Clos de Bellefontaine

Bayeux, Normandy, France Book from Book from £114 per night

The best B&B in historic Bayeux, with just 2 bedrooms, an elegant salon and a warm French welcome

Calm and charm are the keynotes of this lovely 19th-century maison de maitre 10 minutes walk from Bayeux’ famous tapestry. The guest wing has just 2 antique-furnished rooms: a sumptuous double in stylish white, and a pretty twin that snuggles under the eaves on the floor above. Common rooms are even more generous, including a large chocolate and white sitting room with fine carved fireplaces, a grand entrance hall, and an elegant dining room where owner Carole Mallet serves her celebrated breakfasts.

In summer you can sit out on the south-facing terrace overlooking the vast and verdant garden. Having regaled yourself with home-made apple tart, fresh fruits, local cheeses and a host of other goodies, it’s an easy stroll into the centre of this historic stone town, made famous by William the Conqueror’s half brother Odo who commissioned the tapestry to decorate his newly built cathedral.
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  • Carole and Jerome will do anything to make you feel comfy, from offering you a cup of tea or lighting a fire in the evening to booking restaurants
  • The huge and tranquil enclosed garden, which includes some very ancient trees
  • Secure parking inside electronically controlled gates
  • The guests' part of the house is separate, and has its own entrance
  • Beautiful Bayeux is everyone’s favourite Norman town, and you are within easy reach of the D-Day landing beaches too


  • With only two rooms you need to book well in advance if you want to stay at this wonderful place
  • The top-floor twin, with its sloping ceilings and compact single beds, can feel cramped - but it’s perfect for children
  • If you really don’t like children you might think again as Carole and Jerome have four - but you won’t hear a thing as their part of the house is totally separate

Best time to go

Its at its best between March and November. Avoid August if you don’t want to be disturbed by children playing. Come in the winter for blazing fires and lovely walks; come in summer if you fancy some serious lazing in the sun.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
  • Boutique B&B
  • 2 rooms
  • Breakfast only
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Elegance


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.

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fireplace
  • WiFi


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.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurants nearby


  • The Bayeux Tapestry, the longest and most famous comic strip in the world, is a must-see. Look out for the kebabs served at William’s pre-invasion feast, and the dodgy goings-on in the tapestry’s borders
  • Don't overlook the town's cathedral, its tranquil stone streets and mercifully tat-free shops
  • If you’re a military history fan, Bayeux is the best departure point for tours of the D-Day beaches and museums. It also houses its own newly-revamped Musée-Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, and a British war cemetery
  • In the first week of June the town stages a D-Day commemoration week; during the first weekend of July, locals don medieval costume for the Medieval Festival
  • Stock up on local cheeses and ciders at the town’s huge market on a Saturday morning
  • Swim or hike along the many beaches near Bayeux: Colleville sur Mer, 15km, is the nicest one, and you can hire canoes and chars à voile here, or sailing boats at Courseulles-sur-Mer
  • Golf is available at Port-en-Bessin, 10 minutes’ drive north; tennis, cycle hire and swimming pools in Bayeux (ask Carole)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Traditional cultures
  • Windsurfing


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.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available


Babysitting available by arrangement

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly: Charme


Le Clos de Bellefontaine is in central Bayeux, in Normandy.

By Air:
Caen (30km) is the closest airport, or you can fly into Paris (250km). Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports, but do bear in mind that from southern England it is no quicker to fly, and much more carbon-intensive than the ferry.

By ferry from the UK/Ireland:
Bayeux is easy to reach from southern England, and Caen is just 40 minutes away by car (half of that on motorway). Portsmouth-Caen is a popular route. Otherwise Cherbourg is 1.5 hours’ drive away (30 minutes on motorway), with regular sailings from Portsmouth or Poole.

By Train:
If you'd prefer to travel overland from the UK, take the Eurostar from London to Paris, then the train from Paris St Lazare to Bayeux (approx 2 hours).

By Car:
If you want to hire a car, please see our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through

More on getting to France and getting around


  • Caen 30.0 km CFR
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle 250.0 km CDG


  • Beach 10.0 km
  • Shops 1.0 km
  • Restaurant 1.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests


The house is beautiful and Carole was very welcoming. My only problem was the wifi...I had to do some work one morning and it really didn't work well at all!


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