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Tansy Forster

Member since: 2002
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Speaks: english, some French

2016 Tour de France passing a mile away on 2nd July & close by on 3rd & 4th - Barn loft apartment

32 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Manche Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Cottage set within 3 acre grounds of 400 yr farmhouse, couples only

A 3 star self catering in sweet little cottage a former boulangerie or a former hay loft now converted to a great self contained apartment, 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.

More Details

Details for Barn loft apartment 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

Open plan, recently converted hay loft within a stone built barn with walls that are over 4 foot thick, a complete renovation to enhance old with modern facilities within a 400 year old property. We've tried to think of everything! Super King double bed 6 foot wide x 6'6' long (OR can be 2 extra large singles) it's really comfortable! Free wifi, TV, free to view SKY TV, DVD player - masses of movies to include The Longest Day & Band of Brothers. Log wood burner, large dining table close to the fire, candles, bed made up with 100% cotton crisp linen, toweling bathrobes... We're a child free zone... we particularly attract anyone that needs a complete break away from people, crowds and the telephone! There's no traffic jams, stress and certainly none of the hustle and bustle of city living
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Tansy Forster (Owner)
Member since: 2002
Call Owner
Speaks: english, some French

About Tansy Forster

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

Why Tansy Forster chose Manche

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!

What makes this apartment unique

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Oct 2012
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Reviews

4.9
based on 32 traveler reviews

Barn loft apartment
average rating of 4.90625 based on 34 reviews
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Urlaubswoche im Oktober 2009

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2009
  • Stayed: Oct 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much - the Llama arrived today - how I wish you could have been here... still it means you have to come back to meet Fernando & take him for a walk! This is the google translation ... This house is wonderful for two people - cozy and comfortable. The equipment is described, for initial supplies are provided. the bed is prepared and on arrival the fire was burning in the oven and Madge (one of the dogs) was waiting with a ball - it was immediately at home. Tansy and Mike are two wonderful hosts - thank you for that relaxing week. We like to come at any time. Sabine and Jurgen We recommend this house and the place full of people who seek peace and quiet, loves animals are (There are goats, pigs, donkeys, chickens, geese, cats and dogs on the property) and no in close proximity to the hustle and bustle. The baker in Boisville for breakfast baguette is 5 km away and easily reached by bicycle.
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Beautiful apartment in a lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

We were really impressed from the moment we arrived at the apartment - it is clean, well equipped and like a home from home. A lot of thought has gone into the interior, and the grounds provide the perfect setting to relax in.

The area is so peaceful (other than the occasional 'eeyore' from Stavros the donkey next door!) and Tansy and Mike are perfect hosts - nothing is too much trouble.

There is so much to do in the area, and Tansy's guidance as to the 'must do' activities really helped.

A week in this area was not long enough, and with so much still to see, we would certainly hope to return to the apartment again in the future.

Many Thanks,

Catherine and Simon.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Catherine & Simon - it's always gratifying to hear that we've come up to expectations...Stavros is part of the experience - he insists on being included in the stay here!! Please do come back - we'd be delighted to welcome you back.
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Everything we hoped for, and more!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Barn loft apartment could not have been better! The picturesque and peaceful farm setting combines with spotless, luxurious accommodations in the apartment to make a perfect holiday spot. Every little detail receives careful attention, from the fully stocked and convenient kitchen, to the comfortable furniture and helpful reading materials, to the beautiful modern bedroom and bathroom complete with luxurious linens and hand-embroidered plush towels. The large skylights make the apartment bright and cheery, but pull-down shades darken the space completely for sleeping. After day trips to the Normandy beaches and cemeteries, Mont St. Michel, San Malo, Bayeux, and Calvados country, we enjoyed wine and dinner on the patio, surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Tansy and Mike were perfect hosts who helped us plan the trip months in advance. They told us exactly what train to take from Paris, and they arranged the rental car that met us at the Carentan train station. They welcomed us warmly and were always available for questions and fun conversation, but they also allowed us privacy. Their recommendations about what to see (and what to avoid) were spot-on, and they stepped in to help us bridge the language barrier when we had a question about the rental car.

This property, and these hosts, receive our strongest possible recommendation. We would stay here, or at any of their properties, if our travels took us back to this region.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Luxurious loft apartment in a beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

This little farm in Normandy was a real gem. No detail was spared in the beautifully renovated loft apartment and we were able to dine out at a nearby restaurant or eat in thanks to the elegant kitchen and spacious dining room. Tansy was well organized and helped us out with the car hire, planning our daily activities and offering to make restaurant reservations. Waking up in the morning was a wonderfully relaxing experience between the assortment of happy barnyard sounds and the morning church bells from the ancient church right across the road. We could definitely have used more time to explore the region and will just have to return to finish off our tour!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you enjoyed your time here, as you know we work with local Renault dealership in Carentan who pick up our guests & drop them back to the station which is mainline to Paris which I think better than waiting in Caen for the car offices to reopen after a 2 hour lunch which coincides with the arrival of the Paris train! Indeed we do hope you do return to finish off your exploration of this area and you did have a good time in the 1st World War area.
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Above and beyond our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: May I say what a cracking good review!!!!! Thank you so much, we did enjoy your visit here with us - what more can I say except we do indeed hope you will get back to continue your exploration of Normandy!
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Simply the best....

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Utah Beach
"This beach not only reflects the D Day Invasion June 6th 1944 it is also the most glorious c..."
Nearest Airport
271 Kilometres
Paris
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Leisville Sur Douve - beauty spot
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Cherbourg
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Fontenay Sur Mer
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Carentan
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
N13
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
Ste Mere Eglise John Steele
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Utah Beach
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 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.

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Rates & Availability

Sainte-Mere-Eglise Apartment Rental Rates

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2016
Mar 31 2016 - Oct 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
$203
$932
 
 
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3 night minimum stay
$208
$932
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax €1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 11 years.

NOTE: NO check in after 6 pm - We are totally flexible for arrival departure days EXCEPT for a SUNDAY...this area is not a Sunday Trade area, the only shops that are open are a few butchers & bakers & none of our cleaning staff will work on a Sunday...so I'm sorry Sunday's do not work for us at all!

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Amenities

Manche Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (detached)
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 70 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • It's a wet room. Big shower space, loo & sink.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , zip & link bed can be 2 singles
  • Bed size is 6' 190cm wide x 6'6 ' 1,98m super king Double zip & link which can be 2 by 3' wide x 6' 6' singles The double bedroom has a spacious en suite with a wet room area.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Housekeeping
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
This is a perfect place for a couple exploring the area who like peace and tranquility... as long as you like country noises then this is great. Stavros the donkey can't help himself when he sees someone - he brays, he's not ours but is totally convinced he belongs to us! We also have a flock of chickens, quite a few cockerels (that chant in the morning), as well as a goose, they have complete freedom to wander over all our land, our freshly laid eggs are available. We do have 4 small dogs and quite a few cats... none of which are allowed in the apartment or the cottage - but they all love visitors so if you are missing yours Madge will oblige - so before you decide to come please be aware they will expect you to say hello when you come and go or you are in the garden! Our Jack Russell's do not understand being ignored! We're very close to the motorway (can't hear it) equidistant 8kms to Carentan, Ste Mere Eglise and Utah Beach. We're in the heart of the WW2 American sector

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