A peaceful self-catering property sleeping 12 is located an easy drive (25 km) from Cherbourg. If you come from Caen, it's less than two hours.
The large kitchen/dining room with dual aspect has all the usual facilities - cooker, microwave, dishwasher, with a separate utility room for washing and drying clothes and an extra refrigerator. A stone fireplace in the sitting room and three sofas makes a cosy focal point for games and music.
Two large attic bedrooms, each with a double bed and one or more singles, share a shower room. Two further double bedrooms each with a king size bed and a single bed on the first floor share a bathroom. A small curtained area offers a further bed (small double suitable for short and/or thin people only!) and there is a third toilet and shower room downstairs.
One of the barns contains snooker, table tennis and football table and a dart board. The garden is large and surrounds the house with several levels and so you can find sun or shade somewhere all year round. A portable barbecue, tables and chairs mean you can always find a spot to eat outdoors. This makes it an ideal holiday house for family and friends to gather together.
Because it's a rural setting surrounded by old farm buildings, there are barn owls living in one and their fledglings can often be seen in the spring, along with blue tits, pied wagtails, swifts and swallows. We have nesting boxes dotted about so you never know what you might see in the garden. If you venture south to the Cotentin National park, there are dozens of migratory birds to be spotted in the marshes.
With hardly any urban lighting, the area is perfect for star gazing. The Ludiver Observatory and Planetarium just beyond Cherbourg is a great day out too.
The farmhouse is 10 minutes from sandy beaches with rock pools and the busy fishing port and sailing marina of St Vaast la Hougue. Plenty of shops and restaurants are five minutes away in Quettehou. Sailing and sea kayaking, tennis and horse riding is available nearby. The Val de Saire is verdant and the quiet roads and rolling hills make ideal cycling routes - cycles can be hired locally or brought across easily on the ferry. Fishing permits for the Saire are possible - please ask.
Come to visit the Normandy landing beaches 30 minutes drive away and further afield Caen, St Lo, Carentan and Mont St Michel are all worth a visit; for walking and cycling, the wild and remote Cap de la Hague is alluring; wide acres of sandy beaches in Barneville Carteret on the west coast and great restaurants serving locally caught fish and seafood are everywhere. This area is ideal for medieval abbeys and cathedrals; quiet lanes; 'panoramique' views of the coast from La Pernelle and a bygone age of family get togethers without television and personal devices, although we do now have the internet for those of you who can't manage without it!
Drive the scenic coast road (D116) from Cherbourg to Barfleur, the port from which William of Normandy set sail to conquer Britain; it still has a handsome harbour, now filled with fishing boats and plenty of eateries. Follow the coast south to the sailing mecca of Saint-Vaast-la-Hogue. Wander along the seafront, investigate the art galleries and shops - don't miss the Saturday morning market - and take the amphibious bus/boat out through the expanse of oyster beds to Ile Tatihou. Here you'll find a grassy, breezy island of giant gulls, impressive Vauban fortifications, and an interesting small museum highlighting the Battle of La Hogue off this coast in 1692 – in which the British fleet was victorious. Book the crossing in advance from Accueil Tatihou.
Golf: The nearest golf course is 15 minutes from the property at the sea resort of Fontenay -sur-Mer (Links course) with outstandingly well maintained greens and a challenging course for the most seasoned player. There is a second course 25 minutes away in Cherbourg.