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As a well-established culinary stylist and decorator, Laurence du Tilly couldn't resist the idea of trying something new. Whether classic, contemporary or unique, these three guest apartments in a private mansion in Caen all embody her refined taste and feminine touch. The annex, which is just a few kilometres away towards the the sea, is also open to guests and shows that even old buildings can create an aesthetic that blends with a more modern way of life.
I decided to leave Paris in 2013 to settle in Normandy where my family is from, more specifically in Caen, where I was born. Compelled by my desire to share my expertise and way of life with others, I transformed this mansion into a special place. A unique guesthouse where everybody can feel at home.
It is a 19th century mansion with a vaulted cellar that is typical of Caen. Located in the historic centre just a stone's throw from the town hall and the Abbaye aux Hommes, it was fortunately able to withstand the bombings of the last war.
After serving as a family home for many generations, the mansion was only recently turned into a guesthouse when I began making changes. I took great care in preserving the floors, the woodwork and everything that gave this property its charm.
The three apartments upstairs have been laid out as the sort of apartments I always dreamed of staying in on various personal and professional trips, "Chez Laurence du Tilly" has been designed to reflect my taste. In addition to a beautiful walk, I offer a range of services such as massages, room service, fireplace kits and fresh champagne upon arrival.
My favourite is by the sea on the wild beach of Bernières-sur-Mer. There is a lovely hut on the sand which is perfect for catching some rays or sipping on a mojito as the sun sets - stunning views are guaranteed. For wine lovers, a trip to the Rösel wine cellars is not to be missed; they are great for purchasing wines as well as tastings and tours.
On the ground floor is a cosy lounge with a library, a fireplace and an "Honesty bar" where guests can sit and relax. Each apartment has a floor to itself. The first and second floors can accommodate up to four people with a double bed in the bedroom and a sofa bed in the living room. The apartment on the second floor is for two guests only. All are equipped with a kitchenette and an office area.
1050 € - 1400 € / week
A cosy little house with two terraces and a covered outdoor lounge that serves as an annex and an independent gite just ten minutes from Caen. This house in the large garden can accommodate up to four people with a double bed in the bedroom and a sofa bed in the living room that can be separated with a sliding door. Many services are available in the annex such as delivered meals, seafood platters and barbecues. Massages, manicures and pedicures may also be available.