|Les Sablons||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1||2 extra beds in second bedroom|
Les Sablons is a charming Colombage cottage that is situated in its lawned gardens of about an acre. It is surrounded by rolling green fields and there are contented cows grazing in the numerous orchards.
At the rear of the cottage there is a large decked area for sitting, eating and sunbathing. The garden is private.
The cottage is equipped everything you require for an enjoyable holiday. There is living room with stereo/radio and a tv for the playing of dvds only (it does not receive tv programmes).
Towels and linen are provided.
Dogs are welcome provided they do not go upstairs or sit on the furniture.
There are electric radiators in all rooms and a logburner in the living room that will stay in overnight.
There are two bedrooms and a third middle room which has been turned into a childrens room. It has a tv for playing children's vhs tapes, an electric organ and 2 easy chairs.
There is recently installed kitchen with everything you need for cooking and it is fully equipped with kitchen utensils. There is a cooker with two ovens, a microwave and a toaster. There is a dishwasher and fridge and also a fridge in the utility room.
The dining table seats 6 and there is a table outside on the decking that also seats 6.
There is a sofa and a large day bed which can be used as a bed if required.
There is a logburner, a tv for playing of dvds and a radio/stereo player. There are numerous dvds, books and dcs for your entertainment.
Bedroom 1 has a double bed with bedside cabinets with reading lights. There is a chest of drawers and a clothes rack on the back of the door. The window looks over the adjoining fields.
Bedroom 2 has two single beds but underneath them there are 2 collapsible single beds of the same size. So there can be 4 single beds or 2 double beds. There are bedside cabinets and a chest of drawers.
The bathroom has a bath with overhead shower and screen.
There is a lavatory and a large dresser.
There are radiators in every room. Water is heated by a water heater.
There is a television that plays dvds, a stereo/radio player, numerous games and cds.
There is a shed that contains chairs, deckchairs, garden games and a barbecue.
There are parking areas off the road at the front of the house. If the weather has been dry then cars can be parked on the lawn by the gate.
The cottage is not suitable for the users of wheelchairs.
Louise and I live in Staffordshire and we work together in a jewellery business that takes us to the Far East and around the UK. We have always loved France and we stay at Les Sablons as often as possible as we value the peace and tranquillity of the area.
|Year property purchased||2002|
|Why this location?||Les Sablons is situated in lower Normandy around an hour and a quarter drive from the ferry port at Ouistreham. Although the cottage is in the middle of lush green fields and valleys the coast is easily accessible. You can visit the sophisticated towns of Deauville, Trouville and Honfleur the latter being worth a days visit by itself. Further west along the coast you can explore the D-Day beaches and visit Bayeux and Mont St Michel. Houlgate and Cabourg are lovely seaside towns with endless sandy beaches.
The area around Les Sablons is very rural with pretty small towns and villages that provide a gastronomic delight. amembert cheese is produced in the next village; there is an abundance of apple trees providing cider and apple juice; a cream-rich cuisine with the freshest fish and seafood are easily available.
The cottage is situated on the hill that saw the end of the battle of Normandy in 1944.
Wherever you have been during the day you can return to the peace of the cottage
|Unique benefits of property||Les Sablons is a charming Colombage cottage situated in the beautiful and tranquil countryside in the heart of rural Normandy. The delight and joy of the cottage come from it's peace and serenity; as a guest said, "You can hear the silence!"
The cottage is set in a lawned garden with views over a valley. At the rear of the property is a large decked area for sitting, sunbathing, eating and watching the abundant wildlife. Apart from the bird and plant life, deer and wild boar are visitors to the adjoining field.
The cottage sleeps 4 people comfortably and there are more beds available for children. It is well equipped with everything you need for cooking and eating. There is a logburner that will keep on overnight and there are electric radiators in all rooms. There are walks in the near vicinity and a number of guests bring their dogs who are welcome. There is very little traffic on the road and the peace and quiet is maintained throughout the day.
History: Walk to Montormel museum to see where the battle of Normandy finished in August 1944.
Visit the D-Day beaches and the war museums; also Pegasus Bridge, Arromanches and Caen Memorial.
Falaise - visit the castle of William the Conqueror a mixture of the original and the modern. The Bayeux tapestry is well worth a visit.
Chateau de Crevecoeur-en-Auge has a medieval collection of buildings that have been restored and is interesting for children.
Horses: the cottage is in the heart of equine country and there are locally a number of riding establishments who have horses for hacking and also instruction.
A visit to Le Pin-au-Haras, the French National Stud is a must for the magnificent buildings and the horses who are equally magnificent. Lunch at Le Tete au Loup just outside makes a perfect day.
Food: There are many restaurants in the local towns and if the locals eat there you know it is going to be good. There is a list of restaurants at the cottage and always ask Jill and Adrian our caretakers for their recommendations.
Try La Fine Fourchette in Falaise for a special treat.
Camembert is the next village with a museum and shop. Also visit the Fromagerie Durand to see cheese made in the traditional way. Go to Livarot to the Fromagerie Graindorge and see how the Livarot cheese is made.
There are markets throughout the week in Argentan, Livarot, Vimoutiers and St Pierre-sur-Dives where you can buy fresh seafood and vegetables, charcuterie and meat.
There is a large Leclerc supermarket in Agentan where the variety of food is tremendous.
There are many farms in the vicinity that sell apple juice, cider and calvados.