About the property
- Cottage538 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Converted barn or sweet cottage with in 3 acre grounds of 400 yr farmhouse
In the heart of the WW2 D day Landing Beaches, 4 miles from Ste Mere Eglise in one direction with Carentan 4 miles the other - 10 minutes from Utah Beach plus in the heart of a National Park.
Our 400 year old Norman farmhouse is behind electric gates within the 3 acre grounds, has 2 self contained fully inclusive priced units designed specifically for couples only.
NOTE: our prices are Fully Inclusive - NO hidden charges.
We're called Ferme de l'Eglise - this is a direct translation of Church Farm...we're right opposite the church, many years ago the farm belonging to the church... we also are known as Normandy Vacation Rentals.
Perfect for couples looking for a base to explore Normandy & benefit from peace, quiet and privacy...a child free zone. We offer peace & tranquility.
Designed specifically for couples our 2 self contained units - a former hay barn now an open plan spacious loft apartment or our 400 year old boulangerie converted to a sweet little cottage.
No traffic jams, bugs, noise, stress, just clean air and certainly none of the hustle and bustle of city living!
We've tried to think of everything for you to have a comfortable stay... Free wifi, TV with free to view SKY TV, DVD player - masses of movies to include The Longest Day & Band of Brothers. Log wood burners, candles, beds made up with 100% Egyptian cotton crisp linen, plenty of towels, toweling bathrobes... guest soaps, loo rolls and cleaning products as well.
Mike a petrol head has a 1942 Ford Jeep plus a same year Kubelwagon...so if you are also a car person I'm sure you will get a ride out! For those that are fans of 2CV's - that's my little baby!
On Offer we have the former hay loft which is converted to a great, spacious, airy self contained open planned private apartment with separate bedroom & en suite, a south westerly facing private walk out patio over looking the countryside, OR our sweet little cottage (roses round the door) with ensuite facilities (and a down stairs loo for during the day).
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. Both units with washing machines, fully fitted kitchens with dishwashers.
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 Bird Sanctuary 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, 2 very friendly goats, 2 sheep, lots and lots of bantam & silkie chickens all at liberty, 1 goose, 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 300 or 400 years ago - the bedroom has limited head height as it is in the eaves...but, if you are above average height you may prefer the barn apartment with en-suite & super kingsize bed 6'x6'6" plus the roof terrace.
Please do not book here if you don't like:
Countryside noises: we are opposite the church - it has bells, there is a donkey in the next field that brays and we have cockerels.
Cats : we have 8 rescue cats - 3 can be quite determined about visiting!
Dogs: we have 4 of them who adore visitors & want to say hello.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- english, some French
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 14, 2018
About Tansy Forster
Working & living just outside London took the decision to leave our careers and take the plunge to 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! 16 years later we are thoroughly enjoying running our business,we are passionate about this hidden area of France and like to think we 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 as there are no car hire companies locally - devised a WW2 tour which we will give you to do yourselves and we'll make reservations for you at restaurants. We have 3 rental vacation properties, the barn apartment & the cottage here at our little farm & a terrace house in the village of Sainte Marie du Mont the 1st village liberated (Band of Brothers) right opposite the church a 3 bedroom stone town house... Here at the 'farm' we have 4 dogs, 8 cats, (all rescues), 2 Llamas, 3 Alpacas, 2 sheep, 2 goats, chickens & our old faithful goose now 13 years old... We like to think we do give great value, secure parking as many DVD's as you want, TV, dogs to play with, books to read and masses of tips re the area...I knit, embroider, Mike is a petrol head and also has other great interests apart from cars & the war!
Tansy Forster purchased this Cottage in 2004
Why Tansy Forster chose Houesville
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 direction 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 France...an unspoilt area with something for everyone!
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Check-in: 12:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Perfect Cottage for Recreation and Sightseeing
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
Eric especially enjoyed your visit! Thank you for your kind words we thoroughly enjoyed your visit with us here...
Delightful rural cottage
Tansy and Mike are helpful, knowledgeable hosts. Ferme d'Eglise is a charming cottage in the Normandy countryside of the Manche area.
We enjoyed getting lost, having adventures and discovering lots of, off the beaten track locations , as well as following Tansy's terrific guide to the D day landing sites and her restaurant recommendation.
Our HomecAway from Home!
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!
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 here...my 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!
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,
Fantastic Place For Peace and Relaxation
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.
Glynn and Cathy - June 2015
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
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...
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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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. Christmas - tree & decorations if you would like them...but if you want a Christmas Free Zone we can help with that too! Prices are inclusive of everything including the dishwasher tablets!