“The best B&B in historic Bayeux, with just 2 bedrooms, an elegant salon and a warm French welcome”
The double-bedded ‘Elégance’, is the room to go for. It's on its own private floor, with lots of space and light. Colours are calming white and beiges, offset by dark antiques and a stunning oak parquet floor. As throughout the house, Carole has inserted little touches, like fish-shaped door handles or local toffees on crisp linen pillows. You wake up to soothing views over the garden. The bathroom, in blue and white, is compact but still manages to fit a bath. This is a B&B so don’t expect telephones, hair driers or other gadgetry.
The twin-bedded ‘Charme’, up a spiral staircase, has a cosier feel, with 2 single white iron beds nestling under exposed roof beams. The separate, spacious bathroom has a tub and an easy chair for relaxing in.
Carole’s breakfasts will be the highlight of your stay. She varies the menu according to what’s in season, but when we visited we feasted on a home-made tarte aux pommes, fresh strawberries and other fruit, a selection of local cheeses, orange juice, dried fruits, cereals, natural yoghurts, a great range of breads and pastries, all washed down with coffee or a choice of six types of tea.
After all that, you may not have space for much lunch. For something light, try the Moulin de la Galette which enjoys a lovely setting on the river, or the atmospheric Le Petit Bordelais, which does a yummy and affordable plat du jour .
For a seafood splurge at dinner time, head to the coast to the Michelin-starred L’Ecailler in Port en Bessin, 10 minutes’ drive north. If you don't want to drive, Le Petit Bistrot opposite Bayeux cathedral serves imaginative dishes at very reasonable prices, while La Rapière, just off the Rue St Jean (Bayeux’ main street), offers trad Norman cuisine in an atmospheric setting. Try the timbale du pecheur, a fish stew whose ingredients vary according to what fish has been caught that day.
Children are welcome, cots are free, an extra bed is available.
Having four of her own, Carole knows how to deal with young guests and makes them thoroughly welcome. For older children the twin room is perfect.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking