If you are exploring Normandy, France, La Petite Chesnee is a wonderful place to stay. We spent three nights here and enjoyed it immensely. It was so nice to return here after a busy day of exploring all the nearby sights and lovely cities.
Location: La Petite Chesnee is out in the country, but do not think it is isolated from the rest of the world. It is just about a twenty to thirty minute drive to Mont St. Michel which was our main concern when we booked, being within a reasonable driving distance to the Abbey. However, Mont St. Michel is just one of the great places to visit within a very reasonable driving distance. Thanks to the great advice of our hostess, Glenda Timmis, we were directed to and visited several wonderful cities in the region. Glenda also advised us to arrive at the Abbey no later than 9am, which we did and in doing so avoided the crowds that land at about 10:00. Glenda also gave us information about an American World War II cemetery in very nearby St. James. This made for quite a beautiful and inspiring visit.
Accommodations: What you see on La Petite Chesnee’s web-site is what you get – and then some. It is a renovated stone farm house, built sometime in the early 1800’s and the key word in this statement is renovated. The outside has all the old world charm and character, but thankfully the facilities inside are all quite new. Mind you, still all very charming, but I for one was very pleased to see a bathroom with modern conveniences. We carry a small laptop to keep up with the news from home so we were happy that the WiFi connection in our room worked very well.
The bedrooms are on the second floor, so if steps are a problem this is something to consider, and if you are heading to the Abbey, please keep in mind there are beaucoup steps.
Breakfast is lovely, a nice choice of breads, croissants, sweet rolls, cereals and yogurt. Glenda’s homemade jams are too delicious! We found that we returned “home” after a day full day of exploring about 6pm, so since dinner is not provided we purchased fruit and the ingredients for sandwiches and had a lovely snack outside at one of the tables.
When we arrived at La Petite Chesnee my husband and I were both fairly worn out from a full day of driving and just really needed to unwind. My husband was happy to be happily secluded for a bit with the computer and I took a walk around the immediate grounds. I happened to notice several raspberry bushes that were in need of picking. Now, I hadn’t picked raspberries in decades, but Glenda was nice enough to accommodate my wish and I had a lovely, relaxing time searching for berries ready for the picking. What a lovely surprised to see them served at breakfast.
Mr. and Mrs. Timmis make for lovely hosts, and as you can probably tell I just can’t say enough about La Petite Chesnee. It is a great place to stay and perhaps if you are lucky enough you’ll be there when the apple or peach trees are available for the pickin’.
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