Ground-floor, light and spacious apartment, enjoying breath-taking views over the Dives estuary, with shared outdoor pool (opens each June). On 2 levels: Large galleried living area has corner sofa (converts to a double sofa-bed), 2 easy chairs, large dining table and 6 chairs, (extra chairs from the patio set can be used if needed), TV/DVD (+DVDs) ; doors to patio overlooking estuary, patio set; open kitchen fully equipped with crockery, cookware and utensils, hob (4 ring), microwave, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine; double bedroom with view out to the estuary; downstairs shower-room and separate WC . Wooden spiral staircase leads up to the spacious galleried-landing , double room, (twin beds can be pushed together), shower-room with WC and master double bedroom overlooking whole apartment and out to the estuary. Reached by easy access on the ground floor from the main entrance or directly from the underground designated secure parking by lift or stairs.
Local Area and Facilities within Walking Distance: Dives—Delightful medieval market town 10 mins on foot from Port Guillaume. William the Conqueror Village—courtyard formerly a staging- post for travellers, now houses artists' and craftsmen’s studios. Several superb restaurants. Our favourite is ’L’Ecurie. Bustling Saturday market in Les Halles—smaller Tuesday markets. Cinema. Church, founded 1067.
2 Chocolatiers, 2 Patisseries, we recommend the fantastic local butcher too….. Discover it all for yourselves!
Cabourg—seaside holiday town 20 mins walk over footbridge which crosses the Dives estuary and along the promenade from Port Guillaume—casino, crazy golf, indoor swimming pool, restaurants, cafes, cinema, , weekly markets daily in season—local produce
Beaches linking Port Guillaume and Cabourg are clean, safe and sandy, supervised by lifeguards, and offer numerous activities in clearly marked zones for safety including sand yachting, volleyball and sailing and other water sports plus organized children’s clubs.
Historical and Cultural Sightseeing for Daytrips : Caen—(Ferry port Ouistreham)—follow the A13 SW inland to the region’s prosperous capital for chic shopping and fine food. Historic sites– William the Conqueror’s Castle and twin Romanesque abbeys; his remains are entombed in the Abbey aux Hommes.
Bayeux—Bayeux Tapestry of course and Memorial Museum of The Battle of Normandy. First French town to be liberated. Commonwealth Cemetery, Cathedral.
D-Day Landing Beaches—travel west from Port Guillaume following the coast road past Pegasus Bridge. Pay your respects at the vast D-Day Landing Beaches; Landings museum at Arromanches, coastal batteries at Longues sur Mer and Merville-Franceville, Gold Beach at Ver sur Mer. American Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer and Omaha Beach Memorial at Saint Laurent sur Mer.
William the Conqueror’s Castle at Falaise. Lisieux, home of Ste Theresa (second most popular pilgrimage after Lourdes). Monet’s Giverny is also within reach, as is Disneyland Paris at a stretch (4 hour drive away)
Local Sightseeing and Delicacies/Specialities: Travel east from Port Guillaume , through Houlgate, Villers s. Mer, Trouville and chic Deauville , all worth a visit, to Honfleur—on the Seine estuary, for a seafood lunch, (La Pele-Mele is a favourite of ours! ) This picturesque old fishing port, recognisable by its tall, narrow houses which hug the port, still draws artists, inspired by Monet and Boudin ; Boudin Museum houses some original Monet and Boudin paintings; see the modern artists at work. The wooden church here is beautiful—take a quiet look inside.
The Cider route is also just a few minutes drive away; spend a day driving the route and dropping into cider makers to both see how apples are transformed into cider, pommeau and calvados, sample the delights of one, some or all and buy straight from the manufacturer
Local cheeses - don't only try them, but visit the places that they are made - Pont l’Eveque and Livarot.