Normandy is one of the regions I love to travel to and recently I went there together with my dearest. A road trip from Paris, around 5 hours by car (depending on the traffic). The aim of the trip, a part from spending some quality time in the nature and enjoying the sea was to capture the lighthouse Goury. Before our trip we found the seaside hotel L’Erguillère, located 5 minutes from the village Auderville, and where we made a reservation for two nights.
L’Erguillère is a charming hotel in a peaceful setting facing the sea. Every morning a delightful breakfast is served based on carefully selected local products. In the afternoon you can endulge yourself in exquisite pastries on the terrace or in front of the fireplace for a cosy moment.
At our arrival we had a warm welcoming by the owner Nicolas, he showed us to our room and we took the opportunity to ask were we could dine in the nearby area? All restaurants were to close just before our sunset shooting he explained, around 8pm – life on the country side ;-) However, Nicolas kindly proposed to prepare us a picnic bag with sandwiches. He shortly went to the kitchen and came back with plenty of sandwiches in different sizes he had made for us, a fresh and homemade fruit salad, madeleines and bottles of mineral water. Pleased with this gentle approach we set off for our lighthouse to await the sun to set. It was not until we were in the car when we took the first bite of the sandwiches when we realized that it was not just regular sandwiches Nicolas had put together..but the MOST TASTY sandwiches we’ve ever had. With carefully selected ingredients and flavours. We looked on each other and said if these sandwiches were this amazing, how would not tomorrows breakfast be? Mindblowing?
In the morning we had a table with a view over the sea while enjoying a lovely breakfast prepared and served by Nicolas. Different jams from the local Les Confitures de Raphaël, run by the brothers Raphaël and Cédric in Saint Coulomb close to Cancale. Their jams are prepared in copper basins keeping the savour of the fruits. For us, two true jam connoisseurs, this was a pure and pleasant moment and we tried almost all flavours! The honey was from the award winning Le Haguais Honey, runned by Mr Boivin at Beaumont Hague, a local bee-keeper. The yoghurt was from the farm Petit Manoir. We were also served a bowl with fresh fruit salad made of fresh fruits. Fresh pressed orange and grapefruit juice. Surprisingly good coffee (from Maison Borghi in Saint-Pair-sur-Mer) and delightful tea. Bread, brioche, croissants and pain au chocolats from a local boulangerie, in Gréville. The butter was from the cooperative Isigny Sainte-Mère. As if this was not enough we were spoiled with fresh fried pain perdu’s. Could it get any better? I believe not! A breakfast based on quality and local products showed that the hotel cares for the small details and it was a perfect start of the day.
The day we spent outside, exploring the nearby area and when we returned to the hotel we took a table in the terrace overlooking the sea. It was time for an Afternoon Tea. We opted for two cups of hot chocolate, one cheesecake and one classic French pastry, the Paris-Brest. The hot chocolate was made like the ancient ones, thick and creamy texture, just the way we preferred to have it. Authentic cheesecake, perfect texture tasty and a delicious biscuit base. The Paris-Brest was one of the best I’ve ever had. And believe me, I have tried many in the different pastry shops in Paris. I was pretty curious to know the local pastry shop that supplied the hotel with these delicious pastries just to hear Nicolas reveal the secret. He, himself, was behind the magic! What did we expect? Especially after the delicious sandwiches, breakfast….
After our two night stay we had unfortunately go back to Paris but with one thing in our mind, we had to return. The hotel itself was very cosy, a stone house with 9 rooms, 8 of them with sea views. Service was top notch. A 3-star hotel but with a feeling of a 5 star. If you are visiting this region I can truly recommend this hotel, if you pay attention to the same details as I do, you will not be disappointed.
Hotel L’Erguillère – Port Racine, 50440 Saint-Germain-des-Vaux, France