Honfleur Apartment Rental Photos and Description
1 bedroom apartment, sleeps 2 up to 4 plus baby, self-catering.
Honfleur is the charming, historic fishing village on the Normandy coast that inspired the French Impressionists at the turn of the 20th century. Honfleur still has a thriving artists' community, many art galleries and museums as well as over 140 cafés, bistrots and restaurants. Nothing is very far away in this thriving, active little port at the mouth of the river Seine.
Our pretty and comfortable apartment is ideally situated just a few minutes from the famous Vieux Bassin and the rest of the town. This 17th century former hospital was renovated in 2000 and the apartment has just been entirely redecorated.
DUE TO A CHANGE IN PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS WONDERFUL PROPERTY IS CURRENTLY FOR SALE (11/11/13). We offer a substantial discount to genuine potential buyers who would like to stay and view, in the near future.
Entry is through a private courtyard with free parking across the road.
Our bright apartment is on the third floor, there is a lift as well as stairs. The windows are slightly north of east-facing, with a view over the rooftops - so, morning sun, but not in your face.
There is a lovely beach within 10 minutes' walk. There are great walks through the town or up the surrounding hills in the same amount of time.
In close proximity are the Normandy Landings beaches, chic Deauville, Bayeux, Lisieux and Monet’s garden at Giverny.
Honfleur activities: Honfleur welcomes around 3.5 million tourists a year and is open and active all year round. We hope you will soon join them. There are two major museums of art. One dedicated to Eugene Boudin a famous resident and one of the sponsors of the Impressionist movement. The other to Erik Satie - a really fascinating experience with examples of his music, surreal art, mechanical inventions and collaborations with other surrealists.
The Museum of Ethnography is located by the old prison and in its nine rooms you will find traditional furniture, clothes, books and household objects, all arranged as they might have been in typical Normandy homes of the 18th and 19th centuries.
There is a little Musee de la Marine in the very old church on the Vieux Bassin. It has some rare models of ships and some beautiful and amusing sketches of ancient mariners by Léon Leclerc (another local-born artist).
Nearby exploring: Deauville is only 25 minutes away. The beach boardwalk (les planches) and fashionable shops offer lots of people-watching opportunities, not to mention spending money. Even non-gamblers will enjoy a day at the races - every second day during August at the two beautiful racecourses. Next-door Trouville has a great fresh fish market, lots of little restaurants and there is an area very like The Lanes of Brighton.
An hour's driving west will take you just past Caen to the Normandy Landings beaches. The American Cemetery at Omaha Beach is a chilling reminder of the heavy price paid to liberate Europe. You can see the remains of the mulberry harbour at Arromanches, and Pegasus Bridge is less than an hour's drive from Honfleur. Each of the beaches now have very impressive information / museum centres. Le Memorial at Caen gives a human perspective of the effect of war on civilians as well as military.
At Rouen, an hour's drive to the east, Eglise Saint Ouen has the heart of Richard I ('the Lionheart') and the tomb of his younger brother Henry ('the Young King'). The same church was painted many times by Monet.
Nature: Normandy is not all about war and history. There's beautiful, lush farming countryside, sandy beaches and gentle rivers, sleepy towns with half-timbered houses, brocantes, cider-makers, and small cafès for a fixed-price lunch...
We grow apples, rear cattle and horses. We make cider and creamy cheeses. Calvados is a warming gentle brandy distilled from cider - great for settling a full tum - - and making space for a little more.
Naturospace in Honfleur is the largest tropical butterfly house in France.You are transported into a tropical paradise of 800sq.metres. It is right across the road from the apartment.
Cerza is a great zoological park of 50 hectares, conserving and breeding many of the world's endangered species.The park is only a 40 minute drive away, near Lisieux.
There is a large waterski / wakeboard / sailing lake beside Pont Audemer, only 25 km (30 minutes' drive) away. There is also a centre for off-road biking in the hills around the lake.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- limited accessibility
- pets considered