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HISTORIC SITES

• Sainte Mère Eglise: was the first town liberated by the American airborne divisions on D-day, only five minutes away from our Property. You can see the famous church of St. Mere-Eglise with the paratroupper who got stuck on top of it during the WWII bombing. Also the WWII Airborne museum is waling distance from the church - a must visit place for those who are keen to extend their knowledge about the WWII.

• Utah Beach: was the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landingson June 6, 1944, during World War IIThe objective at Utah was to secure a beachhead on the Cotentin Peninsula, the location of important port facilities at Cherbourg. The amphibious assault, primarily by the US 4th Infantry Division and 70th Tank Battalion, was supported by airborne landings of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division.

• Omaha Beachwas one of the other code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landingson 6 June 1944, during World War IIOmaha is located on the coast of Normandy, France, facing the English Channel, and is 8 kilometres (5 mi) long, from east of Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes to west of Vierville-sur-Mer on the right bank of the Douve River estuary. Landings here were necessary in order to link up the British landings to the east at Gold with the American landing to the west at Utah, thus providing a continuous lodgement on the Normandy coast of the Bay of the Seine. Taking Omaha was to be the responsibility of United States Army troops, with sea transport and naval artillery support provided by the U.S. Navy and elements of the British Royal Navy.

• Bayeux: Tapestry medieval embroidery depicting the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, remarkable as a work of art and important as a source for 11th-century history. The tapestry is a band of linen 231 feet (70 meters) long and 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) wide, now light brown with age, on which are embroidered, in worsteds of eight colors, more than 70 scenes representing the Norman Conquest. 

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Le Mont Saint-Michel: The most visited monument in France and eighth wonder of the world. This ancient fortified abbey is built on rocks where the Archangel Michael is said to have appeared in 708 AD. Le Mont Saint-Michel is an hour and a half drive away.

• Villedieu-les-Poêles: The town is full of workshops where coppersmiths create the world famous pots and pans. One can also visit one of the oldest bell foundries in France. Great for gift shopping.


• Caen: Many restored mediaeval churches, including the Abbaye aux Hommes with the tomb of William the Conqueror and the Abbaye aux Dames, with that of his queen Mathilde. There are fine art museums and galleries and the Memorial dedicated to Peace, which offers an unforgettable multi-media experience.

• Cherbourg: The marina Port Chantereyne in Cherbourg is located in the second largest artificial harbor in the World. Cherbourg had been a strategic stronghold for several centuries - its castle was first built in the 5th century to protect the whole width of the Cotentin.

ACTIVITIES

  • Cycling: every Sunday morning at 9 a.m. a small group of enthusiasts is gathering at the Chef-du Pont marketplace for a tour of the region.
  • Hiking:  Many loops are proposed to discover hidden treasures of the region.
  •  Horse riding: Saint-Martin-d’Audouville: 
Les Ecuries de la Gare, 

A place dedicated to horse and pony. A green place surrounded by many paths where you will find: outdoor sand area, indoor area, round area, saddler, and stables.  (http://equitation-normandie.fr/en/)
  • Golf - Fontenay-sur-Mer: 
Le golf de la presqu'île du Cotentin - 18 holes golf Clubhouse 
(http://www.golf-cotentin.com)
  • OPEN SKY MUSEUM: Ste Mère Eglise/Utah Beach ‘s Open Sky Museum - a tour where you will discover Landing’s history and important moments of the Liberation, in an innovative way. 

 Information and booking at: 
 Tourist office of Ste Mère Eglise (02 33 21 00 33), http://www.sainte-mere-eglise.info/en/pageLibre000163bc.html
  • Goat farm: cheese making, ferme-auberge
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150 milking goats and 50 young ones. Discover the process of making cheese and pâté, which you can taste at the end of the visit. Teatime at the farm possible for groups with prior booking. ”Le Pommier”, 50480, Liesville-sur-Douve, 02.33.71.01.60
  • Bird watching: Bird sanctuary of Beauguillot – discovery path along the bird sanctuary starting from Utah Beach. The association Claude Hettier de Boislambert is in charge of this 500 ha area, renowned internationally for its importance in welcoming water birds. Equipments are placed all around the sanctuary and allow a visit on your own. Réserve naturelle de Beauguillot
 - 50480 Sainte Marie du Mont, 02.33.71.56.99
  • Skydiving and Ultralight: A2 Parachutisme makes you discover new sensations. You can fly with an ultralight (initiation or as a pilot) or skydive in tandem. Information and booking at the Tourist office of Ste Mère Eglise (02.33.21.00.33)
  • Sand yachting: Discover on your own, with family or groups how great sand yachting on the Utah Beach is. UTAH AVEL MOR
M. Grégory Voisin, 
Utah Beach
 - 50480 Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, 02.33.44.75.57
  • Dirigible Hangar:  The hangar was built by Marine Nationale in order to shelter dirigible airships to escort the convoys and to find sub-marines and mines during the First World War. Unique in Europe, this huge building has two parts - the museum and the hangar. Discover flights of two dirigible airships in July and August where you can as well take place (with flight fee) or during special occasions. Hangar à dirigeables
 - 50310, Ecausseville, 02.33. 08.56.02

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