A gem of a place. It’s situated right on the banks of the Seine. Across a little bridge, which gives a lovely view of the Moulin de Connelles, a 4 star restaurant and hotel, there is a garden which contains the swimming pool, lounging area, children’s play area and a woodland walk. We had a 2 bedroom apartment which was big enough for the 3 of us but the living area might be small for 6.
The bedrooms had luxurious bedding and our two, as we were in a ground floor corner unit had each had a patio doors. The towels were thick and fluffy and the complimentary toiletries were first class. The kitchen was small but luxuriously appointed with an oven with a ceramic hob, microwave oven, dishwasher, washer/drier and matching stainless steel kettle, coffee maker and toaster. There was even a grater and small whisk. The crockery and cutlery were of good quality and there were even steak knives. There are metal blinds on the windows which face the sun. We were there during a heat wave so made full use of them. The staff are absolutely first class. The receptionists are extremely helpful knowledgeable and friendly and the maids and groundsmen always have a smile and a “bon jour”.
One can order bread and croissants at reception to be collected the next day. One can also buy milk, butter etc. there. There is no shop in the village but local produce is sold near the church on Sunday mornings. We went to the supermarket at Val de Reuil and had coffee at le Vaudreuil, a charming little town with ordinary shops and Pont St Pierre which also has shops and restaurants.
We didn’t visit the big sights such as Caen, Bayex, the Normandy beaches, Mont St Michel, Paris, Disney etc which other people on the site did because it was too hot. We did however go somewhere different each day. The activities organiser has rambles organised and also car trips. We went with him to visit the locks and dam and a lovely artist’s studio which we would never have found by ourselves. We visited Chateau Gaillard, Les Andelys , Monet’s garden at Giverny, la Roche Guyon, Lyon de la foret , the abbey Mortemer, and the Abbey Fontaine Guerin, and Gisors which had a magnificent flower garden inside the castle walls. These were all worthwhile excursions.
On site there were plenty of activities ranging from Pool, Darts and Boules to bingo and quizzes. Every day there was a new puzzle paper with crosswords and sudoku’s. The games room has a large screen TV with Wii.
I’ll never forget the staff here as they made sure we were able to enjoy ourselves to the full.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amid the stunningly landscaped parkland in the heart of the Normandy countryside, Le Manoir des Deux Amants is the ideal setting for a truly relaxing break with its enviable position along the banks of the River Seine.You'll capture the picturesque beauty of one of the world's most famous stretches of water and enjoy the well-appointed accommodations complete with fully equipped kitchens and a leisure complex that includes an outdoor swimming pool.Enjoy the convenience of an on-site restaurant or venture into the historical cities of Rouen and Bayeux. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Manoir Des Deux Amants Hotel Connelles