Holiday let with shared pool, rural Normandy - NC005111

10/10
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.

Type

Cottage/Gite

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Bathrooms

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

Heating

Oil filled radiators are available on request.

Entertainment

Bikes available to borrow.
Apple tv, free wi-fi and UK free to air tv channels.
Boardgames.
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 -
BBQ
Bikes (and helmets)
Childrens football net and ball
Boules set
Badminton net and rackets

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

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

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 30 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

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

Golf

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

Gym/spa

Horse riding

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

Mountain biking

Distance: 5 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Trévières

Watersports

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

9 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.9
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.9
  • Setting: 9.9
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Kate O 1 October, 2018

What can I say, but just sooooo relaxing. Beautifully equipped, great welcome pack (including gluten free biscuits - yum!), fabulous facilities and great hosts. You have everything you need within a short drive, if there is anything you don't know, Shu and Rob are on hand to provide maps, local insight and knowledge and help.

The bedroom was so big and absolutely gorgeous, we slept so well and the enormous bed was uber comfortable (lots of needed sleep was gratefully received).

The gites are a great central point to visit so many areas in Normandy. We managed to get so much done, but we have more to do, so will be returning.

Thank you for an amazing relaxing holiday!

Owner response

Huge thanks Kate and Simon for your amazing review. It's so thrilling to get 10 out of 10 rating and we couldn't be more thrilled.
It was a pleasure meeting you both and it would be wonderful to see you both again.
Kate, we're so pleased that the Welcome Pack gluten free biscuits were good for you... and it meant Simon could have the rather more naughty, local salted carmel ones to himself!
It's fantastic to hear that you felt relaxed but also managed to fit in lots of things to see and do.
Many Thanks again for your glowing review.
Best Wishes,
Shu and Rob

10 / 10 Ian & Nicky 20 September, 2018

Shu & Rob are excellent hosts who go the extra mile to ensure your gite is very much a ‘home from home’.
The downstairs is compact but certainly roomy enough and the bedroom is absolutely enormous and amazing decoration throughout!
There was nothing we needed that we didn’t have and the one day when the temperature dropped a few degrees, Shu came and provided an extra electric heater to make sure we stayed snug and cozy.
The welcome pack was a wonderful extra surprise full of lovely goodies and we especially loved the cider and fizz (so much we bought a load to bring home!!!).
The icing on the cake are surely the pool and hot tub - especially amazing when we were sat in the tub in the dark taking in the owls 🦉, bats 🦇 and the billions of stars ⭐️ shining down on our fabulous stay.
Merci beaucoup Shu, Rob, Lou Lou and Cider!

Owner response

Thank you so much Ian and Nicky for your fabulous 10 out of 10 rating.
We're blown away by your glowing review and are delighted that you had such a good time here, relaxing under the 'billions of stars' in the hot tub in the evenings watching our owls. We love that you enjoyed the local cider and fizz in your welcome pack so much that you stocked up with more to take home and we hope you enjoy it over the coming months and that it reminds you of your stay in Normandie. Merci beacoup to you both for being such lovely guests.
Best wishes, Shu, Rob, Lou Lou and Cider

10 / 10 The Whites 21 August, 2018

The perfect place to unwind - the Gite was very clean and comfortable and the pool with hot tub very handily put right outside so if you need a relaxing dip it's about 3 paces from your door!

It's an ideal place to explore the historic Normandy sites and is far enough away from the hustle and bustle to be able to relax but not that far that if you need provisions you have a long drive, the nearest large supermarket being about 15 minutes away.

The hosts Shu & Rob certainly know how to make you feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone!

Owner response

Hi Paul, Dianne and Joshua
Thank you so much for your fabulous 10 out of 10 rating, we're absolutely delighted that you had that good a time at Le Pressoir. We loved meeting you all and are thrilled that you enjoyed the pool and hot tub. It's wonderful to hear that you feel we're ideally located for all the historic Normandie sites and you certainly managed to see a lot of them while you were here didn't you - very impressive exploring!!
Best Wishes Shu and Rob

10 / 10 christopherpillar 30 July, 2018

I can't be complimentary enough. A lovely gite with great facilities. The swimming pool was a god send in the hot weather and Shu and Rob could not have been more hospitable (with recommendations of things to do and places to eat etc.) The local village (Trevieres c 3km away) had all the facilities needed (post office, shops, restaurants) whilst getting to the WW2 sites was easy as was other places of interest - Bayeux about 1/2 and hour drive. The gite was well equipped with a huge and comfortable bed and good living space. We will be back!

Owner response

Thank you so much Anne and Chris
We are delighted that you had a good time here and are thrilled to get your 10 out of 10 rating, that is just fantastic. We're really pleased that you enjoyed the pool after your days out exploring. It was lovely to meet you both and thanks again for your glowing review. Best Wishes, Shu and Rob.