Lafaire Bed And Breakfast
Facing La Fière Bridge crossing the meandering Merderet River, our Bed and Breakfast is the converted WWII barn where the battle of Normandy began on 6 June 1944!! It is located in the triangle of the three designated 82nd Airborne Division drop zones, 3 km due west of Ste. Mère-Eglise, and 15 km from Utah Beach in Normandy, FRANCE.
Originally, this was a grain mill built in 1180 by a Viking settlement. Now, it is a quality guest home providing five guest bedrooms and a bountiful American-French breakfast.
Our central location will enable you to visit lots of interesting sites while enjoying our history and heritage, the countryside, the coastline and the sea, family activities, local traditionally cooked meals, as well as fresh regional foods and products from open air markets and shops.
The assets of Normandy are open to you, allowing you to practice your favorite activity at your own rhythm. French-American hosts, Rodolphe and Vivian Roger,
Our B&B is composed of 4 bedrooms for 2 people each and 1 family suite for 2 - 6 people. Each room is dedicated to the 82nd Airborne and its Parachute and Glider Infantry Regiments that fought here 6-9 June 1944.
All of our bedrooms are located upstairs and unfortunately are not suitable for the handicapped. Each room has a private en suite bathroom, bathrobes, hairdryer. We provide fixings for tea and coffee. All of our mattresses are new and firm. The rooms are centrally heated by an air to water heat pump system.
Breakfast is included in the room price and is served 8.30 –10 am. We do not require a deposit and do not accept credit cards. We accept euros when you arrive. Check-in is 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Check-out by 11 am. We are sorry, but early check-in is not possible.
Our reception-living room is open to our guests, unless it is booked for a private event. This area is available 7:30 am - 11:30 pm.
Please let us know if you have other requirements. We have two dogs who live inside and one cat who lives outside only. We do not accept other pets. No smoking. Well behaved children over 13 years of age are welcome.
Lafiere Normandy History
Down by the creek's edge in full majestic view of the bridge is a raised wood deck dedicated to Sergeant Major Brian "Butch" Card (82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper and Ranger). How it became named as such is another story, and will be told at a later time. A little play with words and you have "the Card Deck". Just follow the terraced steps down the slope, while being careful of the gravel and railway ties. There you will find three green park benches available to our guests. You may be soothed by the soft flow of the water as it breaks over the "Merritt Rocks" on its way around the bend, on its way to the Douve River, before dumping into the English Channel. These rocks that interrupt the flow are named for WWII veteran Command Sergeant Major Kenneth "Rock" Merritt of the 508th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division. As of this writing (2011), Rock lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina…. so near to Fort Bragg where he was trained. This naming conjures another story to tell…... later!
Imagine this deck and benches as prime seating for the battle that took place here 6 - 9 June 1944. This area was flooded and many soldiers lost their lives here. The fight to gain control of this bridge and the causeway up to Cauquigny Chapel was one of the primary objectives of the U. S. paratroopers on D-Day. This is why they jumped here. Surprise was an important element for their victory. Our B&B is sitting on the battle site…. where the Battle of Normandy began.
Now you may enjoy the peace and beauty of the marshland as it folds out in front of you. This is La Fière DZ (drop zone) where the annual D-Day commemorative paratrooper jumps are made. This peaceful place is now a haven for reflection, memory, and gratitude. Enjoy it for a while and take the memory with you. Never forget that our freedom is not free. Be thankful to our U.S. soldiers.
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