Manoir de Coutainville

Agon-Coutainville, France

The Manoir de Coutainville is a fortified manor house built during 15th and 17th centuries that was a fiefdom of Jean de Costentin. It is listed in the French Supplementary Inventory of Historic Monuments. Today it is a hotel.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Françoise Porcher (7 months ago)
Lieu privé, mais très belle vue tout autour sur la campagne et la mer.
Sylvie DOREY (12 months ago)
Je tombe par hasard sur un reportage sur le "Manoir de Coutainville", et je retrouve le doux parfum de notre week-end enchanteur dans la très belle propriété de Sophie. Non seulement nous avons gardé un souvenir douillet de la chambre "Seigneurie", avec sa petite salle de bains cosy-romantique et sa vue sur la mer, mais nous avons surtout gardé dans notre mémoire la gentillesse et l’extrême prévenance de Sophie, hôtesse charmante et attentionnée (jusqu'à l'armoire de bottes de toutes tailles et sa collection de maillots de bain de luxe ^^), en plus d'être ultra-professionnelle. Je garde en outre le souvenir ému d'un geste particulier : nous étions invités à un mariage (en juin 2010) et l'air était encore très frais, ce que je n'avais pas bien prévu, et Sophie m'a tout naturellement prêté un joli et chaud châle. Le lendemain, quand j'ai voulu lui rendre, elle m'en a fait cadeau ! Je l'ai toujours, et garde une tendre pensée pour elle chaque fois que je l'utilise :-* De plus, quand nous sommes rentrés le soir, tard, Sophie nous attendait avec un beau feu dans la cheminée, et nous avons conversé ensemble encore un long moment, en partageant un digestif local (nous avions aussi eu droit à un excellent thé dès notre arrivée). Au matin, une des plus belles tables nous attendait, avec profusion de fruits, gateaux, confitures et autres douceurs maison, nous sommes restés 1 heure à table ! Un seul regret : ne pas être venus 1 nuit plus tôt pour profiter de sa table d'hotes du soir (il parait que le repas était fabuleux). Pour mon mari et moi, c'est incontestablement notre meilleur souvenir de chambre d’hôtes (et nous en connaissons pourtant plein d'autres très bien !). Si je n'ai pas déposé d'avis avant, c'est déjà par pur égoïsme, pour que cette pépite ne soit pas trop connue :-D mais c'est aussi parce que j'ai un tellement bon souvenir de ce passage chez Sophie, qu'il est difficile de retranscrire l'émotion ressentie. Sophie, merci encore :-)
Eve-Marie Cassiaux (2 years ago)
Une soirée , une nuit et une matinee MAGIQUES... Un lieu d'exception animé par la gentillesse et le savoir faire de Sophie . Des magnifiques chambres très bien équipées aux talents culinaires de la maîtresse de maison , un plaisir autant pour les yeux que pour le palais .
Antonio Garcia (3 years ago)
Sitio genial. La dueña es inmejorable.
Chez Bertrand (3 years ago)
Nous séjournons souvent en chambre d'hôtes. C'est généralement très bien, et parfois c'est plus que très bien. Notre nuit au Manoir de Coutainville en fait partie. Le lieu est magique, calme absolu, vieilles pierres éclatantes et fières. Sophie s'occupe de ses hôtes comme elle le ferait avec sa propre famille. Toujours là quand il faut, elle a tout prévu : vélos à disposition, bottes, serviettes et même maillots de bain ! Les produits de toilette sont de grande qualité, et ne parlons pas du petit déjeuner... Bref, la perfection !
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In 1802 Napoleon Bonaparte dissolved the church in the Porta Nigra and the monastery beside it, along with the vast majority of Trier"s numerous churches and monasteries. On his visit to Trier in 1804, Napoleon ordered that the Porta Nigra be converted back to its Roman form. Only the apse was kept; but the eastern tower was not rebuilt to its original height. Local legend has it that Napoleon originally wanted to completely tear down the church, but locals convinced him that the church had actually been a Gaulish festival hall before being turned into a church. Another version of the story is that they told him about its Roman origins, persuading him to convert the gate back to its original form.

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