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Make a Holiday Rental Cottage in Barfleur, France, Your Home Away From Home

Barfleur is a beautiful harbour town located in la Manche départment of Basse-Normandie, a lovely area situated in northwestern France. As the town in which William the Conqueror's ship was built, Barfleur played its part leading up to the Battle of Hastings: the Duke ultimately used the ship to cross the Channel, and claimed the English throne in 1066. Offering visitors the attraction of history and heritage, Barfleur also enjoys a wonderfully laid-back atmosphere, and proffers a range of self-catering rental accommodation. Rustic French cottages, or 'gîtes', can be found nestled both in the town and the surrounding countryside.

Things to Do on Holiday in Barfleur, France

Travellers looking to spend their holidays in Barfleur will find the town perfectly situated for a relaxing break. Less tourist-orientated than many of its neighbouring towns along the English Channel, it's a great choice for those looking to experience a more authentic French lifestyle. Lazing outside one of Barfleur's pretty cafés or restaurants, you can watch fishermen from the harbour as they return with their catch of the day, before enjoying said catch alongside a glass of local cider. Remember to seek out the sheltered coves nearby: there are a number within walking distance, providing the perfect location for a spot of sunbathing or swimming.

Places to Visit on Holiday in Barfleur, France

The 233 foot Gatteville lighthouse, two miles to the north of the town, is the first port of call when arriving in Barfleur. Here, visitors can admire stunning views across the English Channel and the Cotentin coastline, enjoying the peace and serenity so characteristic of the area. There's also a lovely 18th century church dedicated to Mary Magdalene in the town, with a fishermen's cemetery outside. Take a short drive farther along the coast and you'll find the city of Cherbourg. Here, tourists can find a wider choice of amenities and attractions if they so wish, including a cinema and a broader range of shops and restaurants. The Cité de la Mer museum is also worth a visit, specialising in the historical and scientific aspects of maritime life.

Weather in Barfleur, France

Travellers looking to spend their holidays in Barfleur will discover that the town, along with much of the northern coast of France, has a maritime climate. Summers are mild, with temperatures averaging around 22 degrees Celsius, whilst winter temperatures average around 9 to 11 degrees Celsius. Barfleur receives an average annual rainfall of around 25 inches.

Travel to Barfleur, France

Travellers looking to spend their holidays in Barfleur may reach their destination by air or by sea, depending on when they visit. Brittany Ferries will reinstate a daily ferry service from Poole to Cherbourg in March 2013, but there are also summer services from Portsmouth and ferries sailing from Ireland. For those considering flights to the area, the nearest international airport is located close to Rennes, approximately two and a half hour's drive away. Flybe operates regular flights to Rennes-Saint Jacques Airport (RNS) from the UK, from Birmingham (BHX), Edinburgh (EDI), Exeter (EXT), Southampton (SOU) and Manchester (MAN) airports.

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Barfleur Holiday Homes & Cottages (300+)

 

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Very comfortable house

4 of 5
Very comfortable house in a quiet location. House was very clean and well equipped. Ideal location for visiting the Normandy beaches. We had a lovely holiday and would recommend this house.
  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017

A very special seaside retreat

5 of 5
We had a delightful week staying at Joel Kopp's atmospheric and relaxing house by the sea in Montfarville. From the moment we walked through the door we knew that we were in for a very enjoyable time and we were not to be disappointed. Louisa was on hand to greet us and had even baked us a delicious apple cake. She was a great help to us throughout our stay. The house is very comfortable with a large open sitting room, and three spacious bedrooms, two of which overlook the beach and sea. The kitchen is well equipped and there is a good shower room. A special feature is the 15th century fireplace in the sitting room which gives the house a wonderfully historic flavour. We spent a lot of the time sitting on the beach in front of the house, going for walks along the coast, and enjoying the peace and quiet of the house and garden. We will certainly return as it is a very special seaside retreat with a unique atmosphere.
  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017