Le Manoir Sainte Victoire of Bayeux, France
If your travels are taking you to the Normandy coast of France, and you plan to spend a few days in the area, then I have a wonderful place for you to consider staying at. Le Manoir Sainte Victoire is a 15th to 17th-century manor that offers three of the most comfortable and tastefully decorated rooms that you will find in the region. The three rooms, all of which are located in the “tower,” are accessed by a beautiful stone spiral staircase. You get the feeling that you are staying in a medieval castle. As you climb the winding stairs, you are greeted by the most amazing view of the nearby cathedral.
Le Manoir Sainte Victoire is perfectly located in the heart of historical Bayeux. You are literally just a few minutes from the towering Notre-Dame Cathedral of Bayeux, and just 4-miles from the Normandy coast and the English Channel.
Given its proximity to the beaches of Normandy, Bayeux is often thought of as a base and launching point for tours of the D-Day sites that litter this region of France. Most visitors to Normandy come via the early train from Paris, take their tour, and then head back to Paris on the late train. If you are not on a tight schedule, then consider planning a stay in charming Bayuex.
This ancient community traces its origins back to the 1st century BC. In addition to the Notre-Dame Cathedral, Bayuex is also the home of the world-famous Bayeux Tapestry, the Bayeux Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy, and the largest British WWII Military Cemetery in France. The tapestry, which is one of the largest in the world, is nearly 230 feet long and depicts the historical events leading up to the Norman conquest of England and the Battle of Hastings.
Are you familiar with the Bayeux Tapestry?
Bayeux is a quaint and very walkable town with Manoir Sainte Victoire located on a quiet street right in the heart of this historical community. Le Manoir is secluded from the street by a gate, offering visitors privacy when sitting in the beautiful courtyard. Le Manoir is a great place to unwind and relax with a glass of wine. The courtyard has an interesting arrangement of plants, flowers, and colorful ivy-covered walls, as well as a couple of sitting areas to enjoy. It's a very relaxing setting and we enjoyed our time in the courtyard planning our time in Bayeux.
In addition to the three bedrooms in the tower, there is also a common room where breakfast is served. The breakfast room is appointed with a number of interesting pieces of artwork, paintings, a large fireplace, and a couple of grandfather clocks.
Breakfast is served by owner Jean-Pierre Aitaoudia and includes homemade tarts, bread, biscuits, yogurt, jams, fruit, and a wide variety of beverages to satisfy every taste. Jean-Pierre is a delightful man who goes out of his way to make your stay comfortable and pleasant. He speaks excellent English, and he will be more than happy to help you plan your stay, recommend a restaurant, or organize a tour of the Normandy landing sites for you. Even though we organized our Normandy tour on our own, Jean-Pierre gladly called our tour guide to re-confirm our pickup time for the next morning. He is a very pleasant and helpful man.
Each of the three bedrooms is dedicated and named after a famous European painter: Miro, Toffoli, and Cocteua. The beds are all queen size and extremely comfortable, and the rooms are very large by French standards and feature a sitting area and a small kitchenette. The use of stone and other natural materials throughout the rooms just adds to the medieval ambiance.
The very clean bathrooms are ensuite with walk-in showers, separate toilets, and all rooms have a towel warming rack which is handy for drying clothes. All of the towels and linens are monogrammed with Le Manoir Sainte Victorie, which just adds to that special touch.
Each room has a view of the Cathedral towers. The best views correspond with the higher you go in the tower. Internet access is available in the bedrooms. The breakfast area and rooms also have a flat panel television.
Jean-Pierre and his wife Catherine really have thought of everything to help make your stay a pleasant one. Don’t worry about your stay breaking the vacation budget. Rooms are just 89 euro per night with a discounted rate of 80 euro for the third night or longer. There is also a 1 euro local tax per person per night. If you’ve done your homework, you know this is a great deal.
Famous European Painters:
- Jean Cocteua: French poet, playwright, painter and filmmaker: July 5, 1889 - October 11, 1963.
- Joan Miro: Catalan Spanish painter: April 20, 1893 - December 25, 1983.
- Louis Toffoli: Italian artist: October 16, 1907 - February 18, 1999.
If you are planning a trip to Normandy please do not overlook beautiful Bayeux, which is a destination in and of itself. Bayeux is just the right size with plenty of restaurants and shops within easy walking distance. This small medieval community has so much to offer. It makes the perfect base for touring not only the Normandy D-Day Beaches and Memorials but also stunning Mont St. Michel, which is just an hour and fifteen minutes away.
If you are like me and you do your research before making accommodations, you will find that Le Manoir Sainte Victoire is the number one rated bed & breakfast in Bayeux. It is also the TripAdvisor 2013 and 2014 Traveler’s Choice Winner. Believe everything you read because it’s all very true. Le Manoir Sainte Victoire is the real deal. Book it before it’s taken.
© 2014 Bill De Giulio