Les Manoirs des Portes de Deauville is a four-star boutique hotel designed with an authentic charm of a half-timbered Norman house but augmented with luxe standards that appeal to modern aesthetic sensibilities.
In Normandy, you can easily find dozens of hotels housed in enchanting chateaux or grand country manors. But few of them can link their heritage with a celebrated historical figure, a national icon of France.
Les Manoirs des Portes de Deauville’s story reaches as far back as 1540, when the old manor was constructed. A century later, one of the famous playwrights of France, Pierre Corneille, used to spend time here, away from the turmoils in the capital. At the time, the manor belonged to his sister, and it is easy to believe that he could have written Le Cid here. That’s the legend, anyway.
A tranquil refuge
Today, the hotel is still an excellent destination for a weekend break out of Paris. For us, it was the first stop on a long road trip that took us all over Normandy (don’t miss our write-up: The Best Hotels in Normandy for an Authentic French Escape). By the way, did you follow our adventures on Instagram?
Les Manoirs makes an impression of an unfussy, easygoing place designed to be lived in rather than just to be visited. It’s a good vibe to have at a hotel. It put us in a relaxed mood as soon as we checked in.
The hotel’s remote address helps. Located close to the seaside resort of Deauville, the property feels quite secluded. It is offset from the local road (which has little traffic anyway), and an automatic gate welcomes guests to a quiet garden with large lawns and ancient trees.
Les Manoirs: Rooms and Design
There are only twenty-seven rooms and suites at Les Manoirs des Portes de Deauville, four in the 16th-century manor house and the rest in modern cottages, one of which we stayed in.
The cottages have various configurations — ours was a duplex studio with a spacious lounge and kitchen on the ground floor and a small but luxe bedroom and bathroom on the first floor. Other cottages are smaller as they are split into two rooms, downstairs and upstairs. Some suites come with heritage elements, such as old stone fireplaces.
The common areas in the old manor are particularly attractive. The restoration of the old house took a lot of effort and was met with various challenges due to the heritage nature of the place. But it paid off.
The interiors ooze the authenticity of the late medieval design, with many original features still in place, including tiled floors, a wooden staircase, and a spectacular stone fireplace. The manor feels warm and without clutter, despite the eclectic furniture. It feels more like a home than a space designed to be a hotel.
The hotel features a nice wellness area with a jacuzzi and sauna, and the heated outdoor swimming pool is perfect for relaxing. And while there is no proper restaurant, the location affords easy access to some excellent dining, and the staff will be more than happy to book a table.