Today I’d like to take you to the seaside town on Honfleur, on the Normandy coast. Many of you have been here, I am sure. A busy and pretty town, full of restaurants and the sweetest stores. Old buildings huddled side by side around the lively port. Close to Deauville and the Normandy landing beaches and home to some friends of ours who have created a beautiful B&B that they are about to put up for sale.
This stunning house was built in the 17th century and from the late 1800’s was a girls’ school. My friends bought it about ten years ago, and have gradually enlarged and converted the property until today they have a thriving B&B business.
I love the way they have respected the soul of the house while creating a comfortable living space. Bared timbers are typical of the Normandy architecture, and here the walls and stairwells show their beautiful patina.
The property has been very carefully renovated, using old materials and antique furniture. Whoever buys the property will either be able to continue the guest house activity, or simply enjoy it as a private house with its five bedrooms and bathrooms – plenty of room for family and friends.
The charm of the place is evident, from the timbered walls, to the old tiled floors, the low beamed ceilings and – my favourite feature – the central inner courtyard which is so pretty at any season, and draws you into the heart of the property with doors and staircases leading off on all sides. Can you imagine how lively it must have been filled with young school girls over 100 years ago.
The house is just two minutes walk from the port, and the same distance from the Place St Catherine, where the weekly farmers market takes place, and where the brocante fairs are always held too. The great thing about Honfleur is that it attracts visitors all year round, which is why the guest house has proved to be so successful.
In the house, besides the central courtyard, there are some outstanding features, such as the double stone sink in the kitchen, originally a farm trough, with iron rings on the front where the cattle would have been tied up.
The stone and brick walls are also amazing and give so much character to the rooms.
Upstairs the five bedrooms each have their own en suite bathroom, and all the rooms are spacious, with quaint windows overlooking the courtyard. The house feels warm and welcoming no matter which room you are in.
Whoever buys this house is sure to love it. It is so calm and cosy, and yet so well positioned for the town centre, and its 17th century bones make it a really unique property.
If you are interested in more details on the property, the easiest thing is to email me HERE, and I’ll be happy to fill you in. If after that you wish to go further and visit, then I’ll put you into direct contact with the owners.
And for those of you wishing to know more about staying here as a B&B guest, you can find the details here.