House in Normandy France: A beautiful, large house situated in the protected Côte de Grâce area of Honfleur, located on the path up to the magnificent Mont Joli and the historical 17th century Notre-Dame-de-Grâce chapel. Only a 5-minute walk down to the center of Honfleur, the Place Sainte Catherine, and the old harbour. Tastefully renovated, the house maintains its 19th century charm and architectural details. On the ground floor is a spacious living room with TV, English satellite, DVD/VCR player and portable stereo and the very large newly fitted, fully equipped kitchen. There is a lovely patio in front with barbeque and patio furniture supplied. The first floor comprises two large bedrooms, one double, one twin, and two bathrooms, both en-suite, one with shower and one with a luxurious deep bath. The second floor comprises another two large bedrooms, each with two single-size beds and two bathrooms, both ensuite, one with shower and the other with a luxurious deep bath.
A wealth of activities a short walk from the house: Beautiful and historically rich, Honfleur is ideally positioned between the Seine estuary and the sea. A traditional fishing village, Honfleur has been home to many well-known painters, writers and musicians such as Eugene Boudin, Erik Satie and Charles Baudelaire. Take in its rich maritime heritage and architectural and natural beauty. Honfleur is one of only 161 towns in all of France to be awarded 'four flowers'. Many leisure activities are within a short walking distance of the house: swimming pool, tennis courts, Naturospace, beach, large public garden, museums, a long, romantic promenade starting from the harbour all the way to the beach, shopping, antiques and many excellent restaurants. The weekly Saturday market and the Biomarche on Wednesday are superb for purchasing fresh produce, cheese and meats. An important pilgrimage, the Chapel Notre Dame de Grâce is an exhilarating 10-minute walk up Mt. Joli; the path starts in front of the house with breathtaking views all the way.
An ideal base from which to explore Normandy: We think you'll find our home to be the ideal base from which to explore Normandy. It's only a 15-minute drive to the fashionable coastal resorts of Deauville and Trouville. About an hour drive through magnificent lush, rolling countryside is Falaise, birthplace of William the Conqueror where you can visit his castle. Drive along the coast toward Cherbourg stopping along the way in the charming and picturesque seaside towns of St. Vasst-la-Hogue and Barfleur, only two of the dozens of delightful seaside villages within an hour drive. One of the finest and loveliest zoos can be found in Jurques near Caen, only about an hour drive. The abbeys that William the Conquerer and his queen, Matilda, had built are also in Caen as is his castle built in 1060. A day trip to the D-Day beaches, which start at only an hour's drive away, is an educational and moving experience and definitely worthwhile.
Relax at the house: Its setting in the beautiful Côte de Grâce affords the most splendid views and is quiet and peaceful yet only a 5-minute walk into town. Tastefully decorated and comfortably furnished, fully equipped with every convenience, our cherished home will make for you a perfect home away from home.
Arriving at the delightful house in Hofleur was the perfect start to our week there. The house exceeded expectations. It was immaculate and very comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped and organized. The four bedrooms and baths were comfortable and well appointed.The house was well located for exploring the charming town of Honfleur. The harbor area, wonderful restaurants, and artist studios were fun to explore. We made many day trips from the house too.
Josephine, the owner, was a great help to us and a real source of information. She takes great care of her house and any visitor there will be pleased.
Arriving at the delightful house in Honfleur was the perfect way to start our week in Normandy. The house was immaculate and very comfortable. The kitchen was well- equipped and organized. The four bedrooms and baths were comfortable and well appointed.The house is well located for exploring the charming town. The harbor area, the many wonderful restaurants, and artist studios were fun to explore.
We made many day trips too. Josephine was a great help to us & a great source of information. She takes great care of her house in Honfleur and any visitor there will be well pleased.
Our family of six really enjoyed our week's stay at this wonderful house. It truly was a home away from home. When we arrived, we were surprised and delighted to find a variety of tasty Normandy delicacies. The house was spotless and the beds very comfortable.
Josephine was always available to answer any questions both before and during our holiday.
Honfleur is a gorgeous, historical seaport . We enjoyed being able to visit and sample foods in the area's local market with all of its wonderful cheeses, breads, cookies and ciders. There is a great boardwalk, that ends at a sandy beach. It is fun just to eat at one of the many inviting restaurant patios that line this picturesque port. It is also very central to begin exploring the charming little villages of Normandy.
We drove to: Juno Beach, the Canadian Cemetery, Mont-Saint-Michel, cheese tasting in Pont-L'eveque, a picnic at Deauville beach. There were many other little places yet to be discovered. Perhaps next time!
Our visit to Normandy was very enjoyable due to our base in the historic seaside town of Honfleur. The home was exactly as described and we found it spacious, comfortable and spotless. Josephine was helpful, prompt and pleasant in our correspondence as we planned our visit to her home. We toured the DDay beaches, the Caen museum, the Bayeux tapestry and Pegasus beach. The roads were easy to travel and very scenic. Each evening it was a pleasure to return to our house and we loved trying new restaurants and walking through Honfleur. I can highly recommend this property.
My husband and I travelled to Normandy with two other couples to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D Day. All of us had fathers who had fought during the Second World War and who had been involved in the D Day experience. We corresponded with Josephine in early November 2013 and she was most pleasant to deal with. The house was wonderful. The location, about fine minutes outside of town, meant that it was quiet and peaceful. We thoroughly enjoyed the short walk to see the wonderful sites in Honfleur. Josephine recommended excellent sites and restaurants for our enjoyment. The home was clean and well equipped. We were all able to relax and enjoy the area.
We visited a number of the museums, Juno Beach, the Canadian beach landing site, Ypres, Pegasus Beach and a number of Canadian war cemeteries. We had a one day excursion booked through Lonely Planet of the Canadian WW2 Battlefelds Tour. We were extremely moved to be part of this anniversary. One of our members even got interviewed for Global news (Canada) and was part of a special that the television network produced to commemorate D Day.
Overall, we would highly recommend this home in Honfleur and we believe that you would enjoy working with Josephine.
We had the most wonderful week in Honfleur. The house was gorgeous and even better in reality than the details could convey. It was so clean, fresh and well equipped with beautiful crisp luxurious bedlinen.
The owner provided really helpful information that made navigating our way around Honfleur and finding the best and most delicious fresh food so easy.
The town of Honfluer was enchanting with lots of beautiful and well priced restaurants and shops and our children loved being able to take the short walk into town by themselves.
It is also a great base for touring Normandy. We made a day trip to Paris and visited the Bayeux Tapestry, as well as spending several days just enjoying Honfleur.
Only a 2-hour drive from Paris, Honfleur has the distinctive feature of being both a sea and a river port due to its position between the Seine and the sea. Honfleur is nestled in lovely countryside rich in history and in the countryside are surrounding small villages with their own delightful traditions. Attached to the district of Honfleur are 13 lovely villages to explore. Discover each ones history and specialities from churches dating back to the 12th century to forest adventure circuits, cider producers and distilleries. Visit local farms producing cider, calvados, foie gras, cheeses, apples, pears and redcurrants. Also a must to see and drive over is the architectural masterpiece, the Pont de Normandie, only a 5-minute drive from the house. The view of this bridge from the house is spectacular and particularly dramatic at night when it is lit, with a view of the lights of Honfleur below.
Other Activities: adventure circuit in the woods, cinema, museums, art, Naturospace, a calvados distillery, local farms producing foie gras, cider and cheeses