Within the Gite we have put together an information folder containing an introduction to the accommodation and the equipment installed, as well as details of local restaurants, market days, attractions, events, etc.
The following links and information are split into the following sections, just click on a section to see the information.:
- Planning your holiday
- Getting to Normandy
- Car Hire in France
- Travel Insurance
- In an emergency
- General advice
1. Planning your holiday
For those visitors who wish to plan their holiday ahead of their arrival, may we suggest the following web sites for good general information in English.:
Most of the town and village websites are in French, but can still be useful for dates of events, opening times, etc. Most can be located by typing the town name into www.google.co.uk and following the direct link.
Some of the local sites are:
Further information on some of the more popular attractions can be found on:
For travel to the Channel Islands check out the ferry services on
and for where to go and what to see when you get there, try
2. Getting to Normandy
- Ryanair from East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Stansted to Dinard – www.ryanair.co.uk
- Ryanair also fly into Beauvais Airport (they call it Paris!) which is north of Paris and can be an option for getting to Le Deshayes.
- Other operators fly to Paris and regional airports – check out the options from your nearest airport.
For details on getting to the cottages once in France see our 'How to Get there' section
3. Car Hire:
Here are a selection of companies you can hire vehicles from when in France:
Don't forget our page on the French rules of the road, click here.
4. Travel Insurance
Don’t forget your European Health Insurance
Card to cover any emergency use of the French Health Service.
Forms are available at Post Offices or apply on line at www.ehic.org.uk/Internet/home.do
5. In an Emergency
Always call the Pompiers/Fire Brigade first – they will put you through to the relevant service depending on the urgency and the problem.
- Pompiers (Fire Brigade/Accident) Telephone 18
- Gendarmarie (Police) Telephone 17
- Samu (Medical Emergency Service) Telephone 15
6. General Advice
For guidance on driving directions - Via Michelin and Multimap are very good.
We now advertise with Owners Direct. An excellent source of world-wide accommodation.
Weather for three days in advance for Le Deshayes can be found at Meteo France - enter our postcode, 50201, and choose Cerisy la Salle - and a five day forecast on the BBC weather service (only Granville, Cherbourg or Caen).
Traffic problems on French roads are covered on the Autoroutes and the Bison Fute websites. If you struggle with french, use the Google translation service - it's not perfect, but it will help!!
One of the best website for sea conditions for your ferry crossing is Magicseaweed.