smart apartment in 16th century building being part of Bayeux Cathedral square - unique settin
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About Dawn Petts
We are a retired couple who have been living in/visiting Normandy for many years. Jean is a French native having been born in St Lo and we met in Derbyshire in 1988. Jean has a brother and sister in Normandy. Our permanent home is in Derbyshire but we spend probably half of our time near to Bayeux. I am a retired Secondary school Head of Department and Mother to 6 boys, a family which includes 2 sets of twins. Jean is a widower, a retired University Lecturer, and linguist. Jean has 3 children, all successful business people. We are keen caravanners. I love my gardening, DIY, sewing and when I have time knitting too. Jean is at present learning Spanish, as we enjoy winter holidays in Spain and the Canaries. We look forward to further future travel.
Dawn Petts purchased this Apartment in 2001
Why Dawn Petts chose Bayeux
We went into the local notaire, and saw a very dull picture of the apartment. It was the location, as next door neighbour to William the Conqueror's' vast and impressive cathedral, that really made us buy it. Certainly not the appalling state it was in when we purchased! We realised that to do the job properly we would have to employ someone locally who could envisage from conception to reality exactly what could be achieved with the internal space available. This meant massive alterations, and at one point no internal walls were left standing. Parking is no problem, as just up rue de jurisdiction opposite the apartment, is a large square called place de Charles de gaulle, where parking is free, safe and shaded. On arrival it is easy to offload luggage right outside the apartment.
What makes this Apartment unique
Right outside your door is the cathedral (no bells except on Sunday for services + for weddings/funerals). The area is quiet, and cobbled and picturesque. The bakers, boutiques and glorious selection of restaurants are all within a few minutes walk. Pop out first thing for your hot croissants. Stroll to view the tapestry, the various museums, the English war cemetery within easy walking distance. The supermarket E l'eclerc is 10 minutes walk away, so cooking in the lovely modern kitchen is not a problem. On days for travelling further afield try Arromanche, Deauville, Trouville, the beautiful and moving American cemetery at Omaha Beach, there is an abundance of things to do and see. The flat has lovely pink/white bedroom ideal for honeymooners,-space for 1 more in the living area.
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Great apartment and location
We had a fabulous time in Bayeux. The apartment is in a fantastic location and had all the necessities. We were able to enjoy the town and it is very accessible to all the D-Day sites. Dawn was extremely easy to work with and very prompt in her communication. We wished we had a few more days to stay. We will definitely be back.
Fantastic location. Easy for travelers without car. Near popular sites, shopping, market and dining. Owner VERY HELPFUL and responsive. Helped us resolve small issue before we left. EXCELLENT customer service from owner.
It was a pleasure to have you staying, and to be able to assist with your predicament. Thank you for your great communications and for your custom. Five star clients.
Really cozy and in the middle of town close to everything.
The best way to enjoy a visit to France. Location, location😊, location 😀. Picture perfect, made us feel like we were really experiencing France. It was s magical experience 😀❤️👍
Delighted Daryl that your stay was so very positive and memorable, despite the beginning. Hope that you will one day return, and explore a little further. So much to see and do here. Thank you for your great response.
Super apartment well equipped. All appliances in good order. Great location, enjoyed our visit to historic and art attractions.
Thank you for your review Bradley. Pleased to read that your stay was comfortable and interesting.
Thank you for being great clients
It’s a perfectly clean, bright, functional apartment. Fun to stay there while visiting Bayeux.
Le Guillaume is a sweet, comfortable apartment set in a perfect location in the center of Bayeux. The apartment is bright, cheery, clean and very functional. I hope to return someday. We stayed 3 nights...a few more would have been better!
Thank you so much for staying at Le Guillaume. It was great to communicate with you, and hopefully assist, in the build up to your stay, and I was very pleased to hear that your arrangements went smoothly. Safe onward journeys and very best wishes.
Normandy is one of France's most historical regions with a fascinating past which is intrinsically linked to that of English history, and therefore also to the history of many people globally.
Bayeux was the first city liberated by the Allies in 1944 and was pivotal to the their advances in Normandy. The UK War graves site is a moving reminder of this. Bayeux is close to the D-Day beaches and of interest to all visitors. The town is well equipped for English speaking visitors. The property is within 30 minutes' drive of Omaha Beach, the US Cemetery at St Laurent, the Mulbury Harbour and the Canadian Memorial. Under one hour is the German Memorial, St. Mere-Eglise, Utah, and Pegassus Bridge. Many well documented museums harbour relics of this recent past. Because Bayeux is the only town in Normandy not obliterated by air raids and artillery many early Middle-Ages features subsist. The Cathedral is nearly a mellenium, so is the Tapestry and they are next to you. Adam and Eve's timber house is just outside your window. Bayeux and its area is full of historical interests so many of them linked with the English speaking world.
The nearest beach is Arromanches, where the Mulberry Harbour is to be found. It is a pretty beach, with a very attractive town behind it. It has small shops and many cafes and restaurants as well as WW2 museums. Omaha Beach is very large, and even in summer relatively calm and quiet. This takes about 30 minutes's drive, and again there are several restaurants along the sea front.
The train station is about a 10 minute walk away from the apartment. Not so easy with suitcases, so take a taxi from just outside the rail station. Driving from the Port of Caen takes about 1.25 hours, and from Cherbourg about 1.5 hours, at comfortable speed. Driving from Le Havre takes about 1.75 hours. The cheapest ferries comes into Boulogne (ask owners for details) and Boulogne is 4 hours drive along good autoroutes (tolls applicable).
Parking for your vehicle is within 3 minutes walk.
Main street of Bayeux: Rue St Malo : 2 minutes walk.
Bayeux Tapestry : 5 minutes walk.
British cemetery: 10 minutes walk.
Bayeux war museum: 10 minutes walk.
Omaha beach and American cemetery: 30 minutes drive.
Caen: 20 minutes drive.
Cherbourg : one hour.
Le Havre 1.5 hours.
Boulogne/Calais : 4 - 4.5 hours drive.
The apartment is surrounded by excellent restaurants. However, inside, you have difficulty in believing that you are living in the centre of such an old city, because all guests report the living conditons are so very tranquil and quiet.