The Apartment - Gîte
Where hay was once stored, on the first floor of our barn conversion, today boasts two ensuite bedrooms- one double, one twin, a spacious living area with fully-equipped kitchen and a deck with views over the Norman countryside – perfect for families or groups of four.
The Garden Room
Situated on the ground floor with its own front door and patio area. Once a stable as well a sleeping area for staff, this double/twin room with ensuite bathroom has a living area with kitchenette.
Maid’s Quarters - La Chambre de Bonne
The romantic Maid’s Quarters - La Chambre de Bonne, located on the first floor of the barn conversion, has its own front door at the top of an outdoor granite stairs, typical of the area. It has a super king/twin bed(s) and ensuite bathroom with tub, as well as a mezzanine area with a single bed – ‘little house on the Prairie’ may well spring to mind!
…'(Sinéad) now runs the most charming bed and breakfast and cookery school from her home, located in the Cotentin Peninsula, only 20kms from the ferry port of Cherbourg. Guests can sign up for one to six-day courses, covering the basics of French home cooking while soaking in the French countryside and Sinéad’s infectious joie de vivre. It’s the best of Irish hospitality and French cuisine in one!’
– Easy Food Magazine, February 2016
During the Normandy landings of 1944, local archives were destroyed in the bombing of Valognes, so unfortunately information on the history of La Blonderie is fairly limited.
Over the years however, we’ve learnt that, prior to the French Revolution of 1789, the property was known as ‘Le Manoir de Benoistville’, Benoistville Manor House, the occupants having their own pew in the village church!
In an effort to distract attention form the house and from its aristocratic occupants in a time of huge political unrest, the manoir adopted the more socially acceptable title, La Blonderie, simply meaning ‘surrounded by wheat fields’.
The boulangerie, or bakery, was in fact built in that famous year – 1789, proudly engraved on the oak beam and still visible today.
Located in converted barns in what once were the domestic living areas and hay lofts, across the garden from La Blonderie, the main house, our guest rooms are comfortable and attractively decorated, each with its own style. All have tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryers, ample parking and free internet access. A perfect base for exploring the delights of Normandy, we encourage guests to stay for the six day course, alternating cookery days with days ‘off’ to visit the area or simply to enjoy the peace and quiet of La Blonderie.
Proud to be included in the Lonely Planet and chosen among the best 200 guesthouses in France in 2013 (Figaro Magazine) La Blonderie can accommodate up to eight people comfortably in our renovated guest rooms.