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  • One of a kind experience - do not miss this

    "We just returned from our second weeklong visit to Le Charmois (our first was in 2013). It is an amazing country estate. The inside of the home is comfortable, roomy, beautifully decorated, and contains every convenience you need. The outside is in a beautiful garden and forest setting that offers wonderful walks. The location is two hours from Charles de Gaulle, and serves as the perfect base for exploring the Loire valley. The best chateaus are easy drives - Chenonceaux, Chambord, Cheverny, Azay Le Rideau, Villandry, and Sully sur Loire are just some of the highlights. Same is true for some beautiful towns - Orleans, Bourges, Blois, Loches, Gien, and others. A number of wineries and other sites are also nearby. Le Charmois is itself next to the town of Chaumont Sur Tharonne, which is quiet and charming. If you decide against touring, and instead want to spend your stay enjoying the property, you will not be disappointed by the beautiful setting. But I imagine more people are likely to combine sightseeing with enjoying Le Charmois. The folks managing the property are outstanding and very helpful with whatever you will need. This includes the wonderful housekeeper, Catherine (who also cooks if you like), to the owners and other liaisons who offer remote support. All ages enjoy Le Charmois. We had grandparents, grandchildren, and the inbetween during our stays. Again, do not miss a chance to stay here!"
    Guest: Constantine A. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 7, 2014
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  • Beautiful just as shown

    "Great location, many shops and restaurants. The only thing I have to say is that I wish we would of been informed that they were remodeling the stairways. This was our first vrbo rental and we walked into a stripped stairway our hearts sank for a second, but once we opened the door into the apartment it was great. Over all we had an amazing time in Paris and in this apartment! Totally would stay again and recommend."
    Guest: Yuri C. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: September 30, 2014
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  • I will definitely return

    "In January, at very short notice, I was given the opportunity to write an article on "Paris: Dream Shopping". So I came online and looked for avenue Montaigne. Up came this charming flat and I wrote to Vikki and within an hour we had a deal. It couldn't have been easier. I had working meetings in the living room. I loved the comfort of the bedroom and bath (new comfort and polished marble). The kitchen has all mod cons and is pretty with a view over the gardens. The property manager was extremely helpful and was always available to answer any question I might have had. Needless to say,avenue Montaigne's beautiful shops were at my doorstep. e.g. Valentino, Prada, Dior, Nina Ricci, Louis Vuitton. A delightful stay and next time I am in Paris, I will definitely return. Jennifer H."
    Guest: Jenny Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 23, 2015
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  • PERFECT cozy apartment in Le Marais

    "My wife and I had a LOVELY stay at this apartment over New Year’s. The layout and furnishings were cozy and comfortable. The kitchen it small but efficient and frankly, we only used it for coffee and to store our cheese purchases.  The windows let in the most gorgeous light at all times of the day. Just beautiful. The storage for clothing and suitcases was so nice – we were able to put everything away so that every time we walked back into the apartment, it felt like home, not a hotel room. Loads of good eats nearby including Miss Manon down the road for baked goods/breakfast / Café Favorite for basically everything – breakfast, lunch, snacks, late night cocktail. La Mangerie is an AWESOME tapas restaurant about 5 minutes away and Chez Josephine was a lovely bistro for lunch in a nearby square. The options are endless. Tourism-wise it’s easy to get to EVERYTHING. 5-7 minute stroll to Notre Dame, slightly longer walk (or EASY quick metro) to the Louvre/Tulieries/Centre Pompidou and many of the other “must sees”. The concierge Marc was great too. He met us right at the apartment when we arrived and had loads of helpful tips. As soon as we can find the time, we WILL be back."
    Guest: RunningRog Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 5, 2015
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Lower-Normandy Travel Tips

The Advantages of Choosing Lower Normandy Vacation Rentals

The beautiful province of Normandy along the north coast of France is divided into Upper and Lower Normandy. The “departmens” of Calvados, Manche and Orne are known as Basse Normandy or Lower Normandy. and they are rich in culture, cuisine and stunning scenery. From the estuaries and marshes along the coastline to forested hills and apple orchards further inland, Lower Normandy is a delightful place to enjoy a relaxing vacation. It is perfect for food-loving ramblers who want to explore the charming rural villages and river valleys at a gentle pace.

Those who have visited Lower Normandy will know that part of the charm of this idyllic area are the local villages. The opportunity to stay in a centuries-old stone built cottage or farmhouse “gîte,” as French vacation homes are commonly known, is not to be missed. Friendly French neighbors will be happy to greet you with a smiling “Bonjour,” unlike their more haughty Parisian countrymen.

Vacation rentals will be fully furnished, often with antique furniture in farmhouse style with rugs on the tile floors. They will be full of character and charm and are always amply spacious. First stop each morning should be the local boulangerie, where hot croissants, crusty bread and savory pasties will have a line of customers waiting to be served, even at 7 a.m.!

Dine outside in the colorful garden of your vacation home, spilling over with poppies, peonies and lupins. The simple pleasures of life offered by a stay in Lower Normandy will be enhanced when you choose local accommodation and become part of the community, if only temporarily!

Things to do From Your Lower Normandy Accommodations

You cannot fail to enjoy the rich cuisine of this area, known for its fresh fish, shellfish, duck, Calvados (apple brandy) and creamy cheeses such as Camembert, Pont l'Evêque and Livarot.

Following the historic battle fields of World War II may appeal to history buffs or those with a family connection here. The area is perfect for exploring on foot or bicycle with winding lanes through flat farmland near the coast, and rolling hills further south. Church steeples always herald the next village where there will be a pâtisserie and a café serving everything from hot chocolate and coffee to beer and wines. You can even rent horse-drawn carriages to explore the area. The small harbors offer boat trips and fishing charters for a fun day out on the water.

What to Expect Weather-Wise When Renting Lower Normandy Villas

The weather in lower Normandy is similar to southern England, with slightly warmer summers. The area does get a lot of rain showers, hence the green fields and flourishing apple orchards! Average temperatures range from 8 to 23 C (46 to 73 F) throughout the year.

Getting to Lower Normandy

Many visitors want the use of a car and arrive by ferry in the ports of Roscoff, Caen or Cherbourg. It is also easy to use the drive-on Eurostar through the Channel Tunnel from southeast England. Driving time from Calais is about five hours.

Flights to Paris are cheap and frequent and Lower Normandy can then be reached by a hired car in around three hours. The local airport at Dinard has flights from Stanstead, Luton and East Midlands airports in the UK.

Places to Visit from Lower Normandy Accommodations

Lower Normandy has 600 km of coastline to explore with cliffs, pebbly beaches and sandy coves. The popular resorts around Cherbourg are warmed by the Gulf Stream and offer happy days on the beach. Deauville, Cabourg and Trouville are also well established holiday resorts.

Further inland are forests, fruit orchards and charming villages. Visit Bayeux with its famous 11th-century tapestry of historic events and the beautiful basilica at Lisieux. Explore the world-famous island-abbey at Mont Sant Michel by crossing the causeway at low tide. The ornate Abbey of St. Etienne at Caen was actually built for the Pope by William the Conqueror in the 11th century.

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