|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
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.
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.
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.
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
Wir haben in dem ursprünglichen Cottage 14 wunderschöne Tage verbracht und sind nur ungern nach Hause gefahren. Die Angaben im Online-Inserat treffen zu. Eine wunderschöne Natur mit einem großen Wanderwegenetz erwartet den Gast. Ideal für Naturliebhaber. Die Vogelwelt ist beeindruckend, Tiere jedweder Art dich ich seit Jahren nicht mehr gesehen habe.
Die Lage ist ruhig, das Cottage ursprünglich und ein Auto unbedingt erforderlich wie im Inserat gesagt.
Das kulturelle Angebot in der sehenswerten Malerstadt Honfleur (10 km) ist groß. Auch wer Party machen will ist dort und in den umliegenden Städten richtig. Badeurlaub im Rummel von Deauville und Trouville ist möglich. Die Strände sind groß und sehenswert sodaß keine Enge aufkommt. Der Strand in Honfleur ist ruhiger und kleiner, gegen einen kleinen Hund der am Platz angleint ist und nicht zwischen Badegästen herumrennt sagt dort keiner etwas. Etwas außerhalb vom öffentlichen Badebereich sind kaum Leute sodaß Tiere frei laufen können und auch dürfen.
In Honfleur kann man zwischen zahlreichen Restaurants aller Preisklassen wählen. Uns hat es überall geschmeckt. Kleinere Restaurants auf dem Land sind ebenfalls empfehlenswert aber nicht unbeding billiger.
Kurzum ! Jederzeit wieder !
Ellen und Matthias aus Bonn
Das Ferienhaus, das von einem schönen Garten umgeben ist, ist wunderbar ausgestattet und bietet zwei Personen ausreichend Platz. Die Seine ist zu Fuß in wenigen Minuten zu erreichen und die Dörfer der Umgebung bieten die Möglichkeit zum Flanieren und Verweilen. Auch schöne Strände am Atlantik sind mit dem Auto gut erreichbar.
Wir haben in diesem Haus eine sehr erholsame Woche verbracht und können das Haus auf jeden Fall weiter empfehlen!
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jan 3 2015 - May 29 2015
3 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||€100.00|
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.
Deposit of 80 euros (or currency equivalent) per week on booking. Balance of payment is due 6 weeks before arrival. Full amount is due on booking if this is less than 6 weeks before arrival. Charges apply if cancellation within 6 weeks of scheduled arrival.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.