Like everyone else we found the reception very warm and welcoming. The approach to the house and surroundings are a little ramshackle, very much work in progress, but it is an old french farmhouse, with character. We paid 75 eu B&B and stayed in a 'comfort' room which was on the 2nd floor up narrow spiral wooden stairs, (beware if you are unsteady on your pins - its quite a haul).
The room itself was small, freshly decorated, plain but functional, comfortable bed (Ikea?). I guess this was an attic conversion because whilst there was a window, the view was of the roof, and gutter, not the garden as described. Liveable space was very restricted because of the protrusion of one side of a large oak A frame, taking up one side of the room and meant ducking to get into bed. The bathroom was large, brand new fittings and an effective shower. We didn't sleep particularly well, primarily because of train noise (the property abuts the railway line).
We had dinner there , 20eu pp, and this was good value, not haut cuisine, but homely cooking which we very much enjoyed.
I have to voice one serious concern without being too gloomy, heaven forbid if there was a fire at this property and you happened to be staying on the top floor, because the rooms are very high up and I could see no way out, either down that wooden staircase, or to any other fire exit.
You have to admire the owners who have clearly worked hard to save and convert this building. They provide an above average product, both personable, and hospitable. More power to them, they deserve every success.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Ferme en Ville is an ancient mansion surrounded by a private park, only 500 meters from pitoresque Bernay city center and 800 meters from the train station, completely renovated in 2013 and transformed into a hostel to welcome business and leisure stays;All 8 rooms are unique and are named after famous Normandie cities and villages.A full breakfast is included in the prices. Guests can also enjoy a drink or snack in the medieval to barok style lounge with large open fire place. ... more less
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