"Hotel Chateau de Bellefontaine"
A classic old French chateau set in its own park with a nice lake. It is a quiet place but within walking distance of the village center. The staff was very hospitable, and we enjoyed our two nights there.
"The Stone Manor"
A French country farm with an attached guest apartment set on the outskirts of Bayeux where we spent seven days. It is a real farm with geese, chickens, three donkeys, and guinea pigs. There are several nice vegetable gardens. The main house and apartments are 400 years old with parts that are 200 years old.
Mrs. Chilcott, our hostess could not have been more welcoming. The apartment is self-catering and on two levels. It is a real antique but has all the comforts, including dishwasher, washer, and dryer.
Bayeux is dominated by its cathedral which served us a a good landmark for orienting ourselves in the narrow streets. It is a lovely old town whose two main attractions are the Bayeux tapestry chronicling the Norman conquest of the Saxons by William the Conqueror when he invaded England, and being the first town returned to French control after the D-day invasions in WW II.
There are many interesting shops, a good tourist office, and nice restaurants serving classic Normandy cuisine.