The place :
The Orne department in France is a little known region, whose restful and varied landscapes are well-worth considering when on a holiday break.
Its prime location is also one of its main assets, as it is situated very close to Paris, the Mont Saint Michel and the Normandy beaches.
The charming hills of the Perche region, the rivers and lakes of the Pays d’Ouche, its stud farms and apple orchards and its vast forests constitute a beautiful mozaic of surprising landscapes, and all add up to justify Orne’s reputation as a Norman Switzerland.
Bagnoles de l’Orne, in the heart of this picturesque countryside setting, is a romantic, nature-friendly, attractive, and dynamic water-cure establishment, offering a large range of activities in the midst of charming Norman dwellings. If you live or stay in Paris or in its vicinity, this is the ideal spot for you to recharge your batteries and get fresh air into your lungs. Hotels and residences :
Hotel "Le Manoir du Lys"
Our team litterally fell in love with this place when it came to visit it. The hotel is located next to the golf course and the surrounding forest, outside the city centre. The wellness centre is therefore a quiet haven fitted with state-of-the-art equipment. The setting is therefore absolutely spot on, as is the centre’s taste when it comes to linen, crockery, furniture and interiour decoration.
The Quinton family, who runs the hotel, shows a delightful sens of warm-heartedness, and strives to make you at ease upon arrival, in order to guarantee the success of your holiday. This choice welcome and accomodation of guests contributes to the wellness you feel at once in Bagnoles.
Very quiet (the hotel is part of the Relais du Silence hotel group) and beautifully designed, the hotel features romantic rooms of a sobre feng-shui style, be it inside the Manoir or in the family bungalows built on piles, located out in the prairie.
A closed garage is available upon request (with an admittance charge of 8€). Rooms are fitted with a telephone, a minibar, a television set and a hair-dryer.
Various activities are on offer at the Manoir du Lys hotel: indoor and outdoor swimming-pool, synthetic grass tennis court, pool table, table tennis, playground for the children.
Animals are accepted for a fee of 8€ a day.
Hotel "Le Bois Joli"
Set in a delightful Anglo-norman villa dating back to the end of the XIXth century, the Bois Joli hotel is full of charm, situated as it is in the middle of a small town with a strong countryside feel about it.
The rooms are of a regent or Norman style, decorated with taste, often with a floral theme to them. All are fitted with telephone, a television set, and a hair-dryer. The toilets are also built in a typically countrylike floral style, as are other decorative items such as the doorknobs or the furniture.
No ADSL Internet connexion is available.
The hotel is situated 500m away from the Thermal centre. Car-park is free of any charge.
Hotel "Le Clos Joli"
Set in a beautifully renovated Norman house, the Clos Joli hotel offers rooms built in different styles, but where comfort and quiet are the norm.
The hotel lies in the midst of a delightful and charming 2ha park, and is run by a manager, who previously worked for luxurious Parisian hotels of the likes of the Hotel Lutetia or the Hotel Crillon. Excellent value for money.
Private carpark. Rooms fitted with telephone, hair-dryer, TV.
The hotel is 900m away from the Thermal pa centre. Restaurants :
Restaurant "du Bois Joli"
Our team treasures the moments shared in this restaurant, where the food is prepared and served according to seasons.
Our advice: treat yourself to the roasted figs! A pinch of spices and seasonal flavours caracterise dishes that stand out for their creativity and proof of French culinary savoir-faire.
The service is of premium quality.
Restaurant "du Manoir du Lys"
Restaurant chef Franck Quinton is, without doubt, worthy of his Michelin distinction.
The bell, a rare but state-of-the-art sign of refinement, runs the service.
The menus are made out of French products that bring out subtle and intense flavours such as foie gras with vegetable soups, accompanied by season salads.
The restaurant’s cuisine therefore constitutes a trustworthy mirror-image of its region, influenced as it is by land and sea alike. Sports and Activities :
A large number of activities are on offer in Bagnoles de l’Orne and its vicinity:
- A golf with a 9-hole course in the heart of the forest, boasts 10 practice slots, a putting-green and a training bunker. Many other golfs are only kilometers away in the region, such as the Golf d'Alençon (9-hole Par 36 2950m-long), the Golf de Bellême Saint-Martin (18-hole +3 Par 72 5935m-long), the Golf rustique de la Bichonnière (6-hole 1500m-long), the Golf des Haras (9-hole Par 36 3120m-long) , the Golf du Houlume (9-hole Par 32 2025m-long) and the Golf de la Poupelière (18-hole Par 71 5696m-long)
- The horse and poney village is ideal for amateurs of horseriding, with traditional and barouche rides on offer.
- Walks and cycling rides organised along ‘health-tracks’ or orienteering tracks
- Maxime Merlin Tennis club with 6 indoor and 6 outdoor courts.
And also: archey, fishing, climbing, hot-air balloon trips.
- Ball-trap sessions in Alençon or in Argentan
- Mountain-climbing and rock-climbing in the Normandie-Maine Regional Park (Parc naturel régional Normandie-Maine)
The casino, located on the lake’s shores, will also be glad to entertain you with its slot-machines, roulette and black-jack sessions, cinema and other shows of all sorts.
Bagnoles de l’Orne and its region comprises many interesting cultural, historic and archeological sites : castles, manors or Roman churches, which all beautifully befit the town’s Belle Epoque architecture.
In the centre’s surroundings, many other sites are well worth a visit: the national stud-farm in Pin (30mn drive from Bagnoles), the breathtaking Mont Saint Michel (a world heritage site just an hour away), the Caen Memorial and its museum on the Battle of Normandy. Access :
2h40 outside Paris (N12 in direction of Dreux, Verneuil, Alençon)