This secluded 18th-century farmhouse in the heart of Normandy embodies all the charm of the region and is ideal for relaxing in the shady garden dotted with apple trees and fish ponds, or sampling some of the region’s best dishes.
La Ferme Saint Siméon
With far-reaching views of the Normandy coast, La Ferme Saint Siméon provides a relaxing retreat in the vibrant seaside town of Honfleur. This Relais & Châteaux property once hosted artists such as Claude Monet and Eugène Boudin. On arrival, the low-beamed lobby with its stone fireplace and elegant armchairs instantly make you feel as if you're staying in a stately yet intimate country home.
Guest rooms are spread across three buildings and are classically decorated with antique furniture, wood-panel walls and paintings of medieval family life or impressionist scenes.
The Michelin-starred restaurant serves seasonal local dishes, while in the exclusive spa, guests can make use of a heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
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Rooms are spread across the main farmhouse, the Pressoir and the Pavilion and have the feel of understated elegance, featuring antique furniture, parquet flooring and a rich tonal palette. Each offers views of either the hotel’s enchanting gardens or the rooftops of Honfleur. The refined yet rustic feel of the rooms is in contrast to the modern, minimalist bathrooms, which are decorated with gray or white marble, stone tiles or sleek metals.
Tucked away up a cobbled side street, La Ferme Saint Siméon feels both peaceful and secluded while still being close to the heart of Honfleur. Saint-Catherine’s Church, the old port and an array of artisanal shops and restaurants are all just a ten-minute walk downhill from the hotel during the day or a very short taxi ride at night.
Food and drink
La Ferme Saint Siméon is known for its Michelin-starred restaurant and seasonal menu, featuring dishes typical of the region. An in-house sommelier is on hand to make individual recommendations from the extensive wine list, while the cocktail bar and terrace provide a relaxing space in which to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. Breakfast is served in the restaurant or in the comfort of your room.
Facilities and activities
The luxurious spa is a highlight for many guests, offering a large heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and small fitness room. Additionally, it's possible to book a massage therapy session or a number of spa services that use local organic products.
A historic property in a quiet location, La Ferme Saint Siméon is a family-run hotel which has long provided a refuge to not only budding impressionist artists (Claude Monet is their most famous long-term resident), but also to those looking to escape city life. Elegant, calm and refined, it offers classically designed rooms, a gourmet restaurant and luxury spa facilities.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Located in the heart of Honfleur, just steps from Saint-Catherine’s Church and the old port, the small, family-run Hotel le Dauphin les Loges is characterful, friendly and built in quintessential Normandy style with a 17th-century half-timbered façade.
Centrally located yet tucked away in a small 16th-century private square, La Maison de Lucie strikes an easy balance between chic and intimate, as if guests are staying in a private home.
Set on a secluded hill outside Honfleur, Le Manoir des Impressionnistes is an elegant country getaway set in a historic building typical of the region. Stately yet intimate, the family home retreat values both attentive and friendly service as well as gourmet cuisine.
Despite its central location in Honfleur, Les Maisons de Léa feels like a stylish country house with beamed ceilings, large stone fireplaces and chic decor. A charming hotel, it is known for its refined elegance, excellent service and fine dining.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore the historical heart of Honfleur on a guided walking tour that brings you through the winding, narrow streets of the old town to see half-timbered houses, old salt warehouses and a remarkable wooden church inspired by the Vikings.