Normandy Holiday Cottage
About the home
Just 10 minutes from Utah Beach, as we're 8 kms from equal distant to Ste Mere Eglise & Carentan, 2 minutes off the N13 our Normandy holiday cottage is in absolutely ideal location for discerning couples to explore the WW2 d day Invasion beaches. Arromanches, Bayeux, Bayeux Tapestry, Omaha Beach,
Our holiday accommodation here in Normandy is designed to attract couples looking to escape, switch off and explore the area at a gentle pace, this is a child free zone...here there are no traffic jams, stress and certainly none of the hustle and bustle of city living! We couldn't be more opposite to modern day living for those with busy stressful careers, (we had those in London before moving to France 12 years ago!) or for grandparents looking to escape from babysitting duties, teachers from the classrooms or even mums & dads just getting away for a while...but, with the all the comforts that modern living requires to include free WIFI throughout.
Along with all The Normandy Beaches just a stones throw away the American Cemetery, Point du Hoc, Arromanches, are all less than 40 minutes away, Pegasus Bridge & Mont St Michel just an hour away, we are right in the heart of it all. We have designed our own tour of The Normandy Beaches which we can print out for you and explain, but we also have a former Royal Marine in our village that does war tours so we'll be happy to introduce you.
A former boulangerie, we have converted it into a sweet little traditional French cottage. Downstairs is the lounge with TV DVD and SKY free to view, leading into kitchen with french doors that open into the Georgian style conservatory which is the dining room giving the illusion you are floating on the pond... french doors from here lead out onto the terrace at the side of the pond terrace. The newly fitted kitchen has oven, 4 ring gas top, larder fridge, dishwasher.
A Godin wood burner that kicks out loads of heat. The kitchen's french windows open out into the dining conservatory, Georgian style looking directly out on to the best view of the garden - the pond with it's fish, water lilies & hundreds of black & green frogs... quite often goosey goose too! This is quite simply the best part of the garden!
Upstairs is a double bedroom... but please note the bedroom is in the eaves, so anyone that is above average height you may prefer our barn apartment which has a superking bed 6'6" long x 6' wide!
Jet Lag from flying in or a very long journey?...we can organise a meal for your arrival and or groceries for your 1st night/morning just ask.
We are totally ecological - all our products are biological, no chemicals, recycled containers and not tested on animals, recycling is part of our terms.
I'm sorry but unsuitable for children.
We have lots of pets to include 2 Llamas, 2 Alpacas , 2 kune kune pigs, 2 Hebridean sheep, 2 goats, 60+ chickens... we don't kill anybody & breed chickens purely for looks! Plus our 1 goose & 2 turkeys that have made it through Thanksgiving, Christmas & Easter!!... in our home we have 5 little dogs & 5 cats... 2 of the dogs are quite elderly rescues - Monty now 20 I found at the side of the road beaten & starving...
Please do not book here if you don't like Church bells - (we are opposite the village church), we have cockerels that welcome the dawn and Stavros the donkey does bray, who is owned by our neighbours, but is convinced he belongs to us... regrettably he doesn't! .
We don't hear any of these noises they are just the rhythm of the countryside.
Free WIFI but note the house is 400 years old with stone walls in excess of a meter thick so the signal is not always the strongest in some places within the building.
There is a laundry room in the main house with washing machines & tumble driers.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedroom|
|Nearest beach:||Utah, 10km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 8km
|Family friendly?||Not suitable for children|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||1 Bedroom, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Double beds (1), Dining seating for 2, Lounge seating for 2|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Shared garden, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
Further details indoors:
In the lounge area 2 comfy sofas in front of the woodburner (electric heating throughout as well) with TV free to view SKY TV with all the BBC channels CNN etc. Free Wifi, DVD & many many DVD's to choose from - just ask! The kitchen has a 5 ring gas cooker & oven, dishwasher. French doors opening into the conservatory & onto the patio, garden with gazebos BBQ's for those balmy summer nights.
Use of laundry room with washer driers and washing lines, Iron etc.
Further details outdoors:
The property is in the heart of the village - originally the Farm for the Church - Ferme de l'Eglise translating to Church Farm. We have big electric gates (you are given a clicker so you have complete freedom to come & go) so everything is secure and private.
The garden has 2 gazebos so if you want to mix you can or if you want to be private you can... the Llamas and the other animals are all curious about our visitors and Madge our Jack Russell is completely convinced you are there to play with her... again if you don't want Madge as company just tell her to go away or better still play with her!
Chickens quite often are pecking round the garden, one of the 5 cats possibly asleep in a bush, lots of wild birds as we have bird tables...the only noise you get is birdsong!
Please NOTE we do not charge a damage deposit... we are far more comfortable trusting our guests and making you feel welcome and at home at Ferme de l'Eglise ...
If you require any assistance with planning other destinations as part of your holiday we can help with suggestions & recommendations for Paris & London...please ask.
Jet lag... flying in from USA & want to come straight up to us...just say, we are happy to organise a meal for when you get here & provisions for breakfast the next morning. Need shopping done before you arrive...just ask.
Winter prices include heating & logs - reasonable use that is!
Dogs we charge 50€ per dog regardless of length of stay as we do a deep clean & wash all the soft furnishings after each stay, it does take a lot longer!
The only extra is for end of stay clean & linen 50€
Our 3 to 5 night rate inclusive of all cleaning & linen.
For stays 5 + nights we charge pro rata.
* We have cats, dogs and many other animals please do NOT book here if you do NOT like animals or have allergies or you do not like country noises to include church bells.... there are cockerels here, Stavros the donkey is a field away but he brays...
Arrival times are flexible - if we are ready you can go straight in, we try to be ready from 1 p.m. Note please arrivals after 6.30p.m. are difficult for us unless prior agreement.
Smoking...we have smoking areas outside - no smoking inside please...
Dogs... positively welcome but sorry no bitches in season or big boisterous dogs, Dogs we charge 50€ per dog regardless of length of stay as we do a deep clean & wash all the soft furnishings after each stay, it does take a lot longer!
The Normandy / Manche region
Regional Park: We are set in Cotentin and Bessin Marshlands Regional Natural Park which covers 145,000 hectare with 144 villages and towns within the Park. Utah Beach located just 10 minutes away is set in a significantly important coastal protected area of 12,000 acres with the Beauguillot Nature Reserve/Bird Sanctuary of 1,200 acres this area being upgraded to a UNESCO site. The area is in stunning countryside and completely different each season. For example in the winter the marshlands flood to create a beautiful watery scenery with the big skies reflected, then in the summer it becomes pasture with cows peacefully grazing. The East coast being slightly wilder than the west coast, is very unspoilt especially with the government owning vast tracts of the coast line to preserve the natural beauty. This area in Normandy is also famous for it’s horses with numerous stud farms and training stables. On Utah Beach world class Trotting Horses are trained everyday on the beach. The beaches and seafood: There is something for everyone, bird watchers, beach lovers, gourmets, seafood lovers note the Oyster beds are located on Utah Beach and it's possible to buy Oysters at ridiculous low prices! Wine lovers, walkers, bike riders, horse riders, wind surfers, sand yachters, sailing, diving, horse racing, interest in the 2nd world war or just generally exploring…the problem here is that there is too much to do! Don't forget GOLF plenty of courses. Yet in the summer the beaches are paradise, miles and miles of golden sands a perfect spot for a peaceful read, a sun bathe or beach combing, shell fish gathering for your supper when the tide is out, it's safe to swim and it's not crowded. With the bird sanctuary on Utah Beach there is an amazing number of different species of sea birds and ducks If it is particularly quiet on the beach you may be able to spot the colony of seals. Huge mussels and oysters beds with the produce destined for the finest restaurants and tables in Paris and other gourmet destinations – it is possible to purchase shellfish direct from the farm shops locally
The St Mere Eglise area
We're very close to the motorway (can't hear it) equidistant 8kms to Carentan, Ste Mere Eglise and Utah Beach. We're in the heart of the American sector of d day Landings and invasion beaches WW2 Coleville Sur Mer the American Cemetery, Ste Mere Eglise our local town with the parachutist still depicted on the Church Tower, Omaha Beach, Arromanches, Bayeux, Mulbery Harbour, Point du Hoc, all very close by. Carentan our other local town bigger than Ste Mere Eglise has 5 supermarkets, harbour and large market day on a Monday. Plus direct train to Paris. Bayeux, Mont St Michel, Channel Islands all with in easy access. Monet's Garden 2 hours away.
How to get there
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35 minutes from Cherbourg Brittany Ferries - Poole & Portsmouth
55 minutes from Caen Brittany Ferries - Poole & Portsmouth
5 minutes Carentan direct train to Cherbourg, Caen & Paris
1 hr 30 to Dinard Flights to East Midlands & Southampton
3 hrs to Paris Charles de Gaulle
4hr to Calais for Le Shuttle & Sea France to Dover
Activities near St Mere Eglise
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
13 Oct 2012
My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights in October. It is difficult to describe how comfortable and convenient this little cottage is. There are all the mod cons and it is quaint, too, on top of... more
28 May 2012
What a wonderful experience!! Our recent trip to Normandy was made even more special with our stay at Tansy and Mike's. They are the most gracious hosts and we felt like we were staying with... more
30 Apr 2012
Our stay at Tansy and Mike's cottage was the highlight of our 14 day trip across Europe. Centrally located between St. Mere Eglise and Carentan, the property sits at the heart of all the most... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 2|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|winter including fuel||5 Jan 12||16 Apr 12||£ 490||£ 70||£ 70||1 Night|
|spring onwards||16 Apr 12||7 Jan 13||£ 495||£ 70||£ 95||1 Night|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Prices include all services, filtered water, electricity and logs for the wood burner.
50 € per stay to be left for cleaning and linen charges for stays over 5 nights.
3-5 night prices are inclusive of cleaning, linen, logs for fire.
Stays longer than 7 nights pro rota at rate booked at per night.
Peak periods no less than 5 nights.
Dogs are charged 50€ per dog regardless of length of stay.
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