CONVERTED STONE AUBERGE IN PEACEFUL VILLAGE, IN MIDDLE OF COTENTIN PENINSULA

Andrew and Penny Bellars

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Sleeps9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
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Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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CONVERTED STONE AUBERGE IN PEACEFUL VILLAGE, IN MIDDLE OF COTENTIN PENINSULA

Sainte-Mere-Eglise House Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 8, but equally enjoyable by a couple

Les Cavées, end-on to the road, with double gates, has a courtyard in front of it, with a charming area for outside meals or aperitifs. Beyond is the peaceful garden/orchard, surrounded by hedges and trees, and bordered by immaculate veg. gardens (worth chatting up the neighbours!). The furthest of the two doors is main entrance, there are two staircases. The far end was always used for human habitation, the near for animals. The 'hay loft' now 'Grande Salle' ( no extra heating) for further sitting/dining/games use, with timbered, pitched roof; great for a party! The living/dining room has a cosy wood burner, & Radio-CD-MP3. [NB NO TV or DVD]. Through the kitchen, is the sitting room, with an open fire, and family games, old and new. Next, the games room with full-sized table tennis, great for hysterical off-the-wall ping-pong! Rear corridor to WC and back door, beyond which is a laundry room. Bedrooms 1 and 2 share the main bathroom; open stairs to the loft 'dormitory' with shower and separate loo.

Les Cavees is well placed for exploring the story of the Allies D-Day 'Overlord' campaign. There are numerous excellent WW2 museums and memorials. A 'stele' was recently commemorated in the village to recognise a local tragedy.

Many impressive chateaux, churches and abbeys throughout the area, Mont St Michel being most famous. Numerous museums celebrate the history, arts and crafts of La Manche. There are many guide books in the house, to inspire you.

Nature and Animal Parks and gardens to visit; magnificent aquarium at Cite de la Mer in Cherbourg. Boat trips to the Channel Islands or on the R.Douve; Train Trips from Carteret to Portbail. Canoeing at St Sauveur le Viconte.

Bayeux & the Tapestry 30 mins away. Memorial in Caen. Haras/stud St Lo

To the south-east of the peninsula are the hills, rocks and gorges of the 'Suisse-Normande'

Interesting geology; Fossil Museum nearby.

Lush farmland, rich local cuisine. Lengthy coastline, sandy beaches to west, ports, delicious seafood.

Les Cavees has been described as 'more a home than a gite'. The deliberate lack of television has been appreciated by many families, over the years; they have enjoyed making their own entertainment, playing games, and exploring. Ping-pong competitions!

For those requiring Internet access, there is a public facility at the Office de Tourisme in Ste Mere Eglise. Alternatively, you could purchase a 'dongle' (available in some supermarkets), or look up abroadband.com for a roaming facility.

Details of 'How to find the House' can be sent by email or post if requested.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Andrew and Penny Bellars (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010
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Guestbook comments from the owner

It was lovely! Couldn't have been better. Your home is beautiful, and we both fell in love wit Normandy
Jun 2010
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Sleeps9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.9
based on 17 traveler reviews

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Converted stone auberge in peaceful village, in middle of Cotentin peninsula
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews
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Converted stone auberge in peaceful village, in middle of Cotentin peninsula
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p446562
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Sainte-Mere-Eglise Cherbourg area
5

Great Hosts, Lovely Home and Convenient Location

  • 5 of 5
We all loved this spot and wish we could have stayed longer. It is very well equipped and feels more like a home than a vacation rental. Everything we could possibly want was there. With two teenagers, we worried about the lack of internet and TV, but the kids couldn't wait to get back in the evening to play ping pong or a board game or badminton outside. The location is very convenient for visiting the D-Day beaches and Mont-St. Michel is worth a visit. The house is close enough to Ste.-Mere-Eglise for convenient grocery shopping, but we also loved listening for the bread truck to stop in front of the house. We have nothing negative to say about this charming house and would love to visit again (but this time for longer!) We loved looking through the owner's photo album to watch how this lovely house was restored by the owners.
  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Converted stone auberge in peaceful village, in middle of Cotentin peninsula
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Sainte-Mere-Eglise Cherbourg area
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5

Another Wonderfull Stay

  • 5 of 5
This will be our 6th visit to this lovely place and we cant wait till next july.Les Cavess is such a relaxing place .We came with friends and they loved the house,they want to return with us next yearThe garden is looking really nice this year and we spent most nights just sipping our G&T. Thankyou to Andrew and Penny for sharing their wonderful home with us
  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Converted stone auberge in peaceful village, in middle of Cotentin peninsula
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Sainte-Mere-Eglise Cherbourg area
5

Stunning property; excellent access to D-Day sites

  • 5 of 5
This is a beautifully apportioned house situated in the sleepy village of Fresville. The house and grounds are spacious and can easily accommodate a large family group in comfort. Fresville is located just north of St. Mere Eglise (Airborne Museum) and within easy reach of all of the key D-Day historic sites. If you are interested in the historic events of June 1944 then this house offers an ideal base.

Whilst WWII was the focus of our holiday, the Contentin (Cherbourg) peninsula is a stunningly beautiful part of the world with loads of things to see and do for all of the family. Cite de la Mer in Cherbourg was a hit with the children as was spending time on the nearby beaches.

This house has its minor eccentricities, but they all speak to its charm and character. I would wholeheartedly recommend it as a place to stay. Indeed we plan to return.
  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Converted stone auberge in peaceful village, in middle of Cotentin peninsula
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Sainte-Mere-Eglise Cherbourg area
5

Great holiday

  • 5 of 5
Our 5th visit to Les Cavees and it just gets better. Beautiful weather this year meant we could make the most of the lovely garden. Great house for entertaining, plenty of room. Hearing the church bells is such a pleasure and eagerly awaited. Fresville is a very friendly and pretty village.
  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Converted stone auberge in peaceful village, in middle of Cotentin peninsula
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+0044 1202483668
Sainte-Mere-Eglise Cherbourg area
5

Fantastic! Beautiful home in a lovely village

  • 5 of 5
We spent five days at the house in Fresville, and only wish we had planned for a longer visit. There were four of us on a family trip from the U.S.,, and we could easily have accommodated at least 10.
The house was well maintained, the bedrooms were cozy and all the gathering rooms were comfortable and charmingly decorated. And thank you for the welcome bottle of wine and flowers!
The usual keyholder was away at the time of our stay, but another couple filled in and were very attentive and took care of anything we needed. In the months beforehand, the owners were gracious and prompt in answering our questions by email (even giving me directions for a driving tour from another part of France.)
The house is in a pretty little village only a few minutes drive from many of the WWII sites, giving us space and time to rest and relax after busy days of sightseeing.
We definitely will be returning, and would heartily recommend this property for anyone visiting Normandy.
  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always great to hear when things go well. Coping with a booking at a time when our key holder was having a well deserved holiday was a challenge; we're delighted to have found a very willing and able substitute at fairly short notice.
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Converted stone auberge in peaceful village, in middle of Cotentin peninsula
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p446562
+0044 1202483668
Sainte-Mere-Eglise Cherbourg area
5

Very cosy peaceful and relaxing visit

  • 5 of 5
This was our 4th visit, this time just as a couple and not a family gathering. It was a lovely visit, very cosy and comfortable. Log fires in the evening with a glass of wine were very relaxing. A very friendly village setting. Will be going back next year.
  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is so good to know that others enjoy Les Cavées as much as we do. It is also good to have confirmation that the house can be as comfortable for a couple as for larger family gatherings. We find the neighbours to be very friendly too, and they love it when our visitors try to communicate, whether their French be perfect or halting, or merely with cheerful waves and smiles!
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
178 Kilometres
Rennes
Nearest Ferry
38 Kilometres
Cherbourg
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Valognes
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Fresville/Neuville-au-Plain
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Ravenoville
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Ste Mere Eglise
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Fontenay
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Ste. Mere Eglise
Car: necessary

The village of Fresville rises above the local Nature Reserve of the 'Marais', and is surrounded by farmland and orchards, criss-crossed by quiet lanes. Central on the Peninsula, you are never far from a coast; rugged cliffs, sandy stretches or the famous D-Day Beaches; and charming little ports, such as Portbail, Carteret, Barfleur, St. Vaast la Hougue and Carentan. Visit colourful markets, or ancient Abbeys and Cathedrals, such as Mont St Michel, or see the fascinating tapestry in Bayeux, or visit Monet's Garden at Giverny, near Vernon.

The Parc Regionale Naturel du Cotentin et du Bessin is a conservation area, with bird sanctuaries and beautiful marshes. One can explore at leisure by taking a boat trip on the river Douve or, more energetically, hire a bicycle.

Of enduring interest is Normandy's more recent history, well told by the many moving WW2 museums and memorials. German soldiers were billetted in Les Cavées, which was also used as one of the forges in the village during the Occupation. The American 82nd and 101th Airborne parachuted into the area on D-Day. The extraordinary tales of heroism and sacrifice are well documented in numerous museums; we particularly recommend the Airborne Museum at Ste Mère, Arromanches with its 360° cinema, and the British Airborne Museum at Pegasus Bridge.Also the extraordinary Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum in Bayeux and the thought-provoking 'Memorial' in Caen. In addition to the stunning American Cemetery at Omaha, there have been notable improvements to the Visitors' Centre; also the Canadian Memorial for Juno Beach (Courseulles-sur- Mer). Sainte Mère Eglise, with its iconic model of John Steele hanging by it parachute from the church, is a mere 3 miles away from Fresville. Also nearby is the statue of 'Iron Mike', and the memorial to the battle at the bridge at La Fière. A large part of the early story of Band of Brothers took place in this area. The German Cemeteries at La Cambe and Orglandes are particularly moving; so many young men lost in such a desperate cause.

The Pays d'Auge in Calvados, is a renowned cheese-making centre. The rich pastoral traditions of the area are represented in a number of Agricultural museums, some with cheese or cider tasting. There are endless opportunities for all kinds of rural activities such as walking, cycling, horse riding, sailing, canoeing, beach-combing, bird-watching and fine golf courses. The nearest is at Fontenay-sur-Mer, but see below for others.

Other Activities: Canoeing. Cite de la Mer in Cherbourg (see below) National Stud in St Lo, Horse Riding at Saint-Martin-d'Audouville,& at Les Ecuries de la Gare,

Golf: Golf de Fontenay, Ravenoville. 9 holes links course: also, further away, Omaha Golf 3 x 9 holes, Barneville Carteret 9 hole (soon to be 18) and Agon-Coutainville, near Coutances, 18 hole.

La Cité de la Mer, housed in the Art Deco former transatlantic passenger terminal in Cherbourg, offers an impressive mixture of science and entertainment. There are a number of themed aquaria, the largest of which, 'The Abyssal Tank' is one of Europe's deepest aquariums. It is also possible to visit Le Redoutable, France's first nuclear-powered submarine, which was actually built in Cherbourg. There is a new permanent Titanic exhibition to commemorate the 100 years since she called into Cherbourg on the first leg of her ill-fated journey.

For the even more adventurous, there is sand-yachting and para-windsurfing.

WiFi is available at the Information Centre, and at 'Le Biscuit', in Ste. Mère Eglise. We deliberately do NOT have TV, but do have Radio/ CD/ MP3.

Or you could just relax with a glass of wine (or should we say 'cidre' in this area! )

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Availability & Rates

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Sainte-Mere-Eglise House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Early Summer
May 2 2015 - Jul 17 2015
4 night minimum stay
£72
From
£76
Fri,Sat,Sun
£507
 
 
High Summer
Jul 18 2015 - Aug 28 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£730
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£62
From
£65
Fri,Sat,Sun
£430
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes Rates vary according to numbers and season. Please double-check with owner to confirm. Bed-linen available at £4.00 per person. This does not include towels or drying-up cloths, EXCEPT for those arriving by AIRPLANE.
Larger parties can consider using the large garden for camping, or use the two futons in the Grande Salle. Please discuss it with us.
Property left only returned at your expense.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Sainte-Mere-Eglise House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 290 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Family
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Pantry Items ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • There is a W.C on all three floors. Main bathroom on first floor, containing bath with shower, hand-basin, mirror and shaving socket, heated towel rail, and WC. The loft has a WC and hand-basin and mirror, and also has a separate shower room, with full-length mirror.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Converted Loft - 4 twin/ single
  • The cot can be moved to wherever required. Both Bedrooms have a wardrobe and chest-of-drawers for storage; the loft, hanging rail and drawers. Duvets and pillows are provided, with some extra blankets if required. Bed linen is available as an optional extra, £3.50 per head to cover laundry expenses. Please note that towels and drying up cloths are NOT supplied. Please also note that the steps to loft, although with hand rails and safety gate, are unsuitable for the very young and very old.
Entertainment:
  • Stereo ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books for Adults
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Child's Swing
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • theme parks
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
Notes:
Furniture and parasol for al fresco meals. More folding chairs and BBQ are stored in the Laundry Room. Double childrens' swing. Great for hide-and-seek! 'Grande Salle' is large first-floor living area, excellent for dinners and parties. The cost of Electricity use over 30kwh per day will be charged at cost. Starter' basket of wood is provided for each fire; further bags can be purchased from our supply (deducted from deposit) or from local supermarkets. Bed linen is available by arrangement, for the cost of laundering (£3.50 per head). A cleaning service, for the end of your stay, is now INCLUDED. There is a safety gate for the top of the stairs. A van delivers bread daily (except Sundays). PLEASE NOTE THAT OVERALL CHARGES ARE PAYABLE TO US, IN ADVANCE, IN STERLING or EURO, WHEREAS ANY TRANSACTION WITH OUR KEYHOLDER (INCLUDING SECURITY DEPOSIT) MUST BE IN € (EURO)
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