I stayed at the Chateau de Bellefontaine in September 2009 while visiting France for work.
The Chateau is lovely. It is run by a family and has a nice friendly atmosphere. There is a spacious and rather grand lounge, a breakfast room (which I think doubles as the function suite), a tennis court and lovely gardens.
On arrival (late on a Sunday evening), I was dismayed to notice a small dog running around the reception, and a definite "doggy" smell in the air. However, I think I must have been over-tired and over-sensitive as I didn't notice this for the rest of my stay and there is definitely no sign or smell of animals in the bedrooms. If you notice the same thing, please don't let it put you off as this is a really lovely place.
My room (7) was very spacious, with a double bed, desk, television and wardrobe, minibar, and a very spacious bathroom with bath with hand-held shower over it. The room was nicely decorated in a homely style and was in great condition - the carpet, bathroom and furniture all looked brand new. More importantly, it was spotless.
My colleague was in room 8 and I think her room was nice although not as spacious and airy as mine. From what I can gather, all the rooms are individually decorated and as this is a converted chateau, the rooms all vary in size and shape. In addition to the rooms in the chteaux itself, the stables have been converted into modern duplex apartments. I didn;t see what these were like, but other guests spoke very highly of them.
The breakfast buffet was good - lots of choice of cereals, cheese, cold meets, jams, fruit juices and fruit salad. The staff bring you a basket of bread and pastries and your choice of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. They also offer hot or cold milk with your coffee which is lovely - most hotels in France serve espresso so the option of a white coffee was nice - this hotel obviously appreciates and caters to British and American guests.
The hotel does serve drinks but there is no restaurant in the evening.
As the hotel is on the outskirts of town, this means a walk (15-20 mins) or a drive (5 mins) into the centre of town to eat. There are lots of great places to go though and the staff are very helpful. We also ordered in take away pizza one evening and they didn't seem to mind.
Bayeux is a lovely place to visit (we did a bit of sightseeing while we were there) and I would totally recommend this hotel.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Bellefontaine Bayeux
- Chateau De Bellefontaine Hotel