Barn | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
A home from home newly available for the rental market, le Clos Pierrot provides a truely flexible space with all the comforts of modern living, whilst respecting the barns' 19th century rustic origins as a milking parlour and farm workers accommodation.Ten minutes from the fantastic unspoilt west coast, the property is well situated for those seeking either total relaxation, a simple family holiday, or as a base to explore the Cotentin pensinsula and world famous attractions such as Mont ST Michel a little further afield.
Located up a tiny lane in beautiful rolling "bocage" countryside with one near neighbour well screened by mature trees and shrubs, the house has its' own large private garden. Le Clos Pierrot has been our main family home but is now a "residence secondaire" due to work relocation. The house is full of life and happy memories, in addition to being well-thought out for rentals and we are delighted to be able to welcome and share the experience with guests. You really do have the place to yourselves, but we remain only a phone call away should you need any assistance during your stay.
On entering the house a large well-equipped farmhouse kitchen welcomes you, spacious enough to include a dining area. The main open plan living space has a large dining and living area on the ground floor, leading up to a mezzanine snug with wood burner, and a minstrels gallery connecting through to 1 single bedroom, one family sized bathroom with jacuzzi bath, and one bedroom with a double and single bed. A further bedroom with kingsize bed and adjacent shower room is located on the ground floor.
There are plenty of books, toys and games, an art cupboard, a film cupboard, wifi and an English and French t.v and dvd player. The garden contains swings, and the old pressoir opposite the house contains a selection of childrens and adults bikes, scooters, garden and beach toys. There is a home made but very effective BBQ and garden furniture. A selection of fresh herbs can be found near the kitchen door for your culinary delight.
Local activities include walking, cycling, all things beach and sea related, golf (within an hour,) horse riding and -for the thrill seekers- accrobranch, paintballing and laser games. Excursions incude the port of Cherbourg with great shopping and a state of the art aquarium, the D-Day landing beaches, Bayeux tapestry and town, Caen, and Mont ST Michel. There are plenty of interesting local markets, boot fairs and festivals held throughout the year which often give a fascinating insight into Cotentine life.
A wealth of gastronomic delights await your taste buds, in particular all things seafood, apple, dairy and beef related, this being a land of "terre et mer." From local producers selling their wares at the markets, to the famous mussels and oysters of ST Vaast, and a range of excellent restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets, you are sure to take home some memorable foodie experiences.
There is plenty of info on the local area at the house, however we are more than happy to help with personal recommendations if you wish.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Barneville-Carteret 9 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Caen Carpiquet 100 km, Nearest railway: Valognes 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Normandy region
A word from the owners- what makes Le Clos special?
Le Clos Pierrot suited us perfectly in terms of location; we quickly decided that the stretch of coast around Barneville-Carteret generally had the best weather on the peninsula. The winning combination of vast empty tracts of sand and enormous dunes, or sheltered coves such la Potiniere beach Carteret, with its warm lagoons, bar restaurant and ice cream kiosk gives plenty of scope for active or lazy beach days all year round. Other plus points for us are the ease of access from Cherbourg ferry port (30 mins), the array of local food products from land and sea, and the diversity of the Pensinsula with its varied landscapes, including the well preserved "bocage" network of tiny field and hedges, the marshlands national park. and of course the uncrowded roads and tranquil atmosphere.
In addition, La Manche is a great base from which to make day trips a little further afield to experience such national treasures as the Bayeaux tapestry and Mont St Michel. Paris too is only a 2.5 hr train ride away and perfectly feasible as a day trip from Valognes.
Barneville has supermarkets, banks, post office, garages great butchers and bakers, even a Vietnamese restaurant amongst the brasseries and traditional French restaurants and hotels. There are also tennis courts,and a very good riding stables with English and German speaking owners.
Carteret is the chic end of town, with several very good restaurants plus epicerie fine, delis, clothing and decor boutiques patronised by Parisiens who help bring a cosmopolitan atmosphere during the summer season. There is also a cinema and sailing school.
Along the coast there are various sailing, windsurf,and surf schools, the coastal footpath and some great restaurants in unusual places, such as the old lighthouse "Le Semaphore" half an hour away at Flamanville.
Les Pieux and Beaumont hague have heated indoor swimming pools and spas.
Barneville has an excellent market on Saturday mornings and Carteret on a Monday, there are also many "Vide Greniers" (empty attic) sales and village fetes worth a look. Examples include La Fete de L'Ane in celebration of the Cotentin donkey in the local village of St Georges de La Riviere, or La Fete de La Mer at Carteret, a working fishing port.