We had hired cars for our six nights in France. We picked this hotel as it was the one we liked the most of what was available in Bayeux. We thought it was going to be far out but its actually only a short 15 minute walk to the centre of Bayeux. We ate in Bayeux every evening and then walked home. I think we are all used to walking around cities so its location might not suit if you like to be bang smack in the middle of a town.
We all agreed that we liked the rural feel of the hotel. Indeed we felt it was its main appeal as it was so peaceful and green.
The staff are friendly enough and the ladies on the desk speak okay English. A couple of us speak French so we were fine. There is a young man who seems to do all sorts around the hotel including being a porter, barman as well as waiter in the restaurant at night. We all found him to be very affable and helpful.
We had two rooms in the main chateau which were comfortable. My bathroom had no curtain on the bath so when I had a shower each morning, I saturated the room. This seemed stupid so I'm not sure why there isnt a curtain or barrier. The water pressure and temperature were brilliant however and the bathroom was spotless. The towels are not amazing- a bit thin- but adequate.
My friends stayed in the apartments over across from the hotel. These are large but I think I preferred the hotel rooms myself. Wifi is not as good in these outer apartments either.
Breakfast is a bit of a DIY affair. You can make toast and boil your own egg. Theres also a hotplate to make pancakes. There was very little in the way of hot food.
There was always a lady on walking around asking whether we wanted coffee. There is also a Nespresso machine if you fancy a small strong coffee. I think the breakfast is adequate and you can fill up for the day. There is bread, cereal, juice, yoghurt, brioche and other bread items. We thought the breakfast was €10 but when we checked out, we were told it was €14 each day. I am not sure its worth this but it was the most convenient thing for us to do each morning before touring Normandy.
We did have gin and tonics when we came back one afternoon outside the hotel as it was so nice. The waiter suggested Bombay Sapphire which we took. We only found out when we paid that each G and T was €12!!
This makes the hotel sound expensive but we found Bayeux in general to be quite expensive. We ate in Honfleur and stayed afterwards in Mont St Michel and Amboise and they were all cheaper than Bayeux.
Overall I would stay here again as I liked the rural feel of the hotel. It was easy walking for us to the center. It wouldnt suit everyone especially those with no car, or those who like to be in the middle of everything
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- 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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