We stayed at the Manoir du Mortier for one night to break a long car journey across France since although hidden away down small back roads, it is only a short way from major highways both East-West and North-South. The owner emailed us some helpful directions beforehand but having reserved via booking.com and given a credit card guarantee, I was a little surprised to be asked to send a down-payment by French cheque in the post (I wonder what overseas guests would do).
The property is in a truly gorgeous position with a commanding view over the local countryside. It's a wonderfully restored fortified farm with rooms around a raised terrace and swimming pool. We slept in the Tour Carrée (square tower), consisting of a high-ceilinged bedroom and a palatial bathroom down a steep spiral staircase. Really comfortable bed. Guests have the use of a large communal room where meals are taken, plus a kitchen area with fridge.
We were traveling with a young baby and though we were given a very warm welcome and a travel-cot was provided (we had to put it together ourselves....), you couldn't describe the Manoir as particularly child-friendly; the gravel underfoot between the accommodation and the carpark is near-impossible to negotiate with a push-chair and there are quite a lot of steps. No fence around the pool, meaning mobile young children would need to be watched like a hawk. The same would go for the steep bathroom stairs in our room, though there was a stair-gate.
Be warned that the farm is down a very long, very uneven unmade driveway and drivers of low-slung cars would need to go extremely carefully. Meaulne, the nearest village, is quiet verging on dead. Having made arrangements to have dinner at the Manoir, we arrived only to be told that a guest had been taken ill in the morning and the owner hadn't had a chance to sort dinner out. After a long day on the road with a baby in tow, an extra drive in the evening to the nearest restaurant really wasn't ideal. Seems rather amateurish for an establishment charging that much per night and even a phone call in advance to warn us would have been appreciated. I also felt breakfast was rather limited, with little more than bread, cheap cereal and not-very-nice coffee in a thermos left out for guests.
It's a pity to raise these negative points given the beautiful setting and excellent night's sleep but this a high-end B&B and they could easily be sorted out.
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