This cluster of three stylishly renovated gîtes set in the coastal village of Longues-sur-Mer, were until very recently a working farm. A thoughtful conversion, with young families in mind, has transformed them into contemporary, comfortable and fantastically well-equipped holiday escapes within walking distance of the sea (1km).
The gîtes have between 2 and 3 bedrooms and have been renovated to a very high standard featuring a combination of contemporary French design and rustic chic. Set in 3.5 hectares, each gîte has a private patio and grassed area to enjoy easy al fresco dining and shared use of both indoor and outdoor play areas where mini guests can play safely and meet new playmates. The entire site is securely enclosed and the car park positioned away from the gîtes allow parents to relax whilst little ones are free to roam. A former barn has been converted into a toddler’s play paradise with trampoline and ride-ons, whilst, behind the barn, the former walled potager has been transformed into a securely enclosed outdoor play area with swingset and sandpit for the kids and sun loungers and hammocks for parents. Surrounding the potager is a paddock offering plenty of space for outdoor games and picnics with beautiful views across the rolling fields to Bayeux.
Gite 1 has three bedrooms comprising: a double, a single (with extra pull-out bed) and a nursery with full-sized wooden cot and a toddler bed. The wooden shutters on the windows are great for black out purposes whilst the funky acessories in the nursery make for a great environment for little ones. The one drawback is that the bathroom, although equipped with a bath and shower (intergrated with bath), doesn't have a toilet, it's downstairs. Also, downstairs, the spacious open-plan lounge dining room is comfortable with TV and DVD player, plus a utility room with washer machine and a well-equipped kitchen with all the usual equipment plus a microwave and a dishwasher.
For a group of family or friends who hire all three gîtes together there is a communal dining/lounge area available free of charge - individual gîtes for each family but a communal socialising area a few steps away – perfect for maintaining privacy and holiday harmony!
Like sister properties, 4 Rue de la Dive and Domaine de la Tour, the attention to detail in baby/toddler facilities, as well as parent-friendly services including babysitting, pre-arrival shopping and meal delivery services, here really is outstanding. It is literally a case of just bring yourselves and your clothes, the rest is supplied. A stress-free, relaxing and scenic holiday is all but guaranteed!
discount is available on all crossings with Brittany Ferries when booking this
There's a local store for groceries and a bakery serving fresh morning croissants within a short stroll, plus a good restaurant in the village. Best of all you can be admiring the fantastic sea views less than 1 km away on foot. Blow those cobwebs away with a walk (or jog!) along the dramatic coastal path all the way to Port-en-Bessin or Arromanches. Alternatively take the winding road down to the pebble cove - a hidden treasure with plenty of scope for rock-pooling and crabbing - Idyllic!
The village of Longues-sur-Mer itself is a wonderful blend of coast and countryside. It is a traditional French village, not a resort, offering easy access to the sea with the space and calm of the countryside. Ideally situated between the pretty port of Port-en-Bessin and the historic town of Arromanches (both 5 minutes by car) there are shops and good restaurants within easy reach and the historic city of Bayeux is only 8km away. The local beach is a pebble cove and there are miles of unspoilt sandy beaches within a few minutes drive.
There are also plenty of activities to occupy little ones within easy reach; from Festyland theme park to zoos and inspiring chateaux for any budding princess or knight in shining armour. Local markets offer fantastic fresh produce and the chance to get up close and personal with the livestock.
Nearest Medical Services: Emergency home visits by Doctor can be arranged or nearest hospital at Bayeux 8km
Getting There: La Ferme de Longues is located at Longues-sur-Mer between Arromomanches and Port-en-Bessin. It is 8km from Bayeux and 37km from Caen. It is within easy reach of the ports of Caen (35mins), Cherbourg (1h10m), Le Havre (1h30m), Calais (3h40m). The nearest airport is Dinard in Brittany (2hrs) where there are daily flights with Ryanair to several UK airports.