Ferme Saint Simeon is a family run manor house on the banks of the Seine river estuary, dating back to the 17th century. In its time, it has welcomed many luminaries of the 19th century such as Claude Monet, Charles Baudelaire, Frederic Bazille and Eugène Boudin, making it something of a haven for art and history lovers. The historic nature of the house means that no two rooms are the same, and this has been reflected in their elegant and individual styling. Dining is a particularly enjoyable element of a stay at La Ferme, where guests can select an exquisite eight course ‘Nuances’ tasting menu at Les Impressionistes restaurant, or classic Normandy fare Bistrot La Boucane, located in a 17th century thatched outbuilding that featured in a painting by Monet.
The hotel boasts a fabulous spa complex with glorious views across the manicured gardens and out to the river beyond. Ferme Saint Simeon is also perfectly located for exploring many of the attractions of the Normandy region, with easy access to D-Day landing beaches and day trips also possible to Bayeux and Rouen. The hotel even offers a distinctive horse carriage ride, year-round, and driven by its master horseman and Percheron horses; enjoy a couple of hours in the slow lane taking in the views of rural Normandy and nearby town of Honfleur, steeped in art and history.
Couples and families
Art history lovers
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Enjoy a horse drawn carriage drive around Honfleur and beyond
Save room for the eight course ‘Nuances’ tasting menu at Les Impressionistes Restaurant
Take a picnic in the extensive grounds to enjoy the views that so inspired the Impressionists
Leave your stresses behind with a bespoke treatment at the award winning spa
Find your artistic side in the company of a local artist who will guide you through a watercolour painting class.
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Visit a Calvados cave for a tasting of the delicious local apple brandy
Take a tour of the Second World War landing beaches with a military historian
Get your pulse racing with a kite surfing lesson on one of the nearby beaches
Marvel at nearly a millennium of history at the Bayeux Tapestry
Sample local seafood in one of the many portside bistrots in Honfleur
Embark on a day trip to the Mont St Michel for a day of reflection in this most holy place of pilgrimage.
Nearby Deauville hosts many race meetings at its famed race course, for a day of adrenalin-fuelled fun
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