Normandy seaside villa for rent - Set high on a hill overlooking the fishing port of St Vaast-La-Hougue on the Cherbourg Peninsula, this renovated 18th century farmhouse is only 10 minutes away from Jonville beach and within walking distance of a local village and its bistro. It is also well situated to visit all of Normandy's landmarks such as the World War II landing beaches, the Bayeux Tapestry and Mont St Michel.
Once a working farm, this traditional granite house has been recently converted into an attractive family home, with its original charm undiminished. Century-old exposed wooden beams and the massive granite fireplace blend seamlessly with the modern floor-to-ceiling picture windows, enhancing the impact of the surrounding views; the shimmering sea with the harbour of St Vaast and its famous towers on one side and Normandy's rolling countryside with the typical small fields and high hedges on the other side.
This region of Normandy known as Val de Saire boasts a beautiful coastline with islands, forts, rock pools and fine sandy beaches where key historical events took place both in medieval and modern times attracting visitors from all over the world. The famous World War II D-Day beaches of Omaha and Utah, the war cemeteries and museums are all within driving distance. Bayeux is only one hour's drive from the house and would make a lovely day trip. Many water sports are available at nearby Jonville beach and St Vaast-Le-Hougue, including windsurfing, sailing and yachting. If you have exhausted the pleasures of the beach, Cite' de la Mer is an interesting high-tech museum of the sea in Cherbourg, featuring its own submarine.
A trip to the Unesco site of Tatihou Island by amphibious bus/boat is also recommended; here you will be able to visit the tower and enjoy striking sea views. With a Friday arrival, guests staying at Grange Bellevue will also have the chance to visit the fascinating weekly market held in St Vaast every Saturday and sample some local produce.
The Cotentin Peninsula has so much to offer. Famous for the WW2 landing beaches, the D-Day, the Bayeux Tapestries, Mont St Michel and much more, a holiday here will suit all the family. A day on the beach, sailing, golf, shopping at the market or taking time out enjoying the peace and quiet in the pretty garden at the villa. All this is so attainable, just take a ferry to Cherbourg and, after half-an-hour drive you are a world away. An opportunity not to be missed! There are many different restaurants in the area, the nearest is just a 10 mins' walk and is called Panoramique, for its splendid panoramic views.
Kitchen, door to garden, outdoor dining facilities.
Dining room, large granite fireplace with wood burning stove, French doors to covered patio.
Double bedroom, garden views.
Shower room, WC.
Living room (TV) fireplace, floor to ceiling windows, sea view, French doors to garden via external wooden staircase.
2 x double bedrooms.
Games room, table tennis, toys.
Family bedroom suite (double bed + 2 single children beds), ensuite shower room, WC.
Large, terraced grounds. Mature trees, shrubs, lawn areas. Orchard. Outdoor dining facilities, BBQ. Gated upper & lower courtyards separated by a rose covered wall. Barn used to store sports equipment. Ample parking for 6 cars.
Included: WiFi internet (intermittent service).
Extras: Maid service €15 per hour. Winter heating at £50 per week.
A wonderful holiday home
Norman and Jane
3 generations of 10 people Grange Bellevue = 1 success. The garden was an especially appreciated feature for 4 under 9: ideal for hide and seek and football; and glorious for outdoor evening meals (7 nights out of 9) for the 6 adults in the early evening. The table tennis proved popular with all ages; and at least once one of the bicycles came in useful.
Accommodation suited our grouping, albeit a dividing curtain between the double bed and the two singles in the annex might be usefully considered. And the quality of the internet reception proved testing. The kitchen was well stocked with a generous number of extras. The overall standard was extremely high and the house was presented in an immaculate state.
There were no issues in our arrival and departure. It was a real pleasure to stay here and we felt privileged doing so.
The house is really quiet and beautifully located with distant sea views from both house and garden. For shopping Intermarche is barely 5 mins drive and a 15 minute walk leads to an excellent restaurant at La Pernelle. Good beaches are just a 15 min drive with convenient free parking.
Markets are within easy range, with St Vaast recommended. Visits to the Utah Beach Memorial Museum were very worth while, and the nearby Animal Park was good for little people. Barfleur was worth a visit, as well as St Vaast itself on non market days.
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About The Location
- St Vaast-La-Hogue 24km
- Barfleur 8km
- Cherbourg 29km
- Bayeux 83km
- Granville 103km
- Caen just over 1 hr
- Harbour / Ferry
- Cherbourg ferry port 30km
- Calais 460km
- Shops & restaurants 10 min walk
- Jonville beaches 7km
- Tennis (St-Vaast-La-Hougue) 15 mins
- Golf (Fontenay sur Mer) 20 mins
- Golf (La Glaciere) 20 mins
- Horse riding locally
FRIDAY arrivals. Other arrival days outside August on special request.