|Lovely House Overlooking the Sea||Self Catering||Saturday||3||8||2||Double sofabed in sitting room|
This charming country home, sleeping up to 8 people, has everything you will require for a comfortable, relaxing, quiet holiday.
The kitchen is very well set up for self-catering and contains plenty of equipment for serious cooks and eaters. It is fully equipped with cooker (electric oven and gas hob), microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, coffee maker, toaster and all the pots and pans required.
The dining table has plenty of space and seating for 8.
After a meal of splendid local produce (especially fish, seafood and wonderful vegetables) you can let the dishwasher do the work while you relax in the spacious sitting-room. With two sofas, armchairs, games, a small hi-fi and a wood-burning stove, you can be equally comfortable in summer or winter.
Each double bedroom and bathroom is approached by a separate staircase - ideal, perhaps, for 2 couples. Next to one of the double rooms is a twin room containing bunk beds, and the sitting room has a comfortable sofabed.
There is a bathroom with wc next to the double bedroom over the kitchen - this is reached by a staircase from the kitchen.
A second bathroom and separate wc is reached up the stairs from the sitting room - next to the second double and bunk bedrooms.
Heating is by independent electric radiators in every room. There is also a wood burning stove in the sitting room room. Some firewood is supplied.
There is wireless access to the Internet in the house as well as a small hi-fi system. There are some CDs around although these vary as guests bring some and take others. There is also a variety of English language books - including guides to the area.
There is a fully enclosed garden to the rear of the house with great views out over the sea and nearby port of St Vaast la Hougue. The garden has a barbecue and furniture.
There is room to park one large car or a couple of smaller cars in front of the house. Additional vehicles can be left in front of the mairie at the bottom of the hill.
This house has stairs to all bedrooms and both bathrooms as well as up to the garden. Each double bedroom and bathroom is approached by a separate staircase - ideal, perhaps, for 2 couples. The 2 parts upstairs are separated by a wall nearly a metre thick.
I first visited Normandy as a teenager and fell in love with it the minute I tasted my first coffee and croissant in a bar in Cherbourg! I lived all over the UK but have always liked being near the sea. I spent a lot of time on small boats, which meant frequent returns to Cherbourg. As a result I got to know the area quite well.
|Year property purchased||2002|
|Why this location?||Morsalines is a small coastal village near the fishing and pleasure port of St Vaast la Hougue. Hameau Beauvais is an outlying hamlet on a hill overlooking the bay and fortifications of St Vaast. The location is a short walk from the beach and a short drove from shops, restaurants and so on.|
|Unique benefits of property||The view from the garden over the sea and the Vauban fortifications of St Vaast la Hougue is wonderful. The house is perfectly placed for visiting D-Day beaches as well as the ancient ports of Barfelur and St Vaast.|
There is a market within a half hour drive on every day of the week. One of the nearest (and one of the best) is in St Vaast la Hougue on Saturdays. Also near are those at Barfleur, Quettehou and St Pierre Eglise. At Bricquebec the market starts early with beasts and continues with vegetables, dairy products, household goods, clothes and a host of other stalls.
This handsome fishing and pleasure port has much to attract the visitor. The Vauban fortifications form part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and these are part of the view from the garden. The fortified island of Tatihou can be visited on the amphibious boat - or on foot if the tide is right. It has a boat museum and other maritime sites including a garden of seaside plants.
The ancient village of Barfleur was one of the principal ports of Normandy in earlier times. Now it is home to a small fishing fleet and some pleasure boats. It is officially recognised as one of the 50 prettiest villages in France. Small enough to explore completely on foot, it has some lovely old houses and a fine church. There are plenty of places to eat and take a glass of something.
A UNESCO Memory of the World entry, the Bayeux tapestry is famous for its record of the Norman invasion of England. Almost a thousand years old, it depicts William's gathering of an invasion fleet, the voyage across the channel and subsequent battle setting the course of English history for centuries to come.
The city also has a magnificent cathedral and an excellent invasion museum - this time of the invasion of France by the allied armies in 1944.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the world's greatest monuments. This can be visited on a day trip from our house and is a must if you have the time.
The house was very comfrtable and well situated for the local beach a few minutes walk away and lots of assorted attractions well within an hours drive.
The house has an excellent and well equipped kitchen, two good sized double bedrooms and a rom with bunk beds: this was ideal for our group - a single man up one staircase with bathroom and mum, dad and two boys up the other with their bathroom and separate wc.
The owners gave a very warm welcome and good local information such as places of interest and local facilities.
We visited La Cite de la Mer in Cherbourg on our one rainy day and would give this the highest recommendation for a good day out. Also visits to numerous D Day sites - Ste Mere Eglise, Uah Beach, Quineville etc and the Bayeux tapestry - all of which were a short drive away. Bayeux was about 50 minutes by car. Also quaint Fench villages such as Barfleur and St Vaast la Hougue.
The boys enjoyed the barbecue in the garden! And there is a lovely view across the bay fromt he garden. Comfortab;e parking for two cars.
Overall very highly recommended.