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Le Grand Moulin

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Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 14 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The Grand Moulin, an ancient Water Mill setting of which part has been Cider Brewers and Farm, part of which has now been converted into a 2 Bedroom (Up to 4 people) gîte accommodation offers a tranquil countryside, yet is only a 5 minute drive to the busy local town of Valognes. The Farm is on the Merderet River which is beautiful on a summer day for relaxing next to with picnics or fishing. The grounds also hold a pool table games area, orchard and extensive boundaries.

The gîte has 2 Double bedrooms, bathroom with shower bath, living room, kitchen diner combo and downstairs toilet.

There is Pond with large colourful Koi Carp which are a sight to behold during feeding.

Valognes and surrounding areas offer a lot of activities to be enjoyed by all the family. The owners live on site, and are available to offer any assistance required to enhance your self-catering holiday.

Picauville and surronding areas offer a lot of activities to be enjoyed by all the family

We are situated near The River Douve which boasts excellent coarse Fishing.

Licences to fish can be obtained.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Utah Beach 14 km
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 4 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Dinard - Pleurtuit - Saint-Malo Airport, Pleurtuit 199 km, Nearest railway: Valognes 6 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

General TV, Pool or snooker table, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities 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 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Normandy region

Le Grand Moulin offers idyllic countryside scenery and tranquillity, yet a short drive from cultural surroundings in Northern Normandy. We are situated within easy reach of local amenities and activities in the area, including horse riding, fishing, shopping and beaches.

This contrast of peace and quiet, local activities and countryside steeped in history and culture means there is something for everyone!

Manche is surrounded on three sides by the English Channel and has with 350km of beautiful coastline.

With the climate being oceanic, it means that the winters are mild rarely reaching below freezing and summer temperatures averaging about 25°C.

It has a major ferry port in Cherbourg, and has regular ferries from Poole and Portsmouth.

From the Caen ferry port of Ouistreham to the artificial D-Day harbour built by the Allies at Arromanches, the Mother-of-Pearl Coast hosts the historical yet beautiful Juno, Gold and Sword sandy D-Day landing beaches.

Near the Coast is the historical town of Bayeux, which has its museum that holds the Bayeux Tapestry.

The north east peninsula is home to Utah beach and Omaha Beach. The natural environment with marine wetlands swarming with wildlife and sandy beaches are protected. The fishing port of Barfleur was the launch of William the Conquerors invasion of England!.

Just off the coast of St Vaast La Hogue is Tatihou Island, which is a wild bird sanctuary.

To the north of the peninsula is the port of Cherbourg, which is good for shopping and restaurants.

A short drive to the Western Coast of the peninsula has high cliffs with spectacular views, and from the north down to the village of Barneville Carteret , there are sandy beaches. A hovercraft is available here providing trips to Jersey.

Further south is Mont Saint Michel. It is perched on a rocky inlet and is a unique experience. The castle also boasts shops, restaurants and a museum. The sandy beaches there are teeming with wildlife including fish, birds and even seals.

Many of sites and attractions including museums, castles Parks and gardens and D-Day landing. Also lots of sports activities including Horse riding, Golf, Fishing and much much more!

St Mere Eglise

Sainte-Mère-Église

Sainte-Mère-Église only a 10 minute drive. A town with lots of history, activity centre, supermarkets, museums and more!!

History

Founded in the eleventh Century, the earliest records (1080–1082) include the name Sancte Marie Ecclesia, Latin for "Church of St. Mary". The current French form of the name is ambiguous, with the additional meaning, "Holy Mother Church". The town was significantly involved in the Hundred Years' War as well as the Wars of Religion.

The town's main claim to fame is that it played a significant part in the World War II Normandy landings because this village stood right in the middle of route N13, which the Germans would have most likely used on any significant counterattack on the troops landing on Utah and Omaha Beaches.

In the early morning of 6 June 1944 mixed units of the U.S. 82nd Airborne and U.S. 101st Airborne Divisions occupied the town in Operation Boston, giving it the claim to be one of the first towns liberated in the invasion.

D-Day battle

The early landings, at about 0140 directly on the town, resulted in heavy casualties for the paratroopers. Some buildings in town were on fire that night, and they illuminated the sky, making easy targets of the descending men. Some were sucked into the fire. Many hanging from trees and utility poles were shot before they could cut loose. The German defenders were alerted.

A famous incident involved paratrooper John Steele of the 505th PIR, whose parachute caught on the spire of the town church, and could only observe the fighting going on below. He hung there limply for two hours, pretending to be dead, before the Germans took him prisoner. Steele later escaped from the Germans and rejoined his division when US troops of the 3rd Battalion, 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment attacked the village, capturing thirty Germans and killing another eleven. The incident was portrayed in the movie The Longest Day by actor Red Buttons.

Later that morning, about 0500, a force led by Lt. Colonel Edward C. Krause of the 505th PIR took the town with little resistance. Apparently the German garrison was confused and had retired for the rest of the night. However, heavy German counterattacks began later in the day and into the next. The lightly armed troops held the town until reinforced by tanks from nearby Utah Beach in the afternoon of 7 June.

This village is depicted in the game Call of Duty; the first battle is fought in this village by the player's character.

Tourism in Sainte-Mère-Église today centers on its role in the D-Day invasion. There are many small museums (such as the Airborne Museum) and World War II-related giftshops and eating places. A dummy paratrooper hangs from the church spire, commemorating the story of John Steele.

Behind the church is a spring, believed by pilgrims to have healing powers, dedicated to Saint Mewan (Saint Méen).

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