La Ferme Saint-Siméon, a fully restored 17th-century Normandy farm, was used extensively by the Impressionist painters who were smitten by its shifting skies, rapidly changing light, and wild coastlines. Drawing on its unique heritage, the property invites guests to immerse themselves in their world.
More than a century after being frequented by impressionist painters seeking inspiration from the magic light of the Côte Fleurie, the Ferme Saint Siméon still seems to be nourished by tender nostalgia. Perched on the heights of Honfleur, this Normand-style building with 34 rooms and suite is infused with the soul of yesteryear and delicately embraces modern refinement, peacefully overlooking the sea.
La Ferme Saint-Siméon is celebrated for its bucolic surroundings and beautiful Seine estuary light. Monet and Courbet would come here and work on their colours, and Baudelaire would flee the melancholy of Paris in search of inspiration. The farm, close to the old harbour of Honfleur and the Eugène-Boudin Museum, has now been restored throughout and provides an outstanding spa with beauty and relaxing treatments based on organic ingredients such as milk and Normandy apples. “Oh, Saint-Siméon”, exclaimed the painter Eugène Boudin in one of his journals. Indeed it is hard not to love the place, and even harder to leave it behind.
Guests can stay in Monet’s bedroom or the room that once formed Corot’s workshop, pass time in the gardens watching the light on the Seine estuary, have lunch in the Boucane restaurant (housed in the historic thatched-roof building painted by Monet in his painting “La charette. Route sous la neige à Honfleur”) or step into the shoes of a painter by taking an art class. Nearby walks enable them to discover the area’s hidden corners. They can set off on foot from the hotel to explore the ancient port of Honfleur, discovering its artists and sailors. And a short car trip will allow them to gaze at Étretat’s cliffs, just as the Impressionists themselves once did.
20 Route Adolphe Marais,
14600 Honfleur, France
+ 33 (0)2 31 81 78 00