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!
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- Also Known As:
- Ferme De La Ranconniere Hotel Crepon
- Ferme De La Ranconniere Crepon, France - Normandy