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Hibou Blanc, Luxury House. Stay here to see Tour de France 2016



Updated: 29-Oct-2016
House in La Pernelle, Manche, Normandy, France - Stunning Hillside Location Overlooking The Fortified Harbour Town Of St Vaast La Hougue

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.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Bookable online

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.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a great holiday. The weather was really good and we spent 4 happy days on the beach. We visited the D Day museums and beaches and ate out at the places you recommended.

Our favourite was the Café de France in Barfleur, where we had a lovely lunch before catching the catamaran home.

Your home is so welcoming and had everything a family could need on holiday. We had a BBQ on two evenings which was lovely in September, and we enjoyed the garden.
Sep 2016
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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Caen at 50 Miles Nearest Ferry : Cherbourg at 15 Miles Nearest Golf : Quineville at 5 Miles Nearest Train : Valognes at 15 Miles Nearest Motorway : N13 at 10 Miles Nearest Restaurant : La Panoramique at 0.5 Miles Nearest Beach : Jonville at 1.5 Miles Car: necessary


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.


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.

Further Details:

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.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 2
23 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
13 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
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Rate 4
8 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Rate 5
23 Apr 2017 - 19 May 2017
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Rate 6
20 May 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
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for 6 nights
Rate 7
10 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
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Rate 8
8 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
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for 6 nights
Rate 9
4 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
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for 5 nights
Rate 10
22 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
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.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is negotiable. Mid-week is usually preferred.
Arrival time is usually 4pm and departure is usually 10am to allow for cleaning.

Notes on prices:
Off Peak Pricing:£500 per week for two people. £50 per extra person.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 29-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

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!


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • pets considered

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • 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.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (3 Bedrooms + large bedrooom inAnnexe) Notes on bedrooms: 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.


  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • 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. Outside: Courtyard leading to formal garden, with table, chairs, lounger chairs. Viewing terrace. Primitive croquet. Orchard overlooking rolling 'bocage' countryside. Good parking space. Utility Room: Washing machine and tumbler dryer, Dublin basin, ice machine, iron and board, vacuum cleaner. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: 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. Other: Entrance hall with good boot and cloth hanging space. Outside loggia with table and chairs (for breakfast and sea view).

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