Gite des Bois, Honfleur, Côte de Grâce - Nestling in the beautiful Côte de Grâce on the heights above Honfleur lies this lovely two-bedroom gîte where you can relax away from it all, secure in the knowledge that your children are safe with plenty of room to play and you still can avail of the numerous charms of the bustling port town of Honfleur so beloved of tourists and artists alike. If you want privacy but not isolation then this is the perfect place to base yourself and explore the numerous attractions which Normandy has to offer. Caen with William the Conquerer's magnificent Castle is a
mere 20 minutes away, Rouen, its Medieval core still intact, a mere hour's drive and the Normandy beaches are all
within reach. If you want to go to Paris, its less than 2 hours on the motorway and so lends itself to a day trip. Nearer to
Honfleur theres Deauville with its racing and chic shopping , Trouville with its fabulous fish market plus a myriad of
delightful Norman towns and villages.
This lovely, well-proportioned, two bedroomed, renovated gate-house is tucked into the trees in the grounds of a beautiful ‘belle-épôque’ villa on the Côte de Grâce.
The grounds are secluded, and there are swings amongst the trees. You can take long walks on quiet country lanes. You are minutes from the lively centre of Honfleur.
There are two food markets a week in Honfleur, and you can prepare fresh food in the well-appointed kitchen. However, there are 140 cafés, bistros, and restaurants in the town - you might revise the self-catering plans.
Nearby is a lovely sandy beach for long walks. A short drive away is Deauville, an hour away are the Normandy Landings beaches, Bayeux, and Monet’s garden at Giverny.
There are guided tours of the town most days during the summer from the nearby Office de Tourisme. The town has a sizeable public swimming pool and good tennis facilities.
Cultural events run throughout the year. There are two Jazz cafés with regular concerts. Rouen, Caen and LeHavre have Jazz Festivals in the summer. Nearby Deauville has a Festival of American Film every September, and Honfleur hosts a Russian Film Festival in November.
Honfleur is a working fishing port and a regular port of call for leisure sailors from both sides of the Channel. There is always some activity in the harbour, and plenty of cafés from which to observe.
Honfleur doesn't close at the end of 'the season' it is open and interesting all year round.