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At the end of a small tree-lined road, Les Rochers forms a rectangular enclosure at the centre of a cultivated plain. Though some traces its 16th century origins remain - when defending frequent attacks was of the utmost importance - this old fortified farm now hosts peaceful stays. The greatest surprise is without a doubt the colourful and vibrant interior that hides behind the sober sandstone walls and adorns the manor with a touch of modernity.
We fell in love with this region during a trip to Normandy. The landscapes between land and sea, the authenticity of the villages and the sheer number of historic sites were engraved in our memory. In 2005, we decided to leave Sicily and settle by the English channel. We discovered Les Rochers on a real estate website. The bucolic setting, the beauty and strength of the farm and the possibility of one day opening a guest house enchanted us, we were head over heels.
Les Rochers is a manor with typically Norman architectural features. The main house, the three farm buildings and the old chapel are arranged around a courtyard. The varying tones of the stone indicate the different stages of construction. From the outside, the buildings are still in their original state, bar a few added openings that bring light and transparency to the ensemble. Volumes and materials take centre stage inside. Part of the walls are lined with lime plaster, whilst other parts have been left in exposed stone. The materials used inside are mainly wood, glass, metal and Caen stone.
Unfortunately, we do not know much about the history of Les Rochers because all the documents in the local archives were destroyed during the war. The mansion was founded in the early 16th century by a family of Norman nobility. Over the following centuries, the house evolved and grew with the addition of farm buildings and became a fortified farm. At the beginning of last century, Les Rochers became one of the largest farms in the region with more than one hundred hectares of land. During the Second World War, the property was under German occupation. It was in the eighties that an English couple set up a bed and breakfast in the main house. We began renovating the entire property in 2005 and finally opened our doors to guests in 2015.
Our house offers four spacious guest rooms with a surface areas between ??50 and 110 m2, as well as a small cottage in the old chapel of the manor. Our main aim is to share this beautiful place and our passions with our guests: art and cooking. Works of art and designer furniture are a common theme throughout the bedrooms and common areas, they bring Les Rochers into the 21st century. The Inn is the heart of our home. This old barn that we left in its original state serves as a meeting place. It opens at breakfast and is perfect for relaxing, reading, playing a game of chess and meeting other guests. The table d'hôtes follows the slow food movement, bringing together products from beyond the region and respecting the seasons along with a rich wine list of more than one hundred labels. The menu is available every evening from Tuesday to Saturday. The property is surrounded by seventeen acres of land and there are many charming spots around the house for strolling, relaxing or taking part in activities such as snooker and reading in a small library that contains mostly art and cooking books.
For our guests who would rather leave their car on site, we recommend a bike ride or walk around the village, the forest and the abbey of Cerisy-la-Forêt - a jewel of Romanesque architecture. The hiking trail passes right by Les Rochers. Guests can discover local products at the weekly market of Saint-Lô every Saturday morning, it has been nominated the most beautiful market of Basse-Normandie along with the farm of Sapinière (a cider farm with a shop in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer). The Mohair Barn in Berensq offers tours of the goat farm to discover the "mohair wool" industry, they cover everything from breeding to tailor-made clothing design. A chateau in Saint-Fromond has become a stork haven, thousands of birds nestle on the ruins of this medieval building built by the half-brother of William the Conqueror - it is a chance to meet the biggest colony of white storks in Normandy. "Au Jardin pieds nus" is an activity designed over six hundred metres of foot paths in the heart of a beautiful garden below the famous Souleuvre Viaduct (built by Eiffel in 1887). The 200-metre-long sensory path is made up of forty different surfaces of natural materials (sand, gravel, chippings, stones, wood, bark etc) that allow the barefoot visitors to discover many different sensations.
700 € - 800 € / week
The cottage has been designed with a loft feel. Adjoining rooms and large openings overlooking the courtyard and the fields let in plenty of light. The kitchen and living room are on the ground floor, the dressing room, the bathroom and the bedroom are upstairs. The private garden is equipped with a living room. The cottage is integrated into Les Rochers' sharing spirit, guests staying there can also enjoy the common spaces such as the library, the snooker room and the restaurant. It is possible to rent the cottage with a workshop for creative stays.
140 € - 190 € / night
The four bedrooms are in old farm buildings. Each has a private entrance and courtyard access. One is on the ground floor, the others are upstairs. Each room is equipped with a wood stove or a fireplace. The bathrooms have a walk-in shower, two of them have both a shower and a bath. All rooms are equipped with wifi, a Nespresso machine and Bluetooth speakers.
Possibilité de louer notre gîte avec atelier pour des séjours créatifs. Les conditions se définissent selon accord.