Since being built in the 1550’s the Manor must have seen some turbulent periods – its time line stretching from the loss of Calais, England’s final possession in France through the French revolution and the First World War!
However its most dangerous time by far came in the early morning of June the 6th 1944.
A DC-3 carrying 18 paratroopers and crew, hit by flak with its port engine and wing tank on fire, just missed the house and exploded in flames 50 yards away. All souls on board were killed and we have now placed a plaque bearing the names of those who died near the actual crash site to commemorate their sacrifice. As June the 6th turned to evening fighting took place near the Manoir and an artillery shell blew part of the wall of the Manoir’s roadside cottage into the courtyard.
Owned by us since 1993 and with the echoes of war having now receded, once again the Manor sits in a peaceful sea of greenery. Gently rolling seasons produce a constantly changing backdrop to the house from the vibrant colours of summer to the rusts of autumn.
Fully restored the Manoir and its grounds provide a perfect base for discovering the heroes, the exact locations and the exploits of the liberating armies.
However in addition to the pivotal battle of Normandy one can also enjoy what is a most beautiful region, tranquil once again, rich in wildlife and steeped in history.
Three beamed and superbly comfortable bedrooms are available for our guests and all our bedrooms have en suite bathrooms.
Besides being greeted by Ben and Jaye – guests will no doubt also be met by our Golden Retriever Saffron.
Our large sitting room is available for guests and for the all important pre tour briefings!
Breakfasts and evening meals are taken in our large farmhouse kitchen made doubly comfortable in the winter months by our Aga stove!
The Tower Armoury holds a large display of artefacts that have been found nearby also maps, information and WW11 weapons. Local Museums have some superb exhibits but naturally you never actually get a chance to handle them. As a small boy (I’m sure we’ve all heard it) our parents would always say ‘don’t touch’ – but here you can.
These weapons are all ‘working’ and I’m happy to demonstrate how these were used and for pictures to be taken with guests handling them.