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Cottage just outside Le Molay Littry, Nr. Bayeux, Calvados, Normandy, France - Quiet And Relaxing, Within Easy Reach Of Picturesque Historic Bayeux And The Normandy Beaches
The cottage is a modern conversion of an old farm building. The walls we believe to be over 300 years old, and these have been completely cleaned and repointed to blend comfortably within their ancient setting. The original beams have been similarly totally renovated and are retained in the sitting room, giving the living space a very attractive blend of both modern and antique. Set back from the main road to Bayeux and surrounded by fields and woodland, this holiday property is particularly quiet and restful. The front garden has a recently planted orchard, and the house is surrounded by flower borders. At the back, the lawn is an ideal spot for a quiet drink, or a meal outdoors.
The property is close to Bayeux with its beautiful Cathedral and very famous tapestry. Just five minutes away is the market town of Le Molay Littry with its Mining Museum, Mill and Thursday morning open market.
Within easy distance are all the D Day anding beaches, many Normandy War museums, the pretty, rose strewn British Cemetery in Bayeux, and the hugely impressive and moving American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach at St Laurent.
Around the town of Balleroy, which boasts a striking Chateau, there are the extensive forests of "des Biards"with facilities for cycling, bird-watching, sighting wild deer and other wildlife and flora. There are horse riding stables in Le Molay Littry, and near to the golf course at Port en Bessin.
From this charming cottage you can easily visit Le Mont St Michel (2 Hours), Suisse Normande (90 minutes) with more horse riding, bungie jumping and canoeing, Villedieu-les-Poeles, (90 minutes) a town where church bells have been produced for centuries, Granville, (1 hour) Deauville, Trouville, and Honfleur, playgrounds of the Victorians, Caen ( 30 minutes) with lovely examples of Norman architecture and a huge open market on Friday, Cherbourg(1 hour).
Only about half an hour away is the pretty beach of Arromanche, with its traffic free centre, and many little cafe's and restaurants. This is the site of the Mulberry Harbour, and on top of the hill is a museum with a difference. St. Mere Eglise where John Steele hung from the church tower attached to his parachute, is 45 minutes away, and the John Steele Auberge is an excellent eating house, at reasonable prices.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
About Susan Hooker
We are a professional couple living in the South of England. Normandy is close enough for us to visit for the weekend, as well as for longer periods. After the noise of London, we really appreciate the space, the peace and the tranquillity of our property. It offers a wonderful opportunity for us to unwind. Andrew has known this area of Normandy since he was quite young. He is a keen horologist, and you will see examples of rescued and restored French clocks in the cottage. We both share a very keen interest in gardening, and are working together to develop our orchard, vegetable patch and flower borders around the cottage and the farm house.
Susan Hooker purchased this Cottage in 2006
Why Susan Hooker chose Le Breuil-en-Bessin
We discovered the farmhouse and buildings, around a central gated yard, quite by chance, in the Spring of 2006. We loved it from the moment we saw it, and whilst registering the fact that there was a tremendous amount of work to be done to make it habitable, we felt that it would be a project that both of us would thoroughly enjoy. We have gained tremendous satisfaction as it gradually emerged from a very basic farmhouse, with virtually no modern amenities, into what it is now. It was in August 2012 that we started work on converting the barn adjoining the farmhouse into a cottage to offer additional accommodation for friends and family. We have not finished, as we have further plans for the garden and for the smaller building close to the vegetable patch.
What makes this Cottage unique
We have spent many happy hours restoring the house and bringing some order to the gardens. We love the peace and the tranquillity of the house, which is set between a copse and open farmland. The pressure of our work just outside London is very easily forgotten when we are installed in our Normandy home. We enjoy the ease of crossing from Portsmouth to Caen, often on the overnight ferry, which allows us to take short breaks, and return to England refreshed. The nearby small market town of Le Molay Littry, only a kilometre away, is well kept, and attractive, and has the wonderful choice of three bakers for morning croissants, as well as other small shops and well stocked supermarkets. It is entirely rural yet not cut off, and the close proximity of the local shops is a huge advantage
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Excellent, lovely property with a superb host.
Property was ideal for two couples, everything we needed was there. It was centrally situated for our visits to the D-day sites. Susan was an excellent host giving any help and information when requested. Will certainly stay again when in the area.
A Pleasant Cottage on the Heart of Normandy
The cottage is a comfortable and ideally situated property, offering a large, well equipped kitchen and spacious bedrooms and bathrooms. Hosts Susan and Andrew were very welcoming and provided excellent advice as to local shopping and sight seeing. The cottage is located in the country but an easy drive to both major cities and Normandy tourist areas making it ideal for full days of seeing the numerous historical sites and then quiet evenings relaxing.
Cottage was clean and well laid out. Kitchen was really good and very well equipped. Area was perfect for our trips to the D Day landing beaches and cemeteries. All in all, Tres Bon.
I am delighted that you all had a good holiday, and that you had an opportunity to sample some of what Normandy has to offer.
Perfect location, Lovely Cottage
This cottage is in a perfect location for seeing the sights of Normandy and for making day trips to the D-Day beaches, Mt. Saint Michele, Bayeux, etc. The cottage is newly renovated, immaculate, comfortable, and has a well-equipped kitchen for those nights of cooking in. The bathrooms are beautifully tiled with towels like new, and the bedrooms were very quiet and comfortable.
Susan, the owner, was so easy to deal with throughout the booking process with her quick responses to emails and information. She was at the cottage to greet us upon our arrival with a warm welcome and showed us around the house. We really appreciated her outstanding restaurant recommendations and overall helpfulness during our stay.
Our only regret was that we weren't there long enough to enjoy the beautiful setting of Susan's and Andrew's farm. We would highly recommend the cottage to others traveling in Normandy. Thank you, Susan and Andrew.
Thank you for your feedback - we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. You did a lot in a few days but there is so much to do in Normandy that you must come for longer next time.
A lovely cottage in a great location
We stayed for 5 days in the cottage with our 12 year old son. We received a warm welcome and plenty of helpful advice from the owners. The cottage is spacious, beautifully decorated and well equipped. We found it a great base for visiting Bayeux and the Normandy beaches and enjoyed the local market. The cottage was also a lovely place to relax when we weren't exploring the area. We would definitely recommend the cottage - thank you Susan and Andrew!
Thank you for your comments. We are pleased that the cottage met all your needs and that you found so many varied things to do during your stay. You will be very welcome to return any time, especially if you can make the time to come back to Normandy for the start of the Tour de France next summer.
A first class cottage in an ideal location for Normandy - especially Calvados - and perfect for visiting the D-Day invasion areas with a drive of no more than an hour to the furthest reaches of the landing sites.
Susan, the owner, met us at the cottage and showed us around to familiarise us with the property which we found to be excellent in every sense. This cottage is particularly well appointed and, being a fairly new refurbishment, has very high specifications. The rooms are suitable for a family or for two couples and we spent a few highly enjoyable days at the cottage and in the local area.
We would thoroughly recommend this cottage to any perspective renters as it is, literally, just as described and even better than the photographs can portray it.
Thank you Susan and Andrew.
Thank you for your comments, and for leaving everything so clean and tidy on your departure. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and you will be very welcome to return next time you want to see more of Normandy.
Omaha Beach is about 30-40 minutes away, and above it the American cemetery, which is a very moving and poignant place to visit, as well as being superbly presented.
Slightly closer is Arromanche, site of the Mulberry harbour, with a pretty little beach, and a very interesting museum up on the headland. Parking here in summer is not always easy, so travel early for a visit here.
Nearer to home in Le Molay Littry is the Mining Museum, the Mill and the Thursday morning open market
For ferry travellers from the UK, we are within easy access of Cherbourg(1 hour), Caen ( 45 minutes), Le Havre (90 minutes) and Calais ( 4 hours). Those planning to arrive by plane should look for flights to Paris or to Dinard in Brittany. From Paris you are able to hire a car at the airport, or take the train from St Lazare station direct to Caen, or to Bayeux, where car hire is available in both towns.
Use of car is essential -although only just outside Le Molay Littry, rather far to walk.
Easy day visits include le Mont St Michel (2 hours), Suisse Normande (90 minutes), Villedieu-les-Poeles (90 minutes), Granville (1 hr), St Mere Eglise (45 minutes), Arromanches (30 minutes).
If within 60 days of arrival date: FULL REFUND
If within 30 days of arrival date: 50% REFUND
If within 14 days of arrival date: NO REFUND
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Booking Notes: Please contact owner Changeover Day: Please contact owner Each additional night is £50 Notes on prices: Please ask about discounts for longer periods and discounts for returning clients.