The story goes that this 19th-century manor house was the birthplace of Impressionism, and that its park inspired Monet and Sisley—neither of whom would have dismissed the welcoming rich mix of elegance and down-home Norman delights inside, where rich fabrics, grand paintings, and Louis Seize chairs are married with rustic antiques, ancient beams, and half-timbered walls; the result casts a deliciously cozy spell. Guest rooms are opulent, with pastel colors, floral wallpaper,
antiques, period accents, and all the modern conveniences. Those in the thatch-roof converted stables are quieter but have less character. Be aware, however, that the high prices have more to do with the hotel's reputation than with the amenities it offers (although spa treatments are among them). Under Chef Mickael Lelievre, the sophisticated restaurant selects the noblest regional products from land and sea; the cheese board does justice to the region, as does the gastronomic menu.