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Apartment next to William the Conquerors' Cathedral



Updated: 26-Jul-2016
Modern and beautifully equipped apartment in unique ancient setting, as part of the cathedral square

Le Guillaume is a tastefully re-furbished apartment on the second floor of a very old building, once part of the Cathedral. We purchased in 2002, and had the entire apartment internally demolished, and re-designed to make it suitable for modern living in the 21st century, yet remaining part of a stunning medieval setting. The property is not suitable for young children or the very old. It has four rooms. A living area with the original ceiling oak beams, Victorian cast iron fireplace surround, and solid wood floors. The sofa bed is 4' wide, so unsuitable for 2 large adults. Fine for one adult, or one or two children. Wi Fi connection. A kitchen which is part of this living area, cleverly divided with a breakfast bar, and with features such as lowered ceiling, spotlights and hidden extractor fan. A lovely bedroom with a "corona" over the bed, the whole room decorated in pinks and white, and a blue and white shower room, available to both guests in bedroom and those using the living room. The shower room boasts an Italian walk-in shower. The apartment is superbly equipped for four.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

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About the Owner

We are a retired couple who have been living in/visiting Normandy for many years. Jean is a French native having been born in St Lo and we met in Derbyshire in 1988. Jean has a brother and sister in Normandy. Our permanent home is in Derbyshire but we spend probably half of our time near to Bayeux. I am a retired Secondary school Head of Department and Mother to 6 boys, a family which includes 2 sets of twins and I am extremely proud of them. Jean is a widower, a retired University Lecturer, and linguist. Jean has 3 children, all successful business people. We are keen caravanners. I love my gardening, DIY, sewing and when I have time knitting too. Jean is at present learning Spanish, as we enjoy winter holidays in Spain and the Canaries. We look forward to further future travel.

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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


Great Location in a Charming Apartment

  • 5 of 5

This lovely one bedroom apartment was perfectly located for all the things we wanted to do in this area of Normandy. It's downtown location made for a nice walk to dinner after driving all day. There are loads of restaurants and stores within walking distance.

The apartment was fitted with everything you could need. It was a very nice stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy Apartment

  • 5 of 5

Le Guilluame welcomes the weary traveler with its charming decor and with its historical location. Literally, next door to the Bayeux Cathedral and to the MAHB, the apartment's location is perfect. Add the proximity to the D-Day beaches as well as to the gorgeous Normandy countryside, you have a the perfection foundation for a great vacation. The kitchen is outfitted with all the necessary appliances to make wonderful meals for your Bayeux market day (Saturday and Wednesday weekly) purchases. Make sure you are comfortable with climbing stairs to reach this historically renovated apartment. Enjoy the comfort of feeling at home during your stay.

  • Review Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great apartment

  • 5 of 5

Our first trip to France was made so much easier with this wonderful apartment. Bayeux is such a beautiful city and this apartment puts you right in the heart of the historic area. The apartment is decorated in a very tasteful and comfortable way. It really made us feel at home when we arrived every night after a great day of seeing the wonderful sights in the area. The D-Day beaches and museums are so easy to reach from this location. If we are ever in that area again we would definitely want to stay here in this apartment. Dawn was a tremendous help to us getting there from Paris. She is a delight to work with.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Obviously to receive a review such as this is a tremendous pleasure and fuels our joint determination to make visitors really comfortable during their stay in Bayeux. Thank you for taking the time to write to us, and thank you for staying in our apartment in Bayeux. It is a real joy to us to know that your first stay in France was so very positive, and to know that in some small way we contributed to your lovely, memorable experiences. Please come again and send your friends!! Wonderful clients ..thank you so very much Dawn and Jean
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Great apartment great location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for a week from the 8th August. It is a great apartment in probably the best location in Bayeux central for all the bars and restaurants.It also is the perfect base for visiting the D Day beaches and Pegasus bridge.would definitely recommend

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to review the apartment. We are always very pleased to hear from our guests and to read of their holiday experiences. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Bayeux. Many thanks to you ,,,Dawn and Jean
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A delightful apartment, ideally located

  • 5 of 5

My 3 nieces (15-23 y) and I had a wonderful stay in this perfectly situated apartment in Bayeux. It was a real treat to be literally right next to the beautiful cathedral, and a couple blocks from the Bayeux tapestry. We had a rental car and made easy day-trips to the Normandy beaches and the American Cemetery (a highlight of our trip), the Entretat Cliffs, and Mont Saint Michel. There were excellent restaurants steps from the apartment door and the apartment has everything needed for a comfortable stay. Dawn and Jean were friendly and professional from the initial contact to the prompt return of the security deposit. I would definitely recommend staying here!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted to receive your review and of course, also very pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Bayeux. Please tell your friends and family - we love the place and like others to enjoy it too. Bayeux is certainly quite unique and the position of the apartment is very convenient and quite exciting. Thank you very much for sending us this review - come again !! Dawn and Jean
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Wonderful Stay in Bayeux!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I visited Bayeux in late May and were lucky enough to stay in this lovely apartment for 3 nights. From our very first inquiry about the apartment to the day we arrived Dawn was always kind, helpful and responsive. She even went as far as to pick us up at the train station and take us to the apartment to make sure we didn't have any problems with the new gate locks that had been installed. And the apartment itself was just absolutely wonderful! Spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated it included all the accommodations necessary to make our stay extremely comfortable and enjoyable. And the location was spectacular. The beautiful cathedral was right outside the window and all the exciting things to explore in the city were right outside the door, including many wonderful restaurants and shops. We didn't have a car and definitely didn't need one. We walked everywhere and were really able to discover firsthand the wonders of this beautiful city. I would highly recommend this lovely apartment to anyone planning a visit to the beautiful and historic city of Bayeux.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lovely to meet you both and to make sure you were safely through that new gate! We are both so very delighted that your stay was comfortable and exciting too. Amazing that we were driving past the gates the following morning on our way to buy plants, so we knew then that all was well with you. Thank you for such a wonderful review...it is so good to receive, and it encourages us to continue to maintain the standards we strive to achieve. . Please come and see us again. Dawn and Jean
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From the Owner

We went into the local notaire, and saw a very dull picture of the apartment. It was the location, as next door neighbour to William the Conqueror's' vast and impressive cathedral, that really made us buy it. Certainly not the appalling state it was in when we purchased! We realised that to do the job properly we would have to employ someone locally who could envisage from conception to reality exactly what could be achieved with the internal space available. This meant massive alterations, and at one point no internal walls were left standing. Parking is no problem, as just up rue de jurisdiction opposite the apartment, is a large square called place de Charles de gaulle, where parking is free, safe and shaded. On arrival it is easy to offload luggage right outside the apartment.

Activity and Interests

Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Our lovely apartment is perfect for the coming 2016 events below:

2016 marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Normandy is one of France's most historical regions with a fascinating past which is intrinsically linked to that of English history, and therefore also to the history of many people of America.

We also have the Tour de France passing through our region this year, to consider, along with the excitement of the Medieval festival in Bayeux which takes place between 27th June and 3rd July.

Bayeux was the first city liberated by the Allies in 1944 and was pivotal to the their advances in Normandy. The UK War graves site is a moving reminder of this. Bayeux is close to the D-Day beaches and of interest to all visitors. The town is well equipped for English speaking visitors. The property is within 30 minutes' drive of Omaha Beach, the US Cemetery at St Laurent, the Mulbury Harbour and the Canadian Memorial. Under one hour is the German Memorial, St. Mere-Eglise, Utah, and Pegassus Bridge. Many well documented museums harbour relics of this recent past. Because Bayeux is the only town in Normandy not obliterated by air raids and artillery many early Middle-Ages features subsist. The Cathedral is nearly a mellenium, so is the Tapestry and they are next to you. Adam and Eve's timber house is just outside your window. Bayeux and its area is full of historical interests so many of them linked with the English speaking world.


The nearest beach is Arromanches, where the Mulberry Harbour is to be found. It is a pretty beach, with a very attractive town behind it. It has small shops and many cafes and restaurants as well as WW2 museums. Omaha Beach is very large, and even in summer relatively calm and quiet. This takes about 30 minutes's drive, and again there are several restaurants along the sea front.


The train station is about a 10 minute walk away from the apartment. Not so easy with suitcases, so take a taxi from just outside the rail station. Driving from the Port of Caen takes about 1.25 hours, and from Cherbourg about 1.5 hours, at comfortable speed. Driving from Le Havre takes about 1.75 hours. The cheapest ferries comes into Boulogne (ask owners for details) and Boulogne is 4 hours drive along good autoroutes (tolls applicable).

Parking for your vehicle is within 3 minutes walk.


Main street of Bayeux: Rue St Malo : 2 minutes walk.

Bayeux Tapestry : 5 minutes walk.

British cemetery: 10 minutes walk.

Bayeux war museum: 10 minutes walk.

Omaha beach and American cemetery: 30 minutes drive.

Caen: 20 minutes drive.

Cherbourg : one hour.

Le Havre 1.5 hours.

Boulogne/Calais : 4 - 4.5 hours drive.

Further Details:

The apartment is surrounded by excellent restaurants. However, inside, you have difficulty in believing that you are living in the centre of such an old city, because all guests report the living conditons are so very tranquil and quiet.


Rental rates

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4 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Short stay 4-6 nights £31
Refundable Damage Deposit £178

Booking Notes:
To make an initial booking a 20% deposit is required.
Upon receipt we send you a Rental Agreement, with dates for final payment, details of where to send, and cancellation policy.
Final payment is required 3 weeks before holiday, together with 200 euro or pound sterling security deposit, which is returnable after the holiday.

Minimum 4 night stay.

Cancellation policy:

If within 59 days : Full refund given
If withng 30 days : 50% refund given
If within 2 weeks of arrival : no refund

Changeover Day:
Any day. Minimum saty 4 nights. Short stay supplement applies for stays of less than a week.
Arrival 14.00 hours
Departure 10.00 hours.

Notes on prices:
Please contact owners for discounts for either long summer lets, or long winter lets.
A 200 euro security deposit is required, which is returned after each visit, after inventory has been taken, and apartment checked for damage.
For stays of less than one week a short stay supplement is applicable of 35 euros.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 26-Jul-2016
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From the Owner

Right outside your door is the cathedral (no bells except on Sunday for services + for weddings). The area is quiet, and cobbled and picturesque. The bakers, boutiques and glorious selection of restaurants are all within a few minutes walk. Pop out first thing for your hot croissants. Stroll to view the tapestry, the various museums, the English war cemetery withing easy walking distance. The supermarket E l'eclerc is 10 minutes walk away, so cooking in the lovely modern kitchen is not a problem. On days for travelling further afield try Arromanche, Deauville, Trouville, the beautiful and moving American cemetery at Omaha Beach, there is an abundance of things to do and see. The flat has lovely pink/white bedroom ideal for honeymooners,-space for 2 more, so 2 couple or youngsters possible.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Television

Location Type

  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • town


  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The shower room is en-suite, with a second door leading into living area. It has blue and white Italian ceramic tiles on the floor and on the walls. The walk-in Italian shower has a curved see-through screen, and the toilet and wash-hand basin are white.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/4 (1 Bedroom + Sofabed) Notes on bedrooms: The bedroom has standard double bed, small dressing table and mirror, sliding door fitted wardrobe, with hanging space and shelves. There are matching pine side tables, lamps, and solid wood floors. The bedroom window overlooks the cathedral square.


  • Golf ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The property is strictly non-smoking. No animals are allowed. Property too small for families with young children. The apartment is all electric - heating, cooking and lighting. The electricity is included in the rental price. Safe, shady parking nearby. All inclusive prices include taxe de sejour. all linen for bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen, wi fi connection, telephone. Absolutely no extras. Outside: There is a small gated yard in front of the apartment building. Some work is taking place summer 2012. The newly opened MAHB museum is attached to the apartment, and the living room windows overlook the impressive glass covered entrance to the museum. As evening descends, the pastel lighting inside the museum can be viewed through the living room windows, and the newly restored ancient arches are directly opposite, also gently lit at night. The museum was opened on 23rd March 2013 and is a great collection of Neolithic through to 19th century Art. The collection has been very tastefully displayed, with a great deal of attention to detail, and notes in both French and English. Spending time in Le Guillaume is an exciting and unique experience, as we have found out fir ourselves during this March, when the Museum was opened. Utility Room: As part of the living area, there is a sliding door cupboard, behind which, is the washer - dryer machine, clothes hanger, ironing board and iron, cleaning materials, hot water tank, and fuse board All very organised and compact, for easy holiday living. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels are provided, and the bed is made ready for arrivals. The extra bedding for the settee is in the bedroom wardrobe. There are tablecloth and napkins, and all kitchen linen is available. For visits of 2 weeks or more, weekly servicing available. Other: The main entrance of the apartment goes out onto a small landing, close to the spiral staircase.

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