Bayeux House Rental Photos and Description
A traditional four bedroomed house in village location.
‘Rene’ is a 200 year old former coaching house set on the edge of Balleroy, an attractive village of 600 inhabitants which is well served with shops and 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 set in the heart of unspoilt countryside and forest. It has four bedrooms and central heating. The garden is south facing and surrounded by stone walls and there is a veranda 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 very well equiped.
Ideally situated, 'Rene' is a well furnished and comfortable family home with great character sleeping 7 people in full sized beds. It is centrally heated and has wonderful views to the rear of the house over the château grounds and the Cerisy forest (lovely in winter when the trees are covered in frost!) The south facing garden is terraced and surrounded by traditional stone walls, making it a wonderful setting for meals ‘al fresco’.
Its situation, in the historical village of Balleroy is ideal for exploring the rich heritage of the Normandy region. Although only having 600 residents Balleroy 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 or horse riding right on the doorstep. There are many pretty villages in the area and miles and miles of unspoilt countryside. Traditionally hunting lands for the gentry, the area has many fine Chateaux (over 20 listed in Wikipedia) including Henri-Fontaine, Cerisy le Foret and Juare Mondaye. 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. The war cemetery and WW2 museum are also well worth a visit.
From Bayeaux it is a short drive to the D Day landing beaches, beautiful sandy beaches from where 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 and 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.
Rene provides exceptionally comfortable accomodation: On the ground floor a small hallway leads to a well equiped and newly fitted kitchen with traditional solid wood cabinets, a new gas cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, electric kettle and toaster. Off this there is a comfortable lounge/dining room with rustic stone fireplace, antique pine dining table, china cabinet and captain's chair. There are two sofas (one of which is a bed settee). a high chair is available for tiny guests. Satellite TV is available as well as a video player, DVD player and stereo Hi-fi. 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 a balcony, from which there are lovely views over the Chateau grounds and the Cerisy Forest. 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 to the first floor and a large double bedroom with double bed (king size duvet), pine wardrobe and chest of drawers. A middle bedroom containing a junior bed provides access to the twin bedded room which has two single beds, a chest of drawers and a hanging rail, and a pretty single room with single bed, wardrobe, bookcase and chest of drawers. There is also a fold down bed which could be put up in the master bedroom or the twin room.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible