Honfleur, Calvados, Basse-Normandie
Le Manoir Des Impressionnistes certainly makes quite an impression upon first sight: the 18th-century manor house, surrounded by pretty gardens and ancient woods, could easily be the home of an undercover princess (like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty) or an evil witch. Its setting on a hill overlooking the Seine estuary is quite special, and some rooms enjoy lovely sea-view sunsets. The on-site spa in a converted farmhouse is well received, as is the restaurant that uses locally sourced ingredients. There's no pool, but rates are nevertheless reasonable for such a charming package.