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A L'Approche de la Mer

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Very Good 4/5 Score from 2 reviews

B&B | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Our charming town house is ideally situated in the seaside resort of Houlgate on the Normandy coast of France, close to 2 kms of sandy beach, local shops, restaurants and amenities. We rent out the top floor of our house, comprising 2 interconnecting rooms (one with double bed, the other with 2 singles) as well as a spacious private bathroom. We provide all sheets, towels, and beach towels necessary. A generous continental breakfast is available on request, at a supplementary rate. For your comfort, you can relax in our sitting room with television, or lounge in the sun in our pretty backyard protected from the wind.

From the house you have direct access to the wide sandy beach stretching from the cliffs of the 'Vaches Noires' to the picturesque 'Port Guillaume'.

Numerous activities are organized on the beach including games for the children and a mini club.

A mini golf course is located in front of the Casino, at a short distance from the house.

Discover the neighbouring seaside resorts of Cabourg, Deauville and Trouville, with their casinos, grand hotels, gourmet restaurants and elegant shopping facilities, all within a 20 minute drive from the house.

The quaint medieval town of Dives sur Mer, famous for being the departure point of William the Conqueror, with its beautiful commemorative church is a mere 5 minutes' drive away.

For a day's excursion, why not visit the historic city of Caen with its castle, Bayeux with its renowned tapestry, the debarkation beaches and American cemetery along the coast, or the harbour towns of Honfleur and Le Havre.

If you are travelling by car, a private off-street parking space can be reserved for you directly opposite the house;

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach less than 50 m from the house
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: St Gatien (Deauville) or Orly / Charles de Gaulle, Nearest railway: Houlgate in the summer months or Deauville all yea
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

General Central heating, Wi-Fi available
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Lounge seats for 2
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking

The Normandy region

The Calvados region of Normandy is famous for its cider, apples and local cheeses.

Many of the coastal towns are reputed seaside resorts dating back to the 19th century, each with a grand hotel, a casino, and a wide, sandy beach.

The city of Caen was the home of the Duke of Normandy, who set sail from the town of Dives sur Mer to conquer Britain in 1066.

Dividing his time between his castle in Caen, and his castle in Hastings, William the Conqueror is a central figure of this region.

The tapestry in Bayeux recaptures in detail the events of the Battle of Hastings and is well worth a visit.

The region is also famous more recently for its debarkation beaches, and the American cemetery not far from the beach of Omaha.

A visit to the towns of Deauville and Trouville is also recommended, not only for the horse races, but equally for the fashionable shops and gourmet restaurants.

The picturesque town of Cabourg is famous for being the last port of call for the French author Marcel Proust who lived and died in style at the grand hotel, and who reputedly bought his madeleines at the Houlgate and Cabourg patisseries.

Another ideal place to visit is the quaint harbour town of Honfleur, where artists congregate to paint the breathtaking views.

Further down the coast from Honfleur is the large port of Le Havre, also well worth a visit.

The town of Houlgate has a microclimate due to the protection of the hills behind.

Important annual events in the town of Houlgate are the carnival at the onset of spring, with impressive parades through the town streets, the 'Plein Vent' kite festival, where kites and balloons of all shapes and sizes colour the skies over the beach for a weekend in April, the Street Festival in July and Festijazz offering a variety of spontaneous musical events over a week in August.

Houlgate also offers a series of classical concerts in the St Aubin church during the summer, as well as free concerts at the kiosk in the local park with arena for seating.

In October of each year, the town of Houlgate hosts the European film festival at the local cinema held in the casino.

Houlgate

Houlgate has a wide variety of sporting facilites, including a magnificent golf course, riding stables, tennis courts, olympic traning sports centre, kite surfing and beach volleyball.

There is also an outdoor swimming pool reserved for lessons over the summer.

A mini golf course fronts the beach, and there are 2 park areas with games and activites for children.

Local amenities include a casino with cinema, not to mention a wide sandy beach under full surveillance during the summer.

Sailing and windsurfing facilities are located 2 kms down the beach at 'Port Guillaume'.

The cliffs of the 'Vaches Noires' at the outskirts of Houlgate are worth exploring for fossils.

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27 Aug 2014

3/5

"A place to sleep"

We arived later then aspected but the direction was waiting for us. The bedrooms are situated on the second floor. When you want to go from the biggest room to the bathroom you have to enter the other… More

13 Jun 2014

4/5

"Friendly host and pleasant accommodation"

Accommodation was very good with all mod cons.Centrally located with easy walking access to beach, shops, bars and restaurants.There was a reserved car parking space available for a small fee.The host… More

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