We chose to stay at Le Manoir after reading the favourable reviews and again, we were not disappointed. The proprietor, Jerome Fournel, was very helpful with my initial enquiry about availability of dates and also indicated which rooms were available (each room is pictured on the hotel’s website). The hotel is situated on a high point overlooking the beach at Sables D’Or Les Pins (fantastic sunsets in the evenings!), which is a fifteen to twenty minutes’ pleasant walk away. It stands in its own grounds, with ample car parking (always very welcome) and a beautiful lake and gardens, full of fragrant and colourful flowers. There are also ducks, cats and a chicken wandering around freely, whom make friends with all the guests! Our room, number 14, overlooked the front of the property and the car park, and had a lovely box of petunias on the window sill. The room was a reasonable size, with a large cupboard and chest of drawers for clothing storage, two chairs, a TV and a desk. The bathroom was quite compact, but adequate (it was very much appreciated that the towels were changed every day). The bed was extremely comfortable, one of the best we have slept in whilst staying away from home. The hotel also offers free WiFi and a PC, should you wish to surf the web whilst you are there.
Breakfasts were served in a rustic dining room and comprised muesli, yogurts, croissants, bread, cheese, ham, jam and honey, with tea or coffee to drink.
Le Manoir has a very relaxing atmosphere. There are not lots of notices telling you what you can and cannot do, unlike some establishments (of course, there are the usual fire action notices, as one would expect). You can relax in the hotel’s grounds and lots of garden tables, chairs and parasols are provided (which were needed during our stay – it was hot!). The hotel caters for a variety of nationalities, so you will hear lots of different languages being spoken at breakfast, but Jerome and his wife Sharon are fluent in English, German and of course, French, so there are no communication problems.
As mentioned in other reviews, the hotel does not serve evening meals. However, Jerome provided us with a list of recommended places to eat. We chose mainly to eat at La Potiniere, which was a short walk away in Sables D’or Les Pins. There are other recommended establishments further afield, but these require a car journey. La Potiniere had a small menu, but also offered two and three set course meals for 13.50 Euros and 15.50 Euros respectively (July 2010). The staff are friendly and speak some English, although they do appreciate it if you can speak a little French! The wine list is good and reasonably priced too.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Le Manoir and hope one day to return. We shall certainly be recommending it to our friends. Thank you Jerome and Sharon for a wonderful, relaxing holiday.
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