|Le Marronier - holiday home to let in Normandy||Self Catering||Sunday||1||2||1|
Traditional stone cottage in the heart of the D-Day landings in a rural hamlet of stone houses, dairy farms and cider orchards, close to shops, beaches and restaurants and set in a regional wildlife and nature park. Modern comforts include wi-fi.
The cottage is freshly renovated in a clean modern style that conserves original features, such as the huge stone fireplace, ancient elm beams and limestone and cob walls. Ideal for a couple, there is spacious living accommodation for two people, well-equipped with modern comforts and conveniences. It is an ideal base for a peaceful and relaxing holiday exploring wildlife, beaches, Norman cuisine and the history of World War II and the D-Day Normandy landings. Brecourt Manor, site of the famous battle, is close by.
There is a spacious sitting room (4.5m x 5.5m) with vaulted ceiling, large stone fireplace with woodburning stove and ancient, elm beams. There is a separate, good-sized dining kitchen (3m x 5.5m), double bedroom with ensuite shower-room and a laundry and further toilet and washbasin.
Equipment includes full-size gas cooker, washing machine with tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, kettle, filter coffee-maker, toaster, blender, mixer, 32” flatscreen tv with UK satellite channels, dvd player and broadband wi-fi.
Within 5 minutes drive are sandy beaches, including the famous Utah Beach, wetlands nature reserves, long walks, cycle paths on the flat, fishing, museums and historic sites, restaurants, shops, chateaux and ancient churches.
Busy weekly markets, harbours, marinas and more shops and museums are in the nearby towns of Carentan and Ste Mère Eglise and the charming fishing villages, St Vaast La Houge and Barfleur. Omaha, Juno and Gold beaches, Mont Saint Michel, Barneville-Carteret, Bayeux, Cherbourg, Rouen and Caen and the American, British and German WWII cemeteries are all in easy driving distance.
Le Marronnier is next door to a small, traditional, working dairy farm with horses, chickens and ducks. The (English) owners are next door and on-hand to help and advise as required.
The village of Ste Marie du Mont is 2 miles away and has a bakers, grocery shops, a butchery/charcuterie selling local produce, prize-winning artisanal pates and sausages, wet fish shops selling locally caught fish and seafood including the local moules and oysters, restaurants (where one can eat moules frites), a mediaeval church (with extraordinary renaissance tower), bar tabacs, hairdressers and a doctor's.
Car ferries are available from Portsmouth and Poole to Cherbourg and Caen-Ouistreham. The cottage is easily accessible by car from the ferry ports by fast, dual carriageways:
* 38 minutes from Cherbourg car ferry
* 70 minutes from Caen-Ouistreham car ferry
* 2 hours from Le Havre
Flights from London City Airport run during the summer to Caen Carpiquet airport 1 hour away by road.
Spacious, light, airy, well-equipped kitchen diner.
Spacious sitting room with traditional, large stone fireplace, wood burner, vaulted ceiling, exposed stone and lime rendered walls, ancient elm beams, sofa, armchair and rocking-chair seating for 4.
Bedroom with double bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers and traditional Norman bedside tables. Beautiful exposed stone wall.
En-suite shower room with shower cabin, toilet, handbasin and heated towel-rail.
Wood-burning stove and electric wall-heaters.
Wood can be provided for £7 per sack.
32" flat-screen television, English satellite tv and radio channels (all free-to-air), dvd player, dvds, books and board games.
Outdoor table and chairs for two; shared gardens front and back with lawns and trees.
All accommodation is on the ground floor (although it is not adapted for wheelchair use).
Free wi-fi broadband
Laundry with washing machine/tumble dryer (in the cottage)
Separate wc and washbasin next to the kitchen
The huge estuary and bay is a wetlands reserve for many species of birds and other wildlife. A causeway down to the remote beach (where many seabirds can be seen) has a number of hides for viewing land- and fresh water-based birds.
Thought to be one of the most beautiful villages in France, it was William the Conqueror's departure point for his invasion in 1066. It's a 20-30 minute drive up the coast road.
A fishing village and internationally popular yachting destination on the rocky coastline of the west of the Contention peninsula. There are many fish and seafood restaurants alongside the harbour and a number of smart shops.
Now a peaceful country farmhouse, Brecourt manor is a few hundred metres from the cottage. It was occupied by German troops during the war and was the subject of the famous Battle of Brecourt Manor, which filled most of the first episode of the TV series Band of Brothers and features in the officer's training curriculum of West Point Academy, as the epitome of a smaller force prevailing over a larger and more well-armed adversary.
Relaxed and informal small restaurant overlooking the beautiful mediaeval church in Ste Marie-du-Mont. Savoury crepes and moules frites with draft beer are specialities.
Excellent and friendly Belgian restaurant, set in beautiful countryside a few hundred metres from the cottage.
A very friendly and informal small restaurant on the side of the marina and harbour in Carentan, open 7 days a week. Serving pizza, as you would expect, and a 3-course set menu, but their salads are a speciality, especially the Salade Carentenais.
Charming small restaurant in an ancient stone inn overlooking the church square in Ste Marie du Mont, serving traditional Norman food.
There are two fishmongers in Ste Marie-du-Mont, selling fish and locally raised mussels and oysters in season, bought from the fishing boat ans sold the same day. The Utah Beach mussels and oysters are highly regarded. There are also direct vendors down on the coast road of Utah beach.
The beautiful and iconic island-town is a couple of hours drive from the cottage.
A tiny museum that consists of a private house in the church square of Ste Marie du Mont, which was occupied by German troops during the war. Murals painted by the soldiers throw an interesting light on their lives and their views of their officers.
A charming, working fishing village up the coast from Utah Beach. There is also a pleasure-boat marina and many associated smart shops and restaurants.
Our hamlet, Le Grand Chemin, is in the commune of Ste Marie du Mont. Ste Marie du Mont is also a small but very well-served village, 4km from the cottage. There are two small groceries, an artisanal bakers, a butcher/charcuterie, a post office, a doctor's surgery, a bar tabac, a mediaeval church with huge renaissance tower, various restaurants and a museum (please see separate recommendations) and a number of antiques and military shops.
Famed for its effigy, hanging from the church steeple, representing the parachutist who became entangled there in the early hours of the morning on D-Day (he was eventually rescued). There are an indoor and outdoor market and many shops, museums, cafes and restaurants.
Cemeteries for the British, Americans and Germans are all within easy driving distance. The cemeteries are simply and beautifully laid out and are very moving.
A long, flat, sandy beach runs for several kilometres from the Baie des Veys to St Vaast le Houge and the part of it local to the cottage is bordered with sand dunes and now called Utah Beach in honour of its role in the D-Day landings. Even in the height of summer there is always plenty of room for relaxing and sunbathing and it is a wonderful place for walking all year-round.
An absolutely excellent purpose-built, museum of World War II and the D-Day landings, set amongst the sand dunes of Utah Beach. Multi-media, vehicles and aircraft are amongst the traditional exhibits of clothing, artefacts and photographs.
There are a number of officially designated and maintained walking routes and cycle paths nearby, all on the flat. There are also many small lanes running between fields and properties nearby. They are very peaceful and picturesque for informal bike rides. One can ride to the nearby village, Ste Marie du Mont, mostly by these small lanes, largely avoiding car traffic.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable time at Le Marronier, right from the moment we arrived , a warm welcome and an excellent introduction to the facilities at the property. The Gite is very clean and tidy and the owners make you feel as though its your home for the holiday. First class!
The local area is fantastic with plenty to see and do straight from the house. walking, cycling, seeing the historic landscape, towns and D Day related museums.
I certainly recommend a visit and will be going back soon.
Thank you for your kind words - we're so glad that you felt at home and had such an enjoyable time! We will be very pleased to see you back again soon.
Lovely cottage, very well equipped and as described. Had everything we needed and more. Great quiet location. Nice cycling area. We stayed during the recent very hot spell and the cottage stayed comfortably cool. Would definitely recommend - we plan on a return visit. Owners are nice people , helpful and down to earth. Couple of very good restaurants nearby would definitely recommend- L'estaminet in the village, beautiful food and excellent priced set
Menu with good choices .
Thank you for your kind words. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Normandy and hope to see you again!
Rosemary and Steve