Sainte-Mere-Eglise holiday barn rental with beach/lake nearby, internet access and walking and log fire

Barn loft Apartment

from £139 /night help Price for guests, Nights


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from £139 /night help Price for guests, Nights

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Barn / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 2 Home 150655

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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 hay barn attached to our 400 year old Normandy farmhouse we have renovated it to incorporate modern comfortable living along with the ambiance 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!

In the heart of the American WW2 Invasion zone we are Just 10 minutes from Utah Beach, 8 kms equal distant to Ste Mere Eglise & Carentan, 2 minutes from the N13 our Normandy is absolutely an ideal location for discerning couples to explore the WW2 D Day Invasion beaches: Arromanches, Bayeux, Bayeux Tapestry, Omaha Beach, Mont St Michel, Granville, Pont du Hoc, American Cemetery all close by.

Designed & geared up to particularly attract especially American couples with luggage, we're a child free zone, all modern comforts to include free WIFI, towels & dressing gowns, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, paper towels, soap, hair drier, coffee maker - you name it it's here!

Plus we give you a briefing of the area to include maps, brochures, a book on the area, a FREE war tour that you do at your own pace...we also provide a list of all the supermarkets & markets, tips on where to eat, how to best maximize your time here, restaurant bookings, car hire and on hand help with any emergency.

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.

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! 7 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.

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.

Note: no check in's after 6 pm.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Check in time: 12:00
Check out time: 10:00
Nearest beach Utah 10 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
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
Furniture Double Beds (1), Single Beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
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 Basse-Normandie 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


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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Review 1-10 of 20

28 May 2012


"In one word -- Wonderful!!"

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 friends, not just renting a place. We spent a wonderful evening with them enjoying great conversation and wine. Our family rented both the cottage and the barn-loft apartment. Both were perfect accommodations—clean, comfortable and well equipped with the ideal garden room that overlooks a pond and Tansy’s farm animals in the rear. We had fresh eggs every morning! Tansy and Mike are animal lovers, as are we, and their pets helped ease the loneliness we were feeling without our own dogs. Their home is right on the property and Tansy was readily available and so helpful in assisting us with our daily excursions. Mike was also great, but he unfortunately had to leave the day after we arrived. We highly recommend this property for exploring Normandy. We took the train from Paris to Caen, rented a car and found exploring the area very easy from this property. We were just minutes from N13, a main motorway. The location of this property is excellent. It is right in the village of Houesville with Carentan and St. Mere Eglise just minutes away. Definitely recommend the Carentan market day and the caramel factory. The highlight of our trip was to participate in the village’s VE Day ceremony. What a moving experience, particularly when they began singing the Star Spangled Banner and God Save the Queen. Everyone was so welcoming at the gathering following the ceremony. The only downside was that our trip was way too short! Definitely need more than a few days to fully explore and appreciate this area so we do hope that we will be able to return. Might even try a stay at Tansy and Mike’s other home which is located right on Utah Beach. However, we would then miss our great conversations with them. Thank you again, Tansy and Mike, for a stay in Normandy that exceeded our expectations. Don’t forget to let us know if you ever make it to the Philadelphia area. Hope to see you again--Donna, Tom, Sara and Jamie

12 Jan 2012


"Perfect apartment, with wonderful owners"

I find it impossible to imagine that there exist any kinder, sweeter or more generous-hearted proprietors than Mike and Tansy Forster. Our car developed serious problems 30 kilometres before we arrived at Ferme de l’Eglise and we barely made it to the farm – it wasn’t the ideal start to our planned “relaxing” winter break, which we’d hoped to spend exploring the region. Our hearts sank. But first thing the next morning, Mike and Tansy leapt into action. Not only did Mike escort us to a local garage, wait with us while we heard the bad news and drive us back to the farm afterwards but, despite not knowing us from Adam, Tansy then also lent us her own car while we awaited the repair of our own, even putting us on her car insurance! Their astonishing kindness continued: as delays to the repairs mounted, Tansy refused to countenance our taking a hire car, insisting we keep using hers. What’s more, when it became time to leave and our car still wasn’t ready, they allowed us to extend our stay – refusing our repeated offers to pay for the extra days, and insisting that they didn’t want to profit from someone else’s misfortune. This was all so overwhelmingly generous we didn’t know what to say, apart from yet more feeble thank-yous. As for the apartment… it’s pretty much perfect. It’s almost impossible to find a rental house or apartment that is this pleasant, this clean and this well furnished, which also accepts dogs. In France, usually the nice places don’t accept dogs because they don’t want the place ruined. And the ones that do accept dogs do so because it doesn’t really matter, as the place is in such a poor state you could keep a cow in them without adversely affecting the décor. So the apartment at Ferme de l’Eglise is a real find. It’s spacious, cosy – (that wood-burning stove is perfect to come home to after a walk on a wild, windy, winter beach) – and the apartment has everything you need in terms of home comforts. It was a warm haven during a few quite cold days - even when there was sleet and storm force winds outside, we could sit there in the evenings in teeshirts with the stove burning merrily away. All in all, the apartment was probably the best place we’ve ever rented, and made even better by perfect hosts who make you feel like you’re staying with friends. Our stay was a minor disaster financially, and could easily have been completely ruined – but we ended up having a holiday (and an experience) we’ll cherish, and it’s entirely down to Mike and Tansy, who are absolute stars in every way.

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