France: Normandy’s most beautiful hotels

From the Perche to the D-Day beaches, via the cliffs of Étretat and the chic resorts of Honfleur, Deauville or Caen, our selection of the finest hotels in Normandy, including luxury, boutique, 4-star, 5-star and palace hotels.

Château d'Audrieu | Between land and history

A hotel in the heart of the Normandy countryside

Nestled in the heart of the Calvados region, in the midst of a magnificent French garden, this entirely renovated 18th-century castle welcomes you to its 30-hectare wooded park. A member of Relais & Châteaux and the new 2L Collection hotel group, Château d'Audrieu combines a subtly luxurious spirit with the traditional concept of a family home.

The bright rooms overlooking the gardens have recently been refurbished. From the most classic to the top-of-the-range suite, they offer the comfort of modern bedding with the charm and refinement of period furniture. This luxury hotel in Normandy even offers one of its finest suites, perched high in the trees in the form of a tree house with its own terrace and unobstructed view over the park, for an unusual and disconcerting experience of harmony with nature.

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Audrieu offers the ideal setting for experiencing château life as a family, while feeling as relaxed as at home. The gardens invite you to relax, while the park encourages the youngest guests to explore nature in complete freedom, observe animals and discover a swimming pool under the trees, heated continuously to 26°C.

Finally, to unwind after a day's sightseeing, the Spa by Sothys, located in a former outbuilding, offers a wellness service of relaxing massages or facial treatments in an absolute calm conducive to serenity. The Château d'Audrieu's location in the middle of a park, its bucolic setting, its meticulous decoration and its spa make it the ideal place for a romantic weekend in Normandy.

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At the heart of Normandy gastronomy

Normandy is famous for its local produce: butter, cheeses, cider, pommeau and, of course, the famous Calvados used for the "trou normand". Aware of the richness of this culinary tradition, the château boasts its own kitchen garden, orchard and herb garden, from which chef Samuel Gaspard draws his inspiration. His welcoming family-run gourmet restaurant, Le Séran, showcases the finest local produce: "Terrine de tomate de plein champs, sorbet sureau, crémeux Neufchâtel", "Turbot au gratin au vieux comté, blette crémeuse et glacé, algue du Croisic"... The menu celebrates the land-sea alliances so distinctive of Normandy, and the precision of the cooking and the quality of the presentation do the rest. We're in for a treat, and still don't understand why this restaurant isn't Michelin-starred.

For lunch, there's a change of atmosphere: the hotel offers a chic bistro menu, with picnic baskets prepared on request and available to take into the park. You can also dine each evening in a different location, exploring the thousand facets of the château in a playful, gourmet way.

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At the heart of Norman history

Ideally situated between Bayeux and Caen, around 15 km from Caen-Carpiquet international airport, Château d'Audrieu is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a rich history dating from the 11th to the 20th century. Overlooked by a superb cathedral, Bayeux is home to the famous tapestry recounting the Battle of Hastings, during which William the Conqueror defeated the British on home soil to become King of England in 1066. A few kilometers away, the D-Day beaches, where the Allied landings took place on the night of June 5-6, 1944, stretch as far as the eye can see. This makes the Château d'Audrieu our favorite luxury hotel close to the D-Day beaches. For history buffs, the Caen Memorial and numerous museums tell the story of Normandy's rich past. A little further afield, the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel and its famous abbey, or the home and gardens of Impressionist painter Claude Monet in Giverny, are entertaining and enriching destinations at the crossroads of nature and art.

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Château d'Audrieu
29 rooms and suites ( 1 "cabane" suite), from €300 per night.
Château d'Audrieu, 14250 Audrieu.

Le Donjon - Domaine Saint Clair | Hotel in Étretat with sea view

Why book? On the Normandy Riviera, enjoy the gentle pace of life at Étretat, with its wide pebble beach and Belle Époque villas that have attracted creative souls for centuries, with Matisse and Monet at the top of the list. Le Donjon - Domaine Saint Clair is an Anglo-Norman château built in 1862, whose owner would fire the cannon whenever he arrived. The adjoining Villa, dating from 1889, with its more feminine lines, has been added to the estate, which now welcomes visiting guests in a charming 4-star hotel with the ambiance of a family home.

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Behind the ivy-clad facade are lounges and patios that open onto the open sea, the famous cliffs and a large English-style park, all less than 10 minutes' walk from the village. In a corner of the hotel's lounge library, near the fireplace, the secret room hosts an immersive escape game in the middle of a cabinet of curiosities.

And the rooms? Each of the 25 cosy rooms takes its name from a character of the time, inspired by the Normandy coast, from Gustave Flaubert to Sarah Bernhardt, Anna de Noailles and Marcel Proust, and is adorned in turn with chic, contemporary decor, with the spirit of a writer's office, but always cosy and tranquil. The ocean is silhouetted against the maritime pines, and the chirping of birds enters the room when you open the window in the early morning, before heading downstairs for breakfast.

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The icing on the cake? In addition to the spa and pool, heated in season, the Normandy hotel boasts a sauna in the grounds and, above all, La Canopée, a rooftop on top of the Donjon tower with sea views, where you can relax in a private Jacuzzi, shower, relaxation and tanning area and massage table. The treatments, by French brand Thémaé, use the active ingredients of tea.

Gastronomy? Two restaurants in Etretat and a bar, including Le Donjon, chef Rodolphe Pottier's gourmet restaurant, which was awarded a Michelin star in 2021. The spectacle of the ocean through the bay windows continues in the "carte blanche" menus, composed exclusively of local fish, shellfish and vegetables purchased from committed producers. Surrounded by frescoes by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, you can choose from 4 menus: Vegetarian Menu, 5- or 7-course Tasting Menu and 3-course Lunch Menu. In the Racines restaurant, chef Senda David Waguena offers epicurean and gourmet cuisine in the dining room or on the terrace, before enjoying a cocktail in the Le Masdar bar, renowned as the best spot to watch the sunset in Étretat.

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Le Donjon - Domaine Saint Clair
26 keys from €120 per night
Chemin de Saint Clair, 76790 Étretat

Domaine de Primard | One of the jewels in the Domaines de Fontenille crown

After the Luberon, Marseille, the Côte d'Argent and Menorca, the Domaines de Fontenille collection has settled at the gateway to Normandy, on the border of the Centre-Val-de-Loire and Île-de-France regions, to create a haven of rural peace just an hour from Paris. In the heart of a 40-hectare park with orchards, rose gardens, fields and romantic gardens, where water is omnipresent, Domaine de Primard offers 40 keys, including suites with private terraces, in the main residence and its outbuildings. This eighteenth-century building once belonged to actress Catherine Deneuve, with its succession of salons, is a perfect retreat for reflection or daydreaming.

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Here, gastronomy comes in two flavors to delight even the most discerning palate: chef Romain Meder's Michelin-starred Les Chemins restaurant boasts a particularly elegant decor and top-notch cuisine in which plants are king. In the orchard, chef Géraud Dupuis, at the helm of the new Martin restaurant, offers a more traditional bistro-style cuisine, rich in flavors. Finally, the Table d'hôtes, located in the former kitchen of the Maison sur l'Eure, can accommodate 2, 4, 6 or 12 guests around the large central table for an exclusive experience. Wellness is not left out either, with France's very first Susanne Kaufmann spa: four treatment cabins, including one double, in a cosy 450 m2 wood-clad spa.

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Domaine de Primard
40 rooms and suites, from €290 per night
D16, 28260 Guainville

Les Manoirs de Tourgéville | A cosy home with a history marked by French cinema

In the heart of the Normandy bocage, Les Manoirs de Tourgéville showcases a cosy lifestyle worthy of the finest family homes. With its typical Norman decor, the house was originally built for the filming of Claude Lelouch's Hôtel, a project that never saw the light of day. The half-timbered building was kept by the French director as an artists' residence until 2010, when it was bequeathed to the Floirat group, owners of the legendary Byblos in Saint-Tropez and La Réserve in Saint-Jean-de-Luz. While the aura of the director of "Un homme et une femme" lives on in the hotel's 50-seat private cinema, the welcoming address continues to forge close links with the world of the 7th art, welcoming personalities from the big and small screens to Deauville to attend the American Film Festival. Close to Deauville and Honfleur, Les Manoirs de Tourgéville is a cosy, confidential retreat with a "home from home" atmosphere.

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The property comprises a main building with traditional Norman architecture and four manor houses scattered around the 7-hectare wooded park. Appreciated for its cocooning, intimate atmosphere in the Normandy countryside, the 4-star hotel has a total of 57 keys, including 22 rooms and 35 suites, each named after a famous actor or actress. The gallery of photographs, which pay homage to the monuments of French cinema, leads to triplex suites with charming fireplaces, duplexes and garden-level rooms designed as cocoons with beautiful private terraces.

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On the gastronomic front, the new 1899 restaurant, recently renovated by interior designer Marine Ugo in shades of white and beige, brings maximum light to the space arranged around a beautiful stone fireplace. Under the leadership of chef Emmanuel Andrieu and his brigade, the bistronomic table showcases Normandy's terroir, with products selected from the finest local artisans. The Bar Lounge, a comfortable, modular environment featuring low tables decorated in metal, invites guests to enjoy the light outside with a good book, a cocktail and a board to share.

The manor features wellness areas including a solarium, an indoor swimming pool heated year-round to 28°C, and a sauna as the first step in a program to let go. Esthederm face and body treatments, as well as massages, continue the spa's relaxing atmosphere. Outside, the magnificent 7-hectare park boasts tennis courts where you can play a few balls.

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Les Manoirs de Tourgéville
57 rooms including 35 suites. From €170 in low season
668 chemin de l'Orgueil - Tourgéville, 14800 Deauville

Maison Ceronne | Contemporary country haven in Perche

Just 150 km from Paris lies the unspoilt Perche region, where the countryside still reigns supreme. It's in this green setting that Maison Ceronne welcomes its guests in a typical 2-hectare building in the heart of nature, and is one of the finest hotels in the Perche region. Peace and quiet await you in rooms spread over 3 buildings, a large garden, two heated swimming pools - one indoor and one outdoor - a sauna, a hammam and a terrace overlooking the Perche countryside. For families, couples or friends, you can also take advantage of the bar, cinema room and country-style restaurant serving gourmet lunches and dinners made with fresh, local, seasonal produce.

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Maison Ceronne
From €165 per night. Minimum stay 2 or 3 nights depending on season.
La Gilberdière, 61380 Sainte-Céronne-lès-Mortagne

La Ferme Saint-Siméon | In the light of the Impressionists

Located in the hills above Honfleur, this authentic 18th-century inn is a place steeped in art, where light and calm inspired many19th-century painters and writers. All 34 rooms and suites overlook the garden or the sea, and the spa offers a full range of treatments and massages to relax the body and soothe the mind. Because Normandy is a rich terroir where land and sea combine to infinity, you can choose between La Boucane, with its refined bistro cuisine dedicated to the flavours of the sea, and Les Impressionnistes, , where chef Matthieu Pouleur gives pride of place to authentic local produce. Enjoy the very best that Normandy has to offer, while admiring the region's characteristic light over the Seine estuary, the source of so much inspiration. For a more intense immersion in the atmosphere of the place, it is possible to take an art course and discover the joys of painting.

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La Ferme Saint-Siméon
34 rooms and suites, from €250 per night.
20 Rte Adolphe Marais, 14600 Honfleur.

Chez Laurence du Tilly | A private mansion "just like home

As a stylist and art designer, Laurence du Tilly wanted to share her passion for decoration by creating a place where everyone could feel at home in an interior that reflected their personal style. And so, in the heart of Caen's old town, she imagined three guest apartments in a former mansion: the first in a classic style, the second resolutely contemporary and the third atypical enough to be unclassifiable. On the first floor, a cosy atmosphere reigns in the lounge with its library, where you can curl up in a big armchair by the fireplace or share a drink in the Honesty Bar. A warm atmosphere and top-notch service make you feel right at home. What's more, the address is ideally located for exploring Caen and discovering the botanical gardens, Saint-Étienne abbey, William the Conqueror's castle, the World War II Memorial or, further north, the D-Day landing beaches.

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Chez Laurence du Tilly
3 suites and one maisonette, from €140 per night.
9 B Rue Pemagnie, 14000 Caen.

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