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  • The apartment was wonderful

    "It was very nicely decorated, well equipped, and quiet. I was actually surprised how quiet it was, considering the location. The location could not be more convenient, walk up one block, over one block, and you are at the Louvre and the Metro. There are a number of great restaurants in the area of all makes and sizes, a Starbucks for us coffee lovers, and a well stocked wine shop down the street. I would definitely stay there again."
    Guest: Jayne Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: March 17, 2014
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  • Maison de rêve.

    "Très bon accueil. Excellentes vacances dans une maison où la piscine intérieure est formidable. 3 vraies Chambres totalement indépendantes, un salon spacieux et une cuisine très fonctionnelle. Les photos correspondent totalement à la réalité des lieux."
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 14, 2014
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  • Lovely, Affordable, and Convenient

    "We had a wonderful stay in Philippe's apartment, which was stocked with thoughtful amenities (e.g., a computer with internet access in addition to the wifi, a hair dryer and straightener, tons of Paris guidebooks). The location was perfect for us, steps from the Bastille metro stop on line 1 which got us everywhere we wanted to go during our short trip. Also, we loved the street market which takes place just down the block on Thursdays and Sundays. Boulevard Beaumarchais is quite a busy street, but I'm still shocked at how effective the windows in the apartment were at blocking out noise. Philippe couldn't have been more helpful, responding quickly to my inquiries and meeting us at the apartment after midnight when we finally arrived from CDG. (Another VRBO host I contacted wanted to charge a late-arrival fee.)"
    Guest: Alissa Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 26, 2014
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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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