Tucked away 20 minutes from Bayeux sits Château d’Audrieu, an 11th-century chateau that was converted in the 18th century into a much grander estate. Later commandeered by the Nazi SS as a headquarters during the Battle of Normandy, this now 5-star property is teeming with history.
Hotel Villa Lara
This family-run hotel, in the heart of historic Bayeux, is located on a quiet, tree-lined square by the Aure River. Inside the small, marble entrance, there's an intimate bar, a library and a fireplace, giving the Hotel Villa Lara a chic and relaxed atmosphere which is complemented by exceptional service.
Opened in 2012, this purpose-built hotel was thoughtfully designed with spacious rooms and all modern conveniences. It offers a contemporary take on classical elegance with replica furniture, plush fabrics and subtle lighting in both guest rooms and public spaces.
Opposite the hotel, a small bridge leads into town where you'll find the 11th-century Bayeux Cathedral, the renowned Bayeux Tapestry and original medieval half-timbered homes.
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The spacious rooms are handsomely decorated with rich, patterned fabrics and Moissonnier furniture from the well-known French cabinet company. All have chic marble bathrooms, most with a bath and separate shower, as well as flat-screen television, minibar and complimentary Wi-Fi. The modern deluxe rooms have high ceilings and a palette of reds, pinks or blues and are full of natural light. The suites are more muted in their decor and feature cool, calming cream tones, unique wall tapestries and large windows. Additionally, some rooms have French balconies and almost all open up to views of Bayeux Cathedral in the distance.
Conveniently located in the heart of Bayeux, Hotel Villa Lara is a ten-minute walk to the old town’s original half-timbered homes, the 11th-century Bayeux Cathedral, the Bayeux Tapestry and a number of bistros and local boutiques. Omaha Beach and other historic D-Day beach sites are approximately half an hour away by car.
Food and drink
A buffet breakfast is served daily with a range of regional hot dishes, marmalade, fresh croissants, pains au chocolat and other delicacies as well as juice and coffee. Although the restaurant only serves breakfast, there is a small on-site bar decorated with rich velvet cushions and deep shades of burgundy and maroon.
Facilities and activities
The Hotel Villa Lara has a simple fitness room equipped with a treadmill, bicycle and strength training machines.
The executive and suite rooms are wheelchair accessible.
Located in the heart of Bayeux, the Hotel Villa Lara is an excellent base from which to explore this historic town. It has spacious modern rooms and a strong emphasis on attentive, friendly service.
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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.
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.
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.
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.