visiting the normandy beaches and where to stay - MY FRENCH COUNTRY HOME

postcards hung on a line


This week I have been revisiting the Normandy landing beaches, and that beautiful part of the Normandy coast north of Bayeux.  I went for a few days with friends, and we were looking for the  informality of a house to rent rather than a hotel.


seaboats on a white shelf


I found the most wonderful little house, beautifully decorated and equipped, and right on the sea at Port en Bessin.   This tiny port is exactly half way between Omaha Beach and Arromanches, and provided the perfect base for driving around the area.

morning mist by the cliffs

I love to be beside the water, be it sea, lake or river, but there is a particular charm to waking to the sight of fishing boats returning home safely after a night fishing on the sea. It makes visiting the fish markets in the morning and buying directly from those fishermen all the more authentic, and your evening meal all the more delicious.

fishing boat coming into harbor

collage of seafood in the market

The house that we stayed in is one of several houses and apartments offered for rent by Les Filles du Bord de Mer.     They renovate old fishing houses around the port, and equip them in a comfortable and modern style, with all the technological details we seem to need today, but with a charming retro touch that is simply delightful.

overhead view of a kitchen with large wooden table

We adored the attention to detail, not only in the wonderfully nautical decoration but also in the little practical things that make these rentals real homes away from home.

detail shot of kitchen utensils hung over sinkfish and green onions prepared for cooking

If you ever have the opportunity to visit the beautiful coast of Normandy, I encourage you to come enjoy the charming comfort of Port en Bessin and Les Filles du Bord de Mer. There are boats to watch, beaches to visit, historical landmarks to take in… all while staying in the comfort of a little house that is all your own.

beds with nautical decor on shelves

detail of door with decorative sailboat on window sill

Les Filles du Bord de Mer

Port en Bessin, Normandy, France

All the photos of the houses are by Philippe Stroppa


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