Ensconce yourself in this five-star manor house in Normandy. Once part of an 18th-century hemp farm, Château la Chenevière has been through the wars – quite literally, having been occupied by foreign powers throughout World War II. In 1988, it received a full restoration and re-opened as the grand hotel it is today.
As you draw up to this historic property via its pretty, shaded driveway, savour the sense of rural escape. 12 hectares of landscaped grounds surround the main house, including two hectares of enclosed gardens featuring an orangery, tennis court and heated pool – just the spot to relax in the summer months. The herb, vegetable and fruit gardens here keep the kitchen well stocked, aided by the house beehive that buzzes with pollinators and honey-makers.
Inside the château, large windows and a light, muted palette amplify the sense of space. 29 rooms and suites, complete with refined décor and modern conveniences, assure guests of a comfortable stay.
Château la Chenevière is also a place of gastronomic excellence – naturellement. At Le Botaniste and Le Petit Jardin, choose from menus that celebrate Normandy traditions and showcase the fresh produce plucked from the gardens outside. The sommelier-selected wines from the hotel’s cellar make the perfect pairing. Round things off in the Zanzibar lounge with an atmospheric digestif, surrounded by intriguing travel memorabilia.
Make the most of the property’s proximity to Normandy’s historic, coastal and countryside attractions. You are just 10 minute’s drive from Omaha beach as well as the famous town of Bayeux. Leisurely activities in easy reach include horse riding, golfing, sailing, paragliding, as well as calvados and cider tasting.