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Accommodation for 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy

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Accommodation for 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy

Hi I am looking for available accommodation options while attending the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy during th least week in August and the first week in September. If you know of any accommodation available either commercially or in a private home would you please let me know? Thanks

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1. Re: Accommodation for 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy

Pretty much everything outside of Caen will still be available (the games organisers have pre booked most of the rooms in Caen for competitors and associated 'VIP's). Everyone is waiting to see what demand will be like, and how to price their accommodation. Some may be prepared to take bookings now, but most I suspect will wait until towards the end of the year. August and September are always busy anyway so there is no real need to take such forward bookings as yet. I suspect the good quality accommodation near the games themselves will be hard to find as the games approach though.

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2. Re: Accommodation for 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy

Thank you for such a speedy and comprehensive response. Is there any talk of locals offering their spare room/s, granny flats etc for rent. As the opportunity to stay with locals is an attractive option? Also, do you know of any booking sites that would be best to use? Regards Sandy

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3. Re: Accommodation for 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy

Try airbnb.com for rooms in people's houses, but don't expect lots of bargains, many have an inflated view of what their place is worth.

Most b&bs are actually people's houses though, so you would be staying with locals if you went this route

As for booking, with b&bs it is best to go direct, many have online booking on their websites, or it can be done by email.

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4. Re: Accommodation for 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy

I doubt if you'll get many private homes offering rooms. It didn't happen for the 60th anniversary of D-Day when veterans were having problems finding enough accommodation and if they didn't open up for them I doubt they will do it for equestrians.

However, as hilaire says, there will be plenty of accommodation available in B&Bs outside Caen - most won't even have heard of the WEG, let alone set their prices for 2014 yet.

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5. Re: Accommodation for 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy

Look at this B&B:

tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g660467-d595…

To get to Caen, you will probably need a car, but PM the owner/contributor from more info. (I can recommend the B&B, but under TA guidelines, any mention would be considered "self promotion" by a contributor.) I think St Louet sur Vireabout is about 40 minutes from Caen, and hopefully, parking will be part of the organizers' plans.

Also, look for accommodations in Bayeux. Bayeux is about twenty minutes by train from Caen and I would hope that the planners have bus transportation scheduled to the even location. Anyway...waiting to catch a train (though they are relatively frequent) would not be much different in your travel time from St. Louet.

On this post, there is a partial list of some places you might consider in Bayeux, and if a D Day sites tour works into your plans, there is information on guide companies that operate out of Bayeux as well. I've also discussed how we got to Normandy after arriving in Paris:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187179-i607-k5174…

Edited: 24 February 2013, 16:55
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6. Re: Accommodation for 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy

There are hundreds of other places as well .... just look through the review pages here as a start.

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7. Re: Accommodation for 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy

You might also want to look at Deauville. It's a thoroughbred community that's also a sea resort and has a racetrack and casino that's a bit Monte Carlo style. Deauville is Lexington, Kentucky's Sister City, and as you probably know Lexington hosted the last games. There's a strong connection between the two cities. I would think that Deauville might be setting something up in conjunction with the games, and it's about 45 minutes along the auto route to Caen. Unfortunately, train connections aren't good, but the roads are and see if they might be setting up buses from Deauville. Try this link to Deauville.org for info:

http://www.deauville.org/fr/

This could be a fun addition to your time in Normandy. Deauville and Trouville are two popular seaside resorts that face each other across a lovely harbor.

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8. Re: Accommodation for 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy

I met with the Normandy 2014 Organizers on Wednesday last, in Caen. They have decided to appoint one exclusive ticketing agency in each country to offer tickets and accommodations to residents of that country. The Official Ticketing Agency in the United States is Equestrian Tours (equestours.com). Packages are just being put together, so there is only limited information on the website. Many more options will be available with final package offerings completed by May 1.

The rules outlined by the Organizers are

1. From May 1 until November 1, 2013 only ticketing packages including accommodations, transfers, local sightseeing (perhaps a walking tour) will be sold. These packages will include season tickets to the requested disipline(s).

2. Beginning November 1,2013 any remaining available tickets will be put up for sale, without a "package".

Booking individual accommodations will limit your ability to purchase the WEG event tickets you may wish. This has never been done in the past six World Equestrian Games, but it is the case for Normandy.

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9. Re: Accommodation for 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy

So much for supporting small independent b&bs then ...

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10. Re: Accommodation for 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy

Bob W...I think you've been on this forum before, and if I remember correctly, you are a tour organizer. Maybe not, but if you are, read these guidelines.

tripadvisor.com/help/Can_I_sell_or_promote_s…

It's okay to contribute if you are a business, but there are ways to do it. If I'm wrong on this, please accept my apologies, but your "I met with the Normandy 2014 Organizers on Wednesday last, in Caen." suggests a business connection. Business connections can be a good thing on a forum, but they need to be revealed.

I'm with those who might be concerned that tour operators might be running the show as the sellers of packages. I hope I'm misunderstanding this.