Wander the dreamy, 18th-century gardens; swim in the pool beneath the cathedral’s gaze. Beyond the tall wrought-iron gates, you enter the cobbled ‘cour d’honneur’ of an architectural gem, with panelled rooms, parquet étoile floors, and a curved suspended staircase, one of two in France. Anthony, with impeccable English, happily shares the history with guests.
Five serene bedrooms are joined by six new apartments in a recently acquired wing. Wake to birdsong…and look forward to breakfast, at an elegant table dressed in white linen. On a fine day, you may eat on the garden terrace.
Little Bayeux, remarkably untouched, is a treat to wander. Everything is virtually on your doorstep, from the Bayeux Tapestry to Saturday’s market (special for foodies). A visit to Musée Mémorial Bataille de Normandie is a further inspiration; Omaha Landing Beach is a 25-minute drive.