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“lovely village, but updated hotel misses the quirky charms of old"”

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Auberge de L'Abbaye
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Le Bec-Hellouin
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“lovely village, but updated hotel misses the quirky charms of old"”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2011

The village of Le Bec-Hellouin is a sleepy, but charming hamlet based around an important abbey that was established as early as the 13th century. The village and abbey itself is worth a visit. The only accommodations in town is this small auberge that is situated on the pretty main road through town across from a nice patch of grass and old church.

This was a return trip after being away for 18 years and fortunately the village didn't change but unfortunately to my taste the auberge did. It is a nice place and totally acceptable, but it had been updated and expanded and lacked the warmth of an old roadside auberge. It seems that they tried to modern it up, but it never gets there. The rooms are comfortable but not cozy. The kitchen also seems to have moved away from an old-fashioned french kitchen to a more nouvelle-style in their presentation and portion size. Again, its good but it misses the mark.

Perhaps the worse part was the lack of attentive service. Not unfriendly, just not service minded. Probably would try to find someplace in another village next time and just come to Le Bec Hellouin to listen to vespers (6pm) at the Abbey -- worth a visit

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2010

Stayed here for an overnight stop on way home from Dordogne.
Lovely little village built in the shadow of the abbey.
Family run hotel with excellent restaurant.
Well worth a visit.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2010

We chose the auberge through the review with the michelin Guide.

We were very pleased with our choice. Le Bec Hellouin is a very attractive small village. The hotel is in the centre and the patrons are extremely helpful and obliging. The food was very good and the wines were very reasonably priced, but on a Thursday evening the restaurant was very quiet. Our room (at 90 euros - the dearest) was large, very clean and well laid out. Breakfast was about french average - not great. Our real discovery was wandering around the village after we arrived just before 6pm and finding the monastery where at 6pm as we arrived the monks singing vespers. My wife and I doubled the congregation!! A very enjoyable and pleasant stay.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2009

Near Rouen, the Auberge de l'Abbaye is only 5 minutes from the A38 in a pretty village of historical interest (one 11th century Abbot became Archbishop of Canterbury). The rooms are adequate, to food reasonably priced, the welcome friendly and the breakfast a cur above average.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Devon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2008

If you have dreamed of sitting outside a half timbered French Inn, in a a quiet village with a glass of wine or a beer in your hand, then this is the place to come.

Bedecked in flowers, the Auberge de l'Abbaye welcomes you to the wonderful surroundings of an 18th century coaching Inn whose half-timbered façade recalls Normandy of long ago. Low beamed ceilings and table cloths add to the setting. There is an oft-repeated phrase about the culinary reputation of its restaurant: "The homemade apple pie is the best in Normandy and in itself is worth the journey". The food is quite remarkable with a four course dinner each night and many locals coming from far and wide. The owner was quite prepared to adapt the courses to cater for our 9 and 11 year old boys so that they were able to accompany us at Dinner. We were spoilt for choice and our boys were looked after beautifully.

Breakfasts were typically continental but a variety of cooked eggs were also offered if we wished - "pour Les Anglais". we were more than happy to gorge on the wonderfull fresh bread and pastries with delicious preserves. Coffe was excellent, but the French don't do Tea very well (an alien concept for them) so perhaps take your own tea bags!

A narrow staircase leads to the very comfortable guest rooms with en-suite bathroom, showers, toilet, dial phone and alarm clock. Bedrooms are decorated in light pretty colours with plenty of storage space and some have a small sitting area.

The Inn stands in the peaceful village which is on the road to the Norman Abbey of Le Bec Hellouin, which is well worth a visit. Within easy drive are Monet's garden at Giverny, the "mini Versailles" at Chateau du Champ de Bataille, The ruins of Richard the Lionheart's castle at Chateau -Gaillard in Les Andelys, Rouen, Honfleur and many other great spots.

We left this charming Inn and its most helpful owners vowing that we would return to savour its charms again. It fulfilled all our dreams of a french Auberge.

  • Liked — Fantastic Food , comfy rooms and excellent value.
  • Disliked — French Tea.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Auberge de L'Abbaye
Address: 12 Place Guillaume le Conquerant, 27800 Le Bec-Hellouin, France
Location: France > Normandy > Haute-Normandie > Eure > Le Bec-Hellouin
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Le Bec-Hellouin
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Hotel Class:3 star — Auberge de L'Abbaye 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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