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Le Manoir de l'Acherie
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sainte-Cecile
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

Really in the middle of nowhere, this converted set of farm house and buildings around a courtyard is charming and has a well-cared-for feel. It has a good restaurant that is clearly very proud of its local produce and inventive dishes. It would help if you liked apples, but we certainly enjoyed everything we chose. There are trophies and award certificates everywhere! The rooms are nothing special, but perfectly pleasant. You could probably say the same about the staff without being unfair.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2010

March 2008

The Manoir de l’Archerie, Villedieu

The setting is nice enough, the building faded but attractive and the room into which we were invited seemed sufficiently comfortable, at least at first sight.

It transpired that the tables were far too close together, and my colleague was constantly buffeted by the inconsiderate woman behind him, behaviour fairly typical of the establishment it seems.

Menus were passed ungraciously between us, with hardly a smile from staff who were clearly not looking forward to the service. The order was eventually taken by a woman whose demeanour suggested that she considered herself the manager (she was probably the owner) but whose ability was sadly lacking for anyone in that position. She took our order whilst chatting to somebody on the next table, and glancing with a pained expression at or more likely through the dirty window. We were doubtful she had paid attention to us, or indeed cared.

Her distain was compounded when she used my chair as a crutch whilst leaning clumsily to find something secreted behind me.

At this stage we feared the worst, and after some delay our fears were justified. The starters were each, and without distinction as to presentation, perched hideously on the most astonishingly limp salad leaves I have ever seen, and shall never taste. These plates had clearly been “prepped” hours before, and the sad example of venison terrine had been unceremoniously plonked amid the most uncaring pile of vegetal detritus imaginable. My goose liver had not been trimmed and was stringy, tasteless and practically inedible.

Thereafter came what claimed to be a main course. “Sole meunière” turned out to be two embarrassingly small fish, (very) vaguely related to the sole family, consisting almost entirely of skin, fin, bone and little else, and they had been poached, yes poached, beyond redemption. As for my lamb brochette, it was not cooked pink as I requested (clearly she had neither listened nor cared), and was also tougher than the proverbial leather boot (I can provide details of the wholesaler if you want). But I cannot say there was any inconsistency: the same depressing salad leaves returned, probably recycled from previous uneaten endeavours by the look of them.

At this stage our depression was mitigated somewhat by the thrill of a fire alarm going off and the next room filling with acrid fumes. Evacuation was about to save us? But no, the drama was soon over. Sadly nobody knew how to switch the alarm off, so it continued for what seemed an eternity. But at least the gathered diners began to talk. There was however no apology, explanation or even utterance of concern from management or staff.

The cheeses were as tired as … you guessed, the same old greenery that accompanied them. They were the worst selection and in the worst condition I have ever encountered in forty years of eating my way round France.

Dessert, well I feel I should not mention this in case the reader is of a squeamish disposition. The fridge-opener was not to be outdone by the other non-cooks in the kitchen however: this time we had decaying mint leaves.

Presentation was non-existent, and service as poor. The food was a demonstration of how to make somebody’s meal a total disappointment. All in all the impression set was one of “why bother”, and we certainly will not bother to go there again.

Score out of 20, if one has to be given: - 3

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 8, 2008

We had the pleasure of staying in this lovely hotel in May.The room was well furnished and spotlessly clean We stayed with our 7 year old and the room was big enough for 3.It is in a lovely location in the countryside but only 5 mins drive from Villideu de Poles.
The staff were very friendly and although we do not speak French we managed to make ourselves understood.
The food in the restuarant can only be described as outstanding,they have won several awards and is easy to see why.This hotel is more like a 4 star than many of the other 4 star hotels around and yet it is only described as being 3 star we would definitly give it 4 or even 5 stars.
We hope to be staying there again very soon

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 25, 2007

It is a couple of years since I stayed here but it is certainly a very useful stop on the way from Cherbourg to Brittany. A little off the main road (but not that hard to find) it is a small old manor house built around a courtyard, and includes a converted dovecote with two bedrooms (handy for a family with youngish kids). Very comfortable (though not air conned) and welcoming. Restaurant is a local draw and well patronised. Not super gourmet but certainly a very good standard. The croissants we had at breakfast were terrific. Highly recommended.

Stayed: February 2007
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Stayed: September 2017, traveled with family
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  • Stayed: November 2017, traveled with family
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Stayed: September 2017, traveled on business
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Address: 37 rue Michel de Lepiney, 50800 Sainte-Cecile, France
Location: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Manche > Sainte-Cecile
Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sainte-Cecile
Price Range: $87 - $108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Le Manoir de l'Acherie 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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