‘Rene’ is a 200 year old former coaching house positioned on the D13 leading into Balleroy, an attractive village less than 30mins from the coast and the D Day landing sites and museums. Excellent roads make it easily accessible from the ports of Cherbourg and le Havre (90 minutes) and only 45 minutes from Caen. It is situated in lovely unspoilt countryside and yet just 15 minutes from Bayeux. An ideal centre to appreciate this lovely area.
The house is a comfortable and well-furnished family home with great character. It has four bedrooms and central heating. The garden at the back of the house is south facing and surrounded by stone walls and there is a balcony outside the living room with lovely views over the château grounds and the Cerisy forest. The house is not primarily a 'holiday let' it is our family home in France so it is homely and well equipped.
Ideally situated, ‘Rene’ is a well furnished and a comfortable family home with great character sleeping 5 people in full sized beds. ‘Rene’ provides very comfortable accommodation full of charm and character. On the ground floor a small hallway leads to a well equipped and newly fitted kitchen with traditional solid wood cabinets. Off this there is a comfortable lounge/dining room with rustic stone fireplace, antique pine dining dining furniture and a cream leather three piece suite. Satellite TV is available as well as a video player, DVD player, ipod dock and stereo Hi-fi. French doors open onto the balcony.
A utility room with shower and separate toilet leads off the lounge, with a laundry area and automatic washing machine. From the kitchen a back door leads onto the balcony and steps lead from here to the south facing garden which is surrounded by a traditional stone wall providing a sunny area for alfresco dining or relaxing on the patio furniture provided. An antique polished wood staircase leads off the lounge to the first floor and a large landing and double bedroom , a middle bedroom containing a bedsettee and a TV with DVD player - a separate sitting area for the kids! This room provides access to the twin bedded room and a pretty single room with single bed, wardrobe, bookcase and chest of drawers.
The village of Balleroy is ideal for exploring the rich heritage of the Normandy region. It has only 600 inhabitants but is well served with shops and amenities and there is no need to drive everyday to get your provisions. There are two boulangeries, a boucherie and a well stocked supermarket all within easy walking distance of the house. The Post Office has a cash point and public telephone. The highly acclaimed 'Manoir de Dome' restaurant is just 3 minutes walk away. The Chateau in Balleroy (** in the Michelin guide) and the museum of ballooning are just up the hill from the house and open to the public every day but Tuesday. Check the dates of the annual ballooning festival, held in the Chateau grounds behind the house each June.
The property backs on to the Cerisy Forest and there are miles of walking, cycling and horse riding right on the doorstep. Traditionally hunting lands for the gentry, the area has many fine Chateaux (over 20 listed in Wikipedia) including Henri-Fontaine and Cerisy le Foret. Bayeaux, just 20 minutes away, is very picturesque and of great historical interest with its tapestry, its Cathedral and its Medieval quarter and half timbered houses. There is a market every Saturday on the Rue St-Patrice and Rue St-Malo and there is a huge medieval festival which takes place during the first week of July each year.
From Bayeaux it is a short drive to the coast with its traditional harbours, fish markets and miles of sandy beaches making this an ideal centre for all the family. Here you will find the beaches from which the liberation of Europe started on 6th June 1944. That day is now famous as D-Day and has been the subject of many films, such as The Longest Day and Saving Private Ryan. The beaches have kept their coded names and are known as, from East to West, Sword Beach, Juno Beach, Gold Beach, Omaha Beach and Utah Beach.
Many museums, cemeteries, memorials are scattered in villages along the sea, such as Arromanches-les-Bains, Colleville-sur-Mer, Port-en-Bessin, Ste-Mère-Eglise, Le Point du Hoc and Longues sur Mer.
Suisse Normande, 45 minutes inland provides a very different landscape with deep ravines and fast running rivers. There is ample opportunity here for kayaking and climbing as well as more gentle exploration for the more cautious. Jurques Zoo is a favourite for our family (we love the white lions) and Mont St Michel, a little over an hour away makes a fascinating day out with its spectacular situation in the bay. Imagine what it was like for people whose lives were literally governed by the tide.