FERRY & HOTEL
Château de Bellefontaine, Bayeux
France > Normandy > BAYEUX
Home of the famous tapestry and the first French town to be liberated at the end of WWII, medieval Bayeux is a beautiful town bursting with history.There's the huge, well preserved Notre Dame cathedral with its impressive mix of Romanesque and Gothic styles; the British War Cemetery, the largest British military cemetery in France; and the superb botanical gardens with the infamous Weeping Beech tree. Wander around the charming old town where narrow cobbled streets are lined with attractive half timbered houses and crossed by little canals with pretty watermills. There are fabulous art galleries and antique shops as well as quaint boutiques and little outlets all selling regional souvenirs and enticing local produce such as cheese and cider. There is so much to see and do here, not to mention the numerous other tourist sites within easy reach, that you won't want to leave in a hurry and no visit to Normandy is complete without spending at least a few hours here. And, in a perfect location less than a mile from Bayeux, this pretty 18thC château is in lovely extensive grounds complete with tennis court and a small river with ducks and swans. Traditionally furnished, bedrooms are all personalised, each with their own unique charm, and a good buffet breakfast is available each morning. An evening restaurant serves regional cuisine and is gaining a favourable reputation and, in cooler months, a welcoming log fire burns in the elegant lounge where guests can sit and relax, perhaps with a pre-dinner drink or nightcap - we've heard that the calvados here is excellent!