20 of the Best B&Bs in Normandy

Les Rochers

Normandy has a really wonderful selection of bed and breakfast accommodation — some destinations really lend themselves to it, and Normandy is definitely one of them! It’s probably partly due to the number of really beautiful, and beautifully preserved, farmhouses and châteaux, which are ripe for conversion into small B&Bs, and in part to the rural surrounds with great swathes of green dotted with charming market towns all the way to the wonderful coastline. It’s also probably partly due to the huge range of things to do here, sights and sites to see, from art galleries, to ancient stone structures and, of course the legacy of World War 2. Whatever the reason to visit, there are lots of excellent options when it comes to B&B accommodation, so many so that, as well as the categories you’d expect, like great Normandy B&Bs for families, and B&Bs in Bayeux and Honfleur, Giverny and Etretat, we’ve also got some great recommendations for B&Bs near the D Day Beaches, and great B&B escapes on our list of 20 of the best B&Bs in Normandy.

Some of the Most Romantic B&Bs in Normandy

Manoir de la Fieffe

  • The Manoir de la Fieffe is an elegant, 16th century mansion just outside Cherbourg, surrounded by beautiful manicured gardens and beyond that the quiet countryside. There are four rooms and three suites, plus a private, self-catering cottage for two; all the rooms are simple and traditional, but with some sophisticated touches, like handprinted headboards, or marble fireplaces. The bathrooms are wonderfully up to date. The dining room is equally elegant, and they do meals on the terrace when it's lovely out.

Le Petite Folie

  • Beautiful, historic Honfleur is perfect for a romantic stop off, and La Petite Folie might have just the thing for you amongst its collection of six boutique B&B rooms and five self-catering apartments. Everything about this property is cleverly designed, from the smallest room to the largest, and they’ve got some lovely features, like old iron stoves, medieval beams, elegant wood panelling and marble fireplaces, pitched roofs, terracotta floors and funny shaped spaces. They only serve breakfast, but you’re minutes from cafes and restaurants on the waterfront.

Chateau de Beneauvile

  • The Château de Beneauville looks very grand for a B&B, which is perfect! Built during the Renaissance, and set on 50 acres, this property is beautiful on the outside, and on the inside, its interiors brimming with elegant antiques, tapestries, oil paintings, traditional wallpapers, carved wood and stone fireplaces with open fires, and some notable French design and patterns. The location, betwee Caen and the coast, is perfect for both explorers and those seeking an active break. But it’s just as much a romantic hideaway. There’s no restaurant, but they do offer a Continental breakfast.

The Best B&Bs for Families

Le Petit Matin

  • Le Petit Matin is an elegant B&B in an excellent spot in the heart of Bayeux, which is both secluded and very central — close to the historic centre of town via the 19th century Botanical Gardens. There are just five rooms, each individually decorated in a fairly traditional style, with leafy views from the windows, and not too much in the way of objets d’art for your kids to want to touch! There are numerous elegant spots to relax of an evening and they offer a continental breakfast in the light, spacious dining room each morning.
  • If you’d like a bit more space to yourselves, Les Rochers, a lovingly restored 16th century rustic feeling manor house, has a gîte, which is perfect for families wanting their own space. It’s also got a large duplex room, also great for families, and six totally modernised, airy rooms decorated with an eclectic collection of art, furniture and finds. You’re surrounded by fields here, aside form the courtyard, which is perfect for badminton or pétanque. There’s no restaurant, but they can provide gourmet suppers on request.

Le Clos des Fontaines

  • Le Clos des Fontaines is a classically French, half timbered house surrounded by its own garden in the quaint village of Jumièges. It has 19 rooms, in a good range of sizes and styles, running all the way from wood panelling, damask and antique opulence, to elegant country-chic with white painted furnishings, or Moroccan-style wood-inlay furnishings. The room sizes are just as varied, so there’s probably something to suit your family to a ’t’. Families will also probably appreciate the large pool, and possibly the spa too. There’s no restaurant but they do offer breakfast.
  • Close to Monet’s Giveny, La Dime de Giverny is a converted low manor house, arranged around a central courtyard, with a collection of seven self-catering cottages. Inside the cottages you’ll find a sort of rustic minimalism, with bare brick, or white washed walls, exposed beams and tiled floors, and yet every modern comfort. They offer breakfast, and you’re just a short stroll from numerous restaurants and eateries in the local village. And of course the location is impeccable for seeing all the wonders the Impressionists saw.

For a complete escape

Chateau de la Puisaye

  • Built in the 18th century, in a remote and pretty part of Normandy, the Château de la Puisaye looks a lot like a full sized doll’s house: box-shaped, with a neat, facade and lots of big windows. Sprawling parkland and gardens surround it, and while it’s been renovated, it’s not faced the trend to really modernise, so it has an abundance of original features, like a tiled entrance floor, marble fireplaces diminishing in grandeur as you ascend the house, and some lovely wood panelling. There are just five rooms and suites of rooms, some large enough to fit a family very comfortably. And despite the antiques and original features there’s a welcoming atmosphere. There’s also a pool and bikes available for guest use.

Chateau de Bouceel

  • The Château de Bouceel is another property with the look of an elegant doll’s house, though this time one too large to fit on your table… Also built in the 18th century, this five bedroom property has a wonderful collection of antiques, including Louis XVI-style panelling and lovely parquet floors, and some of the bedrooms are quite grand. The garden is big, and there’s a pool too. No restaurant, but they offer a Continental breakfast daily.
  • La Bergerie de L'Aqueduc is an elegant, 18th century farmhouse surrounded by a secluded walled garden, in an idyllic rural setting between Versailles and Chartres. Now a four room B&B, this property is both comfortable and rustically elegant, with interiors that range in their design from contemporary to very traditional. This is the ideal spot to come to relax: in the pool, in the garden or in the siting room, and a great base for explorations.

Beautifully Bijou B&Bs

La Levriere

  • La Levriere is a charming farmhouse carefully converted into an intimate three room B&B. Well located for exploring Normandy, but surrounded by greenery, this is a peaceful, idyllic escape, where the owners will look after you with a delicious breakfast made from produce grown mainly onsite. The three rooms are fresh and chic, with a clever mix of original features and contemporary style.

Moulin de Sevoux

  • The Moulin de Sevoux runs along similarly charming lines, though this time the lovingly converted property was originally a 19th century water mill, and it now has four B&B rooms. Its exterior is ivy-clad and elegant, and the interiors are quite grand too, one of the bedrooms has a four-poster bed, for example, and the breakfast room has a huge original stone fireplace. Its location, in the Perche Regional Nature Park, makes it popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders, and it’s surrounded by forest and quaint villages. Two of the rooms are twins, so it’s very workable for families.

B and B Les Agapanthes

  • Another of our favourite wonderfully small and rustic conversions is the B&B Les Agapanthes, which is a long, low farmhouse built in 1790, with just two charming B&B rooms. You’re spoilt for choice with original features here, with exposed beams on both floors, open fireplaces and riled floors, but it’s chic too. The location, in a pretty village just outside Giverny, is peaceful, rural and very beautiful, and this little B&B is the perfect match.

The Best B&Bs for the D Day Beaches

D Day Aviators

  • Just two houses away from the seafront in Arromanches les Bains, the D Day Aviators is a townhouse turned four room B&B. You can probably tell from the name what the theme is here, and they have an excellent collection of WW2 aeronautical artefacts, most of which are in the lounge. The rooms have only photographs, and are simple and elegant, with beautiful fireplaces and lighting, wood floors and a balanced use of chintz fabrics. There’s also a courtyard where they have two real propellors, obviously rescued from crash sites.
  • In the pretty town of Bénouville, which is a short walk from Pegasus Bridge, and close to Caen, you’ll find the Manoir'Hastings, a renovated 17th century farmhouse with numerous modernised original features, like pitched roofs with big beams and fireplaces made from great slabs of stone. There are just four airy rooms and suites, and a modern French restaurant.

The Best B&Bs in Normandy’s Towns and Villages

Le Jardin Cathedrale

  • Le Jardin Cathedrale is a large Chartres townhouse turned two room B&B, aptly named for its lush garden and proximity to Chartres Cathedral. The rooms are quite different from each other style-wise; one is a more traditional room with beautiful wallpapers, the other a more modern room with wood panelling painted in dove grey. The public spaces are comfortably elegant, with interesting knick-knacks. And it’s good value as well.
  • Honfleur’s La Cour Sainte Catherine is a converted convent just two minutes stroll from the picturesque port, in a pretty street in a really beautiful part of this charming medieval town. Vine-clad on the outside, inside are five rooms, decorated with vintage artwork and posters and a collection of simple, but tasteful furnishings in muted colours. There’s no restaurant, but you’re close to many, and the owners/managers lay on a lovely Continental breakfast.

La Colline

  • Historic Bayeux’s La Colline is a 19th century home with an elegant doll’s house appearance, and four light, airy bedrooms, decorated in a simple manner, with a muted green grey colour scheme. Outside there’s a large, sunny, courtyard-style garden with places to sit and relax. This property is all about the clever blending of the old and the new, and it will probably appeal to those with an interest in smart design. Plus you’re just a short stroll from the tapestry and the cathedral.

Chez Laurence du Tilly

  • Chez Laurence du Tilly, in the historic heart of Caen, is another small and carefully formed B&B, with just three one bedroom, self-catering apartments. The decor is the sort you’re probably used to seeing in home decor magazines, and the owners are also the managers, so they're on hand for plenty of personal recommendations.

Still not sure which to book?

  • Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Normandy.
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    • Manoir de la Fieffe Cherbourg (Normandy) 7 rooms from £129

      Country Escape  -  A charming 16th century rural house set on a picturesque and little known peninsula, the Cotentin
      Families  -  The self catering cottage with plenty of space and a full kitchen is a great choice for families
      Great walks  -  Enjoy peaceful walks through the countryside and along the coast
      Sights nearby  -  A trip to famed Mont Saint-Michel is a real must

      An elegant 16th-century mansion in the quiet countryside just 3km from Cherbourg. Expect gorgeous manicured gardens, a fine dining room and a sunny sheltered terrace for meals. Bedrooms are traditional in style but ooze sophistication and bathrooms are bang up to date. Calm, countryside relaxation. See More

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    • Chateau de Beneauville Cabourg 5 rooms from £165

      Country Escape  -  A quintessentially french country escape with chic interiors, indulgent breakfast and fantastic walks
      Groups  -  With just five rooms, this is ideal to rent out in its entirety for a grand getaway with friends
      Local markets  -  Sample regional produce at one of the local farmers markets that run throughout the week
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
      Swimming PoolGardenViewsParkingNo pets
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      A whimsical Renaissance château set within 50 acres of grounds. Interiors brim with character, expect: elegant antiques, tapestries, working fireplaces and classic french patterns. There's plenty to do within the property from fishing to cycling and it's also well positioned to explore the region. See More

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    • La Dime de Giverny 27620 Giverny 7 rooms from £200

      Local exploring  -  The historic Vexin region is great to explore, with its valleys, the forest of Lyons, abbeys, castles and beautiful parks
      Families  -  The two gites (one larger than the other) offer chic multi-room spaces for families looking for independence
      Sights nearby  -  Check out Monet’s beautiful house and garden, the castle of La Roche-Guyon and the 800 year-old Château Gaillard
      Outstanding location  -  Situated in a secluded part of the village away from most of the tourist traffic
      GardenParkingNo pets

      A historic Giverny guesthouse offering rooms in the house or self-catering cottages. Rooms are pared-back yet stylish, combining rustic charm and elegance with hardwood floors, bare brick walls, wooden beams & chic furnishings. Breakfast is served, while village eateries are within walking distance. See More

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    • La Petite Folie Honfleur, Normandy 11 rooms from £137

      Groups  -  Apartments sleep up to four making this a good option for small groups of friends or (older) families
      Local exploring  -  Located just a stone’s throw for the Vieux Bassin quarter, there is plenty to explore locally
      Sights nearby  -  Visit Honfleur's picturesque old harbour and view historic attractions such as Saint Catherine’s Church
      Restrictions on children  -  Over 10s in two apartments only

      A fabulous boutique B&B with rooms and self-catering apartments. Individually designed rooms are decorated with great attention to detail. Expect cosy fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, and a fresh modern feel. Stylish and well-positioned in Honfleur, this is ideal for independent travellers. See More

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    • Le Petit Matin Bayeux (place charles de gaulle) 5 rooms from £87

      Local exploring  -  Well placed to explore historic Bayeux including attractions such as the famed Notre Dame de Bayeux & the Bayeaux Tapestry
      Boutique  -  Each room is individually styled and interiors feel somewhere between a private home and a smart hotel
      Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the architecture of Notre-Dame Cathedral of Bayeux
      Great walks  -  Meander through the 19th century Botanical Gardens
      GardenParkingNo pets
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      A charming B&B boasting a secluded spot within the heart of Bayeux. A handful of individually styled rooms are traditionally dressed. Indulgent continental breakfasts are served in a light and spacious dining room. An ideal base for exploring the historic town. See More

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    • Chateau de Bouceel Normandy 5 rooms from £152

      Historic  -  18th Century Chateau which is registered as a historic building and has been in the same family for generations
      Country Escape  -  A grand chateau set in beautiful mature parklands, a destination unto its own and a regal rural escape
      Local exploring  -  The perfect location for exploring the Bay of Mont St Michel
      Full of character  -  Stunning interiors which will transport you back in time to the 18th century
      TennisSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyViewsParking

      A gorgeous 18th-century chateau steeped in history. Bedrooms provide character and comfort in equal measure with pretty furnishings, wall panelling and parquet flooring. The garden and swimming pool offer a spot for relaxation after a day of exploring. A grand country escape. See More

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    • La Levriere Normandy 4 rooms from £82

      Total relaxation  -  At La Levriere it's all about slowing down and reconnecting to nature. You're bound to go home feeling completely chilled
      Country Escape  -  A rural idyll in a pretty corner of Normandy complete with friendly hosts and delicious organic breakfasts
      Groups  -  With just four rooms this is a great option to take in its entirety with friends or family
      Local markets  -  Explore the local markets in Gisors open on Friday and Sunday mornings
      GardenParkingNo pets
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      A charming converted farmhouse offering cosy accommodation and delicious home-made breakfasts with the majority of the produce grown on site. Interiors are fresh and chic with a clever of mix of original features and contemporary style. A relaxing low key stay in the heart of Normandy. See More

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    • La Bergerie de L'Aqueduc Chartres 4 rooms from £156

      Country Escape  -  Classic country stay surrounded by beautiful rose filled grounds
      Romantic Break  -  Cosy rooms with open fireplaces are made for romance
      Local markets  -  Pick your way through the local market in Houx
      Great walks  -  Enjoy lovely walks along the Voise Canal
      Swimming PoolGardenParkingNo pets

      A charming, secluded B&B set in an 18th-century farmhouse. Offering four comfortable rooms, each are individually decorated with views looking out onto the garden. The garden itself is perfect for a relaxing afternoon and features a heated outdoor pool. Ideal for a romantic weekend away. See More

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    • Moulin de Sevoux Normandy 4 rooms from £95

      Country Escape  -  An idyllic landscape of forests, hedges, meadows and hills dotted with manor houses, farms and traditional villages
      Local exploring  -  Well positioned to explore the lovely countryside and architecture of The Perche
      Back to Nature  -  Le Perche Regional Nature Park is a popular destination for nature lovers
      Great walks  -  The many footpaths of Le Perche Regional Nature Park are great for keen walkers
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      Lovingly restored 19th-century water mill in the heart of the Perche Regional Nature Park and Normandy's horse-breeding country. Four rooms, one with a four-poster, are furnished in a pretty traditional style. Rest and recharge your batteries or explore the idyllic countryside and quaint villages. See More

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    • Chateau de la Puisaye Verneuil d’Avre & d’Iton 5 rooms from £86

      Country Escape  -  A quintessential slice of rural France with chic interiors, beautiful countryside, plenty of animals, and fabulous food and wine
      Families  -  The hotel's myriad of animals will be a hit with kids as will the large gardens and outdoor pool
      Great walks  -  Take long walks through the scenic countryside starting straight from the property
      Fishing  -  Spend a day fishing in the carp pond (fishing tackle is provided)
      Swimming PoolGardenPet friendlyParking
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      A beautiful 18th-century chateau set within sprawling grounds. Traditionally styled throughout expect high ceilings, working fireplaces, chintz fabrics and elegant antiques. Indulgent breakfasts are served using local produce, there's a large pool and bikes to explore the area. See More

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    • Les Rochers Normandy 6 rooms from £130

      Families  -  Duplex accommodation or the cottage are ideal for families while cots and toys are available for families with young children
      Local exploring  -  Located between the beaches and Bayeaux, guests can choose a day of culture or a quite day by the sea
      Country Escape  -  A charming rural house offering a secluded location surrounded by lovely walking country
      Sights nearby  -  The Bayeux Tapestry and D-Day beaches are easily accessible
      GardenParkingNo pets

      B&B accommodation in a lovingly restored 16th-century manor house. Inside, airy rooms boast an eclectic collection of art and furniture ranging from classic to art deco to contemporary. Gourmet dinners are available on request. The duplex room & gîte are ideal for families. A tranquil rural escape. See More

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    • B&B Les Agapanthes Giverny (Gasny) 2 rooms from £86

      Local exploring  -  Find a number of popular cultural attractions in the nearby region including chateaux and museums
      Hideaway  -  A pretty rural guesthouse ideal for quiet country retreats
      Sights nearby  -  Chateau de Bizy and the Musée Alphonse-Georges Poulain in nearby Vernon are definitely worth a visit
      Great walks  -  Situated in a charming country village with many pretty walks to discover
      GardenViewsParkingNo pets

      A quaint country house, dating back to 1790, set on the outskirts of Gasny. Interiors are charmingly rustic, yet elegant, with wooden beams and open fires accompanied by antiques and chic country furnishings. Rooms are bright, simple yet cosy. Expect hearty breakfasts and utterly tranquil surrounds. See More

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    • Le Clos des Fontaines Jumièges, Normandy 19 rooms from £107

      Country Escape  -  A classically French half timbered house set within the Boucles de la Seine nature park. Ideal for a rural hideaway
      Value chic  -  With its grand setting, elegant interiors, outdoor pool, and a spa - you are getting alot for your money here
      Spa  -  A 100 m² space equipped with two saunas, a hot tub, a hammam, and a wide treatment list
      Great walks  -  Hike through the picturesque countryside surrounding the property
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      A traditional rural property set in the picturesque village of Jumièges. Individually styled rooms are light and spacious, the best feature wood panelled walls. A spoiling spa aids total relaxation and there are numerous sporting and cultural activities in the surrounding area. See More

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    • D day Aviators Arromanches les Bains 4 rooms from £112

      Local exploring  -  As the name suggests the hotel is ideal for exploring the region's historical sites including the D Day Museum & Arromanches 360
      Groups  -  With just four rooms this is a great option to rent out in its entirety with friends or family
      Sights nearby  -  Bayeaux's attractions are nearby including the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Bayeux and the Bayeux Tapestry Museum
      Full of character  -  The property is filled with genuine artefacts from the D Day landings
      Pet friendlyParking
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      A small and charmingly atmospheric B&B situated in the heart of Arromanches. Lovingly renovated throughout the property is light, bright and mixes traditional and contemporary styles. Housing its own small WW2 museum and within striking distance of the region's historical sights. See More

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    • Manoir'Hastings 14970, Normandy 4 rooms from £154

      Local exploring  -  With the Bayeaux Tapestry & D Day Landing beaches nearby, this is well placed to explore some of Normandy's historical sites
      Short break  -  Well positioned just 10 minutes from Caen and 2 hours from Paris
      Foodies  -  Sample exemplary modern french cuisine at the hotel's restaurant
      Sights nearby  -  History on your doorstep - the Bayeux Tapestry is only 40km away
      RestaurantGardenViewsParkingNo pets

      A renovated 17th-century farmhouse in Benouville. Four chic rooms are light and airy with a perfect mix of contemporary and traditional styles. Boasting a fabulous restaurant serving modern French cuisine. Walking distance from Pegasus Bridge, (a pivotal D-day site) and Caen is nearby. See More

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    • Le Jardin Cathedrale Chartres 2 rooms from £104

      Local exploring  -  Well positioned near the Notre-Dame Cathedral and with many other of the city's main attractions nearby
      Short break  -  Located just 80km from Paris, this is an easy option for a quick weekend getaway
      Local markets  -  Guests can explore the local markets of Chartres and shop for regional produce
      Sights nearby  -  Cathédrale de Chartres is two minutes walk away, as is the Municipal theatre
      GardenParkingNo pets

      A charming little B&B located a stone's throw from Chartres' magnificent cathedral. The ornate rooms with beautiful wall papers and charming knick-knacks give the place real character. The perfect place to stay for a weekend of exploring the picturesque Norman city of Chartres. See More

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    • La Cour Sainte Catherine Honfleur 5 rooms from £139

      Families  -  A self-catering house with a fully equipped kitchen and space to sleep up to six is ideal for families
      Local exploring  -  Just two minutes walk from Honfleur port and many other attractions
      Local markets  -  There are a vast array of markets in Honfleur from night markets, to traditional markets and second hand goods
      Sights nearby  -  Five minutes walk away is the Port of Honleur that dates back to the Vikings
      GardenNo pets

      A beautiful vine-clad convent, turned B&B, in the picturesque town of Honfleur. Shabby-chic rooms are comfortable and spacious and feature vintage artwork and posters. A continental breakfast is served and there are restaurants within walking distance. A homely stay suited to families or couples. See More

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    • La Colline Bayeux 4 rooms from £104

      Groups  -  With just four bedrooms (two of which are family rooms) this is a good option to rent out in its entirety with friends or family
      Local exploring  -  Bayeux is a town steeped in history - the Bayeux Tapestry is a short walk away, as is Notre Dame Cathedral
      Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the nearby Botanical Garden of Bayeux
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the famed Museum of the Bayeux Tapestry
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      A charming 19th century townhouse set in the heart of the historic town of Bayeux. The four bedrooms are light and airy with a simple minimalist feel. A large garden offers a tranquil spot to unwind after a day spent exploring all of Bayeux's historic sights. See More

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    • Chez Laurence du Tilly Caen 3 rooms from £131

      Local exploring  -  Situated in the pretty historic centre of Caen with a wealth of sights and hotspots on the doorstep
      Families  -  Two of the apartments sleep up to four making them a comfortable option for families
      Apartment  -  The B&B comprises of three independent units
      Sights nearby  -  Head to sights such as Abbaye aux dames, Abbayes aux hommes and the Château Ducal, “Le Vaugueux”
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      A delightful B&B in the historic centre comprising of three self-catering one-bedroom apartments. Interiors are cosy and homely with a chic and sophisticated charm created by statement lamps, patterned carpets and comfy sofas. An ideal city crash pad with a home-away-from-home feel. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 1st February 2023