Discover Upper Normandy
And relax at our hotel with a pool in Bernay
When you stay at the Acropole Hotel, you’ll also be able to discover some of the many other remarkable sites dotted in Bernay’s surrounding area. The abbey in Le Bec-Hellouin (one of France’s Most Beautiful Villages) is just one such place, where the intellectual and spiritual atmosphere has been unrivalled since its foundation in the 10th century by Herluin, a knight of the Count of Brionne. A community of Benedictine monks have lived there since 1948 in its 17th and 18th century monastery in the shadow of the tall Saint-Nicolas tower, a splendid remnant of the 10th century. You can discover all this along the winding, colourful streets lined with flowers and timber-framed houses.
Just 12 km from Bernay and nestled amid 50 hectares of parkland “à la française” lies the Château de Beaumesnil, a jewel of Baroque architecture in the Louis XVIII style built from 1633 to 1640. The brick and stone structure will delight all, but the biggest treats of all are the sessions concerning the production/tasting of caramel sweets (held from 2:30pm to 4:30pm each afternoon)!
Just 24 km away, discover the Domaine d’Harcourt, a formidable fortress dating back to the 12th century, with a part of the original ramparts and moat remaining. The rest of the fortress dates to around 1700 and neighbours an arboretum spread across 95 hectares. Established over 200 years ago, some of the 250 residents of the garden are the same age!
Also discover Lisieux and its basilica (built from 1929 onwards and consecrated in 1954), just 30 minutes from the Acropole Hotel. A unique shrine (featuring relics of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and her two parents, who are also saints), it is France’s second holy town and one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Europe, with the town and its basilica attracting more than a million visitors per year. As well as for experiencing its spiritual ambiance, the basilica is worth visiting for its architecture and its Byzantine-inspired interior murals.