If one word sums up the Priory it is 'relaxed'. Owned by an Englishman, the priory has been rescued from years of decay. Our part of the big house was reeking in rustic character. Huge rooms and all old furniture, fittings, paintings, etc. Perfect! David has a great way of taking the stress out of travel. Immediately on arrival the kettle was on and the cold beers were out, and we sat outside in the late afternoon amongst the fat chickens chatting with David and 'solving' the world's many problems. We had previously overdosed on big restaurant meals before arriving here, so David met our wishes and provided a delicious simple meal of local fresh vegetables, meats, prawns, fruit, breads and cheeses that we just picked at over the course of the night. With a few nice bottles of Bordeaux red wine of course. It was so nice we asked for the same again the night after. The lovely dinner included a stunning haricots verts (green beans) dish, a beetroot dish, a goose semi-pate dish, fresh eggs and mayonnaise. A cheese course of five cheeses – all very tasty, and a dessert of apples cooked in butter and Calvados with spoonfuls of cream. Finished off with glasses of Calvados. Perfect. The Priory is old, so don't expect 5-star plumbing, but that adds to it's many charms. The rooms are spacious and have lovely views. The walled gardens/orchards are very big and were perfect for our eight year old daughter to play in. David even took our girl on an egg hunt. She was delighted when we found a fresh egg under a chicken, and David presented it to her for breakfast the next morning. Note that there is no sign out the front, and you can't see the building from the road, but being the priory for the church, it is pretty obvious how to get there. While a little way from the Normandy beaches, it is an easy drive there on good roads. We were able to do the beaches and Bayeaux in a day at a fairly relaxed pace. The unique Priory is a wonderful alternative to a standard hotel and great value as well. Highly recommended.
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