La Beauconniere - A Charming Normandy Bed and Breakfast
Dean, Susan and their children, George 17, Elizabeth 15 and Oliver 13, welcome you to La Beauconniere, where much more than a comfortable bed and an excellent breakfast await you. We are an Anglo-American family and pride ourselves on our warm welcome, old-fashioned hospitality and modern notions of comfort and cleanliness. From the moment you enter the magnificent tree-lined drive you will be made to feel as though you have arrived at the home of old friends. You will be made to feel right at home.
A bed and breakfast ought to have excellent beds and delicious and plentiful breakfasts. Otherwise, failure seems certain. At La Beauconniere, we can assure you of a comfortable night's sleep on some of the best beds to be found in all of France. Our guests have told us so! In addition, all of our furniture is made of wood; no rattling old iron-framed or chintzy formica beds here. The rooms are all large and bright and full of character. The guest bedrooms are all self-contained in the renovated old farmhouse (top right) and offer absolute privacy and peace and quiet.
Breakfast at La Beauconniere is a real event. We serve it family-style in the lovely old dining room; where everyone gets to know each other. Susan, who hails from the state of New York, loves to bake, and always adds a homemade component to the breakfast table. So, in addition to fresh croissants, baguettes, yoghurt and fruit juice, you will find banana breads, pear-spice breads, oatmeal muffins, fritatas, zuchini breads, or other tasty treats. During breakfast, Dean is more than happy to help you plan your daily sight-seeing itineraries, make dinner reservations, and advise on local events and off-the-beaten-track excursions.
The dining room is also available in the evening for those guests who may wish to prepare a cold supper in the breakfast kitchen and dine in, rather than eating out for every night of their stay.
La Beauconniere is ideally placed, midway between the D-Day Beaches at Omaha, Utah, Sword, Juno and Gold and Le Mont St. Michel, and is just 25 minutes from the beautiful medieval city of Bayeux with its celebrated tapestry and cathedral.
La Beauconniere During the Battle of Normandy
La Beauconniere is situated within the rural village of Lamberville in the department of La Manche in Lower Normandy. Lamberville was liberated during Operation Cobra by the 5th Infantry Division (The Red Diamonds) of the U.S. Army. The battle here in Lamberville took place on and around the 29th July, 1944, and saw many casualties. The helmet shown on the left, which clearly displays the Red Diamond, was found in 2009 in a hedgerow very close to La Beauconniere. Upon the liberation of Lamberville, the Red Diamond Infantrymen were engaged in a ferocious engagement known as the Battle of Vidouville, about 4 kilometres away from here. The following is a link to a list of the names of those brave souls of the Red Diamond who were Killed in Action in and around Lamberville: http://www.oocities.org/yjbellanger/normkia.html
You may also wish to read a first-hand account of the action in and around Lamberville in a book written by a veteran: Foot Soldier for Patton: The Story of a Red Diamond Infantryman, pp. 107-109, by Michael Bilder, 2008. http://www.amazon.de/Foot-Soldier-Patton-Diamond-Infantryman/dp/1612000908
In addition, the old farmhouse at La Beauconniere was used as a safe house by two French Resistance fighters, both local men, who left behind their signatures on a wall, dated Juin 14, 1944, as well as a large cache of live ammo!