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Barn loft Apartment


Excellent 5/5 Score from 18 reviews

Barn | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

A self catering 3 star classified, by Ministry Tourisme, apartment in a former barn attached to our 400 year old Normandy farmhouse we have renovated it to incorporate modern comfortable living along with the ambience of an old stone building. Set within the grounds of large country house of over 3 acres, both our units have separate entrances, secure parking and completely self contained... if you don't want to see us you don't!

This is a child free zone... we particularly attract couples looking to switch off and explore the area at a gentle pace, 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 with busy stressful careers, (we had those in London before moving to France 10 years ago!)...but, with the comforts that discernible couples are looking for.

Within 10 minutes of Utah Beach and set within the Park Naturel Cotentin & Bessin. We are ideal for long country or beach walks, there are rivers and canals, bird watching, the river Douve only 3km from us has a boat trip through the Marshes to see Cranes, Marsh Harriers, Egrets just to name a few species.

Set in the heart of the Normandy D Day Invasion beaches with WW2 Utah Beach just 10 minutes away, Ste Mere Eglise & Carentan both 4 miles from us, & as we are 2 minutes from N13 we are in an ideal location for easy access to go sight seeing, war tours etc.

We keep our pets here which include 2 Llamas, 3 Alpacas, 2 black sheep, a kune kune pig, 2 goats, chickens & a goose - everyone has a name and are not for eating! Also part of your stay here are our nutty Jack Russell's that are totally convinced we do the holiday rentals just for them to play with our visitors...they love our guests! 8 cats...all rescues, (we haven't chosen anybody they chose us!) please if you don't like animals this is not the place for you.

This apartment, a large open plan living/ dining area with a newly installed Godin wood burner - the new CO2 efficient design... curl up on the sofa watch TV or read a book in front of a roaring log fire... bliss! TV, DVD. Sky Free to view,stereo & radio.

There is free wifi throughout...but please do note the walls are over 4' thick so sometimes the signals can drop for a little while.

The double bedroom has a spacious en suite with a wet room area along with a super king sized bed 6'6" long x 6' wide...or can be 2 3' wide single beds. We're sorry but unsuitable for children or babies.

Note we are Ferme de l'Eglise which translates as Church Farm...we are right opposite the Church...please do not book here if you don't like Church bells or country noises.

Bayeux, Mont St Michel are just short drives away, it is even possible to go to Jersey for the day from here!

Bayeaux half an hour away, Caen, now that's a city worth exploring where William the Conqueror ruled from and is buried.... St Vaast a UNESCO site 20 minutes away, Honfleur 2 hours...the problem here is there is too much to do!

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Utah 10 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 8 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Paris 300 km, Nearest railway: Carentan 8 km
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
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 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The superking size bed is a zip & lock 6'6" long 6' wide - can be 2 3' wide single beds.

Open plan, recently converted 300 year old hay loft within a stone built barn with walls that are over 4 foot thick, a complete renovation to enhance old with modern facilities within a 400 year old property.

We've tried to think of everything! Free wifi, TV, free to view SKY TV, DVD player - masses of movies to include The Longest Day & Band of Brothers. Log wood burner, large dining table close to the fire, candles,, bed made up with 100% cotton crisp linen, bath sheet, shower towel & hand towel per person, toweling bathrobes...we leave out guest soaps, loo rolls and cleaning products as well.

In the kitchen you'll find every pot & pan that you could require, herbs, stock cubes, oils, tea bags and coffee. Kettle, microwave, gas hob, oven, toaster, kettle.

Then there are the brochures and all the information in the desk draw!


Further details outdoors

Secure off street parking, gated garden, private, not over looked and quiet - you are completely private...if you don't want to see us you don't!

This is a child free zone... we particularly attract couples looking to switch off and explore the area at a gentle pace, here's 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 & busy stressful careers, (we had those in London before moving to France 10 years ago!)...but with the comforts that discernible couples are looking for.

Set in 3 acres, the animals having most of the space, the garden is large with mature shrubs & trees with lawned area, 2 gazebos and a pond. We have a hammock between 2 trees, deck chairs and dining areas under the 2 wooden gazebos. The chickens quite often promenade on the lawns. Madge (Jack Russell) especially, will seek you out for game of ball!

We are set in the heart of the Normandy D Day Invasion beaches with WW2 Utah Beach 10 minutes away, Ste Mere Eglise & Carentan both 8 kms from us & as we are 2 minutes from N13 we are in an ideal location for easy access to go sight seeing, war tours etc.

Bayeux, Mont St Michel are just short drives away, it is even possible to go to Jersey for the day from here!

Animals - We're know as Arc de Noah here in our village! we have 2 Llamas, 3 Alpacas, kune kune pet pig, 2 very friendly goats, 2 sheep, lots and lots of bantam & silkie chickens all at liberty, 1 goose, 3 young Jack Russell's that live for visitors! & 1 little old poodle aged 14 & at least 5 cats

Cycling or walking holidays...1,000 km of trails for cycling with one of the 22km routes starting outside our gate!

If you like local produce then there are many farms open to the general public, where you can see the produce being made and buy some to take home. It's possible to have tours round the Camembert factories.

Further details

We do not charge a damage deposit - however we retain the right to charge should there have been wilful damage or neglect.

3 - 5 night prices include cleaning, linen, soap, dishwasher tablets, toilet paper etc.

5 nights + 50€ end of stay clean & linen charge on a self catering basis

Winter the heating and logs are included in the price... reasonable use that is!

The Normandy 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

St Mere Eglise

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 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, Mulbery Harbour, Point du Hoc,

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.

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1 Sep 2014


"We will be returning, again!"

This was our second stay at Ferme de l'Eglise and it won't be our last. The accommodation is amazing! Tansy and Mike's warm welcome makes you feel at home. They are so helpful and th… More

Good! We look forward to seeing you again and the Welsh cakes!!! Thank you for taking the time to write about us.

23 Aug 2014


"Can hardly wait to return"

While browsing the net to find places in Normandy for a proposed trip to France, I found this site. It sealed the trip. There were only 6 nights available in the summer and we booked our trip around t… More

17 Jul 2014


"Avslappnande och gästfritt"

Mitt i den franska landsbygden men ändå närhet till sevärdheter. Boendet är ombonat och genomtänkt för gästernas bekvämlighet. Tansy och Mike är gästfria och mycket kunniga om den lokala h… More

Thank you for taking the time to review us - and for the lovely letter & card about your beautiful part of Sweden...I am sorry I reply in Swedish is non existent!
We enjoyed your visit here with us and are so very pleased that you enjoyed your time here.

1 Jul 2014


"Perfection - what more is there to say."

When we arrived we were given a wonderful welcome by Tansy, were shown around the cottage and then invited to join her for a cup of tea which was most welcome after travelling for 5 hours. Tansy has e… More

31 May 2014


"Lovely Normandy Retreat"

Just home from a 5 night stay at Ferme de l'Eglise, Houesville, Normandy and really enjoyed our stay. Our hosts, Tansy and Mike, couldn't have been more welcoming and made our vacation one … More

Thank you, we do try very hard to help folk maximise their stay here in this beautiful part of Normandy...we're not just all about the WW2 Invasion, there is so much to see and do & we take great delight in helping folk find the hidden gems located hope you make that threat & do get back!

13 May 2014


"Exceeded Expectations!"

We had a wonderful time. The loft is just as shown in the pictures. Very spacious and clean. Kitchen was well stalked with everything that was needed. The bathroom was large and the bed very comfortab… More

Thank you for taking the time to praise us...always makes us feel good that we've helped make someone's stay with us enjoyable...that's why we're doing this!
Watch out for us on the TV over 70th anniversary...I've just secured accommodation locally for Fox News - hopefully we'll make prime time TV???!!!!
You left just as the major build up kicked in, but you saw how much work the villages & towns are putting in to make this 70th D Day anniversary special, this area is unique & we're so glad you got to see and experience the emotion.

3 Nov 2013


"fab relaxing break"

Just returned from a lovely week in the apartment at Ferme de L,Eligse. The apartment was perfect. We were able to just chill out which we both really needed to do. We were greeted by Tansy and Mike a… More

27 Sep 2013


"Paradise in Normandy"

Our stay at the Tansy and Mike's barn loft apartment was the highlight of our 10-day trip to France!- Location: perfect for visiting major sites in Normandy including the landing beaches, Mt St… More

Thank you so much for your lovely comments...perfect guests, we enjoyed meeting you and do hope that you do indeed come back!

19 Jun 2013


""Heaven's Gate""

I just returned from an 8 night stay on a 3 acre farm that was a little corner piece of heaven....Ferme de I'Eglise. My travel partner was my 90 year old father who is an American Veteran of Worl… More

It was a complete honour & privilege to have your father here and for us to take him round the area, it was a fabulous experience for us as well, to hear 1st hand his memories and recollections from the huge events here in 1944 it truly gave us a real insight into what some the young men 69 years ago went through. For us it really underlined why we love it so much round here, to see the local people wanting to thank your father, the directors of the museums welcoming him, the staff at The American Cemetery so helpful, all the local Mayors as well looking to mark his 2nd visit...we are only a small part of what you father gave.

20 Jul 2012


"Fantastic place to stay"

Ferme de l'eglise is a great place to stay. We stayed in the barn which was modern, very well equipped and very comfortable. The setting is charming. The chiming of the bells of the nearby church… More

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Calendar last updated:17 Oct 2014

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