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Charming rural base in Normandy

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Charming rural base in Normandy

Our party of six friends is in the process of making plans for a mid-June 2014 visit to Normandy. After having spent nine days in Paris we are curious to learn where TA members think the most charming rural area would be to use as our base for day trips to the D-Day Beaches and MSM. Too, will it be a necessity to rent cars or a van to be able to base ourselves in a rural setting? Merci beaucoup!

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1. Re: Charming rural base in Normandy

Is your question about renting cars vs a van, or renting a "vehicle" in general? If the latter, I think you would need some mode of transportation if you are in a rural setting and want to explore the area.

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2. Re: Charming rural base in Normandy

Wherever you base yourselves, unless in one of the main towns, like Bayeux or Caen, you are going to need your own transportation, especially if there are six of you. Even if you were prepared to use taxis some small towns literally only have one one-man-band taxi company who would only be able to carry five of you!

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3. Re: Charming rural base in Normandy

You absolutely need to rent a vehicle if you want to be in a rural location anywhere in France. It is possible to rent a mini-van to carry all 6 of you. Use the website www.autoeurope.com to find a rental vehicle. If you want to be in a base that is central to MSM and D-Day beaches then that will dictate what rural location is best for you.

Thiaumerie, who responded just above, can't mention it because it would be considered advertising but they have a bed and breakfast in a rural location that is in a perfect location mid-way between D-Day beaches and MSM. Here is the link: http://www.vacances-normandes.com

The countryside is quite scenic in this area with rolling hills and green pastures and you'd be very close to a beautiful, rural area known as the Suisse-Normande, which you can learn about by checking the tourist office website for that region:

www.ot-suisse-normande.com/…

Here is another tourist office website to help you learn about that area:

http://www.manche-tourism.com/en

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4. Re: Charming rural base in Normandy

Here is a second recommendation for La Thiaumerie. Lovely B&B and you couldn't ask for better or more knowledgeable hosts.

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We had a holiday last year and this year in Normandy and really love the area. Not only is it lovely scenery wise, but there is so much to see and do and lots of good bars and restaurants serving excellent fish and seafood amongst other things.

As we live in London we always take our own car to France, but we wouldn't be without a car whilst there. We stayed in the same accommodation on both holidays and I found it on the Gites de France website. We were conveniently based between Arromanches and Courselles sur Mer.

There are plenty of other websites you can look on like OwnersDirect, Holidaylettings, Homelidays etc.

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6. Re: Charming rural base in Normandy

Have a look at Les Coudreaux, near St Simeon and Gorron, SW of Domfront.

We visited Mont St Michel, Bagnoles-de-l'Orne, Arromanches, Domfront, Bayeaux during our week using our own car. There are fewer large roads in the Basse-Normandy region so you get to see much more of the villages and small towns which is more fun than driving on peages!

We stayed in Les Coudreaux's one bedroomed 'Le Petit Bijou' gite last week and it was wonderful. The owners live in the old farmhouse and have 2 gites with a small swimming pool: their attention to detail and the helpful support is invaluable. 5* from us! It's one of many hundreds of holiday gites on http://www.holidayfrancedirect.co.uk/

You definitely need a car- a People Carrier sized MPV like a Ford Galaxy or a Fiat Duplo... try www.europcar.com, and definitely get the CDW option as it once saved us a 900 euro repair bill!

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If you do go to Les Coudreaux ask Lynne for her evening meal menus, 25 euros each for the best home cooking you will ever experience... served in your gite or on the deck. Wow, just.... wow!

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10. Re: Charming rural base in Normandy

You could try either Bayeux which is very nice with good range of stores, plenty of history, allied cemetery, cathedral, central location on train line from Paris, a few nice eating places and hotel/bars.

Or you could try Carentan which is a little further west of Bayeux, I think a little smaller with less of everything, but does have a nice harbour (inland), tank museum and close to some other WWII attractions.

I'd go for Bayeux just because its easy to walk/get around.

Didn't try Caen so don't know how big it is.

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