La Pommetier is owned and run by Australians Mike and Danielle Kabos. The house is over 300 years old in parts and is located in a pretty corner of Arromanches-les-Bains – the hub of the Normandy D-Day beaches.
We first saw the ‘for sale’ sign on the house that was to become La Pommetier while we were visiting Arromanches as part of a drive along the “Overlord Route” in 2013 and it was love at first sight. The next year we gave up our corporate careers in Melbourne to move here permanently.
A year of renovations followed in 2014 with the help of a team of local artisans and under the watchful eyes of Trevor and Darren our cavalier king charles spaniels, and we opened for business as La Pommetier in 2015.
La Pommetier provides all the things needed for a relaxing stay – comfortable beds, quality linens, fluffy towels, toiletries you’ll want to take with you (we use Durance Mandarin and Ginger products) and a traditional French breakfast of local produce. You’ll find a range of the latest international magazines in the lounge room to take out to a deck chair in the garden on a sunny afternoon or curl up with in front of the fire with a cup of tea in winter.
The entire house is centrally heated in winter with open fires in the living and dining rooms to sit by. In summer there is nothing nicer than to throw open the windows to the sounds of the birds and the Arro river tumbling into the historic lavoir across the lane way. The village church bells ring from 7am to 10pm every day usually accompanied by the village donkey in the field on the hill.
We like to think of La Pommetier as the French country home you would love to have, but are happy someone else fluffs the cushions and collects the croissants from the bakery in the morning.
Danielle and Mike