L’Orangerie du Grand Jardin, situated in the tranquil rural town of Conde-sur-Seulles, 8 km from Bayeux, makes for the perfect place to stay whilst exploring the D-Day landing beaches, memorials and museums.
I fell in love with the property whilst browsing the Holiday Lettings website and in real life, it did not disappoint. Greeted with chilled Champagne on arrival and a friendly cat who popped in for cuddles every evening, you know you have found somewhere special when you don’t want to leave!
The Orangerie is bright and spacious, beautifully furnished and decorated throughout in a period style, with three large bedrooms and two bathrooms. At the rear of the property is a large shared garden with a barbecue and ping-pong table.
The property is attached to an 18th century chateau, which is owned by Claudia, a most gracious and welcoming host, who shared some of the history of her home. Its original occupant served as a Musketeer and personal guard to the French King, then during the second world war, the chateau was occupied by a German officer, the family were forced to live in a room upstairs.
The area is steeped in history with countless museums and places of interest to visit. Here are a few suggested highlights.
German gun battery at Longues-sur-mer
Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery
Arromanches and Gold Beach
The Juno Beach Centre