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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Harold's Place is a converted barn completed in June 2013 Close to the D Day landings, Mont St Michel, Bayeux, Caen St Lo and the glorious country side of Normandie.
It is situated 1 1/2 miles from St Clair sur Elle a good sized village. It has a well stocked shop, bakers, butchers, bank, La Poste, Petrol and garage, and of course a bar and church. St Lo is 8 km away with Bars shops restaurants art gallery and a cathedral with a brass shell still stuck in the wall. St Lo has one of the best French markets on Saturday in Normandie
The beaches are 25 minute drive, the closest being Omaha.
It comprises of lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room 2 bedrooms and private garden. All furnished in tradional style with paintings and pottery to make it homely. We have tried to make it as inviting as if we were going to stay there.
All rooms have electric heaters for those chillier evenings.
There are 2 double bedrooms, both have original French beds and their own W.C. and wash basin en-suite. A hairdryer, alarm clock radio chest of drawers and hanging space. Linen and towels are provided
The lounge/diner is cosy and has the benefit of a pot bellied wood burner, dining table, sofa, easy chairs and English T.V., radio and DVD player, loads of books. Side lights add to the ambiance in the evenings
The quaint, bright, kitchen with yellow gingham curtains at the windows has gas hob, electric oven, fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster and an array of pots'n'pans
The downstairs shower room has W.C. wash basin, tiled shower and washing machine.
There is a private garden, patio area, BBQ , fire pit and adequate safe parking for 2 vehicles.
Harold's Barn is named after an American Soldier called Harold who was killed here 10 days after D Day. He was awarded the Purple Heart for bravery. There is a plaque dedicated to him on the wall outside our cottage. We have dedicated the barn to his memory and all the men who died during WW11.
The absence of air pollution is ideal for star gazers but if you prefer somthing closer to earth look no further than the hedgerows for the glow worms to do their stuff.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Omaha is the nearest 25 minutes|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Lison 8 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Basse-Normandie region
We are situated in the heart of the first few days of the D Day landings. I am currently compiling a book for the gite with all the local history of the period - it may take a while!
Normandie famous for its cheeses, fudge, cider and calvados long before the German invasion in WWII. Is an area of lush country side, apple blossom and chilled out cows.
The climate is warmly mild in Spring and Autumn and hot to very hot in the Summer.
The beaches to the North ( D Day landings) have miles of golden sand and low tides ideal for paddling and safe bathing. The West coast has the Atlantic (next stop America) and is popular with surfers and all the other energetic water sports. The famous Mont St Micheal is just over an hour away.
One of the best attractions are the empty roads, even in the middle of the tourist season - imagine?!
Our Village is St Clair sur Elle and has grown since the war into a large village with everything you need. It takes 25minutes to walk there.
Through the village and down a single cart track is a walk that takes you to the "fountain". Go down the wooden steps and find the little shrine where the waters are supposed to have healing powers for eye problems. Whether you have occular trouble or not it is a lovely walk.
There are a couple of monuments dedicated to the fallen and wounded soldiers around St Clair. Take time to read the stories on the plaques at the monument just north of the village en route to St Margarite. Then if you want a real traditional French workers lunch carry on to the Vallee bar and have a Plat du Jour, 3 courses including wine and cider for €11.00.
And that is just our village.
In Cerisy just a few miles away is a wonderful Abbey and forest populated by deer and wild boar - wonderful walks.
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27 Oct 2014
Myself and my partner stayed here for a week at the end of September into October.Its a very charming little place sent in the quiet Normandy countryside. Susan and John are very helpful and were bril… More
St Lo is not the clubbing capital of Normandie it has to be said! However there are some lovely bars and restaurants, and, we are discovering more of them. Trip advisor has a list of rated Restaurants in St Lo on its web site - well worth a look.
Unfortunately when these guests came it was the beginning of Autumn and the options were limited. Sorry:)
1 Aug 2014
"PERFECT place to stay in Normandy! Piece of Heaven!"
We stayed at Harold's place for a week in July 2014. It was our home base from which we visited the Normandy beaches, Mont St. Michel, and other sites in the area. It was near-perfect! The ow… More
22 Apr 2014
"Very Friendly and Rural"
The owners met us and were very helpful throughout our stay. Speaking native English communication was not a problem. The cottage was very homely and welcoming. A bit tricky to find but they provided detailed instructions from the ferry right to the door that we had no difficulty in following.
It was a bit cool in the cottage (it was early in the year...) but there were heaters and the wood fire quickly warmed up a cozy corner on the main floor. The owners had conveniently provided us with several food items to get us started and the kitchen had all the utensils you could think of needing. (Very) hot water was always available.
The cottage is conveniently located for Saint-Lo but also many other areas in Normandy (all only a short drive away).
Thank you for your kind response. We are sorry the April weather was not very warm but that is spring for you!
We will test the heat of the water and maybe turn it down a tad. I guess its better than not hot enough!!
Sue and John
12 Sep 2013
"Wonderful French countryside holiday"
I stayed at Harold's Place with my boyfriend for a week in September 2013.We had a fantastic time and thought the cottage was very pretty and homely. It had a lovely atmosphere and was a great pl… More
12 Aug 2013
"A piece of rural French charm with loads of history"
We spent a glorious week here visiting the invasion beaches and Bayeux with our teenage son. The welcome was warm with wine and cheese waiting for us! Sue and John went the extra mile for us to enable… More
7 Aug 2013
"Great place for a great holiday"
A cozy cottage in a beautiful and quiet part of Normandy, France. A few minutes away from the nearby village and ten to fifteen minutes away from a larger city called St. Lo. The beaches are 25-30 min… More