Manoir de Coutainville is managed by Sophie, the owner.
170 - 300/night
Suitable for 2-3 people

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Manoir de Coutainville - Manoir de Coutainville, in Normandy, France
— Sophie: “I want my guests to leave here feeling lighter, refreshed. And apparently they do; they tend to refer Manoir de Coutainville to others, and more than half of them return to visit.”
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— How would you describe Manoir de Coutainville?

Sophie: “Manoir de Coutainville used to be the summer holiday house for the family, and I have been the owner for the last 25 years. I opened it to guests as a Bed and Breakfast four years ago starting with a lot of friends and mostly writers and people who wanted to be in a quiet, private house, like a retreat.

During the 15th century when people who were living in the village had trouble with boats coming from the Vikings and the English, people were protected here in the Manoir. And we still offer that protection today in the form of privacy. We offer a very serene, calm atmosphere.

There is no TV here or music in the house itself. But I receive a lot of musicians who play for guests, either singing or playing their instruments.”
Manoir de Coutainville - Manoir de Coutainville, in Normandy, France
— Manoir de Coutainville

— Manoir de Coutainville has been in your family for a long time. What was your inspiration to turn it into a B&B?

Sophie: “I turned the house into a Bed and Breakfast because I traveled a lot for business when I was younger. I was in fashion textiles. My dream was to open my house for the people who had the habit of traveling, and to keep a family atmosphere where you feel free. Everything is open here, and you can enjoy the sitting rooms and relax in the gardens.

We have a very serene, calm atmosphere here. There is no TV here or music in the house itself. But I receive a lot of musicians who play for guests, either singing or playing their instruments.

We offer beverages in the sitting rooms, there’s a fireplace for comfort, and all the books you need. It’s like staying at a friend’s house.”
 - Manoir de Coutainville, in Normandy, France

— Please tell us a bit about the style and the facilities at the Bed and Breakfast.

Sophie: “We have the Manoir and Seneschal house, which is another building where there are three rooms open to the courtyard. The courtyard is rather large and surrounded by private gardens.

The interior of the B&B is a mix of modern items and more historical furniture. There are no curtains, and no covers on the beds. I wanted a lot of space with not a lot of things congesting the room. This way, the guests can bring their own things and there’s plenty of space. It’s like an elegant monastery ambience in a way, and there’s a lot of natural light and a view of the sea.”
 - Manoir de Coutainville, in Normandy, France

— Please tell us a bit about dinner at the B&B.

Sophie: “Dinner is one of my best features. I serve dinner every night, and feed the young children before the adults. I use all fresh vegetables that grow in the sand near the sea. It’s all natural food with sometimes a little bit extra I discovered in Asia or abroad, giving it an international point of view. It’s very informal, in the way that it’s very natural. It’s fluid.

I get a lot of couples who stay for a long time, so every night I offer something different to eat. There’s a lot of variety that the sea offers.”
Normandy coast views - Manoir de Coutainville, in Normandy, France
— Normandy coast views

— There are five main bedrooms at the B&B. Do you have a favourite?

Sophie: “Yes. The Dame Jeanne with the sunny shower. It was designed by a famous friend who is an architect in Paris. It’s in a tower room, and I have a lot of guests who come to see it.

Another favourite is Sénéchal, which has a kind of tub similar to a Japanese tub. It’s very modern. You don’t realise that it’s a bath or shower, really, when you are in the room. It’s very special.”
Seigneurie bedroom - Manoir de Coutainville, in Normandy, France
— Seigneurie bedroom

— To you personally, what is so special about Manoir de Coutainville?

Sophie: “I think Manoir is really refreshing. It offers a lot of space, light, the sense of the sea and nature. You don’t hear the roads. It’s completely protected. I want my guests to leave here feeling lighter, refreshed. And apparently they do; they tend to refer Manoir de Coutainville to others, and more than half of them return for their holidays.

We also have a huge barn for gatherings and weddings, so groups can rent out the entire grounds for several days.”
 - Manoir de Coutainville, in Normandy, France
 
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