B&B The Magnolias Bed And Breakfast BB Normandy France
Chambre d'hotes Exclusive No Children
Mr Cooper Playing In The Snow
Book in for an evening meal
Classic Car & Motor Cycle friendly
Visit The Bayeaux tapestry
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Restored country farm house set in four acres of lawned grounds
Colleville Sur Mere WW2 Cemetery
Take your time and explore The WW2 d-day landing beaches
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We offer the perfect bed and breakfast bb accommodation in a central Normandy location for your holiday break/trip/vacation or visit in our quiet no children peaceful accommodation. I have listed below in sections a brief description on the main tourist attractions and areas in Normandy that might be of interest to you. I am constantly adding information and places to this section as a small guide for anyone that visits us.
Starting with the d-day landing beaches . Code named Sword, Gold, Juno, Omaha and Utah, this was part of Operation
Neptune of Operation Overlord the allied invasion of German-occupied France that commenced on 6 June 1944
Sword beach stretches 8km from Ouistreham to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer and is the eastern most landing site of the invasion closest to Caen the ultimate goal. The British 3rd Infantry Division where assigned to land here. The initial landings where achieved with low casualties but the advance from the beach was met with heavily defended areas behind the beachhead and included the only armoured counter attack of the day, mounted by the 21st panzer Division.
Juno beach spans from Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer to Courseulles-sur-Mer. The Juno landings were judged necessary to provide flanking support to the British drive on Caen from Sword, as well as to capture the German airfield at Carpiquet west of Caen. Taking Juno was the responsibility of the 3rd Canadian Infantry and Commandos of the Royal Marines all under the command of British I Corps. The landing initially encountered heavy resistance from the German 716th Division, but with strength of numbers had cleared most of the coastal defences within 2 hours of landing.
Gold beach was to be assaulted by the British X Corps between Le Hamel and Ver-sur-Mer. The primary d-day objectives for this Division was to establish a beachhead between Arromanches and Ver-sur-Mer which was crucial for the deployment of the Mulberry harbour, then head south towards Route Nationale RN13 reaching Bayeux and cutting the road to Caen.
Omaha beach the primary objective was to secure a beachhead of some 8km between Port-en-Bessin and the Vire River linking it with the British landings at Gold and reaching the area of Isigny to the west to link up with VII Corps landing at Utah to the west to provide a continuous lodgement on the Normandy coast of the Bay of the Seine. Taking Omaha was to be the responsibility of the United States Army troops with sea transport and naval artillery support. Very little went as planned during the landing at Omaha, as the defences were unexpectedly strong and inflicted heavy casualties on the landing US troops.
Utah beach is roughly 5 km long and was the right flank or Westernmost, of the allied landing beaches and is located between the villages of Pouppeville and La Madeleine. Despite being substantially off course the US troops landed with relatively little resistance, in stark contrast to Omaha where the fighting was fierce.
Saint Mere Eglise. Today centres on its role in the D Day invasion and a dummy paratrooper hangs from the church spire, commemorating the story of paratrooper John Steele. During the early landings paratroops where dropped directly on the town and resulted in heavy casualties for the paratroopers, some of the buildings were on fire that night and they illuminated the sky, making easy targets of the descending men. Some were sucked into the fire. Many hanging from trees and utility poles were shot before they could cut loose. The incident was portrayed in the film The Longest Day and John Steele was played by actor Red Buttons. Behind the church near the hotel is a spring believed by pilgrims to have healing powers, dedicated to Saint Mewan.
Saint Mere Eglise Airborne Museum was established in 1964 in the heart of the village of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Normandy. This memorial museum will lead you into the story of the battle involving American Paratroopers of the 82nd 101st airborne divisions, which took place during the night of the 5th to the 6th June 1944.
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer is located on a bluff overlooking Omaha beach and the English Channel. It covers a huge area and contains the remains of 9,387 American Military dead, most of whom were killed during the invasion of Normandy and ensuing military operations in World War II. Included are graves of Army Air Corps crews shot down over France as early as 1942. Notable interments. Two of the Niland brothers. The story behind Saving private Ryan. Theodore Roosevelt, jr, Medal of Honour recipient, Quentin Roosevelt, aviator killed in action World War I, Jimmie W Monteith Medal of Honour recipient and Lesley J. McNair U.S Army general, one of the two highest-ranking Americans to be killed in action in World War II.
Mulberry Harbour. A Mulberry harbour was a portable temporary harbour developed by the British in World war II to facilitate rapid offloading of cargo onto the beaches during the Allied invasion of Normandy. Three days after D-Day two harbours codenamed "A" and "B" were constructed at Omaha Beach at Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer for American invasion forces and Gold Beach at Arromanches for use by the British and Canadian invasion forces. Remains of the harbour are still visible from Gold Beach.
Le Mont-Saint-Michel, the rocky cone shaped islet in north-western France, in the gulf of Saint-Malo, connected by a causeway with the mainland. The islet celebrated for its Benedictine abbey, has small houses and shops on its lowest level. Above these stand the monastic buildings many of which date from the 13th century.
Christian Dior Museum at Villa Les Rhumbs, Christian Dior's childhood home in Granville, is a Belle Epoque style cliff top villa overlooking the sea. It is the only Musée de France labelled French museum dedicated to a couturier and presents, for ten years already, Haute Couture garments on three floors. The garden arranged as an English landscape park by Madeleine Dior, the fashion designer's mother is one of the rare today remaining artist's gardens of the early twentieth century. The tearoom, located in the heart of Christian Dior's childhood homes garden, overlooking the sea and the Channel Islands, is open during July & August daily from 12 to 6.30pm
Miles of empty beaches
Hot drinks Tea and Coffee bar
English Hosts English & French Spoken - Free Broadband Wifi Internet Access - Tranquil Country Farm House
Shopping day trip by ferry to Jersey
Guest lounge With UK Television to relax and plan your days out
Spend a day at the Abbey In
Le Mont Saint Michel
Welcome to The Magnolias our tranquil Normandy b&b. We offer comfortable and affordable accommodation in our renovated country farmhouse. We have 4 modern en-suite bedrooms, a guest lounge, TV room, Tea & Coffee bar, Sams bar, free wifi in all rooms and outside seating areas with countryside views. It is the perfect base to visit historical and must see Normandy,
with all the main tourist attractions within a short drive. The d-day landing beaches of Sword beach, Gold beach, Juno beach, Omaha beach, Utah beach and the famous town of Saint Mere Eglise. The battlegrounds, Military cemeteries and museums of the single biggest invasion force ever assembled. We are located in central Normandy mid way between Le Mont Saint Michel and Bayeaux, our nearest town is Saint Lo. We are a one hour drive from Cherbourg ferry terminal, one hour from Caen ferry terminal at Ouistreham, one hour from Dinard airport, 3.5 hours from Calais and 3 hours from Paris.
We are classic car, cycle and motor cycle, bike, biker and people friendly, we have plenty of parking within our four acres grounds.
We are open from the beginning of April through until the end of October
we look forward to seeing you in Normandie soon
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Haras National Saint Lo Horse centre
Utah Beach Museum
We are also a great base if you are looking in estate agents or Notaires
to buy your dream or holiday home in Normandy our nearest town is Saint Lo
Evening meals are available by prior booking
John Steele Memorial At Saint Mere Eglise
shown on the film The Longest Day
Day trips from Granville to
the Iles Of Chausey