We discovered Honfleur last year whilst driving around Normandy and couldn't wait to return! We brought our 3 children (24, 22, 11) and another family back to explore further.
The experience started with gasps from everyone as we walked through the big heavy gates into the most beautiful courtyard. Then we were shown round various rooms, all enormous with lovely bathrooms and spare beds everywhere - the spare beds don't detract from the room and are swallowed up in the enormous space. There are sofas and big tv's in all rooms, and the wifi worked perfectly everywhere.
The furnishings are a wonderful eclectic mix, the decor and colours are tasteful and classic, and as an interior designer with an eye for detail I was more than delighted. Even odd pieces of Ikea furniture here and there seemed to blend in - whereas normally I would have bulked at it! All the rooms are newly refurbished with lovely pastel colours, alongside ancient beams and exposed stone brickwork walls. I was panicking I'd booked too many rooms, but what they were doing was letting us pick what rooms suited us from those available. The housekeepers are delightful, though they don't speak much English, but we smiled and nodded and the whole experience was so friendly and utterly charming.
Liliane, the owner, speaks enough English to answer every question and was there at breakfast and throughout the day.
The location is fantastic, so quiet but just a few minutes stroll into the busy town for eateries, shops and amazing art galleries. We regularly nipped back to the hotel as it was so close.
The only thing I would change is the pillows on the bed as I don't like synthetic, and a feather or down pillow would have been more luxurious. Because despite the B & B title, this genuinely felt like a boutique hotel in every other way. We stayed in the purple suite which had a beautiful big window over the courtyard and a huge amazing bathroom with enormous shower and claw foot bath. The floor was smooth concrete with rugs by the bed and in the sitting area, and was charmingly rustic and simple. I imagine this would be nice and cool in the summer and a nice change from creaky floorboards! Our friends rooms were equally delightful, all massive and beautifully but simply furnished.
Breakfast was plentiful, with jugs of coffee, tea and hot chocolate, lovely jams and apple juice, and Martines superb home made tarts.
Would we return? In a heartbeat. For the location, the ambience, the charming decor and it's huge rooms, the beautiful courtyard and for being so very clean. Au revoir La Cour Sainte-Catherine!
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