I have to confess that it's been a few years since we stayed at the Manoir Au Pont Rouge with Colonel Chilcott and his lovely wife Rosemary. But this small B&B deserves a mention! Located near the historic town of Bayeux with it's beautiful tapestry, this Norman manor house is an easy walk to and from town if you don't want to have a car. The Chilcott's picked us up when we arrived by train from Paris, showed us around town and then welcomed us with tea in their parlor. Our room was upstairs, large and well furnished, ensuite (tho the bathrooms were tiny), overlooking the back garden. With the windows open, we could hear the bells of the churches.
We booked to stay with the Chilcotts because of Colonel Chilcott's experience as a private guide of the Norman beaches and military history sites of the area. He is beyond knowledgeable in this area! We spent a delightful two days being taken around the area to visit important museums, cemetaries, beaches and military sites. He explained the history and signifigant information about the area with respect for all the men and women involved. It was a very moving experience.
As for the B&B, breakfast was delightful each morning, with breads freshly purchased by Rosemary from the local bakery each morning, and tea and chocolate or coffee served as though we were a family at a long dining room table--one seating, all of us together with Col and Mrs Chilcott.
If you plan to stay and walk to and from town, bring a flash light for walking between the B&B and the church--it's a long path bordered by tall hedgerow and churchyard wall, and at night it's dark!!
As for Bayeux, allow plenty of time to see the tapestry, and for dinner, be sure to dine at a delightful little place called Le Petit Normand. Excellent food, small, family run restaurant.