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Manoir de la Riviere
Rochester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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“Simply idyllic”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

Five star hospitality but with an individual distinct style. Only a few rooms in a large manor house and with excellent attention to detail. Cup of fine darjeeling and homemade shortbread on arrival. Dinner was delicious - fine dining but honest style. Excellent produce with no foam in sight! Breakfast outstanding. Iain can certainly cook. Rooms all individual and beautifully done. Highly recommended. The swimming pool was bijou but got to say my children adored it.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

The owners, Iain and Maureen, are wonderful hosts and make you feel at home. Lovely setting. Our 6 year old son truly enjoyed playing on the property, especially the along the small river that runs behind the property. Convenient location for visiting the Normandy area. Breakfast was amazing. HIGHLY recommend at least one dinner by Iain...it's a must. His dinner was our best meal during the entire trip!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Imperial, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2012

My wife and I spent three fantastic nights a Manoir de la Riviere. Highly recommended. The morning and evening chats made us feel like guests in with long lost friends or relatives. Make sure to allocate at least one night for a fantastic dinner.

The location is convenient for seeing the major sights and there is a small village ~5mins by car for all of the essentials you will nee.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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East Hampton, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2012

After three days in Paris, we began our side trip to Normandy and Brittany by renting a car and driving to the Manoir which would be our first stop. After a somewhat nerve-racking experience in trying to navigate our way out of Paris, we finally managed to arrive at the Manoir just in time for dinner. Despite the relatively late hour, our hosts, Ian and Maureen, made us feel comfortable and at-home right away, letting us settle in over a wonderful meal. Each morning we woke up to one of the most beautiful and peaceful settings imaginable, not to mention incredible breakfasts. This was definitely the best stay of our trip and we look forward to planning another sometime in the near future.

Room Tip: Our room was in the rear, overlooking a beautiful garden and patio, with incredible sunrises.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

My husband and I stayed 3 nights while exploring the area and found everything absolutely wonderful. The food was superb...you MUST have the dinner at least one evening...and the rooms tasteful, comfortable and quiet. Ian is a wonderful host and we very much enjoyed his company.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Charleston, SC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Manoir for four nights in early October. We used it as a base to explore this region of France that we had never been to on previous trips. We flew into Paris and went straight to Gare St Lazar to get the train to Caen. There we picked up a car and drove to the Manior, so we were pretty beat once we arrived.

Iain met us at the door and immediately it was like being greeted by an old friend. Some people simply have the gift of hospitality and he and Maureen really have it. The room was great - very large and comfortable. The building itself is very interesting and they have done quite a job with the renovations.

The other reviews rave about Iain's cooking and we had the same experience. He makes it all seem so effortless, but if you cook at all you know how much work went into it. On one night when he was not cooking, he was perfectly happy for us to use his kitchen to prepare a cheese and snack plate from stuff we had bought in town that day - again, like being in a friend's home.

I could go on much longer, but suffice it to say that Maureen and Iain go out of their way to accomodate the wishes of their guest and create a convivial, warm atmosphere. On a day when I went exploring and my wife decided to stay at the Manoir, Maureen set her up with a spa in town and Iain took her to the appointment!

If you are going to the Normandy area and don't like big, impersonal hotels you should give this a try. We feel as we not only had a great stay but that we now have two new friends in France.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2012

Had a week at Manoir de la Riviere - and can't wait until the next visit. Room was perfect - huge room, beautifully furnished and the most comfortable bed ever. And no noise at all at night.

Iain was the most amazing host - a la carte breakfasts every morning with the best scrambled eggs on earth. We ate there on a few occasions - the menu was fabulous - local produce, perfectly cooked by Iain himself. The steak he did for us one evening has to be tasted to be believed. It really is the best B&B we have ever stayed in. Another delight is the self service bar and the fact that Iain was quite happy for us to use his kitchen to prepare things on those evenings when we were to stuffed to eat out.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Manoir de la Riviere
Address: Lieu Dit la Riviere | Saint Louet Sur Seulles, Villers-Bocage Normandy, 14310 Saint-Louet-sur-Seulles, France
Region: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Saint-Louet-sur-Seulles
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint-Louet-sur-Seulles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in 37 acres of formal gardens and woodland the Manoir is a tranquil and relaxing setting to get away from it all yet only 25minutes from the centre of Caen. The House has welcoming log fires in the winter a heated indoor pool and sauna and a very nice dining room.There is a warm and friendly atmosphere with both French and English spoken. ... more   less 
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