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Caen is a commune in northwestern France. It is the prefecture of the Calvados department and the capital of the Basse-Normandie region. The Orne River flows through the city, and Caen is 10 km (6 mi) from the Channel.

When you book a Caen Holiday Home you’ll undoubtedly learn about its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror. The castle, Château de Caen, built circa 1060 by William the Conqueror, is one of the largest medieval fortresses of Western Europe. It remained an essential feature of Norman strategy and policy. The castle saw several engagements during the Hundred Years' War and was in use as a barracks in the Second World War. Today, the castle serves as a museum that houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen (Museum of Fine Arts of Caen) and Musée de Normandie (Museum of Normandy) along with many periodical exhibitions about arts and history.

A stay in a Caen Holiday Gite is a chance to reflect on recent history also, most notably the Battle for Caen—heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the town. Mémorial pour la Paix ("Memorial for Peace") built in 1988, charts the events leading up to and after D-Day. It is an emotional presentation inviting meditation on the thought of Elie Wiesel: "Peace is not a gift from God to man, but a gift from man to himself". The Memorial for Peace also includes an exhibit of Nobel Peace Prize winners and another one on Conflict Resolution in different cultures.

Other historical buildings to see when you rent a Holiday Cottage in Caen include: Eglise St.-Etienne (formerly the Abbaye aux Hommes). It was completed in 1063 and is dedicated to St Stephen. The current Hôtel de Ville (town hall) of Caen is built onto the South Transept of the building. Eglise de la Ste.-Trinité, formerly the Abbaye aux Dames (Women's Abbey). It was completed in 1060 and is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.

Two hours north-west of Paris, Caen is served by the small port of Ouistreham, lying at the mouth of the Caen Canal where it meets the English Channel. A ferry service operates between Portsmouth, England and Caen/Ouistreham. The N13 connects Caen to Cherbourg and to Paris.

Caen’s climate enjoys an average of 1933 hours of sunshine per year. The range of sunlight hours is from an average of 1.9 per day in December to 7.9 per day in May. November is the wettest month!

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Self Catering Gite Near Bricquebec, Manche, Normandy - Kestrel Gite Sleeps 4

Self Catering Gite Near Bricquebec, Manche, Normandy - Kestrel Gite Sleeps 4

Weekly Rental: GBP 495 to GBP 750

11 sleeps

Kestrel gite has two bedrooms, bedroom 1 has a king sized bed and a twin bedroom. Both bedrooms overlook the private

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Beautiful, Light & Airy Basement Apartment in Le Soler, Pyrenees-Orientales

Beautiful, Light & Airy Basement Apartment in Le Soler, Pyrenees-Orientales

Weekly Rental: GBP 315 to GBP 315

4 sleeps

A private, light and airy apartment with all conveniences for guests located a few minutes' walk from the centre of the

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Beautiful, Light & Airy 2 Floor Town House Apartment in Le Soler

Beautiful, Light & Airy 2 Floor Town House Apartment in Le Soler

Weekly Rental: GBP 385 to GBP 385

6 sleeps

This charming Le Soler apartment is set in the old part of town and recently converted,just five minutes' walk from the

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Beautiful Cottage with Heated Pool Near Parcay les Pins, Maine-et-Loire - Le Poulet

Beautiful Cottage with Heated Pool Near Parcay les Pins, Maine-et-Loire - Le Poulet

Weekly Rental: GBP 400 to GBP 570

4 sleeps

Le Poulet is located in a small hamlet on the edge of the picturesque village of Parcay Les Pins, and is surrounded by

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Large Holiday Gite Near Bricquebec, Manche, Normandy - Barn Owl Gite

Large Holiday Gite Near Bricquebec, Manche, Normandy - Barn Owl Gite

Weekly Rental: GBP 595 to GBP 850

7 sleeps

La Lande is a tastefully restored 18th century character farmhouse with two large beautifully appointed, well equiped

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8 au 13 JUILLET CINQ NUITS

8 au 13 JUILLET CINQ NUITS

TARIF D'EXCEPTION CHALET COMPLET jusque 15 personnes 195 € à régler au réceptionniste, non compris dans location

Extended stay

Extended stay

Special rates for extended stays November to March. Please contact owners for details

Flexible Booking Times

Flexible Booking Times

Booking times available to accommodate the more economical mid week travel

Reduction on 2 week Booking

Reduction on 2 week Booking

Farm House with private Pool July 13 to July 27th £150 reduction on the two week booking..

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