-starred chef Éric Guerin. Eight elegant rooms in 1912 Art Deco property near Monet’s Garden. www.lejardindesplumes.fr

Hôtel Le Normandy, Deauville: Newly refurbished hotel in classic period style. A taste of la belle vie in classy Deauville. www.hotelsbarriere.com/fr/deauville/le-normandy

Manoir de Bénédicte, Suisse Normande: Opened in Autumn 2016, a late 19th-century property passed through eight generations and now owned and run by Bénédicte. www.lemanoirdebenedicte.fr/en

Hotel Le Normandy


Restaurant La Longere, Le Neubourg: Gastronomic restaurant in traditional half-timbered Eure longhouse; food by Gérald Seuron, formerly chef at Château de Versailles. Cookery classes and home-made deli items to take away. www.restaurant-la-longere.fr

Restaurant Gabriel, Saint-Pierre-La-Garenne: Between Giverny and Les Andelys, contemporary décor combines with classic fine dining from rugby player turned top class chef Fabrice Vallée. www.restaurantgabriel.fr

Le Bréard, Honfleur: Imaginative French-Asian fusion food by Fabrice Sebire in historic property close to the Vieux Bassin. Bib Michelin since 2006. www.restaurant-lebreard.com

Restaurant Gabriel. Photo: Bruno Cohen

Initial, Caen: Partnership between chef Yohann and sommelier Yvan, who combine 15 years’ experience to offer a celebration of simple, seasonal food, all sourced locally. www.initial-restaurant.com

Le Channel, Ouistreham: Close to the ferry port and specialising in seafood. Terrace tables with lighthouse view and cosy booths. www.restolechannel.com

Le Saint-Pierre, La Bouille: In a pretty village near Rouen with Seine views. Modern creative approach to traditional cuisine with seasonal products. www.le-saint-pierre.com/en

Le Tribunal, Mortagne-au-Perche: Rustic meets contemporary with young chef Freddy Pommier in this 3-star hotel in a pretty town in the Perche Natural Regional Park. www.hoteltribunalorne.com

From France Today magazine