Maison Bertiniere

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

Overview

Pets Welcome Walk to Beach Walk to Village

Just a short cycle ride from a magnificent sandy beach on the Cotentin Peninsula, this elegant yet authentic maison is set in a picturesque region where you can experience Normandy at its very best. 

Exquisite renovations and admirable attention to detail by the enthusiastic owners has led to a unique and very beautiful home which has been furnished with style and flair, after all this is their home as well. The chesterfield sofa, antique furnishings and a woodburning stove create a warm ambience whilst exposed stone and wood beams give the room immense character. The open-plan kitchen adds a touch of contemporary luxury and is brilliantly equipped for creating feasts with the local produce you will find at nearby markets.

The romantic master bedroom upstairs has an antique bed and its own luxurious en suite with a classic roll-top bath whilst at the top of the maison, under the traditional wood beams, is an unusual but impressive open mezzanine with a double bed and lounge area. A pretty twin on the first floor completes the sleeping quarters of this delightful house.

Catch the morning sun as you sip your coffee under the lilac tree by the rear courtyard, then spend summery afternoons relaxing in the south-facing courtyard by the BBQ, before heading for a glass of pommeau in the outdoor bar with its charming village view. Help yourself to herbs and vegetables in season, pick figs from the fruit orchard and admire the summer wildflowers. A large barn has been partially made into a games room where you’ll find all sorts of outdoor games, bikes and rackets for the village tennis court.

Set in a rural village, you can cycle to the coast in about fifteen minutes where you will find a wonderful sandy beach which is often deserted. There are some excellent restaurants and lovely shops in the two local towns, La Haye-du-Puits and Portbail, both of which also have atmospheric weekly markets. Barneville-Carteret is also a great place to visit with its Blue-Flag beaches, charming cafes, Michelin starred restaurant and a wealth of activities such as sailing, golf and horse-riding.

As well as discovering some of the peninsula’s charming villages and magnificent beaches, further afield the Normandy region is waiting to be explored. Mont Saint-Michel and Bayeux are just two of the many highlights within driving distance or guided trips can be arranged. Many of the D-Day landing beaches can also be reached within an hour, as well as cemeteries and museums commemorating an incredibly moving time in Normandy’s history.

Perfect for a rural getaway near stunning beaches, traditional towns and villages with a fascinating history, as well as amazing cuisine, Maison Bertiniere offers character, style and a touch of luxury in this idyllic part of beautiful Normandy. 

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • Underfloor heating is featured on the ground floor only and a basket of logs for the wood burner is also provided
  • The stylish wooden stairs up to the first floor are fairly steep and open on one side
  • The beautiful third bedroom is under the eaves on an open mezzanine level, via steep steps (not suitable for young children)
  • Children should be supervised in the grounds and barn, especially the rear garden due to the pond

 

 

Property Features

Internet BBQ Bicycles Provided Games Room Outdoor Games Table Tennis Pool/Snooker DVD Working Fireplace Heating

Maison Interiors

Ground Floor

-    Open-plan living and dining room with sofa-bed and wood-burner
-    Open-plan kitchen, well-equipped
-    Utility room
-    Bathroom with large power-shower and WC

First Floor (via open-sided steep stairs)

-    Landing with lounge area with sofa-bed, small library and desk
-    Double bedroom with en suite bathroom with rolltop bath and WC
-    Twin bedroom

Top Floor (open mezzanine level via steep steps)

-    Double bedroom with lounge area

Outside Grounds

-    South-facing courtyard
-    BBQ
-    Rear courtyard
-    Outdoor bar with al-fresco terrace and seating
-    Vegetable and herb garden
-    Fruit orchard
-    Wild flower meadow
-    Rear garden with pond
-    Barn with bikes, games, tennis rackets etc
-    Boules
-    Parking on site

Facilities

-    Underfloor heating (ground floor)
-    Wi-Fi
-    DVD player
-    Games console
-    Table tennis
-    Boules
-    Snooker table
-    Darts
-    Beach and outdoor games
-    Bikes
-    Washing machine

Location

About the surrounding area of Maison Bertiniere
Walk to Beach Walk to Village Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Romantic Boat Trips
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On the western coast of the Cotentin Peninsula, only an hour south of Cherbourg, Maison Bertiniere is set in a rural Normandy village very near the sea.

You can cycle to the gloriously long sandy beach in about fifteen minutes, using the bikes provided by the maison, or take a leisurely stroll in about half an hour (or five minutes by car). The village itself also has a communal tennis court which are free for guests to use when available (tennis rackets and balls are in the barn).

The nearest places to eat, shops and supermarkets are a short drive/cycle ride away in La Haye-du-Puits (8km), a traditional and picturesque town with some excellent restaurants and charming bars, a tourism office and a weekly market on a Wednesday morning where you can pick up all sorts of local produce. Occasionally in the summer this expands into an atmospheric brocante (flea market).

The port town of Portbail (11km) is also a great place to visit with beautiful historic buildings, good restaurants (especially for seafood lovers) and a Tuesday morning market which includes a particularly good artisan bakery stall. There are various festivals or events taking place in the summer; if you’re staying in July look out for the festival of Normandy with fireworks whilst in late June there is usually a large brocante with food and live music.

Heading north, the seaside resort of Barneville-Carteret (19km) is much loved by Parisians in the summer due to its cafes, restaurants (including one with a Michelin star) and brilliant sandy beaches which have been awarded a ‘Blue-Flag’ for cleanliness. For a picturesque day out, take the 1930s Contenin tourist train from Barneville to Portbail, following the coastline with views of the Channel Islands.   

Just further north, the dunes at Hatainville are especially beautiful. This area offers wonderful walking and hiking trails both along the coast and inland. Horse-riding is also incredibly popular here with centres near Barneville-Carteret offering rides along the beach for all abilities.

You could just spend your days exploring the delightful Cotentin Peninsula with its vast, long stretches of sandy beaches, rural villages and amazing cuisine. Food and drink tours can be arranged via the owners allowing you to sample some of the local soft cheeses, seafood, chocolate, Calvados brandy, apple cider and pommeau.

Yet there is also so much to explore further afield in Normandy, such as the outstanding Mont Saint-Michel (115km) and the historic town of Bayeux (80km) with the world-famous Bayeux Tapestry.

The D-Day landing beaches are also nearby, for example Omaha (70km) and Arromanches-les-Bains (87km) as well as significant WWII villages such as Sainte-Mère-Église (33km); D-Day tours can also be arranged with the owners, tailored to your own particular interests.

Local Amenities
Nearest Ferry port Cherbourg

(60km)

Nearest Airport Caen – Carpiquet Airport

(103km)

Nearest Train Station Carentan

(33km)

Nearest Village

(In the village )

Nearest Tennis Communal tennis in the village

(Short walk )

Nearest Beach

(2.5km)

Nearest Restaurant La Haye-du-Puits

(8km)

Nearest Supermarket La Haye-du-Puits

(8km)

Nearest Town/City La Haye-du-Puits/Cherbourg

(8km/54km)

Nearest Golf Golf Cote des Isles

(17km)

Region

History and gastronomy go hand-in-hand in Normandy, making it a great choice if culture and fine dining are what you’re looking for in a holiday! There’s still plenty on offer besides the food and tales of yesteryear, however – you can take a tour around some of the beautiful inland towns and villages or head to the coast, where you’ll find a mixture of wide sandy beaches and rugged, romantic cliffs. If you’re not already convinced to head to one of our villas in Normandy (or maybe if you’ve already booked) you’ll find a wealth of great things to do, see and eat in our ultimate Normandy travel guide!

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Kids

Best Suited For: Teens
Ideal for Teens

As well as long stretches of glorious sandy beaches, the nearest being just a 15-minute cycle ride from the maison, this region also offers sailing, rowing and surfing in Barneville Carteret, just a short drive away.

Barneville Carteret is also great for horse-riding for all ages, with rides along the beach, mini-golf and there’s also a cinema (with some films in English). Train lovers should also take the 1930s tourist train from Barneville to Portbail, where you can admire the coastal views towards the Channel Islands.

For adventurous guests, head to the ‘Base de Loisirs’ about 20-minutes away in Saint Sauverur Le Vicomte where you can hire canoes or kayaks and take part in climbing or archery lessons.

Lastly, a particular local highlight for families has to be ‘La Maison du Biscuit’, just outside Barneville Carteret, a fantastic shop where you can buy all sorts of biscuits, chocolates, gifts and even alcohol for the grown-ups. It’s a rather unusual business, with a brilliant café, but it’s a lovely place for all ages who have a sweet tooth!

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Beach
  • Walk to Village
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Boules/Petanque
  • Darts
  • Tennis rackets
  • Bicycles Provided
  • Games Room
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Pool/Snooker
  • DVD

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Cooking Classes Available
  • Wine-Tasting Available
  • Transfers Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • D-Day Landings and Historical Tours Available
  • Food and Drink Tours Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Transfers
- Pre-arrival shopping
- Personal chef
- Cookery demos
- Food and Drink tours
- D-Day Landing tours
- Other guided Normandy tours
- Hot Air Balloon ride

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €100 paid via bank transfer to the owner before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 3.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes, underfloor heating on ground floor and one basket of logs for the wood burner.
Linen & towels included? Yes. Linen is changed once for stays of more than one week.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. A mid-stay clean is also possible for stays of more than one week (payable locally). Please note, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Other Ts and Cs One cot and one highchair are available on request. Please bring your own cot linen and mattress.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner. If accepted, dogs must be kept downstairs and off all furniture. Any mess should be cleared up before departure and a cleaning surcharge may apply.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Minimum stay 3 nights.
Changeover day Flexible.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and other special events are not permitted.
Tax French Taxe De Séjour paid via bank transfer to the owner before arrival (typically costs approximately between €2-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required.)

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 21st 2019 - Nov 1st 2019 £383 £505 £627 £850
Nov 1st 2019 - Dec 1st 2019 £363 £479 £595 £806
Dec 1st 2019 - Dec 9th 2019 £394 £519 £645 £874
Dec 9th 2019 - Dec 22nd 2019 £420 £554 £688 £932
Dec 22nd 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 £577 £761 £946 £1,282
Jan 4th 2020 - Feb 11th 2020 £366 £483 £600 £813
Feb 11th 2020 - Apr 1st 2020 £408 £538 £668 £905
Apr 1st 2020 - Jun 1st 2020 £437 £577 £717 £971
Jun 1st 2020 - Jul 18th 2020 £474 £626 £778 £1,054
Jul 18th 2020 - Sep 6th 2020 £621 £819 £1,018 £1,379
Sep 6th 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 £477 £629 £781 £1,058
Oct 1st 2020 - Nov 1st 2020 £386 £509 £632 £857
Nov 1st 2020 - Dec 1st 2020 £366 £483 £600 £813
Dec 1st 2020 - Dec 9th 2020 £397 £523 £650 £881
Dec 9th 2020 - Dec 22nd 2020 £423 £558 £693 £939
Dec 22nd 2020 - Jan 4th 2021 £580 £765 £951 £1,288
Jan 4th 2021 - Feb 11th 2021 £369 £487 £605 £820
Feb 11th 2021 - Apr 1st 2021 £411 £542 £673 £912
Apr 1st 2021 - Apr 23rd 2021 £439 £579 £720 £975

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 21st 2019 - Nov 1st 2019 €424 €546 €668 €941
Nov 1st 2019 - Dec 1st 2019 €402 €518 €634 €893
Dec 1st 2019 - Dec 9th 2019 €436 €562 €687 €968
Dec 9th 2019 - Dec 22nd 2019 €465 €599 €733 €1,032
Dec 22nd 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 €639 €824 €1,008 €1,419
Jan 4th 2020 - Feb 11th 2020 €405 €522 €639 €900
Feb 11th 2020 - Apr 1st 2020 €451 €582 €712 €1,002
Apr 1st 2020 - Jun 1st 2020 €484 €624 €764 €1,075
Jun 1st 2020 - Jul 18th 2020 €525 €677 €829 €1,167
Jul 18th 2020 - Sep 6th 2020 €687 €886 €1,084 €1,527
Sep 6th 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 €528 €680 €832 €1,172
Oct 1st 2020 - Nov 1st 2020 €427 €550 €674 €949
Nov 1st 2020 - Dec 1st 2020 €405 €522 €639 €900
Dec 1st 2020 - Dec 9th 2020 €439 €566 €693 €976
Dec 9th 2020 - Dec 22nd 2020 €468 €603 €739 €1,040
Dec 22nd 2020 - Jan 4th 2021 €642 €828 €1,013 €1,427
Jan 4th 2021 - Feb 11th 2021 €409 €527 €645 €908
Feb 11th 2021 - Apr 1st 2021 €455 €586 €717 €1,010
Apr 1st 2021 - Apr 23rd 2021 €486 €626 €767 €1,080

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 21st 2019 - Nov 1st 2019 $473 $595 $718 $1,050
Nov 1st 2019 - Dec 1st 2019 $449 $565 $681 $996
Dec 1st 2019 - Dec 9th 2019 $486 $612 $738 $1,080
Dec 9th 2019 - Dec 22nd 2019 $519 $653 $787 $1,152
Dec 22nd 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 $713 $898 $1,082 $1,584
Jan 4th 2020 - Feb 11th 2020 $452 $569 $686 $1,005
Feb 11th 2020 - Apr 1st 2020 $504 $634 $764 $1,119
Apr 1st 2020 - Jun 1st 2020 $540 $680 $820 $1,200
Jun 1st 2020 - Jul 18th 2020 $586 $738 $890 $1,302
Jul 18th 2020 - Sep 6th 2020 $767 $966 $1,164 $1,704
Sep 6th 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 $589 $741 $894 $1,308
Oct 1st 2020 - Nov 1st 2020 $477 $600 $723 $1,059
Nov 1st 2020 - Dec 1st 2020 $452 $569 $686 $1,005
Dec 1st 2020 - Dec 9th 2020 $490 $617 $744 $1,089
Dec 9th 2020 - Dec 22nd 2020 $523 $658 $793 $1,161
Dec 22nd 2020 - Jan 4th 2021 $717 $902 $1,088 $1,593
Jan 4th 2021 - Feb 11th 2021 $456 $574 $692 $1,013
Feb 11th 2021 - Apr 1st 2021 $508 $639 $770 $1,127
Apr 1st 2021 - Apr 23rd 2021 $543 $683 $823 $1,205

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
6 years. A few of those were spent full renovating the property!

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
We loved the original charm and character of the house and absolutely idyllic location...just a moment from a perfect sandy beach, between two vibrant but traditional French towns and in a peaceful bucolic setting.

We actually discovered it by bicycle and so were really able to take its personality in.

It was love at first sight!

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Although perhaps not what one immediately wants in a holiday home, the tiny village was occupied by the Nazi’s during WWII and according the records from the local Marie, it seems our place was used by officers due to its height and ‘arrow - slits’ in the top floor.

Due to the age of the house, it long predates records, so information prior to WWII is quite scarce.

Bringing it more up to date, the couple that lived there prior to us, lived there up until their 80s and quite amazingly didn’t see the need for electrics, running water or sewage! We assumed with the sea so close, that must have provided an opportunity to wash, but they were certainly made of tougher stuff than us!

For anyone coming to stay, is there anything you suggest that they really…

Must do?
Cycle down to the beach followed by a drink at the outdoor garden bar!

A horse ride along the beach during sunrise or sunset is something very special and one we’d highly recommend.

Finally, there are too many D-Day sites to list (we provide as recommended schedule to guests), but visiting some of these memorials and museums is a powerful experience.

Must eat?
The area is famed throughout France for both its seafood and apple produce (as well as its dairy and fruit and vegetables!). Oysters, mussels and fish in the many local restaurants are not to be missed and washed down with the local cidre or calvados is just perfection! Don’t forget to end with a ‘cafe gourmand’!

Must see?
During the summer months Barneville-Carteret is really worth a visit, a popular spot with Parisians it has an authentic yet stylish atmosphere. Great restaurants and cafes aplenty and a gorgeous beach and marina. There are often small festivals taking place in various bits of the town too.

Close by there is an establishment called ‘La Maison du Biscuit’, we don’t want to give away any surprises, but we would recommend popping in!

Mont Saint Michel is also truly incredible and very worth a visit. Truly breath-taking.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Live like a local and slow down! The pace of the area is lovely... there are lots of places to have a good time, but rushing just doesn’t seem to exist! Embracing this is the way to thrive and full enjoy the area.

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Reviews

  • Exceptional!

    Created on 10/08/2019

    I visited the house with my family, the 6 of us were utterly bowled over by the beautiful home that greeted us. It is the perfect spot. We used the house bikes and cycled to the beach everyday, at night we bbq'd under the stars before falling asleep in the most comfortable beds. The house is gorgeous. The attention to detail is exceptional. We could not have asked for more!

  • Simply gorgeous!!!

    Created on 03/08/2019

    My husband, myself and our little 1 year old have hugely enjoyed our week stay at Maison Bertiniere. It is gorgeous, a beautiful restoration and a perfect getaway spot. Lovely decoration, attention to detail and really well equipped. The nearby beaches are just amazing, the towns are easy to get to and the farmhouse provides a wonderful base to explore. The BBQ and fire pit are fantastic, we spent numerous evenings outside staring up at the stars, never seen skies quite like it! Thanks to the hosts for being such welcoming and informative hosts and a special thank you for helping us retrieve our baby monitor which we stupidly left too - above and beyond customer support!

  • A relaxing holiday!

    Created on 27/07/2019

    Very nice house, very well-equipped with everything you might possibly need for a relaxing holiday in the french countryside!

  • Idyllic farmhouse!

    Created on 20/07/2019

    A stunning rural get away. Francesca and Samuel have lovingly restored this idyllic farmhouse and if you're looking for a quiet relaxing break it's perfect. We were a party of 7 and the house comfortably accommodated us all. The stunning beach is only a couple of mins away and there are lots of beautiful towns to visit nearby where you can soak up all the French culture. The hosts couldn't have done enough for us and we thoroughly recommend to all!

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