This is an apartment. The Samuels are a British couple who bought the lovely manor house and then proceeded to transform an old grange into a lovely gite. We had two bedrooms, a huge living-kitchen with full facilities and a bathroom to die for. This was all furnished with beautiful antiques except the bath that was completely modern.
Cauvicourt is a tiny commuter village 12 km south of Caen and an easy drive into town. It is in the center of Basse Normandie so you can easily drive to the D-Day Beaches, the Peace Memorial, Falaise, Honfleur, the Suisse Normande, the coast and resort towns and even Mont St. Michel. You will not run out of things to do here.
This place was inexpensive, very friendly and in a perfect location in Normandy. Great restaurants nearby and easy drive to shopping.
UPDATE 2007: The Samuels sold the property to M. Luc Duncombe, a Caen politician, who is now renting it. We haven't returned but friends have stayed and loved it. It is decorated slightly differently, but Samuels seem to have sold much of the decoration to M. Duncombe. It is a lovely property; Richard, the gardener, is a gem and still there; the location can't be beat. It is just perfect for exploring Basse Normandie.
Unique qualities have got to include the lovely decorator items the Samuels have used to furnish the apartment. The Samuels themselves are utterly charming. Their gardener, Richard, was a delight, often providing us with fresh vegetables.
You have free run of the property which is considerable and their four charming sons are excellent tour advisors.
There is also a separate little house on the property with two bedrooms and two baths. There is covered parking.
It's a little hard to give the price since it varies with the season and there is a discount if you stay for a longer time. I'll leave that blank and you can check their web site for prices on your dates. It is VERY reasonable though.
Even though officially this is only a 1-star establishment, this was our favourite hotel of the Normandy trip and we'd definitely stay here again.
In Sept 2001 we paid 210F/21GBP per night for a double room with shower. Breakfast is 29F/2.90GBP extra and well worth it (coffee, yoghurt, croissant, pain au chocolat and fruit). Bus no. 3 runs between the hotel and the train station via the city centre.
The building is a pre-Revolutionary townhouse on a quiet street. Our room had a fireplace mantle, window boxes with flowers, TV, wardrobe and a wonderful shower.
The hotel is very nice, affordable price and with a good restaurant .
The staff is very friendly and the food is delicious.
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