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19th Century Town House

Bedrooms 5
Property type guest house


About the property

B&B in Picauville, Nr. Sainte Mere Eglise, Manche, Normandy, France - Near D-Day Beaches

The property dates from 1850 and was fortunate to escape damage in 1944. It sits back from the main street of the village behind a courtyard available for guest parking. Steps lead up to the first floor and into the large entrance hall. The living room, dining room and guest kitchen are on this floor. A staircase takes you to 2 bedrooms on the 2nd floor and a further 3 bedrooms on the floor above. Behind the house is an extensive terrace and garden, available to guests.

Michael and Christine Clench
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2015

About Michael and Christine Clench

Mike and I retired from teaching at the end of 2002 and moved to the property at the beginning of 2003. As an art teacher and artist Mike was drawn to the proportions of this 19th century property. For Chris it was an opportunity to continue her love of the French language. In Bournemouth we had welcomed language students into our home for a number of years.We were just continuing the work here in Normandy.

Now ten years plus later we are still going strong and have added 'The Lodge' to our accommodation, a small gite for four.

Chris now leads the local choir and I am almost free of DIY, just the green house to go!

Michael and Christine Clench purchased this guest house in 2003

Why Michael and Christine Clench chose Picauville

We had no previous knowledge of this part of Normandy before buying the property, but realised almost immediately the advantages of living in a village and within striking distance of both east and west coasts. We have come to know and enjoy the area enormously for it's history and varied scenery. On the one hand there are the marsh land with their flora and fauna, then there are woodlands and last but not least the beaches. On the east coaast there are the historic Dday landing sites with museums and cemeteries and on the west coast the bathing, sailing and exploring beaches.Easily accessible by major but quiet roads from Caen or Cherbourg.

What makes this guest house unique

The village itself has everything you need in the way of commerce. Butcher, baker etc. A restaurant within walking distance. Coast, historic sites, museums, none are more than 1 hour away except for the Mont St Michel which needs one and a half hours drive! Although in the centre of the village we have ample parking space and quiet gardens to the back of the property.

we can help you with all your tourist needs including organising guided tours of the Dday sites.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great time again. We love staying here. Thanks for great breakfasts and all your tips on things to see.

A wonderful welcome. Elegant and very comfortable surroundings.

Great atmosphere, wonderful location and superb hosts. Had a wonderful time look forward to coming back soon.
Feb 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday guest house in Picauville in Manche

Property Type:
  • guest house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Golf ...
Notes on accommodation: Our guest kitchen on the ground floor is available to guests and has fridge, microwave and tea and coffee making facilities. The house benefits from central heating. Children and animals are made most welcome. Outside: To the back of the house is a sunny courtyard and a walled garden provided with garden furniture, table tennis, pool table and barbecue.


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19th Century Town House
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
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Beautiful, welcoming B & B

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 nights here at the tail-end of our trip to Normandy. The owners Mike and Christine were warm, welcoming and easy-going. The standard of decor and the room facilities are superb, the prices are great and the location ideal for exploring the Cotentin peninsular, within easy reach of the D-Day beaches and museums. Thoroughly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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D Day 70

  • 5 of 5

I spent three nights during the D Day 70 commemorations. I found the owners to be very friendly and the standard of accommodation to be very high. Good value for money! I would definitely stay again!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Charlie, you were a great guest. We try very hard to make all our guests welcome in our home. Don't forget that apart from the D Day beaches this part of Normandy, La Manche, has lots of other attractions! Sporting activities include walking cycling horseriding sailing golf etc. See you in La Manche!
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Special interest holidays:

We offer painting and drawing activities on site and in the locality. Sessions led by Mike Clench, previously an art teacher in England.

French lessons offered by Chris, a qualified language teacher.


East coast beaches (D-Day landing beaches) are between 20 and 40 minutes drive away. They are flat and sandy.

The west coast has sandy coves with rocky pools and beautiful views to Jersey and is about 30 minutes by car.

The headlands further north are rugged and indented with small bays.


A car is necessary to visit the area. The port of Cherbourg is 40 minutes by car, Ouistreham (Caen) 80 minutes and Le Havre 2 hours.

The nearest airport serving the British Isles is Dinard, a drive of 2 hours.


Sainte Mere Eglise is 8km from Pont L'Abbe,

Cherbourg 30km.

Bayeux, for a not to be missed visit to the tapestry is 45 minutes away and in the other direction, also not to be missed, is Le Mont St Michel, which will take 2 hours in the car.

The Natural Marshland Park surrounds us and its visitors' centre is 12km away. In the season a boat will take you up the river and point out the flora and fauna.

Further Details:

The village has all you may need in the way of banks and shops. For a more extensive choice Carentan and Cherbourg can provide.

The village has 1 restaurant but there are many others to chose from serving excellent menus of local seafood and other local specialities.

For the sportsman and woman, there is the possibility to ride, sail or sand yacht, play tennis or golf in the area. There is a small local swimming pool, but larger facilities particularly for the children at St Lo and Cherbourg. There are many walks both coastal and country with the possibility of taking a tour on a donkey.

There are a number of interesting fairs throughout the year, including the Medieval Fair at Bayeux in July, the Candlemas Fair in February at Montebourg and our very own Joan of Arc Fair here in the village in May.

There are museums of all kinds. In Sainte Mere, Carentan and Utah and Omahah Beach you can learn all about the part the Americans played in D-Day.At Colleville-sur-mer is the large American War Cemetery. In Bayeux and Arromanches you will find museums dedicated to the English and Canadians.

Other museums show how the French lived during the war, and other local history including cider and calvados making.

There are chateaux and manor houses and abbeys galore!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday guest house in Picauville, Lower Normandy


  • Booking Notes:
    Bookings can be made by telephone, letter or email and confirmed by payment of a deposit amounting to one nights accommodation. This can be in sterling or euros. The balance will be paid the evening before you leave.

    Changeover Day:
    There is no changeover date as this is B&B. Arrivals times will often depend on ferry times but otherwise are by arrangement.

    Notes on prices:
    Prices are for the room per night in euros including breakfast.
    Supplement for extra bed 15 euros.
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