|Le Bourg||Self Catering||Flexible||4||8||2||None|
Lovely stonebuilt house dating back to 1800's in quiet rural village. It used to be a girls' school.
Accomodation is arranged over 3 floors.
Retains it's quirky French charm but is very comfortable.
Stone and wooden floors throughout and staircases to upper levels.
There is a story about there having been some kind of skimish in the attic during WW2 involving American soldiers and there are still bullet marks on the floorboards.
The house is double glazed and has gas central heating and open fires making it suitable for winter/spring lets.
The village does not have a "boulangerie" but there are two excellent ones in Picauville which is 4.7 km away.
Large secluded and walled mature garden so you can bring your dog. Great dogwalking facilities nearby - beach or forest.
The village is very quiet and has a poterie and the lavoir from where the potters used to get there china clay. On a still day you can see it bubbling up
Very old woodburning oven/stove in the kitchen which reputably works.
However is a fully equipped kitchen with cooker, microwave, toaster, fridge, kettle, juicer and coffee-maker.
Dishwasher and washing machine in small utility room to rear.
All cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery, glasses and cleaning materials etc provided.
Also a welcome pack with food basics such as tea, coffee, sugar,condiments, water etc, home laid eggs from our chickens and a few Normandy treats.
Spacious dining room with table and chairs. Ipod speaker and open fireplace.
Sitting room with comfortable sofas and chairs.Open log burning fire for winter lets.
French and English satellite tv. Dvds, cds and games. Radiator and double glazing.
Four large double bedrooms. One with an en suite and shower.
Three bedrooms on first floor and one on second.
All spacious with a double bed, wardrobe and rugs.
All bed linen provided free of charge.
En suite shower/lavatory to main bedroom on first floor.
Separate spacious bathroom/ lavatory on first floor.
All bath and hand towels provided.
Free toiletries provided.
Gas central heating to all rooms.
Log burning fires in sitting room and dining room.
Dvds, cds, games and toys. Books.
French and English TV and DVD player.
Outside large secluded mature garden. Front area laid to lawn with flowerbeds - shrubs and roses.
Rear area, lawn, shrubs and trees and small paved patio area with wildlife pond with newts.
Table, chairs and barbecue provided. Charcoal also provided.
Very beautiful place to sit in the evenings and relax with a barbecue or over a drink.
Very peaceful area..
Parking for two cars on site.
If more in front of the Mairie opposite.
Suitable for visitors wanting a quiet, comfortable, self-catering base from which to explore Normandy.
Walking, cycling or visiting the many attractions locally.
There are many good restaurants from cheap and cheerful to fine dining.
Information on these is in the house.
Children and dogs are very welcome but be aware the small pond is not fenced so vigilance is needed for small children.
I can provide a cot if required.
It is 1 hour from Caen (Ouistreham) and about 45 minutes from Cherbourg.Very easy from the Brittany Ferries terminals there. Also people booking the ferry and the accomodation through Brittany Ferries can benefit from a 20% discount on their crossing.
There are many local shops, markets and supermarkets locally.
We are close to the Normandy landing beaches and to Sainte Mere Eglise.
Mont St Michel and William the Conqueror's castle in Falaise are quite close and well worth a visit. As is Bayeux and the famous tapestry.
There is so much history to be discovered in the area.
There are fabulous forests and beaches to explore and you can finish your day by having an excellent meal locally.
There are also lots of things to keep children amused such as Festyland and Raptor Park.
I have gathered leaflets on all the local attractions for our visitors and and have the details of reaturants etc.
I live 1 minute away so am on hand at all times for any advice or information.
We want our guests to see Le Bourg as their home from home in Normandy.
We holidayed here for many years before taking early retirement 18 months ago. We bought Le Bourg to let as a gite, after moving in to our house. I am a retired nurse returning to my roots with dogs, chickens, ducks, bees and a potager. It is a rural idyll which I want to share with my guests. Normandy is a fantastic place. Space, countryside, unspoilt beaches including the D-Day landing beaches. It is steeped in history and there is something for everyone.
|Year property purchased||2017|
|Why this location?||It is a beautiful, tranquil, verdant part of Normandy.|
|Unique benefits of property||It is an old girls school which has been renovated to become a lovely, characterful family home, although there is still work to do. It has a mature secluded garden with a small wildlife pond and a patio for al fresco dining. It benefits from double glazing and gas central heating and has open log fires.|
Château Guillaume Le Conquérant (William the Conqueror's Castle): despite the name, the vast castle you see today was developed for the Anglo-French kings of England in the 12th century, then further extended in the 13th for French royals. It has been magnificently restored in recent years and the tour makes the most of modern technology to recreate the castle’s illustrious past and bring courtly life back to life. Well worth a visit.
Paratroopers rained down on this Norman village as D-Day operations began in June 1944 to liberate Europe from German occupation. Famously, American soldier John Steele was left dangling a time from the medieval church as his parachute got caught on its tower.
An amazing armada of Allied troops, British, American, Canadian and more, landed on Normandy’s beaches on 6th June 1944 to begin the liberation of Europe from years of Nazi occupation.
The five beaches are Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah.
It is also possible to go sand yachting here.
The Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most remarkable examples of mediaeval religious and military architecture and was one of Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites from the 8th to the 18th century.The Abbey comprises a superb ensemble of clerical buildings including the abbey church, the cloister, the refectory, the monks' ambulatory and the gardens of what has been known as the ""Merveille"" (Marvel) since the 12th century. In summer, the Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel is best seen in all its splendour after sunset during the special “sons et lumières"" shows. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: 2nd May to 31st August: from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 1st September to 30th April: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last admission 1 hr before closing time. Closed: 1st January, 1st May and 25 December.
Unique artefact of its kind, the Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidery of wool yarn on woven linen, made in the 11th Century. It is 70 metres long and 50 centimetres high, and recounts the tale of the conquest of England on 14th October 1066, led by William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy.
Remarkably well preserved, the Bayeux Tapestry features on UNESCO's "Memory of the World" Register.