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“Our visit with Jacques and Alix”
Review of Manoir du Quesnay

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Manoir du Quesnay
Reviewed 4 January 2012

About ten years after the end of WW II I was invited back to Paris for a Medals Presentation and the person presenting the medals was a woman, and a leader of the largest Resistance group during the war and was the mother of Jacque Forcade, the owners of this beautiful estate.. Over 500 of her followers were arrested by the Gestapo and executed. She was truly a heroine and was caught twice but escaped both times. There is a lot of history to be found here. Due to this trip I came to know her son, Jacque, and we have visited this beautiful estate several times since.

These were the most memorable of all our trips. English is spoken here and the hospitality is outstanding. The Manoir was built in the fourteenth century and the amenities have been brought up to date. Every aspect of the property is truly outstanding. We will never forget these beauthful surroundings nor our host and hostess.
I am 93 years of age and my wife and I are dreaming of returning for another visit.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 August 2011

If you want to feel like you are going back in history, Manoir du Quesnay would be a good choice for your stay in Normandie. It has a long history. After D-Day it was the HQ for General Dwight Eisenhower. It is close to Omaha Beach, Bayeaux and other D-Day sites. Jacques and Alix Fourcade are very friendly and excellent hosts. They are a wealth of information about the area, its history and are eager to help you make the most of your stay. Manoir du Quesnay is full of antiques including the very soft (sometimes uncomfortable) beds. The connecting bedrooms on the second level are huge. Be prepared to climb a very narrow circular stairway to get to rooms. Breakfast was your typical French offering - cheese, pastries, rolls, meats and juice. Coffee was excellent! This place is very quiet and reasonably priced. You would not be disapointed.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

Truly authentic Manoir convenient to all Normandy sites but a very quiet retreat for the end of the day. About 10 minutes drive to Bayeaux, Omaha Beach, and other important sites. Easy off the main highway with a few turns onto country roads.

Home owners were very knowledgeable for restaurant recommendations and also the incredible history of the area. A very beautiful, serene setting at the end of a country road.

We were travelling as a family and had two adjoining rooms in one of the turrets of the manoir, built in the 1300s! No lifts here, and original 4 flights of stairs (about 2' wide!) are required to reach the rooms, but if you're travelling with teenagers or college age its great with two very large rooms and a shared bath.

No food options here except breakfast offered for 10e. A perfect place for those that just need a place to sleep and get organized.

Room Tip: Prepare to use steps; no rooms available on first floor. Great separate guest house for large group...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 August 2011

Three of us stayed one night at Manoir du Quesnay whilst on a four day cycling trip around Normandy.

We were given the moat house to ourselves, which comprised of our own sitting room, kithen and a suite of three enormous and beautiful bedrooms.

The 15th century Manoir and Moat House and surrounding land is absolutely stunning. The rooms are filled with beautiful period furniture and family relics - so that you can fully experience what it must be like to live there...

The rooms are private, but you are made to feel very at home. The hosts could not be more welcoming or gracious. We were on bikes and couldn't face another cycle that evening to a restaurant, so Jacques drove us all the way to Bayeaux. He also booked us a fantastic restaurant and taxi home.

The breakfast was fantastic. The information for the local area - both in the form of lots of interesting books and guides, and in the verbal knowledge imparted by Jaques - was incredibly impressive. He could not have been more helpful or generous with his knowledge and time.

Had we not had miles to cover, I would have happily stayed at the Manoir for days on end and explored the area from there.

Absolutely the best bed and breakfast I have stayed in.


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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

We stayed at the Manoir du Quesnay during our stay in Normandy. Our family of 6 stayed in the moat house where we had tons of space for all of us (if only one bathroom and one small trash can). It was beautifully decorated, and cleaned and organized every day. We were served the most lovely and delicious breakfasts each morning, including homemade preserves and homemade yogurt! We loved the tranquility of the countryside they live in. We appreciated the Fourcade's fine recommendations of restaurants. They were even kind enough to let us use their laundry while we were there, saving us lots of time at a laundromat.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Manoir du Quesnay

Address: Lieu Dit le Quesnay, 14710 Mandeville-en-Bessin, France
Region: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Mandeville-en-Bessin
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Mandeville-en-Bessin
Price Range: €110 - €160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Accommodation near Bayeux and the D-Day Landing Beaches in Normandy The Manoir du Quesnay offers Bed & Breakfast accommodation of a high standard. Set amidst the Normandy meadows and farmland The Manor is a typical fortified Bessin architecture complete with towers and spiral staircases with tapestries adorning the walls. Dating from the 15th Century and comprising of two main sections, the Manor House and the Moat House, both overlook the gardens and a large central courtyard. With a splendid sense of space, authenticity, charm and comfort, Le Manoir du Quesnay offers a true taste of Normandy. Le Manoir du Quesnay is situated ten minutes west of the town of Bayeux which is home to the famous Bayeux Tapestry, the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral and a wonderful array of restaurants and shopping opportunities including the bustling, weekly open market. The D-Day landing beach of Omaha and the US Cemetery is just 6 miles away. Other richly historical and artistic towns and cities such as Caen, St Lo, Mont St Michel, Deauville and Honfleur are all within comfortable driving distances for day trips. All D-Day sites are within easy reach with many interesting museums. Excellent restaurants specializing in seafood are close by at the quaint fishing village of Port-en-Bessin. Perfect for cycling and walking vacations with the central location. To view further information on the Manoir and some of the many diverse activities and cultural interests of the surrounding area please select from the menu on the left. ... more   less 
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Manoir Du Quesnay Hotel Mandeville-En-Bessin

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