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Hotel Chateau De Bellefontaine
Ranked #7 of 21 Hotels in Bayeux
Dublin, Ireland
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40 reviews
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“Should have been so much better”
Reviewed 25 April 2014

Neither my wife nor I took any photographs here. That is hard to understand as it is a beautiful location ..............but it somehow lacks heart & soul.

As we parked the car, the cows in the field beside nodded their greeting and we hoped for a very pleasant and memorable overnight stay. We had a good night’s sleep in very comfortable room for a price of €135 – not too bad as it was a final night in France and we were treating ourselves. Breakfast was not included and a really bog-standard breakfast of a help-yourself boiled egg with add-ons was another €28. There was a lack of any real atmosphere and; despite the efforts of the cows and all the wild life, we never felt loved or wanted – unconsciously neither of us felt a need to return with some photographic memory and that is a shame.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Overton, England
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

We booked rooms 11, 12 and 14 on the top floor of the chateau for 3 nights over Easter. Nicely decorated, a very comfortable bed, and clean. Not large rooms but enough character and nice views of the grounds. The managers (owners?) and staff were friendly and helpful. The main public rooms are really lovely, the grounds well kept and the ducks, geese and swans a delight. Breakfast was a bit Fawltyesque at times and there never seemed to be a time when the buffet was fully stocked, but the 'interactive' menu - boil your own eggs, make your own pancakes, squeeze your own oranges, etc - was fun.

The hotel's location on the edge of town made it easy to drive to, parking in the grounds was easy with more than enough space (compare that with the town centre hotels and busy narrow main streets). The 10-minute walk into town was easy on empty narrow streets with a pavement, and all of the town's sites and restaurants walkable.

Satnav note. The street is Rue de Bellefontaine, don't forget the 'de'!

The only problem we had was with the original booking process, which had made me a little wary about our stay. I'm more than happy we persevered!

Room Tip: I don't think there are any bad rooms. Price determines size, and the duplex building is modern...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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New Forest
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2014

Initial impressions of this hotel are good. The approach shows the lovely building off at its best, complete with sweeping gravel drive and a pond full of various ducks and swans. We received a very warm welcome at reception and were allocated room 15 on the third floor of the main building with the benefit of a triple aspect. We were glad to be on the top floor as workmen were renovating parts of the ground floor and using a lot of power tools.

The room was huge compared with a UK hotel, with separate sitting area. The bed was on the firm side and we found the lack of proper reading lights a bit awkward. Our bathroom came with a large modern shower but really needed a good deep clean. Mold had taken hold in the silicon around the shower tray. A lot of money had obviously been spent on fixtures and fittings but we got the impression that it wasn't being maintained. Overall however, we were very pleased given the price we were paying as part of a Brittany Ferries package.

Breakast unfortunately did not live up to our hopes. We went down at about 8.30 am but on each occasion found they had run out of things and they were not replenished. One morning it was orange juice, the next bacon, the next bread. Fortunately we were served by a lovely young French girl whose pleasant demeanour compensated for the less than memorable food....it was adequate but no more.

The hotels location is excellent....just off the 'ring' road (which was quieter than many country lanes where we live) and an easy 15 minutes walk into the centre of Bayeux.

Overall it was a very nice hotel with a real sense of occasion but slightly marred by some little issues. We would go back but remember we were paying a very competitive price...I'm not sure I would be so forgiving had I paid the standard room rate.

Room Tip: The main buildings rooms are very varied and have more character than the annex. Room 15 seemed a n...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

We stayed 2 nights at Hotel Chateau de Bellefontaine in March 2014 and it was wonderful. Our rooms were located in the lovely guest building made up of the "Duplex Suites", and featured beautiful views from the enormous glass doors and windows that opened to the gorgeous spring time weather and views of the lively pond, full of pairs of a variety of waterfowl sedately cruising the waterway, and perennial blooms. Quality shower and bathroom with robes, quality mattresses,bedding, stocked mini-bar and small refrigerator, iPod dock, large flat screen TV. Wifi is offered in the beautiful salon of the main house, as well as use of the hotel's Mac. We did not dine at the hotel, but did enjoy a bottle of the delicious locally produced Calvados in the elegant salon the first night before walking into the village of Bayeux for dinner. Set just outside the center of town on acreage of green meadows and it's own vegetable gardens, the hotel is approx 15 minutes walk to center of village, along quiet streets; there's one intersection to cross where the hotel road crosses the grass lined divided avenue, but it has a pedestrian crossing area to make it easy, and the small amount of traffic we encountered(in March) is used to stopping for pedestrians crossing this. The "country" feeling of the setting was a welcome change from the bustle of Paris and other urban places.The hotel staff also calls the local taxi company if needed-they arranged for a taxi to pick us up and return us to the train station, a short drive (and around 5-6 euros) from the hotel. The staff of Hotel Chateau de Bellefontaine is professional, efficient, courteous and accommodating. We highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the Normandy region.

Room Tip: Ask for the "duplex suites" to accommodate more than 2 people (we had 3 people).
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

Arriving at the hotel I was amazed it truly is beautiful! Unfortunately, arriving at the front desk no one was there to great us had to wait and ring the bell several times. Finally, when a member of staff came they had just come back from walking there dog :/ weren't welcoming at all which had saddened me after the long journey to Bayeux. It would have been nice to have someone to show us to our room, speak about the restaurant services and offer us a tour of this chateau. Additionally, whenever we came and left the hotel staff weren't friendly I may as well have stayed in an apartment and not a hotel as we never got offered any information on the local area and asked about our stay. On departure we had to catch a ferry no staff were on the front desk and I rang the bell and waited a long time. However, the rooms were lovely and well decorated and the area of Bayeux and history of WW2 which surrounds you is brilliant!! 4/ 5

  • Stayed February 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

A beautifully restored chateau amidst gorgeous grounds complete with stream, swans and chestnut trees! The rooms are tastefully decorated although I am not too keen on hand held showers. I had a room in the chateau itself overlooking the river and the swans. There was a separate building with more rooms but I can't comment on this. We ate here one night and the food was excellent. We had pre-dinner drinks sitting at the little tables in front of the chateau and post dinner coffee sitting in front of the lovely fire in the drawing room. It is a little distance from Bayeux - I suggest driving would be easier but it is quite near the station

Room Tip: ask for a room overlooking the river
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2014

I booked a room here for my OH's birthday (also did a D-Day tour - also recommended!). I went for a superior double room and requested a room with a shower. We had a room on the fourth floor in the eaves and it was lovely. At night, the temperature was about right in the room, but the windows opened if it had been too hot.

The bathroom was very nice; modern and clean. The shower was wonderful. Observation: the towels could be thicker, and there was no full-length mirror in the room. The hairdryer was painfully powerless, so definitely bring your own if you have long or thick hair.

The double bed was two singles pushed together, but this wasn't a problem for us. The sheets were lovely and fresh and the beds were comfortable.

We had dinner in the hotel the first night and the food and service were both very good indeed. I can certainly recommend the foie gras and the beef! It's not a cheap meal by any means, but the food was delicious (and we do keep a pretty high bar).

The wine list was all French, as you would expect, but as the waitress didn't speak much English, we were on our own choosing a wine. Obviously not a problem if you know your French vineyards, but for us it was more of a semi-educated guess which resulted in a wine which was okay but nothing special.

Breakfasts were very good. Fruit, fruit juice and pastries were fresh, quality was good and there was a broad selection of everything you would expect.

We didn't have much time to explore Bayeux itself, and we would've liked to have seen the tapestry and mooch around the town, so we may go back again one day. If we do, I'd have no hesitation staying at Chateau de Bellefontaine again.

Room Tip: Room number 15 (a double with a separate twin bed) on the fourth floor is very nice and was very sou...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Chateau De Bellefontaine
Address: 49 rue de Bellefontaine, 14400, Bayeux, France
Region: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Bayeux
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Bayeux
#5 Romantic Hotel in Bayeux
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Chateau De Bellefontaine 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Here the life of the château can be experienced every day: wood panelling, fireplaces, mouldings. We have preserved the 18th century spirit which is carried through into our park with its 200-year-old trees. ... more   less 
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