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Manoir de la Riviere
Reviewed August 31, 2014

A truly relaxing stay helped by our lovely hosts Ian and Maureen. Wonderful service and fabulous food. The evening meal is four courses of delight. There is no choice but give Ian enough notice (I don't eat meat and we also have a 5yr old) and he produces a very enjoyable meal for all. Easily the best food we had in France.

Our bedroom was a lovely large family room which had an additional room for our daughter (and all her teddies).

I would not hesitate to return.

  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 27, 2014

The Manoir is a gem of a place just a little off the beaten track...but well worth the effort of visiting.
It's an imposing 16th C manor house set in its own extensive grounds and which has been impressively restored and tastefully refurbished.
Our bedroom was large, quiet and relaxing with top quality antique and vintage furnishings and decorations and a large ultra modern bathroom.
Every part of the building shows the same attention to detail, with the guests' lounge possibly the jewel in the crown - what a lovely room.
The bar, dining and breakfast area is a short walk across a courtyard. Breakfast is impressive with a variety of cooked and cold food on offer including a great selection of fresh fruit.
We only ate dinner there on our first night but it was a hugely enjoyable meal both in terms of quality and quantity.
Iain the owner is very good at what he does. He is obviously a fantastic cook but as "mine host" he achieves the delicate balance of being friendly, attentive and helpful without veering into over-familiarity.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is a very special place in a quiet rural backwater just south of Bayeux.
As soon as you turn off the road onto to the long gravel drive, guarded by two massive stone lions, you know you are in for a treat.
The house is a grand stone manoir dating from the late 16th century, with an imposing facade that does not deceive. The interior is beautiful, quaint, ancient and homely. There is a comfortable lounge where you can wallow on a sofa with a friendly cat or two.
The room we stayed in was up a flight of seemingly medieval wooden stairs. The room was large and nicely furnished with two sofas and a huge iron bed. The bathroom was the size of a London flat, with bath, shower, and two sinks. Views out over the grounds and rolling countryside.
Dinner is cooked by the host and served in a very lovely, beautifully furnished dining room. There is no choice, although I'm sure if there was something you didn't want other arrangements could be made. An amazing cheese board was served before dessert. The cheese is accompanied by a lettuce and walnut salad that was superb. In fact all the food was excellent, and as good as anything we've eaten elsewhere in France. The meal costs 45 euros, which was probably about right for a meal of this quality.
Breakfast was an impressive cold selection of fruit, bread, pastries, cheese, sausage, etc.
Our two night stay was a real pleasure. We probably should have reserved this place for the end of our holiday, rather than the start. The other two places we've stayed in can't compete.
My only complaint - and what review can be taken seriously without some unfavourable point - was the cruel disappointment of the wine. As it was the first night of our holiday and the menu promised a magnificent meal, I lashed out on a 55 euro bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape. This was advertised on the wine list as a 2010 St. Clementin and at nearly 50 quid a bottle I was expecting something pretty good. Instead we were presented with a very ordinary 2013 vin de pays (IGP) by another producer. The wine had already been opened before it arrived at the table. Had I been shown it before hand I guess I might have asked for the wine advertised on the wine list. As it was I learned an expensive lesson and felt more than a little miffed too. I should have complained at the time, and would have done in a hotel/restaurant, but when you are staying in what is in essence someone's very charming home, you don't necessarily want to make a fuss over a bottle of wine.

  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

I cannot fault this amazing plAce. Wonderful service wonderful food and a perfect location with views to die for. Iain is a wonderful host and his cooking is amazing. We flew from Southend to Caen for a really easy journey.

  • Stayed: August 2014
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Reviewed July 25, 2014

The rooms are very comfortable. The manor has been well refurbished. They do not do dinner on Sundays and there are no local alternatives. The dinner we did have was good. There aren't really any other facilities. We were rather of the opinion that the enterprise was a vocation rather than a business although both principals are very pleasant. The wifi was unreliable.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 23, 2014

Simply outstanding on all fronts ( room, breakfast, dinner, location)

Stunning location 25 mins from Caen & Bayeaux making it ideal for the beaches & museums.

Only minor grumble would be Iffy wifi on top floor.

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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

We stayed here for one night on our way back to Calais and wished we could have stayed longer it is a very interesting part of France and the hotel itself is delightful. Iain and Marion made us very welcome, our room was lovely with a huge bathroom.

The highlight of our stay was the evening meal served in a very special dining room and it was delicious.

We would love to return for a longer stay and really take advantage of this special place.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: Lieu Dit la Riviere | Saint Louet Sur Seulles, Villers-Bocage Normandy, 14310 Saint-Louet-sur-Seulles, France
Location: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Saint-Louet-sur-Seulles
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint-Louet-sur-Seulles
Price Range: $114 - $204 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in 37 acres of formal gardens and woodland the Manoir is a tranquil and relaxing setting to get away from it all yet only 25minutes from the centre of Caen. The House has welcoming log fires in the winter a heated indoor pool and sauna and a very nice dining room.There is a warm and friendly atmosphere with both French and English spoken. ... more   less 
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