L'Appel du Large
Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
L'Appel du Large is a traditional Norman fisherman's cottage, originally built in the 1930's, thoroughly rennovated in 2006 and further updated and refurbished in 2012 for a 3-star classification from the perfecture. It features fine sea views from its lounge/ dining area, open and equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, private garden, terrace and parking area. The villa is situated on a quiet residential street and is only a 10 minute walk (~700 m.) down to the active beach of Quiberville sur Mer by way of a pleasant pathway. The beach boasts many opportunies for both active water sports and more leisurely pasttimes. The Quiberville beach forms at the mouth of the Saane River and has extensive, flat sand at low tide and pebbles ("les galets") in its upper part. The beach is framed by impressive, picturesque chalk cliffs. The village of Quiberville is "tourist-friendly" with its new regional Tourism Office, packed with extensive information on the numerous local attractions and activities available aside from the beach itself, and many of the 700 local residents involved in some way with toursim.
From time immemorial, people have been drawn to the sea; for adventure, for discovery, for their livelihoods, for escape and contemplation, for recreation and fun, and for romance. The sea beckons us like the sirens of legend. As British poet John Masefield wrote in the second verse of "Sea Fever" (c. 1902):
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that cannot be denied.
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
The owners, Christine, a professional English-French translator and native of Seine Maritime, and Ira, a retired American university professor, hope that L'Appel du Large will help you realize your own special "call-of the-sea" holiday with the comforts of home in a delightful coastal setting. We look forward to giving you a warm Norman welcome, and, since we live only three houses down the street, will do all we can to make your stay most enjoyable.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Quiberville 700 m|
|Nearest Amenities||700 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Deauville 70 km, Nearest railway: Dieppe 16 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
L'Appel du Large has a total living area of over 45 sq.m., consisting of the main lounge/dining/kitchen of 20 m.; 2 small steps up to the principal bedroom (10 m.) with double bed and a large wardrobe and the full bath (5 m); the second bedroom (10 m) opens from the rear of the lounge and features two single bunk-style ("stacked")beds as well as stairs up to a sleeping loft/mezzanine with a double mattress (4 m.). This low-ceiling loft area has its own window with panoramic sea views for spectacular spring/summer sunsets. The kitchen is fitted with many new appliances of high caliber (full size frig-freezer, dishwasher, clothes washer). While the gite has comfortably accomodated 4 adults, the floor plan and arrangements lend themselves best to a family with children of any age or a romantic getaway for a couple - also of any age! The gite is decorated with original works, mostly seascapes, by an established local amateur artist - who happens to be the mother of Christine, the French half of the Franco-American owners team.
|Further details outdoors|
The wooden terrace (15 m.) features a separate, covered cabana/"tiki bar" (6 m.) area for outdoor relaxation, dining and refreshment. Besides an outdoor table, 6 chairs and 2 lounging chairs, a small picnic table is ideal for children. The private, enclosed and treed garden area consists of over 200 sq.m. allowing space for children to play or a pet to romp. The parking area is off-street and private. Out of respect for other guests, smoking at L'Appel du Large is permitted only outdoors and on the terrace.
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Preferred payment is in Euros. A 120 Euro security deposit is required. Bed linens and bath towels (one set of each as needed) are provided; a 15 euro reduction applies if you bring your own. Please bring your own beach towels. Surcharge for small, well-behaved pets: 40 Euros, to be refunded if no problems at the end of the stay. The gite should be left in the same condition in which you found it, so that no additional cleaning charges (30 Euros) incur. A lodging tax of .60 centimes per night per person age 13 and over is required, based on the cottage's 3-star rating. Normally, payment is accepted in Euros by bank transfer, cheque or cash on arrival (for the balances.) Credit cards payments may be accepted by special arrangement for full-week regular Staurday-Saturday stays only; please inquire if interested.
The Normandy region
Seine Maritime, on the coast ("Cote d'Albatre")of the English channel ("La Manche") and bordered by the Seine River to is one of two departments in Upper Normandy, Its capital, Rouen, is a renowned cultural and historic center, the site of the trial and burning of Jean of Arc and the setting for many famous works of art, including the cathedral paintings series by famed Claude Monet. Many of these works are on display in the Rouen art museum. Rouen is less than an hour away by car (50KM) or even less by way of the frequent local trains from Dieppe. A bit further away, around 60 km, is the major port city of Le Havre at the mouth of the Seine River, a designated Unesco site for its extensive modernization after the devastation of WWII. The well-known resort towns of Fecamp (Benedictine liquor) and Etretat (famous cliff formations) are even closer. The main Normandy D-day sites are easily reachable in a day trip; as are nearly all the numerous attractions of Normandy. Paris itself is about a 2 and 1/2 hour drive by car, or 2 hours by SNCF train from Dieppe.
Quiberville sur Mer
Quiberville is a resort and fishing village and a holiday destination in itself, particularly in season. British writer Peter Avis recently noted, in a travel guide for the Dieppe area, that Quiberville is a , " . . . quaint seaside village that recalls (if you are old enough) the English seaside of fifty years ago. A locally renowned place to buy fresh fish, halled hours or even minutes ago from the adjacent sea." The village welcomes visitors warmly and has a full slate of entertaining in-season festivities. (Please note that in the period of November-March, the village beach and surrounding areas are still fascinating to visit, but many local merchants and attractions, will not be open. The larger towns of Dieppe and St. Valery-en-Caux and the city of Rouen are more likely to have full slates of commerce and events in the so-called "low seasons.") Among the annually scheduled activities in Quiberville itself are 2 sidewalk sales/flea markets (May and August in 2013), several art/photo exhibits and concerts, a kite festival (May), and an equestrian festival (August). In ready reach within the village are a bicycling route, several walking paths, extensive water sports, an enclosed tennis court and mini-foootball pitch, The beautiful seaside villages of of Varengeville sur Mer (many celebrity homes and a renowned public garden) and Veules-les-Roses (with a picturesque promenade to the beach past several watermills) are each about 10 minutes away by car. Within 20km or less by car are various touristic castles and manors, lovely gardens, farm visits, museums, such as one for the ill-fated Dieppe Raid of August 19, 1942, light houses, antiques and brocante shops, other beaches, a golf course, and , in case you are feeling lucky, beach-front casinos in Dieppe and St. Valery-en-Caux! Rouen (about an hour away) will host a major tall ship regatta, L'Armada 2013, 6-16 June, featuring not only numerous sailing ships from around the globe, but much entertainment as well. This major event is scheduled only every 4 years, so try to catch it in 2013 if you can!
Shopping and dining: Quiberville has a year-round small grocery/bar/tabac; another grocery, three restaurants and a newly-opened beauty salon; a few snack and tourist shops are open on a seasonal basis. A pharmacy and a newer cafe/grocery are about 3-4 km away. The market town of Luneray, about 8 km, has 3 supermarkets, several small cafes, many other shops, and, perhaps most interesting, a vibrant, year-round Sunday farmer's market. The nearest shopping/cultural center is Dieppe, which also has dozens of dining choices. For house-hunters/browsers, Luneray has two estate agencies and and Dieppe has over a dozen.
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31 May 2014
"Great holiday break (again)"
This is our second visit to L'Appel du Large and we'd go back again. It's a cracking little spot, very quiet and perfect for exploring the numerous sites in the area. Very clean, well p… More
Many thanks!! Its certainly been our pleasure to have you back, and hope you will be able to return.
30 Sep 2013
"One of the best holiday homes"
The House was spotlessly clean.Everything had been well thought out, even down to a Pinafore for cooking, very well equipped.Ideal location for getting around.Would certainly book this accomodation ag… More
1 Sep 2013
I stayed here in august 2013 with my wife and two teenage daughters. The cottage is situated in a lovely position with breath taking views over the coast. The cottage was spotlessly clean with the bes… More
2 Oct 2012
"Cosy Comfort on the Alabaster Coast near Dieppe"
L'Appel du Large is a bright and cheerful 'gite' situated in Quiberville near the top of a hill with an ocean view from the large floor to ceiling bedroom windows. It is wonderfully equ… More
17 Sep 2012
"Quiet, relaxing retreat, very well equipped"
The property is situated only a short distance from Dieppe which makes it ideal for a quick relaxing break from the UK. There is a lovely, shady, secure garden at the front - ideal for children (or p… More
20 Apr 2012
"Great base to explore the Alabaster coast"
The hosts were very friendly and helpful. They gave flexible arrival and departure times, and took time to greet us when we arrived.
The gite provided beautiful views of the sea due to its cliff top position. The gite had good natural light, but also thick curtains to allow long lie-ins in the morning. It was clean and modern. It had everything we needed, complete with seaside theme decor. It had useful off-road parking.
It was up a steep (yet manageable at 8 months pregnant) hill from the local shop, restaurants and beachfront.
As we were the second guests here we made a couple of suggestions that would have made us even more comfortable and the hosts took these on board. Both my husband and I really enjoyed our stay here and appreciated the extra mile the hosts went to make us feel welcome.
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