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Tansy Forster

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Bedrooms 1
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Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Sainte-Mere-Eglise Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage or loft apartment within 3 acre grounds of 400 yr farmhouse

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.

3 star classification awarded to both units by Manche Tourisme.

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 8kms from Ste Mere Eglise & Carentan - 10 minutes from Utah Beach & in the heart of the Park Naturel.

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. The bed 6' wide x 6'6'

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. 2 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! & 2 little old dogs aged 18 & 12 & 5 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.

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Details for Cottage 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

A former boulangerie, we have converted it into a sweet little cottage. downstairs is the lounge TV DVD and SKY free to view, leading into kitchen with french doors that leads into the delightful dining conservatory which almost floats on the pond. We are totally ecological - all our products are biological, no chemicals, recycled containers, not tested on animals, recycling is part of our terms to help with this there is even a water filter. The cottage backs out directly on to the best view of the garden - the pond with it's fish, water lillies & hundreds of black & green frogs... quite often goosey goose too! As you dine in the conservatory you can watch the Llamas and the other animals go about their 'hectic' lifestyle! Upstairs is a double bedroom... but please note the ceiling is sloping so anyone that is very tall this may not be for you! I'm sorry but unsuitable for children... we are a child free zone for couple only breaks.
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Tansy Forster

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Speaks english, some French
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We are English, took the plunge in 2001, both of us giving up good careers in London to make a change & moved lock stock to Normandy... No idea what we were going to do except renovate the farmhouse we was by accident we started vacation rentals, so here we are 13 years on, totally settled here with no regrets and enjoying Normandy thoroughly. We get great pleasure in sharing this hidden part of Normandy with our visitors...there is a huge amount to see and do with quite a few hidden gems!

We're probably mildly eccentric and over indulge our creatures, but we do love them and looking after them all.

Tansy Forster purchased this cottage 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're being drawn to the other side of the peninsula with the history and activity around the Invasion Beaches plus 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...we had 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 unspoilt area with something for everyone!

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Property Reviews

22 Reviews Write a Review
average rating of 4.9375 based on 22 reviews
+33 (0)233 42 75 62
Sainte-Mere-Eglise Cherbourg area
Karlsruhe, Germany

Perfect Cottage for Recreation and Sightseeing

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
Arriving in Houesville we found a homelike, complete furnished Cottage, which was arranged with a passion for details. There is a comfortable living room, a lovely bedroom under the roof, an absolutely complete equipped citchen with a dining table and a newly build bathroom which gave us a wellness-feeling.

At the back side of the Cottage there is a terrace with table, seats and sunloungers and a beatiful view on a pond and the big garden, which is enlived by various animals (chicken, cats, frogs, dogs, etc.) - it's an idyll!

Houesville is well located (direct connection to motorway N13) to discover the Cotentin peninsula with their varied offers of nature, culture, history and recreation.

What made this holidays absolutely perfect were the pretty nice hosts Tansy and Mike who were attentively in every way and made us feel good from the very first second.

Thank you very much! Judith & Ferry

Recommanded for: Romantic Getaway, Sightseeing, Nature, Recreation
German Translation/Deutsche Übersetzung
Tolles Cottage zur Erholung und Besichtigungen

Als wir in Houesville ankamen erwartete uns ein perfekt eingerichtetes Cottage, das mit viel Liebe zum Detail eingerichtet wurde. Es verfügt über ein gemütliches Wohnzimmer, ein kuschliges Schlafzimmer unter dem Dach, eine komplett ausgerüstete Kueche sowie ein neu gebautes Badezimmer, das Wellnessgefühle aufkommen lässt.

Auf der Rückseite des Häuschens schließt sich eine Terrasse mit Tisch, Stühlen und Sonneliegen an. Von dort hat man einen wundervollen Blick auf den Teich und den großen Garten, der von zahlreichen Tieren belebt wird (Hühner, Katzen, Hunde, Frösche, etc.) - ein wahres Idyll!

Houesville hat eine günstige Lage um die gesamte Cotentin Halbinsel zu erkunden (direkter Anschluss an die Schnellstraße N13) - es gibt zahlreiche Dinge zu entdecken: Natur, Kultur, Geschichte oder einfach nur Erholung.

Aber was diesen Urlaub absolut perfekt gemacht hat waren unsere liebenswerten Gastgeber Tansy und Mike, die immer sehr aufmerksam waren, sodass wir uns von Anfang sehr wohl gefühlt haben.

Vielen Dank! Judith & Ferry

Empfohlen für: Romantischer Rückzugsort, Sehenswürdigkeiten, Natur, Erholung
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Eric especially enjoyed your visit! Thank you for your kind words we thoroughly enjoyed your visit with us here...
Helpful votes: 4/4
+33 (0)233 42 75 62
Sainte-Mere-Eglise Cherbourg area
Owings Mills, MD

Simply Amazing!!!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
This is the place to stay in Normandy - no buts about it. The farm is centrally located and close to all of the major attractions that Normandy has to offer; minutes from Sainte Mére-Eglise, Utah Beach and Carentan. But beyond the location, it’s the hospitality of Tansy & Mike that stands out the most. They did everything to ensure that we were comfortable and made us feel right at home. If you love animals, this is the place to be. The farm has many domestic animals and the dogs love to play. The cottage is very cozy and comfortable and has all the amenities that you need.

Mike and Tansy also offered a lot of advice on where to go and places to see. Their knowledge of the area and its diverse history is amazing. Our only regret is that we could not stay longer. Do not hesitate in booking this property – you will not regret it.

Francisco and Marién Siaca
Owner's Response: We did enjoy your visit very much! Great fun, enthusiastic guests always make us enjoy what we are doing here in Normandy that much more! We both get a buzz when our visitors take our advice and then enjoy the recommendations...Madge still having a little sulk!
Helpful votes: 2/2
+33 (0)233 42 75 62
Sainte-Mere-Eglise Cherbourg area
Boston, Massachusetts

Great Vacation

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
My husband and I stayed in the cottage in mid-June of 2012 and had a fantastic time. The cottage was incredible, so much charm and convenience, it really made our vacation enjoyable and relaxing. It is the perfect size for a couple, and the sun room overlooking the pond and farm was basically where we spent all our time. The location is fantastic, its just down the road from Carentan and more importantly, probably the best WWII museum in the area, Dead Man’s Corner. Also, there are large markets as well as farmers markets a short drive down the road, making the kitchen essential. Overall, the location was fantastic for all the main historic, natural and cultural site in the area. There were many fantastic restaurants in the area including L’Estaminet in Ste. Marie du Mont, the food was fantastic and the town was quiet, beautiful and probably under a mile from Utah Beach. The entire trip was fantastic, due in large part to the cottage renters, who were gracious, informative, friendly and just enhanced the whole experience. We had an absolutely fantastic time and look forward to our next visit. Nous aimons Normandy!
Helpful votes: 3/3
+33 (0)233 42 75 62
Sainte-Mere-Eglise Cherbourg area

Your own cottage on the farm

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
We spent a week at Ferme de l'Eglise and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The cottage is a lovely mix of the old and the new - historic lounge and bedroom and very modern kitchen, bathroom and conservatory/ dining room. Tansy and Mike have equipped the cottage with everything you could need for your stay, including bath robes, books, bikes, DVDs and kitchen and bathroom supplies. They are truly wonderful hosts and made us feel so welcome, as did Simon who met us on arrival. Tansy had sent us a very comprehensive information package including exact details on how to locate the cottage all the way to Australia when we booked. Nothing is overlooked to make sure that you enjoy your time with them.

The cottage has a very good internet connection and lots of satellite TV channels to choose from.

It was a treat for us to be on a small farm surrounded by so many animals who we were free to interact with if we wished.
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much...we enjoyed meeting you guys.

As you mention Simon was here to oversee as we had to go to the UK for a family wedding, he's a guy on our wave length so am thrilled you felt welcome as soon as you arrived! With all the creatures here it's very hard for us to get away so we're now just wedding and funeral channel hoppers!
Helpful votes: 2/2
+33 (0)233 42 75 62
Sainte-Mere-Eglise Cherbourg area
Guest Comment Entered by Owner

14 day trip ...part 2

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
The best part of the experience was, undoubtedly, Tansy and Mike.  From the moment we arrived until the moment we pulled away, they made us feel like we were at home.  They gave us all the space we needed to enjoy our stay and explore Normandy, but were always available if we needed their assistance.  They invited us into their residence for dinner and treated us like family.  By the end of the visit, we did not want to leave.  We cannot thank them enough for their warm hospitality and for bending over backwards to ensure our first-class treatment at every turn.  We are already planning our next stay for the same time next year.  If you are coming to Normandy, this is definitely the place to stay. 
Helpful votes: 3/3
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Nearest Airport
271 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Utah Beach
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Leisville Sur Douve - beauty spot
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Fontenay Sur Mer
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
Ste Mere Eglise John Steele
Car: necessary

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'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.

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Sainte-Mere-Eglise Cottage Rental Rates

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Apr 28 2014 - Nov 12 2014
3 nights
Apr 4 2015 - Nov 7 2015
3 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Taxe de Sejour per pers €0.70
cleaning fee for weekly stays only €50.00
Notes Prices quoted for here are for 2 people this includes everything and all services...except weekly stay 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 + 14 nights pro rata per night plus 50 € end of stay clean & linen - our housekeeper is available to come in to change linen and to clean if you would like her to
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Sainte-Mere-Eglise Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Living Room
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • A shower wet room.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • The bedroom is upstairs - the ceiling slopes so if you are a tall person please be aware before booking. Downstairs has good head clearance.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Small Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Bicycles ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • water parks
  • arboretum
  • live theater
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • gambling casinos
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • outlet shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • equestrian events
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • sound/bay fishing
  • golf privileges optional
The kitchen french windows open into the conservatory which has great views onto the garden & pond, opening out onto the patio area with the pond in the garden. For SUMMER there's a hammock, sun loungers, garden furniture, BBQ and trees in the garden - somewhere for sun lovers or those that like the shade. Large double electric gates protect the whole property therefore secure parking.... you have your own clicker to come and go as you please. Secure garaging for bikes. For the ANIMAL lovers - plenty of fur persons here!
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