Our lovely holiday cottage is very typical of the traditional architectural style of the Calvados area of Normandy. It is located in a valley with far reaching rural views. The cottage is suitable for people that love the countryside, we hear the sounds of song birds, buzzards and owls we have seen red squirrels, salamanders, dormouse, pine martin to name a few. We have a long garden with a source at the end. In the summertime we treat the terrace like another room for breakfast, aperitifs, barbecues and star gazing.The cottage is quiet ancient and authentic with log fires.
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The Kitchen has an electric hob and oven, fridge and dishwasher there are open beams through to the dining area and on to a huge log fire. Windows on each side with views of the garden and terrace. The sitting room has a log wood burning stove, there are views on all sides over the valley and on to the garden. For your entertainment there are books and games, no TV just screen for dvds and games,and stereo. Bedroom 1 has open beams, large mirror, and an antique French double bed with views on to the garden. Bedroom 2 has a double bed, a washbasin and a stable door to the garden Bedroom 3 is suitable for children; leading from bedroom 1 it has 2 single beds with a view on to the garden. There are wooden beams with replica ships for decoration.
The stairs are steep... Not suitable for the elderly or infirm however my 82 year old mum manages well.
The area is quiet and peaceful yet a short drive from historic Honfleur harbour (approx 4 miles) approx 20 minutes from the beautiful long beaches of both Trouville and Deauville with its famous planches that stretch the length of the beach. We are less than an hour from the Normandy Landing Beaches. Paris is 2 hours. There are plenty of typical French antique shops and restaurants in the little villages around (Cormeilles, Blangy, Pont l'Evêque, Beaumont en Auge...), several golf courses (Saint Gatien, Saint Julien, Deauville...). There are also lots of places to ride horses, there are a number of stables to choose from, who organise treks through the forests or on the beach in Deauville.
Honfleur sits on the estuary of the River Seine at the gateway to the Pays d'auge and the & Côte Fleurie it is one of the most picturesque old fishing ports in France. Writers and artists have for long been fascinated by Honfleur. Its light and ambience made it a favourite with Corot, Boudin and many other Impressionist painters. Honfleur is brimming with history, begin at the Cote de Grace, Eglise Saint Catherine, Boudin Musée….. Not forgetting the wonderful market on Saturday morning of local products. Or you might go Horse riding on the beach. Play Golf. Play Tennis. Cycling through the countryside. Gokarting. Horse racing in Deauville. Sailing… swimming in the sea or swimming pool (Olympic size in Trouville) Shopping!
Take a flight with Ryanair from Stanstead to Deauville 35 minutes arriving on Friday morning then kick off your shoes leave the stress and strain of work and the city... Relax in the country... explore Honfleur... Watch the racing at Deauville.... Promenade the famous planches on Deauville beach.... Enjoy a seafood choice is endless. Back home on Monday morning feeling like you have been away for a week