Located a few kilometres away from the hustle and bustle of Deauville, four-star hotel Les Manoirs des Portes de Deauville opened in July, just in time for summer.

The hotel is ideally situated two hours away from Paris, on the outskirts of the upscale seaside town of Deauville – a famous weekend retreat for Parisians – so guests can enjoy the beach as well as the tranquillity and charm of the Normandy countryside. Set on a stunning two-hectare park, the hotel includes one main manor house, nine cottages, an orchard and a pond, a relaxation area with a pool house, an outdoor heated pool, a sauna and a jacuzzi; making it the perfect getaway to relax and unwind – all the while enjoying everything the region has to offer.

To discover more about the area, read Mark Bibby Jackson’s Deauville Beach, Calvados and Oysters.

Les Manoirs des Portes de Deauville offers privacy and relaxation, with its 27 accommodation units, spread across the manor and cottages, each carefully decorated in a comfortable yet minimalist style. Some of them have their own kitchenette as well as a breath-taking view of the garden. The hotel also has a cosy honesty bar, designed to look and feel welcoming thanks to its interior, which blends velvet with cane work and black wood and features bistro tables encircled with brass. For some extra cocooning during colder nights, small lounges are set around a large central fireplace. In the morning this space transforms itself into a convivial breakfast room, where traditional French pastries and breads, as well as seasonal fruits and local produce are served daily.

Whilst the décor remains modern and simple, the structure itself, with its exposed beams and authentic Norman half-timbered and thatched exterior, is reminiscent of its rich history. The building, which is an 16th and 17th century manor and a registered historical building, was formerly called Le Manoir de Prétot and belonged to none other than Marie Corneille, the sister of French tragedian Pierre Corneille. Today, it has become a pleasant link between the past and the present.

How to get to Deauville

From London, there are direct flights from Stansted to Deauville airport with Ryanair, then a 12-minute drive to the hotel. Alternatively, take the ferry from Portsmouth to Ouistreham, then a 20-minute drive to the hotel.

From Paris, take the direct train from Paris Saint Lazare station (two hours) to Deauville-Trouville train station.

Les Manoirs des Portes de Deauville

30 Route D677, 14800 Canapville

E: [email protected]

W: www.portesdedeauville.com

T: +33 (0)2 31 65 65 18

Prices: double room from €120 (low season) and from €390 (high season).