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Forget-me-not Chaumiere exterior

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Forget-me-not Chaumiere is situated near Honfleur, in the picturesque village of Marais Vernier in the preservation area of the same name. It is a traditional Normandie timber framed thatched cottage which is around 300 years old. The interior has been tastefully renovated with new heating & plumbing while maintaining the original character & old beams. The sides of the small timber framed barn in the garden have been opened up to create a covered seating/dining/play area with lighting & a brick BBQ for those lazy summer evenings. In Springtime the apple trees throughout the village are enveloped in the most fabulous blossom. For autumn & winter stays there are electric wall radiators in each room for visitors to control as they wish.

There is a flat screen TV with English satellite programmes, plus a selection of DVDs available. Broadband internet with Wifi is provided.

There is a daily fresh bread delivery, so you can have fresh baguettes & croissants waiting for you in the bread box by the gate ready for breakfast each morning & our Welcome Pack includes a jar of our own homemade jam, plus Normandie butter & milk.

The cottage is conveniently placed for visiting quaint Honfleur with its old cobbled quay, so loved by artists, its sandy beach & enjoying Normandie gastronomie at one of the numerous restaurants. Don't want to drive - then try sampling the village auberge (Auberge d'Etampage) only a 10 minutes leisurely walk from the cottage. Pont Audemer is only 15 minutes away. Known as the Venice of the North, it is a great & historic shopping centre with its attractive cobbled streets plus twice weekly markets on Monday & Fridays, many enticing boulangeries & patisseries & individual shops, as well as several major supermarkets.

Other attractions in the area include - Rouen & its Cathedral & famous clock tower; Deauville with its annual American Film festival, famous beach-side boardwalk of the Stars & stupendous long sandy beach; Lisieux - home of St. Theresa; Pont L'Eveque & Livarot famed for their cheeses; Giverney with Monet's home & gardens; plus various chateaux & abbeys nearby such as Chateau Harcourt or Chateau Champ de Bataille , the gardens of which featured in Monty Don ' s French Gardens programme on TV & the Abbaye Bec Hellouin.

The D Day landing beaches are also within easy travelling distance. This year there are many special events & exhibitions taking place to mark the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Honfleur 25 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 12 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Deauville - St. Gatien 37 km, Nearest railway: Le Havre 36 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 Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Upstairs: bedroom with double bed & cot (on request)

bathroom with shower & wc.

Downstairs: bedroom with 2 single beds

fully equipped kitchen with dining table & chairs

lounge with settee (clic-clac sleeps 2 adults), arm chairs & french windows leading to enclosed garden.

Satellite TV with English TV channels. A selection of DVDs are also provided for use with the DVD player or you can bring your own.

The cottage is fully insulated to modern standards & has electric central heating, so is convenient for winter breaks also.

Bed linen & towels provided.

Further details outdoors

Enclosed garden with flower borders, brick BBQ & covered eating/ play terrace area. Garden furniture provided.

Tennis court is a few yards away & cycle hire is available in the village.

Nearest swimming pool is in Pont Audemer (15 mins.) or sea bathing at the lovely sandy beaches at Honfleur & Deauville.

River fishing is possible in Pont Audemer & along the river Risle.

Water sports & sailing available at the Pont Audemer Etangs.

Further details

Welcome pack provided - which includes milk, orange juice, Normandie butter & our own homemade jam.

English owners living nearby.

The Normandy region

2014 is a special year in Normandie as it marks the 70th Anniversary of D-day - 6th June 1944. Many of the towns along the D Day beaches will be holding special events in remembrance, particularly those such as Arromanches, Pegasus Bridge etc.

It will also be the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War in 1914. The last decisive battle of World War 1 took place in August 1918 at Amiens which is 2 hours away.

Just to add to the special events taking place in Normandie in 2014 - from August 23rd to September 7th there will be World Equestrian Games at various venues including nearby Deauville & Caen.

Normandie is of course, famous for its dairy produce including the well known cheeses - Camembert, Pont L'Eveque & Livarot and its apple products. The rever apple is a speciality specific to the Marais & it is said to delight even the most demanding palate. In the spring the rows & rows of blossom covered trees are a beautiful sight. There is a special monthly apple fair nearby at St. Opportune-la-Mare from October to April, plus an apple museum. The local cider is a refreshing & tasty accompaniment to most dishes or try a local custom - the 'trou normand' - a glass of Calvados liqueur taken part way through a meal. In the autumn there are Apple Festivals celebrating the year's apple crop with local cider & other artisan products.

For our younger visitors there is also Eana, an adventure park opened on 2008, which offers an innovative adventure where visitors can discover & explore our planet Earth from our origins to 2050. While at Lisieux you can find a Zoological Park which offers a 'Safari in Normandie' with over 600 wild animals including rare breeds they are breeding for conservation of the species.

Even Paris itself is only 2 hours away with all its romantic & wonderful sight s.

Throughout the season there are many local foires (fairs) at which you can often see locals in traditional costume,

Every year Pont Audemer holds a Music Festival the Fete des Mascarets - from mid July to August 13th, starting & finishing with free open air concerts when the whole main street is closed off with sound stages. It is a great family event with a lovely atmosphere. During the Festival there are many other events - special local products markets, hot air balloons & many other attractions. A grand firework display, plus the concert round things off on 13th July.

August 14th is the Fete Nationale (sometimes called Bastille day by the British) a public holiday, when there are lots of special happenings throughout France.

Marais Vernier

Marais Vernier is in a Natural Park area within the meanders (Les Boucles) of the Seine given over to the preservation of Nature. There are many attractive picnic spots along the banks of the Seine. The Marais Vernier is one of the villages on the Route des Chaumieres (thatched cottages route) which takes you past some of the loveliest traditional Normandie Chaumieres. A few kilometres further down the Chemin du Roy (the road the cottage is situated on) is a special observation post for watching the wildlife of the Marais (Wetlands) at the Grand Mare. There are many flora & fauna exclusive to this area. On 1st May every year Marais Vernier village holds a special fete known as the Etampage, when a lot of the residents dress in local costume & some of the marais cattle are bought to the village to have their horns branded with the marais mark & there are stalls with local produce, wagon rides etc. While a baronial castle overlooks with village.


September 5th - 14th - Deauville 40th American Film Festival

September 13th-14th - Deauville Regatta

September 13th-14th - Lisieux - Rally of the Pays D'Auge

September 27th - 29th - Festival of the Normans - events throughout the area

September 30th - Lisieux - Son et Lumiere

October 3rd -5th - Paris to Deauville Rallt ending with Concours d'Elegance in Deauville

October 4th-5th - Deauville- Passionement Jardin

October 4th-5th - Honfleur - Fete des Crevettes

Pont Audemer market every Monday morning (general) & Friday ( farmers/ food)

Honfleur market - every Saturday morning.

Deauville Market every Tuesday, Friday & Saturday mornings

There are many other smaller markets in the villages around the area also.

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6 Aug 2014


"Chocolate box cottage in a chocolate box village"

This quaint little French village is situated a the foot of a small mountain and faces a national park. Your neighbours are other thatched cottages and farms with a church that chimes on the hour but not through the night! The cottage has everything you need and very well equipped as well as being comfortable and cosy. We were greeted on arrival ( a first for us and we've stayed in several gites), shown how everything works and left with complimentary jams, juice, milk and butter, which were delicious! Marianne even texted half way through the holiday to ensure we were ok too- so caring! Pont Audemer is approx 5 miles away and stunning. If you want a rural hideaway to relax, this is your place!

28 Mar 2014


"Lovely and peaceful"

This is a lovely 300 year old thatched roof cottage. There is plenty of room to relax and the decor is lovely. Beds are comfortable and everything worked properly. Marianne and Jenny met us and explai… More

7 Sep 2013


"Great Holiday Cottage"

If you like tranquillity this is the cottage for you.We had a great holiday stay in this beautiful thatched cottage.The cottage is set in a delightful quite village.Plenty of places to go and see.The … More

24 Aug 2013


"A truly comfortable cottage set in wonderful countryside"

A well equipped and comfortable cottage set in a area of great beauty, ideal for lovers of the countryside. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday this is the place to go. Within easy reach… More

16 Aug 2013


"A hidden gem"

We stayed in this pretty cottage for two weeks and can't fault it in any way. The children adored the place and we went for long walks every evening to visit the many horses along the thatched co… More

5 Oct 2012


"Delightful in every way!"

We had such a great stay at this fairy tale cottage. A perfect place to relax while also close enough to visit all the sites in Normandy. We loved the daily delivery of croissants and baguettes. The… More

17 Jul 2012


"A perfect relaxing get away"

We stayed at forget me not cottage in June. It was absolutely charming. The pictures dont do it justice. So quiet and a real get away from it all place.
My 2 boys loved it and the WiFi was faster than ours in England!!
Perfect for exploring beautiful Normandy.
Marianne and Jenny were so helpful. Wish we could have stayed longer.

23 Jun 2012


"Peaceful cottage in the farmlands"

This was a quiet, out-of the-way setting in the farmlands. It is remote and took 15 minutes to get out of the valley. We were there to see the sights in Normandy and take a trip to Paris, Giverny, etc… More

10 Jun 2012


"Absolutely fabulous"

Beautiful location. So peaceful. Accommodation was lovely and very comfortable. All the little things were thought of....even own to a jewellery box for the ladies!! Marianne (the owner) was wonde… More

2 May 2012


"Lovely little cottage in a relaxing setting"

Forget-me-not cottage was charming it was ideal for our relaxing long weekend visit to Normandy. Everything you need is suppliedin the cottage and the friendly welcome with welcome pack of milk, butter, jams was lovely.

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Calendar last updated:14 Sep 2014

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