The forest that borders Lyons-la-Forêt is recognised as one of the most beautiful beech woods in Europe and has long been a favourite destination for royal hunting parties. The village, which has remained almost unchanged since the Middle Ages, features a number of listed buildings in the half-timbered style typical of Normandy. The Grand Cerf, now renovated as a boutique hotel, is charming in every way. Wood in all its forms – bleached, old, preserved and driftwood – creates an authentic and original decorative scheme that is both timeless and contemporary, and blends seamlessly with the natural environment. The hotel's talented young chef serves a clever new take on traditional cuisine.