Updated on 16 October 2020
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One of the greatest pleasures of travelling to the Mont-Saint-Michel is taking in the gorgeous views of its UNESCO-listed bay and of the mount floating like a mirage on the horizon. The icing on the cake is staying at a hotel near the Mont-Saint-Michel that lets you savour these views for even longer.
stay right on the salt marshes
This is a dream we’ve always had; to enjoy the Mont-Saint-Michel at sunset and wander the quiet medieval streets when no one else is around. Of course, this is only possible when you have booked accommodation close-by and you’re happy to walk the 2.5km footpath leading back to the car park. However, the walk is enjoyable and the Mont-Saint-Michel by night is an experience of a lifetime.
For our overnight stay, we head back to the Manoir de la Roche Torin, in the nearby village of Courtils. Situated in the middle of the bay’s salt marshes in an area of outstanding natural beauty, this characterful manor house is as close as you can get to the Mont-Saint-Michel without sleeping on the beach and a real hidden gem with stunning views of the mount. Looking out over acres of sweeping lawns and ancient woodland, the charming Manoir de la Roche Torin with its ivy-covered stone walls is a home away from home, with a focus on comfort and attentive, friendly service.
A peaceful haven of greenery
marvel at magical views of the mount
With unrivaled panoramic views over the bay of the Mont-Saint-Michel, our cosy room truly allows us to fully immerse ourselves in the beauty of the surrounding fairy tale landscapes. The next morning, we pop down for a stroll before breakfast and watch the sunrise from our window. It’s like a dream!
Our stylish room features traditional furnishings, creating an authentic French country house feel. Combined with the relaxed, homely atmosphere, it is the perfect place to relax after a day spent exploring the Mont-Saint-Michel.
treat your taste buds
Set under a pretty glass veranda facing the Mont-Saint-Michel and the sweeping salt marshes, the hotel restaurant offers an idyllic dining experience, complete with warm atmosphere and open fire.
We’re spoilt for choice with a variety of menus featuring Normandy specialties. Discovering local food is an important part of the trip and we decide to treat our taste buds to some Mont-Saint-Michel salt-marsh lamb. In France, the traditional time to eat cheese during a meal is after the main dish. We indulge in a platter of local cheeses including Camembert, Pavé d’Auge, Livarot, Pont-l’Evêque and Neufchâtel before dessert. We’re here to make the most of Normandy’s famous cuisine so let’s go for it!
Salt-marsh lamb, a Norman delicacy