I stayed here in this quiet out of the way country chateau B&B a stones throw from the village of Sainte-Mere-Eglise (US 101st Airborne country) and Omaha Beach for 4 nights after arriving in from Paris CDG airport by car. The ride in to the the B&B off the motorway takes you either through Sainte'-Mere-Eglise (per the GPS) OR if you prefer through the village of Sainte'-Marie-Du-Mont (my preference:)). Along the road you pass along many a hedge rows (which in many cases seperate adjoining farmland) while very beautiful during the day can be very vexing to drive through at dusk as it becomes very dark and hard to see almost as if one is in a darken tunnel. It is hard to believe D-Day raged on through out this picturesque area....you can almost imagine the hearing the "clickers" the airborne use to identify friend from foe. I arrived before dusk:) to a two story manor house which was very welcoming from the inside out and is surrounded by a stone wall and many trees with an wrought iron gate to the driveway. Upon arrival, Pascal and his wife greeted me at the door and I was escorted outside to the backyard to enjoy a glass of cider to relax from a long journey which began by air from Hamburg, Germany. All the rooms are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the manor accessible by the "turret" styled staircase through a large wooden door. My room was on the 2nd floor and faced the front of the house off the driveway. The room was very nicely furnished and includes original hardwood flooring. the Bath is quite large and includes a walk in shower. The rooms themselves do not have a TV, but one can be found in the 1st floor living area (BUT what would you need of one really with so much to explore in the region right)?;) A complimentary breakfast is served each morning also down in 1st floor living area and includes all sorts of specialty teas, coffees, cereals, pastries, juices and regional jams for toast. Pascal, my gracious host, informed me of the history of the home. The manor is original to the area and I think was built back in the 14th century if I am not mistaken. It survived the WWII including the Normandy invasion landings in which the whole area experienced much damage from shelling and aerial bombings. The manor is not far from the landing beaches of Utah Beach, as well as a few short miles to both St. Mere Eglise and Saint Marie du Mont. These villages close up early in the evening adn do not have much in the way of what a larger city might provide. Thus a 15 min drive into Carentan serves all purposes of whatever your need might be. Other ares of interest include Omaha Beach and the American Cemetary at Colleville-sur-Mur (see in the beginning of Saving Private Ryan) 25 min. The 101st Airborne Museum (the church in the square has a replica of an airborne soldier hanging by its parachute honoring John Steele) - village centre of St. Mere Eglise 10 min. Brecourt Manor - a memorial plaque next to farmland now occupied by cows where Capt. Dick Winters led elements of 101st Easy Company in capturing a stronghold of German 88mm guns firing on Utah Beach - 5 min.
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- What about discovering le Cotentin in Normandy? Our XVI century Manor House is an excellent base from which to explore the attractions of the area. It’s within easy – driving distance of the D.Day Landing Beaches, Bayeux and Le Mont St Michel. Our Manor is nestled in a very quiet country setting surrounded by gardens where you can relax on a summer evening. Our rooms have been decorated to create an intimate atmosphere: refined but relaxed, combining charm and comfort. ... more less
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