Spring is a truly superb season in Normandy, the bleak starkness of the winter landscape comes alive with every shade of green imaginable, and gardens are full of daffodils and tulips. Nowhere is this better seen than in Monet’s garden in Giverny and along the Normandy coast. At Basse Copette I offer an all inclusive, truly unique three-night Spring break, in which time I share over 6 years of local research and experience of the Impressionists in Normandy.
Be Amongst the First to See Monet’s Garden and Normandy in Spring 2012
- Unwind for three nights, with all meals included, in my highly praised B&B
- On day one enjoy a chauffeured trip to Giverny, only just re-opened to the public – with a lunch at Monet’s cafe.
- On day two sit back and enjoy the Normandy scenery while being driven along the Normandy coast, frequently painted by Monet and other Impressionists.
- Relax in an intimate setting with no more than 6 adults (minimum of two)
Thank you Thomas for two magic days, for lifting pressure and lavishing us with fine food and wine! The sights, the sunshine and the laughter – magical!
Karen & co., UK, April 2010
Although my primary field of expertise is in prehistoric art, my other area of interest in the history of art is French impressionism. Before moving to France in 2005, I had carried out extensive research on the ancient rock art traditions of western Europe, Southern Africa and North America, and published numerous articles and books. For the last six years I have been looking at something a little more recent, and have literally been following in the footsteps of Monet, Pissarro and the other impressionist artists, going beyond the well trodden sites of Giverny and Rouen. I have been writing about these explorations on a website entitled Monet, Giverny & Normandy.
To coincide with spring, the return of glorious days in April, and the re-opening of Monet’s house and gardens at Giverny, I now combine my knowledge of Normandy as seen through the eyes of the impressionists with another passion, cooking, to offer an all inclusive three-night stay at Basse Copette – a holiday you will not find on offer anywhere else. Obviously places are limited, but so too are dates – sadly spring does not last forever. If it is the glorious Normandy spring you want to see, April or the first half of May is when I recommend you visit. You can follow this link to see some of my 2010 photographs of Monet’s garden in spring.
Just as we expected, a warm welcome and delicious meals – so delicious that sitting in a French restaurant on the third night we wished we’d booked our meal with Thomas instead!! Our three nights have been a real treat; delightful company in beautiful surroundings. How could you not want to come back.
Charles & Jo, December 2009
You do not have to be an academic, or an art historian – just enjoy a fine garden, fine food and in need of a relaxing break. I can tell you as much or as little as you want to know. It is an excuse to enjoy a few days away, being pampered and seeing something special.
Your Three-Night Monet Spring Break
Arrive at Basse Copette, only an hour and a half from Calais, two hours from Paris, in the afternoon or early evening. Get settled for a relaxing few days, with a selection of tea, fresh coffee and homemade scones and strawberry jam, with Normandy cream. Later that evening your stay off to a stylish start with one of my 5 course, gourmet meals, with wines specifically chosen for each course from the Loire Valley. Guests to Basse Copette repeatedly rave about my food, whether it is a bowl of spaghetti bolognaise or a gourmet meal.
After breakfast the following morning we will leave at about 10 am for Giverny. On the way we will stop off at the small village of Eragny-sur-Epte – where another famous artists Camille Pissarro lived and painted. Once at Giverny we will visit Monet’s now very famous house and gardens and the 11th century Romanesque style church where he is buried. After a lunch in the famous Baudy hotel we will head over to Vétheuil, where Monet lived and painted before moving to Giverny. And then it will be back to Basse Copette for a light meal or snack – as you wish – there will be much to choose from.
After breakfast on day two we will head for the city of Dieppe, and then travel down the Normandy coast, stopping of at a number of the spots that Monet painted during the 1880s. For one of my accounts of this journey, have a look at this article Following in Monet’s Footsteps on the Normandy Coast. After a picnic lunch, usually in Varengeville, we will head for the highlight of the day, and that is the wonderful seaside town of Etretat. From there we will head back to Basse Copette and in the evening a three course meal on offer, with typical Normandy dishes, such as my own signature dish of Normandy chicken, or pork with Neufchatel cheese and cream.
On your third morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departure. If your final day is a Sunday, you could visit the farmers market at the nearby Blangy-sur-Bresle for those foodie treats to take home.
The cost for the Monet-Spring Break at Basse Copette includes:
- Three nights luxury, ensuite accommodation at the highly praised Basse Copette
- A selection of tea, fresh coffee and homemade scones on arrival
- Three evening meals, including one 5 course gourmet meal
- Three sumptuous breakfasts
- A typical French picnic lunch, with fresh charcuteries, cheeses and sweet and savoury pastries.
- Lunch at the Baudy Hotel in Giverny
- A chauffeured trip to Giverny and along the Normandy coast
- All entry charges to Monet’s house and gardens
850 Euros per couple sharing in the new Basse Copette Suite
750 Euros per couple sharing in the Normandy Suite
1350 Euros for up to 4 adults sharing (950 Euros for one couple) the Cottage
1 – 3 April
5 – 7 April
8 – 10 April
12 – 14 April
At the present time, these are suggested dates only. If these suggestions do not suit you and your travel plans, do propose your preferred dates and I can let you know availability.
Click on the link below and send me a reservation request, letting me know the dates of your choice, and number of people. Include your email address and I will send you reservation details. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Limited places, reserve yours now, or ask a question click here
If two days in Normandy is not enough for you, or if you would like to visit more of the impressionists sites, have a look at the itinerary of my 5-day, all inclusive tour of Monet’s Normandy …