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Barfleur has been voted the third most beautiful village in France 2014. Come and see its sheer beauty and charm for yourself. It is a traditional, busy, bustling farming and fishing village.
The house has free wi-fi and is a 4 minute walk to the beach and a 2 minute walk to all amenities including, shops, bars and restaurants and a new Carrefour supermarket just round the corner!
There are 4 bedrooms. There is an independent studio bedroom and wc/shower room on the ground floor-ideal for friends, youngsters or members of the family who wish to be private yet still sharing your holiday. There is a kitchen, sitting room and south facing terrace. The terraces and garden will allow you to enjoy your meals outside, from breakfast to aperitif and bbq. The garden is totally secluded and safe for pets and children.
There is off-road parking. The house is only 2 minutes' walk from the shops, bakers, fishmongers, grocery, supermarket, cafes, bars and restaurants. There are several sandy beaches in Barfleur and all along the coast. It is ideal for walking, cycling, golfing and/or horse riding holidays. Being situated on the peninsular, the micro-climate offers exotic vegetation, mild weather and a beach is never too far away! The region is famous for its delicious mussels, oysters, crabs, lobsters, organic vegetables and of course Camembert, cider and Calvados.
There are bicycles at the house to be used at guest's own risk. Fantastic cycling trails all around.
There are phone docking/charging stations in the house.
Linen can be included at 18 Euros per person.
Cleaning is an extra charge.
There is a large fully-fitted kitchen, well equipped with everything you will need, complete with oven, microwave, 2 fridges. There is also a table with 4 chairs in the kitchen. There is a conservatory adjoining the kitchen with a lovely large farmhouse table (seats 12) for hours of family meals and get-togethers.
Main living room has a tv, dvd and video player. There are 2 sofas and chairs plus a desk for those that may want to work! Also there is a sunny conservatory for those that want to get away from the others and relax and play games.
Three bedrooms upstairs and a double bedroom downstairs, perfect for separate or combined families.
One family bathroom upstairs with double vanity unit, bath, shower and wc.
Separate shower room downstairs with basin and wc.
There is central heating throughout the house and electric heaters in all the bedrooms and bathrooms.
There is satellite tv with French and English channels. Lots and lots of videos and dvds. Plenty of games and jigsaws too.
Phone docking/charging stations.
Conservatory opens up onto sunny front terrace with tables and chairs.
Back garden that has rustic table and chairs under the rose arbour, complete with tea lights - wonderful and romantic for evening dining. Great for picnics and lemonade with the children. Completely secluded garden and terrace with a secure front gate.
There is secure off-road parking shut off by front gates. Also there is free parking on the road outside.
There is parking for visitors outside.
It is about 1 hour away, famed for its magnificent tapestry.
We have the most beautiful sandy and secluded beaches all along both coasts. Take a picnic, a bucket and spade and spend all day there!
There are some bikes at the house (to be used at your own risk) and more can be hired from the cycle shop in Quetthou. In St Vaast is a small BMX track for more adventurous cyclists.
If you want a spectacular place with plenty of rocks take a walk up past the small harbour of Cap Levy. The children love it as the walk is interesting thanks to the cliffs and scenery. A great place for a picnic.
The first of the landing beaches, Utah, is about half hour drive away.
For a great night ‘spectacle’ go to the Gatteville lighthouse when there is not much moonlight and admire the amazing beams of light at the foot of it. It is quite eerie and well worth seeing. For those afraid of the dark you can visit it in the daytime and go up its 365 steps. It is thoroughly recommended for the fantastic views. Open in the morning and afternoon, but visit on a windy day at your peril! For the energetic there is a super walk/bike ride to it from Barfleur. The lighthouse has 365 steps, one for every day of the year. At the top the views are breathtaking. You must be sound of heart and lungs to climb it! And do remember to take your camera.
Both nearby golf clubs, Fontenay at Quineville and La Glacerie near Cherbourg, have professionals who coach children. Quineville is on the sea (lots of sea shells here) and La Glacerie is in the wooded hills behind Cherbourg.
There are a few public swimming pools but we recommend a great new public and children friendly indoor pool at Bretteville/Tourlaville, Piscine De Collignon. Beside the sea to the east of Cherbourg port. Men and boys must not wear voluminous bathers i.e. speedo’s are mandatory. Be aware that the pool, as with shops, closes over lunchtime and also for school use, so time your visit to avoid disappointment. But happily it is next to a windsurfing club on the beach which in season has a basic café.
You will find brochures on this sea museum with its aquarium and many other things to see. There is also a nuclear submarine to visit. This is a useful place to keep up your sleeve if the weather is bad.
Land Yachting is really for older children and can only be done when the tide is out. But it is great fun. Go to Quineville Sail Club or to Utah Beach to hire the yachts. See regional information for contact details.
There is a pleasant medium sized, heated, outdoor pool in Valognes.
There is a very good riding school with an indoor ring situated close to Jonville and behind Reville. They take people at all levels. It is not unusual to see riders on the beach or children taking the horses swimming at Jonville beach in the summer.
There are 2 very good sailing schools for young children. One in Barfleur which comes highly recommended by local people. The Sailing School in St Vaast is located on the far side of the harbour, next to the Marina Café. Seeing children in their little sail boats being towed in a long line like baby ducks is a familiar and enchanting sight. Older children or teenagers will prefer a faster sail on a catamaran. Pupils are never left alone – there are generally 2 rescue boats on the water with instructors on board.
St Mère Eglise is close by - a good tourist attraction. It is famed for the paratrooper, John Steele of the 505th PIR, whose parachute got caught on the spire of the town church, and who could only observe the fighting going on below. He hung there limply for 2 hours pretending to be dead, before the Germans took him prisoner.
An absolute must, especially on market day which is on Saturdays. You can buy seafood on the quayside (you can also do this in Barfleur). It is much cheaper this way and fresher! St Vaast La Hougue is famed for its oysters as Barfleur is for its mussels. It is a bustling trendy town with lots of places on the waterfront to eat and drink. You must visit the shop 'Gosselin' (in the hight street) even if you don't need to buy anything. Normandy's answer to Fortnum and Mason. It sells everything and more and all is displayed beautifully. You must venture into all its wine caves and cellars. Amazing. There is also the Island of Tatihou which is the small island you can see from St. Vaast. It can be reached by an amphibious vehicle which both children and adults will enjoy. You buy your ticket on the quayside (by the gift shop) and then walk round either to the sea departure area at the end of the marina by the ‘capitainerie’ or the causeway. Make sure they explain which one and give yourselves plenty of time to get there. Take your swim suits as there is a lovely beach and a big picnic for a perfect day out. On the island there is a museum with parts of the 17th Century wrecks from the battle of La Hougue in 1692 and lots of information on St Vaast’s fishing and maritime history. There are pretty and interesting gardens to visit and boat yard for the restoration of local fishing boats. You can eat on the island in a restaurant.
Go out of the house, turn left and walk towards the water tower and go left - past the little houses (maison des retraites) on your left. Keep going over a small plot of grass at the back and go through a small cutting, you will come out on to the football pitch and tennis courts. (They are literally situated behind the house, and can be seen from top the bunk room window). It is all free and unlocked.
This is the small island you can see from St. Vaast. It can be reached by an amphibious vehicle which both children and adults will enjoy. You buy your ticket on the quayside (by the gift shop) and then walk round either to the sea departure area at the end of the marina by the ‘capitainerie’ or the causeway. Make sure they explain which one and give yourselves plenty of time to get there. Take your swim suits as there is a lovely beach and a big picnic for a perfect day out. On the island there is a museum with parts of the 17th Century wrecks from the battle of la Hougue in 1692 and lots of information on St Vaast’s fishing and maritime history. There are pretty and interesting gardens to visit and boat yard for the restoration of local fishing boats. You can eat on the island in a restaurant.
Another great day out is 'The Parc Animalier' which is in Montague La Brisette on the way to Valognes. Children love wandering around seeing the many different animals. It is quite a long walk so a pushchair is a good idea for very small children. The kids and the adults love this. Make sure you go on a nice day as it is all outside. There are all sorts of animals from baboons to camels - all roaming free and looking happy. The setting is absolutely beautiful - could almost be in Scandinavian country. There are also pony rides which I think start in the afternoon. (Check with Tourist Office for opening times). It really is well worth a visit even just for 'Les Babouins!!!'
This is a lovely walk through the valley at Fermanville just off the coastal road from Barfleur to Cherbourg. The turning is just after the turning to the restaurant Tue Vac (extremely good). There is a huge, impressive viaduct which can be reached and crossed on foot. Lots of 1st world war history to it. There is also a restaurant just around the corner on the coastal road called Le Moulin which is very French, slow service but well worth the wait as it is first class home cooked food.