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Les Jardins d'Helene
Ranked #1 of 13 Giverny B&B and Inns
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Bellingham, Washington
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“Delightful garden! We'd love to come back!”
Reviewed August 28, 2011

My wife and I stayed at Les Jardins d'Helene for three days last May and were very happy with our stay. We asked for the Barcarolle room which was large and airy. There was a large window looking out over the garden. The bathroom was down four steps but it was one of the largest bathrooms I have seen with a shower in addition to a separate clawfoot bathtub, a hutch cupboard, and a chair. There were windows making it light and airy, too. The furnishings were comfortable and the breakfasts were quite nice.
The most wonderful part of the place was its beautiful garden, with roses and many other flowers. My wife took an immense number of photos of the flowers. Everyone who goes to Giverny goes to see Monet’s garden, but Helene’s garden was one in which you could sit on comfortable chairs and lounges and read over a glass of wine. It can’t be compared with Monet’s garden for profusion but what a wonderful, quiet, place to relax it is.

Room Tip: We liked the Barcarole, which was on the main floor. Two upstairs rooms had very narrow stairs.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2011

Giles was the ideal host - he speaks good English.. Lovely room and extensive bathroom overlooking the garden. Good breakfast (for France). 10 euro taxi ride from Vernon Station but we walked back as the weather was so nice.

It is a bit of a walk to the other end of the village where Monet's garden is but the road is quiet and the village very pleasant.

Excellent meal at the Hotel Baudy

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brussels
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

We booked this based on the Trip Advisor reviews and were not disappointed. We'd had a very long drive to get here and our hosts recognised the fact that we were extremely tired - we were subsequently checked in with no fuss at all.

I wanted to stay somewhere that took us away from the rush of the rest of life and this B&B did exactly that. We booked the en suite 'Barcarolle' room which was lovely and quiet and had a view over the rear gardens. The gardens have very comfortable seating areas which hopefully if you have the time, you will have the chance to enjoy.

Breakfast was great with a great choice of cereals, cheeses, croissants, teas, coffees and what I believe to be home-made jams.

If you are coming to Giverny and want to feel the magic of the past, this is definitely the place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bucharest
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

When making the trip arrangements, we let Giverny and Jardins d'Helene in the end as we hoped that the reviews posted by the other guests will be true. And they were! Our hosts were very welcoming, nothing was to much trouble for them, being there when you would need them but in the same time very discreet. The house is charming and very warm, very "french" in the way you would expect it to be, the gardens very pleasant and Gilles himself was so nice...it was very enjoyable to talk to him about...everything :)
We had the family suite, perfect for us, offering intimacy and being in the middle of everything when we wanted to. And, last but not least, Absinth was the most gentle (black) cat we ever seen :) Thank you, Gilles and Claire
P.S. Regarding the parking...it was always a pleasure to walk in the beautiful garden to the back door for getting the car...

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Holmestrand, Norway
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

My husband and my niece and I spent an evening and night here on a rainy day and night. We arrived at 13.25 with taxi from the train station and were told we came too early. We were allowed to put the suitcases in the livingroom, and went of to have lunch in the village, which was really nice!

We appreciated the family suite and the livingroom that we could use, when we were not out walking or visiting the Monets garden and the musueum. My niece didn't sleep much since she is afraid of spiders and saw one in her room before going to sleep... Our matress was a little well used with a flat middle part, so we ended up rolling in to the middle and sleeping close together.

The breakfast was wonderful, homemade goodies!! A real treasure! And Gilles is a very good host. It was nice to get to know the other guests a bit more as well, around the breakfast table. After breakfast we went to see the Monets gardens, before chech out time which is rather early at 10.45. When we got back at 10.35 the suitcases and our stuff from the rooms were put out in the livingroom, which felt a little strange and unfriendly. However Gilles helped us calling a taxi and we enjoyed sitting in the living room waiting til 11.30 when the taxi arrived. Lots of books to read and a nice little black cat to cuddle!

Since the inn is quite a stroll away from the centre We will probable try another inn closer to the Gardens next time. Giverny is definitely worth a visit!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed August 11, 2011

[See below our comments in Japanese, 日本語は下をご覧ください。]

We stayed here for one night to visit Monet's garden as well as the Giverny Impressionism museum which exhibits the Clark Collection “from Manet to Renoir” until 31st October 2011 (must see). I highly recommend to spend at least a day Giverny to see the beautiful and lovely scenery Monet loved, and then stay here. As you will appreciate, this is not a 5 stars hotel, but it is worth staying this lovely B&B which has French rural interior, furniture and garden we exactly expected and as the pictures on the homepage show (no bad surprise, but good surprise coz it was better than we originally thought, but I do not want you to have your expectations too high), and I hope you like too. I also like Giles, the owner of the B&B. He treated us very well, giving us nice local tips to go around, and to find a restaurant. In the morning we left, he gave us a ride to the station around 7am, as local taxies were not available. Many thanks!! When booking, he made timely responses by e-mails, surely I did not communicate him in Japanese though did in English….. In passing, it is reasonably easy to be there by public transportation by bus and train, and I “personally” consider no need to join a packed tour to just stay here for less than a hour…..

モネの庭とジベルニー印象派美術館(クラーク・コレクションの「マネからルノアール」を10月31日まで展示中)を見るためにジベルニーを訪問するためにこちらのB&Bに一泊しました。モネが愛した美しいジベルニーの風景を見るために少なくとも1泊、個人的にはこちらをお勧めします。私がイメージしていたフランスの田舎風なインテリア、家具、庭があるこの可愛いB&Bはいいと思います。ホーム・ページの写真通り、あるいは、良い意味でそれ以上にイメージしたフランスの田舎風ないいところです。もちろん、あまり期待を高く持ちすぎるのは良くないと思いますが、なぜなら、ご案内のとおり5つ星ホテルではありませんので。オーナーの方も大変良くしていただき、村歩きの何気ない情報とか夕飯を食べれるレストラン(地図上は村に7-8件ありますが、実は夕飯は2件しかないとか。。。)を教えてもらいました。翌朝出発が早く、もともとはタクシーを頼んだのですが、来てくれないらしいので、自家用車で駅まで乗せていってくれました。予約時も的確な連絡がとれました。もちろん日本語ではなく、英語ですが。。。最後に、ジベルニーには公共の交通機関で簡単にこれますので、わざわざ1時間未満のモネの庭の滞在のために混雑したツアーに参加する必要はないと思います。

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed August 5, 2011

We stayed at the family suite at Les Jardin d'Helene. We had a whole side of the house to ourselves which included two rooms, one toilette room (with sink), and one bathroom (shower and sink). The rooms are very nicely decorated in the traditional french style. The children's room had two twin sized beds and filled with many many (30+) adorable teddy bears of different styles. There were magazines and comics in the toilette room (which, I find, was a very nice touch to make the house more welcoming).

The garden at the back was wonderful. There were lots of space and many places to sit down, relax, and just enjoy the scenery. My entire family was completely rejuvenated after a very tiring day.

The owners are also very nice. Gilles speaks English very well so there's no need to worry about communication. Breakfast was at 8:30 in the morning and it was wonderful. You can find everything you would expect from a traditional french breakfast (and more). Baguette, croissant, coffee, tea, juice, fruits, madeleines, and yogurt. The soft classical music playing in the background also nicely set up an relaxing atmosphere.

After walking around Giverny and seeing the other B&Bs I would definitely say that Les Jardin d'Helene seemed to be the best :D

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Les Jardins d'Helene
Address: 12 rue Claude Monet, 27620 Giverny, France
Location: France > Normandy > Haute-Normandie > Eure > Giverny
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Giverny
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the gates of Normandy,75 kms from Paris, Giverny the heart of Impressionism offers beautiful landscapes and the charm of the french countryside. Definitely "givernoise", this house, once known as 'the house at the beginning of the village', then the "gatekeeper's house", "the milkman's house" and finally the 'mayor's house', is now a one of its kind bed and breakfast.Les Jardins d'Helene are open all year long, and a one hour drive will take you to Honfleur, Deauville (sea side) or Versailles, and you'll find castles, gardens, parks in the neighborhoods.Bicycles are at you disposal for a short ride or more if you prefer the Greenway. ... more   less 

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