EASY STEPS FOR CAMPROND
When do you want to arrive? For a morning arrival take the night ferry, which departs at approximately 10.45 pm and arrives at 7.30 am.
Ferries depart from: Poole and Portsmouth
And arrive into: Caen, Le Havre and Cherbourg
For Portsmouth Departures and group sailings a very good meeting place is at The Ship and Castle, 90 Rudmore Square, Portsmouth. PO2 8DR. The Licensee, Mr Steven Fitzgerald,is known to us and if you phone ahead it is £20.00 to leave your car for a weekend. Please mention Kate Russell or Maggie Sargents name so that he knows we have referred you.
Book your cabins in plenty of time, as these do get sold out. Limited pet-friendly cabins are also available on some ferries, but again these get sold out quickly.
Take ferry at 8.00 am and you will be in Caen at 3.00 pm and at the house by 4.30 pm. Supermarkets shut at 8.00 pm, but you can organise food to be brought in for your arrival.
The 2.00 pm ferry arrives at 9.00 pm, and you will be at the house by 10.30 pm.
Taking your Dog on the Ferry
If you want to take your dog to France there are a few things you need to make sure you do before you go. Firstly, you need to let the ferry company aware that you will be travelling with your dog. The current cost is £25.00 each way per dog.
Your dog needs an up-to-date pet passport and also needs to be microchipped and have had a rabies jab administered at least 21 days before you travel. The regulations for taking a pet to Europe are changing from 01 Jan 2021. It is important that you go to www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit well in advance of traveling to ensure there is no problem taking your pet into France. You therefore need to book an appointment at your vet and in this appointment, they will give your dog a rabies vaccination (and microchip if need be) as well as sorting your pet passport. The microchip will be scanned by passport and border officials as you make your journey to and from France.
You then need to book an appointment at the vet in France for your dog to be given a tapeworm tablet, which should be taken no more than 120 hours (5 days), and no less than 24 hours before you return to the UK from France. The tapeworm tablet costs around €30. There is a vet within a 10 minute drive from the house near the L’Eclerc (view map).
Clinique Veterinaire des Pommiers
64 Bis Avenue Division Leclerc
Tel: 02 333 45 17 68
Depending on what ferry and cabin you book, you will either be able to take your dog into a dog-friendly cabin or you will have to leave them in the car for the duration of the journey. When they are left in the car, you are not able to go down and visit them during the crossing, but there are veterinary nurses on board who will come and alert you if your dog becomes distressed.
Note: Pets under three months of age are not allowed to travel to France.
All information can be found at:
Croissants and bread available at the baker at Belvar Gare which is a 20-minute walk from the house - fantastic sausages and meat next door.
Supermarkets at Coutances – 10-minute drive to Le Clerc - can be seen off the main road.
Best MarketsSaturday: Granville – large food market, clothes, and rugs.
Agon Coutainville – small food market, clothes.
Tuesday: Portbail – Pretty town
Thursday: Coutances and Barneville Carteret Antiques, furniture, and bric-a-brac.
Must go to: Depot Vente – Coutances
La Cle des Temps, La Belle Hotesse, 50200 Coutances
Special Antique MarketsThere are various Brocante and Agenda des vide-greniers at the side of the road for antiques and sundries
Restaurants – Specifically Recommended1. L’At Home - A favourite
2. La Cal - Cafe
Jazz at the beach - Very reasonably priced
3. La Cote St Pierre - Coutances - excellent
Very French cooking
4. Le Salicon - Agon Countainville – excellent (Michelin Star)
5. Dos Camillo - Family restaurant, Coutances.
Local Restaurants with Disabled Access
Auberge de l’Abbaye, Hambye
La Baratte, St Denis le Vetu
Les Bruyeres, Gouvets
Le Four a Bois (Pizza), Agon Coutainville
Restaurant Intuition, St Lo
Parfum Poivre, Granville
Delice de Lili (Chinese), Coutances
Walks/Cycle Hire1. Agon Coutainville - Blainville Sur Mer
2. Point d’Agon - Agon Coutainville – beach walk
3. Bicycle Rides - Four adult bicycles and one young adult bicycle in shed. Ask the concierge. (These are used at your own risk – no liability accepted)
4. Cycle Hire - www.pagesjaunes.fr/pros/57469566