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OCEAN FRONT Historic D-Day Grand Vila on 'Omaha Beach'

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths3
Space 5,381 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Ocean front, a historic house located on the d-day landing site of Omaha Beach

Be a part of history

Ocean front panoramic views

4500 plus sq. feet

6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (2 tubs, 4 toilet rooms, 2 showers, 5 sinks)

Gorgeous sea views from almost every room in the house. Wonderfully sandy beach front.

10 - 13 foot ceilings throughout, large state of the art eat in kitchen, large living room, dining room, T.V. room, library, studio, sun room, nursery and numerous balconies.

Large yard and secluded back patio.

Ideal for sea-lovers or for putting yourself directly in a piece of D-Day history.

A historically protected house right on the beach at Omaha, Normandy, France in the Dog Green sector. Dog Green beach was portrayed in both movies Saving Private Ryan, and The Longest Day. Experience history first hand.

Vierville sur mer at Omaha Beach is located between beautiful old Bayeux (20 km away) and the fishing village of Grandcamp Maisy only (12 km away).

About the Historic House: A historically protected house right on the beach at Omaha, Normandy, France in the Dog Green sector. Dog Green beach was portrayed in both movies Saving Private Ryan, and The Longest Day. The house was there on the beach front during the D-Day landings and managed to get through it with only roof damage, quite a bit of damage to the fence and some ammo damage on the walls of the building. The previous owners, the Hardelay's, a wealthy local family, were evacuated from the house by the German's prior to the invasion. Mr. Hardelay later become the mayor of Vierville and would entertain many famous people at the house during the proceeding years including Mrs. Nancy Reagan. On the top of the hill to the left side of the first picture was the German position WN70. WN stands for 'Widerstandnest' in German and in English the 'Resistance Nest' At this position the German's had a 75 mm gun in pill box and another 75 mm gun, 4 tobruks with MG's, 2 mortars in concrete emplacements.

The Living Room: The salon is a very large room, with a 10 foot cove ceiling and fabulous views of the sea from the very large bay window. You will be able to see the sea from 90 degrees to the north, east and west. Two very comfortable chairs are strategically placed at the window for the best views in the house, and a lovely place for an afternoon tea and a cozy read or a glass of wine at sunset. The room is very bright and sunny.

It has a working marble fireplace, built in bookcases with many of books to read and shelving, large doors with access to the main foyer.

Also on the ground level: A dining room with French doors to the sun room and kitchen. A table and 8 chairs with a large buffet. Beautifully decorated in golds. Very romantic for lovely French dinners. Located off of the dining room and main hallway is a comfy T.V. room. It has a 50' wide screen Plasma T.V. and DVD player. Comes with DVD's, Music CD's and games and puzzles.

Laundry facilities on this level.

The Kitchen: An extremely large kitchen with 13 foot ceilings. Fabulous views of the sea through 12 foot windows and French doors. Also fabulous views from the sink and washing area along with views from the breakfast nook. At the back of the kitchen is patio doors and a window cross through to the outdoor BBQ and fireplace and the patio furniture. A beautiful view of the hilly countryside.

The eat in kitchen seats 8 and has an additional comfy breakfast nook for 4. Seats 2 at the island. It comes with a full fridge and freezer, a dishwasher, wine fridge, wine rack, lazy susan and plenty of storage, including a pantry. Butcher block counter tops, slate tiles for island and backslash. All appliances are stainless steel.

A very large island with eating area, a desk area in breakfast nook. Also a large gas stove and oven, microwave and coffee machine .

More Details

Kathy or Doug Johnston
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2017

Why Kathy or Doug Johnston chose Vierville-sur-Mer

Will you ever get another chance to not only live right on Omaha Beach where history was made but live in a house actually standing during D-Day.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beautiful House, Beautiful Area, Thank you
Apr 2017
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Nearest Barpub
0.25 Kilometres
Les Casino, Vierville
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Port en Bessin
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Kilometres
Les Casino, Vierville
Nearest Beach
1 Metres
Beach Front
Car: recommended

The home is in a beautiful and peaceful setting located directly on the Normandy sea.

Ideal for sea-lovers or for visiting the beaches of D-Day.

Vierville sur mer is on the sea, at Omaha Beach. Vierville sur mer is home of the famous D-Day beach of Omaha, included in the movie Saving Private Ryan which portrayed action at Dog Green. Located between beautiful old Bayeux (20 km away) and the fishing village of Grandcamp Maisy only (12 km away). It is within walking distance of the beach and boat launch, some restaurants, shop, a bar, a grocery store, the post office, a church, D-Day- museum, several bunkers and a gas station. Within a 5 minute drive (or long walk) you can also visit St. Laurent, which has additional restaurants (4 more - 2 on the beach and one near beach and one near highway) and information booth.

Also only 1/2 hour away from great large shopping areas in the cities of Caen or Carentan.

3 hour drive from Paris.


Vierville-sur-Mer Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5381 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , Toilet & sink on main floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , Full 4 piece bath, second floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , 2 piece Toilet & sink second floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Bathtub & sink on main floor
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , 3 piece - sink, toilet & shower
  • Located on the first floor is a separate WC room with toilet and sink. The downstairs bedroom has an en suite bath with a sink and bathtub. On the second floor is an additional large full bathroom with a large soaker tub, a separate shower, a sink and toilet. Beautifully renovated and decorated in glass and marble tiles. White & Grey. A beautiful spa like bathroom. Bright and light with lovely views. This bathroom can be locked off to service the main master bedroom. Also on the second floor is another WC room with a toilet and sink. This bathroom can be locked off to service the second master bedroom. On the second floor, servicing 3 bedrooms is a shower room with a shower, toilet and sink.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull out in T.V. room for 2
  • Bed #1 - Located on the 2nd, the large master bedroom has 10 foot ceilings, French doors to a balcony with outdoor seating, faces the sea. Beautifully decorated in blacks and whites. A king-size bed with a comfy chair, built in dressers, bedside tables, chandelier and lamps, a large armoire for clothing, a cabinet and T.V. with DVD player. Enjoy your morning coffee out on the balcony or a late night brandy. Bed #2 - On the 2nd floor is 2nd large master bedroom. Decorated in calming beige and grey with 10 foot ceilings and original hardwood floors. With a king size bed and bay window facing the sea. Bed #3 - A twin bedroom located on the main floor level with an attached en suite bathroom. This bedroom has plenty of windows with views of the sea. Bed #4 - On the 2nd floor a twin bedroom bedrooms Bed #5 - On the 2nd floor a queen bedroom with balcony facing the countryside. Bed #6 - On the 3rd floor with twin beds T.V. room has a pullout sofa that sleeps 2
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 17 garden chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The house is over 4500 sq. ft., it is 4 stories, 6 bedrooms, with very large public rooms. It retains the quirky charm of a old French villa has been thoroughly updated with new plumbing, windows and a state of the art kitchen. Become a part of the ADVENTURE!


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OCEAN FRONT Historic D-Day Grand Vila on 'Omaha Beach'
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

A great place for WWII history buffs.

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My wife and I stayed here in April 2013. Even though this is a huge house, it is fine for just two people. You are in a part of history when you stay here. This house was a landmark on Omaha Beach on D-Day. Come in the off season and you will be able to walk Omaha Beach by yourself. The kitchen is very nice, and you will have no problem cooking meals here (there is only one small propane tank though, but they will get you another one if needed). The house is older (musty in spots), but it has a lot of character. You will also be able to listen to the ocean at night. I recommend hiring a private tour guide when exploring the beaches. There are plenty of tour guide ratings on Trip Advisor (Ed Robinson or Dale Booth are recommended). There are only a few restaurants withinin walking distance, so be prepared. Don't expect perfect furniture and professional decorating here. The draw is the history. You are part of it when staying here. Much like Gettysburg is sacred, Omaha Beach is sacred to Americans. Read some books about D-Day if you haven't read much about WWII. (There is a local contact here if there are problems. We had no hot water the first day, but it was fixed quickly.) This house is great for history buffs, not great for the person who wants the Four Seasons.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,179.11
Pet Fee $35.37
Stay tax $0.47 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 1 years.

Rental rates including cleaning but not linen or utilities. Linens are 18,00 per bed and 6,00 per person
There is a required French Hotel tax of .40 per person per night. Rentals are by the week. Check in is on Sunday. Check in at 4 p.m. and check out at 10:00 a.m.
Linens are optional with an additional charge depending on the number of people and beds used.

Deposits may be made with a credit card. All rental payments must be made with a bank wire or transfer. Deposits are required to book your stay and are held until 3 weeks after your leave. The full rental payment is made 2 weeks prior to arrival. The deposit is not applied to the rental amount.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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