House in La Pernelle, Manche, Normandy, France
Hibou Blance Is An Extremely Comfortable, Superbly Well Equipped, Granite Built House, Stunning Hillside Location Overlooking The Fortified Harbour Town Of St Vaast La Hougue, Sleeps 10 (3 Bedrooms + large bedrooom inAnnexe)
Unique rural situation, with stunning sea views, and 17th century towers, set in delightful countryside. Courtyard entrance to the main buildings, garden, orchard. Perfect for barbeque. Viewing terrace. Annexe building with large family room and games room. Close to picturesque harbour of Barfleur and St. Vaast-la-Hougue marina with fishing port and oyster beds. Sandy beaches, good for children + watersports (sailing, windsurfing, kayaking). Tennis. 2 golf courses nearby, riding, country walks. Sights include Normandy Landing beaches and museums, Bayeux Tapestry (1 hour), Mont Saint Michel, medieval towns, Norman churches and cathedrals, etc. 5 mins to supermarket and local markets most days. La Pernelle is 15 miles from Cherbourg port, 70 minutes from Caen and 6 autoroute hours from the Channel Tunnel.
|Rental Period||Per Night||Per Week||Per Month||Min. Stay (Nights)|
|12 April 2013 - 26 April 2013||GBP 500.00||7|
|26 April 2013 - 24 May 2013||GBP 1250.00||7|
|24 May 2013 - 6 September 2013||GBP 1350.00||7|
|6 September 2013 - 27 September 2013||GBP 1250.00||7|
|27 September 2013 - 25 October 2013||GBP 1000.00||7|
|25 October 2013 - 1 November 2013||GBP 1150.00||7|
|1 November 2013 - 20 December 2013||GBP 500.00||7|
|20 December 2013 - 10 January 2014||GBP 1350.00||7|
|10 January 2014 - 31 January 2014||GBP 500.00||7|
Notes on prices
Off Peak Pricing:£500 per week for two people. £50 per extra person.
Changeover day is negotiable. Mid-week is usually preferred. Arrival time is usually 4pm and departure is usually 10am to allow for cleaning.
Bedroom 1 with double bed.
Bedroom 2 with double bed.
Bedroom 3 with double bed.
Bedroom 4 (in annexe) with double bed and 2 large single beds.
Bathroom with bath, bidet, etc shared by bedrooms 1 and 2.
Bedroom 3 (downstairs) has en-suite bathroom with shower and bidet.
Bedroom 4 has bathroom with shower and bidet.
Godet range cooker with double oven and barbeque grill and 4 hobs, large fridge with freezer, dishwasher, double sink, microwave, kettle, steamer, toaster, etc.
Washing machine and tumbler dryer, Dublin basin, ice machine, iron and board, vacuum cleaner.
Downstairs living room with elm refectory table (seats 10), settle, rocking chair, log-burning stove. Bose sound system. Upstairs sitting room with large wood burning fire in stone mantel-piece, large windows with comfy upholstery and TV with DVD.
Entrance hall with good boot and cloth hanging space. Outside loggia with table and chairs (for breakfast and sea view).
Bedlinen, towels and dressing gowns supplied (laundry charge of Euros 30 pw). Please bring own beach towels. Cleaning service on departure of Euros 60.Hot water + electricity charge of Euros 50 pw in summer.In winter inc CH Euros 75 Small charge for logs.
Dishwasher Fridge FridgeFreezer HobStove Iron Microwave Oven TumbleDryer WashingMachine
CentralHeating Cot HighChair InternetAccess Satellite Telephone Tv
Important notes on accommodation
The house is well furnished and fitted, so meets most requirements. Adults love the beauty, view and peace. Children love the freedom of the gardens.
House in La Pernelle, Manche, Normandy, France
About the area
Downstairs access for modest sized wheelchair.
Courtyard leading to formal garden, with table, chairs, lounger chairs. Viewing terrace. Primitive croquet. Orchard overlooking rolling 'bocage' countryside. Good parking space.
Many fine, unspoiled sandy beaches on both East and West Coasts. Nearest is 10 minutes drive at Pointe de Saire. West coast is one hour's drive. A Coastguard's path runs along most of the coastline all round the peninsula. The beaches are extremely varied and accessible. Detail maps provided.
18 hole links course is 15-20 minutes drive near Quineville - Golf de la Presqu'ile du Cotentin. 9 hole Golf Club (De Rochers) de Cherbourg at Glacerie Eglise. Beautiful course with wonderful trees and spectacular views over Cherbourg harbour. Omaha Beach Golf is an hour's drive and has an excellent and challenging 36 hole course, buggies with GPS, etc. Good restaurant. On West coast Granville Golf has many fans.
How to get there
Easiest access from UK is via Cherbourg (from Poole or Porstmouth) 15 miles away or Caen/Ouistreham from Portsmouth (70 minutes drive) - both provided by Brittany Ferries. Caen has Carpiquet Airport. The Channel Tunnel is 6 autoroute hours away. Fast trains from Paris to nearby Valognes.
St Vaast-la-Houge and Barfleur sailing and fishing ports are 15 minutes drive. Nearest town is Quettehou - 5 minute drive. Valognes is a big market town, with historical interest and open air swimming pool - 20 minutes drive. Cherbourg has many shops, museums, theatre, cinema, casino, etc, etc - 15 + miles.
In Quettehou there is a good, big supermarket, excellent butcher and bakers, a bank and a post office, restaurants and cafes. Covered tennis court. In St Vaast-la-Hougue there is a good choice of restaurants, bars and cafes - mostly on the harbourside. The famous oysters can be taken away or eaten in situ. Gosselins, with excellent food and a wonderful cellar, is the Cotentin's answer to Fortnum and Mason. Trawlers sell their catch on the quayside in both Barfleur and St Vaast. Both towns have excellent fishmongers.
The nearby island of Tatihou, where you can climb the unusual 17th century Vauban tower, can be reached on foot at low tide or by amphibian craft. Maritime museum, cafe and Bird reserve. Weekly street markets in both towns.
St Vaast has a pay-and-play tennis club on the 'Hougue' with sea on two sides - good for your wind-play.
Please contact us by email (or mobile phone) to check availability or to make a reservation. A cheque for £200 is payable as a deposit on booking to cover last minute cancellation or damage to the property. The cheque (or balance due) will be returned at the end of the stay. Prices are shown in UK pounds, but may be settled with the euro equivalent. The rental amount is payable in full two weeks before arrival.
About the Owner
Anthony and Jill Saxton and their two young daughters fell in love with the area (the Val de Saire corner of the Cotentin/Cherbourg Peninsula) on their first visit way back in 1985. They liked it so much that they had a time share for ten years and then bought what has become "Hibou Blanc".
Anthony was a doyen of the international head hunting scene - he still works for some old clients - and Jill was creative director of Mary Quant cosmetics before becoming a mother and mature student of English Literature.
When Anthony was bought out of his old firm they commissioned a remarkable local architect and even more remarkable builder to restore the ruins of an old farm overlooking the sea.
Year property purchased: 1998
Why this location?
The views over the sea and port of Saint Vaast are exceptional - as are the views inland of the "bocage". We love the way you have the whole day - never unbearably hot, even in a heatwave -and rarely very cold. Our days used to consist of windsurfing at the Pointe de Saire, lunch in Saint Vaast and tennis on the Hougue. Now we are older we play golf near Quineville before lunch (moules) in beautiful Barfleur. When the weather is right we take out our boat for fishing or water skiing. And playing on the beaches (with or without grandchildren) has never lost its charm. Even in winter we love long walks by the sea or in the lanes, followed by a leisurely lunch with visiting friends. The standard of cooking (especially at Hibou Blanc) is high - particularly of fish.
What are the unique benefits of the property?
Getting there from UK is normally a doddle - particularly via Cherbourg in season from Poole or Portsmouth. Or via Portsmouth-Caen. Or cross the Channel from Kent and drive down - lovely roads all the way. Meanwhile there is an impeccable train service from Paris St Lazare to Valognes. Hibou Blanc is literally private and tranquil. But the first-rate supermarket is only five minutes' drive - and a restaurant (with more views) and bistro is ten minutes' walk. The layout of the house is imaginatively user friendly. For example it's a joy to be cooking whilst still socialising. And the beautiful (heated) slate floors and 3 bathrooms mean you never worry about bringing in sand or mud. The separate laundry room is a boon with wet sandy people (of all ages). And there's an ice machine!
For booking and further information
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Property Ref FR4625
(UNITED KINGDOM) +44 07818031815
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