Art Deco in the forest
About three hours west of Paris, in Normandy, lies the small town of Bagnoles de l'Orne: in the middle of a forest, villas with multicolored Art Deco facades appear almost out of nowhere: Bagnoles de l'Orne was one of the most glamorous health resorts with visitors from the French aristocracy or artists like Alexandre Dumas.
The place was also known for hunting. Today, he is looking for a destination for wellness travelers, seminar and business guests. Among the glittering times is still today the horse race course.
Rooms: Hunter Lodge and Forest Pavilions
One of these elegant, slightly out of the way hotels is the 4 Manoir Du Lys, part of the Relais Du Silence hotel partnership.
Originally founded as a hunter's lodge, the hotel now offers 23 rooms and seven extremely luxurious suites, which are called “forest pavilions” and are equipped with every conceivable comfort, including shutters that close at the push of a button. Prices range from 99 euros for a double room to 250 euros for a suite.
Seminar rooms and packages
The seminar rooms are also equipped with the necessary equipment such as flipchart, projector, screen, TV and DVD player. The WLAN quality is good, however, different networks in the rooms and in the main house make the registration process unnecessarily complicated.
For seminar are various, relatively cheap package prices offered, about 55 Euro per person / day for the use of space and two coffee breaks up to 170 Euro per person / day including accommodation in a single room, two coffee breaks, breakfast and dinner. The full price list can be found on the website - unfortunately only in French.
Cooking classes with the star chef
Because the hotel is already waiting 15 years with a special treat on:Chef Franck Quinton was awarded a Michelin star. His cuisine is deeply rooted in the region and convinces with regional and seasonal ingredients.
However, Franck Quinton cooks not only for his guests, but shows groups in their own cooking classes, how to do it - for example, in special themed cooking events that deal with about foie gras or wild boar. TheCourses are suitable for 12-15 persons. Thus, the Manoir Du Lys offers a real Unicum.
The weekend of champions
Among the highlights are the weekends of the champions, which take place regularly from September to November and can be booked for meeting groups as an event: Guests first go to the forest under a specialist loan for mushroom gathering.
Then the star chef explains the delicious preparation and then puts it together with the guests. At the end is the common consumption.
In addition, the hotel and surrounding area offer numerous other activities. There is, for example, a large outdoor pool and a small indoor pool, a tennis court and an 9 hole golf course.
You can also go cycling, horseback riding or hiking. Groups can also come to the hunt by prior registration.
Low priced alternatives
Smaller groups can also be accommodated at the Hotel o Gayot, which is owned by the same owners.
The two-star hotel is located in the center of Bagnoles de l'Orne and starts at just € 60 a night. The food is also very good.
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