|Le Manoir des Doyens Cottage||Self Catering||Flexible||2||5||1||Sofabed (sleeps two)|
A beautiful cottage adjoining the Manoir des Doyens, once owned by the Deans of Bayeux Cathedral, and listed in the local Knights Templar inventory upon their dissolution. The Manoir was also used a D-Day field hospital and also features a small D-Day museum which guests are free to use.
The cottage sleeps up to 7 people, with one double bed, 3 single beds, and a double sofabed. You have your own private garden with bbq facilities, but you are welcome to explore the Manoir grounds as you wish. We live in the Manoir next door, so should you need any restaurant recommendations etc, just pop in and see us. We have 2 goats, an assortment of ducks, plenty of bird life, and an old horse pond full of carp; in short, nature lovers will love it here. Despite the quiet, rural feel, we are just a 15 minute walk into the centre of Bayeux, with its shops, museums and restaurants. Car parking is free in the Manoir grounds, and we can lock up bicycles and motorbikes if required. Omaha Beach is a 15 minute drive from the property, and we have a very large supermarket just 5 minutes away for grocery shopping. We welcome children, but please supervise them around the old horse pond and in the barns.
The kitchen features a kettle, coffee-machine, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and cooker. Cutlery and utensils are provided.
The living room features a sofabed, an extendable table and chairs, a selection of toys for the children (badminton rackets etc) a television and a selection of French inspired dvds. Please note that we do not supply television channels. Wi-fi is available.
Bedroom one features a double and a single bed, plus a wardrobe. Bedroom 2 features 2 single beds, a wardrobe, and a chest of drawers. Wi-fi is available in both.
The bathroom features a bath with a shower, and a sink.
Heating is via radiators and there is also a log burner is the main bedroom.
We provide a selection of dvds, plus outdoor games and books in French and English for the children.
You have your own private garden with a table and chairs plus a bbq. You are very welcome to use the rest of the Manoir grounds and D-Day Map Room at any time.
Parking and lock up of bicycles is free within the grounds.
This is an old property dating back to the Medieval period and as such is not wheelchair friendly. The bathroom, toilet and bedrooms are located on the first floor so a flight of stairs will need to be negotiated. Children are welcome to explore the grounds, but must be supervised at all times, especially near the pond and in the barns. The cottage would suit families/couples who are looking for peace and quiet, and the kind of holiday they remember having as children.
We have a D-Day Map Room museum for those wishing to research this area of history, and it is free to our guests. For those wishing to go horse riding, we can arrange this with our neighbour Sylvie who runs a horse riding school nearby. Golf is available in Port en Bessin Huppain, around a ten minute drive from the property.
We are an Anglo French couple interested in history, the natural world and travel. Christophe was born in Bayeux, quite literally a stones throw from the cathedral, and Christine is a Londoner; as a consequence, French and English spoken fluently! We're often to be found bird watching in our grounds, and love a good rummage in our local brocante.
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||Christophe actually visited the manoir as a child once and when it came up for sale we jumped at the chance. We particularly love the rural feel, but also the fact that the centre of town is only a fifteen minute walk down the road - the best of both worlds. The property was once owned by the Deans (Doyen's) of Bayeux Cathedral, and the land it stands on was granted by Richard the Lionheart. It passed to Templar, the Knights Hospitaller hands for a while, and was later pressed into service as a D-Day field hospital. The history is unique, and we love it.|
|Unique benefits of property||We are only a 15 minute walk from the centre of town, but the property has a tranquil, rural feel thanks to a large park, fields and an old horse pond. For those who love wildlife, we have an abundance - Tawny Owls, Buzzards, Kestrels, Sparrows, Swallow, Coal Tits, to name a few. We also have two mischievous goats, ducks, and a pond full of carp.
Omaha Beach is just a 10 minute drive, and the Commonwealth Cemetery and museum is at the top of the road, just a 10 minute walk. There's lots to see and do here!
A great place to visit on a Saturday is the Auction house in Bayeux. Here you'll find anything from 16th century furniture, classic cars to antique jewellery. The auctioneer, Regis, is a wonderful character who entertains whilst keeping the auction flowing. It's great fun, and you don't need to register, just turn up. The auction house is situated on 14 Boulevard d'Eindhoven, 14400 Bayeux.
On Saturdays there is a big market in Place Saint Patrice, selling fruit, vegetables, fish, a huge array of cheese, plants and more. It's incredibly popular and people come from miles around so parking can be a bit hit and miss. Parking outside the centre of town is your best bet.
Port en Bessin Huppain is a picturesque fishing village with lots of restaurants, and was also used as a filming location for The Longest Day, starring Richard Burton and John Wayne. It was also the location of the assault by the by the 47 Royal Marine Commandos on the 6th of June 1944, which paved the way for the laying of the PLUTO pipeline which pumped millions of gallons of fuel from the English coast to Normandy. Wonderful to visit, especially as the sun sets.
Mont Saint-Michel is the second most visited destination in France, and has served as a place of pilgrimage from ancient times to the present day. According to legend, the Archangel Michael appeared to Aubert of Avranches and instructed him to build a church on the island, which of course he did. The island is reached either by foot or by one of the free shuttle buses from the large car park; pony rides on the sands or a walk when the tide is out by one of the professional guides are also available. Generally around an hour and a half by car from the Manoir so would make a good day trip.
The Bayeux Museum comprises 3 museums, The Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy, The Bayeux Tapestry (UNESCO) and the MAHB (musée de France). Each is excellent, and are within walking distance of each other. Combination tickets are available for either one, two, or three museums, making the visits great value. Don't forget to visit the famous Bayeux Tapestry!
The Allied operation on the 6th June 1944, landing on 5 beaches, namely - Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword on the Normandy coastline resulted in the liberation of western Europe from Nazi occupation. Omaha Beach is just a 15 minute drive from the house, with the furthest beaches no more than 40 minutes.