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The manor is located on the orne, region of normandy in Bagnoles de l'orne, spa town. It is located in the heart of the forest and offers family atmosphere, with inventive cuisine awarded by international gastronomy guidebooks. Just one hour from the Mont Saint Michel and the D-Day beaches. "Theme" weekends including mushrooms and wine tasting.
Wonderfully comfortable with excellent service. We have been visiting Le Manoir du Lys since Last centur. 1998 in fact. We brought the family here for our Golden Weddinng and the family though it was wonderful too.
The Manoir, an old building with modern additions, lies surrounded by forest beside the D235 just outside Bagnoles-de-l'Orne. Our Privilege room, despite being a very odd shape, was comfortable but the small terrace outside it was not very clean. There was no airconditioning, something to be aware of in the summer. The proprietors and staff were charming and helpful and very apologetic about the WiFi which is terrible (it is a local problem). The garden and outdoor pool were attractive but to get to the pool you use a dark underground passage and the changing room is dingy and cold. We found our dinners a little disappointing for a Michelin starred restaurant. Be aware that the restaurant is closed on Mondays.
Le Manoir du Lys is one of the Relais du Silences. It is located in a forest but you can easily walk or cycle into town where there are many bars, cafes and restaurants and also a casino by the lake. We ate here twice in the evenings and thoroughly enjoyed the Michelin recommended cuisine in a family atmosphere. We swam in the indoor and outdoor pools and played tennis on the Manoir court. There are wonderful walks close to the hotel including one to a medieval tower which proved much more extensive than we had thought. We saw a lively hare en route which was a highlight for us. This is a family run hotel with the owners very much 'hands on' every day. We enjoyed the fabulous cocktails in the bar every night and played chess. Favourite cocktail was Violette en Bulles. I would return just to taste that again. Most guests stay just a day or two but we enjoyed a relaxing week here before touring Normandy.
The location, the hotel , the rooms , the grounds and the pool(it was very hot) were excellent. However, 2 issues prevent us from doing so. 1. We received an email a couple of days before we arrived saying they were looking forward to our stay and was there anything they could provide in the room to make our stay even better. We asked for an electric fan in the room as it was very hot. When we arrived there was no fan and we asked if they had one and they said no. Why did they not tell us that before we came . Please don’t send out emails asking visitors what they would like and then not respond in any way.(we discovered the following day that leclerc supermarkets in a nearby town was selling them at 20 euros!) 2. It was Monday, the restaurant was closed. We were aware of the after we had booked. But it was not made clear that the nearest (their sister restaurant) was 2k and we could walk or drive. Well we don’t mind a 4K walk but not for dinner and on a hot and dark road with no footpath. So we took a taxi as we both wanted a drink . So that cost 20 euros return. We find it extraordinary that a hotel of this quality does not offer any dining facilities to their guests at a peak time of year. We stayed at another hotel later in the week that did close on Mondays but not between April and September, and that was town centre . The breakfast was really good which in a sense made it was worse as it suggested the restaurant would have been very good. The food at the sister restaurant was mediocre.
From the moment we arrived this place felt special. We stayed in a lodge which was beautiful. Had a lovely swim and then an evening to remember in the dining room. The meal was sublime as were the wines (we had taster menu). Was sorry to leave and hope to return one day. Only minor niggle was the WiFi was terrible, kept dropping out constantly. If we stayed again for more than 1 night I would have a meal in the hotel and the rest in the town definitely trying their sister pub.