|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
A 3 star self catering open plan loft apartment in our converted hay barn or our sweet little cottage a former boulangerie are perfect for discerning couples looking for a base to explore Normandy & benefit from peace, quiet and privacy, we offer concierge service right through to car hire, for internet fraud we talk on the telephone so you know it is us and you pay on arrival...
3 star classification awarded to both units by Manche Tourisme so as well as reassurance we are genuine we have all the safety measure installed to include smoke detectors etc as required by Ministry Tourism.
Do note though the cottage was built before plumbing was invented so the bedroom is upstairs & the bathroom is down, plus the bedroom has limited head height as it is in the eaves...you may prefer the barn apartment with en-suite & super kingsize bed 6'x6'6".
Set within the grounds of large country house set in 3 acres, both have separate entrances, secure parking and completely self contained... if you don't want to see us you don't!
We're 4 miles from Ste Mere Eglise & Carentan - 10 minutes from Utah Beach & in the heart of a National Park.
We've tried to think of everything! Free wifi, TV, free to view SKY TV, ipod dock, DVD player - masses of movies to include The Longest Day & Band of Brothers. Log wood burner, candles, bed made up with 100% cotton crisp linen, plenty of towels, toweling bathrobes...we leave out guest soaps, loo rolls and cleaning products as well.
This is a child free zone... no traffic jams, stress and certainly none of the hustle and bustle of city living
Utah Beach & Regional Park: Set in Normandy within Cotentin and Bessin Marshlands Regional Natural Park which covers 145,000 hectare with 144 villages and towns within the Park. WW2 Utah Beach the Invasion beach, located less than 10 minutes from us, is a significantly important coastal protected area of 12,000 acres with the Beauguillot Nature Reserve/Bird Sanctuary of 1,200 acres.
The area is stunning countryside and completely different each season. For example in the winter the marshlands flood to create a beautiful watery scenery with the big skies reflected, then in the summer it becomes pasture with cows peacefully grazing.
This coast being slightly wilder than the west coast is very unspoilt especially with the government owning vast tracts of the coast line to preserve the natural beauty.
This area in Normandy is also famous for it’s horses with numerous stud farms and training stables.On Utah Beach world class Trotting Horses are trained everyday on the beach.
The beaches and seafood: There is something for everyone, bird watchers, beach lovers, gourmets, wine lovers, walkers, bike riders, horse riders, wind surfers, sand yachters, sailing, diving, horse racing, interest in the 2nd world war Normandy Landing Beaches, 101st Airborne or just generally exploring…the problem here is that there is too much to do!
Yet in the summer the beaches are paradise, miles and miles of golden sands a perfect spot for a peaceful read, a sun bathe or beach combing, shell fish gathering for your supper when the tide is out, it's safe to swim and it's not crowded. With the bird sanctuary on Utah Beach there is an amazing number of different species of sea birds and ducks If it is particularly quiet on the beach you may be able to spot the colony of seals.
Huge mussels and oysters beds with the produce destined for the finest restaurants and tables in Paris and other gourmet destinations – it is possible to purchase shellfish direct from the farm shops locally
Cycling & Walking & Invasion Beaches: We are set in the heart of the Normandy D Day Invasion beaches with WW2 Utah Beach 10 minutes away, Ste Mere Eglise & Carentan both 8 kms from us & as we are 2 minutes from N13 we are in an ideal location for easy access to go sight seeing, war tours etc.
Bayeux, Mont St Michel are just short drives away, it is even possible to go to Jersey for the day from here!
Animals - We're know as Arc de Noah here in our village! we have 2 Llamas, 3 Alpacas, a kune kune pet pigs, 2 very friendly goats, 2 sheep, lots and lots of bantam & silkie chickens all at liberty, 1 goose, 2 turkeys, 3 young Jack Russell's that live for visitors! 8 rescue cats.
Cycling or walking holidays...1,000 km of trails for cycling with one of the 22km routes starting outside our gate!
If you like local produce then there are many farms open to the general public, where you can see the produce being made and buy some to take home. It's possible to have tours round the Camembert factories.
We were working & living just outside London before taking the decision to leave our careers take the plunge & move here to Normandy in 2001, we had no plans to start vacation rentals...it just sort of happened! For me it is the answer to my dreams as I had over 15 years in the Hotel & Catering Industry training as a Hotel Manager...I always yearned for my own hotel...so this is as good as it gets! Almost 13 years later we are thoroughly enjoying running our business,we are passionate about this hidden area of France and offer more than just a vacation rental, we are more than happy to share with you where to go, what to see, how to get there, we've struck a deal with a local dealership to hire cars - we have devised a WW2 tour which we will give you at no charge and we'll make reservations for you at restaurants. We have 4 rental vacation properties, our beach house on Utah Beach which is 10 minutes away from where we are based, has 4,bedrooms & 3 bathrooms with sea views and direct access onto the WW2 Invasion Beach Utah Beach Normandy, in the village of Sainte Marie du Mont the 1st village liberated (Band of Brothers) right opposite the church we have a lovely 2 bedroom stone town house... then, here where we live we have our 2 couples only units on our little 'farm' where we have 4 dogs, 8 cats, (all rescues), 2 Llamas, 3 Alpacas, 2 sheep, 2 goats, a kune kune pig, chickens & our old faithful goose now 10 years old... We give great value, secure parking as many DVD's as you want, TV, dogs to play with, books to read and we can give masses of tips re the area...as I say we're not just a rental!
Tansy Forster purchased this apartment in 2004
Our 1st farmhouse renovation project took 2 years and was a lovely house however was very isolated so we were not discovering the French life we wanted to, plus we kept being drawn to the this side of the peninsula with the history and activity around the Invasion Beaches plus also the east coast is less developed...we found our current property in 2003 and adored that it was in the heart of a village, yet you had to go round the corner into the courtyard to see the house which backs onto it's own fields...we have the best of both worlds...village & countryside!
The location is amazing, 4 miles in 1 direction to Carentan, 4 miles the other to, Ste Mere Eglise, 10 minutes to Utah Beach, 4 miles to a mainline station with trains direct to Paris, our village is on a direct road to junction onto the N13, we're 30 minutes from Cherbourg, 40 from Bayeux & an hour from Caen...the countryside is simply stunning with glorious coastlines and the wonderful marshes all around us that in the summer have world class horses grazing and in the winter create the most beautiful flooded areas as far as the eye can see. An area of outstanding natural beauty with Normandy having the most Chateaux per square mile in the whole of France...an unspoilt area with something for everyone!
My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights in October. It is difficult to describe how comfortable and convenient this little cottage is. There are all the mod cons and it is quaint, too, on top of that. You feel as though you have your own little nest in the countryside. Tansy and Mike are gracious and helpful hosts, with all the information you need to visit the historic beaches and other sights in the area. The glassed-in patio overlooking the pond and the animal enclosures is ideal for breakfast or enjoying a glass of wine in the evening. This cottage was all that was promised and more! I highly recommed this gite for a couple looking for a romantic and convenient location.
Dieses Haus ist wunderbar für zwei Leute - kuschelig und angenehm. Die Ausstattung ist wie beschrieben, für erste Vorräte ist gesorgt. das Bett ist vorbereitet und bei Ankunft brannte das Feuer schon im Ofen und Madge (einer der Hunde) wartete mit einem Ball - man war sofort zu Hause. Tansy und Mike sind zwei wunderbare Gastgeber - Dankeschön für diese erholsame Woche. Wir kommen gerne jederzeit wieder.
Sabine und Jürgen
Wir empfehlen dieses Haus und den Ort uneingeschränkt für Leute, die Ruhe und Erholung suchen, tierlieb sind (Es gibt Ziegen, Schweine, Esel, Hühner, Gänse, Katzen und Hunde auf dem Grundstück) und keinen Trubel in direkter Nachbarschaft wollen. Der Bäcker in Boisville für das Frühstücksbaguette ist 5 km entfernt und bequem per Fahrrad zu erreichen.
We stayed in the cottage for 4 wonderful nights. The listing photos and description are spot on and what drew us to the rental, but nothing can do justice until you arrive in person. We were welcomed by Mike and Tansy (and the jacks!) like we were family. We decided to tour the beaches and countryside on our own and Tansy was a wealth of information. I regret not taking her advice on two things...One: only staying 4 nights, as we would have given up our time in Paris had we not had a rental already booked for the end of our vacation and Two: we took the train from Paris to Caen and rented a car. Next trip I we will train to Carentan and use Tansy's car hire there. Driving in Caen was not our cup of tea. I cannot say enough about this property and the owners. I miss the conservatory dining room for my morning coffee and evening wine. I miss the local fresh baguette and pastries. I miss the church bells and the walks on the property to visit the animal friends! I miss Normandy period! And you will not find a better place to fall in love with this beautiful countyside than this listing. I piece of my heart has been left there. Thank you Tansy and Mike, and God willing we will see you again. PS: Tell Mike that "cracking good" is a regular phrase in the Williams household now!
Just returned home from a fabulous weeks stay at Ferme De L'Eglise. Our hosts Tansy and Mike were the most helpful and friendly people you could wish to meet. Nothing was to much trouble, and they were both a wealth of information on the surrounding areas. The apartment was very comfortable and well fitted out, and was like home from home. There are chickens, dogs, cats, goats, llamas and alpacas to make you feel welcome, and Tansy was kind enough to leave fresh eggs in the kitchen. It is very well located for exploring D-Day sites and the Normandy coastline. We have already rebooked for next year and the year after. My only regret was saying goodbye.
We stayed nearly a week in the apartment and thoroughly enjoyed being at Le Ferme de l'Eglise. The apartment has all the modern amenities yet it is set in a charming historic complex in a small village. The apartment is just right for two people and an excellent location for touring Normandy --- D-Day sites and museums, small villages, the Bayeux tapestry, Mont-st.-Michel, etc. Tansy was extremely helpful about where and when to go to various places. She also helped with car rental, train information and diner reservations. She is eager for her guests to enjoy and appreciate this area. The farm is equally enjoyable with delightful dogs, cats, llamas, chickens. We were made to feel at home from the moment we arrived and hated to leave. We will try to return in the future as Tamsy and Mike are excellent hosts.
Rental was exactly as advertised - great location and welcoming, helpful hosts. Ferme d'Eglise is charming. The barn loft apartment was clean, modern and boasted all the amenities we needed. Tansy and Mike were great hosts and provided us with excellent tips on what to see in the area. I would highly recommend this spot for a couple to unwind and tour the Ste Mere Eglise and D-Day beaches.
Our only regret was not staying longer. As advertised when we arrived we were greeted by our animal hosts, the Jack Russells, and we fell in love with these dogs. After the Jacks we met Tansy. Tansy made us feel right at at home, and was very helpful in getting us settled in. The property was exactly what we were looking for. It was located close to a main highway but far enough not to hear any traffic noise. the only noises we heard were the country sounds of being on a farm. The loft apartment was clean and well appointed. There was even a basket of fresh eggs in the kitchen. This was a very pleasant respite after a days sightseeing.
Located just outside Carentan, it was very easy to navigate to all the D-day beaches, museums and towns we visited. The newly renovated Airborne museum in Ste Mere Eglise was one the the best we went to. We also enjoyed walking among the shops in the town of Bayeux.
We have used VRBO for a number of vacations. So far this is favorite! We have already recommended Ferme de l'Eglise to friends and family, and the next time we visit Normandy we will stay here. We'll also stay longer than 3 days...a lot longer. To Mike and Tansy, jusqu'à ce que nous nous réunissons à nouveau!
In the heart of WW2 June 6th 1944 Invasion Beaches close to Utah Beach, 4 miles from Ste Mere Eglise, 4 miles from Carentan, from our village you can see the memorial where General Pratt crashed in Heisville...we're half a mile from all the Command Posts!
Set in the heart of a conservation area of significant importance we are in the beautiful and stunning Parc Naturel Cotentin et du Bessin we are less than 2 miles from the Parks Head Office.
Ste Marie du Mont was the first village in France to be liberated on June 6th 1944. Ste mere Eglise still has the parachutist effigy hanging from the church tower.
Band of Brothers story featured around here for parts 2 & 3.
Further up the coast the other invasion beaches Point du Hoc Arromanches, Mulberry Harbour, are all easy access and well worth a visit. The museums, memorials and information are superb with films in most museums, all of them are really worth visiting...we highly recommend the 360 degree cinema at Arromanches. There is so much to do here, not just the invasion beaches....Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel, Caen, UNESCO St Vaast la Hougue & the Isle Tatihou, Barfleur where William the Conqueror (set sail from), Briquebec, St Saveur Vicompte & Valognes where castles exist from the 100 years war. We have Roman remains, the 1st stone built castle against the Vikings, Hitlers defenses in the Atlantic wall...it's all here!
Other Activities: Bird watching,dolphin & seal watching, boat trips round the invasion beaches or round the headland above Cherbourg, sand yachting,para wind surfing, beach combing, sea fishing, course fishing,
Golf: Golf here is quite fantastic...
Golf Fontenay-sur-Mer a true Links course only 20 minutes away.
Omaha Golf Made up of three 9 hole courses, the outstanding views of the d-day landings beaches from this course make the whole trip worthwhile. An excellently maintained undulating cliff top course, some of the shots possible are not for the faint hearted.
Barneville Carteret An outstanding links course with undulating fairways, sand dunes, water hazards and narrow greens, this 9 hole course (soon to be developed to 18) benefits from outstanding views of the channel islands
An 18 hole links close to the quaint town of Agon-Coutainville and only 5km west of Coutances, Coutainville is a challenge for golfers of all abilities particularly in the wind.
8kms from Ste Mere Eglise, 16 kms from WW 2 Invasion Beach Utah Beach, 8 kms from Carentan, 20 minutes from Point du Hoc & Grandcamp Maisy. 30 minutes Bayeux 50 minutes Caen. 30 minutes Cherbourg, 3 hours Paris, 45 minutes St Lo, Coutances, 45 minutes Mont St Michel, Avarranches, WW2 Invasion Beaches, American Cemetery, Mulberry Harbour, Carentan, Ferry ports, motorway, 8 kms to direct railway line to Paris.
Honfleur 2 hours
Le Harve 1 hr 30
We are 30 minutes from CHERBOURG 1 hour from CAEN for ferries to UK & Spain.
Cheese, cider, calvados factories open for tours.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Nov 2 2014 - Dec 18 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Stay tax||€0.8 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 11 years.|
Prices quoted for here are for 2 people this includes everything and all services...except for weekly stays a 1 off end of stay clean & linen charge of 50€ Our 3 to 5 night rate is per night & inclusive of all cleaning & linen.
For stays + 7 nights pro rata per night plus 50 € end of stay clean & linen