Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 6
|Old traditional Norman village house||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2||Travel cot and child bed also available|
Old traditional Norman village house, with large enclosed garden (lawned), including patio and barbecue. The house is situated minutes from beautiful south-facing Jonville beach on the bay of Saint-Vaast-La-Hougue. The bay is ideal for watersports. Kayaks, boats and windsurfs can be rented from the Jonville sailing club, who will also provide lessons. Horseriding, tennis and golf are all available locally.
Jonville is situated between two of the most beautiful villages on the Normandy coast (Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue and Barfleur). Both villages have a number of fantastic seafood restaurants. The coastline boasts some of the most beautiful unspoilt beaches in Normandy.
The well-equipped kitchen has a large dining table seating up to ten people. The kitchen has patio doors leading out to the garden. There is an electric oven, with gas hob, and a dishwasher. There is a high chair for small children.
There are double doors leading from the kitchen into the cosy living room, which has a multi-channel French TV.
Two large sofas and an armchair accommodate up to eight adults. A number of French, English and German fiction books, and various guide books on the region can be found in the bookcase.
There are 4 bedrooms with 2 on the first floor, and 2 on the second floor. The second floor is self- contained with its own toilet and sink and a door which can be closed at the top of the stairs, making the house ideal for two families.
On the first floor, there is a large double room (with double bed), and a large twin room (with 2 single beds plus a child bed).
On the second floor, there is a large double room (with double bed) and a small twin room (with 2 twin beds).
There is a travel cot, which can be put up in either of the double rooms.
There is a large bathroom on the ground floor with toilet sink and walk-in shower, useful for showering after swimming. There is also a large bathroom on the first floor with bath, toilet and sink.
On the second floor, there is a small bathroom with toilet and sink.
The house is centrally-heated, although there is no central heating on the top floor. There are electric heaters in these two bedrooms for use in winter.
There is a tv and a radio cassette player, and a barbecue.
Outside there is a large lawned garden, which is enclosed with a stone wall, making it ideal for small children. The kitchen leads out onto a patio, with patio table and chairs. At the bottom of the garden there is an old 'boulangerie', which is now used to store garden furniture, including sun loungers and deck chairs.
There is one parking space next to the house. Additional vehicles can park in the small car park, which is 100 metres down the road on the left hand side.
The house is suitable for families with small children, groups of walkers, visitors to the D-Day landing beaches. It is not suitable for wheel chair users, as there is no bedroom on the ground floor, and there are 2 stair cases.
Note: for parents with very small toddlers, it's not possible to fix a stair gate to the stairs, so this might be problem. The stairs lead off the living room.
Small utility space with washing machine
My husband and I are francophiles, having both studied French at university and then lived in Paris for two years. Even if we could not live there permanently, we wanted to own a little patch of France, so that we could indulge in the language and culture once or twice a year.
|Year property purchased||2000|
|Why this location?||We chose this area because the region is beautiful and unspoilt. There is very little development and commercialism and very few English tourists. We bought the house when our children were 2 and 4 and it has been perfect for them. They had plenty of space to play safely outside, and it was close to the beach. The beach is ideal for young children with lots of rock pools to explore at low tide and shells to collect. We have been going back every year since then and they still love it. Now, as teenagers, they enjoy kayaking and windsurfing off the local beach. Jonville is also easy to reach from the UK, just a 30 minute drive from the ferry port in Cherbourg.|
|Unique benefits of property||The location and proximity to the beach. Also the large enclosed garden.
The views across to Tatihou island from the local beach are beautiful. Every day with the changing tide and colour of the sky the view is slightly different, but always lovely.
As you walk down the little path leading to the beach, you get a glimpse of the bay before stepping onto the beach - my favourite moment. The bay is also great for water sports.
Please note that you cannot see the sea from the house (apart from in the bedroom on the top floor where you can catch just a glimpse!), but there are wonderful unspolt views of the countryside to the back of the house. The beach is just a two minute walk away.
LeGoeland1951: Our favourite place in the whole of Normandy; a lovely cafe at the tip of Jonville peninsula, just a 15-minute walk from the house along the beach. It's a wonderful place to sit and have lunch or dinner, or just a coffee, and look out at the wonderful views of Tatihou island and the bay of Saint Vaast. (Booking for dinner recommended)
Tatihou island: You can visit the island on the amphibian craft which shuttles back and forth from Saint Vaast harbour. It's a lovely place to take children, as it's traffic free, and the short trip over there is fun. You can also swim from here when the tide is in, and it's great to be on the beach as the tide recedes, leaving warm lagoons which the children can splash around in. There is a music festival held there in August.
Saint Vaast: The fishing village of Saint Vaast,10 mins away by car, is a lovely marina and fishing harbour. There are many restaurants and shops around the harbour. A local market is held here on Saturdays, which is a must-visit. There is also a local market in Quetthou (15 minutes by car) on Fridays.
Barfleur: Barfleur is a beautiful harbour, said to be one of the most beautiful in Normandy. There are lots of great places to eat here, including Cafe de France, a very authentic French cafe, right on the harbour side.
Gatteville lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in France is worth visiting. You can climb to the top, where there are spectacular views over the area, and there is a lovely long beach to the west.
Cherbourg: Cherbourg, the largest town in the region, is 25 minutes by car. Here you will find many shops, restaurants and hypermarkets. There is also a bowling alley, large cinema complex and swimming pool. Good for rainy days.
Excursions can be made to Mont St Michel and Bayeux easily in a day. Further afield, Paris is 2 - 3 hours by train.The D-day landing beaches are all close-by. The Caen Memorial Museum in Caen is well worth a visit too.
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