A Normandy farmhouse…an English garden. A Normandy restaurant...an English chef. Welcome to Mike Allen and Sonia Picquenot’s hotel in Normandy.
“Offering you the experience of a charming little hotel and gourmet, field-to-fork food”.
Mike and Sonia finding La Ferme des Mares, The Originals Relais in Saint-Germain-sur-Ay during a Sunday stroll back in August 2007 is nothing short of an epic love story. The former farm - which had been subsequently converted into a riding school and abandoned - was not looking its best, “but we were mesmerized by the house’s spirit, despite it being cold and in such a poor condition at the time.” Mike and Sonia were 25 years old, and full of ideas, hopes, and energy. They bought it. Projects, brainstorming and building works ensued...“Our family hotel-restaurant, which we poured our heart and soul into designing, opened its doors on the 27 March 2010”. Sonia works out on the front desk and in the dining room, Mike takes care of the cooking (“an Englishman in the kitchen!”) and Jackson, their dog, enthusiastically accompanies guests on their strolls around the garden and Normandy countryside. “Since then, we have tried to honour this magical place by sharing our love of good food, the land around us here in Manche, and our sense of hospitality”. Enjoy a fantastic family holiday at La Ferme des Mares, The Originals Relais in Basse-Normandie.
There are 10 bedrooms. Each of them is spacious, bright and comfortable, and almost all of them also offer a lounge area. They all have their own individual style, whilst also retaining the characterful, sophisticated charm of La Ferme des Mares, The Originals Relais itself. Guests with reduced mobility will find a room here which is suitable for their requirements, over in the farm’s old bakehouse. Families, meanwhile, will be able to enjoy an apartment with 2 separate bedrooms and a reading corner.
- Rooms for disabled guests
- Family/communicating rooms
- Non smoking room
The dining room is cosy, convivial and intimate, welcoming guests to breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the food on offer is local and/or organic. It’s Normandy on a plate, with produce from the region’s fields and coastline featuring in delicate and inventive, “Made by Mike” artisan cooking, enhanced with touches of the exotic and a dash of eclecticism for dishes that are as good to look at as they are to eat.
LA FERME DES MARES
La Ferme des Mares, The Originals Relais is a charming hotel: the stuff of dreams. An old farmhouse, made from local stone, surrounded by a vast garden that is peaceful yet invigorating. It’s a beautiful place to stop when travelling through Normandy.
TREATMENTS AND RELAXATION
Are you looking to treat yourself to a relaxing pamper session during your stay in Normandy? No problem. A beauty therapist in Lessay (7 km away) works in partnership with La Ferme des Mares, The Originals Relais to provide essential oil treatments for total relaxation. Find out more and book your session at reception.
Does taking advantage of your stay to start finding your way around the kitchen, or confirm your talent as a budding chef sound like a fun idea? La Ferme des Mares, The Originals Relais offers friendly, welcoming cooking lessons for all levels (max. 8 people). Get ready to find out about local farmers, get a closer look at a selection of local ingredients, salt and smoke duck breasts, learn how to cut vegetables or about different cooking techniques, and how to prepare foie gras.
THINGS TO SEE NEARBYThe Regional Nature Park of Cotentin and Bessin; the salt marshes; the birthplace of Christian Dior, Granville, where his family home has been made into a museum; Mont-Saint-Michel; the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey; the D-Day Landing Beaches; the Cap de la Hague; for walkers, the “Customs Path” coastal trail or the Pointe du Banc trail which starts 50 m from the hotel; for foodies, a visit to the biscuit factories in Sortosville-en-Beaumont or Isigny-sur-Mer, which are famous for their butter and caramel biscuits.
What our customers say
We had a lovely weekend here, coming for Lessay Fair which was just up the road. The food is out of this world, a real gourmet place to stay.
A beautiful hotel in a lovely setting. Very welcoming, friendly staff, fabulous food, comfortable rooms.
Lovely hotel, great location with great hosts who Upgraded our room and had the perfect place to keep our push bikes safe over night! Very accommodating.
"Relaxing and romantic"
We had a fabulous stay at this hotel. The hosts were very friendly and offered us a free double upgrade which was very much appreciated. The room was huge and the bed was very comfy. The evening meal was absolutely delicious. It was a set menu and I am usually a fussy eater but I gave everything a try and really enjoyed it all. The hotel provides quiet and calm atmosphere; perfect for our romantic weekend away. We had a lovely stroll through the surrounding fields and enjoyed sitting by the lake, watching the ducks. Breakfast was also very nice, especially the freshly baked breads and croissants. Thank you very much.
The idyllic, peaceful surroundings of La Ferme des Mares, The Originals Relais is the perfect setting for all your corporate events, be they small or large (conferences, study days, etc.). The hotel is home to 2 fully-equipped meeting rooms (complete with video projectors, WiFi, etc.) which are sure to meet your every need; the perfect balance of work and relaxation. Team-building activities or incentive events can also be arranged.