Travel time: 2h to reach scenic Honfleur for a special escapade in a historical homestead of the 17th century with spa, pool, a painting class and a gastronomical dinner by the fireplace. Next time you are really feeling under pressure, you will remember it.
Nestled in the lush greenery of Normandy, facing the Seine Estuary and close to Le Havre, the Ferme Saint-Siméon hosted Claude Monet and many other leading names of the art world before becoming the 5-star gem hotel where guests can stay today.
The decor has remained authentic, almost timeless. No elevator, but half-timbered facades, a very charming thatch roof, a cosy living room with a fireplace and infinitely comfortable bedrooms to snuggle during a wildly romantic weekend. Note that the mini bar is included and nothing will prevent you from ordering room service to spend a nice quiet moment.
Between two cuddles, go to the spa for a signature apple massage (€140) before sliding into the jacuzzi or the covered pool. Tops also, the watercolour course, organized on the premises with a artist from the region (€100).
Big novelty, the period venue also shelters La Boucane, a bistro serving locally sourced products, specialized in wood fire cooking (beef chuck, house fries, apple pie). And a very promising gastronomy table, is sure to be a great success in the area (€55 for the lunch menu).
How to go there? By car, count two hours. By train, depart from the gare Saint-Lazare to Lisieux, then 40 minutes by car. The hotel can book a chauffeur for you.
Starting at €195 per night.