Beachfront apt in select residence
Hosted by Benjamin
Benjamin is the host.
4 guests
1 bedroom
3 beds
1 bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
3 beds
1 bath
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Come relax in this charming studio/duplex in Les Roches Noires in Trouville. An amazing atmosphere awaits you in this former grand hotel. A Romantic place perfect for a family with kids or a couple wanting to spend some time together.

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Just a 2-hour drive or train ride from Paris, this newly renovated studio/duplex is in Les Roches Noires in Trouville-sur-Mer, which was formerly a grand hotel, painted by Monet in 1870, and frequented by Flaubert, Proust, and Marguerite Duras. The beach-front apartment faces the ocean and has small but a nicely-equipped kitchen, a full-size sofabed for 2, and full-height mezzanine with twin bunk beds. A queen-size air mattress also is available in case occasional extra sleeping is required.

Spend a relaxing week-end or week or month strolling the beach promenade for delicious gaufres (waffles), exploring the charming fishing village of Trouville, and walking to glamorous Deauville. Also within walking distance you can find sailing, tennis, shopping, open air markets, restaurants, country walks, and just a bike ride away is the Deauville Hippodrome for horse racing. If you have a car, it's just a short drive to a traditional cidrerie (family-run apple cider and calvados), artisanal cheese producers (camembert, pont l'eveque), scenic farms, and the ancient port of Honfleur. The World War II landing beaches and memorials are an hour's drive away.

Note: The apartment is for rent for 1 week minimum during the high season (Summer and school holidays) and for a minimum of 2 night-stay at all other times.

Note 2: For those who like French Literature: The apartment is located directly under the apartment that Marguerite Duras lived in for many years before she died. The view from the window is hence the more or less the exact same view that she had from her windows. It is a pretty amazing experience to read her books sitting down on the sofa, looking at the same sea and beach she was looking at while writing.

Note 3: Absolutely No Smoking allowed.

Note 4: This is noted in the "Amenities" section but I remind it here: There is absolutely no TV, no Internet and no Radio. That's right, no radio or wireless. The only waves you'll hear are... real waves.


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Essentials
Heating
Washer

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Cleaning Fee $122 NZD
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events

ONCE YOU ARE BOOKED, I WILL SEND A DETAILED - AND ILLUSTRATED - "APARTMENT HANDBOOK" WITH ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS AND DETAILS ABOUT THE APARTMENT, ALL APPLIANCES, WAYS TO GET THERE AND GET IN.

0) There is absolutely ***no smoking alowed in the apartment*** (even by the widow), due to allergy and safety issues. If you want to smoke, do it outside the apartment please.

1) You can use the large common terrace facing the sea as much as you want but the two rules about it are: No music allowed on it, and no eating on the terrace. We didn't make those rules, this is just how it is in the Residence. But nothing stops you from bringing a beach towel and making a great picnic on the sand, right in front of the terrace.

2) Not sheets or towels or clothing to be hanged from the balcony / open window. It's also one of the rules in the Residence...

3) There is a closed in parking for about 30 cars right in front of the Residence, on a first come first serve basis. You are hence not guaranteed to have a spot in the parking lot if it is high season. However, there is street parking available outside the residence, if the parking lot is full. It is quite rare not to have a spot in the parking lot, though.

4) When it is not summer, there might be renovations going on in the corridors leading to the apartment, or in apartments near-by. This is a very old building, and some renovations of one kind or another are always going on, so we cannot guarantee that there won’t be renovations going on in the building at the time of your stay. One particular project is one taking place from January 2013 to June 2103 in the corridor directly outside the apartment. This means you might see a bit of a construction zone when you enter and leave the apartment, but hopefully this will not affect the pleasantness of your stay there.

5) This is an old building, but we have done fantastic renovations to the apartment. We spend a month per year in it. In between the apartment is occasionally rented. The apartment is cleaned up in between rental, so all should be in order. However, this is not a hotel, so please 1) do not expect service like in a hotel and 2) take care of the place while you are there, and before leaving it, as if it was your own, with love and attention.

6) Kitchen: You can use the kitchen and all utensils and dishes as you wish. You will find all the essentials (oil, etc.) above the sink, depending on what the previous tenants have left or bought as extra. IMPORTANT: For dietary reason, we have our own set of dishes, which are in clearly marked Private areas. Thank you for respecting our privacy and not using any utensils or dishes from those closed-in areas.

7) Similarly, in the closet, we have a few shelves marked as private, with our own stuff for when we come spend our vacation in the place. Thanks for respecting our privacy and not using what is on these clearly marked shelves.

8) There is a single gigantic, beautiful French door-style window, 5 meters tall, in the apartment. This is the one thing we have not renovated, together with the ancient shutters (they both date from 1866). Because it is a tall, ancient wood window, you got to be careful while opening it. Once the window is open, you have to open the shutters. These are really tall and heavy shutters. I will send you tips to open and close them, in case you have ever handled a gigantic pair of 150 year old shutter before :-)

9) There is no phone, no internet, no TV, no radio in the apartment. The only waves you are getting are the real ones, from the sea!!!

10) The toilets are on the ground floor. The glass-door shower, double sinks vanity, and washer/dryer, are in the bathroom upstairs in the Mezzanine level. Warning: there is not sink in the toilet, so unfortunately, until we install one, one has to wash hands in the kitchen sink or upstairs in the bathroom. We find this quite inconvenient and apologize for this, but we never got around to install a sink in the toilet, although we are working on doing this at some point.

11) The towels are just for the shower, bathroom, not for the beach. Please bring your own beach towels.

11) On the ground floor, behind the toilets, there is a walked-in closet. Inside that closet are two beach chairs and some beach mats. Feel free to use them. There is also a very practical French rolling shopping cart. This is also the place where we keep toilet paper.

12) Before leaving the place: Make sure all heaters are shut off in case you used them. Make sure the shutters are closed and locked, and the window is properly closed and locked. Put the blue cover back on the sofa bed, and unless you had cleaned and dried them before, leave all the dirty sheets and pillow case on the sofa bed. I will pay the cleaning lady to come and clean them up after your departure.

ONCE YOU ARE BOOKED, I WILL SEND A DETAILED - AND ILLUSTRATED - "APARTMENT HANDBOOK" WITH ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS AND DETAILS ABOUT THE APARTMENT, ALL APPLIANCES, WAYS TO GET THERE AND GET IN.


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Lars User Profile
June 2015
After spending a wonderful week in Trouville I need to say that this was an excellent choice. Communication with Benjamin was easy and fast at all times. He provided an extremely detailed and helpful manual which served us as a guide during our stay. The appartment itself was bigger than we anticipated based on the pictures and provided everything necessary to make our life easy (e.g. washing machine, dishwasher and tumble dryer) and enjoyable (beach chairs!). Its location in the hotel has quite a specific atmosphere and the seaview from the window was an additional bonus on top of the already brilliant package we got.

Emilie User Profile
June 2014
We had an unforgettable time in Les Roches Noires! Staying in Benjamin's apartment really makes you feel the tide of history. It is such a beautiful and inspiring place. Open the gigantic window and see and listen to the sea, sneak around in the corridors of the former hotel and inhale the atmosphere, sit down in the amazing lobby, go downstairs and you are right on the beach! The apartment is a cozy studio which has everything you need for a nice vacation. It is comfortable and quiet. Benjamin is a very nice and dedicated host. He is very easy to communicate with and you can feel absolutely sure of his attention. You feel very well looked after! If you have the opportunity to go to Trouville - do not miss the chance to stay in Les Roches Noires!

Mark User Profile
May 2014
Benjamin's place in Trouville was way more than we expected. The arrival and hand off of the keys was exactly as we discussed via email prior to the visit. All of the notes and suggestions he gave us to make our stay more enjoyable were excellent ideas. The unit had plenty of room for us and the fold out bed was really comfortable to sleep on. We were there during the weekdays and off season. We had the beautiful and clean beach almost to ourselves. The building was much larger than I expected and there is a common area in the center on ground level that has gorgeous views of the English Channel and the beach. The town is full of things to do, places to eat and full on casino that we didn't make it into. I would note that the unit has a circular staircase and if you have personal mobility concerns you discuss this with Benjamin before you pursue further. We are 54 years old and in decent shape and it was no issue for us at all. The place would be perfect for a couple or 2 couples or a small family. The history along the beach and the fabulous beachfront homes or castles if you please make you feel like a king to be staying there. Too bad I live 8000 miles away. If I ever get back to the Normandy area I know where I will be staying.

Rachel User Profile
April 2014
We spent a very relaxing and comfortable weekend at Benjamin’s apartment. The apartment is bright and nicely renovated. Everything is new and clean! The residence (where Marguerite Duras lived and Marcel Proust stayed few times), has a poetic atmosphere which made our stay a unique experience- much more than a simple weekend by the sea… Benjamin organized everything and was a very available host. Un weekend relaxant et confortable passé dans l’appartement très agréablement rénové de Benjamin. L’appartement est lumineux, joliment arrangé. Tout est neuf et impeccable ! L’atmosphère poétique de la résidence, ou avait vécu Marguerite Duras et Marcel Proust a séjourné à plusieurs reprises, nous a fait vivre une expérience unique, beaucoup plus qu’un simple weekend à la mer. Benjamin à été un hôte très disponible et serviable. Il est évident que nous allons réserver à nouveau l’appartement de Benjamin. Merci !!

Frederic User Profile
February 2014
We had a lovely stay in benjamin's flat, perfect location and organization throughout the stay. We will try and re book it for our next visit to Trouville.

Raewyn User Profile
October 2013
We have just had a week in delightful Trouville. Staying in Benjamin's apartment provided us the opportunity to relive the 1850s history of Trouville and its building boom and influx of impressionist artists. The apartment is very central to the town and being on the beach, one is gently serenaded to sleep by waves. It is a very relaxing place to be. The apartment is well equipped including a very handy washer and drier. We found everything in good order and very clean. Benjamin has supplied all the information you could possible need on equipment, access, restaurants, things to eat and things to do. Just "do it".

Leslie User Profile
September 2013
This is a truly special place with amazing history. Ben is wonderful to work with on all accounts. I highly recommend visiting Trouville and staying at Ben's charming escape by the sea. You will feel like a local and be transformed as a result. I only wish we had stayed longer...

Trouville-sur-Mer, FranceJoined in March 2013
Benjamin User Profile

We are a family of four, living in France and Washington DC, in the USA. I am the father, Benjamin, and I am French. I spent all my vacation time when I was in France in Normandy, in the Residence des Roches Noires, in Trouville sur Mer, Calvados, France. We ended up buying an apartment there, it is such a magic place. We hope that you will enjoy it when we are not using it - we go there every August. We have equipped the place for being rented. All the people that have stayed there so far have found the place not only comfortable and beautiful but also so special and magical, that we hope that for you too it will be a special place for special moments with your loved ones!

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