We stayed 2 nights at the Hotel de Suhard and loved every minute of our stay. Our room was the Nicholas Chatrier - a beautifully decorated room on the first floor with 3 windows overlooking the garden. Bathroom was sumptuous with masses of white towels. We arrived after a long drive feeling rather frayed and were met with a lovely cup of tea and biscuits from Joel and Josiane. Ate at the local Café/restaurant de la paix - simple but very nice. Herbal tea on our return from the restaurant with J and J - and a good practice of my rusty French - we mentioned we would like to do some walking the next day and hey presto, at breakfast, some walking books and details of local manor house visits. Nothing too much trouble.
Lovely croissants, home made jams, their own pressed apple juice - all set up at a pretty table in the salon. We ate at the auberge de 3J in Noce in the evening - lovely meal but a witch of a Madame - made us feel it was a complete imposition for us to be eating at her restaurant! Food excellent but she could do with some PR lessons (too late I fear).
The weather was arctic so we couldn't spend any time in the lovely garden at the Suhard, but hope to return in the summer.
All in all, a memorable stay. One of the best in France!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Less than 2 hours driving from Paris, Josiane & Joël Lenoir propose 5 charming guest accommodations in a 16th century town house at the heart of the medieval city of Bellême, in Normandy. We welcome you to rediscover refinement and discretion in the Hôtel de Suhard, combined with all modern conveniences. You will enjoy breakfast in the preserved garden and quiet moments under the shade of the turret and the old rampart walls. ... more less