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Hotel Chateau De Bellefontaine
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

In spite of reading the reviews for Hotel Chateau De Bellefontaine, I went ahead and booked one of the "Tradition" rooms in the main building. Unfortunately - and as I'd feared because it appears to happen frequently - we were sent to one of the suites in the outbuilding.

I'd been so looking forward to a traditional chateau stay, and the grounds looked so charming in the pictures. But instead we ended up in the "modern" suite with more than twice as much space as we needed in a cold, sterile, empty three-story space. I'm sure this would be nice space for a group or family needing the extra rooms, but we did not and had specifically asked for one of the small, cozy-looking rooms from the pictures.

Unfortunately, without the charm of the main house, the chateau experience went by the wayside. The strange open beam "floating" stairs just stick out of the wall with no support on the non-wall side, so they were quite shaky and I would be nervous to have anyone very old or young on them. The lower level bedroom was nicer than the one on the top floor, which had a 1980's feel about it.

The staff at the front desk wasn't particularly friendly and I wonder if that was because they knew they were about to disappoint us. The stay was fine - nothing catastrophic - but I would definitely choose different lodging if visiting Bayeux in the future.

Room Tip: Avoid the outbuilding if possible, but we tried to do so unsuccessfully to it might just not be possible avoid
  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Myself and my parents stayed at chateau de Bellefontaine for 3 nights as part of a Brittany Ferries deal and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our stay. Reading previous reviews we were a little worried about trying the restaurant but after a busy day shopping we decided to give it a try. The food was lovely and we could not fault it,so much so we ate there once again on the following night.
Food and wine wonderful,rooms lovely and staff very helpful. Keep up the good work we will be back.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
1  Thank Claire J
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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

We went on a Brittany Ferries short break with my parents. It was extremely good value. The hotel was lovely - the staff pleasant, rooms comfortable and well appointed and the gardens beautiful (black and white swans and various ducks and geese - lovely) even in November. Because we were only there for 3 days, we didn’t chance the restaurant - the menu wasn’t inspiring and the reviews were poor, but the hotel was an €8 taxi from town so we ate in fabulous restaurants every evening. It is an easy walk but the weather wasn’t good.

Hotel breakfast was excellent. Fresh oranges for juicing, fabulous bread, cooked options (tip: crisp up the bacon on the pancake grill!!)

We avoided the mini-bar (expensive) and were a little surprised by the €10 per room city tax on departure, but that was our ignorance and not the hotel’s fault.

Would definitely go again. Lovely stay.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Oh dear, where to start. Our room, in an outbuilding, was cold and the heating did not work. The accommodation was laid out on 2 floors and the staircase between the two was slippery wooden open steps with wire sides - I would not consider this room with small children. The door at the back opened on to a sad terrace with dead plants and fallen over pots. A railway line was not far away.
The garden in front of the 'chateau' was a sad sight. Poorly maintained with the grass needed cutting and the flower beds were full of weeds. From the dining room the garden at the back looked no better.
The decoration was tired. So much more could have been made of the building.
Dinner was the worst meal we ate in France. Altogether a disappointing experience with mediocre service.

Room Tip: Check the room you are offered. Don't take small children into the outbuilding
  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank 1kisstree
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

We stayed here for three nights booked on a bed and breakfast rate through Britany Ferries. The Chateau is lovely and situated conveniently for the Tapestry Museum in Bayeux and visiting Historic Normandy beaches and war cemeteries. It's location on the outskirts is in a quiet location and the grounds have the added charm of black swans on the moat. The interior of the building has a lovely country house atmosphere enhanced by the roaring fire in the main reception room along with very interesting artwork of the local artist Epuisse. Our top floor room was charming with a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. However, to our great disappointment the meal we had there on our first night was about the worst meal we have ever had in France. The surroundings and atmosphere were so good we expected good French cuisine to match. I was shocked to be served a Boeuf Bourginonne which was dry, over salted and so over cooked it was tasteless. Also my husbands chicken dish was rubbery meat in a grey glutinous sauce. We were asked to order dessert at the start of the meal and we both opted for cheese as we were in the home og Cammembert and Liberot. I remarked to the waiter waiter 'ordering at the start of the meal gives you time to get the cheese up to room temperature before serving'. Imagine the shock at being served a plate of three wedges of fridge cold tasteless poor quality cheeses. This is a lovely hotel but they reall need to sort out their food. The next night we took a taki to town and enjoyed an excellent meal thanks to checking out ratings for restraunts in Bayeux in Trip Advisor.

Room Tip: Lift to all floors
Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank mary0fexm0uth
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