16TH CENTURY THATCHED COTTAGE IN RURAL SETTING NEAR HONFLEUR

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Jan Fordham

Speaks english, french
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
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16TH CENTURY THATCHED COTTAGE IN RURAL SETTING NEAR HONFLEUR

Berville sur Mer Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Self-catering cottage in rural Normandy for a romantic or family holiday

This pretty cottage, with its exposed wall and roof beams, is part of a 16th century stable building built in the traditional Colombage style with irises on the roof that bloom in late spring. Reputedly the longest thatched building in Normandy at 77 metres long, it has been converted into self-contained gites set in two hectares of natural orchard garden. The bedroom, with its mighty oak beams, occupies the whole of the upper storey and contains a double bed and two small sofa-beds suitable for children. The kitchen area is fully equipped with hob, oven, refrigerator and washing machine. The living area contains a double sofa-bed. The gite is reached from the parking area immediately next to it by a shingled path. Enjoy a quiet drink or meal outside in the tranquil garden.

A quiet area, it is an ideal base for walking, cycling, swimming, sailing, canoeing, horse-riding and exploring the historical and gastronomic wonders of Calvados, cider and Camembert country. The village is close to the Brotonne National Park, with walking and cycling routes and picturesque towns and markets. Golfers will find excellent golf courses within easy reach and the region is popular with fishermen.

Berville-sur-Mer is a small rural hamlet which was the crossing point of the River Seine before the Pont de Normandie was opened in 1995. It is reputed to have been part of the estate owned by the mother of William the Conqueror and has a pretty maritime 13th century church.

Berville is about 10 km from the mediaeval harbour town of Honfleur, with tall slate-fronted, oak-tiled and timber-framed buildings surrounding the port – their ground floors now house ship’s chandlers, art galleries and restaurants. Honfleur is considered to be the cradle of Impressionist art and there is an extensive collection in the Musée Eugène Boudin near the home of the composer, Erik Satie and in many other galleries. The 15th century wooden church of Sainte-Catherine, built by shipbuilders in the shape of an upturned boat, has an 18th century bell tower built across the square as a precaution against fire.

Normandy is a land of fishermen and farmers and is one of the finest gastronomic regions of France. Fish dishes are a regional speciality, with imposing ranges of fruits de mer served at waterside restaurants in Honfleur. There is a small restaurant in Berville and other restaurants in nearby villages, including Contéville and Fiquefleur. The nearest supermarket is in Contéville, about 3 km away, and there is a large hypermarket and supermarkets on the outskirts of Honfleur.

Honfleur has an excellent fish market and on Wednesday and Saturday mornings there is a superb farmers’ market around the church of Sainte Catherine selling a wide range of bread, vegetables, fruits, wines, cider, Calvados and the world-famous locally-produced cheeses, Camembert, Pont l’Eveque and Liverot. There are also typically Norman markets in the nearby towns of Pont Audemer and Beuzeville and other towns in the region, .

Boat trips from Honfleur take passengers under the stunning Pont de Normandie that spans the River Seine. When opened in 1995 it was the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world.

Berville-sur-Mer is about 30 minutes from the wide golden beaches of the Côte Fleurie, with the coastal towns of Trouville and elegant Deauville, famous for its racecourse, casino, golf courses, and film festival. Within easy reach for a day trip are the D-Day Normandy landing beaches, the artificial port (Port Winston) and Second World War battlefields, all commemorated in the excellent museum at Arromanches. There is also a ‘peace’ museum in Caen, with its beautiful Romanesque church and ruins of an enormous castle founded by William the Conqueror. Beyond lies the Cathedral of Bayeux and the stunning 70-metre tapestry recording the Norman invasion of England in 1066.

There are many museums and historical monuments in Normandy, including the great island monastery of Mont St Michel and a museum at Fécamp which offers a tour of the only distillery to produce the famous Benedictine liqueur. Claude Monet’s house and gardens at Giverny make a wonderful day trip.

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Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm

Jan Fordham

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2000
Speaks english, french

I have lived and worked in many parts of the world and now live in a Regency building in Brighton, a town by the sea in East Sussex, England. Living in a beautiful environment, both at home and at la Ferme du Chalet, is important to me. It inspires and revives me and reminds me of my small place in the world.

Jan Fordham purchased this cottage in 1999

La Ferme du Chalet was part of a working farm until 1989 and was converted into 14 self-contained gites in 1993. After staying there with friends, I could not wait to buy No. 1 when it became available.and became the owner on the day of the lunar eclipse in August 1999. I and my family and friends have enjoyed it as a holiday home ever since. I feel privileged to be a custodian of such a beautiful historic property, which retains its charm while offering a comfortable, peaceful environment. I remain enchanted by nearby Honfleur which is so full of history and is always a delight. The regional food is wonderful and there is plenty for children of all ages to do.

No. 1 la Ferme du Chalet offers a quiet retreat in a rural setting within easy reach of places of historic and artistic interest. Ideally suited to a couple or small family, it offers a place for rest and recovery or a base for more energetic activities. An on-site local agent will be there to meet you, provide you with information and deal with any queries or problems.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay nights
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Reviews

Property Reviews

16th century thatched cottage in rural setting near Honfleur
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
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16th century thatched cottage in rural setting near Honfleur
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p2580
Berville sur Mer Eure
shipley.west yorkshire
5

yorkshire holidaymakers

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
A charming gite,ideally located.So very handy for honfleur which was only a few minutes drive away.A short walk takes yiou to the river seine.
We had a lovely week and would love to return in the not to distant future.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 2/2
business
16th century thatched cottage in rural setting near Honfleur
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p2580
Berville sur Mer Eure
5

August in Normandy

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
This is one of the most well appointed gites we have ever stayed in. The bed is large and comfortable with good quality bedlinen, the towels in the bathroom are soft and fluffy, the kitchen is extremely well equipped and the cottage is very tastefully furnished throughout. Everything about the property says 'quality'. The location is perfect, with an enormous tranquil shared garden and the Seine just a two minute walk away. Also just a short walk away is the hamlet and its good deli/general store and bar.

We were so sorry that the cottage is booked in 2009 for the week we wanted, as it's the place that we would return to again and again.

Thanks for a great holiday - Jacquie and Terry
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 14/14

Map

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Le Havre
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Le Havre
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Le Havre
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
A29/Pont de Normandie
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Honfleur
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Berville-sur-Mer
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
St Gatien
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Conteville
Car: necessary

Berville-sur-Mer is a small rural hamlet about 30 minutes from Le Havre, 2 hours from Paris and three hours by auto-route from Calais and Boulogne. It is about half a kilometre from the River Seine and local fishing. The gite is 10 km from Honfleur, a favourite with Impressionist painters, with a picturesque harbour, 16th century wooden church, fine restaurants, galleries, art museum, fish market and Saturday market. It is about 30 minutes' drive from stylish Deauville, famous for its wide sandy beaches, racecourse, golf courses, casino and film festival. Nearby Trouville beaches are more family-oriented. Further along the Côte Fleurie are the D-Day landing beaches, with the D-Day Museum at Arromanches and the Pegasus Bridge. Monet’s gardens at Giverny, the stunning Bayeux Tapestry and the cathedral city of Rouen make wonderful day trips, particularly in quieter months.

Other Activities: Public golf course within 30 minutes drive.

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Availability & Rates

Berville sur Mer Cottage Rental Rates

Notes

  • 15% discount on second and subsequent weeks of booking. Short lets available mid and low seasons. Long lets welcome. Local security deposit of 100€ payable on arrival and returnable on departure, less any damages, breakages or excessive cleaning on departure. Bedlinen and towels are included. Electricity charges in mid and low seasons. An additional 20 € for each dog per week.

Amenities

Berville sur Mer Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 55 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Clothes Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Toaster
  • Stove
  • Grill
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Oven
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 double , 2 child bed , 1 baby crib , Child beds are sofa-beds
  • The large bedroom, with oak beams that recall its origins in the 16th century, has a double bed and two single sofa-beds that are suitable for children. The bedroom occupies the whole of the first floor of the gite. A safety lock has been fitted to the window to protect small children.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Games
  • Books for Adults
  • Games for Kids
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • museums
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • botanical garden
  • marina
  • autumn foliage
  • winery tours
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • paddle boating
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fly fishing
  • surf fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • hiking
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • fishing
Notes:
The gite is reached from the parking area immediately next to it by a shingled path. The double sofa-bed and shower-room are downstairs.