La Galante

Lion sur mer, Calvados
Bed & Breakfast
+33 (0)2 31 96 29 59

Artistic B&B on the edge of a quaint village. Cycle or walk into town for restaurants and shops, hunt for fossils on the beach nearby


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

This early 19th-century farmhouse is only 600 metres from the wild end of a sandy beach and a 15-minute walk from a charming Belle Époque village. Claire and Philip are warm hosts who will soon make you feel like old friends.

Breakfast is a generous spread, served around a big table in the dining room – bread from the local bakery, homemade jams, boiled eggs and cheese, sometimes a cake or crêpes. Bedrooms have space to relax with a book or a board game and you can sit out in the pretty courtyard with a picnic, or ask Claire to order in a platter of fruits de mer from the fishmonger.

Borrow a bicycle – there are six set aside for guests – and cycle to the village, which has a small supermarket, a bakery and several restaurants, as well as a weekly produce market on Thursdays. Evening markets, antique fairs and brocantes take place throughout the summer.

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We think you'll love

  • Having friendly and informative Claire as a host
  • The homely warm environment
  • Being close to both the seafront and town
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You should know

  • Two of the bedrooms have a shared loo
  • There’s no guest living room
  • One bedroom is in the eaves on the second floor


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants 5-minute drive.


Nightly price
from €90
Singles €80.
3 Doubles
From €90



We booked a short break to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary at La Galante and had the most marvelous time. Claire and Phillipe were absolutely charming and could not do enough for us both. From the time we arrived we were treated as members of their extended family. The room was lovely, clean with an en suite. Breakfast was fantastic with home made jams and cakes - great conversations with other guests and Claire. We were so pleased we had booked this celebration and will return. Claire even got up early on our departure day to take us to catch our ferry. A huge thank you Claire.

Graham, Epsom

La Galante has three super rooms, my favourite is La Marinière in the converted attic. Breakfast is a real treat especially the homemade cake and jams. Claire is so warm and friendly it feels like spending time with a friend. Don't forget to borrow the bikes. It's easy going and a great way to explore and take in the sea air.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Lion-sur-Mer is set on the western tip of Sword Beach, where British troops landed during the Normandy invasion in 1944 – look out for the Monument de la Liberation, a plaque commemorating the Royal Marine commandos, and a Churchill tank. The area is also a reputed geological site, with the eroding limestone bluffs (now protected) making for fertile fossil hunting grounds. There’s a sailing club on the beach where you can hire small sailboats, kayaks, paddle boards and windsurfing equipment, and a small cinema in the village often screens English language films.

Local points of interest from Claire Merel Descamps

  • We’re located right where our English, American and Canadien friends landed to liberate us - come discover the landing beaches…La Pointe du Hoc, The American cemetery d'Omaha Beach, Les Batteries de Longues, Pegasus Bridge, Arromanches...
  • We’re in the region where William the Conqueror, future king of England comes from. Here, you’ll find his Chateau, and his and his wife Mathilde’s Abbey, as well as the Bayeux tapestry, the cathedral and charming little town.
  • Be tempted by the Honfleur port, it’s art galleries, narrow streets, tall houses that reflect back in the water: a real picture postcard town!Pourquoi ne pas vous offrir une thalasso à Luc/mer ou à Ouistreham ou encore Cabourg? Juste pour le plaisir!!
  • Then there's Deauville....the beach decking, casino and beautiful villas! But don’t forget Trouville, more authentic with its fishing port, restaurants, bars and atmosphere!
  • Take the time to visit the Caen Memorial, a lovely half day spent to discover ours wars to keep future peace…
  • Go on to Cabourg, then to Beuvron en Auge, typical village of the trough country and Houlgate... if you need any advice, or recommendations during your time at Galante, I can help. Patrimoine, Histoire, Gastronomie, Plage et loisirs nautiques, Repos...


Claire Merel Descamps

Claire and Philip have lived in the village for over 20 years. Philip is a university professor who works in Rouen, and Claire used to be a head teacher at the local primary school but now focuses on running the B&B, which has expanded from one room to three. They live in the house with their two cats and have three grown-up children who visit often. Claire is warm, thoughtful and friendly and loves meeting new guests and making them feel at home.