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Villa Sostaga
Navazzo di Gargnano, Italy

Comfortable villa,
local food,
superb lake views

Wish you were here?

Cuq-Toulza, France

Hilltop location,
charming views,
stunning rooms

Wish you were here?

Chateau de Rochecotte
St-Patrice, France

18thC castle inn,
views over Loire Valley,
authentic baroque interior

Wish you were here?

Shieldaig Lodge
Scotland, U.K.

Scottish highlands,
victorian hunting lodge,
walking nearby


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Our places to stay in Normandy fall within the two French administrative regions of Haute-Normandie and Basse-Normandie. The term Normandy, though much used by British and American visitors, is, strictly speaking, inaccurate.

 This is one of the lushest parts of France, with a long stretch of Channel coastline, some impressive ranges of hills and some pretty towns and villages. It is famed for its dairy products, its Calvados (apple brandy) and for the Normandy beaches, scene of the Allied landings in 1944. Tourism is mostly well developed and as a result there's a useful choice of genuine charming small hotels. 

  As elsewhere, our selection of places to stay in Normandy offers an exceptionally interesting range to choose from: guesthouses (chambres d'hote), restaurants-with-rooms and small hotels. Whichever, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm we seek out.

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Auberge de la Selune

2 rue Saint Germain, 50220 Ducey, Normandy, France, +33 (0) 233 485 362
A faultless stopover, excellent menu

Bois Joli

12 avenue Philippe-du-Rozier, 61140, +33 (0) 233 379 277
Relaxation is the key here

Domaine de la ferme de la Rançonnière et du Manoir de Mathan

Route de Creully-Arromanches, 14480 Crepon, France, +33 (0)2 31 22 21 73
Well placed for the D-Day beaches

Domaine St Clair

Chemin de Saint Clair, 76790 , Etretat, Le Donjon, +33 (0) 235 270 823
Favourite for a short break

La Chaine d'Or

25-27 rue Grande, 27700, Les Andelys, +33 (0)232 540 031
18thC inn on the banks of the Seine

Le Moulin de Connelles

route d'Amfreville-sous-les Monts, 27430, Connelles, +33 (0) 232 595 333
Scarcely a quarter of an hour from Monet's garden

Maisons de Lea Hotel and Spa

Place Sainte Catherine, 14600, Honfleur, France, +33 (0)2 31 14 49 49
Excellent hotel in historic Honfleur
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