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20 of the Best Boutique Hotels in Normandy

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Normandy has a lot to offer its visitor. From some of France's most famous sights such as the Bayeux Tapestry and Mont St-Michel to relics from the D-Day Landing. The landscapes are very alluring too with a dramatic coastline and pastoral interior with quaint villages and rolling fields. Like all of France, the region has world-renowned cuisine and is especially famed for its apples, cider, and camembert. With so many attractions, it comes as no surprise that the choice of accommodation is broad. However, our Hotel Gurus always lean towards a boutique property, when available, for their individual feel. The best boutique hotels in Normandy range from converted chateaux to quaint seafront cottages. Chosen on their amenities, design, and location there is something for everyone whether you are on a family break or a romantic escape. So why not browse through our collection to start planning your stay?

For a hotel with a view

La Chaumiere

  • La Chaumiere offers nine light and airy suites with artistically chosen contemporary furnishings and a very cool mix of old and new. Located right on the beach, the sea views are spectacular (particularly so from the restaurant). A great choice for a couples' escape.
  • Le Jardin des Plumes is a short stroll from Monet’s house and gardens at Giverny. There's much to admire at this property from the heady mix of traditional and contemporary design, the perfect pastoral views, and even a Michelin starred restaurant.

For a romantic stay

Le Ferme Saint Simeon

  • Les Maisons de Léa is a unique B&B set across three buildings. Each of the three buildings has its own decor and appeal, from rustic to Mediterranean to contemporary — but they’re all stylishly executed. With an atmospheric restaurant, suites with huge bathtubs and private terraces — this is an ideal choice for a romantic escape.
  • La Ferme Saint Simeon is a luxurious five star with a top of the range spa. The views from many of the rooms, and especially the roof terrace and the garden, are wonderful. An indulgent spot to unwind with your significant other. The restaurant offers the finest local cuisine too.

For a complete escape

Le Domain dAblon

  • In the heart of the Perche Regional Natural Park, Cote Parc is a rustic-chic eight-room escape. Some of the rooms are more rustic than others, with exposed beams and stone walls. Expect amenities beyond its size including a spa, gym and tea room.
  • Le Domaine d'Ablon is a really special escape in a rural spot inland from Honfleur. It has just four accommodation choices ranging from extremely elegant suites set within the thatched roof of one of the beautiful old timber houses to larger family sized suites. There's a noteworthy regional restaurant and plenty of onsite activities.
  • The Manoir de Surville boasts an extensive spa and an excellent restaurant. It’s in a beautiful rural spot, just outside the sleepy Norman village of Surville. There are just nine suites, decorated in cool monochrome hues which fit in elegantly with the original features of the timbered building.

For a beach break

Les Pins de Cesar

  • Tucked away amongst pretty gardens and woodland just along the cliffs from Etretat, Les Pins de Cesar is a seductively elegant hotel. Rooms and suites are stylishly decorated in dark, moody colours. There’s a gorgeous indoor pool, an indulgent spa, and an outdoor hot tub with wonderful forest views. A tranquil, romantic, and sophisticated spot.
  • Manoir de la Plage is a seaside manor with rooms decorated in a charismatic mix of traditional French decor and contemporary style. Ideal for couples, this adult-only stay offers hydrotherapy massages, an infrared sauna and the sunset beach walks are a must!

For a chateau

Chateau de la Pommeraye

  • The Château de la Pommeraye is an elegant stately home in a beautiful rural location. It has just five rooms, all of them sumptuous and traditional. Expect beautiful antiques, huge beds, and fairytale views. You can also book the whole property for private use, and arrange meals as needed.
  • Elegant and romantic, the Château la Cheneviere is an 18th century château between Bayeux and the beach. Original features remain, however, rooms and suites are decorated with the height of modern luxury in mind. Complete with a cocktail bar, a classic French restaurant, beautiful parklands, a heated pool and tennis courts. An idyllic rural escape.
  • Chateau Saint Gilles is a beautifully converted 18th-century chateau set in a secluded rural spot near Bayeux. Bright and contemporary apartments and rooms keep their heritage charm. With a beach nearby and plenty of activities on offer, this is a great choice for a country escape.

For Families

Chateau de saint Paterne

  • Les Rochers is a lovingly restored 16th-century manor house with six rooms, a large family duplex room and a separate gîte (perfect for families wanting their own space). The decor is a fun collection of art and vintage furniture. The courtyard offers an ideal space for badminton or pétanque and there's plenty of space in the surrounding fields.
  • La Dime de Giverny is a converted low manor house arranged, around a central courtyard, with a collection of seven self-catering cottages. Inside the cottages, you’ll find a sort of rustic minimalism, with bare brick, whitewashed walls, exposed beams and tiled floors. Breakfast is served and it's just a short stroll from numerous restaurants and eateries in the local village.
  • Romantic and family-friendly, the Château de saint Paterne is 15th-century château, with charming hosts, in an idyllic spot outside Alencon. There are nine rooms and two suites — one of which is a treehouse in the woods that kids (and adults) will love. There's Michelin-starred dining, a swimming pool, tennis courts, badminton, and croquet to keep everyone entertained. Perfect for the whole family.

For great value

Le Belleme Bleue

  • With just four rooms and a colourful travel theme, La Belleme Bleue is a chic but affordable choice in Belleme. Somewhat off the beaten track, this little town is right inside the Parc Natural Regional du Perche, so it's green and lovely, and makes a good base for exploring the region’s interior. Considering its size the bar has a great wine list and the restaurant specialises in local cuisine. With a sauna and an adults-only policy — this is a grown-up choice.
  • If minimalism is more your style then the Hotel Les 2 Villas might be more to your taste. A five-room hotel converted from two neighbouring villas in the heart of Trouville, this affordable hotel has neat, designer furnishings in monochrome colours. Moments from the beach; there’s no restaurant, but they do offer breakfast and you’re surrounded by cafes and restaurants.
  • The Manoir'Hastings is a renovated 17th-century farmhouse in the pretty town of Bénouville. Modernised, but with some of its original features retained such as the pitched roofs, large beams and fireplaces made out of great slabs of stone. Complete with a modern French restaurant; this is a real steal!
  • Le Clos St Martin is a chic four-bedroom B&B located in a 16th-century mansion in the heart of Caen. Guestrooms blend contemporary interior design with selected antiques and original heritage details. With family suites available, this is a well priced base for couples or families to explore the city from.

Still not sure which to book?

  • Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Normandy.
  • Or refine your search to just the best hotels in Arromanches les Bains, the best places to stay in Dunkirk, the best places to stay in Bayeux or in Caen.
  • Alternatively, you could consider our Guru’s recommendations for 20 of the Best B&Bs in Normandy, or 21 of the Best Château Hotels in Normandy.
  • Or, you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for personalised advice.
    • La Chaumiere Honfleur (Route du Littoral) 9 rooms from AU$383

      Romantic Break
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
      Restaurant  -  Recommended.
      Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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      Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

      A gorgeous little hotel with chic rooms on the seafront. Large airy rooms and suites with contemporary furnishings and artistic flair. Fabulous restaurant, gardens and terraces, and immediate access to the beach. A great spot for a romantic break. See More

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    • Le Jardin des Plumes Giverny 8 rooms from AU$293

      Foodies  -  Michelin starred restaurant
      Sights nearby  -  Monet's house and gardens merely 550 yards away; Impressionist Museum 450 yards, An hour from Paris
      Restaurant  -  Recommended.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
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      Traditional on the outside, whereas inside contemporary/modern prevails with art-deco furniture and classy, ornate decorations. Rooms are smartly furnished and bathrooms beautiful. Not only that, but Michelin starred cuisine and just round the corner from Monet's house and gardens at Giverny. See More

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    • Les Maisons de Léa Honfleur, Normandy 28 rooms from AU$261

      Sights nearby  -  Located bang in the centre of Honfleur
      Full of character
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
      Private Hot Tub
      RestaurantPet friendly
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      A unique hotel B&B set in three different buildings in central Honfleur. Rooms, suites, and a private cottage all beautifully decorated in different styles: rustic farmhouse, Mediterranean, loft conversion. The bathrooms have huge bathtubs, some with private hot tubs. Fantastic. See More

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    • La Ferme Saint Simeon Honfleur 35 rooms from AU$492

      Foodies  -  Le Restaurant is a fine dining restaurant that specialises in regional cuisine.
      Spa breaks  -  La Ferme de Beaute is a fully equipped spa with Turkish hammam and body wraps.
      5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
      Romantic Break
      SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsParking
      Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Tablet

      A fabulous Five Star hotel on the coast of Hornfleur. Top of the range spa with Turkish hammam, a fine dining restaurant, stunning rooms and suites, roof top terrace with sea views. The perfect spot to unwind in, for the luxury traveller. See More

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    • Le Domaine d'Ablon Honfleur (Ablon) 4 rooms from AU$734

      Active Holiday  -  Get out into the countryside and explore by bike, foot or horse back.
      Cooking classes  -  Learn how to cook dishes of the region in a class run by the hotel's chef.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
      Air conditioningSpaRestaurantGardenPet friendlyViewsParking

      A chic rural property set just outside Hornfleur. Rooms mix contemporary and traditional styles; dotted with artworks and antiques, the best have roll-top baths. Regional dishes can be sampled in the restaurant and days can be spent walking, horse riding or cycling. A charming rural escape. See More

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    • Chateau de la Pommeraye La Pommeraye, Normandy 5 rooms from AU$318

      Sights nearby  -  Discover the Bayeux tapestry and the Normandy landing beaches.
      Great walks  -  From the door
      Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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      Recommended by  -  Sawdays, I Escape

      A beautiful chateau in a rural location. Elegance and classical grace from the Louis XVI furniture, to Italianate stairwells, sumptuous bedrooms, and fairytale views. A stately home, (also available for exclusive use) perfect for romantics, groups or families. See More

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    • Manoir de Surville Surville, Normandy 9 rooms from AU$301

      Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Château de Gaillon and Château du Champ de Bataille.
      Great walks  -  The surrounding countryside is full of beautiful walking routes.
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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      Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Mr & Mrs Smith

      Stunning hotel tucked away in the sleepy Norman village of Surville. Manoir de Surville features all the creature comforts you need for a relaxing break with luxurious rooms, a superb spa and an excellent restaurant. See More

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    • Les Pins de Cesar Normandy 14 rooms from AU$254

      Country Escape  -  Converted family estate situated in a nature reserve and offering quality spa facilities, ideal for relaxing country retreats
      Great walks  -  The Chemin des Douaniers is a stunning 7 km round-trip hike along the white-chalk cliffs nearby
      Sights nearby  -  Head to the picturesque villages of Tilleul and Etretat on the charming Alabaster Coast
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool
      SpaSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyViewsParking
      Recommended by  -  Tablet

      A peaceful coastal hotel tucked away in pretty gardens and woodlands near the cliffs. Featuring a gorgeous indoor pool and indulgent spa, its rustic charm is bound to seduce. Rooms are homely and sophisticated and expect to be delighted by the cuisine- ideal for a tranquil getaway. See More

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    • Chateau La Cheneviere Bayeux 29 rooms from AU$318

      Foodies  -  The restaurant serves classical cuisine based on the flavours of Normandy.
      Luxury
      Romantic Break
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      TennisRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyViewsParking
      Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel, Small Luxury Hotels

      A luxurious 18th century chateau on the coastline. Traditional and elegant interiors include enormous rooms and suites, a classical French restaurant, and an inviting bar. Heated pool, tennis courts, golf and beaches nearby. A fantastic spot for a romantic break filled with sporting activities. See More

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    • Cote Parc Normandy 8 rooms from AU$196

      Short fly break  -  Just 160 km from Paris and located in a national park making this ideal for weekend rural escapes.
      Total relaxation  -  The spa has a hot tub, steam room and there is an on-site gym.
      Great walks  -  In the Perche Regional Nature Park, there are many of great walks and hiking trails.
      Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
      Air conditioningSpaRestaurantGardenParkingNo pets

      Elegant accommodation in the heart of Perche Regional Park, offering 8 charming en-suite rooms. Design is rustic chic with exposed stone wall, softly patterned fabrics and wooden beams. On-site, guests can enjoy the tea room, gym, garden and spa. A relaxing rural escape. See More

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    • Chateau de Saint Paterne Alencon 11 rooms from AU$248

      Foodies  -  Continental breakfast and 5 course set dinners by a Michelin chef.
      Families
      Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
      TennisSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyParking
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

      Stunning 15th century chateau with a fantastic table d'hotes and charming hosts. Romantic bedrooms and suites in soft pastels with wooden panelled walls, fourposter beds, and fireplaces. In-room massages, a swimming pool, and early supper for children. Romantic, but still family friendly. See More

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    • Le Manoir de la Plage Honfleur 7 rooms from AU$163

      Romantic Break  -  Reputed to be a quiet and remote location, ideal for a couple's weekend near the sea
      Total relaxation  -  Remote, quiet and relaxing facilities (sauna, swimming pool and hydrotherapy)
      Beach Life  -  The beach is on the doorstep of the manor, perfect for sunset walks
      Tennis  -  Tennis court are available for hire at 10€ per hour for 2 people
      TennisSwimming PoolGardenViewsParkingNo pets

      Majestic seaside manor with rooms decorated in a charismatic mix of traditional French decor and contemporary style. Switch off and enjoy a hydrotherapy massage or a session in the infrared sauna. Start your morning off with a fresh breakfast by the sea. Peaceful location with impressive sunsets. See More

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    • La Dime de Giverny 27620 Giverny 7 rooms from AU$342

      Local exploring  -  The historic Vexin region is great to explore, with its valleys, the forest of Lyons, abbeys, castles and beautiful parks
      Sights nearby  -  Check out Monet’s beautiful house and garden, the castle of La Roche-Guyon and the 800 year-old Château Gaillard
      Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
      Back to Nature
      GardenParkingNo pets

      An historic Giverny guesthouse offering rooms in the house or self-catering cottages. Rooms are pared back yet stylish, combining rustic charm and elegance with hardwood floors, bare brick walls, wooden beams and chic furnishings. Breakfast is served, while village eateries are in walking distance. See More

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    • Les Rochers Normandy 6 rooms from AU$212

      Sights nearby  -  The Bayeux Tapestry and D-Day beaches are easily accessible
      Hideaway  -  Get away from it all in this rural oasis
      Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
      Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
      GardenParkingNo pets

      B&B accommodation in lovingly restored 16th-century manor house. Inside, airy rooms boast an eclectic collection of art and furniture ranging from classic to art deco to contemporary. Gourmet dinners available on request. Duplex room and gîte perfect for families. A tranquil rural escape. See More

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    • La Belleme Bleue Bellême, Normandy 5 rooms from AU$147

      Country Escape  -  This homely guesthouse is set in the quaint town of Belleme, well-off the beaten track
      Active Holiday  -  Explore the surrounding Normandy landscape by bicyle, horse back or foot
      Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
      Quirky  -  An experience!
      RestaurantPet friendly

      A gorgeous property with lovingly designed, themed rooms, inspired by the continents of Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas, with artwork and furnishings to match. The restaurant offers delicious local cuisine and the bar has an enviable wine list. Guests can relax at the hotel's on-site sauna. See More

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    • Hotel Les 2 Villas Deauville (TROUVILLE SUR MER) 5 rooms from AU$210

      Local exploring  -  Trouville is ideally positioned to explore the coast and attractions of Normandy.
      Sights nearby  -  Discover the old harbour, surrounded by numerous brick or slate-clad houses at nearby Honfleur.
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
      Traditional
      Pet friendlyDisabled access

      Two converted villas offering chic accommodation in the heart of Trouville. Individually styled rooms are minimalist in design with plenty of light, crisp white linen and designer furniture. A central courtyard is a sunny spot to enjoy breakfast and the beach is just at the end of the street. See More

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    • Manoir'Hastings 14970, Normandy 4 rooms from AU$212

      Business meetings  -  The seminar room can accommodate up to 50 people: catering and coffee is included for business meetings.
      Short fly break  -  Well positioned just 10 minutes from Caen and 2 hours from Paris.
      Foodies  -  Sample exemplary modern french cuisine at the hotel's restaurant.
      Sights nearby  -  History on your doorstep: the Bayeux Tapestry is only 40km away.
      RestaurantGardenViewsParkingNo pets

      A renovated 17th century farmhouse in Benouville. Four chic rooms are light and airy with a perfect mix of contemporary and traditional styles. Boasting a fabulous restaurant serving modern French cuisine. Walking distance from Pegasus Bridge, (a pivotal D-day site) and Caen is nearby. See More

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    • Le Clos St Martin, Caen Caen 4 rooms from AU$261

      Romantic Break  -  The stylish suites at this newly renovated hotel are ideal for a romantic couples' break, with sink-in beds and chic antiques
      Local exploring  -  Set close to the D-Day beaches in the picturesque heart of Caen, there is lots to explore local to this hotel
      Families  -  Family suites are adapted to parents travelling with children, offering extra space and cots for babies
      Sights nearby  -  Walk to the beautiful Abbaye-aux-Hommes, an abbey built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century
      GardenParkingNo pets

      This elegant hotel is housed within a restored, 16th-century mansion in the centre of Caen. Guestrooms blend contemporary interior design with selected antiques and original heritage details, from exposed beams to wooden floors. A chic bolt-hole, great for local sightseeing. See More

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    • Château Saint Gilles Bayeux (Guéron) 9 rooms from AU$233

      Hideaway  -  Nestled outside Bayeux in the sleepy commune of Guéron, this hotel makes a perfect choice for an elegant hideaway holiday
      Country Escape  -  Set in a classic château in Bayeux surrounded by beautiful countryside, book this hotel for a chic rural retreat
      Families  -  The spacious family suites available and expansive gardens make this ideal for those travelling with children
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Bayeux, a wonderful example of Norman architecture commissioned by William the Conqueror
      Air conditioningGardenViewsParkingNo pets

      This charming hotel is nestled in a converted, 18th-century château close to Bayeux in Normandy. Inside, guestrooms and apartments are bright and contemporary, while tall windows and heritage fireplaces attest to the property's heritage - a chic and comfortable place to rest after local sightseeing. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 12th May 2021