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The dining room: white table and chairs.
The dining room: white table and chairs.
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Caen

L’Hôtel Particulier

In the historic center of Caen, a late 18th-century private mansion

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Just a stone’s throw from Place Saint-Sauveur in Caen stands one of the few survivors of the bombings of the Second World War. A former private mansion spreading over three floors decorated by stylist Laurence du Tilly.

In the historic center of Caen, a late 18th-century private mansion

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"I was immediately captivated by the soul of this Private Mansion located in the heart of Caen. An interior spread over three floors, each revealing unique architectural features."

A true Normandy native at heart, designer Laurence du Tilly – founder of the eponymous decoration brand – left Paris a few years ago for the Impressionist-rich region with a distinct vision: to develop her concept of upscale accommodation in places imbued with character. Real playgrounds in which to express her own definition of the art of living, which blends well-being, comfort, and meticulous attention to harmonious decor. It was in Caen, within the walls of a late 18th-century private mansion, that her first project came to fruition. An old building spread over three floors – each thought of as an apartment with its own decorative identity – which also includes communal living spaces for gathering: a vaulted cellar and a library lounge. With its 200m², L’Hôtel Particulier chez Laurence du Tilly seems to be the ideal compromise for a family (or friends) rental home while still retaining the option to retreat to one’s own space. This intelligent and elegant design approach is mirrored in her second Caen-based project, L’Annexe, which transforms a former stable into a cozy country cottage.

A hotel organized into three independent spaces –
ideal for traveling with a group!

 

 

 

In the heart of downtown Caen, L’Hôtel Particulier chez Laurence du Tilly houses a vaulted cellar and, on the ground floor, a library lounge with a fireplace and an honesty bar. It also consists of three apartments—accommodating a total of ten people—each occupying a floor and claiming a different style. On the first floor, there is a rather classic 55m² suite. “Volumes with Haussmannian accents with its 18th-century woodwork and chevron parquet flooring,” Laurence describes it.

Moving to the second floor, there is a more contemporary space with raw parquet flooring and streamlined decor. Finally, on the 3rd floor, humorously dubbed “the atypical”, it has been designed as a loft under the eaves. A cozy space with white beams and a west-facing terrace, perfect for basking in the evening sun.. A total of three levels, each cultivating its own strengths but all sharing a common point: having a bathroom, a sleeping area, and a kitchen space that allows large groups of travelers to preserve some privacy after a day of exploration together. And they won’t be blamed for that!

The facade of this Norman private mansion in Caen stone, a survivor of the Second World War.

The facade of this Norman private mansion in Caen stone, a survivor of the Second World War.

Services that make everyday life sweeter

A lounge with wall paneling that embraces color, all with refinement!

A lounge with wall paneling that embraces color, all with refinement!

Having long been accustomed to hotels during her former career in fashion media, Laurence du Tilly wanted to bring “all the little attentions of upscale hospitality” to her Hôtel Particulier. Those touches that comfort us and enhance the experience of a stay. It all begins with creating a sensory and olfactory universe. Lounge music inspired by that of the Hôtel Costes – where Laurence used to frequent – and the scent “un air de Colette” – purchased before the eponymous Parisian store closed – welcome visitors here.

It’s a boutique-hotel-style environment where amenities abound. In the morning, fresh bread is delivered directly to a bread box by the baker. Guests start the day off on the right foot with a breakfast provided by the host. A sense of hospitality that the owner extends to suggesting other gourmet services – seafood platter and brunch option upon request – as well as wellness services – a Kobido massage or a meditation initiation – to enhance one’s experience in Norman lands.

The 3 things

we love the most

The library lounge with its colorful wood paneling
The vaulted cellar for a quirky group dinner
The location right in the heart of the historic city center

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Destination Caen

Transports

Caen train station

8 min

Caen Carpiquet airport

17 min

Restaurants

Gloriette (coffee shop)

3 min

La vraie vie (bistronomic)

4 min

Au père tranquille (Italian)

27 min

Shops and Craft workshops

Cave du château (wine shop)

3 min

Made in Calvados (fine grocery store)

5 min

Le Torréfacteur (fine grocery store, tea & coffee)

13 min

Nature, Culture and Heritage

L'Abbaye-aux-Hommes

3 min

Caen Museum of Fine Arts

6 min

D-Day Beaches

42 min

L’Hôtel Particulier

9b Rue Pemagnie, 14000, Caen, France

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Laurence du Tilly coffee table

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Berber carpet

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Jean Prouvé Swing Arm Sconce

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