We often overlook holiday destinations which are more or less on our own doorstep. The same can be said of Normandy, an area that is basically our closest continental neighbour, and only a very short crossing of the Channel.
You can take a plane, a train or enjoy a short and comfortable ferry ride. Once in Normandy you will be able to partake in the incredible quality of French cuisine, the stunning unspoiled landscapes, and the many ancient towns and villages that dot this very attractive region of France.
There is a wealth of very varied types of holiday rentals available to suit any requirements, and any budget. There are hostels, campsites, hotels, and a myriad of top quality holiday cottages in idyllic locations just waiting to be enjoyed.
Many British companies offer rentals of holiday cottages in every corner of Normandy, making it much more convenient than searching the Internet for trying to book once you arrive in France.
For example, well known accommodation provider Belvilla can offer a good range of self catering accommodations such as they are offering at Pirou, which is capable of being a very pleasant holiday home for up to 10 people. This modern accommodation in this pretty seaside village offers a tranquil setting just a two-minute walk from the stunning sandy beach.
Another great choice from the same company is found at Le Colibri near Etretat, which offers accommodation for up to a dozen people located near the well-known and spectacular cliffs of the area, this great holiday cottage even offers its own allotment and an adjoining large wooded area, this pleasantly appointed semi-detached property offers reasonable size bedrooms and a pleasant French style kitchen.
Another option for accommodation throughout Normandy is the well respected Cottages4You, they can offer holiday cottages such as the one at Ste. Marie Laumont, nr. Vire, this very pleasant accommodation can sleep up to 4 people, and offers many homely features such as a barbecue, a romantic open fire, dishwasher and washing machine.
The beautiful and historic town of Vire is close by as is Lake Dathee, as well as many outdoor attractions such as fine fishing, golfing and stunning lakeside walking tracks; it is also within easy reach of the resort town of Granville.
If your picture perfect holiday cottage is surrounded by the stunning countryside of Normandy then perhaps the Les Buissons near Pont Bellanger, Calvados, also from Cottages4You will be to your liking. Offering near 360 degree views across a stunning valley, this cottage has been totally restored to its former glory, but including all necessary modern amenities.
Outside there is a covered terrace and a beautiful warm garden, equipped with all garden furniture, including essential Sun loungers as well as a barbecue pit, inside there is a classic wood burner as well as a washing machine and microwave, CD and for chilly evenings electric heaters.