An hour or so from Deauville, and close enough to Bayeux to allow you to drive across to view the tapestry, sits the magnificent 18th century chateau La Cheneviere. Although occupied by the Germans during World War II, it has done its best to shrug off its difficult past and is now an impressive 5* hotel in a park of 12 hectares. With a vegetable garden that supports the hotel’s restaurant Le Botaniste (where you will also be able to taste the hotel’s own honey from its resident bees), the hotel actively supports its local community and has a real appreciation of the four seasons creating wonderful changing menus focusing on ‘terre et mer’. You will be able to taste the full range of Norman products at the popularJazz Brunches coming up on September 30th and October 14th. Wash your meals down with an Apple Mojito (sans alcool) or try the Cidre brut les vergers de Ducy. The authenticity of the experience is also reflected in the detail of the hotel’s rooms and suites. If you are travelling en famille and want something selfcontained and modern, and yet with access to the hotel, book the Escures House which is a self-contained house just five minutes away. You will then have the best of both worlds.