The guest house

A place full of history to recharge your batteries

The presbyterial manor of Genêts

On the shore of Normandy’s fabulous Mont Saint Michel Bay, at the foot of Avranches, the quaint medieval little harbour town of Genêts has been throughout the ages the traditional departure point of pilgrimages towards the stunning abbey and fortified insular town of the Mont Saint Michel.Today, at low tide only, the mystical Mount can still be reached from Genêts, afoot or on horseback, thus avoiding the touristy motorised humdrum of the main road.It is in this quiet, lovely village that Mr Verschoote decided to settle down and renovate his 18th century mansion.

The beautifully proportioned granite stone building is surrounded by a large walled-in garden, hidden from the village. On the lawns, under the high frondescence canopy, singing birds and rustling leaves invite our guests to lounge.

Time seems to go by differently here. Perhaps something of France’s 18th century “art de vivre” and spirit have been recaptured…

A three minute stroll out of the front gate and down the picturesque little street allows for breathtaking views of the Mount and its sister island “Tombelaine”, floating as it were on the luminous expanse of the Bay.

Genêts is surrounded by a mosaic of lush hedge-enclosed meadows. Dairy farms with apple orchards raise beautiful cattle and thoroughbred foals frolic in paddocks viewing Mont Saint Michel.

Genêts and its surroundings were a setting of the 2014 World Equestrian Games Endurance Competition and the area features very fine training facilities for obstacle racing.

 

 

The property offers private parking space, under tall shady trees, accessible by a small off road leading to the back entrance.

Organic gardening in the park favours the presence of hedgehogs, birds and other small wild life, besides offering a rather safe playing ground for children and our little she cat Julie (we love animals but cannot, partly for that reason, welcome your pets).

The current front door digital code will be given to you upon arrival as well as a detailed map of the surroundings. Two bicycles, a tennis table, a badminton set, garden seats, lounge chairs and two tables are at your disposal in the park.

 

The inside

 

Patiently renovated by its owner, this old presbytery was built right nearby the very beautiful and richly decorated historical church of Genêts.

The main idea has been to enhance the timeless and profoundly Christian atmosphere of the place.

The interior decoration has been lovingly and carefully elaborated to match the building’s classical, harmonious 18th century architectural design.

Ancient engravings and prints, porcelains, faiences, oil paintings, antique curiosities and period furniture blend with natural toile and linen bed chamber ornamentation to offer highly comfortable, elegant guest accommodations.

Your host smokes his occasional all natural tobacco cigarillo in his ground floor apartments, but the rooms and commons are non-smoking.

On the ground floor, breakfasts are served in an elegantly furnished, refined yet friendly lounge room.

Lots of light flow through two original 18th century tall «small-grid muntin» windows with a view on the front lawn of the park. Two more windows look out on the back yard and the park behind and another one to the side of the property.

The wood panelling, patiently re-built, has been painted in subdued, refined beige hues.

A crystal ceiling chandelier and blazing fire cheer up the room when the weather becomes chilly.

A collection of small antique curiosities are on display in an elegant, lighted glass cabinet.

Wool oriental carpets cover the original parquet floors. Comfortable arm chairs, sofa and seats invite our guests to lounge, also in the afternoon.

 

The comfort

 

Staying true to the original spirit of a period renovation the most demanding and contemporary options in terms of comfort have nonetheless been carefully selected.

All the rooms and truly the entire building enjoy optimal temperatures all year round thanks to a first rate ground-source geo thermal heath pump installation which allows individual regulation in each room.

Bath room tiling, fittings and sanitary ware are of high quality and recent design.

Pure natural latex mattresses (except for the conventional type of our Green Room) manufactured by a small French factory offer state of the art sleeping comfort which is further enhanced by sizeable percale cotton sheets, pure wool and linen blankets.

We are not keen on WIFI or other wireless technologies which can cause discomfort to sensitive people, if needed WIFI can be provided.

Curtains, custom bed spreads and cushioning are of cotton or linen toile. The curtains are double layered and conceived to shut out the day light quite efficiently.

Hand made, natural fibre bed furnishings have been thought to provide superior reading comfort.

Carpets are of wool or silk, flooring of sisal or oiled oak.

Families with children are more than welcome in our Guest House. Hopefully parents are willing to make their children understand and respect the rarity and fragility of some of the furniture, decoration, books and small objects…