Where is Hibou Blanc?
Hibou Blanc is near the northeast corner of the Cherbourg Peninsula in Normandy, in the wooded Val de Saire region. The river Saire flows into the sea by the sandy beach at Jonville, one of 3 idyllic spots on that stretch of coastline, a 10 minute drive from the house and visible from the house and garden.
Hibou Blanc is quarter of a mile from La Pernelle – where the nearest restaurant/bistro is. It is 3 miles to St Vaast La Hougue; 5 miles to Barfleur; 15miles from Cherbourg port. Caen is a 70 minute drive along good roads and the Channel Tunnel is 6 auto route hours. Hibou Blanc offers privacy and tranquility yet is close to all amenities; Quettehou is 2miles and the excellent ‘Intermarche’ (supermarket) is a mere 1.5 miles.
The house and views
Your first view of the Hibou Blanc will be of the large picture window which stands proud of the house, and can be seen through the high hedgerows as you approach. A discreet green sign ‘Hameau Enault’, tells you, you have arrived. The house and annexe form a courtyard and an old wall, covered in roses, divides this upper courtyard from a lower one. Both have gates. The other farm buildings we use for storing logs, bicycles, windsurfers and children’s toys.
The house is surrounded, in every direction, by stunning vistas. To the back is rolling countryside, known as ‘Bocage’, characterized by small fields and high hedges. To the front are amazing sea views. The sitting room, on the first floor, faces the sea, as does the garden. All bedrooms have views either of the garden or the sea. The kitchen looks onto the garden with a side door for easy access to the garden and to the barbeque.
Being level with the Channel Islands the area is blessed with a temperate climate. For those who don’t like being cooked by the sun, cooling sea breezes tend to keep even the hottest days in the mid 20’s. The weather can be changeable, blowing in and out very quickly. The area does have its fair share of rain but it is unusual not to be able to spend the best part of the day outside.
Why visit the region?
The Val de Saire region, bounded on the east coast by the fishing towns of St Vaast La Hougue and Barfleur is charming and beautiful and unspoilt. Both ports are well known to the sailing fraternity and international visitors come in search of the D Day Landing Beaches and the medieval history and architecture epitomized by Bayeux and its famous tapestry.
There is an abundance of fresh fish, and moules, caught daily, to be bought and cooked at home, or eaten in a variety of restaurants and cafes. Oysters are a specialty of St Vaast and the beds can be seen in the bay at low tide. Neighbouring sandy beaches, of which there are many, are never crowded and hiring a canoe or catamaran, booking a tennis court or a round of golf is hassle free.
See the Regional Attractions section for more information.
What about children?
Children are easily kept amused. If they ever tire of the beaches, a popular place for them to visit is the Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg, a high tech museum of the Sea, with its own submarine.
See the For Children section for more information.