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Fantastic stay at Hotel Tardif
My wife and I and our two children ages 10 and 14 stayed for two nights recently. Upon our arrival the owner Anthony greeted us in the courtyard and brought us to our rooms. We had adjoining rooms and shared a bathroom. Most of the reviews we read about Hotel Tardif and the pictures online looked wonderful and prompted us to make our reservations here. It exceeded our expectations. The breakfasts were served continental style in a beautiful dining room. The hotel was very easy to find. We just followed the routes into Bayeux and it was right there as we arrived into town. It was very convenient to all of the Normandy area sights. We arrived in the evening, had a nice dinner, up early and off to Arromanches, Omaha Beach, American Cemetery, St. Mere Eglise, etc. We also made it down to Mont St Michel which was incredible. The morning after our second night we went into town to see the beautiful cathedral. Overall a wonderful time.
Beautiful chateau - loved it!
We reserved 4 nights at the Hotel Tardif and it was perfect. The website pictures cannot do the rooms and gardens justice. It is absolutely beautiful - from the amazing antiques throughout the chateau, to the beautiful gardens and great location within the town of Bayeux. Anthony was extremely helpful regarding tips for touring, restaurants and driving instructions. He is a wonderful host. We would recommend this to anyone staying in Bayeux.
Romantic and Elegant
What a lovely b&b this is! Beautifully restored rooms with high ceilings, fresh flowers, wooden floors and exquisitely chosen antique furniture. Our large and spacious room overlooked the chateau's grounds and it was heavenly to wake up each morning to bird song and a view of lush gardens. I have rarely felt so relaxed as I did during our stay at the Hotel Tardif.
Much of the credit goes to Anthony Voidie, the owner. Anthony is a remarkable young man, in addition to being a gracious and helpful host. He suggested excellent restaurants, markets and small towns to visit -- while also regaling us with stories about Bayeux, French politics and shopping in Paris. We felt we had made a friend.
Here are a few other observations:
Location: The Hotel Tardif is located directly across from Notre Dame Cathedral (which is spectacularly lit up at night) and a stone's throw away from the Bayeux Tapestries. Please note that Bayeux, while a charming and pedestrian-friendly town, can be a little confusing for motorists visiting for the first time. It helps to pay attention to Anthony's directions if you are driving in, otherwise you might end up driving around the little town in great frustration.
Comfort: In addition to being large and immaculately clean, our accomodations were extremely comfortable. The bed was firm and perfect for an excellent night's sleep. The bathroom was almost as large as the bedroom and featured wooden floors as well as lots of boiling hot water.
Food: We ate breakfast at the Hotel Tardif for 6 euros per person. I assume that it would be possible to have breakfast for a cheaper price at a cafe or bakery, but we felt that we got good value for money (croissants, yogurt, pastries, apples, tea/coffee, orange juice). Besides, the dining room was so beautifully decorated that it was a joy to start the morning there. One other note: there is a little restaurant called Le Petit Normand which is just down the street. It serves excellent Norman cuisine for very reasonable rates (15 euro for appetizer, main course and dessert) in addition to having friendly and cheery staff.
This was our first time to Normandy but I do hope that it will not be the our last visit. I fully intend to stay at the Hotel Tardif if ever I am lucky enough to go back. Thank you, Anthony, for a wonderful vacation.
Want to go back!!
We felt fortunate to find such wonderful accommations. First of all, this is the most charming town and a sight all its own. A great place to stay while exploring the beaches of Normandy. Leave enough time to see Bayeux. Many interesting shops and restaurants. Very picturesque village. The people are friendly and helpful. Even the laundromat is nice!! Hotel Tardif is a chateau. Anthony Voidie the proprieter has tastefully filled his hotel with french antiques. It is gorgeous. The location is perfect next to the Abbey, Bayeux Tapestry and the center of town, yet the hotel is a quiet, peaceful oasis. Wonderful hopitality! We will definitely return.
We stayed at Hotel Tardif for four nights in early May. We had scouted out hotels in both Bayeux and Caen via the Internet -- and decided to book at Hotel Tardif primarily because of the positive TripAdvisor reviews we had read. ( We'd also visited the Hotel's website to see photos of the property and liked what we saw.) Our experience there really exceeded our expectations.
The location is ideal -- it was an easy walk from the train station
(we arrived by train from Paris) and a short walk to wonderful restaurants in the center of town (La Rapiere was our favorite) . We even walked back to the Hotel from the Total Station after we turned in our rental car. The Hotel has a beautiful garden and car park -- one left-turn out of the car park and you can get to the ring road that encircles Bayeux -- so driving and navigating were a breeze. We received a warm welcome from Anthony and his mother -- and felt more like guests in their home than paying customers. Anthony was a most gracious host -- he's fluent in English and was eager to help us with our plans -- whether it was restaurant recommendations or sightseeing. We stayed in the Moisson de Vaux room -- which was spacious, elegant and comfortable. All in all -- we were pleased with our choice and and would gladly book Hotel Tardif again in the future.
The Perfect Place
We have to agree with the others who've enjoyed their stays at Hotel Tardif. Get it out of your mind that it's a hotel - if you want that, stay at a Best Western. This is beautiful, clean and friendly Bed & Breakfast in the heart of the town, and you wouldn't know it if you didn't venture outside.
Mssr. Anthony is an outgoing, curious and informed owner, host, server and man-about-town. He offered us suggestions, made reservations and was always available to talk about anything, or assist during regular hours. He wasn't around at 10:00 PM because like us, he was out eating dinner. In the land of the $3.00 (2.50 Euros) can of Coke, Tardif was worth every Euro we spent.
Our Room was clean, the bed was big and comfortable (ours was the King) and breakfast was delicious and ample. Anthony also provides free, off-street parking on the premises if you have a vehicle. Highly Recommended.
great guest house
The Chateau is located only one block from the Cathedral.
Our room was huge and the bathroom was newly renovated.
The owner, Anthony, was everpresent and we enjoyed our conversations with him. My wife and sister also enjoyed his breakfast.
Nice B&B in great location
Stayed at the Tardis for 2 nites. It is very centrally located, almost next door to the tapestry museum and the cathedral. Many restaurants in the immediate vicinity. The grounds and gardens are very impressive - there is secure free parking. The house is very tastefully furnished and the owners welcoming and friendly. The rooms are of varying shapes and sizes with modern bathroom. My room was a little cold as the walls are stone and the heating was off - (summertime but cold days).
Breakfast is good - bread, pastries, a pot of yoghurt and tea/coffee.
Brilliant place to stay!
We stayed at the hotel Tardiff in August 2007 for four nights on route to Brittany. It was really easy to find and when we arrived we were welcomed by Anthony who showed to our room and told us some useful local information. We parked our car at the hotel for free, and Anthony advised us that the gates were locked at night so we knew our car was safe.
We stayed in Vueve Langlois room and it is exactly as shown on the website pictures. The furniture was beautiful and kept very clean. Our room was cleaned and new towels everyday with great attention to detail with flowery patterned towels for the ladies and white or stripy for the men. All with matching flannels and mits in a quaint chic fashion.
Breakfast was served in either the grand dining room or when the weather was nice Anthony thoughtfully prepared us a table outside in the wonderful garden. It was a treat to wake up to be served with antique table cloths, plates, cups and saucers and coffee pots. Anthony made sure that breakfast was an enjoyable experience.
Anthony was on hand for advice about visiting the local sites but was over intrusive about what you did. He was just there to help if you needed him. We visited the tapestry, the cathedral and many of the D Day landing sites and cemeteries. We got a map from the Tourist Information office and Anthony advised us which sites to go to and we drove to them ourselves as opposed to going on a planned trip. Many of them are free and this worked out much better for us as we had the flexibility to spread it over a couple of days and stop on the beach etc if the weather was nice. All the sites we visited were within a 20 minute drive through the wonderful Normandy countryside.
We ate out at different restaurants each night and found them all to be very nice. There are many restaurants to choose from. We had a more expensive meal one night at the Lion Hotel (listed in the Tourist info booklet). The meal was a real treat with excellent service and wonderful food. The kind of place where you get additional delicacies bought out in between your starter and main and main and pudding. We also went to a restaurant which was just steps away from the Hotel Tardiff (come out of the pedestrian access and turn right - alley just before Tapestry Garden) which does not look like much from the front - but go down an alley way and you can sit behind the restaurant by the river which was really nice.
We were only at the B&B for 4 nights, but found the relaxing atmosphere wonderful and we will definitely go to Hotel Tardiff again. Many thanks to all the staff including Anthony who made our stay enjoyable.
Great Chateau Delightful Host
We found Hotel Tardiff purely by accident. And im so glad we did.
The Chateau was so magnificent, on arrival it was like walking up to a postcard, it is exactly what you see on the website. all hubbie and i could do was gasp and once we were able to close our mouths the only thing that came out was " OMG " it really is a fine place to stay. Our room was large with a newly renovated bathroom. Of all the places we stayed in europe, their bed was the best .
Cant say enough about it.
We loved it and would recommend it in a flash.
Anthony and his Mother are wonderful hosts.
STAY THERE !!!
Thankyou so very much Anthony
Debbie and Michael Perth Australia
Bayeux Saturday morning market
If you can only pick two war museums to see which two would you pick?
We are also going to Vimy Ridge and Ypres to see the WW1 Museums also.
Thanks for your response
Re: Which Museums
The Bayeux Military Museum ( Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie 1944)
is excellent as is The D-Day Landing Museum in Arromanches
Re: Which Museums
Another one to look at is the Caen Memorial.
Re: Which Museums
Notice that the WWI museum "In Flanders Flields" in Ypres will be closed for renovation in December and January. And also some other periods in 2011.
In France, I'd certainly visit the Memorial in Caen and the WWII Landing Beaches.
Re: Which Museums
I would definitely visit the Caen Peace Memorial. My other choice would not be a museum; I'd go to the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach. There is a lot of history there, very nice memorials and a chapel.
Type Colleville-sur-Mer into your VT Search Window to see what VT members have written about it. Caen would be the name to type in for Peace Memorial info.
For WWI have you thought of Verdun?
Re: Which Museums
Thanks everyone for your quick replies.
We will be spending approx 10 days Touring the WW1 & WW2 sites.
Will be driving the whole coast from Dunkirk, Dieppe and all five landing beaches, plus a few major cemeteries.
Again Thanks to everyone.
Re: Which Museums
Jack, I notice you are Canadian. There is a small but lovely Canadian War Cemetery near Cintheaux just south of Caen off the N158. You might enjoy a visit there. We love it in autumn when the Canadian maple trees are in full color.
Enjoy your trip.