Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
La Genope is our holiday home and offers family accommodation in a truly exceptional beach-side location at one of Europe's most famous beaches. Omaha Beach became particularly famous as an American landing beach on D-Day - 6th June 1944 and the immediate area is full of very informative museums and memorials to those traumatic times. For those looking for an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the allied liberators we can recommend an expert personal battlefield tour guide who will bring the D-day story to life for you including taking you to battlefield land marks that are not part of the usual tourist routes.
Today the beach offers acres of golden sands at low tide and very safe bathing including designated areas under surveillance from professional lifeguards in high season. Numerous opportunities for beach related leisure activities including sand yachting; horse trekking; windsurfing; fishing etc.
If you tire of all the beach has to offer a short drive inland takes you into the Calvados countryside and to the historic towns of Bayeux (Saturday markets; cathedral; tapestry; Battle for Normandy museum; great shopping etc); Caen; St Lo and to such world renowned sights as Le Mont St Michel. For the golfer the nearest course is just 15 minutes away at Port en Bessin.
The accommodation in the house makes full advantage of the location with living areas overlooking the sea to the front, two bedrooms on the raised ground floor level one overlooking the sea and the other with south facing sun trap veranda. Two further spacious bedrooms with stunning views are located at first floor level.
A large garden laid to lawn offers plenty of space in which to kick a ball; for the kids to pitch a tent; or for the family to host a barbecue party.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Omaha 10 m|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carpiquet (Caen), Nearest railway: Bayeux 16 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
The raised ground floor level is accessed from rear external steps via entrance hall with separate WC. Open plan dining / living area has panoramic views over the garden and beach and sea beyond and is heated by log burning stove and electric wall heaters. Also on the raised ground floor is a separate well appointed kitchen; a bedroom with full sized bunk bed; a rear double bedroom with access via French doors to south facing verandah; shower room with wash basin. Please note the TV provides predominantly European language stations and NOT BBC or ITV
The First (top) floor is reached by stairs from the lounge area and offers two very spacious double bedrooms with beach views - one with soft seating; although pictures of bedroom 4 show no mattress this has now been rectified! . The top floor also has a bathroom with over bath-shower; and separate WC.
The lower ground floor consists entirely of garage and utility areas (including clothes lines and airer) complete with electric cooking hob; american style fridge; chest freezer etc - ideal facilities when staging those summer outdoor parties. An external shower complete with hot water is the ideal way to get rid of those sandy deposits after a dip in the sea just across the road.
|Further details outdoors||
Its hard to conceive of anywhere better located for a beach holiday - there is only the width of the road between our garden and the beach itself. Stunning!
The Normandy region
Having arrived you will find Normandy offers a wealth of things for the visitor to discover:
â?¢ History from William the Conqueror and the Norman Conquest right through to the World War II D Day landing beaches and the ensuing battles that marked the start of the liberation of Europe;
â?¢ Stunning sandy beaches and safe swimming;
â?¢ Historic architecture including numerous chÃ¢teaux; abbeys; and cathedrals; and the world famous Mont St Michel.
â?¢ Children's attractions including the Festyland theme park near Caen and Zoos at Jurques and Champrepus.
No mention of Normandy, and the department of Calvados in particular, would be complete without reference to its gastronomic culture:- The area is the home of such famous french cheeses as Camembert and Pont l'Eveque; its is renowned for is sea food; and of course its apple orchards supply a vibrant cider industry and the area owes its very name to the apple brandy 'calvados'. Plenty of local opportunities locally to taste and buy at source!
Vierville Sur Mer is a small village that on 6th June 1944 found itself at the centre of world affairs when American troops defied the military odds by successfully completing an amphibious invasion. Despite huge casualties they overcame the German defences to establish a beach head from which the liberation of Europe could begin. A key part of this was an action led by General Norman ('Dutch') Cota who, at the very site of our house, led a small force of Rangers and others off the beach and up the bluffs and then circled back on the village of Vierville to secure the main route off the beach for the remainder of the America forces to utilise. As a result of that day's momentous operations the beach became known as 'Omaha Beach' and that name still sticks today. Just 5 minutes drive from the house is located the American military cemetery with its 10,000 graves in immaculate military rows - a stark and moving reminder of the price paid for our freedom. However your stay in this area need not be dominated by war time stories of huge bravery and ultimate sacrifices for the area offers so much more. On the beach itself there are opportunities to pursue a diverse range of leisure activities including water sports; sand yachting; horse trekking along the waters edge; organised children's clubs etc. Half an hours drive away is located the town of Bayeux with its historic medieval architecture famous tapestry; stunning cathedral; excellent museum to the Normandy invasion; fantastic Saturday market; excellent shopping etc. A little further away you will find the cities of Caen and St Lo. There are opportunities to follow gastronomic tours of local food producers including cheese manufacture at Isigny Sur Mer; cider and calvados tastings; and even a chocolate factory on the outskirts of Bayeux!