About the home
Ideally located just 150m from extensive dunes and a beautiful sandy beach on a very quiet street. Low tide reveals rock pools, mussel and oyster beds ideal for exploring. Fantastic walks along the wide sandy beach or through the dunes. Perfect for a beach holiday or as a base from which to explore the green countryside and numerous interesting places in the area.
The dunes are a protected area (although no restricted access) and are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Several types of wild orchid can be found. Frogs and crickets can be heard in abundance on a still summers night. The lack of light pollution makes the dunes an ideal place to gaze at the night sky and shooting stars are commonly seen during the summer and autumn.
Lindbergh Plage is approximately 4 km from Portbail, the nearest town, with it's historic churches, harbour and famous market square. Fresh local produce can be found all year round. Portbail has a strong fishing community and is proud of it's local oysters and mussels. A supermarket is available in addition to local shops. At low tide Portbail can be reached by walking through the dunes and across a very narrow footbridge which is normally covered by the sea at high tide!
Fresh bread and food basics are also found at Denneville, situated due south of lindbergh, and can be reached by walking through the dunes or along the beach (approx 10 mins away) Nothing beats an early morning stroll, beach-combing the tide line and then returning for breakfast with a fresh baguette.
The house is located approximately 35 mins drive from the D Day landing beaches (Omaha and Utah) with their many interesting museums and moving memorials. German bunkers and American fox holes can still be found in the local countryside and forests and if you look closely you will see war materiel being used as everyday items in the most unlikely places.
Simply put, Les Dunes is the ideal location for a real holiday by the sea!
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Lindbergh, 50m|
|Will consider:||House swaps|
Nearest amenities: 4km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||4 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
Further details indoors:
•All bedrooms have solid wood floors and large Velux windows (child lockable)
•Wood burner and underfloor heating downstairs
•Master bedroom with small en suite shower and balcony
•Further twin bedroom (can be made into another double) and two single bedrooms,one with balcony access
•Family bathroom with sink, WC and bath
•En suite with sink, WC and shower
•Separate WC downstairs
•Modern open kitchen with breakfast bar
•Open plan living and dining area
•TV (UK and French terrestrial channels), DVD and stereo
•Separate ‘quiet’ room for reading or games
•Utility room off kitchen with washing machine
Further details outdoors:
Enclosed garden with BBQ area and wooden decking. Swing and various garden toys, rotary washing line. Ample parking in front of property. Accessed via a lockable gate to the front of the property (secure for children) Very welcoming and friendly neighbourhood with a 'village' feel to it (neighbours on both sides and to the rear of the property) Don't be surprised if you are invited to share an aperitif or to view the days fresh lobster catch!
Wecome pack on arrival (fresh baguette, croissants, milk, butter, home made jam and a bottle of Normandy Cider)
English-speaking representative on hand to answer any questions.
£200 non returnable deposit required at booking.
Strictly no smoking inside the property.
Refundable breakages deposit of £150 required on arrival, to be refunded within two weeks of your departure (subject to satisfactory property inspection).
The Normandy / Manche region
Famed for it's beautiful coastline and internal maze of countryside lanes (Bocage), Normandy is a French centre of dairy production. It's butter is famous around the world as is it's Cider and Calvados. Springtime sees an abundance of apple blossom and orchards are everywhere.
Geographically situated opposite the Channel Islands. Day trips to Jersey can be made by boat from Carteret harbour (10 min drive from Lindbergh) which are highly recommended.
Normandy will be forever known as the site of the allied D Day landings and subsequent liberation of Europe during WW2. A visit to Omaha and Utah landing beaches is facinating and guided tours are available. A trip to the war graves cemetary at Colleville is a powerfully emotive experience. The famous museum to airborne troops at St Mere-Eglise should not be missed.
Other attractions include (far too many to list - so here is a taster);
•Chateau de Pirou
•German bunkers and tunnels at Cherbourg
•Cap de la Hague lighthouse
•City de la mer (submaries, aquarium etc) Cherbourg
The Portbail / Lindbergh Plage area
Portbail is a quaint market town with fishing harbour and historic church. There are several simple restaurants serving quality local produce. Market day is the busiest day of the week where organic vegetables and locally caught fish can be found. Fresh, local mussels and lobster feature highly.
There are several horse riding schools and rental stables in the immediate vicinity. Donkey treks can be arranged (highly reccommended) lasting half a day ,with a picnic stop, you can follow a coastal path or a chemin vert (green lane) through the local countryside.
Lindbergh Plage is ideal for kite surfing and buggy riding. There is a land sail club which runs courses and taster sessions 5km away.
Course fishing lakes are available at day rates in the area. Beach fishing is available on the doorstep! Boat fishing trips with local fisherman may be arranged (subject to season and weather)
There is a Sailing Club in Portbail which runs courses throughout the summer. River kayaks can be hired for guided tours (6km away)
How to get there
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Ferry - Cherbourg approximately 40 mins drive (Brittany Ferries)
Ferry - Caen approximately 90 mins drive (Brittany Ferries, P&O)
Ferry - Le Havre approximately 2.5 hours drive
Rail - Nearest main line station Valognes (Paris direct in 2hrs 50mins)
Air - Cherbourg (Maupertus) regional airport (summer)
Air - Rennes (2 hrs by car)
Air - Dinard (3 hrs by car)
Air - Paris Charles de Gaulle 4 hrs by car
Arriving by car;
From the Portbail roundabout head south for 1.5 km over the estuary. Lindbergh Plage is signposted to the right. Take the Lindbergh road towards the sea. Turn left into Avenue Madon just before the beach.
Activities near Portbail
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
18 Feb 2013
Had a really lovely week at Les Dunes in August 12 with our three children.
The house is very well equipped and everything was spotlessly clean and tidy upon our arrival.
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27 Aug 2012
Karen met us when we arrived and had the house ready early. Really nice lady who speaks good English. We had a tour of the house and received a Welcome Pack which was useful. The house was well appointed with everything we needed. it was clean and had really comfortable beds and we slept well. It had a good TV with English terrestrial channels. The house was light and airy and was situated in a quiet road near to the beach and the neighbours were lovely too. The garden was large and suitable for small children with swings and a barbecue. There is a bar at the other end of the road where you can get food and they speak english. Port Bail nearby has some nice restaurants, the Pizzeria (Fenix) was good (English spoken) La Repere over the bridge did the best fish and chips ever. On Sunday's you can get cooked rotisserie chickens from a van on the square by the Church. Other good restaurants are the Bar Carteret and Cafe Marine in Carteret. Don't bother with the ruins at Pirou, a waste of time. Go to Coutances for shopping, some nice shops and cafes etc. Check on parking at the Tourist Office, you get a card for the dashboard and find out about parking restrictions. You're ok on the square until 2 p.m. but after that you need the blue clock card for the dash. Nice beach at Denneville. Nice area for a beach holiday but not many large towns nearby except Countances. Very enjoyable stay nontheless.
28 Jun 2012
Had a wonderful stay in Port Bai, the house was perfect for our requirements and in an ideal location. the welcome pack on arrival was a lovely touch and Karen (the owner) was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Ideal property for a family, very large and spacious with child friendly gardens. Thanks for a lovely relaxing break
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|23 Dec 12||13 Jan 13||£ 850||-||-||1 Week|
|13 Jan 13||2 May 13||£ 820||-||-||1 Week|
|High season||2 May 13||22 Sep 13||£ 990||-||-||1 Week|
|22 Sep 13||15 Dec 13||£ 940||-||-||1 Week|
|15 Dec 13||19 Jan 14||£ 890||-||-||1 Week|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Deposit of £200 is required at booking. Remaining balance to be paid six weeks prior to letting date.
It is the renters responsibility to leave the house in the the same high standard of cleanliness that it will be upon arrival.
A refundable breakages deposit of £150 will be required with the final balance (which will be returned within two weeks of the end of the booking provided there are no breakages) this deposit will be used against cleaning costs should the house be unclean.
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