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Ferme de la Ranconniere
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Route d'Arromanches, 14480 Crepon, France   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Crepon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Don't Tell”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We stayed at the Ferme de la Ranconniere as a base for exploring both the Normandy Beaches and the Bayeaux Tapestries. The hotel was selected from one of the major travel sites, however, after having spent several nights, I am not sure that any of the reviewers have actually stayed here. It is, quite simply, one of the nicest hotels that I have ever visited or stayed in.The entire hotel and grounds are steeped in history- from the 1500's up through German occupation during the war. Probably what impressed us most was the quality of the restoration and conversion to hotel and facilities. Everything is first class and impeccable. The stone work, wooden beams, cork floors, modern windows, and large, modern bathroom were exquisite. Cleanliness is at the top of their agenda. Living in a home with stone and beams, I am aware of the dust and cobwebs that are common. The hotel was spotless and pristine. The lounge area was very comfortable with a large fireplace and decorated with calvado still machinery. The grounds very neat and covered with flowers and artwork or antiques.

You would think that there must be a drawback somewhere and it is probably the food service, Not here. The food and wine menus were quite extensive and gourmet. There were several "menus of the day" and all were very reasonably priced and above reproach for quality, presentation, and taste. The meals at the Ferme were amongst the best we had during our 26 day excursion from Scotland, London, Paris, and Brittany. Adequate portions and a variety to suit any palate.

Only question that we had was the ranking-even the ranking from Trip Advisor. Not sure who or how this could be ranked so low. Much, much better than any 3 Star hotel in Paris and sized and priced much better than that. The cost/value ratio was heavily weighted towards value. The infamous Rick Steve's does not even mention the hotel in his guide- making one wonder who/how these things are written and reviewed.

I really do not care if they are rated and recommended or not. We are certain that we will return at some time and spend considerably more time within these walls of history. The staff were very accommodating and helpful. We can find nothing to dislike. One of the hidden gems of the hotel world!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Historical and beautiful, full of character and very well-maintaned. If you've ever dreamt of staying in a chateau, make it a reality by booking in here. The food was excellent and the service by all staff was top-notch. Wish we could have stayed more than 2 days. Hard to imagine that the picturesque surrounding countryside would have been ravaged by war only 70 years ago.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We spent a little more than we'd budgeted to stay in this beautiful old manor and were glad we did. We got a suite (actually a large room with fire place) on the 1st floor and thought that the extra charge was worth it. The staff was gracious first about moving us from the 2nd floor (be advised---no lifts) to accommodate my husband's breathing difficulties, and again when our daughter left her art portfolio in the room after we checked out. They e-mailed and told us we had left it behind, and asked if they should send it to us.
The restaurant was very good from the standpoint of food and service. The 2nd best meal in 11 days of travel.
The web-site does not due it justice. Apart from the excellent service, for an American, there is something very magical about treading on stairs that have been worn down from hundreds and hundreds of years of use. In what is now a bathroom, the windows were tall slits, built for archers. I hope to return.

Room Tip: Go for the "suite" with the fireplace pictured on the website. It's worth it.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We booked into Ferme de la Ranconniere on the edge of the village of Crepon for a couple of nights before catching a ferry from Cherbourg. The fortified medieval courtyard was stunning and initially we were disappointed to learn that in fact we would be staying in the annex building some 600 metres away. However this turned out to be le Manoir de Mathan, an 18th century farm, again set in a courtyard with extensive gardens for our dog to run in.
Our room was vast some 10 metres by 8 metres with a cut stone fireplace, wood beamed ceiling, wonderful velvet curtains and a substantial comfortable bed. We had breakfast and supper at the Ferme and can recommend this hotel wholeheartedly to anyone who wants a really relaxing stay in the Normandy countryside.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Longmont, Colorado
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

can't say enough about this place...great history going back 500 years or more...beautiful setting, decor, and the adjacent restaurant was one of the best we dined at in Europe!!! Ate a magnificent dinner there and reasonably priced; great breakfast included. They even gave us a free upgrade to boot!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

The grounds are very nice and the buildings quite interesting but our room was a big disappointment. I think they had three basic classes of rooms and we booked one in the middle so it was a bit of a shock to find we were in the attic of a nice building in a room where only in the center could one stand up without hitting ones head. Not only did I have to deal with the slope of the ceiling but also the many beams running in odd places in the room. The bath room was not something one could wonder about without carefully making ones way and the shower was tucked into the one spot where the ceiling was high enough to make it useful. Towels were thin and the lights were a bit dim. As a previous reviewer noted the furnishings seemed worn but clean.

Breakfast was okay but nothing to get excited about. The grounds are a plus and the place makes a good first impression. You may have to use the phone in the bar to get service but when they do arrive they are helpful. Perhaps my expectation were a bit high as I expected charm and functionality and got neither in my room.

The little town is nice and parking is no problem at all, It is close to the landing beaches, especially those of the British and Canadians.

Room Tip: Don't get an attic room.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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West Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Spent three nights at la Ferme on a half board basis. Enroute our GPS with newly updated maps of France, put us in the middle of a framers field, so we dug out the maps and headed to Crepon, where there are lots of signs directing you to the Ferme. 10 -15 drive to Juno Beach in Normandy.
Room was very nice, bed comfortable and meals excellent. Also nice area to take a walk in the evening, either to the village of Crepon or out into the surronding farms fields.
It was all good.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Route d'Arromanches, 14480 Crepon, France
Location: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Crepon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Crepon
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Hotel Class:3 star — Ferme de la Ranconniere 3*
Number of rooms: 35
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