“Whether you choose B&B or self-catering, this warm and welcoming auberge is perfect for a romantic weekend in Honfleur”
The Main House holds rooms and suites, all decorated differently and lavishly: Farrow & Ball wallpapers, Pierre Frey textiles, Porthault bedding. Most look over the garden and all have ensuite bathrooms with tasteful toiletries. On the second floor, Double Room Chez Rene is decorated in shades of mint and black. Opposite lie La Directoire and Le Kiosque, separate rooms which can be interconnected. Le Kiosque was designed with single women in mind (a salute to Penny's years as a solo traveller). Twin Room La Directoire has original-style floor tiles and 4 tall windows overlooking rue Haute. The bathroom fuses modern fixtures with an old-style bathtub. Double Room Mauve sits on the third floor, under sloped eave ceilings. It is the smallest but also one of the most romantic, with exposed wooden beams and a garden view. The third floor is also home to two Suites. La Chambre Bleue is a medley of 18th-century French fabrics, antique linens and oversized pillows. Le Studio Atelier breaks from tradition, as a lofty space with a rather more modern styling. It has a living room and kitchenette.
Next door, at 42 rue Haute is a beautiful 14th-century building holding 3 self-catering apartments. Original wooden beams and stone floors mingle with modern and stylish furnishings. Romantic first-floor Apartment Rouge (sleeps 2) has a stunning original fireplace (not functioning) and a cosy red colour scheme. Second-floor Apartment Anis (sleeps 2) is decorated in sage and muted yellow, with a separate bedroom and living area. Third-floor Apartment Le Trois has stunning exposed beams and endless windows for admiring those views (no lift, don't forget).
Two minutes' walk away, at 94 rue Haute, are 2 newer self-catering apartments. First-floor Apartment Gernezis a loft-style studio for 2, with huge windows overlooking a lovely garden. Two-bedroom Apartment Priscilla feels more like a house. Spread over 3 floors, it has a private entrance and a garden area with seating.
For B&B guests (and those staying in Le Studio Atelier), a typical French breakfast is served at a communal table in the dining room, or at your own table in the salon if you prefer (please request the night before). Much of the produce is locally sourced, including local jams, butter, hardboiled eggs, cheeses, apple juice, croissants, cakes and pastries. You will also always find fresh fruit, yogurt, muesli, cereal, a selection of teas, filter and espresso coffee. They like to mix it up and a different extra is available each day. Our favourite was the creamy fromage frais with a fruit coulis and fresh fruit, all from the market. Note, unless you ask for it, this is not the place for your full English breakfast, “When in Rome...”
The apartments have their own kitchens, with espresso maker, teapot, toaster, small fridge hot plates and microwave - enough for a sumptuous DIY breakfast, or light lunches/dinners if you want - though it's not really intended for long-term self-catering. Guests staying here can request to have breakfast delivered for a charge. It’s worth seeking out the local markets to pick up gorgeous meats, cheese, salad and fresh breads.
Otherwise, you're right in the heart of Honfleur and there are some excellent restaurants within walking distance. The Michelin-starred Sa Qua Na is world class, and lots of international chefs come to Honfleur simply to eat here. The gastronomic specialties of the region include Calvados, cider and other apple-based drinks; world-famous cheeses such as Camembert, Pont L'Eveque, and Livarot; and sea food - mussels, oysters and scallops in particular.
This hotel is not suitable for children. For security reasons and the comfort of other guests (primarily couples), children are not accepted in the B&B section of La Petite Folie, nor the majority of the apartments.
Teens (over 12)
Well-behaved kids over 10 are welcome in the self-catering Apartment Priscilla (max 4 guests including children).