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The secure Gites courtyard and parking

Barn | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

"Le Merisier" is situated around a sunny, sheltered courtyard amongst other self-catering holiday apartments adjacant to Chateau Bellenau. The barns around the courtyard date back to the 18th century and retain many original features. Chateau Bellenau is a great venue for a relaxing family holiday with plenty for the children to do on site, and beautiful gardens listed for their historic value to use as your own during your stay. Easily accessible and well placed for visiting the wealth of interesting touristic sites on offer in the Basse-Normandie region.

Size Sleeps up to 12, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Utah Beach
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 4 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Dinard 162 km, Nearest railway: Carentan 4 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Sauna, Staffed property, Boat available
General Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (8), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Large double doors open onto the living room with a large sofa and satelite tv, and views into the courtyard, A spacious well equipped kitchen and dining room with large farmhouse table leads off from the living room. The kitchen has views towards the Chateau and a beautiful ancient stone niche in one wall, having formerly been used as a chapel in the 18th century.

The first floor has a double bedroom, and one bedroom with 1 bunkbed and 1 single bed. The bathroom and shower room are also situated on the first floor.

The second floor has one double bedroom and a huge attic room with five single beds, great fun for children!

Good quality mattresses and furnishings are used throughout, and the rustic charm of the building has been retained with exposed timbers and stone walls.

Further details outdoors

Use of the 8 hectare historical landscaped gardens with waterways, islands and grottoes is included.

The Normandy region

The Château is situated at the base of the Cotentin Peninsular, surrounded by varied areas of natural beauty and interest with over 200km of coastline to explore, you can find verything from rolling sand dunes to rugged cliffs. Why not sample the seafood and other indigenous culinary delights of the elegant costal ports of Barneville-Carteret, St Vaast, Barfleur or the busy port of Cherbourg?

Famously, an hour and a half to the west is Mont St Michel with its gothic monastry and the Christain Dior museum at Granville en route. An hour to the east the historic city of Bayeux with its world famous Bayeux tapestry and cathedral and the nearby Omaha beach and war memorial.

Paris is easily accessible as a day trip destination by train from Carentan to St Lazare in 2.5hours through beautiful Normandy countryside.

The region is of course well known for the many D-Day landing sites and museums and sites from the Second World War.

Local sporting attractions include fishing in the sea or the myriad of lakes and rivers nearby and golf, horse riding, canoeing, wind and kite surfing, land yachting, walking and birdwatching.

The rolling farmland countryside scattered with Manoirs and Châteaux is mainly put to horse breeding and dairy farming from which the renowned Creme Fraiche D'Isigny and various soft cheeses are produced. You may also be lucky enough to come across some of the vast apple orchards that source delicious Normany Cider and Calvados.

St Mere Eglise

We will be happy to advise you on finding special places to explore, hidden treasures that we have enjoyed as a family having lived in the region for 11 years. There are many good restaurants to choose from within a 10km radius ranging from some excellent seafood restaurants where you can sample locally caught produce, notably oysters and mussels, to quiet country auberges or bustling creperies, not to mention the unique fine dining experience that is "Chez Roger."

The local town Carentan has all amenities readily to hand, and a lovely market on monday mornings. The nearest supermarket, garage and recycling facilities are only a 5 minute drive away.

For special gifts, or a touch of boutique shopping, Bayeaux and Cherbourg have plenty to offer while the chic resorts St Vaast La Hougue on the east coast and Cartetet on the west coast are lively places to shop, eat and drink, attracting a more cosmopolotain clientele during the summer months as Paris empties.

Carentan has a fantastic new swimming pool complex with sauna and steam room, a cimena and sailing school. Land yachting is available on utah beach, and other locally available sporting activities include cycling, horse riding, sea and river fishing, golf and clay pigeon shooting.

The summer months in particular are packed with local fetes and " vide greniers" (empty attics) a great way to pick up bargains and get to savour the atmosphere of local life.

The region is also rich in history and culture, from the Bayeaux tapestry and Mont St Michel, the glamourous villa of Christian Dior at Granvile, to fascinating museums of rural life such as"La Ferme Musee at Ste Mere Eglise", and "A la recherche du temps perdu " in Bricquebec.

For those interested in the military history of WWII, Chateau Bellenau is ideally situated to visit every landing beach, museum and cemetry, and also had a role to play itself, being the first building liberated by the 101st airborne american paratroopers, "the screaming eagles"

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Calendar last updated:30 Jul 2014

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