to Mille Roses!
The gîte, although relatively recent has been built in the traditional half-timbered Normandy style. There is a large, safe, sheltered terrace with appropriate furniture for the exclusive use of tenants.
Tenants may also use the barbecue, should they wish to dine al fresco . . . Occasionally, B+B/Chambres d’hôte is available in the main house. The gîte is situated at the edge of the village of Villequier, and overlooks the river.
Villequier, situated on the north bank of the Seine, half way between Le Havre (46km/46mins)and Rouen (45km/45mins), is itself a celebrated tourist attraction, having not only ‘La Maison Vacquerie’, a Victor Hugo museum, but also the beautiful medieval church of St Martin. On the other hand, sadly, it is also notorious for being the scene of a tragic drowning accident in 1843, that of Hugo’s favourite daughter, Leopoldine and her young husband?! (more history later.) Villequier now forms part of a new commune 'Rives-en-Seine'
The ‘Mascaret’ (similar to the Severn Bore) no longer exists, but it remains a well-remembered and re-visited phenomenon along this stretch of the river. There is a pétanque court opposite and local walks both along the river and in the local woods are a particular attraction.
The gîte offers the perfect base from which to explore the delights of Normandy, so often ignored by those ‘just passing through’ . . . Its history is closely interwoven with that of Britain, from Roman times through the Viking invasions and the Norman Conquest of England to WWII and the D Day Landings and beyond, taking in along the way, the Hundred Year’s War, Henry V, Joan of Arc, the Wars of Religion and the Huguenots. . .