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An aesthetic, poetic experience in the heart of Arras

As you approach the guest house, you’ll be captivated by the imposing façade of this building with its typical 18th-century architecture, nestled in the quiet, sought-after Place de Marseille district. As soon as you cross the threshold, you’re in for a truly aesthetic, sensory experience, starting with a warm welcome from Bertrand, the interior designer, who wanted to preserve the soul of the place while incorporating all the comforts expected of a luxury home.

Maison Manotte d'Artois takes its name from the homing pigeon that is emblematic of the Hauts-de-France region, but which is now virtually extinct. Roaming, travelling, stop-overs...these are the common threads running through the unique décor, which echoes the presence in the tree-lined garden of an old red-brick town dovecote, evidence of a noble practice, a lost symbol of prestige and social success. Marble fireplaces, plaster mouldings and cornices on the ceilings, cement tiles in geometric patterns, carpets by Christian Lacroix - this is the décor you’ll take in during your stay, which is all about discovery and sharing.

Just a 10-minute walk from the squares and the TGV station, Maison Manotte d'Artois is the ideal base from which to explore the city. On the sound advice of your host Bertrand, an Arras native with a strong attachment to this town steeped in history. Must-see places, interesting addresses, “hidden gems” to discover off the beaten track... We’ll also be inviting you to stroll around, taking up Régis Carlo’s philosophy “Dare to get lost and find yourself the next moment with treasure lying in your hands”. On your return, you can relax in the tranquillity of the garden, the orangery or the cosy lounge and prolong this moment of complicity by savouring a home-made snack, a delicate wine or a vintage champagne before heading off to one of the town’s recommended restaurants.

Three double bedrooms, six travellers at most... A deliberately compact design, conducive to paying attention to the quality of your stay, to exchanging ideas with your host as well as with other travellers also wanting to break away from the impersonal nature of hotel chains. It took three years to restore this private mansion, which is over a hundred years old. Refined décor, top-of-the-range bedding, and more. A journey of wonder that will leave you speechless, before transforming you into a storyteller.

The next morning, you’ll be nudged awake by the sound of birdsong... Your taste buds will then be tickled as you enjoy the brunch prepared by your host... Danish pastries and special breads, platters of freshly-cut organic fruit and squeezed orange juice, homemade jams, “Moliterno aux truffes” and “Dent du chant” cheeses... not to mention deli meat products from “La Prairie”.

“For me, the journey isn’t about arriving, it’s about leaving. It’s the unexpectedness of the next port of call, it’s the unfulfilled desire to know something new all the time, it’s the tomorrow, eternally tomorrow.” *

We look forward to welcoming you!

*Roland Dorgelès

Your host :

Maison Manotte d’Artois is the result of a 3-year investment. Bertrand, interior designer, purchased this mansion in 2020, 15 days before the first COVID lockdown. Due to the lack of companies capable of carrying out the work on a house of more than 400 m2, he embarked on this vast project, step by step, to offer you this unique place located a stone's throw from the bustle of the historic center of 'Arras. Everything has been thought of for your well-being, based on the experience of six years of operating a previous guest house, also designed from A to Z, Le Domaine des Loups in Souchez. This new place is therefore the culmination of a reflection around the notion of welcome, comfort, roaming and sharing in the historic setting of a large family home having regained its former glory.


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45 Rue Frédéric Degeorge | 62000 Arras

+33 (0)6 32 62 27 21

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