Confession: I was a bit skeptical of using AirBnb at first. As a classic late bloomer, I’m a bit late to the AirBnb game – it’s only recently that I jumped in to become a member and began using the service but I have to say I’ve had great experiences so far. First there was the cozy cabin in the woods of Norway which I shared here on the blog and I just got back from a trip to France where I had another great experience. Between the style, value, location, hosts and cute animals, I loved it so much that I wanted to share it here with you guys. If you are planning a visit and wondering about where to stay in Normandy, I’ve got you covered!
Where To Stay In Normandy
For my visit to Normandy, I flew into the Paris Beauvais Airport, picked up my rental car and drove to Bayeaux where this AirBnb is located. The scenic drive was pleasant and took about 3 hours total.
Travel tip: In my booking confirmation email from AirBnb it had a “Get Directions” link under the address and I used that link to get directions to the property each time. Once you click the link it takes you to Google Maps and has the direct coordinates loaded as your destination. For easiest navigating, I’d recommend using that link as opposed to typing in the address.
When we arrived and were given a tour of the home I was taken aback by all the little touches. Fresh cut flowers left in the rooms, coffee pods and milk, a bottle of water and, the piece de resistance, a bottle of locally produced cider which the region is famous for. Of course, I tried it and it tasted stronger than the average cider, with a strong fermented fruit taste, but still quite refreshing. It’s always the little things that stand out for me and all of these little touches definitely did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. The hosts do not speak English but, in one of those heartwarming travel moments where you can communicate people without use of language, we were able to communicate everything we needed for checking in quite easily.
As I looked around, from the walls to the antiques, everything about this place exuded a sense of times gone by with its vintage charm, the perfect pair for an area full of such a rich history.
I was visiting Normandy with my dad who I hadn’t seen in a couple of years and high on the ‘must see’ list was war memorials in the region. I picked the town of Bayeaux because it is centrally located between many of the main sites, taking just a 30-40 minute drive to reach the main beaches and cemeteries in Normandy. We also did other longer trips to Falaise, Rouen and outside of the region to visit other sights (I’ll write a separate post on all of the things to see and do so stay tuned if you are interested in that). The accommodation was kind of in the middle of it all which was really convenient and allowed us to squeeze a lot of sights into our time there.
Speaking of location, the farm was so peaceful that while you are there it feels like you are a world away from it all and experiencing the serenity of an area much more remote than the actual location. There were no noises of hustle and bustle, no sirens and people yelling, just the odd sound of a car driving down the street. Even though it felt like a rural town it was actually only 10 minutes drive from the city center. When you want to do some shopping or go to a nice restaurant you can just drive 10 minutes to town which was perfect after a long day sightseeing. I definitely get hangry so the last thing I wanted to do at the end of the day is go on a long search for food.
The home, which is separate to the main house on the property, included everything we needed for our stay. Upstairs there were two cozy bedrooms – one with 2 beds and the other with one bed, and a toilet. The beds deserve special mention because as my head hit those pillows each night, I felt like I was laying on a cloud with big cozy blankets around me and fell asleep quickly each night. On the ground floor was a spacious lounge room, kitchen and dining area, laundry and bathroom.
Travel tip: The home does have free wi-fi but you have to sit next to one window on the ground floor to be able to use it as it doesn’t connect throughout the house. If you like to use a lot of Internet, I would recommend buying a sim card with Internet once you arrive in France. For my visit, I made a list prior to arriving of the places we wanted to visit and included the address, time to destination etc. so that I wouldn’t have to Google much once I was there which I found helpful.
If you have been planning a visit and have been wondering where to stay in Normandy, I recommend this AirBnb highly. I actually even plan to return when I visit Normandy again in future. The central location, proximity to food, shops and sights, friendly hosts, value for money, historic charm and little over and above touches all combined to create a stay that was both comfortable and memorable.
For more information
Contact: Gisele – Click here for AirBnb listing
Location: Bayeaux, Normandy
Cost: Approximately 85 Euro p/night