So many potential Local Hideaways in one Norman fishing village…there has to be a reason! And it turns out there is, for Astrid and Laurence – ‘les Filles du Bord de Mer’, two strong-willed ladies who have settled here on the coast, have a knack for finding beautiful old buildings and restoring them tastefully. However, this posed a dilemma for Mrs. Local Hideaways, for choices had to be made……Which Hideaway to feature on her website! Aaaahh….difficult! But I was able to find something for everyone: whether you’re traveling with family or together, for only a couple of days or longer……Port-en-Bessin is the place to be!

La Maison Matelot is perfectly suited for two or three people. Three apartments in a beautiful nostalgic building, tucked away in a small alley….A genuine Local Hideaway! There is a spacious apartment on all three floors of the building. But the first thing you notice upon entering the building is the beautiful old staircase. Astrid, the owner, told me that when she first set eyes on the staircase, she immediately wanted to buy the place….and I can see why.

The ground floor apartment has a spacious kitchen dining room with a small terrace, a bedroom with comfortable double bed and a bathroom with vintage claw-footed bathtub. The second apartment, situated on the first floor, also has a spacious, fully equipped, kitchen dining room. By the way, the large vintage crockery cupboard, which Astrid inherited from family, didn’t fit into her own home but is perfect for this place! In addition, there are a small bedroom with comfortable bed and a bathroom with rain shower. Finally, on the top floor, you will find my personal favourite: the Loft. Smaller than the other two apartments, but with ceiling beams that give it an intimate and warm atmosphere. This apartment also has an open plan kitchen complete with luxury appliances, a comfortable double bed and a bathroom with its pièce de résistance: a beautiful steel and glass industrial door.

What makes La Maison Matelot a genuine Local Hideaway is the fact that, in addition to the many beautiful authentic elements of the building, it is decorated with so much love and care, all in a nautical theme. No wonder it is called La Maison Matelot, or Sailor Home! Everywhere you look, charming nautical objects catch your eye, such as the old photographs of sailors and the bath room amenities decorated with anchors. Rarely have I seen such a wonderful display of special objects, collected so carefully and with such attention to detail. Without creating an exhibition-like atmosphere, La Maison Matelot manages to make its guests feel right at home. Chapeau!