Idyllic Normandy country mansion stay
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Chef Armand Malandain
A romantic 19th century mansion within a forested pocket of Normandy – includes breakfast, kayak and bike rental, a calvados distillery visit, dinner options and more
A romantic 19th-century mansion house tucked away on a river islet in rural Normandy, Belle Isle sur Risle occupies a forested spot that's been transformed into a landscaped park, blooming with ancient trees and roses and carpeted with expansive lawns. Situated within Boucles de la Seine Natural Park, between the historic cities of Honfleur and Rouen and not far from Busnel Distillery (one of the oldest and largest calvados producers in the Pays d'Auge), this idyllic location lets you explore the lush outdoors and also get a healthy dose of culture nearby.
As for the charming country estate itself, it oozes French charm by the bucket load and boasts plenty of four-star comforts. There's a seasonal outdoor pool, perfect for a refreshing dip, while the vast park affords plenty of opportunities for biking, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding and strolling through the picturesque scenery. The pretty, pink-hued spa invites you to indulge in a bit of pampering, while you can savor treats of the culinary variety at the exquisite restaurant – all washed down with fiery local calvados, of course.
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Please note that the pools and fitness area are available to use free of charge, while access to the sauna, Jacuzzi and hammam are available for a fee (reservation required).
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