Holiday let with shared pool, rural Normandy - NC005111

2km from Mandeville-en-Bessin, Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC005111 Advertiser since: 12 November 2014
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Gite St. Exupery Self Catering Saturday 1 2 1 sofabed

About this property

Boutique Hotel Meets French Rural Charm. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Charming Gite, close to the landing beaches. This property is in a rural setting and is one of 3 gites within an old farm courtyard, with its ancient cider press still in place.

Set in the rolling Normandy countryside, Le Pressoir gives you a delightful feeling of living in a world free of mayhem and noise but there is also a thriving local village with shops, a restaurant and bar just 3 kms away.

The gardens are mostly communal within the large courtyard with each gite having a lawned area with furniture - there is a small lawn with the two garden chairs and table directly outside of the gite and the swimming pool is only a few steps away. There is also a quiet orchard where garden furniture can be placed if you want to really soak up the peaceful rural setting.

Gite St. Exupery is cosy downstairs and luxuriously spacious upstairs. Make yourself at home in this contemporary open plan gite that has retained its creamy stone walls and giant oak beams and is brought to life with interesting objects d’art set against art gallery white walls.
The French windows open on to the courtyard and swimming pool where you’ll find contemporary rattan furniture that you can use to rest and relax after a hard day of exploring Normandie and sampling the very best it has to offer.

Gite St Exupery is Ideal for couples, there is a fully equipped kitchen with oven, microwave, fridge with icebox, dishwasher, coffee-maker, crockery and a dining area with table and 2 chairs. There is a large sofa and a comfy leather chair and a large plasma screen, free wi-fi and UK free to air tv channels. A laundry room is also available to use if you wish.

You’ll be delighted when you walk up the stairs that open out into an enormous bedroom with its stunningly ornate super king size bed with its crisp bedding and generous pillows and we think you’ll be impressed by it's generous proportions and the soft, subtle colour palette that will soothe busy minds and ensure every moment spent here will be restful and restorative, transporting you to a place where you'll have a wonderful nights sleep filled with sweet dreams!
There is a stylish chair and footstool for you to stretch out and relax on if you want to sit and read a good book and a large plasma screen. A baby cot is also available if needed.

The large, light en suite bathroom is equipped with an unusual rough limestone basin, a toilet and huge walk in shower with a double headed shower head and you’ll also be provided with plump towels and a towelling robe to wrap yourself in.

Both bedroom and bathroom feature original oak beams that complete the French country feel and showcase the origins of this attractive building and they're complimented by new functional ones that give you a sense of the strength and scale of this building.



Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped kitchen with oven, microwave, fridge with icebox, dishwasher, coffee-maker, crockery and glasses.

Living rooms

Lounge area with large sofa, chair and coffee table and a large plasma screen, free wi-fi and UK free to air tv channels.


The enormous bedroom has a stunningly ornate super king size bed with crisp bedding and generous pillows.
There is a large wardrobe, comfy chair and footstool and a large plasma screen.
A baby cot is available if required.


The en suite bathroom is equipped with a limestone basin, wc and walk-in shower.


Oil filled radiators are available on request.


Bikes available to borrow.
Apple tv, free wi-fi and UK free to air tv channels.
BBQ available.

Close to landing beaches and 5 minutes from Bayeux with its tapestry, cathedral and museums. Nearby horse riding, golf, fishing, sailing, sand yachting, bungee jumping.

Garden and outside

Lawned areas with rattan furniture.

The gardens are mostly communal within the large courtyard with each gite having a lawned area with furniture - the petite lawn of Gite Exupéry is directly outside the gite with 2 chairs and a table so you can sit and have your morning coffee or a drink in the evening after a day out exploring beautiful Normandie.

The heated swimming pool in the middle of the courtyard has sun loungers around the pool terrace and a hot tub is available for use in the evenings.
Pool towels and pool safe drinks glasses are provided.

We also have a large paddock which can be used for outdoor games such football, badminton etc and an orchard where garden furniture can be placed if you want to soak up the peaceful rural charm.

Parking and garages

Parking on site.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for couples.

Information about any additional facilities

We supply pool towels and pool safe drinks glasses for guests to use while enjoying the azure pool and relaxing hot tub.
Small fully equipped gym with treadmill, elliptical, static bike and multi gym.

Our guests are also welcome to borrow the following items -
Bikes (and helmets)
Childrens football net and ball
Boules set
Badminton net and rackets


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Trévières
Distance: 3 km


Distance: 30 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Etangs de Planquery
Distance: 10 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Omaha Beach
Distance: 10 km


Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Trévières
Distance: 3 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 5 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Trévières


About the Owner/Advertiser, Ms Shu Milne

Rob and Shu have updated the building with love and affection; their attention to detail is instantly apparent. Everything is done with respect for the original architecture and features, the colour palette of clean whites and subtle tones give an air of quiet calm and timeless elegance.<br/>Whilst they are on hand if you need the low-down on local attractions and places to eat, they will very much leave you in peace to enjoy Le Pressoir as your home from home in the rural Normandie countryside.

Year property purchased 2003
Why this location? Close to all the Landing Beaches and historic Bayeux.
If you do want to venture out you’ll find plenty to satisfy all tastes - wide open beaches, tranquil forest walks and great cycling lanes. If you need some sophistication, in nearby Bayeux you’ll love the chic boutiques and coffee shops, not to mention the world famous Tapestry, Cathedral and WW2 Landing Beaches and Museums.
Unique benefits of property Peaceful rural location but only 3km from thriving local village with shops, restaurant, bars, cinema, pharmacy and local Friday market.
Heated outdoor swimming pool and fully equipped gym.
Surrounded by quiet lanes suitable for cycling and running.
"Boutique hotel meets French rural charm".

The Owner Recommends

Helicopter flight over Landing Beaches

We have taken this flight ourselves and can highly recommend it as it gives you a whole picture of the landing beaches along this famous coast.

The American Cemetery at Colleville (Omaha Beach)

We highly recommend a visit to this immaculately kept museum and gardens.
The visit begins by the Visitor Centre where the details of Operation Overlord are explained. Outside, a viewpoint diagram placed in front of a water mirror, shows the beaches where the Allied forces landed. Looking to the West you can see the cemetery and behind it, a round chapel.
The cemetery contains 9,387 gravestones perfectly aligned on a majestic expanse of green lawn.
Every day, at the end of the afternoon, visitors can watch the ceremony of the Lowering of the Colours. To the sound of a military hymn, the American flag is lowered and folded

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 BJ & PH 30 May, 2018

The gite is very comfortable, well-equipped, clean and stylish. The owners were exceptionally helpful and considerate. The facilities (outside seating, pool and hot tub) are excellent. The location is ideal for visiting the Normandy beaches and Bayeaux, as well as exploring the surrounding countryside and chateaux. Mont St Michel and Monet's house are also both accessible. Can definitely recommend to friends and family.

Owner response

Wow Bernard and Paula
Thank you so much for your fabulous review. It doesn’t get any better than 10 out of 10 so we are absolutely thrilled to bits.
We loved meeting you both and we’re so impressed that you managed to be so relaxed but at the same time fit in so much during your stay including the things you listed above and also a few bike rides, one with our bikes and the other with the rented bikes in the forest.
Thank you again for your amazing review.
A bientôt
Shu and Rob

9.7 / 10 Pat & Steve 14 May, 2018

Great value for money, exactly as described. Friendly and helpful hosts.

Owner response

Hi Pat
Thank you so much for your lovely high rating, we loved meeting you and Steve and we're glad you had a good stay and we're also pleased that 'we' managed to arrange such great weather for you! ;-) and that Steve could take a swim each day after your days out exploring.
Best Wishes
Shu and Rob

10 / 10 Dave Galvin 18 September, 2017

Great Gite in a cracking location with terrific hosts - what more could you ask for!

10 / 10 Fiona & Martin 12 September, 2017

What can I say!! If I could give you more than 10 i would.
You are both the most amazing accommodating hosts we have ever met, nothing was to much trouble.
You welcomed us into you beautiful Gite and it certainly felt like home from home.
With the most luxurious comfortable bed ever.
The pool and hot tub was definitely an added bonus.
You can even pick your own apples and pears in the orchard( which my husband frequently did)
If any of you reading this are thinking of booking to stay....... DO NOT hesitate you will not be disappointed and you will receive the most warmest of welcomes.
The location of the Gites's are very near all the historic places and landmarks, so it's a win win situation all around.
Good luck for your continued success.
Best wishes xx Fiona & Martin xx