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! )