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Couples only - in heart D Day Landings, near the coast - prices fully inclusive - Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Separate WCs1
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking




A former boulangerie, we have converted it into a sweet little cottage. downstairs is the lounge TV DVD and SKY free to view, leading into kitchen with french doors that leads into the delightful dining conservatory

The cottage backs out directly on to the best view of the garden - the pond with it's fish, water lillies & hundreds of black & green frogs... quite often goosey goose too! As you dine in the conservatory you can watch the Llamas and the other animals go about their 'hectic' lifestyle!

Upstairs is a double bedroom... but please note the ceiling is sloping so anyone that is very tall this may not be for you!

I'm sorry but unsuitable for children... we are a child free zone for couple only breaks.

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About the property

Church Farm/Ferme de l'Eglise

In the heart of the WW2 D day Landing Beaches, 4 miles from Ste Mere Eglise in one direction with Carentan 4 miles the other - 10 minutes from Utah Beach plus in the heart of a National Park.

Our 400 year old Norman farmhouse is behind electric gates within the 3 acre grounds, has 2 self contained fully inclusive priced units designed specifically for couples only.

NOTE: our prices are Fully Inclusive - NO hidden charges.

We're called Ferme de l'Eglise - this is a direct translation of Church Farm...we're right opposite the church, many years ago the farm belonging to the church... we also are known as Normandy Vacation Rentals.

Perfect for couples looking for a base to explore Normandy & benefit from peace, quiet and privacy...a child-free zone. We offer peace & tranquility.

Designed specifically for couples our 2 self-contained units - a former hay barn now an open plan spacious loft apartment or our 400-year-old boulangerie converted to a sweet little cottage.

No traffic jams, bugs, noise, stress, just clean air and certainly none of the hustle and bustle of city living!

We've tried to think of everything for you to have a comfortable stay... Free wifi, TV with free to view SKY TV, DVD player - masses of movies to include The Longest Day & Band of Brothers. Logwood burners, candles, beds made up with 100% Egyptian cotton crisp linen, plenty of towels, towelling bathrobes... guest soaps, loo rolls and cleaning products as well.

We have a collection of 1942 cars to include Ford Jeep, a Kubelwagon and a Tilly a Standard Flying 12 Staff Car, (only 4 or so left in the world) ...we offer picnics, going out in the Tilly we'll take you to some of the sights off the beaten track along with a delicious lunch with home baked cake, quiche and other goodies plus fizz and wine - 100€ for 2. For those that are fans of 2CV's - that's my little baby!

On Offer we have the former hayloft which is converted to a great, spacious, airy self contained open planned private apartment with separate bedroom & en-suite, a south westerly facing private walk out patio overlooking the countryside, OR our sweet little cottage (roses round the door) with ensuite facilities (and a downstairs loo for during the day).

3-star classification awarded to both units by Manche Tourisme, we have all the safety measure installed to include smoke detectors etc as required by Ministry Tourism. Both units with washing machines fully fitted kitchens with dishwashers.

Utah Beach & Regional Park: Set in Normandy within Cotentin and Bessin Marshlands Regional Natural Park which covers 145,000 hectares with 144 villages and towns within the Park.

WW2 Utah Beach the Invasion beach, located less than 10 minutes from us, is a significantly important coastal protected area of 12,000 acres with the Beauguillot Bird Sanctuary 1,200 acres.

The area is 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.

This 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.

This area in Normandy is also famous for it’s horses with numerous stud farms and training stables.On Utah Beach world class Trotting Horses are trained everyday on the beach.

The beaches and seafood: There is something for everyone, bird watchers, beach lovers, gourmets, wine lovers, walkers, bike riders, horse riders, wind surfers, sand yachters, sailing, diving, horse racing, interest in the 2nd world war Normandy Landing Beaches, 101st Airborne or just generally exploring…the problem here is that there is too much to do!

Yet in the summer the beaches are paradise, miles and miles of golden sands a perfect spot for a peaceful read, a sun bathe or beach combing, shell fish gathering for your supper when the tide is out, it's safe to swim and it's not crowded. With the bird sanctuary on Utah Beach there is 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 seals.

Huge mussels and oysters beds with the produce 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

Cycling & Walking & Invasion Beaches: We are set in the heart of the Normandy D Day Invasion beaches with WW2 Utah Beach 10 minutes away, Ste Mere Eglise & Carentan both 8 kms from us & as we are 2 minutes from N13 we are in an ideal location for easy access to go sight seeing, war tours etc.

Bayeux, Mont St Michel are just short drives away, it is even possible to go to Jersey for the day from here!

Animals - We're known as Arc de Noah here in our village! we have 3 Llamas, 3 Alpacas, 2 very friendly goats, 2 sheep, lots and lots of Bantam & silkie chickens all at liberty, 1 goose, 3 young Jack Russell's that live for visitors plus Bella a rescue York-Chi weighing in at 3 kg! plus 8 rescue cats.

Cycling or walking holidays...1,000 km of trails for cycling with one of the 22km routes starting outside our gate!

If you like local produce then there are many farms open to the general public, where you can see the produce being made and buy some to take home. It's possible to have tours round the Camembert factories.

Do note though the cottage was built 300 or 400 years ago - the bedroom has limited head height as it is in the eaves...but, if you are above average height you may prefer the barn apartment with en-suite & super kingsize bed 6'x6'6" plus the roof terrace.

Please do not book here if you don't like:

Countryside noises: we are opposite the church - it has bells, there is a donkey in the next field that brays and we have cockerels.

Cats : we have 7 rescue cats - 3 can be quite determined about visiting!

Dogs: we have 5 of them who adore visitors & want to say hello.

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About Us

Tansy Forster
5 village de l'Eglsie
50480 Houesville
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
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Tansy Forster

Working & living just outside London took the decision to leave our careers and take the plunge to move here to Normandy in 2001, we had no plans to start vacation just sort of happened! For me it is the answer to my dreams as I had over 15 years in the Hotel & Catering Industry training as a Hotel Manager...I always yearned for my own this is as good as it gets! 16 years later we are thoroughly enjoying running our business,we are passionate about this hidden area of France and like to think we offer more than 'just' a vacation rental, we are 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 as there are no car hire companies locally - devised a WW2 tour which we will give you to do yourselves and we'll make reservations for you at restaurants. We have 3 rental vacation properties, the barn apartment & the cottage here at our little farm & a terrace house in the village of Sainte Marie du Mont the 1st village liberated (Band of Brothers) right opposite the church a 3 bedroom stone town house...

Here at the 'farm' we have 4 dogs, 8 cats, (all rescues), 2 Llamas, 3 Alpacas, 2 sheep, 2 goats, chickens & our old faithful goose now 13 years old... We like to think we do give great value, secure parking as many DVD's as you want, TV, dogs to play with, books to read and masses of tips re the area...I knit, embroider, Mike is a petrol head and also has other great interests apart from cars & the war!

Tansy Forster purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Tansy Forster chose Houesville

We were drawn to the this side of the peninsula with the history and activity around the Invasion Beaches & National Park...we found Ferme de l'Eglise in 2003 and adored that it was in the heart of a village, yet you only had to go round the corner to see the house backs onto it's own fields... best of both worlds...village & countryside!

What makes this cottage unique

The location is amazing, 4 miles in 1 direction to Carentan, 4 miles the other direction Ste Mere Eglise, 10 minutes to Utah Beach, 4 miles to a mainline station with trains direct to Paris, our village is on a direct road to a junction onto the N13, we're 30 minutes from Cherbourg, 40 from Bayeux & an hour from Caen...the countryside is simply stunning with glorious coastlines and the wonderful marshes all around us that in the summer have world class horses grazing and in the winter create the most beautiful flooded areas as far as the eye can see. An area of outstanding natural beauty with Normandy having the most Chateaux per square mile in the whole of unspoilt area with something for everyone!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you Mike and Tansy ! We had such a great stay in the cottage over New Year. This trip really made us realise how much we love Normandy, we'll def be back !
Dec 2014
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NOTE!! NO check in after 6 pm - we are totally flexible for arrival & departure days EXCEPT SUNDAY...this rural part of France does not have Sunday Trading ...there are NO shops open except for a few butchers & bakers...
Please try not travel on a Saturday in the summer months.
Christmas - tree & decorations if you would like them...but if you want a Christmas Free Zone we can help with that too!

Prices are inclusive of everything including the dishwasher tablets!


Accommodation and facilities for Cottagein Houesville in Manche

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No arrivals after 6 p.m. nor on a Sunday
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en suite
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , downstairs
  • A shower wet room.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • The bedroom is upstairs - the ceiling slopes so if you are a tall person please be aware before booking. Downstairs has good head clearance.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Conservatory
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There are NO BUGS here...American visitors rest easy! You can sit in the garden, have windows open & you will not get bitten!! The kitchen french windows open into the conservatory which has great views onto the garden & pond, opening out onto the patio area with the pond in the garden. For SUMMER there are sun loungers, garden furniture, BBQ and trees in the garden - somewhere for sun lovers or those that like the shade. Large double electric gates protect the whole property therefore secure parking.... you have your own clicker to come and go as you please. Secure garaging for bikes. For the ANIMAL lovers - plenty of fur persons here!


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Excellent locality, the cottage in Housville

  • 5 of 5

Everything was according to the description and we had a fantastic stay.

Surely, we will come back.

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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The ONLY place to stay in Normandy!

  • 5 of 5

If you are planning a trip to the Normandy area, this is the place for you to stay! I'm not sure I can adequately articulate what incredible hosts Tansy and Mike Forster are! We had to cancel our first trip in September 2017, because of Hurricane Harvey which flooded Houston, Texas, and our home. We re-scheduled our trip for April, 2018. Our arrival was delayed 24 hours due to an Air France strike. Tansy canceled all the services she had organized for us---driver to take us from Charles de Gaulle airport to the train station, driver to pick us up from the train station, and rental car. Once we were able to re-book our flight (24 hours later), Tansy called each of those services again to re-schedule. Needless to say, it was a frantic 24 hours! Once we finally arrived at Tansy & Mike's Ferme de L'eglise, we were greeted with open arms and a glass of Cremont! We were a party of two couples, and our living arrangement was perfect. We went into town every morning for fresh croissants from the local boulangerie. We were able to do laundry mid-trip as both cottages had full washer and dryer. The crisp, clean ocean air enabled us to sleep like babies! Tansy and Mike have thought of everything, and we can't imagine how our week in Normandy could have been more perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 04-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful space, excellent hosts

  • 5 of 5

What a great way to spend my husbands birthday! I wanted to plan a special surprise, Tansy was excellent at helping me make it memorable, she organised cake, roses and champagne for me. Tansy was very informative and gave us plenty to do. Thank you both xx

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are very welcome Sarah - was a pleasure to organise it all for you! Thank you for choosing our cottage for your special time together...
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Delightful rural cottage

  • 4 of 5

Tansy and Mike are helpful, knowledgeable hosts. Ferme d'Eglise is a charming cottage in the Normandy countryside of the Manche area.

We enjoyed getting lost, having adventures and discovering lots of, off the beaten track locations , as well as following Tansy's terrific guide to the D day landing sites and her restaurant recommendation.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our HomecAway from Home!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip from the states to overseas and we experienced the ultimate vacation!

Have you ever met someone and just knew from the start that you had friends for life? We did just this when we booked this beautiful cottage. Tansy was so helpful right from the start of our reservation until we departed on our last day. If we had questions ( and we did) she was prompt in getting back to us. She gave us a lot of great advice, but let us do what we felt was best without question. She definitely made our vacation seamless!

Our cottage was well appointed and we didn't need for anything. I can't even say how comfortable the bed was! We slept so soundly every night. The pups and cats would come and go as they pleased ( with our permission of course) and that was just fine for us since we had left our dog with friends and were missing him.

Tansy gave us maps and so many hints about the locals, which all came in handy.

Our trip was made complete when we were invited to partake in the festivities on the first day of the Tour de France. The riders were coming right in front of one of the homes that Tansy and Mike rent, and on that day we were introduced to nine of their closest friends and family. We were welcomed into their circle and everyone was so attentive to us and our wants and needs! It was so special, and we've got memories that we'll cherish forever!

We'll definitely be going back! ( I want to go now!)

Thank you Tansy and Mike for a memorable trip!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - we are always so thrilled to hear we helped make memories! The thing is you guys came with the right attitude at the very beginning, you wanted to know about the area plus came to make the most of everything and we're always very happy to share with folk what to do, where to go and how to maximize your time mantra seems to be, there is so much to do here! As you now know, the Invasion Beaches need 2 days alone, Bayeux Tapestry & Bayeux itself another day, Mont St Michel, the Copper town & Granville with the Christian Dior museum another and then there are all the beautiful fishing ports and places of outstanding natural beauty to explore, plus we are in the heart of a National Park...even though you were here for 8 nights we didn't get the time to take you to our favourite watering hole...we'll keep that for when you do come again!
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Beautiful setting,

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely week in this cottage in the beautiful country side of Normandy, even though it was a very busy week, it was so relaxing. The cottage is so comfortable and is equipped with everything you could possibly need for a thorally enjoyable holiday. Mike and Tansy we're brilliant hosts, very knowledgeable and helpful with information about things to do around this beautiful area, and with the information they emailed before our trip was very helpful.

I can't go without mentioning all the animals on the farm, it was lovely to watch them all, and the dogs and cats we're real characters, especially Madge and her tennis ball,

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Utah Beach
This beach not only reflects the D Day Invasion June 6th 1944 it is also the most glorious c...
Bayeux Tapestry Museum
This tapestry over a 1000 years old is basically the old way of recording an event instead o...
Omaha Beach
Caramels d'Isigny
Great local toffee factory - plus the way they are present make faboulous keepsakes or gifts
Cimetière américain d' Omaha Beach
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Natural Park of the Cotentin and Bessin Marshes - Maison du Parc (Parc naturel régional des Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin - Maison du Parc)
We are in the heart of a National Park an area of outstanding natural beauty - summer months...
Omaha Beach
Coutances Cathedral
jardin des plantes, coutances
Haras National de Saint-Lô
Parc Zoologique de Jurques
Utah Beach
Utah Beach with historic D Day Landings at the same time a glorious beach with trotting hors...
beautiful Cathedral, park & steeped in history
Château Fort de Pirou
Nearest Airport
271 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Leisville Sur Douve - beauty spot
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Fontenay Sur Mer
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
Ste Mere Eglise John Steele
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Utah Beach
Car: necessary

In the heart of WW2 June 6th 1944 Invasion Beaches close to Utah Beach, 4 miles from Ste Mere Eglise, 4 miles from Carentan, from our village you can see the memorial where General Pratt crashed in Heisville...we're half a mile from all the Command Posts!

Set in the heart of a conservation area of significant importance we are in the beautiful and stunning Parc Naturel Cotentin et du Bessin we are less than 2 miles from the Parks Head Office.

Ste Marie du Mont was the first village in France to be liberated on June 6th 1944. Ste mere Eglise still has the parachutist effigy hanging from the church tower.

Band of Brothers story featured around here for parts 2 & 3.

Further up the coast the other invasion beaches Point du Hoc Arromanches, Mulberry Harbour, are all easy access and well worth a visit. The museums, memorials and information are superb with films in most museums, all of them are really worth visiting...we highly recommend the 360 degree cinema at Arromanches. There is so much to do here, not just the invasion beaches....Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel, Caen, UNESCO St Vaast la Hougue & the Isle Tatihou, Barfleur where William the Conqueror (set sail from), Briquebec, St Saveur Vicompte & Valognes where castles exist from the 100 years war. We have Roman remains, the 1st stone built castle against the Vikings, Hitlers defenses in the Atlantic's all here!

Other Activities: Bird watching,dolphin & seal watching, boat trips round the invasion beaches or round the headland above Cherbourg, sand yachting,para wind surfing, beach combing, sea fishing, course fishing,

Golf: Golf here is quite fantastic...

Golf Fontenay-sur-Mer a true Links course only 20 minutes away.

Omaha Golf Made up of three 9 hole courses, the outstanding views of the d-day landings beaches from this course make the whole trip worthwhile. An excellently maintained undulating cliff top course, some of the shots possible are not for the faint hearted.

Barneville Carteret An outstanding links course with undulating fairways, sand dunes, water hazards and narrow greens, this 9 hole course (soon to be developed to 18) benefits from outstanding views of the channel islands

An 18 hole links close to the quaint town of Agon-Coutainville and only 5km west of Coutances, Coutainville is a challenge for golfers of all abilities particularly in the wind.

8kms from Ste Mere Eglise, 16 kms from WW 2 Invasion Beach Utah Beach, 8 kms from Carentan, 20 minutes from Point du Hoc & Grandcamp Maisy. 30 minutes Bayeux 50 minutes Caen. 30 minutes Cherbourg, 3 hours Paris, 45 minutes St Lo, Coutances, 45 minutes Mont St Michel, Avarranches, WW2 Invasion Beaches, American Cemetery, Mulberry Harbour, Carentan, Ferry ports, motorway, 8 kms to direct railway line to Paris.

Honfleur 2 hours

Le Harve 1 hr 30

We are 30 minutes from CHERBOURG 1 hour from CAEN for ferries to UK & Spain.

Cheese, cider, calvados factories open for tours.