You’re on a residential street overlooking the Place de Gaulle, a short walk from the astonishing 11th century cathedral at the heart of this ancient town. Helpful Pascal has transformed his antique-filled handsome town house into a lovely place to stay with beautiful lawned gardens (for lazing in the shade or playing boules). Bedrooms are comfortable and elegant, full of space and light, each with their own smart modern bathroom – one on the ground floor has its own entrance and terrace. Breakfasts are a paean to the baker’s art, with fruit, yoghurt, homemade jam and much more. Explore historic Bayeux.