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“Chambre d'hotes par excellence in Normandy”
Review of Les Fontaines

Les Fontaines
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Les Fontaines
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Barbery
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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149 reviews
78 hotel reviews
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“Chambre d'hotes par excellence in Normandy”
Reviewed 28 August 2007

Stayed here for two nights in August. The weather was awful, damp and cold but the experience of Les Fontaines cheered us no end.
Our host, Andrew, proved both nonchalant and humourous in providing both excellent and generous (5 course) dinners and breakfasts. Evening meals were taken with all the guests at one large dining table which enabled good conversation throughout.
The rooms had comfortable beds and were a good size (helped by high ceilings and ,when it wasn't raining, nice views of the gardens) and the en-suite facilities worked very well. The rooms cost €65 for double occupancy inc breakfast. Dinner was €25 each (inc drinks) and was excellent value.
All this must end soon as the house is up for sale and Andrew is moving on to other pastures.

  • Liked — The dinner parties and the breakfasts
  • Disliked — Nothing really
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with friends
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Munich
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2007

We stayed at Les Fontaines for three nights and loved our room, the garden, but above all what the French call "an accueil chaleureux", since the English owners where attentive way beyond the call of duty. In particular, breakfast surpassed all our expectations (especially so since we have quite a bit of experience with French petit déjeuners). We also had two wonderful dinners there - highly recommended as well!

Stayed August 2007
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San Diego, CA
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Reviewed 8 July 2007

We stayed at Les Fontaine for three nights and loved every minute. The location is near Caen and central to just about everything you want to do while in Normandy. The house and gardens are beautiful and the hosts were great. Andrew is an excellent cook and quite a character.

When we visited they were in the process of selling the B&B but we hope that the new owners will maintain the charm of this lovely home. We highly recommend staying here if you are planning a visit to Normandy.

  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 27 October 2006

Les Fontaines is located in the lovely town of Barbery, a 15 minute drive south of Caen. The property has a lovely garden, chestnut trees, and a charming country house. Andrew, our gracious and humourist host, is a transplanted Brit who's been living in France for the past 16 years.

We stayed in a huge room with lovely antique furniture and a great view to the back side of the property. The breakfasts were wonderful. Lots of fresh croissants and other baked goods, homemade preserves, cereals, yoghurt, orange juice, and great coffee.

The drive from Barbery to Caen is a pleasant one. We passed through and by other working/living towns with houses dating back hundreds of years.

As Canadians, our primary goal to Normandy was to visit the WW2 beaches and other related historical spots. Les Fontaines is a short drive (about 40 min) to Juno Beach and the Canadian Juno Beach Centre. The centre is rich in WW2 history and well worth a visit no matter which allied country you're from. The other WW2 beaches are also close by (+/- 10 min) . There's a well maintained Canadian Military Cemetary just 10 minutes from Les Fontaines on the way to Caen.

Dieppe, Bayeaux and Mont St Michel are also close enough from Les Fontaines to make them as day trips.

Lastly, make sure you stay for Andrew's fabulous home cooked dinners. We were served one evening a sumptuous 4-course dinner, coffee and wine for a very reasonable price of $26Euros each. Ask him which night he's not cooking and eat in Caen instead.

We think Les Fontaines makes a lovely base for any Normandy visit.

  • Tips/Secrets — You need a car when visiting Normandy
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2005

Les Fontaines in Caen, Barbery is a wonderfull place !!! I stayed there because I had a wedding not so far and I really enjoyed my stay. The hosts are very nice.
I recommend this place !!!!

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Property: Les Fontaines
Address: Barbery, 14220 Barbery, France
Region: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Barbery
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Barbery
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 49
Also Known As:
Les Fontaines Barbery

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