France

La Ferme Saint Siméon, Normandy

Once a refuge for painters and packed full of historical charm, La Ferme Saint Siméon Hotel and Spa was the cradle of the Impressionist art movement in 1850. Today the restored farm epitomises classic romance, making it an ideal escape for a relaxing weekend that will see you walking in the footsteps of the likes of Monet and Courbet (from the stunning surroundings- it’s not hard to see why they fell in love with the place). Take your pick between a garden or sea view as you sit back, relax and get into the swing of things.

Location

Nestled on the Normandy Coast, this gem is celebrated for its bucolic surroundings and glistening Seine Estuary light. Le Ferme Saint Siméon is only a short walk to the harbor of Honfleur and a two-hour drive from Paris, making this safe haven the perfect escape- go ramble through the gardens and get inspired.

Your Room

Once you’ve chosen between a garden or sea view, unpack your bags and settle into the classical romantic interiors finished off with all the mod cons. With plush pillows, historic antiques, and cozy beds we know you’ll feel instantly at home as you relax in the tranquil surroundings.

Why we like it

With stunning surroundings and an impressively rich history, you’ll find endless chances to explore the hotel’s fascinating grounds and gardens. Gain a deeper understanding of Impressionist art and have a go at creating your own masterpiece with painting lessons from a local artist. You’ll be sure to find inspiration from the same river estuary and historic cottages that Monet enjoyed all those years ago. For spa-lovers, the hotel offers a relaxing Hamman experience as well a wide choice of treatments to help you unwind and indulge.

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