This cottage really surpassed our expectations. We received such a friendly and warm welcome from Terence and Liliane, who were extremely helpful. The large garden outside the cottages was the perfect place for our children to play - they had a fantastic time on the trampoline, and there was a good selection of toys available too. The cottage itself was spacious and comfortable and the owners had made sure we had everything needed. Unlike many other holiday rentals, they had thought of the little things like dishwasher tablets, laundry detergent and washing up liquid, and the contents of the welcome basket were also very much appreciated!
Sainteny itself is a really good base for exploring the local area, we had several beaches within easy driving distance, and we would recommend taking children to Pirou-plage and the Quinéville (on Utah beach), both of which were sandy and shallow. We had an enjoyable meal in the village restaurant, and quite a few delicious products from the local bakery and butcher's shop.
We had a very enjoyable week in Oak Cottage, and we would love to return one day.
From the moment we arrived we could tell this was going to be a fantastic holiday!!! We were greeted with smiles and hospitality! The setting is perfect! Our three year old immediately felt at home and was raring to explore this child friendly, safe environment! Our daughter was spoilt with the ubundance of toys and outdoor equipment! This was a relaxing holiday for us as she was safe and we were happy to let her roam around the grounds to her hearts content. Our four month old equally felt at home as he was provided with a comfortable cot, play mat, baby bath and even some baby lotion placed in the bathroom!! This was over and above what we expected to be provided. The rooms were immaculate and the small touches made it feel like a luxurious treat! We were given in depth information about local attractions and were encouraged to try out the local pizza evening which did not disappoint! The locals made us feel very welcomed and it was a beautiful place to take a stroll! The church chimes added character to our visit and on our return we missed their charming noise. Terry and Liliane worked tirelessly to make out visit perfect! They were welcoming, caring and extremely approachable as well as allowing us to make this our holiday home for the week! We cannot recommend this beautiful place enough and if you don't book you will be missing out on a real hidden treat! We can't wait to return!!!
this was our first family holiday with our two year old son and it could not have been more perfect! The gites are beautiful, spotlessly clean, lovely and spacious but most importantly a complete home from home environment allowing our son to be completely at ease, wondering around without us having to worry or keep a constant eye on him. Our little boy had the best time and lived in aladdin's cave the whole week! The garden is brilliant, plenty of space for the little ones to run around playing and always something to keep them occupied. The swing on the tree in particular is lovely.
we could not have been happier with our accomadtion and will definitely be coming back again next year! The hosts could not have done enough for us - when they knew we had children they completely kitted out the gite with stair gates, cots and a racing car table which our little boy adored!! Everything down to having a little teddy on their beds.
So thank you to terry and Liliane and we look forward to seeing you next year
Keith, Kirsty and Ollie x
It had long been our ambition to make our own ‘pilgrimage’ to the Normandy D-Day Beaches, and a combination of retirement and a chance meeting with fellow veterans in a restaurant in our home town of Seattle in Washington State gave us the enthusiasm and information to make the trip possible. We are ardent enthusiasts of Trip Advisor, and a search of their listings for Normandy presented us with many possible places to stay, but it quickly became clear that one cottage (or gite as they are known in France) stood out head and shoulders above the rest.
Les Gites Champetres comprises three cottages, appropriately names Oak, Chestnut and Walnut. Oak Cottage was our chosen home from home; the booking process was simple and efficient, the welcoming from hosts Terry and Liliane was warm and friendly, and the cottage itself was immaculately clean, comfortably furnished, equipped with all the modern appliances we needed for our seven day stay, and the patio with its garden furniture and bbq gave us great service. The cottages are located in the little village of Sainteny, the scene of fierce fighting between American soldiers of the 83rd Infantry, and Germans of the 4th and 6th Parachute Regiments and the SS, which cost the lives of 1,400 GIs just on the first day of the assault in July 1944. We were privileged to be invited to visit the town hall (mairie) where flags of all the American states which had contributed soldiers to the defence of the village had originated, and where evidence of the close bonds of friendship which still exist between the residents of the village and the 83rd are there to be seen. Modern day Sainteny boasts an out-of-this-world boulangerie, a value for money Routier restaurant, and a butchery and general store meeting our every day needs, all within a ten minute walk of our holiday cottage, while the towns of Carentan and Periers, each a fifteen minute drive away, meet even the most ardent shoppers needs, as well as intriguing street markets.
Terry and Liliane turned out to be the perfect hosts; warmly welcoming, always available for even the most trivial requests, and full of useful suggestions and recommendations whether that was for places to visit or local restaurants. We honestly felt we arrived as guests and left as friends.
John and Judy Maguire,
Bellevue, Washington State
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