Le Bois des Monts
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Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Le Bois Des Monts
Le Bois des Monts offers an idyllic rural holiday for all the family. Set in woodland with extensive views over the plain towards Caen the property offers plenty of space to run around with a superb indoor pool which can be opened up in sunny weather. Watch the horses in the paddock or watch the children play basketball on the terrace whilst relaxing with a drink.
Le Bois des Monts is an important historic building which served as the British headquarters from 6th June 1944 for about a month as they fought to secure the eastern flank of the D-Day landings. A small secure building in the grounds houses artefacts found on the property from this period and the annexe still contains names of the wounded chalked on the walls. The house is an excellent base for exploring the D-Day beaches and other WWII related exhibits.
Le Bois des Monts is ideally situated in the countryside for a family holiday yet only 10 minutes from the local beaches and watersports such as sailing, canoeing, kayaking and wake boarding. The nearby village of Merville Franceville Plage offers not only a superb beach, but mini-golf, a children's playground, and restaurants ranging from pizza to three course gourmet meals. Here you can also buy fresh from the fishmonger and butchers and there is a small supermarket. A weekly market on Thursdays from 9-12 offers fresh produce, clothing and you can pick up interesting second hand other items with a 'brocante' market the last Sunday in every month.
For those wanting something a little different, why not follow Le Route de Cidre? This route takes in many of Normany's best cider makers and this can be combined with visits to Camembert artisans as well. Normandy is steeped in history being the birthplace of William the Conqueror. A visit to some of the medieval chateaux and towns such as Falaise, Beuvron en Auge and Crevecoeur en Auge with its medieval jousts, is well worthwhile. No visit would be complete without seing the Bayeux tapestry which tells the story of the Norman conquest of England in 1066 - even the children will enjoy it with the tailored audioguide.
10 minutes from the port of Ouistreham, 45 minutes from the port of Le Havre and 15 minutes from the City of Caen with all its amenities. Le Bois Des Monts offers a peaceful location with modern facilities for a relaxing holiday or an ideal base to explore the D-Day beaches and the many beautiful sites that Normandy has to offer. The house is equally welcoming in winter with real fires in the dining room and living room providing a cosy focal point in addition to the efficient modern central heating.
The house and grounds are steeped in history and full details of its involvement in the D-Day operations can be viewed here
The accommodation can cater for groups of up to 8-10 with the possibility of additional beds if required. The house has a separate kitchen with range cooker and pine table seating 8, a large dining room seating 10 and utility room equipped with modern washing machine and dryer. Wifi internet is available throughout and the main lounge has a televison and dvd player as well as a selection of dvds to cater for all ages.
A separate 10m x 4m heated indoor swimming pool with panoramic opening doors provides the perfect area to relax whatever the weather.
Le Bois Des Monts is set in 6 hectares of private grounds and woods.
A small private museum exists of artefacts from World War 2 that have been discovered in the grounds.
Caen- 15 minutes
Paris - 2 hours
Pegasus Bridge - 5 minutes
Deauville- 25 minutes
Bayeux - 40 minutes
Falaise - 40 minutes
Omaha Beach- 50 minutes
Mont Saint Michel- 1hour 30 minutes
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Merville Franceville Plage 5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Deauville 31 km, Nearest railway: Caen 16 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The Normandy region
The Normandy / Calvados region
Landing Beaches: The largest military landing in history took place in Normandy on June 6, 1944. Monuments, museums, bunkers and cemeteries are a living commemoration to the Battle of Normandy. A perfect base from which to tour the beaches, the tiny town of Bayeux is built around the magnificent Cathedral of Notre-Dame and is home to the 200-foot long Bayeux Tapestry, a world famous masterpiece whose cartoon like scenes depict the epic tale of William the Conqueror's expedition to England in the 11th century
Caen War Memorial: The Caen Memorial continues its historic journey through the 20th century, from the Second World War to the world at the time of the Cold War. It also proposes a debate on the future of the planet. Exemplary with the wealth of the collection exhibited and the innovation of its presentation, a unique place. It is the quintessential starting place for an understanding of the events that took place leading to D-Day
Giverny: A pilgrimage for art lovers, this picturesque village on the banks of the Seine was the home of French impressionist painter Claude Monet. Visitors can wander through Monet's cheery spacious house and the exuberant gardens which were the inspiration of his famous waterlily series.
American Art museum of Giverny: The American art museum of Giverny will give you a global understanding of the work of the american artists that came to france at the end of 19th century to study and work on painting.
Rouen: A thriving industrial and commercial center and the third largest port in France, Rouen is steeped in history. Both William the Conqueror and Joan of Arc died in the town Victor Hugo called "the city of a hundred spires". Rouen is home to many museums as well as the Gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame, immortalized by French Impressionist Claude Monet.
Dieppe/Fecamp/Etretat: As the oldest seaside resort in France, Dieppe has something for everyone. Its history is retold in the castle museum. The Benedictine Palace & Museum, home of the famous Benedictine liqueur, is Fécamp's main claim to fame. Also, don't miss its picturesque marina. A short drive down the coast lies the village of Etretat, nestled between striking white cliffs.
Mont Saint Michel: The Abbey of Mont-St-Michel is perched precariously on a 264-foot high rocky islet connected to the mainland by a causeway. Surrounded by over half a mile of massive walls and reached by a steep climb up winding streets, it remains one of the greatest sightseeing attractions in Europe and the second most visited place in France after the Eiffel Tower. The Mont-St.Michel is also known for its tides, the highest on the continent, which race towards the isle at the speed of "galloping horses".
Alencon/Haras du Pin/Bagnole de L'Orne: A discovery of Normandy would be incomplete without a mention of this region's passion for horses, Tourists are welcome to attend any of the numerous horse shows and competitions and visit the many horse breeding estates, of which the Haras du Pin, or the "Versailles of horses", is the most exceptional. Alencon's Fine Arts and Lace Museum presents a major collection of French and European lace from the 17TH to the 20TH century. Bagnoles de l'Orne, a premier spa center, is also worth a visit
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2 Jun 2014
"Excellent - everything that was promised and more"
The house was larger than expected, clean and well appointed. The surrounding area and beaches were fabulous. The terrace has a fabulous view and is excellent for children to ride mini scooters round … More
12 May 2014
We spent an amazing weekend at Valerie's house. We were warmly welcomed and settled in by jumping straight in the beautiful indoor pool. People often say photos don't do a property justice… More
7 May 2014
"Brilliant base for exploring the Normandy wartime beach landings"
Great base for exploring the Normandy region. For WW2 enthusiasts, the cottage has some interesting history associated with the Normandy landings.(Valerie will be more than happy to show you these).Th… More
26 Mar 2014
"D-Day historic house"
This house with its own pool and plenty of bedrooms is one of the key buildings in the battle for Normandy. It has his own history and is surrounded by even more. Great views over the countryside and… More
10 Nov 2013
"Great location, lovely house, fantastic pool"
Stayed here October half term with 2 teenagers and 3 other adults so we didn't fill the bedrooms. However if we had been a bigger party there still would have been plenty of space. Pool fantastic… More
27 Oct 2013
"Full of character and a part of history"
When welcoming host Kevin gave directions to the house that ended with, "If you drive past the Highland Piper Memorial then you've gone too far" I knew that I'd booked the right ho… More
26 Sep 2013
"Perfect Weather, Beautiful Location, Fabulous Food and Unwanted Guests"
The house is in a beautiful location, perfectly suited for a family holiday. It is unfortunate that it was also dirty and infested with fleas. Setting off flea bombs though out the house and evacuatin… More
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