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Look couples only, sweet cottage in heart D Day Landings, 8 minutes to the coast - Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights




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

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.

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About the property

Ferme de l'Eglise

Sweet little cottage just for 2 (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...a child free zone.

3 star classification awarded to both units by Manche Tourisme we have all the safety measure installed to include smoke detectors etc as required by Ministry Tourism.

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 plus Bella a rescue York-Chi weighing in at 3 kg! plus 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.

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 may prefer the barn apartment with en-suite & super kingsize bed 6'x6'6".

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Tansy Forster
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, some French
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Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2017

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 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 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 - devised a WW2 tour which we will give you to do yourselves 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 11 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...

Tansy Forster purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Tansy Forster chose Manche

Our 1st farmhouse (on the west coast of the peninsula) was a renovation project taking 2 years and was a lovely house when finished, however as it was very isolated we felt no part of a community, we were drawn to the this side of the peninsula with the history and activity around the Invasion Beaches & National Park...we found Ferme de l'Eglise in 2003 and adored that it was in the heart of a village, yet you only had to go round the corner to see the house backs onto it's own fields... best of both worlds...village & countryside!

What makes this cottage 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 a 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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you Mike and Tansy ! We had such a great stay in the cottage over New Year. This trip really made us realise how much we love Normandy, we'll def be back !
Dec 2014
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NOTE!! NO check in after 6 pm - we are totally flexible for arrival & departure days EXCEPT SUNDAY...this rural part of France does not have Sunday Trading ...there are NO shops open except for a few butchers & bakers...
Please try not travel on a Saturday in the summer months.

Prices are inclusive of everything including the dishwasher tablets!


Houesville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 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
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • 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
For American visitors a question I get asked all the time...we do not have bugs! You can sit in the garden, have windows open & you will not get bitten!! 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 are 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!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.9130435 based on 30 reviews
Karlsruhe, Germany

Perfect Cottage for Recreation and Sightseeing

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Eric especially enjoyed your visit! Thank you for your kind words we thoroughly enjoyed your visit with us here...
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Our HomecAway from Home!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip from the states to overseas and we experienced the ultimate vacation!

Have you ever met someone and just knew from the start that you had friends for life? We did just this when we booked this beautiful cottage. Tansy was so helpful right from the start of our reservation until we departed on our last day. If we had questions ( and we did) she was prompt in getting back to us. She gave us a lot of great advice, but let us do what we felt was best without question. She definitely made our vacation seamless!

Our cottage was well appointed and we didn't need for anything. I can't even say how comfortable the bed was! We slept so soundly every night. The pups and cats would come and go as they pleased ( with our permission of course) and that was just fine for us since we had left our dog with friends and were missing him.

Tansy gave us maps and so many hints about the locals, which all came in handy.

Our trip was made complete when we were invited to partake in the festivities on the first day of the Tour de France. The riders were coming right in front of one of the homes that Tansy and Mike rent, and on that day we were introduced to nine of their closest friends and family. We were welcomed into their circle and everyone was so attentive to us and our wants and needs! It was so special, and we've got memories that we'll cherish forever!

We'll definitely be going back! ( I want to go now!)

Thank you Tansy and Mike for a memorable trip!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - we are always so thrilled to hear we helped make memories! The thing is you guys came with the right attitude at the very beginning, you wanted to know about the area plus came to make the most of everything and we're always very happy to share with folk what to do, where to go and how to maximize your time mantra seems to be, there is so much to do here! As you now know, the Invasion Beaches need 2 days alone, Bayeux Tapestry & Bayeux itself another day, Mont St Michel, the Copper town & Granville with the Christian Dior museum another and then there are all the beautiful fishing ports and places of outstanding natural beauty to explore, plus we are in the heart of a National Park...even though you were here for 8 nights we didn't get the time to take you to our favourite watering hole...we'll keep that for when you do come again!
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Beautiful setting,

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely week in this cottage in the beautiful country side of Normandy, even though it was a very busy week, it was so relaxing. The cottage is so comfortable and is equipped with everything you could possibly need for a thorally enjoyable holiday. Mike and Tansy we're brilliant hosts, very knowledgeable and helpful with information about things to do around this beautiful area, and with the information they emailed before our trip was very helpful.

I can't go without mentioning all the animals on the farm, it was lovely to watch them all, and the dogs and cats we're real characters, especially Madge and her tennis ball,

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Place For Peace and Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a 14 night stay at this property we knew what to expect from the valuable information provided by the owners prior to our arrival months before by the fabulous newsletter provided.

The cottage had everything you needed linen provided,WiFi,DVD's upon request hundreds to choose from, Kitchen utensils, Pans, Frying Pans, Plates, Knives, Forks, Kitchen Knives for bread and meat and fruit. Microwave, Gas Cooker 4 hobs, Built in Oven, Walk in Shower complete with bath towels, Hand Towels, Dressing Gowns, Hair dryers and shampoo's and shaving foams and toilet rolls all for the 14 night stay.

There is a conservatory to sit in and eat your meals which leads out onto the garden where you have a gazebo fully enclosed from rain if there is the odd shower. At the side of this is a brick built bar b que for those who like outside dining. The property has ample space in the Lounge area, Kitchen area, Bathroom and Conservatory, the bedroom is in the roof space, the bed is so comfy you could sleep all day.

This property is for all animal lovers there are three wonderful Jack Russell dogs for you to fall in love with, there are Chickens, Llama's, Alpaca's, Goats, Sheep, Cats, a huge lovable Kuna Kuna Pig a Goose and a Donkey, all of which will entertain you with their individual character.

If this is not enough for you to relax and chill there are the fabulous owners Mike and Tansy who will guide you and assist you in anyway they can, we were given a fabulous introduction to the property and the area in which we told them we wanted to visit. If you have a real interest in D-Day you will learn so much, if you are there to enjoy Normandy Tansy can inform you of all the good places to go and the bits of local advice that get you ahead of the game.

The location is in a beautiful farming village with stunning walks all around the area, if you wish there is always the possibly of walking with Ferdinand the Llama who Tansy often walks around the village, Carentan is literally 5 minutes away from the house with Utah and Museums around 10 to 15 minutes away, and the location is very close to the N13 which will take you in any direction you wish to travel.

You will fall in love with the property, the animals and the owners, if you don't then this was not the place for you in the first place.

We fell in love with the property,animals,and the owners.

Will we go back - You bet your life we will.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Glynn and Cathy - June 2015

  • 5 of 5

A great week spent in the heart of Normandy, visiting WW2 Landing Beaches, Museums and Memorials. Also relaxing at beautiful fishing harbours, empty beaches and Norman towns and villages.

The Gite was superb, very comfortable and provided with everything you could possibly imagine to make your stay comfortable.

For us, the icing on the cake was the attention of the dogs and cats throughout the week, especially Madge and her tennis ball.

This isn't the cheapest Gite to hire but, as they say, you get what you pay for!

Thanks to Tansy and Mike for making us feel so welcome. We really do hope we can visit again in the future, hopefully with the Midget next time :)

Glynn and Cathy Williams

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review us. As you know we do mainly have visitors from the US & Canada here, with us being right in the heart of the American Sector during the Invasion in 1944, they are limited with luggage on long haul flights, we made a decision to cater for all their needs and to furnish our properties to the highest level we can, to include dressing gowns and products right down to the dishwasher tablets we steered away from basic, cheap & cheerful. Really looking forward to seeing you again & the MG Midget...
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  • 5 of 5

The cottage was absolutely lovely and the perfect base for exploring Normandy. It was great to have a full kitchen for breakfasts and the gazebo provided a beautiful place to have dinner when we decided to stay in and enjoy the bounty from the local market. The property is absolutely beautiful, and the owners are lovely and very knowledgable about the area. They were super helpful about the trip in advance (with lots of emails), and greeted us like friends. We really grew fond of the various animals as well. The bed is super comfortable, and the cottage is appointed with everything one could need. We hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, we certainly do hope you do return next year! Would be lovely to see you here again, there still is plenty to see & do that's for pleased you enjoyed your time here, we enjoyed your visit.
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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
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Leisville Sur Douve - beauty spot
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Fontenay Sur Mer
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
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'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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