We arrived after a long night of flying from the U.S. and then driving from CDG airport. We found Moulin de Hard to be a calm and most welcoming site for our first two nights in France. Helene was a very warm hostess. The breakfast was delicious and many items were home-made (yogurt and several varieties of jams and jelly from fruit trees on the property) as well as fresh baked goods. She was patient with my rusty French (40 years ago in High School) and spoke English well. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was one of the largest in our entire two week stay in France. One of my favorite memories of our trip was sitting to a most elegantly breakfast table in Helene's kitchen and having conversation with her!
We had never stayed in a bed and breakfast before in Europe, and while Le Moulin du Hard had great reviews, we were still a little nervous. No need to worry. Helene, the owner, is a wonderful host, and her home is not only beautiful, in a beautiful setting, it is just so inviting! And the breakfast was just the best! Freshly baked croissants and cakes, fresh fruit, homemade yogurt, fresh squeezed juice. In terms of location it was about a 7 minute drive to Bayeux, which really made it very convenient for us. I would definitely return just to have a relaxing stay.
This place is so beautiful and tranquil that I slept like a baby for all three nights ( and one afternoon nap ). I am an insomniac to give a little perspective. Then waking up to fresh handmade warm croissants and artisan jams as well as an assortment of other delectables was simply wonderful. The other reviews are spot on,except for the bad one who obviously had the wrong property, so I won’t give you another trip down the travel log about the property except to say it was magnificent. I will say that this is perfect location for exploring the beaches and memorials as well as the town of Bayeux. It is a ten minute drive to town. Helene was a perfect hostess and provided the perfect balance of engagement and space with her guests. Be prepared to pay cash, not watch television, and give up the WiFi ( it’s available but weak in the rooms). Trust me when I say, It won’t matter to you a bit. Tip - buy a great bottle of wine and a light picnic lunch, sit near the babbling creek by the house and watch the horses, deer, birds, ducks while you relax the day away. Ahhhhh…
Normandy is beautiful but filled with interesting spots and lots of narrow driving. Arriving to this B&B in the hands of Madame Pichon is a perfect escape. The building is impeccable yet homey, resting is comfortable and peaceful, the grounds are serene and beautiful (with horses to pet), and breakfast with homemade perfect croissants will set you up for great days. Merci!
Bayeux is an unspoilt town with an abundance of interesting attractions and it is popular and often crowded. So a quiet, comfortable base within easy reach is an important part of planning a visit. This country retreat in a setting fit for an Impressionist masterpiece is perfect. for the purpose. The only sounds are the murmur of the adjoining river and the distant neighing of the horses in the grounds. Rooms and breakfast? 21st century amenities and comfort with the artistic embellishments of a grand chateau. The breakfasts are also so artistically presented that enjoying them with appropriate relish seems almost an act of desecration.