Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 8, Ratings 1 10/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
|Chestnut Cottage||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2||Cot available free of charge|
Set in the heart of the Parc Naturel des Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin, and on the edge of the pretty village of Sainteny, Chestnut Cottage, one of three near identical gîtes, provides an outstanding base from which to explore this part of sleepy Normandy.
Chestnut Cottage is one of three stone-built cottages in traditional Normandy style. It has two double and two twin-bed rooms, a family bathroom with bath, washbasin and wc, and a shower room with a multi-jet shower, washbasin and WC. The cottage has a spacious lounge with comfortable sofa and easy chairs, satellite tv to receive English Freeview channels, French free tv channels, a dvd/cd player and cd/hi-fi, a fully equipped kitchen with oven/hob, washing machine and dishwasher, microwave and fridge/freezer, and a dining room with seating for up to eight people. Internet access is provided, as of course is all bed linen and towels, though we do ask our guests to provide their own beach towels. No smoking in the accommodation please, and sorry, but no pets.
In each gite there is also a hairdryer, iron and ironing board and clothes airer. There is also a good selection of books and dvds and a large selection of literature regarding places of interest and leisure facilities in the area, as well as a selection of board games and children’s toys .
To complement the exceedingly high standard of internal accommodation, the cottage has its own patio area complete with bbq, dining table and chairs for eight people, two sun beds, and a large sun awning, and which opens out into an extensive fully enclosed garden. For our younger guests this features swings, a slide, and trampoline, and the delights of Aladdin's Cave, and for all generations we have an outdoor table tennis table, boules, badminton etc. The property is approached by a separate driveway, has ample enclosed parking, and is just as ideal for families with young children as it is for couples who want a little more space to enjoy this delightful area of Normandy.
Les Gîtes Champêtres are ideal for couples or families/groups with young children and is suitable for use throughout the year Chestnut Cottage is one of three near identical cottages adjacent to each other, ideal therefore for larger groups. all set within the two acre grounds of the owners home.
Modern fully-fitted and well equipped kitchen comprising electric fan oven and hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine, dishwasher and stainless steel appliances.
Dining room with seating for up to 8 people.
Large open plan lounge/dining room with comfortable seating and door opening out onto an individual patio area with a dining table and chairs for up to eight people, a coffee table, two sun beds and a bbq, overlooking the large shared gardens. The lounge has a tv with English Freeview and French free language channels and a dvd player with a selection of dvds.
Four double size bedrooms - two double bedroom rooms and two twin bed rooms on the first floor, each with bedside tables and lights, chest of drawers and wardrobe. All bed linen is included.
A full bathroom on the ground floor with full bath suite, sink and wc.
Shower room on the first floor with multi-jet shower, sink and wc
The cottage is equipped with electric heaters in every room.
32" tv in lounge with English Freeview and free French language channels, a dvd/cd player with selection of dvds and cds,
a selection of boardgames and a very good selection of childrens toys for all ages.
In addition to the facilities in the cottage, there is an individual patio area with dining table and chairs for eight people, and its own bbq; the patio opens out into extensive open gardens, where there are children’s swings, a slide, a trampoline, a table tennis table, as well as Aladdin’s Cave where badminton rackets, footballs, boules and lots of other toys await the pleasure of guests of all ages.
The property is approached by a separate driveway with ample enclosed parking. The property gardens are fully enclosed and gated.
Chestnut Cottage is just as suitable for families with children as it is for couples. It is also eminently suitable for large parties as the Cottage can be booked together with Oak Cottage and Walnut Cottage to provide a total of 12 bedrooms.
Away from the summer holiday season, these cottages can be let for longer durations for writers, artists or other creative individuals needing peace and quiet to pursue their interests, either on single person or couples occupancy lettings at special rates. Please contact Terry or Liliane for further details.
Up until 2014 Liliane and I had spent ten years of retirement travelling the globe, and then decided perhaps it was time we waited for the world to come to us. Les Gites Champetres is a delightful property in Normandy that suited our ideas admirably. A lovely house and three absolutely first class cottages, all set in the delightful village of Sainteny, and close to the Normandy beaches of D-Day fame, and the superb holiday beaches. An area full of interesting places to visit.
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||Easily reached by our families in the UK and Switzerland, a popular tourist region accessible from all northern Europe without the need for air travel, and the 'ambience' and tranquility of this region of France, famous for its food, its cheeses, and its Calvados!|
|Unique benefits of property||Each of the three cottages are self-contained on two floors, each comprising a lounge/dining room, fully equipped kitchen, a full bathroom and shower room/toilet, two double bedrooms and two twin bedrooms. Each of the cottages has its own patio area, complete with dining table and chairs for eight people, two lounger beds, and bbq. The patio areas lead into the huge playing field, with table tennis table, trampoline, swings, slide, and toys in Aladdin's Cave suitable for all ages.|
Our gites are a one hour drive from the ports of Cherbourg and Caen and provide an excellent touring base from which to explore the many interesting sites in the Manche and Calvados regions of Normandy as well as all the D-Day landing beaches. Visit Bayeux with its famous tapestry, St Mere l’Eglise with its famous church spire, the seaside towns of Granville and Barneville-Cartaret (ferry to Jersey/Guernsey), the port town of Cherbourg with the largest artificial harbour in the world and the really interesting Cite de la Mer museum, and miles upon miles of fresh sandy beaches, uncrowded even in the peak times of year. Paris too is sufficiently close to warrant a one day excursion, whether for sightseeing or exotic shopping, taking the 2.5 hour train journey direct from Carentan to Paris St Lazare, and even nearer to home, the magnificent Mont St. Michel. This region really does have it all.
Our nearest town is historic Carentan, 10kms from Sainteny, with several supermarkets, banks, shops, cinema, swimming pool and railway station (route to Paris) and a popular market held every Monday. There are several restaurants in the town. Carentan is called the “Capital of the Marais” because of its location at the heart of the marsh from where for centuries it has drawn its prosperity. The old town has been able to retain its rich architectural heritage dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, which is not to be missed.
Our village of Sainteny has great facilities all within a few minutes walk.
At the centre of the village is the bar/tabac, pharmacy, and the beautiful St Pierre Church. At the top of the village we have a really superb boulangerie/patisserie, boucherie/charcuterie, village shop (including La Poste facilities), restaurant/bar, hairdresser, garage and a doctors surgery - all within walking distance from your accommodation.
Sword, Gold, Juno, Omaha and Utah Beaches were the site of the largest invasion in history which, on 6th June 1944 became known across the world as D-Day. Stretching from the Carentan Estuary, a half hour drive away from your holiday cottage, to Ouistreham near Caen, a further half hour east the beaches continue to provide ample evidence of the fierce fighting which took place. German gun emplacements, particularly those at Pointe du Hoc, the Pegasus Bridge, the cliffs at Omaha Beach which were heroically scaled but with such devastating loss of life, and the British, American, Canadian and German war cemeteries, all with their own tragic stories to tell. Our own village of Sainteny wasn’t spared, evidenced by photographs in the village church, and the house which is now our home was totally destroyed, and rebuilt in 1949.
Le Relais des Forges restaurant is located in Sainteny, 0.6km from your cottage. Value for money at 13.00 Euros for a meal including starter, main course, dessert, and wine or cider. Both Periers and Carentan have numerous restaurants - talk to Liliane for recommendations, and to help with booking.
Paris is only a 2.5 hour train ride away, making an interesting day out.
From football to fishing, golf to cycling, most, if not all sports activities are available within a short drive from the gite.
CYCLING. There are ample opportunities for taking bicycle trips in this region of Normandy, helped because the terrain is generally quite flat! In particular, there is a designated cycle track all the way from nearby Carentan to the coast. Bicycles can be hired from the bike shop in Carentan – contact Terry or Liliane for more information.
Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 8, Ratings 1 10/10
Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 8, Ratings 1 10/10