|Glatigny Farmhouse||Self Catering||Flexible||3||8||2||2 x double sofa beds and additional mattresses.|
Welcome to our French paradise!
This breathtaking and spacious farmhouse has been painstakingly renovated to the highest standards of luxury and taste; all 3 floors and extensive gardens being carefully designed to give a relaxed but decadent feel.
Less than 5 minutes away from a beautiful sandy beach, between 2 traditional but vibrant towns, and close to many popular attractions such as Mont St Michel & the Bayeux Tapestry, it is perfectly located.
Within easy reach of Cherbourg, Caen and Le Harve ferry ports.
This really is a unique and beautiful gem. We hope you love it.
This spacious farmhouse comprises of large open-plan kitchen, dining room and lounge complete with a gorgeous ornate wood burner, these rooms in particular are brimming with the house's original character.
The kitchen is exceptionally well equipped and you'll also find usual items to make your stay more enjoyable.
The downstairs living room has been opened to encompass much of the ground floor and show-off the houses original character, but all the while feeling very light, cosy and indulgent.
One of the main focal points is the large ornate wood burner.
The living room on the second floor is purposely more 'tucked away' and made to feel a bit more like a den in the eves.
Up to the 1st floor you are met with a breathtaking view straight up to the roof timbers neatly framing the traditional French chandelier; the oversized landing comprises of a lounge area, a desk for working on and an extensive library.
Walking down the corridor you'll find 2 beautiful bedrooms with original antique furnishings. Finally onto the imposing but gorgeous bathroom housing your very own roll-top bath.
Up onto the top floor, this mezzanine level with a second lounge, light feel and third bedroom gives a perfect hideaway spot if you just need a little downtime.
Going through the house on the ground floor you'll find a utility room through to an exceptionally well proportioned and stunning bathroom with large power shower.
On the first floor you'll find the imposing but gorgeous bathroom housing your very own roll-top bath.
The entire ground floor is underfloor heated to really give that cosy, indulgent feeling in the colder weather and also has the very large wood burner.
Upstairs you'll find modern wall radiators.
Both bathrooms have heated towel rails too.
The house has many games in the games cupboard as well as 2 televisions, dvds, modern sound system and even a retro Nintendo games console.Plus a barn stocked full of bikes, outdoor games and table tennis and a snooker table for your to enjoy, and an "Indoor Outdoor" area for you to relax on the swing or practice your darts skills!
The are 2 outside courtyards, the front South facing courtyard with seating and a large pizza oven/BBQ and a smaller rear courtyard that magically catches the morning sun through the Lilac leaves (the perfect coffee spot!).
There are also extensive gardens complete with an outdoor bar, mixed fruit orchard, 'exotic glade', fruit and vegetable garden and a wild flower meadow all for your enjoyment.
There is amply free parking for a number of cars on the drive way and under the barn arch.
Francesca and I love both the joys of travel and hosting. <br/>We are big believers in quality and luxuriating whilst away and also those 'personal and personable' experiences when we travel, so we also try to embody this when it is our privilege to be hosts. <br/>We look forward to meeting you!
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||We have totally fallen in love with this area. From the beautiful beaches, buildings and culture to the fantastic food and pace; to us, this area is just perfect!|
|Unique benefits of property||Our aim through the extensive renovation was to try to create a space we couldn't seem to find in the area. Somewhere that was oozing character and the traditional style of the area, but at the same time indulgent and luxurious. As really that is what you want when you are on holiday - to feel you are staying somewhere authentic, but that is a real treat.
Throughout both the house, courtyards and gardens we have tried our best, and we believe, succeeded in creating this vision. We really hope you'll love it,
The local town - brimming with character, bright houses and great restaurants. Market day is Wednesday morning.
Barnville-Carteret is also close by and being a summer vacation spot for many Parisians, is a great location to visit in those summer months.
Both Portbail and Barnville/Carteret offer great equestrian stables for horse riding and the rides along the beach aren't to be missed!
Please do visit the village tennis courts, behind the Marie's office in the village square. These are free to residents and you'll find tennis racquets and balls in the barn.
From around June-early September, on most weekends, many towns and villages nearby hold festivals and fêtes with great outdoor music and food.
Most towns also have what is called a Brocante, which essentially is a furniture market, but these really are worth a visit as it is very rare such quantities of antiques are under a single roof for such low prices. By far the best is 'La Clé Des Temps' in Coutances.
There are many WWII sites of interest, one of the biggest being near Caen; the whole area unfortunately is dripping with this bloodied history. There is a book in the house showing damage to the nearby town of La Haye Du Puit, but this is not a unique story.
Mont St Michel is not too far away, and is a breathtaking place, highly recommend a visit.
The Bayeux Tapestry is close by and is an interesting day out.
There are also regular boat rides over to the beautiful Channel Islands of Jersey, (which you can see from Glatigny beach) Guernsey, Sark and Alderney and if you are in the area for a decent period of time, I would recommend a day trip over.
La Haye Du Puit:
'Pom'Cannelle' - this is a traditional but high quality restaurant offering fantastic but innovative food. Although by French standards a little pricier than average, it is such good value for terrific food and a steal compared with British equivalents.
'Le Commerce' - this is similar to our local 'pub', you will find this often full of locals, and for good reason. The generous local food is very well priced and cooked on an open fire in front of you. The set menus are exceptional value for money.
'L'équinoxe' - this is a local bar, often playing live jazz music in July/August. Whilst they don't really do food, the atmosphere is good and a great place for a drink or coffee.
'Aux 13 Arches' - this is a very good restaurant specialising in seafood (much of which is caught within a couple of miles!), this is a 'posher' place to eat, but again, as seems the way in France, it is very cheap for exceptional food.
'Au Rendez-vous des Pecheurs' - a local fish restaurant which overlooks the estuary, and perfect visit for the setting sun. The food is great quality and very reasonably priced.
'Le Bac a Sable', Lindbergh plague - a very close beach restaurant just down the road. Whilst not always open (ring ahead and do make a booking) this has a very cool atmosphere and often plays great live music. The location is great.
'Hotel Restaurant des Isles (Tortuga)', Barneville-Carteret - this is a great spot for a chill out and a coffee on the beach side. It has a very quality feel, but not uncomfortably so.
The lunch there is also fantastic – some of the freshest I’ve eaten and very good value. A really quality establishment.
'Hôtel de la Marine', Barneville-Carteret - this is a high-end hotel and restaurant which is a good spot for a little indulgence!
There is a place called 'La Maison du Biscuit' in the village of 'Sortosville-en-Beaumont' and I am genuinely struggling to work out how to describe it, but I nonetheless do have to recommend it! The best I can do is ask you to imagine a village curated by Willy Wonka and John Wayne, and maybe you'd come close! 'La Maison du Biscuit' sells every kind of biscuit, chocolate, sweets, honey, alcohol, wholefood, I could go on and on! It's also a great cafe to while away a few hours in a very unique place! A recommended place to buy very well presented, but reasonably priced gifts. Let me know what you think!