Le Manoir Sainte Victoire Review: Bayeux, France
Le Manoir Sainte Victoire
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 and 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 and you are literally just a few minutes from the towering Notre-Dame Cathedral of Bayeux and just 4-miles or so from the Normandy Coast and the English Channel.
Bayeux Notre-Dame Cathedral
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 liter 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 and in addition to the Notre-Dame Cathedral it 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 Bauex Tapestry?
Bayeux itself 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 and this gives visitors privacy when sitting in the beautiful courtyard, which 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 and 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 and the 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, breads, 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 just a very pleasant and very helpful man.
The Cocteua Room
- 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.
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, large enough for a sitting area and a small kitchenette. The use of stone and other natural materials throughout the rooms just adds to the medieval ambience.
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 monogramed with Le Manoir Sainte Victorie, which just adds to that special touch.
Each room has a view of the Cathedral towers with the best views coming the higher you go in the tower. Internet access is available in the bedrooms and the breakfast area and each room also has a flat panel television.
Jean-Pierre and his wife Catherine really have thought of everything to help make your stay a pleasant one. And 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.
2014 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Winner
Le Manoir Sainte Victoire
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 and 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 no doubt find that Le Manoir Sainte Victoire is the number one rated Bed & Breakfast in Bayeux and a 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.
Link to Le Manoir Sainte Victoire
- Chambres d'hôtes Bayeux, Normandie, Gite de France - Le Manoir Sainte Victoire
Jean-Pierre and Catherine AÏTAOUDIA - The Manoir Sainte Victoire, hotels in Bayeux, welcomes you all year round in the heart of historic Bayeux. Le Manoir Sainte Victoire Gite de France, 4 ears. Nearby: the Bayeux Tapestry, Bayeux Cathedral.
© 2014 Bill De Giulio