Le Clos de Jouvenet16th June 2011 • Places to Visit • Stephanie Donaldson
Anyone considering spending a few days in Rouen couldn’t do better than to stay at Clos de Jouvenet. We found this lovely, tranquil B&B in Alastair Sawday’s guide to special places to stay in France and it really was special. Set up on the hill above the city, it was a 15-minute walk from the centre, but a world away in terms of its peaceful setting and large private garden. The rooms were beautiful and stylish and if you are more organised than we were, you could book a room with views over the cathedral (our view was over the garden). The owner, Catherine de Witte, is incredibly welcoming and helpful and provides a magnificent breakfast. Rouen is well worth a visit, but don’t bother with the Botanical Garden – I’ve photographed the two best bits and that’s about it!