Bonjour, tout le monde



This new weblog is where we invite guests to send in comments and pictures from their holiday with us in this lovely part of France.

We would welcome all comments on the area, places of interest, places to eat, things to do. If you have pictures you would like to share, please send them to

We will begin by posting a selection of comments from our visitors’ books in the cottages and the B&B, with some of our holiday pictures.

Bob and Marjory.


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Le moulin au vent du Cotentin (the Windmill)

moulin de fierville

Well worth a visit; especially if you can time it right for a guided tour with the miller –


He speaks some English, and is absolutely fascinating to listen to as he explains, and demonstrates, the workings of the mill and its place in the history of the Cotentin.

Also on site is the visitor centre where you can buy produce from the mill plus all sorts of information on the mill and the culture of the local area; and also the Auberge – check on opening times – for a great meal or just a snack.


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Music Festival – Les Pieux 2008

Almost time for the Music Festival 2009 – June 20th in Les Pieux.

Remember Mask ha Gazh from last year’s festival –

mask ha gazh 1

playing outside the Hotel Les Pieux

mask ha gazh 2

Pictures kindly given by a guest who is back for the festival again this year!!

More about Maskh ha Gazh and a sample of their music on their website

Bob and Marjory

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The Christmas House at Mare du Parc

Pictures from a b&b guest-







Have you been in Surtainville or the area in December or early January? What did you think of the “Christmas House”?

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The Markets

Nothing like a French market ??

Briquebec perhaps the most popular local one –

“Good markets at Briquebec and Ste Mere Eglise” McL

“Briquebec market excellent” GF

Bob and Marjory

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Remember the beaches?

Crowded, aren’t they?

Miles and miles of sandy beaches, and very few people there, even in the height of the summer season!!

“Beaches: excellent” MF

“Lovely beach” GF

“… collecting ’round’, perfect pebbles on the beach …” FW

“very lovely views over the beautiful dunes” H&E

“The sea, beach, and the dunes stay always amazing!” HM

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Remember the sunsets??

Here’s Surtainville –



And here’s Barneville-Plage –

Glorious, aren’t they?

“Beautiful sunsets every night” McL

” … come back to the cottage and enjoy an aperitif in the evening sun above the dunes, with the noise of the sea in the background” H&E

“Weather varied but still beach opportunities and lovely sunsets!” H,M&O

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