Less than a ten-minute walk from the heart of Bayeux sits Hôtel d’Argouges, a hotel so steeped in history you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time throughout your stay. The light, airy rooms and garden offer a peaceful hideaway during your time in Normandy.
Once an 11th-century chateau belonging to William the Conqueror, who gifted it to his cook, and transformed in the 18th century into a much grander estate complete with manicured Renaissance-style gardens, Château d’Audrieu is steeped in history. It was commandeered by the Nazi SS as one of their headquarters during the Battle of Normandy. Medieval Bayeux is only a 20-minute drive away, and Omaha Beach approximately 30 minutes.
The spacious rooms at Château d’Audrieu exude classic elegance, many featuring vaulted ceilings, large windows, and original antique furniture. Decorated in rich earthy tones or calming hues of blue and gold, the rooms are a great spot to relax at the end of a busy day.
Serving fresh seasonal produce from the garden, the hotel's restaurant, Le Séran, has a wide-ranging menu offering everything from simple meals to gastronomic delights. You could enjoy a full meal in the restaurant, or perhaps peruse the extensive bar menu for a cocktail and some small bites.
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Divided into four room categories, the rooms are decorated with a mixture of classic elegance, with antique furniture and vaulted ceilings, and a traditional Norman esthetic comprising of rich earthy tones and heavy fabric curtains.
All rooms have modern bathrooms, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi.
A short 20-minute drive from the hotel is the medieval city of Bayeux, where you can enjoy a visit to the city’s famous Tapestry Museum or wander in and out of local boulangeries and patisseries. The Normandy coastline is just a 30-minute drive away from Audrieu, making it quite simple to visit Omaha Beach and some of the other well-known World War II sites.
Food and drink
Château d’Audrieu’s Le Séran is a welcoming restaurant comprised of three dining rooms on the ground floor. Open every day for lunch and dinner, you can choose from the wide-ranging menus that feature simple dishes or full gastronomic meals. For those who want a less formal meal, you can go to the chateau’s bar, Bar 1715, to enjoy small bites such as an assorted cheese board or a croque-monsieur. The bar also has an extensive drinks menu.
Facilities and activities
The hotel has an outdoor heated swimming pool that's open from May to September. It also has a spa, Spa by Sothys, which offers massages and facials, and there's a fitness room.
A landmark historic hotel, Château d’Audrieu exudes elegance and calm. We love this property for its heritage but also for its extensive grounds and inviting salons, which are inviting places to enjoy an apéritif by the fireplace.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Built in the heart of the city, Hôtel Reine Mathilde has the feel of a family home in medieval Bayeux. The local touches added throughout the property and the proximity to top sites make this hotel an ideal base from which to explore the region.
Hotel Villa Lara is a modern hotel that offers spacious rooms and friendly service. Located in the heart of Bayeux just a short walk from the Bayeux Cathedral and tapestry, it's an excellent base from which to explore this historic town.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Visit the poignant beaches of the D-Day landings on this full-day guided tour to Utah and Omaha Beaches, the American landing points in this brutal but pivotal battle. You also get a chance to visit the American Cemetery nearby.