|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Les Cavées, end-on to the road, with double gates, has a courtyard in front of it, with a charming area for outside meals or aperitifs. Beyond is the peaceful garden/orchard, surrounded by hedges and trees. The furthest of the two doors is main entrance, there are two staircases. The far end was always used for human habitation, the near for animals. The 'hay loft' now 'Grande Salle' ( no extra heating) for further sitting/dining/games use, with timbered, pitched roof; great for a party! The living/dining room has a cosy wood burner, & Radio-CD-MP3. [NB NO TV or DVD]. Through the kitchen, is the sitting room, with an open fire, and family games, old and new. Next, the games room with full-sized table tennis, great for hysterical off-the-wall ping-pong! Rear corridor to WC and back door, beyond which is a laundry room. Bedrooms 1 and 2 share the main bathroom; open stairs to the loft 'dormitory' with shower and separate WC.
Les Cavees is well placed for exploring the story of the Allies D-Day 'Overlord' campaign. There are numerous excellent WW2 museums and memorials. A 'stele' was recently commemorated in the village to recognise a local tragedy.
Many impressive chateaux, churches and abbeys throughout the area, Mont St Michel being most famous. Numerous museums celebrate the history, arts and crafts of La Manche. There are many guide books in the house, to inspire you.
Nature and Animal Parks and gardens to visit; magnificent aquarium at Cite de la Mer in Cherbourg. Boat trips to the Channel Islands or on the R.Douve; Train Trips from Carteret to Portbail. Canoeing at St Sauveur le Vicomte.
Bayeux & the Tapestry 30 mins away. Memorial in Caen. Haras/equine stud St Lo
To the south-east of the peninsula are the hills, rocks and gorges of the 'Suisse-Normande'
Interesting geology; Fossil Museum nearby, at 'La Carrière'
Lush farmland, rich local cuisine. Lengthy coastline, sandy beaches to west, ports, delicious seafood.
Les Cavees has been described as 'more a home than a gite'. The deliberate lack of television has been appreciated by many families, over the years; they have enjoyed making their own entertainment, playing games, and exploring. Ping-pong competitions! PIN-coded WiFi will be available, from 2016.
Other Internet access, is available at the Office de Tourisme, and 'Le Biscuit' in Ste Mere Eglise. The latter has delicious coffee and patisserie.
Details of 'How to find the House' can be sent by email or post if requested.
Near Ferry Ports of Cherbourg and Caen/Ouistreham. Easy reach of all D-Day Beaches. Very friendly locals.
The property is a typical Norman stone house.
Although we have considered installing WiFi, after some research we have decided to remain a 'digital detox' area. To this end we read, listen to CDs, and play board games and ping-pong, to reconnect with a slower, more peaceful pace of life. For those who simply cannot exist without access to the internet, there is free Wifi provision at the Tourist Information Centre and 'Le Biscuit' café, both in Ste Mère Eglise
The Grande Salle is a splendid place for music. However in summer, when you fling open the windows, please consider the neighbours.
It was lovely! Couldn't have been better. Your home is beautiful, and we both fell in love wit Normandy
Les Cavées was a cozy, beautiful home for our warm August family holiday in Normandy (two parents, two children). The house was very well-equipped and organized and charmingly decorated as well. We enjoyed the cheese, bread and wine of France, many evenings in the large peaceful garden, and visited many World War II museums and memorials, as well as the beaches, as the location of Les Cavées is optimal. Overall a very positive experience that we will most likely repeat!
This was our second visit to Les Cavees. We had a lovely time walking around the peaceful village, reading and relaxing in the beautiful garden and just enjoying the magical french country side.
The house itself is very cozy and yet very spacious for family and friends' gatherings. In winter time you can also sit and relax by the wood-burner in one room or open fire in another.
I am definitely planning to go back and visit Les Cavees!
Just go and ENJOY! and take your loved ones with you!
This is not our first time in Fresville, indeed we first sampled the house in 1993 and have been regular visitors ever since.
We have always loved the tranquillity and sense of warmth of this particular house and upon entering it always feels like coming home. We came with two friends for a four night break and to experience once again the emotional pull of the Normandy beaches and all the recent improvements carried out by the owners. The kitchen has been transformed with new worktops, sink, shelves and redecoration and while keeping the rustic feel is a joy to work in. In addition the two new external doors add light, stop draughts and are finished in a shade of green that is in keeping with the rest of the house. Too many improvements to mention since 1993. We were also very lucky with the weather, March with barely any rain but bright and suny almost every day. There is always so much to do in this part of France and for anyone remotely interested in D Day, food, French markets, wine, long walks on empty beaches or just falling asleep while reading in front of the woodburner this the place to come.
We all loved this spot and wish we could have stayed longer. It is very well equipped and feels more like a home than a vacation rental. Everything we could possibly want was there. With two teenagers, we worried about the lack of internet and TV, but the kids couldn't wait to get back in the evening to play ping pong or a board game or badminton outside. The location is very convenient for visiting the D-Day beaches and Mont-St. Michel is worth a visit. The house is close enough to Ste.-Mere-Eglise for convenient grocery shopping, but we also loved listening for the bread truck to stop in front of the house. We have nothing negative to say about this charming house and would love to visit again (but this time for longer!) We loved looking through the owner's photo album to watch how this lovely house was restored by the owners.
This will be our 6th visit to this lovely place and we cant wait till next july.Les Cavess is such a relaxing place .We came with friends and they loved the house,they want to return with us next yearThe garden is looking really nice this year and we spent most nights just sipping our G&T. Thankyou to Andrew and Penny for sharing their wonderful home with us
This is a beautifully apportioned house situated in the sleepy village of Fresville. The house and grounds are spacious and can easily accommodate a large family group in comfort. Fresville is located just north of St. Mere Eglise (Airborne Museum) and within easy reach of all of the key D-Day historic sites. If you are interested in the historic events of June 1944 then this house offers an ideal base.
Whilst WWII was the focus of our holiday, the Contentin (Cherbourg) peninsula is a stunningly beautiful part of the world with loads of things to see and do for all of the family. Cite de la Mer in Cherbourg was a hit with the children as was spending time on the nearby beaches.
This house has its minor eccentricities, but they all speak to its charm and character. I would wholeheartedly recommend it as a place to stay. Indeed we plan to return.
The village of Fresville rises above the local Nature Reserve, [see below], and is surrounded by farmland and orchards, criss-crossed by quiet lanes. Central on the Peninsula, you are never far from a coast; rugged cliffs, sandy stretches or the famous D-Day Beaches; and charming little ports, such as Portbail, Carteret, Barfleur, St. Vaast la Hougue and Carentan. Visit colourful markets, or ancient Abbeys and Cathedrals, such as Mont St Michel, or see the fascinating tapestry in Bayeux, or visit Monet's Garden at Giverny, near Vernon.
The Parc Régionale Naturel du Cotentin et du Bessin is a conservation area, with bird sanctuaries and beautiful marshes. One can explore at leisure by taking a boat trip on the river Douve or, more energetically, hire a bicycle.
Of enduring interest is Normandy's more recent history, well told by the many moving WW2 museums and memorials. German soldiers were billeted in Les Cavées, which was also used as one of the forges in the village during the Occupation. The American 82nd and 101th Airborne parachuted into the area on D-Day. The extraordinary tales of heroism and sacrifice are well documented in numerous museums; we particularly recommend the Airborne Museum at Ste Mère, Arromanches with its 360° cinema, and the British Airborne Museum at Pegasus Bridge.Also the extraordinary Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum in Bayeux and the thought-provoking 'Memorial' in Caen. In addition to the stunning American Cemetery at Omaha, there have been notable improvements to the Visitors' Centre; also the Canadian Memorial for Juno Beach (Courseulles-sur- Mer). Sainte Mère Eglise, with its iconic model of John Steele hanging by parachute from the church, is a mere 3 miles away from Fresville. Also nearby is the statue of 'Iron Mike', and the memorial to the battle at the bridge at La Fière. A large part of the early story of Band of Brothers took place in this area. The German Cemeteries at La Cambe and Orglandes are particularly moving; so many young men lost in such a desperate cause.
The Pays d'Auge in Calvados, is a renowned cheese-making centre. The rich pastoral traditions of the area are represented in a number of Agricultural museums, some with cheese or cider tasting. There are endless opportunities for all kinds of rural activities such as walking, cycling, horse riding, sailing, canoeing, beach-combing, bird-watching and fine golf courses. The nearest is at Fontenay-sur-Mer, but see below for others.
Other Activities: Canoeing. Cite de la Mer in Cherbourg (see below) National Stud in St Lo, Horse Riding at Saint-Martin-d'Audouville,& at Les Ecuries de la Gare,
Golf: Golf de Fontenay, Ravenoville. 9 holes links course: also, further away, Omaha Golf 3 x 9 holes, Barneville Carteret 9 hole (soon to be 18) and Agon-Coutainville, near Coutances, 18 hole.
La Cité de la Mer, housed in the Art Deco former transatlantic passenger terminal in Cherbourg, offers an impressive mixture of science and entertainment. There are a number of themed aquaria, the largest of which, 'The Abyssal Tank' is one of Europe's deepest aquariums. It is also possible to visit Le Redoutable, France's first nuclear-powered submarine, which was actually built in Cherbourg. There is a new permanent Titanic exhibition to commemorate the 100 years since she called into Cherbourg on the first leg of her ill-fated journey.
For the even more adventurous, there is sand-yachting and para-windsurfing.
WiFi is available at the Information Centre, and at 'Le Biscuit', in Ste. Mère Eglise. We deliberately do NOT have TV, but do have Radio/ CD/ MP3.
Or you could just relax with a glass of wine (or should we say 'cidre' in this area! )
From 2017, Bedlinen, Towels, and Kitchen Towels are INCLUDED FREE with your payment. Also included is final Cleaning, but we hope and trust that you will leave the house clean and tidy; it makes the Changeovers easier.
Whereas we hope the 10% discount on Brittany Ferries will be helpful to those of you who plan to travel with them, we are mindful that the prices for weekend travel can be rather painful, especially during the High Season. WE THEREFORE OFFER A FLEXIBLE CHANGEOVER DAY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, so that you can benefit from any lower rates available.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Rates vary according to numbers and season. Please double-check with owner to confirm. Rates from 3 Sept 2016 to 3 Mar 2017 are Standard Rate. Bed-linen available at £4.00 per person. This does not include towels or drying-up cloths, [EXCEPT for those arriving in France / Europe by AIRPLANE.]
Please discuss with us if you wish to bring a dog. We are experienced owners and would expect others to be just as responsible?
Larger parties can consider using the large garden for camping, or use the two futons in the Grande Salle. Please discuss it with us.
Property left only returned at your expense.