|Trois Centimes||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1||None|
Holiday Cottage in Bricquebec, Cotentin Peninsula, Normandy.
Trois Centimes is a bungalow of the traditional style of the region, situated on the outskirts of the village of Bricquebec on the Contentin peninsula, about 20 km south of Cherbourg. Bricquebec is a small French market town of medieaval origins. The Cotentin peninsula is very rural and agricultural, well known for its dairy produce and particularly for its cheese, cider and calvados. Its coastline provides many types of seafood, shellfish and lobsters. There are many good beaches all around the coast which range from high cliffs in the northwest to long sandy beaches at the base of the Peninsula. The nearest beach is about 10 mins by car. There are also small, picturesque fishing ports.
Notes on accommodation:
Both bedrooms have fitted carpets and the other rooms have traditional Normandy 'carrelage' tiled floors. Cooking is by electric cooker or microwave oven. Table in kitchen seats 4. Separate table in dining area seats 4.
There is an electric fridge/freezer and hot water from a large attic storage tank with immersion heater.
There are electric convector heaters in all the rooms and an open "cheminée" for the winter.
South facing garden, paved patio, garden table and chairs, bbq, ample off-road parking.
The cottage is placed well back from the road.
House is cleaned before and after arrival/departure, but is expected to be left tidy on departure. Visitors should provide their own bedlinen and all towels. Also towels for the beach.
Fully equipped kitchen with cooker and microwave, dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Toaster. Table and chairs for breakfast. French window entrance.
Sunny south facing with French window leading into garden, comfortable seating for 4.
Open fire for the cooler months.
Dining table and chairs.
English television, music centre for cds.
Two bedrooms, one double, one twin.
Bedside tables and lamps in both bedrooms. Dressing tables, chests of drawers, wardrobes and fully fitted carpets in both rooms.
Duvets and pillows are supplied. Guests bring their own bedlinen.
Wide opening shutters with views over the garden.
Single family bathroom.
Full size bath with shower attachment over the bath.
Toilet, washbasin and small storage cupboard.
Open fire in sitting room. Electric convector heaters in all rooms.
Various in the locality. Castles, Zoos, D Day landing beaches. Arromanches D Day museum. Many gun batteries fully restored throughout the area. Museums all around. Festivals throughout the summer months. Vauville Botanical gardens.. Weekly markets in all the towns and villages, Cite de la Mer Cherbourg, with deepest Aquarium in Europe and a permanent Titanic representation. also the Redoutable submarine open to visitors. Highest cliffs overlooking the sea in France on the North West coast. Artist Millais' home and studio open to visitors. Flamanville Nuclear power station open to visitors. Wonderful open sandy beaches on both sides fo the Cotentin peninsula, totally unspoilt, Fishing villages all round the coast selling freshly caught fish , mussels, lobsters and crabs.
South Facing Rear garden. With bbq, garden table and chairs. Sun loungers accessed via living room.
Clothes line for drying clothes. Small herb section as well as flower beds.
Garden also looks down on the mediaeval castle and it is enclosed and private.
Ample off-road parking., the house stands well back from a B class road.
Suitable for all.
No stairs, level throughout.. Access to garden at the rear by wide opening French windows.
Retired, Franco-enthusiasts. Had the house built 33 years ago when our son was little and have since taken our son and his sons to the house twice a year since they were 3 and 6 years old. Love the area, much like England 50 years ago. Not a tourist area luckily so still completely French in feel and ambience. This is what originally drew us to this part of Normandy.
|Year property purchased||1985|
|Why this location?||Attractive semi-rural location in a lovely market town with lots of facilities nearby.|
|Unique benefits of property||Location giving access to a wide variety of facilities to cover a huge range of tastes and interests.|
Delightful seafood restaurant in the nearby seaside town of Carteret. Local good traditional French restaurants all in close proximity. Fishing ports within 15 kms selling fresh fish on the key straight off the boats. Numerous very good museums, DD landing beaches, Arromanches and Port Winston artificial harbour within 45 mins drive. Pegasus Bridge and museums within an hours drive. Ste Mere Eglise with tributes to John Steele nearby. Lovely quiet beaches to swim from all within a short distance from the cottage by car. Historic Bayeux within 45 mins drive. and castles, botanical gardens, artist's homes etc all in the area. Mont St Michel reachable for a days outing.
We booked Trois Centimes as a base for a cycling holiday in Cherbourg Peninsular, its location is excellent on the edge of Bricquebec which has everything you would need within walking distance including patisseries, bars, restaurants, medieval chateau, fabulous market food and non food on a Monday, Intermarche supermarket around the corner and wifi outside the Tourist Information office. The property is clean and tidy and was as described. The lounge in keeping with the cottage style, spacious and comfortable if there were 4 people, in our case there was just the 2 of us. Good TV if required with English channels. Super large sunny garden from 8am until 9pm in July which for us sun worshippers was nice after our later returns from cycling. Perhaps 4 comfy sun loungers would be good incase 4 adults using, but for us it was fine with just 2.
Kitchen well equipped and functional good sized fridge, washing machine, etc. Luckily we arrived in time for the supermarket to still be open, but if not, a welcome pack with milk & bread / croissants may have been useful - the wine and cider is a lovely touch and was very welcome on arrival having cycled from Cherbourg!
Bedrooms enough storage for our weeks stay, the rooms stayed pleasantly cool despite very warm temperatures outside. Would have liked a shower cubicle.
Great place with location very near the cycle track that passes through the town, super for cycling and enjoying the wonderful area inland and coastal. Would go again.
Thank you very much for the kind and helpful comments following your visit to our little house in Bricquebec. We have noted the suggestion of two more sun loungers and we will certainly supply these in the future. The shower cubicle is however more of a problem as the bathroom was fitted out by the French builders before we saw it. Unfortunately the layout of bath and window prevents the installation of a full shower cubicle without completely redesigning the whole bathroom. We do hope that you will go to the house again and for returning visitors we offer a small discount. .
This is a delightful holiday cottage which particularly suited my wife and I as it is all on one level. It is comfortably furnished with good quality furnishings. It was immaculately clean and fresh when we arrived, and there was a welcoming gift of a bottle of wine which the owners had taken the trouble to leave for us, which we thought was a very nice gesture. The property has a large garden with two beautiful birch trees as well as a barbecue. It is a short walk from the town centre of Bricquebec which is a charming little town with shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as its historic castle. We would thoroughly recommend Trois Centimes and certainly intend to go again. The owners could not have been more helpful when making our booking arrangements.
Thank you so much for your kind review. We are always pleased when our guests enjoy the cottage as much as we do.. We love the whole area around the pretty town of Bricquebec and it is good to hear that others find it interesting and stimulating. We look forward to welcoming you back laterr in the year.