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“If you do nothing else in your life, stay (and eat) here.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Le Grand Hard

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Le Grand Hard
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15 reviews
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“If you do nothing else in your life, stay (and eat) here.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

The owners, Katherine and Joe, are amazing people who make you feel like their home is your home. The rooms are wonderful, spacious and clean, the property is extraordinary with a comforting tranquility that we have never experienced anywhere else. If you want to explore the Normandy region of France, this is the place to stay. It is centrally located and a short drive to all of the historic D-Day beaches and museums. We also had a beautiful, scenic drive to Mont St Michel. There is a lounge area where you can have drinks before dinner, play pool, or Yahtzee and listen to music to relax at the end of your day, before eating a meal. The food was exquisitely prepared by the chef at the restaurant on the property, Michael, who knows how to make a 5-course-meal into a masterpiece without a large price tag. Hilde was also wonderful, and prepared our breakfast meals during our stay. We have done a lot of traveling in the last 25 years, but have never had an unforgettable experience like this. We will definitely be back and encourage our friends to do the same!

Room Tip: We stayed in the main house in a double room with a bathroom. Very reasonable rates!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Summerville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

My wife, son and I spent two nights at the Le Grand Hard in July, 2012. We were on an eight day cycling tour of Brittany and Normandy. Of all the places we stayed during our tour, the Le Grand Hard was the highlight!! The accommodations were wonderful, the food was spectacular, and Joe and Kathryn were wonderful hosts!! The staff was extremely friendly and very helpful, especially Hilda!

We would recommend this beautiful property in a minute!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

Le Grand Hard is a gem! We w ere cycling 65km a day, and this was a sanctuary at the end of the day. Joe and Katrine and their son Tom were amazing hosts. The property is beautiful, a great place to spend a few days relaxing. Breakfast and dinner were amazing, cocktails on the patio enjoyable with friends and fellow travelers. We had a beautiful room on the third floor of the main house. We would go back in a heart beat.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2012

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying here while we toured the Utah beach area. The hotel is rooted in history and beautifully restored. We stayed in the main house and put our 15 year old son and his friend in a room in the more hotel like quarters. The main house was wonderful; filled with antiques, very comfortable, and the kids were fine in their area, but it was much less charming. They absolutely loved the game room and scenery around the pond. The food was the best by far we had while traveling across France. Staff was quite accommodating and helpful.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the main house..much more quaint
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Minden, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2012

I brought my 16 year old grandson to the D-Day coast in June 2011. Our tour group was delayed crossing the Chanel, so we were not met at the Hotel. A luckey break, the staff took excellent care of us, served us an excellent meal, with Belgium beer. The location was perfect for visiting the D-Day area, almost on the beach. The surrondings, and hotel were very good. Our third floor room viewed the courtyard. Nice people, beautiful horses, one morning a man driving a sulkey passed by as we were departing. We would go back withour question.

Room Tip: You already have photos identical to mine. Ask for first floor is stair climbing is a problem.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Brugge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2011

i have on e horse see the beautifull's thing off the nature,you can walk over there and never stop,no finisch.....

Room Tip: its all the same.you are in the nature!its like a dream come treu
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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London, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2011

A group of 3 of us stayed here on a bike riding trip from Caen to Cherbourg.

We had a very comfortable stay in one of the duplexes and the adjoining restaurant and bar was a welcome after a long's day riding. It was a cosy, ambient restaurant with lots of charm and friendly staff. The food was amazing!

I definitely would recommend a stay here (as long as you have a car - or bike!) as it is a lovely place.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Le Grand Hard
Address: la Riviere, 50480 Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France
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Location: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Manche > Sainte-Marie-du-Mont
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Le Grand Hard 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming hotel***-restaurant in a completely renovated old farm, close to Utah Beach and in the stunning nature parc. All our rooms have a private bathroom. A nice, warm atmosphere is welcoming you for an excellent stay in Normandy. Our restaurant is at your disposal for a wonderful menu of the market or you can eat a la carte. Bicycle and mountainbike renting and couch trips can be done. ... more   less 
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Le Grand Hard Normandy, France

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