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B&B a la Bataille de La Fiere
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Londonderry, NH
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5 reviews
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“Excellent hosts, location, ambiance”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Our stay with Vivian and Rodolfe was one we will never forget and we highly recommend. If your expectations are for an experience in the marvelous history of Normandy this is the place to stay. We were a group of 6 family members with age ranges from 19 to 72, with very keen interest in the history of Normandy and WWII. The B & B is lovely, very clean and well maintained, host were so helpful with anything we asked for including special diet needs. The location is very well positioned to make day trips to many of the Normandy historic sites as well.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Toobeah, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Our stay with Vivian and Rudolfe was a high point of our visit to Normandy and St Mere Eglise. We had long planned our trip there and were rewarded so amply in so many ways. V and R are consummate hosts--their knowledge of the area and the very important history that they live amongst is very extensive. The B&B is delightful in every way--furnishings are comfortable, it is clean and well set out. The breakfasts are suitable for every taste and requirement and it is great to come down and sit and chat with V and R and the others staying there from all parts of the globe. Walking over the Bridge was so poignant--realising that so much that was so important had occurred right there where we stood. The memorial to "IronMike" just across the way and the lovely countryside was its own reward. A most beautiful piece of France. We learned so much--would love to return, but Australia is so far away. We would like to welcome V and R to our part of the world one day!

Room Tip: we stayed in the 82nd Airborne Suite--ample room for a family. well set out and quite private.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Estes Park, Colorado
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

As a former airborne paratrooper with the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, our trip to beautiful Normandie was thought to be a trip back in time to discover first hand the incredible roll the airborne assets played in the Normandie invasion. What we did not anticipate was the historic reality of medieval history staying in a structure built in 1180 AD made available to us in a warm and impeccably maintainted home setting.Whether it was farm fresh eggs, fresh baked breads, tomatoes from the resident garden, local cheeses, authentic French wine, abundant fresh fruit, we were treated everyday to the very essence of country French living.
It was an awsome experience to sit on the bank of the Merderet River on a sunny peaceful afternoon in the shadow of Iron Mike and contemplate the price paid for our freedom. Freedom is never free.
All this emotional impact was embedded in warm relationship with Vivian and Rudolphe who shared with us this experience and knew when to laugh with us and when to let us contemplate the moment. We now can truly say we have "life friends" in Europe.
And as special treat for us canine lovers, you may occasionally be blessed with a wagging tail greeting from Chloe and Viking.

Room Tip: Pick a WW II airborne fighting unit you know something about.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Estes Park, Colorado
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Our journey to Normandy was a journey long overdue. Indeed, it was more of a pilgrimage to stand in reverent awe at the magnitude of the endeavors undertaken there and the sacrifices that our allied warriors made to fulfill the noble missions begun on D-Day --- June 6, 1944. When the feet of American paratroopers first touched French soil shortly after midnight on that fateful day, one of their first objectives was to secure the seemingly modest, but vital, Lafiere bridge spanning the Merderet River. Adjacent to the bridge were a Manor House and barn long-since commandeered and manned by German fighters. The ensuing struggle to liberate the bridge and its surroundings was fierce and costly. But, by dawn, this unique parcel of French real estate became some of the first square meters of the European continent to be "liberated." Today that barn, standing just a stone's throw from the Merderet River and the lovely La Fiere bridge that spans it, is the B&B a la Bataille de La Fiere. How can you come closer to the heart of the story of Normandy than this? Your hosts, Vivan and Rudolphe Roger, are the perfect host and hostess. Their establishment is as first-class as it is historic. Their knowledge of the history in which you are immersed is immense. They can sense when you want to heartily engage in your surroundings and your fellow travelers --- and when you wish to disengage for a time and just reflect. Vivian's fabulous morning repast (in fulfilment of the "Breakfast" part of "B&B") is announced by Rudolphe's tires on gravel outside as croissants, fresh from the village bakery, arrive still piping hot. Absolutely everything has been thought of as pertains to the needs of the visitor to make one feel totally welcome and at home! I cannot imagine a more-perfect spot from which to try to experience, absorb, and comprehend the story that is Normandy! Give Vivian and Rudolphe a hug from us when you arrive.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Hershey
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34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2013

Vivian and Rudolphe have hosted our tour groups, as many as 40 travelers, since 2009, for midday light fare as well as a full lunch. I've booked individual clients to stay at La Fiere.... who return home and tell me how grateful they are that I recommended La Fiere B & B. The Rogers love hosting guests, from preparing regional cuisine to sharing stories of historical significance, particularly from the D-Day invasion of Normandy in June, 1944. I only wish the property could accommodate 40 for a few nights! Fantastic hosts, wonderfully restored stone barn providing private bathrooms, beautiful linens, and lovely views of the Merderet River and surrounding pastures. Always included in our "Band of Brothers" tours!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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LaFiere, Owner at B&B a la Bataille de La Fiere, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Our dear Specialty Tours friends are some of our most loyal and gracious return guests. Three to four different groups come to us each year since we opened in 2009. We clicked with the owners of this company upon first meeting when they were scouting the area with a pre-tour. It has been a wonderful win-win business exchange and developing friendship since our first "hi ya'll". We thank the team with all our hearts for sharing these kind words with our public. And we look forward to more of the same this year. It is worthy to note that they usually arrive with a few WW2 veterans in tow, as well as other more recent era veterans. We feel very honored in their presence and are very pleased to serve them. Their historian and guide is one of the latter. We can provide similar services for other groups who may be interested. Just get in touch with us and we can discuss your needs. All our best, Vivian & Rodolphe
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Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

The minute I stepped through the door, I was welcomed like family. This is the absolute perfect place to stay to get away from it all and discover the history of the Normandy region. Vivian and Rodolphe are incredible hosts and made me feel so comfortable throughout my stay. The rooms are all unique and inviting, the breakfast is amazing, and the area is so peaceful and right in the middle of D-Day history. I plan to bring a large group back in a few months because the location and hospitality simply cannot be matched.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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LaFiere, Owner at B&B a la Bataille de La Fiere, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
It is such a JOY for us to receive such appreciating guests. People open their own world of pleasures and treasures by recognizing what is available to them and giving something in return. We accept with great pleasure your gift of kind words, your recognition of our labor to guard the memories of history, and your willingness to share it with us and others. We invite others to come share the experiences with us. We look forward to this group coming to stay with us in June to commemorate the 69th anniversary of D-Day 1944. Vivian & Rodolphe
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Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

We stayed with our family (6 adults) over the holidays & it was wonderful! Vivian & Rodolphe were the perfect hosts & it was a pleasure getting to know them. We had 4 people stay in the 82nd airborne suite & 2 in the yellow room. Both rooms were immaculately clean & tastefully decorated. Breakfast was delicious with a great variety...crepes the first morning & scrambled eggs with potatoes along with breads, cereals, yogurts, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, juices. It is the perfect place to stay for exploring the historic WWII D-Day sites & for those who would appreciate a beautifully restored 12th century home!

  • Stayed December 2012
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LaFiere, Owner at B&B a la Bataille de La Fiere, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
Dear family K, we thank you for all your kind words and for sharing them with our readers. You are a wonderful example of the type of guests that we prefer to stay with us. You have kind social graces for your hosts and respect for this old home ; joy of life for everyone around you as well as for yourselves ; and reverence for the memories of the battles that took place here. You deserve honor and valor for the service you provide to our country. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we hope to see you again, V & R
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Property: B&B a la Bataille de La Fiere
Address: 14 la Fiere, 50480 Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France
Location: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Manche > Sainte-Mere-Eglise
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Sainte-Mere-Eglise
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facing la fiere bridge crossing the merderet river, our bed and breakfast is the converted ww2 barn where the battle of Normandy began on 6 June 1944!! Located in the triangle of the three designated 82nd Airborne Division drop zones, 3km due west of Ste. Mère-Eglise, and 15km from Utah Beach in Normandy, France. Originally a grain mill built in 1180. Now, a quality guest home providing five guest bedrooms and American-French breakfast. We are NOT a HOTEL!!! ... more   less 
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