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Bed and Breakfast In A 17th Century Normandy Farmhouse
Near Saint Lô and the D-Day Landing beaches
1 double bedroom with large en suite bathroom, ideal for 1 or 2 people

Le Cauchais

Le Cauchais is a traditional Normandy farmhouse, restored to a high standard, situated in a very peaceful hamlet, close to the bustling town of Saint Lô within easy distance from Bayeux, Caen and the many museums and beaches of the Normandy Landings in 1944. The house overlooks the peaceful pastures of the Normandy "bocage" and is surrounded by small green lanes, excellent for hiking. As well as a pleasant dining room and a large living room with a fireplace, the outside terrace, overlooking a wildflower garden with trees and a small pond, provides a very attractive area beneath a shady awning, for breakfast or supper. The large double bedroom has a bathroom, a small adjoining dressing room and a lovely view of the countryside.

Although Le Cauchais is situated in peaceful countryside, it is very close to Saint Lô and several excellent restaurants. Normandy is famed for its wonderful cheeses, cider, cream, apples and its traditional cuisine. You can buy many of these things at the local farms where they are made, for picnics or to take back home with you. There are several very good fish restaurants along the coast. The chateau of Balleroy is very near here, owned by the Forbes family and well worth a visit. Bayeux is a very attractive Normandy town, untouched by the ravages of time and home to the famous Bayeux Tapestry. War museums and cemeteries are found all along the coast and for several miles inland - the largest museum is the Memorial at Caen, about 40 minutes drive away, as is the famous Pegasus bridge. Saint Lô is also home of the largest National Stud in France, which can be visited during the week. It also puts on spectacular shows of riding skills from time to time.

The house a typical Normandy farmhouse, built of stone. The guest dining room, which has the stairs to the second floor, leads into the large living room. Most of the furniture is antique, brought from America with some English pieces. The beamed living room has a fireplace, comfortable sofa and chairs, books to read and general information about Normandy. A large television with English channels and board games are also available for guests.

The guest bedroom is large and light, furnished with a double bed, chairs, mirrors and a dressing table and bureau. The en suite bathroom has a bath and hand-held shower, wc, washbasin and fluffy towels. A hairdryer is provided. This in turn leads into a small dressing area with space for hanging clothes.

Breakfast consists of orange juice, a choice of cereals and jams, butter, croissants, French bread, tea, coffee or chocolate.

Dinner is available by request in advance. A sample menu could be: warm goat cheese salad, salmon en croute with vegetables, followed by lemon ice cream, and wine.

The Area

Tennis and golf are available in Saint Lô and the nearest beach is about 30 minutes away by car. You can go walking straight from the house where a country lane begins, which leads to a large network of paths. Most of these lanes are used mainly by tractors, apart from groups of children enjoying riding and the occasional party of ramblers. The lanes are especially pretty in the Spring, as the banks are thickly dotted with primroses and cowslips, followed on by other wild flowers as the year goes on. Horses can be hired at nearby stables and one of the riding instructors is a neighbour of ours and will happy to help and advise on anything you need to know about the bridle paths in the area.

This whole area of Normandy, the Manche and Calvados, was the scene of the D-Day landings and thus there are many fascinating memorials, museums and beaches to visit, all within easy driving distance. It is also fun to drive over to the Cotentin Peninsula on the west coast and visit some of the places there, particularly Granville, standing within its massive ramparts overlooking a wide beach and busy harbour. Further down the coast is the famous Mont St Michel, always worth a visit.

Villedieu-les-Poeles is the place to find wonderful copper pots and pans, while the whole area abounds with abbeys and monasteries, many of whom hold concerts during the Summer. Every town has its market and Saint Lô has a very large one on Saturdays, where it is always fun to browse.

There is an excellent little magazine, which I take that gives all the information one might need for upcoming events, market days and so forth, as well as good restaurant revues.

Travel Information

The nearest airports are Cherbourg ( 75 minutes) or Dinard (2 hours)
with local flights from England.
The nearest international airport is Charles de Gaulle in Paris,
about a two hour drive away.
St Lô is not on an autoroute as such, although the road
down from Cherbourg is largely four-lane.
Fom Caen the autoroute leads on to Rouen, Calais, Paris.
From the Eurotunnel it is about a three and a half hour drive.
Local roads are excellent.
St Lô station is on a direct line to Caen, thence to Paris,
but Lison, about 10 kilometres away,
is on the direct line from Cherbourg to Paris.
Fares are very reasonable and the trains excellent,
comfortable and on time.

Availability Check

Prices and booking information

Double room€60

Price is per room, per night, breakfast included

Linen and towels are of course provided, as are pool towels if needed for visits to the beach.

Dinner on request: 3 courses, wine and coffee - €25 per person

Pets are alas, not accepted, as Raoul the cat
is not keen for visitors on his territory,
although he mostly lives outdoors, being a keen hunter.

A deposit of 60 euros (or the equivalent in pounds sterling) is requested when booking to confirm.

Language(s) spoken:
English and French

To book or for more information please contact
Sarah Worthington

Please mention Vacation France when contacting the owner

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