|Carteret Apartment||Self Catering||Sunday||2||4||2|
A first floor, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, luxury waterside apartment furnished to an extremely high standard with modern furnishings and equipment.
Situated in the Residence d'Angleterre, just off the rue de Paris right in the heart of the lovely town of Carteret.
Aside from a galley styled kitchen it has a family bathroom and separate wc. We welcome children of all ages and have themed the twin-bedded room with a Titanic flavour for our son Christopher to enjoy. In addition the apartment has a full-width wooden decked balcony with a teak table and four chairs in order that you may enjoy eating in the warm Normandy air. A full length lounger is also provided for that all important snooze after lunch!
Secure garage parking is available off the central courtyard and the lift make access to the apartment with luggage, beach bags or shopping a simple task for all ages. Golf and many other amenities are available near-by, including a recently finished sailing academy.
The galley styled kitchen has a full height fridge/freezer and eye-level over. An electric hob with brushed stainless steel splash back sits a top spacious 3 drawer storage for high quality pots and pans. There is ample high level storage above and to the left of a white ceramic sink. A dish washer is tucked neatly below and to the left of the sink. There is a further work top that we use for to house the bread board underneath the bar the separates the kitch from the dinning area.
The living room is conjoined with the eating area and houses an oak dinning room table and four chairs, a four seater Italian leather sofa and oak glass cabinet. A marble pedestal table beneath, a walled-mounted flat screen tv houses a dvd player and wi-fi router.
In front of the sofa is a matching marble coffee table and to its side a small occasional table for your wine glass.
Full width sliding glass doors open out onto the full width wooden decked balcony.
The apartment has two bedrooms.
The master bedroom has a kingsize bed with floor to ceiling cupboard space with hanging rail. A single glass door opens to the wooden decked balcony.
The second has twin beds and similar floor to ceiling cupboard space with hanging rail. Full width sliding glass doors open out onto the full width wooden decked balcony.
Both these rooms are carpeted and benefit from zonal under floor heating.
The apartment has two bathrooms.
The family bathroom has a double sink vanity unit and an over the bath shower and curtain.
There is a heated towel rail and hooks for your dressing gown.
The separate wc has a small wash basin and porthole mirror.
There is washing machine to the right of the hand basin.
The apartment has an under floor heating system throughout except the main bathroom which is heated by the towel rail as French building regulations do not permit electric underfloor heating in a bathroom. Ironically its permitted in the toilet area.
In cold weather the heating is put on in advance by our cleaning lady as it takes a couple of hours to get up to temperature.
In the hotter months, the tiled flooring keeps the apartment cool.
The apartment has a 43" flat screen tv with dvd player and there is a large selection of films available to be watched.
There are a number of books and games available in the living room.
The broadband is extremely fast and reliable.
The apartment has a full width (11m) wooden decked balcony that may be accessed from the living room and both bedrooms.
To enjoy breakfast or an outdoor lunch is a real treat and there is a wooden table and four chairs to permit such indulgence - fresh oysters and a glass of dry white Burgundy spring to mind.
The apartment is accessed from a gated courtyard and benefits from a garage.
The opening of the gate to the courtyard and door of the garage is done by remote activation providing additional security to the garage area.
There is a lift to the first floor and the apartment is on a single level and therefore suitable for all ages.
Marcela, my wife and I live in Winchester with our young son, Christopher who is aged twelve. He goes to Westgate School, the local secondary school. I work as a business development executive for a specialist engineering firm and travel a great deal. After a hectic schedule of airports and hotels I can think of nothing nicer than being with my family in Carteret. After a good meal and bottle of wine I look forward to closing the shutters and sleeping soundly.
|Year property purchased||2008|
|Why this location?||We purchased our apartment in the Residence d'Angleterre because of its location, and the friendliness of the people of Carteret - none more so than Sebastian who owns a nautically themed shop on the water's edge and a galley in the high street. I enjoy sailing but my wife suffers badly from seasickness - the apartment with its waterside location, unspoilt beaches and wonderful restaurants is the perfect compromise for us as a family. The apartment is only thirty minutes drive from Cherbourg so with the fast ferry from Portsmouth we can have lunch in Carteret and be home in time for dinner.|
|Unique benefits of property||The apartment is lovely - we have furnished it with our own good quality furniture and delicious bedding. The apartment is on the first floor and is served by a lift. At night there very little noise, and with the shutters down there is absolutely no noise. A perfect nights sleep in crisp Egyptian cotton is the perfect tonic to the hussle and bussle of working in Europe and commuting to Winchester. The Boulangerie across the road is open 7 days a week during the Summer and enables us to enjoy warm, freshly baked baguette and croissants everyday. Although, not the cheapest the Comptoir de Carteret is also open throughout the season and stocks absolutely everything from orange Juice to fine wines so that things that are needed for lunch or dinner but not purchased in the nearby Supermarket are ready to hand. The beaches are a feature of this lovely fishing village a stretch for miles in both directions. Even in the height of Summer they are seldom crowded.|
In Carteret itself there are a number of local restaurants of varying quality and price:
La Marine is by far the best food but equally probably the most expensive.
La Poitiniere is great fun and convenient for the beach.
Le Cap is our favourite for fresh fish and sea food.
A few miles down the coast in Portbail (15 mins) we enjoy eating in both Au Rendez-vous des Pecheurs, and Aux 13 Arches - both have outside seating and are popular with the locals.
Slightly further away in the Place Patten in La Haye-du-Puits one finds Le Commerce, a former butchers which now specialises in grilled steak on an open fire. Great food and atmosphere in front of the old church that still bears the scars of WWII.
In Cherbourg we enjoy our first, or last Steak Frites in the Yacht Club Restaurant - L'Escale, always a great pit stop and a place to see your ferry arrive, or worse leave without you!
One of the joys of being on holiday in France are the local markets of which there are an abundant number nearby, including the delightful village of Portbail just five minutes drive down the coast from Carteret. Carteret itself hosts a splendid market on Thursday morning where one can buy an array of fresh produce, sea food, cheeses, cooked meat or just browse. The local Calvados is also pretty good!
Elsewhere nearby markets can be found on the following days:
Tuesday Portbail, Cherbourg
Thursday Carteret, Cherbourg
Friday Les Pieux, Valognes
Saturday Barneville, Cherbourg,
Sunday Barneville Plage (July/Aug Only)
We had a very pleasant week in this well appointed apartment. It is in an excellent position to visit adjacent towns and beaches. The local markets were always interesting and varied. We enjoyed a good meal in particular at L’Abri just across the road. We have visited the area several times before and always thoroughly enjoy all it has to offer.
Our third stay in this very comfortable apartment which is just as immaculate as 3 years ago - again amazed at how quiet it is.
Luckier this time with the weather so we could better enjoy the beaches and coastal walks and the small towns nearby - Portbail, Briquebec, St Saveur - seem much more charming in bright sunshine. Your breakfast croissant is literally 1 minute away and the other town shops are of high standard, or there is a supermarket 3 minutes drive. There are currently 10 eating places within walking distance plus a couple of bars. It's a joy to be able to leave the car unused for days at a time.
We have recommended both the town and this apartment to friends and relatives and will certainly be thinking of going again. It is not the cheapest but recent experience of other properties reminds us that you get what you pay for and the description of this one is exactly what you find when you get there. The owners and their local rep are a delight to deal with.
Nice location to explore the beautiful coastline. Very well maitained, clean apartment. Owner provided excellent customer care. Would most definately recommend this property to friends and relatives.
As we like walking, the beutiful cost path to Le Cap and the sand dunes wonderful. Likes huit du pays for shopping. Further North the costline stunning, near Cherbourg excellent, very like Cornwall. Liked a fishing village called le Hable. All the villages are very pretty and so well kept.
Local markets and produce well worth buying. Local supermrket at Barneville very good Walkked dsily to Barneville through the village of Tot.. We enjoy buying the local produce and preparing meals ourselves, but if eating out in Carteret and surrounding areas there is a huge choice of restaurants.
For first time visitors to Normandy, an excellent loction to stay and only 30-40 minutes from Cherbourg ferry. The french way of life is very relaxing. Getting used to their opening hours takes a few days. They open 10am-12.30 then close for lunch 12.30-2.30pm to reopen 2.30pm until 7pm.
Thank you for our holiday one full of lovely memories.
Our second stay in the apartment and in Carteret - they say never go back but this is the exception - thanks M&T&R
Just as good as our holiday of 2 years ago except for the weather
Booking with the owner was easy and efficient and the property carer was welcoming and friendly as before - excellent fittings and equipment, very quiet and private and everything immaculate.
The town is a holiday resort so has a large number of restaurants from Michelin star to pizza takeaway. There are magnificent and empty beaches close by, many pleasant walks and scope for easy or more energetic bike rides with cycle hire right across the road. Further afield there are plenty of interesting tourist attractions within a half-hour drive. It's 30 minutes to/from the Cherbourg ferry.
We have recommended both town and apartment to friends and we may well return again