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

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Andrew and Penny Bellars

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
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:
  • children welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Andrew and Penny Bellars

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Speaks french, english
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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Converted stone auberge in peaceful village, in middle of Cotentin peninsula
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 13 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

Very cosy peaceful and relaxing visit

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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.
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!
business
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

Great house with great garden

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
Loads of room in this old house and a great garden for children to run around in. Almost a pity the weather wasn't worse to give us an excuse to use the log burner. The table tennis table got plenty of use though. Very helpful owners after we left some jewellery behind.
Helpful votes: 1/2
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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
swindon
5

Another great stay!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
This is our 5th visit to this wonderful house and it wont be our last.We love the traquil setting and this time the weather was beautiful,which makes all the difference.Hours were spent in the garden enjoying the local chaffinch singing his heart out. The trip down was a little bit of a nightmare as we drove down from calias, never again! I would just like to say if you are looking at this to consider booking then please do it, you won't reget this lovely home and it's surounding's. We took friends with us who had never before been to the area, and as my husband know;s his way around now,we drove to all the local places. Wonderful trip and we will be going again next year.
Helpful votes: 2/2
business
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

Another fab stay in Les Cavees

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
We have just returned from another great stay in this house. It's so comfortable and spacious feels more like a home. Ideal for sightseeing in Normandy and only a 25 min drive from ferry at Cherbourg. Ideal for family gatherings. Already booked for next year and may yet return this year.
Owner's Response: Always wonderful to receive re-bookings! We love the fact that you really use all of the house for your extended family gatherings.
business
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

Great House to stay in for family gatherings

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2012
This was our second stay in Les Cavees. We have such a wonderful time in this house. We love being able to all sit around the dining table, sit around the open fire and then love transforming the Grand Salle into our party theme. The World War 2 parties are great fun.
The space in Les Cavees is great, even with 8 adults in the house there still feels like plenty of room.
We would recommend this house to anyone that is looking for a stay in this area.

Cant wait till our next visit to what we think of as our "home in France".
Owner's Response: It's always very reassuring when our visitors return time and again, and when they appear to use the place to its full potential. This family has been extraordinarily inventive, enacting murder mysteries and 'Allo, allo' evenings, all in fabulous fancy dress! As they say, Les Cavées lends itself to both big parties and more intimate cosy moments.
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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

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

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Availability & Rates

Sainte-Mere-Eglise House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
Early Summer
May 4 2014 - Jul 19 2014
£69
£73
Fri,Sat,Sun
£483
4 nights
 
 
High Summer
Jul 20 2014 - Aug 30 2014
£693
7 nights
 
 
My Standard Rate
£58
£62
Fri,Sat,Sun
£406
4 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Rates vary according to numbers and season. Please double-check with owner to confirm. Bed-linen is available at £3.50 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.
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Amenities

Sainte-Mere-Eglise House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 290 m²
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Sports & Activities
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Toilet Paper
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Internet ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Firewood
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Alarm Clock
  • Laundry Soap
  • Hair Dryer
  • Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Basic Soaps
Kitchen:
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Grill
  • Toaster
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 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 10
  • 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:
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Radio
  • Books for Adults
  • Games for Kids
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Child's Swing
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • live theater
  • bay/sound
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • forests
  • botanical garden
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • laundromat
  • hospital
  • medical services
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • sailing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • cycling
  • tennis
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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