How about ... Normandy?
Ever since I got to know the typical English Bed & Breakfast as a student I had this secret dream that one day I would open my own B&B. But first there was university to finish and I started working as a foreign language teacher. Then came the year 2000 - and with it my decision to move from Germany to France permanently...the dream B&B was still a dream, but not forgotten.
And now here we are! After an intense 2-year period renovating our 16th century house (and to be honest...there was a LOT to renovate...) was ready to welcome the first guests in 2009 and I am pleased to be able to present you "my" corner of Normandy.
Now I do admit that weatherwise Normandy does not have the best of reputations amongst the French...the climatic conditions remind a bit too much the weather on the other side of the Channel.
But despite of the weather, Normandy has a lot to offer: wild cliffs, long and sandy beaches, good food, French flair and a rich history - the best ingredients for an unforgettable holiday!
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The "Manoir du Four à Chaux" and La Cerlangue
Our village La Cerlangue is situated about 30 km east of the Channel and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage city Le Havre. Its geographical situation is ideal to discover Northern and parts of Southern Normandy (Le Havre, Honfleur, cliffs of Etretat, Fécamp and the liquor factory La Bénédictine, Camembert, the "Normand Venice" Pont-Audémer...) and therefore a perfect base for a holiday or a weekend break in our region.
In the village you will find a bakery and a little grocery shop, as well as the village church built in the 13th century and part of the French National Trust. The national walking path GR2 crossing the village is ideal for walks and hiking tours.
The little roads around the village are perfect for cycling and children will be happy to play at the 2 public playgrounds and the football field only 300m from the house.
The "Manoir du Four à Chaux" is a typical Norman house with beams and a thatched roof with irises planted on top. It was built in the 16th century and is therefore one of the oldest houses in the village.
When we bought the house in 2007 my father said after a first visit: "You are mad!" And many of the locals who loved to peek over the fence and watch us renovating regularly wished us "Bon courage!"
But it was worth it! Right after the old, thin thatch had been replaced by a new roof it was clear that our decision to maintain as much as possible of the original character of the house had been right. As the house had not been classified at the French National Trust by its previous owners we were able to modernise parts of the façade (additional windows and doors) to allow more comfort for both us as a family and our guests.
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What to expect
The Manoir offers an enjoyable time out from everyday life:
Our 3 cosy guest rooms ("chambres d'hôtes") are situated in the right side of the house. They are all equipped with a separate entrance, an en-suite bathroom and free internet access.
The garden house is at your disposal as a living-area and a fully-equipped small kitchen. Breakfast will be served here and maybe you will find a book, a magazine or a board game to relax.
Next to the garden house there is a private little garden waiting for you with garden furniture, a barbecue, a children play area and a pétanque field.
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Our offers "B&B"
The typical Bed&Breakfast offer. Breakfast will either be served in our cosy garden chalet or, weather permitted, outside in the garden.
If you prefer a picnic for your day out discovering the region we offer a home-made picnic for an additional price of +12 EUROS/person.
Have fun browsing through our website - and who knows, maybe we will be able to welcome you soon in the "Manoir du Four à Chaux".
"Bienvenue en Normandie!"
(Ulrike Ott Chanu)