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Actually ON WW2 D Day Utah Beach, sea views & direct access to beach

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,002 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Suitable for dogs, couples or families & ON the beach with seaviews

A totally renovated, furnished, comfortable, well equipped Beach House with sea views, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, along with modern amenities such as American fridge (with ice & water on tap), every cooking utensil you can think of, WIFI, French & English TV.

This is not a gite with bear minimum to pass the regulations, we've made this a holiday home...we hope you will be comfortable & enjoy your stay with us and even come back! One of our guests has been 22 times now...

Accommodation suitable for 2 to 8 persons...the configuration of the house allows it to be rented as a couple only retreat, I can promise for a couple on their own, it is perfect!!

Our Beach house has 3 star classification by Manche Tourisme, therefore all regulations are adhered to with smoke & CO2 alarms etc. we also offer a concierge service, give you a free over view of the WW2 area with a war tour to do at your own pace, plus for our overseas guests we can organize local car hire with pick up at Orly or CDG airports to station for train here...we do not charge a damage deposit as we prefer to make our guests feel welcome & trusted.

The house has 4 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms is located actually on the world famous WW2 Invasion Beach - Utah Beach. These are all proper bedrooms not tucked up in eaves or mezzanines with 4 single beds & 2 doubles.

This house is less than 800 meters, to your right, from the museum yet completely private and tranquil as it is tucked up in the dunes, enjoying elevated views across to Point du Hoc, Grandcamp-Maisy and the Îles Saint-Marcouf then 800 yards on the left is the Beauguillot Nature Reserve/Bird Sanctuary of 1,200 acres from your doorstep.

A path leads from the back gate onto the wide expanse of Utah Beach.

Completely renovated in 2005 with ongoing changes.

The house is an upside down house with the design maximising the sea views with the living space on the 1st floor plus 2 bedrooms & a bathroom means the house can be used just as a small 2 bedroom ...we do special rates for this! Don't worry you will be the only people in the house!

On the 1st floor there is a large open-plan living room, kitchen and dining area in a brand new purpose built conservatory,here is a large dining table for 8, plus another seating area, leading out to the huge sun terrace with a patio table for 8, a Portuguese BBQ and sun beds.

In the living room is a TV (satellite Freeview programmes include BBC, ITV, Sky News, etc.), plus French TV - DVD player, big wood burner for the winter (logs included), a well-stocked book case, even jigsaws in case of emergency! Free WIFI throughout the house...it's a hot spot.

Bedrooms: Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms, (1 double & 1 single ) and the family bathroom with a large enclosed shower and separate bath. On the ground floor are 2 bedrooms, 2 Italian shower rooms ensuite plus the laundry room. The large double room has an en suite shower room, the twin room with an ensuite Jack & Jill' shower room. Both bedrooms at the front of the house have French windows opening out into the garden.

We have tried to create a very comfortable home-from-home feeling with all the linen, bedding and decorations reflecting a nautical theme. All the beds are made up for your arrival, with towels in the bathrooms. Beach towels, sun bed covers and even a bucket and spade for the kids are provided.

The kitchen is well equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, gas hob & electric oven, kettle, toaster, coffee maker and a large family-sized American fridge/freezer with chilled filtered water & ice on demand.

In the laundry room there is separate washing and tumble drier, if you prefer line drier, iron and ironing board.

Actually ON the famous WW2 Invasion Beach Utah Beach house has views across to Point du Hoc & Grandcamp Maisy with Omaha Beach, Arromanches & the Mulberry harbor, Gold, Juno, Sword, plus The American Cemetery all in close proximity 40 minutes away, Pegasus Bridge the furthest point from us is just an hour away, Bayeux is very close by. In the other direction are the beautiful fishing ports of St Vaast La Hougue & Cherbourg. Mont St Michel just over an hour away.

Ste Mere Eglise & Carentan are the 2 closest towns to Utah Beach with plenty supermarkets, shops, tourist attractions including museums and restaurants.

PLUS our Normandy Utah Beach house is set in the heart of The Cotentin and Bessin Marshlands Regional Natural Park which covers 145,000 hectares with 144 villages and towns within this Park in Normandy. Utah Beach is located on the eastern side of the peninsular is set in a significantly important coastal protected area of 12,000 acres with the Beauguillot Nature Reserve/Bird Sanctuary of 1,200 acres 500 meters from our house. The bird watching is incredible especially when the migratory birds pass over.

The area is in stunning countryside and completely different each season. For example in the winter the marshlands flood to create a beautiful watery scenery with the big skies reflected, then in the summer it becomes pasture with cows peacefully grazing. A haven for photographers & those wanting to learn more about photography with the special light here.

The East coast being slightly wilder than the west coast is very unspoilt especially with the government owning vast tracts of the coast line to preserve the natural beauty we are presently under going the transition in to a UNESCO site.

For those that are staying longer it is possible to have a day out visiting the Channel Islands, Jersey & Guernsey as there are ferries across on a regular daily basis from Granville, Portbail or Barneville Carteret. these ports on the west coast less than an hour away from us.

This area in Normandy is also famous for it’s horses with numerous stud farms and training stables. Trotting Horses are trained everyday on Utah beach, further up the coast is Honfleur, Deauville & Le Harve under 2 hours away and you cross the fabulous Pont du Normandie on the way.

Giverney Monet's garden takes just over 2 hours to get to & is worth a visit.

Lots to do and see: There is something for everyone, bird watchers, beach lovers, gourmets, wine lovers, walkers, bike riders, horse riders, wind surfers, sand yachting, sailing, diving, horse racing, interest in the 2nd world war or just generally exploring…the problem here is that there is too much to do!

Yet in the summer the beach is paradise, miles and miles of golden sands a perfect spot for a peaceful read, a sun bathe or a busy day with the family on the beach, beach combing, shell fish gathering when the tide is out, it's safe to swim and it's not crowded.

With the bird sanctuary just a few hundred meters away we enjoy an amazing number of different species of sea birds and ducks. If it is particularly quiet on the beach you may be able to spot the colony of harbor seals.

Huge mussels and oysters beds right opposite our house destined for the finest restaurants and tables in Paris and other gourmet destinations – it is possible to purchase shellfish direct from the farm shops locally.

Gourmet dining & spectacular sunrises: The house is on the beach – the other houses around are mainly holiday homes so are only opened up 2 weeks of the year – it is an incredibly tranquil and peaceful spot, but not completely isolated...we are also lucky enough to have some splendid restaurants around us, we keep a list in the house & do try them out ourselves!

The museum which is undergoing huge renovation project to be finished for June 2012 attracts in excess of 500,000 visitors per year, however, with our house tucked up in the dunes you won’t be aware of any activity at all! Near the museum is Café Roosevelt.

Half way between Utah Beach and Ste Marie du Mont is a former farm that has been converted into an equestrian center with hotel and a restaurant.

The nearest village 4 kms away, Saint Marie du Mont which has the most beautiful church, 2 boulangeries, mini mart, bars and restaurants. St Vaast La Hougue 20 minutes away is a UNESCO site with the whole harbor surrounded by restaurants.

We positively welcome dogs, our vet that we have used for the past 17 years speaks excellent English to help with passports etc.

More Details
Tansy Forster
5 Village de l'Eglise, Houesville
50480 x Normandy France
Manche Tourisme, L.324-1 code du tour
06'03/2014 valid 5 annees 3*
VAT Reg No

Tansy Forster
Member since: 2002
Speaks English, some French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
5 May, 2017

About Tansy Forster

We were working & living just outside London before taking the decision to leave our careers & move here to Normandy in 2001, we had no plans to start vacation rentals...it just sort of happened! For me it is the answer to my dreams as my first career was in the Hotel & Catering Industry training for 15 years as a Hotel Manager...I always yearned for my own hotel...so this is as good as it gets! 15 years later on from our move to France, we are thoroughly enjoying running our business, we are passionate about this hidden area of France and offer more than just a vacation rental, more than happy to share with you where to go, what to see, how to get there, we've struck a deal with a local dealership to hire cars - devised a WW2 tour which we will give you at no charge and we'll make reservations for you at restaurants. We now have 4 rental vacation properties, beach, town or country with us no more than 10 minutes away. We are based in Houesville our little farm where we have the 2 couple only units and keep our Llamas, Alpacas, chickens and other creatures to include 3 nutty Jack Russell's and 7 or 8 cats (1 keeps going walkabout so we're not sure if he is our cat!).

Tansy Forster purchased this house in 2002

Why Tansy Forster chose Cherbourg area

Utah Beach is unique, not only was it one of the historic WW2 Invasion beaches in 1944 it is beautiful with miles of sandy beaches, wild and not over constructed. Our house is built on a parcel of land the French Government sold off just after the war to raise funds...luckily only a small part of the coastline was sold therefore protecting the amazing dunes and wildlife...now no more construction can take place plus about to be given UNESCO status. On 1 side of us is the Utah Beach Museum & in the other direction a bird sanctuary covering 1,200 hectares...the bird life here during migration is truly wonderful...we even have harbour seals that pop up in the sea right in front of our house and dolphins have been spotted too.

What makes this house unique

We've been in this part of Normandy for over 15 years, we speak French & know the systems, spent our time constantly renovating and developing not only our Utah Beach house, a little town house in center of Sainte Marie du Mont & our home where we keep our Llamas & Alpacas 8 miles inland from the beach where we have 2 couple only units on our little farm.

As we too like to travel and plus prefer to book vacation rentals ourselves, over the years we have experienced the frustration of not finding things, being made to feel rules, pay large damage deposits & treated with 'that's your lot' attitude! We've taken from these experiences and would like to think we provide a welcoming service along with everything you could possibly wish for while on holiday - if it's not there tell us & we'll do our best! From hair driers to free WIFI throughout it should be there!

We do get a lot of repeat bookings and referrals... so we must be doing something right - we certainly hope so!

For me Utah Beach house is totally unique & when we stay there I always find myself on the beach (always as the only person to be seen for miles), still in my dressing gown with a cup of tea in my hand and our dogs having a ball...a wonderful way to start the day...

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Tansy and Mike,

After a wonderful stay last summer at your Utah Beach we would love to come back next summer with our family.

We would like to know if the Utah Beach House is available
Aug 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont in Manche

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2002 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , 1st floor which doubles as day time cloakroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , lower floor en suite
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , lower floor en suite
  • 3 toilets, 3 showers and 1 bath. Upstairs bathroom on the living accommodation floor doubles as the day time cloakroom. New for 2011 the shower rooms downstairs have been totally refurbished with Italian showers installed.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , z bed
  • 2 doubles, 2 twins, The double & 1 twin on 1st floor share family bathroom with separate shower & bath. Lower floor 1 double & 1 twin have ensuite.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Conservatory
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeping
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The house on 2 floors has a large ramp to the side outside, it is feasible for wheelchair access...however, note we do not have disabled toilet facilities. The house is suitable for elderly. The showers down stairs have been refurbished for 2011 - are now Italian style/ wet room style - the step up is less than 3 cm and on a non slip surface.... but sorry you cannot get a wheelchair in. The washing machine & tumble drier are in the laundry room on the lower ground floor. We positively welcome well behaved dogs, we have an excellent vet very au fait with passports for pets.. this is dogie paradise!!. The beach is safe and clean - however it is naturally, necessary, to supervise children swimming, as the currents can be strong when the tide is coming in. American fridge with ice maker and chilled filtered water We are totally ecological - all our products are biological, no chemicals, recycled containers and not tested on animals - recycling is part of our terms.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(26 traveller reviews)


Stunnning, glorious, peaceful, exceptionally appointed, best hosts ever!

  • 5 of 5

We love the place and the experience so much that we are buying the property with the intent to carry on Tansy and Mike and their caretaker team's amazing hospitality! Oh joy!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We can't think of better folk to take over from us! Will be very sad after 14 years of owning & running this house to let it go - to sit in the conservatory and watch the wind play on the grasses of the dunes with the sea in the background is a powerful de-stressing experience! We are helping Valerie & Scott to do a seamless handover...there will be no difference at all as they are buying the property lock stock with all the fixtures & fittings!
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Coventry RI

Everything you need

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our needs. There were only 2 couples so there was plenty of room and lots to spare. The location is ideal for exploring the WWll battlefields and the Cotentin Peninsula. WE had not planned the day trips around the peninsula until talking with the owners, Tansy and Mike. They were a wealth of knowledge and we had a great time. If you are going to the area this is definitely the house to stay in.

Ted, Lynn, Dan & Kris

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for saying that - we try very hard to help folk make the most of their time here...there are so many books on the market advising go here and you must see this or that, but that usually means everyone else is there at the same time - as we live here full time (& have done for past 16 years), we are registered & part of the Tourism initiative, we pride ourselves on our local knowledge plus we love sharing it with those that want to know. Thank you for choosing our house...
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Chicago, IL USA

Perfect stay

  • 5 of 5

The owners, Tansy and Mike are a delight. The property is very well located on Utah Beach. The area is quiet and you can walk directly on to the beach. The ensuite bathrooms are convenient. Everything was clean and well equiped. A perfect location for thise who want to be close to the historic sights of the area.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful oasis on Utah Beach

  • 5 of 5

Great communication with the owners right from the start. Tansy and her husband have a great love for the area and helped us create wonderful day trips from their beautiful beach home. We would not have seen half as much without Tansy's assistance.

The listing is 100 percent accurate. The home is well appointed with almost anything a family could need for a perfect holiday. It is very clean and well cared for by the owners. They live close by so we found that comforting in case we had a concern or were to have needed anything.

We are already recommending this home to our friends and family. I wish we had booked a full two weeks as there really is that much to see in the area.

There are many markets nearby so we enjoyed being able to cook. There are also numerous museums nearby and plenty of restaurants if you prefer not to dine at home. People were friendly and the beach was just over a dune so less than a minute walk out the back gate.

Highly recommend this beautiful oasis to all looking to relax and take some time to enjoy all the history in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - we're just so pleased we came up to expectations...
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Fabulous Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We just spent a week at this wonderful house right on Utah Beach. There were 5 of us and the house was plenty big enough with room to spare. Everything was just as stated about the house. Tansy and Mike were the best people to work with, so helpful and proud of their beach house. The history of the area is just overwhelming. Walking on the beach each morning and seeing the horses being trained was a real treat. Our 8 year old granddaughter was in awe of everything. Thanks so much Tansy and Mike for sharing you beautiful beach home with us.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're really so pleased you enjoyed your time here in this part of Normandy, we're a bit of a well kept secret, all the guide books advise go to Deauville, Honfleur etc. where the impressionist painters were, but, they were there for a reason...it was easier to get there by train in those days! You possibly were watching some top class horses being trained on the beach...there are many stables around here and stud farms for trotters with some very big prize winners...it is a treat to watch them I agree!
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Comfortable, magical and well-equipped.

  • 5 of 5

The beach house was wonderful. Having the beach so close by is such a dream. The house was comfortable and well equipped. We have 3 children and they just loved it. Tansy and Mike are very helpful and the "Tansy tour" is a must, we all loved the "Tansy Tour". The location of the house is fabulous, beach, supermarket, restaurants, museums everything is close-by. We will recommend the house to our friends and will come back! Thank you Mike and Tansy for sharing your house with us.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - we really do hope you do indeed come back and so pleased that the Tansy Tour went well...we've tried very hard to keep it interesting for all...for the ladies & children in the group especially, as sometimes the men can get a bit side tracked with buttons, lapels and hardware! There is so much to see and do here with some wonderful countryside and coastal areas...when you do come back there is always plenty more to see & do...for example the Coastguards walk the whole way round the peninsula plus inland all the old railway tracks that have been converted into walking & cycling tracks with no vehicles allowed...
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
early summer
10 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
late summer
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
7 Oct 2017 - 11 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £42.11
Stay tax £0.67 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 13 years.

Obligatory Taxe du Sejour introduced from 1st January 2014 1.00 € per person per night to be paid.

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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