|The Beach House||Self Catering||Friday||4||8||2||Small bunk bed suitable for a child|
Sleeps 8/9. Four bedroom beach house near St. Vaast-la-Hougue, Normandy, France.
In a stunning position down a secluded fuscia-lined driveway, this house is situated on the water's edge, as close as you can get to the sea, and boasts one of the best views in France. It overlooks the bay and oyster beds of St Vaast-la-Hougue and the historic Isle de Tatihou UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enjoy the panoramic views from the garden or from the comfort of the sofa through the huge bay windows. It has direct access to the south facing, sandy beach from the lawned garden and is ideally suited for seaside pursuits, watersports, golf, the Bayeaux Tapestry, Normandy Landing beaches, World War ll Museums and Cemeteries. In a region renowned for its gastronomy and world class oysters, it is situated a short distance from the local harbour with it's excellent seafood restaurants, café bars and shops. From beachcombing, painting or bird watching to kitesurfing and cycling, this is a fabulous destination for families of all ages, at any time of year.
The house was recently renovated to a high standard and comfortably furnished with an awareness of the practicalities of life by the sea, including the luxury of a heated outside shower with push button control. All the bedrooms and the living area benefit from sea views, making this a truly exceptional property offering the quintessential relaxed family holiday.
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Kitchen includes Miele dishwasher and oven with warming drawer, induction hob, large fridge-freezer, microwave, double sink, kettle, toaster etc. Small breakfast table and chairs. French windows to stone terrace and pergola.
Utility includes large double butler's sink, washing machine and tumble dryer, ironing board with iron, vacuum cleaner, highchair and drying cupboard. Door to decking at back.
Tastefully decorated with white wooden floors and furnished to a high standard. Open plan living/dining area with extendable dining table, chairs, log burner and french windows leading to the garden. Huge bay windows with pair of large leather sofas. Spiral wooden staircase.
All bedrooms have wonderful sea views, shuttered windows, chest of drawers, mirror, bedside tables, lamps, hairdrier, duvets, non-allergenic pillows and white cotton bedlinen.
Master bedroom 1 - Superking bed.
Bedroom 2 - Children's room with a 3' bed and two 2'6 beds (top bunk not suitable for under 5's).
Bedroom 3 - King size bed.
Bedroom 4 - Superking bed.
Downstairs bathroom with wc and shower, dual-access to utility/bedroom 4.
Upstairs bathroom with bath, shower and wc.
Central heating radiators and hot water provided by LPG boiler.
Wood burning stove in living area.
Wi-fi internet access.
Board games and cards etc available.
IPod docking station or similar.
Uninterrupted panoramic views across the bay. Stone terrace leading to the pergola and french windows at the front of the house. Large timber decked terrace, seating and dining area with gas bbq perfect for alfresco dining. The garden and lawn lead to a small retaining wall with a 2m drop to the sand and a gravel path from the garden, via the causeway, to the beach. Decking is laid to outside shower and back door.
Parking for 3 cars.
A fabulous destination for young and old alike at any time of year.
The garden is not entirely enclosed therefore the very young must have adult supervision.
Beach towels are provided in season, as is picnic ware for use on the beach. Decking laid to back door and outside heated shower along with a hosepipe for easy sesanding.
We are an English family living in Gloucestershire with 3 children ranging from teens to twenties. We have been coming to this region for many years with friends and extended family of all ages.
|Year property purchased||2010|
|Why this location?||The area not only has nearby ferry links, main road routes and marina but also benefits from some of the best south facing beaches in Normandy. Famous for it's St Vaast oysters and shellfish, it also has a strong historic past. Many visit the landing beaches, museums and fortifications along the coast but as a tourist destination the area remains essentially unspoilt.
|Unique benefits of property||The house is in a perfect position, overlooking a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a beautiful sandy beach only steps away which is a favourite destination for wind and kite surfers.|
Barfleur is a charming fishing port 10 minutes drive from the Beach House, with a rich historical heritage. 900 years ago it was one of the busiest harbours in Europe and 1066 it was the port from which William the Conqueror launched his Barfleur-built ship, the Mora, across the sea to Hastings. The best place to eat, with wonderful atmosphere and friendly, efficient service is the Cafe de France near the church.
This is home to the famous Bayeux Tapestry which is imaginatively presented and has an excellent audio guide to take you through scene by scene.The quaint cathedral and town itself are well worth a visit, complete with medieval stone courtyards and winding streets.
The Goeland beach bar, in Jonville on the tip of the Point de Saire peninsula, is a very basic and rustic summer bar situated in a WWII concrete bunker perched on the clifftop overlooking the beach. A great vantage point from which to watch windsurfers and sunsets across the bay.
The local beaches of Jonville and Reville are some of the most unique and quaint of all northern France and continue down the coast to those of the historic Normandy landings.
The area typifies rustic, gourmet Normandy cuisine with weekly food markets, local calvados, traditional wood burning bakeries, fantastic local seafood and dairy produce. The area is abundant with high quality restaurants and informal cafes.
Beautifully restored 17th century Chateau famous for being the place where James II saw his hopes for the British throne go up in smoke, literally, when the French fleet was torched by the British and Dutch. The family friendly restaurant serves good, authentic French cuisine.
Cite de la Mer in Cherbourg has an aquarium and decommissioned nuclear submarine to visit.
There is the local Richelieu Cinema in Reville and also the Odeon in Cherbourg.
France is a country that loves it's cycling and this countryside is ideal for exploring on two wheels, either along the varied coastline or inland in the wooded 'bocage'.
Both sea and fresh water fishing are available in the area. Most mornings and evenings depending on the tides and the season, you will see locals going out to check their lobster pots or walking out at low tide to collect cockles etc.
Gatteville-le-Phare, one of the tallest lighthouses in France, is situated on Pointe de Barfleur, 4km up the coast from Barfleur. There is one step for each day of the year but the views are well worth the effort.
The three favourite golf courses are the local Presqu'ile du Cotentin links course near Quineville, Cherbourg Golf Club situated on a high plateau overlooking the port with breathtaking views across the channel and Omaha Beach Golf Club which is a spectacular, international quality, 27 hole course.
Many sites of interest including Norman churches and cathedrals, Bayeaux Tapestry (1hr), Mont St Michel (2hr), Normandy landing beaches, cemetaries and museums are within easy driving distance.
The whole of Lower Normandy is awash with remnants of World War II, from the remains of German gun shelters found along the shore, to the landing beaches themselves. Utah beach is the closest stretch of coastline used in the D-Day landings, not far from St Mere Eglise, 20 miles down the coast. It houses a small museum with models of the German defense and further along the coast is the largest single landing beach, Omaha, which has 3 D-Day Museums including The Big Red One Assault Museum which is dedicated to the US 1st Infantry Division. The Airborne Museum is located in St Mere Eglise, a little town which was at the centre of the US paratroop drops on the night of 5-6th June. A dummy of a paratrooper still hangs from the church tower as a monument to John Steele who was caught on the church during D-Day. The museum contains a WACO glider in original condition plus Douglas C47 aircraft which actually took part in the parachute drops and towed gliders in Operation Overlord. There are also numerous displays including vintage clothing, documentation, weapons, munitions and equipment. The Muse de la Liberation is a fort perched on top of Mont Roule overlooking Cherbourg and was pivotal for the resistance during the invasion and now details the years of occupation before the liberation of the city. The Memorial de la Liberte Retrouvee at Quineville gives a fascinating insight into civilian life during German occupation using life sized recreations of local village scenes, cars, etc and has a film showing real footage from the invasion which brings it all to life.
A chic spa in St Vaast offering all the usual spa treatments including waxing, massage and manicures.
L'ile Tatihou is a newly designated UNESCO World Heritage Site just across the bay. It includes a museum, botanical gardens, bird reserve, a 17th century Vauban tower and is easily accessible from St Vaast with frequent crossings by amphibious craft.
This rocky tidal island is often called a 'Wonder of the Western World' and is the site of a medieval Benedictine Abbey where you can actually eat and stay the night. The most popular French tourist destination outside Paris, until recently it was only possible to visit at low tide but now a multimillion pound renovation has provided a constant line of access.
The Centre Equestre du Val de Saire in Reville, about 15 minutes' walk away, offers horses for lessons, hacking and riding along the beach.
'Le Pin' National Stud at Saint-Lo is one of the largest in France and is a great day trip out offering guided tours and displays with riders and carriages staged in the majestic courtyard.
The long stretches of straight hard sand, which made the area the best location for the D-Day Landings, are ideal for sand yachting.
There is a formal scuba diving club in Cherbourg which will take guests subject to them having appropriate qualifications. The region is well known for adventurous wreck dives with some English clubs arranging specialist dive tours locally.
This bustling port just across the bay from the Beach House contains several good family friendly restaurants, informal cafes and bars. The area typifies rustic, gourmet cuisine with fantastic local seafood, dairy produce and calvados. It is also has Normandy's answer to Fortnum and Mason, Maison Gosselin, a favourite epicerie, grocery and wine shop. Many sail over from England just to stock up from his wine cave and he will even deliver to your boat. Fresh fish, shellfish and the famous local oysters can be bought either direct from the boat or from one of the impressive fish mongers. Every Saturday morning there is a lively local food market with delicious fresh produce. The best places to eat are La Marina with outdoor seating situated right on the harbour, Le Debarcadere with the best pizzas, the Criee du Tomahawk with it's wonderful choice of seafood and the Fuscias for fine dining.
The best indoor public pool is the Piscine de Collignon at Bretteville/Tourlaville, beside the sea to the east of Cherbourg port.
There are 6 all weather courts in the St Vaast tennis club located beneath a Vauban tower on the peninsula at the far side of the town.There is also an indoor court in the town centre.
This area of Normandy is a walker's paradise and is populated with well-marked footpaths.
The bay between the house and St.Vaast is generally regarded as the prime location in the whole of Normandy for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Equipment can be hired in season from the Centre Nautique directly on the beach at the end of the peninsula (20 min walk or a 5 min drive). It is part of the Centre Nautique de Saint Vaast where Kayaks, Hobie Cats and other small dinghies (and bouyancy aids) can also be hired on an hourly basis.
The cemetery at Saint James is the closest to the Beach House, the largest British one is at Bayeux, the largest American one is at Colleville sur Mer and the largest of all in Lower Normandy is at La Cambe and houses graves of 21,222 German soldiers.