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Le Marronier, Holiday Cottage Near To Utah Beach And D-Day Landings



Updated: 17-Oct-2016
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

More Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Speaks English, French

7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


This was an amazing property - lovingly restored with attention to every detail.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The cottage is to a very high standard. Elegant throughout. You feel instantly relaxed.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are pleased you had a relaxing holiday! We hope to see you again.
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What a lovely stay in a lovely place !

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind review - we are delighted you had an enjoyable break. We'll look forward to seeing you again.
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Little gem in Normandy.

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your next visit! There is so much more still to see ...
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Peace and history

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Attractive cottage with lots of character

  • 5 of 5

Charming cottage which has been lovingly restored to a high standard. It is clean and very well equipped. A lot of thought has gone into the restoration and everything you could possibly need during your stay is provided, including a washing machine.

The outdoor seating area and garden provide a lovely setting to relax in.

Steve and Rosemary are welcoming hosts and, as well as providing plenty of literature regarding the surrounding area, they are also on hand to offer guidance first hand.

We only had a short break at the cottage, but would certainly consider returning for a longer stay in the future.

Many Thanks

Catherine and Simon.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to meet you both and we're delighted that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you again! Best wishes, Rosemary and steve
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Caen Carpiquet at 2 Miles Nearest Barpub : Le Bar 6 Juin at 2 Miles Nearest Ferry : Cherbourg at 30 Miles Nearest Golf : Golf Centre Manche, Le haut-Boscq, 50190 at 20 Miles Nearest Train : Carentan at 7 Miles Nearest Motorway : N13 at 4 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Le Grand Hard at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Utah Beach at 2 Miles Car: recommended

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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Check-in is 16:00 hours, check-out is 10:00 hours.

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Updated: 17-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • bay
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 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 ...


  • Self-catering


  • Housekeeping is once a week.

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