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Our party comprised two sisters and their husbands. Two of our fathers came ashore in Normandy in 1944 and we were here to find out more about their stories.
Thierry and his wife greeted us warmly and showed us round the little terraced house . It had everything we needed for self catering, an indoor table and another in the sunny courtyard garden. Although the kitchen area is tiny it is well laid out and is equipped with plenty of utensils, cookware, cutlery and tableware. The lounge/diner has comfy seating for 4.
Upstairs the bedrooms are comfortable although the smaller of the two is rather cramped.
The shower is efficient with constant hot water the and shower room is surprisingly spacious.
The downside is the toilet which is downstairs. Stairs which creak badly and this was a considerable disadvantage in the night!
The house really is close to the stunning expanse of sandy beach where Coleville Montgomery meets Ouistreham. The cycle path and promenade stretch in both directions along the coast.
We had come to follow in the footsteps of our fathers who landed on DDay at Gold and DDay +1 on Sword.
The property was a perfect holiday home for this and we explored not only the famous landmarks and memorials but also the countryside beyond where battles and skirmishes were fought to secure the foothold which led to freedom in Europe. With Field Marshall Montgomery at the nearby crossroads we were in good company and spent a fruitful, yet moving week in number 43.
One helpful addition would be a DVD player - we had wanted to watch ‘The Longest Day’ !
We had a lovely week at Hermanville sur mer. We were met by Sylviane who was lovely from start to finish. The town itself was rather quiet, although this suited us as we went out cycling each day. The house was lovely and accommodated a family of 8 well, although the lounge seating wasn't quite adequate for a group of our size. The garden was a very generous size, with parking for two vehicles off the road within the grounds: we had problems with the electric gates which meant they needed manually locking and unlocking.... Not a huge problem though! Juno beach was a short car ride away and the cycle paths from the beach were first class. As property manager, Sylviane was incredibly helpful, even offering to drive to the port as we were waiting to board the ferry in order to hand over medication we had left behind, a truly lovely lady.