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Château de la Roque
A a very popular destination in Normandy is the Cotentin Peninsula, its coastline reminiscent of New England's. The westernmost three départements of this region are called Basse Normandie, and the most western of those, reaching up into the English Channel, is the Manche -- the French word for 'channel'. And from the Manche come the two most recent additions to our web site, the first of which is Château de la Roque only seven kilometers from St-Lô, a town made famous during the D-Day landings of World War II.
Château de la Roque is a grand, vine-covered Norman manor, approached via a long, poplar-lined drive. You will be impressed by the building, to be sure, but perhaps equally impressed with the setting including a pond and well-kept gardens. Inviting you into their home are your host and hostess, Raymond and Mireille Delisle - he an avid cyclist and past French National Champion, and she famous in the region for her baking skills. Wake each morning to the wonderful aromas rising from the wood-fired oven the the château kitchen. Come down to a breakfast of freshly baked breads and brioche.
is no lack of things to do and see in the area. Of course, your host
will encourage cycling during your stay. From the excitement of shopping
for all things copper in Villedieu-les-Poêles
to taking the ferries from Granville
to the Channel Islands of Jersey
you will enjoy the ambiance of the Manche. Restaurants in the region
offer delectable fare from the sea, and, as you are in Normandy,
you will find no shortage of creamy desserts and cheeses.
Château de la Roque at Dusk [Photo Credits - Château de la Roque]
also offers a great deal for history buffs, whether one's interest lies
in the events here during World War II or in earlier times and the château's
connection to the King of France in the late 1500s. And for interesting
pastimes, don't miss a visit to medieval Coutances and its 13th
century cathedral or market day in Carentan.
Whatever you choose to do, the Cotentin is a traveler's delight and Château
de la Roque will be a most welcoming "home away from home" during
your visit to la Manche.
Manoir de Bellauney
and historic, the Manoir de Bellauney
is beckoning you to come and stay! The drawing below gives
an accurate representation of this outstanding Norman structure -- the
strong architectural elements and character will leave a lasting impression.
The owners, Monsieur and Madame Allix-Desfauteaux call it home, and enjoy
welcoming guests between April 1st and November 1st.
Manoir de Bellauney has been in the same family for over a hundred years. The current members of that family have ensured all the modern comforts are available to their guests, while being faithful to the history of their home. Built in the 15th and 16th centuries on the site of a monastery destroyed by Edward III -- son of Edward II and Isabella of France and father of Edward the Black Prince -- the manoir's authenticity is a big part of its charm. [The history of this King and his family intrigues is fascinating]. Guest rooms are decorated in period styles -- Medieval, Louis XV and Norman. Whichever room you occupy, you will experience the history of this five hundred year-old residence. The rooms are spacious and yet remain cozy and inviting. One, the Medieval Chambre, has its own salon and fireplace for relaxing after a long day of being a tourist.
Visitors to the Cotentin Peninsula will find it an easy drive to Utah Beach and its memorial museum, a mere 33 kilometers away, as well as other World War II sites such as Sainte Mère Eglise, -- famous as the first town to be liberated by the Americans during the D-Day landings and where the American paratrooper's parachute caught on their church steeple -- still commemorated today by a parachute hanging from the spire.
Although dinner is not available at the manoir, your hosts will gladly direct you to nearby excellent restaurants, as well as provide advice as to the important local sites, including driving directions and other necessary details. You will probably find yourself in the nearby town of Valognes, referred to as the Little Norman Versailles. You will find it a pretty and enjoyable village a mere 3.5 kilometers from Manoir de Bellauney - an easy walk if you are so inclined. And, you might want to visit Cherbourg and its Chantereyne Marina, only one feature of this exciting port city on the English Channel.
Please be sure to include the département of the Manche on your visit to Normandy. You will be amply rewarded by the sights, tastes and history of this most appealing region of Basse Normandie. And, remember Manoir de Bellauney offers easy access to the English Channel and the historic beaches that played so great a role in the Normandy Invasion nearly 60 years ago.
[Photo Credits - Manoir de Montaupin]
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