|425 Rue Des Divaises||Self Catering||Saturday||2||5||2||Two sofa beds|
On the edge of an exclusive development 10 mins walk from vast sandy beaches. The owner regrets no pets
The property sleeps six: 2 bedrooms (upstairs) and a bed-settee making into 2 single beds (which can be screened off) in the living room. Also kitchen area, bathroom, shower-room and separate wc. Communal swimming pool a stone's throw away, marina, historic Dives, glamorous Cabourg (with its casino) all a short stroll away. Half an hour from Oustraham ferry port, good centre for WW2 beaches, train link to Paris.
The kitchen and dining room are conveniently open plan. The kitchen has a hob with four electric rings, a microwave, coffee maker, dishwasher and washing machine. All very well equipped, and separated from the dining area by a serving bar.
The dining room can accommodate 4-6 people, The French windows lead out to the back garden, where the gate which gives on to a green sward down in front of the River Dives.
A range of chairs and a settee. There is a cupboard full of games, jigsaws and books for all ages. A dvd player and a cd player.
When curtained off, this area sleeps two on the pull-out sofas with its own shower room. There is a downstairs loo.
The main bedroom overlooks the River Dives. There is a double bed and plenty of chest-of-drawers and wardrobe space.
The second bedroom overlooks the hills, and you can get a glimpse of the swimming pool. The bunk bed sleeps one on top and 2 below. There is a large versatile wardrobe.
The upstairs bathroom has a bath with shower attachment, lavatory and large basin.
Downstairs is a shower-room (with basin) and a separate lavatory.
Convector heaters throughout.
In the living area: games, books, dvds, cds.
An outbuilding opposite the front door houses beach equipment, outdoor games, 3 bicycles (two adult and one child) and barbecue.
There are organised activities (e.g. wind surfing, sand-yachting) on the beach at Cabourg during the Summer.
The back garden is part paved, part grass. It is surrounded by hedging for privacy. A gate leads off the property on to a grassy public area and footpath running along the river bank.
The front garden is grass crossed by a paving, leading to a quiet residential path and the outbuilding.
There is garden furniture: chairs and table with awning.
There is a garage en bloc about 70 meters from the front door. Also ample public parking less than 5 minutes walk away.
This is ideal for couples or young families. Not suitable for wheelchairs but easy access to all facilities downstairs (shower room, loo and bed settee) for less severe mobility problems.
We have been visiting our lovely holiday house overlooking the River Dives for over 10 years with our children and grandchildren. Our grandchildren are now far too old for buckets and spades, so we would like to share our home with other families.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||The house is a short walk from miles of beautiful sandy beach. The house overlooks the River Dives. It is so convenient to get to. It is half an hours drive from the ferry. It is in the picturesque, old town of Dives-sur-Mer. The Fin-de-Siecle town of Cabourg is just across the river.
It is convenient for the Normandy Landing beaches.
There are limestone hills to explore and river valleys.
The historic city of Caen is 16 mile away.
The Normandy countryside, chateaux and villages are there to be explored.
Famous towns, such as Bayeux, Lisieux and Rouen etc. Along the coast ar Deauville, Trouville and Honfleur with its Satie Museum.
The train runs from Cabourg/Dives station to Paris.
|Unique benefits of property||The house is well designed for ease of living. There are front and back gardens.
The area is relaxing but within walking distance of shops of all kinds.
A Saturday morning visit to Les Halles market in the centre of town is a must. French cheeses, local honey, rustic bread, pates, local fruit and veg, unusual meats and fowl. The beautiful old town is where William the Conqueror mustered his ships before sailing to England. The Norman church has the names of his knights on the wall.
The Casino is a beautiful Fin-de-Siecle building which is worth visiting even if a flutter is not your thing.
The Grand Hotel is famous for the room in which Proust, the French writer, spent a lot of his life. Its renowned cuisine is served mid-day and evening.
This, the main street in fashionable Cabourg, is the place to stroll in the evening. Join French families enjoying the ambience after work, and sample the many restaurants, bars, ice-cream parlours and sweet shops, or buy a pizza or pannini. The chic clothes shops stay open late, so you can chose an extra-special outfit as well.
A five-minute stroll down river brings you to the picturesque Marina. There are 2 very good restaurants and a pizzeria. Wander round looking enviously at the yachts, or get up early to buy freshly caught fish.
This 9-hole golf course is 2 miles away, just through Cabourg town.
This beautifully modelled, miniature golf course is great fun for all the family.
This is a smart, new, luxury complex just 1.5 miles away.
We were not informed about problems accessing the property for people with limited physical mobility.Having unpacked our belongings following a very arduous process, we both found ourselves severely physically distressed, the same applied to when we left the property. Had we been aware of this we would have reconsidered making the booking. The key provided would not unlock the allotted garage to the property, but, having a Blue Badge, we were able to park in the only available space which was for disabled drivers. We were asked if we would cut the grass, which had obviously not been done for some considerable time. The equipment provided made the task even more difficult, but we made a valiant attempt. It is fair to say that the property was left in a better state of cleanliness than it was found.
A lovely week spent in early April in a very pretty region of France. The gite had everything needed for a comfortable stay, in a good location for exploring the historical aspect around the area. It had a lovely view over the river across to Cabourg. There is a pool but is only open from June. The information given by the owners was very helpful, they were very easy to contact and quick to reply.
Some restaurants in walking distance were only open lunchtime but that was due to the time of year. Harbour had some good restaurants, the fish was amazing. The Saturday market in Dives-sur-Mer was one of the best ever been to, a must for anyone visiting. A lovely week was had. Love to return one day.
We used the property as a base to visit the D-day musea over a period of four days. The location of the property is ideal. Nice little house with all conveniences required. Fair price. Well maintained and clean. The fridge broke down but owner was helpful in suggesting solution. However as the outside temperature was 3C we decided not to go and buy a new fridge and left the problem to the owners to resolve before the next booking. I would recommend this property to friends if they are looking for a basic but very functional place to stay.
As a suggestion I would like to mention that perhaps the television should be updated to a 2018 model.