Ideal Base for Cycling, Walking, Wildlife Observation & Exploring D-day History.
The cottage is freshly renovated in a clean modern style that conserves original features, such as the huge stone fireplace, ancient elm beams and limestone and cob walls. Ideal for a couple, there is spacious living accommodation for two people, well-equipped with modern comforts and conveniences. It is an ideal base for a peaceful and relaxing holiday cycling, walking, exploring wildlife, beaches, Norman cuisine and the history of World War II and the D-Day Normandy landings. Brecourt Manor and Carentan, sites of the famous battles, are close by.
The spacious sitting room (4.5mx5.5m) has a vaulted ceiling, large stone fireplace with woodburning stove and ancient, elm beams. The separate, good-sized dining kitchen (3mx5.5m) is well-equipped. The double bedroom has a ensuite shower-room with toilet and handbasin, shaver point and heated towel rail. There are a laundry and further toilet and washbasin off the kitchen.
Equipment includes full-size gas cooker, washing machine with tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, kettle, filter coffee-maker, toaster, blender, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, 32” flatscreen TV with UK satellite channels, DVD player and broadband WIFI.
Within 5 minutes drive are sandy beaches, including the famous Utah Beach, wetlands nature reserves, long walks, cycle paths on the flat, fishing, museums and historic sites, restaurants, shops, chateaux and ancient churches.
Busy weekly markets, harbours, marinas and more shops and museums are in the nearby towns of Carentan and Ste Mère Eglise and the charming fishing villages, St Vaast La Houge and Barfleur. Omaha, Juno and Gold beaches, Mont Saint Michel, Barneville-Carteret, Bayeux, Cherbourg, Rouen and Caen and the American, British and German WWII cemeteries are all in easy driving distance.
Le Marronnier is next door to a small, traditional, working dairy farm with horses, chickens and ducks. The (English) owners are next door and on-hand to help and advise as required. French is also spoken.
The village of Ste Marie du Mont is 2 miles away and has a bakers, grocery shops, a butchery/charcuterie selling local produce (prize-winning artisanal pates and sausages), wet fish shops selling locally caught fish and seafood including the local moules and oysters, restaurants (where one can eat moules frites), a mediaeval church (with extraordinary renaissance tower), bar tabacs, post office, hairdressers and a doctor's.
Car ferries are available from Portsmouth and Poole to Cherbourg, Caen-Ouistreham and Le Havre.The cottage is easily accessible by car from the ferry ports by fast, dual carriageways:
* 38 minutes from Cherbourg car ferry
* 70 minutes from Caen-Ouistreham car ferry
* 2 hrs from Le Havre car ferry
* 10 minutes from Carentan Railway Station
* 2.5 hours from Paris via Gard du Nord and Carentan Railway Station
Top Traveller Review
Superb Location and Wonderful Cottage
About the Owner
(8 traveller reviews)
Superb Location and Wonderful Cottage
We have just spent the most relaxing and wonderful ten days at Le Marronier, it was simply perfect in every way, the whole holiday made even better by the warmth and sincerity of the owners Rosemary and Steve,whos only desire is to make your holiday perfect in every way
This was an amazing property - lovingly restored with attention to every detail.
In rural area, peaceful and near to villages and historical sites. Rosemary and Steve provided booklets and maps for the area. Very comfortable with all mod coms. Definitely would recommend and give this a Michelin 5 star.
The cottage is to a very high standard. Elegant throughout. You feel instantly relaxed.
What a lovely stay in a lovely place !
We stayed here for just 3 nights to watch a stage of the Tour de France.
Steve and Rosemary were so nice, very friendly nothing too much trouble and interesting to chat to.
The property has been renovated beautifully, comfortable all you could need - cooker, microwave, fridge, coffeemaker but most importantly corkscrew ! Lounge was lovely and comfortable, nice seating outside when the side decided to join us! was almost a shame to go out !!
Surrounding area is also lovely, the Tour was incredible quite a spectacle. Saint Marie du Mont has some very nice cafe / restaurants to chill out in.
The whole are is ideal for both the DDay memorials but also to simply chill out and relax.
Would we recommend to anyone else?
We certainly plan to return
Little gem in Normandy.
The cottage is very comfortable and is fitted out to a high standard,with everything you could want for your stay.It is located in a quiet location but is well placed for the D Day museums and historic locations.
Rosemary and Steve are attentive hosts;it is reassuring to have them close by should a problem arise, but still giving you your own space. We can't wait to stay al Le Marronier again!
Peace and history
I have just returned from a 5 week stay at Le Marronier, a location I chose as I needed a peaceful location to work on a book draft. My secondary purpose in choosing Le Marronier was for me to indulge my life long interest in the D Day landings and the battles that followed this epic world changing event. Le Marronier is wonderfully positioned as access to Utah and the other D Day beaches is easy. The same applies to the numerous related museums throughout the region. Steve and Rosemary are wonderful hosts who quickly became my friends. All possible facilities at Le Marronier have been thoughtfully considered, the property was clean and welcoming from the outset. I intend to return and highly recommend Le Marronier to anyone seeking a quiet location set in rustic and beautiful Lower Normandy. My thanks again to Steve and Rosemary for making me feel so much at home.
Activity and Interests
The cottage is in the centre of the D-Day and Normandy landings area and close to Utah Beach. The American and German cemeteries are nearby as are museums and wonderfully preserved World War II fortifications and underground complexes which are open to the public.
Local Norman cuisine and in particular mussels, oysters and mackerel are (in season) available straight off the boat.
Mont St Michel, Bayeux and beautiful fishing villages such as St Vaast la Houge and Barfleur are in easy driving distance as is Barnville-Carteret, the international sailing venue.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
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Check-in is 16:00 hours, check-out is 10:00 hours.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
- Away From It All
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- Tourist Attractions
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- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
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- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
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- Dining Area
- DVD Player
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- Long-term Renters Welcome
- non smoking only
- not suitable for children
- pets not allowed
- near the sea
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- bay fishing
- 60 m²
- Cloakroom - Toilet, Toilet and handbasin
- En-suite shower-room - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Shower cabin, hand-basin, toilet, heated towel-rail
- En-suite shower room has enclosed shower cabin, toilet, hand basin, heated towel rail, cabinet with mirror; separate toilet has handbasin and mirror.
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
- Bedroom with one double bed, beautiful exposed stone wall, wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables with lamps, mirrors.
- Bicycles ...
- Garden ...
- Housekeeping is once a week.