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Large rural family house for relaxing walks, birdwatching & Normandy beaches

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday farmhouse in La Pernelle - Fanoville farmhouse

Farmhouse near beaches, sleeps 12 with games room, log fire and large garden.

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.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Sarah Chambers
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
20 October, 2016

About Sarah Chambers

We bought this house with our friends when our children (6 between us) were quite young so that we'd always have a property to holiday in together. Now they have all grown up they now visit with their friends and maybe one day with their own families.

Sarah Chambers purchased this farmhouse in 2003

Why Sarah Chambers chose Manche

We like sailing and found the region on a trip. It's easy to reach from the UK so we can visit often and we love the regional cuisine of fish, shellfish, apples, cider and dairy produce. Getting together with friends was important so the accomodation was flexible enough to allow various configurations of groups to get together and still find peace and quiet in the garden.

What makes this farmhouse unique

We love coming down the drive and through the archway onto the drive in front of the house - it feels like home and a holiday at the same time. We like the fact that it transports us back to a time remembered of family games and interaction before individual consoles and smart phones enabled children to inhabit their own worlds.


based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

Large rural family house for relaxing walks, birdwatching & Normandy beaches
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Warwickshire, England

Our fabulous holiday at Fanoville

  • 5 of 5

We spent a fantastic week in the farmhouse in May 2009.

The location is absolutely perfect: away from it all, but at the same time, close to beaches, supermarkets and some lovely restaurants ( we especially enjoyed the 'moules et frites' at Barfleur and St.Vaast).

We were 3 adults, 2 grandparents and 4 teenagers, and I can honestly say that there was something for everyone at Fanoville!! The teenagers, who normally spend most of their time on the computer at home, were happy playing in the games room, followed by hide and seek, followed by boules or croquet on the lawn!! The adults were more than happy to enjoy a bbq in the beautiful garden in the Normandy sunshine!

The house is in an ideal situation to explore some of the historic sights of Normandy. The landing beaches are an absolute must, and a bit further afield is Mont St.Michel, which was worth the day-trip.

The facilities in the house are perfect and every need has been carefully considered! We actually felt that the photos did not do justice to the house or garden, and we were not expecting it to be as charming as it was!!

We would whole-heartedly recommend this house to any group of family or friends. You will definitely not be disappointed!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2009
  • Date of Stay: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for pointing out how children are transformed when there is no television or internet connection for a week - it's amazing what a games cupboard and the extra barn enables them to get together to do!
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Country and seaside for all the family.

  • 5 of 5

This is an ideal holiday property for a large, extended family. The garden is paradise for children, having flat and sloping areas, trees, long and short grass and a 'jungle' leading down to a stream.

The barn has table tennis, pool and table football. Plenty there for endless tournaments!

For families, there is the all important laundry area with washing machine and dryer.

There are enough bathrooms to avoid queuing and room for 12 people at the table in the kitchen.

This is a quiet part of France and the nearby town of St Vaast la Hougue is a typical French town with Saturday market, some interesting shops, a busy harbour and marina and the starting point for the trip across to the Ile Tatihou.

A little further afield are the WW2 landing beaches with their associated museums and memorials.

The local beach has fantastic rock pools teeming with crabs and other sea creatures. There is good sand for the bucket and spade brigade and although it is never as hot as the Med, we have managed to swim most days!

We love this place and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Liz, I'm glad you like the house and the much underrated area in La Manche for family holidays.
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Leamington Spa

Relaxing Easter Break

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a Family break for a week at Easter 2009. This is a beautiful Farmhouse in a very peaceful setting. The gardens are lovely & the Farmhouse spacious & very well equipped. The house was warm, clean & well maintained. I would recommend this to friends & family alike. The location close to the Normandy coastline means there are plenty of opportunities to visit beaches & fishing villages, St Vaast & Barfleur two of the nearest.

There are plenty of good resturants/bistros & lovely markets in nearby towns/villages.

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: That's what we have aimed to achieve - no television or internet means families can communicate and enjoy each other's company for a quiet break from modern living.
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Fantastic family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We spent a fabulous 2 weeks during the summer in this delightful 17th century farmhouse that has been tastefully updated and boasts all the modern amenities that a family need. The house has loads of character and is tucked away in a peaceful hamlet named Fanoville. The property has a number of beautiful barns one of which hosts the games room equipped with table football, table tennis, pool, darts etc. The garden has plenty of sun traps and is beautiful.

Locally there is the village of St Vaast and the lovely sea port of Barfleur. Both have great local restaurants and beaches as well as being working ports landing all manner of fresh fish. The area specialises in mussels and oysters which are a must for any shell fish enthusiast,

Close to these locations is the village of Reiville with the adjoining hamlet of Joinville which boasts the only south facing beach in Normandy and is truly beautiful. It also hosts a beach side bar for thirsty people.

Beyond that one can horse ride on the beach, canoe, play tennis and should the weather let you down you can visit the swimming pools in Cherbourg which is around 25 mins away.

All in all our children ad my parents had a fabulous holiday and we have no hesitation in recommending the area and this lovely farmhouse

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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New Forest

Holiday in Normandy

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week with 3 families staying here in Aug 2008 - the games room was great for all the boys, the kitchen is very well equipped, garden was lovely and plenty of room for all. The local beaches are beautiful, we loved the market in St Vaast (and cooking the purchases to eat outside that lunchtime) and cycling out to the Normandy beaches was a really good day out.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Super location

  • 5 of 5

Nous avions loué le gîte pour 3 jours (14 adultes + 2 enfants) et avons passé un magnifique week-end.

A l’intérieur, le gîte est très bien entretenu et confortable. Nous n'avons manqué de rien. Très grand, il peut contenir sans aucun problème plus de 12 adultes (jusqu'à 17 ou 18 je dirais : le grenier est utilisé comme une très grande chambre dortoir et dispose de nombreux lits, ainsi que d'une douche et WC).

Entouré d'un grand jardin et disposant d'une grange de jeux (babyfoot, billard, ping-pong, panier de basket, etc...), impossible de s'ennuyer entre amis ou famille. Le jardin entourant la maison est sans vis-à-vis, et permet donc de profiter du soleil dans le calme et la tranquillité.

Le barbecue à disposition est suffisamment grand pour que tous les adultes puissent profiter des grillades, même à plus de 12.

La situation du gîte est parfaite : à 5min du supermarché et de Quettehou, à 10min de la plage en voiture, et à moins de 20min de Barfleur, tout gardant la tranquillité de la campagne.

En résumé, nous avons tous passé un très agréable week-end et c'est sans hésitation que je recommande ce gîte à tous les vacanciers qui souhaitent passer un week-end ou des vacances au calme prêt de la plage !

Merci à Sarah et Fabienne qui ont fait tout leur possible pour rendre ce séjour le plus agréable possible !

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Quettehou & St Vaast la Hougue
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The farmhouse is near the sailing centre of St Vaast la Hougue and the plus beau village de France, Barfleur, which make lovely days out sampling the local seafood and Norman cuisine. It is close to Utah beach, Montebourg and St Mere Eglise, famous for the Normandy landings in June 1944.

La Pernelle features a a grotto in the cliffs and panoramic views over the sea. The nearest town (3km) has all the shops you will need and a weekly market.

The area is famous for seafood, especially shellfish, along with the Norman specialities of apples and cream.

The bird watching marshes are a few miles to the south and the towns of Carentan, Coutance and Bayeaux are within easy reach. Mont St Michel is a day trip from La Pernelle. The nearest beach is 10 minutes away at Jonville where you can swim, sail, kayak, windsurf, horse ride or play in the sand and rock pools. Fantastic wide beaches of the west coast are 45 minutes away.

Cycling is easy and you can rent bikes in nearby Quettehou.

Other Activities: sand yachting, sea kayaking, canoeing


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in La Pernelle, Cherbourg area

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early Spring 2017
4 Mar 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Easter 2017
8 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late spring 2017
29 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £90

The 25% payment on booking is non-refundable. The balance should be paid 45 days before the holiday is due to start.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in La Pernelle in Lower Normandy

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 is a spacious family bathroom. The second is a shower room on the top floor. The 3rd shower room is on the ground floor off the utility room.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 3 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , small double to suit slim/shorter people or single person
  • Although there are flexible sleeping arrangements to sleep up to 16 if dormitory style sleeping is acceptable, there is only dining space for 12, so we normally recommend that as the maximum. Bedrooms 3 and 4 are in the attic up steep stairs so not suitable for the elderly or very young. They can be used as dormitories or to sleep family groups, if preferred. Bedroom five is an annexe from the main bedroom, separated by a curtain and contains a small double bed which is slightly shorter than average - it's ideal for a lady and has a very comfortable mattress. The 4 main rooms are large and spacious, with a double or king size and at least one single bed in each. There are additional fold out single beds available. There are chests of drawers for clothing, hanging pegs and a large wardrobe on the landing. A travel cot is available but you need to bring a foam mattress and bedding for this.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
There is a snooker/pool table, table tennis, table football and darts in the barn, which has lighting and electric points, but no heating. There are sand toys and a cupboard of games and selection of books in the house. Although the top floor would not be suitable for either very young or elderly or infirm, the rest of the house is suitable, although not adapted for wheelchair users. the garden is large and private with plenty of scope for running round, football or games. The garden is surrounded by fields and along a very quiet road. Dogs are welcome but the garden is hedged rather than fenced, so it may prove not to be secure for young dogs. Linen and towels are provided. We try to have spices and basics like sugar, flour, tea bags, coffee filters, bin bags, cling film, loo roll etc so you don't have to haul them with you.

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