Farmhouse & pool for holiday rental nr Gavray - NM001497

Hambye (18km from Gavray), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM001497 Advertiser since: 20 August 2003
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La Germainiere Self Catering Friday 6 12 3 Plus cot

About this property

Beautiful 18thC Farmhouse and Pool, 15 Mins Beaches. This villa is in a rural setting.

La Germainiere is peacefully situated in rolling unspoilt Normandy countryside 15 mins from lovely sandy beaches. It is a beautifully refurbished stone farmhouse with large secluded gardens and magnificent 10m heated private pool.

Ground floor: hall, cloakroom/wc, large living room with enormous open fireplace, stone walls and beamed ceiling. Dining room. Large fully-fitted kitchen and breakfast room.  

First floor: master bedroom with king size bed and en suite shower/wc. Twin bedroom. Double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower and wc.

Second floor: three twin bedrooms. Shower room and wc. Full oil fired central heating. 

Outside: garage with table tennis, beach games etc. Vine covered dining area, barbecue, lawned garden.

Gavray 6km. Peaceful unspoilt beaches 15 minutes drive. Out of season discounts for small parties. Well behaved dogs welcome.

Non smokers preferred.

Please note all prices are for 1 week inclusive of gas, electricity, water, logs, wi-fi and free calls to European landlines. Duvets and pillows are supplied, but linen which includes duvet and pillow cases, sheets, 2 towels per person and tea-towels and bath mats are available to hire priced at £18 per person.



Kitchen and dining

Spacious well fitted kitchen with gas/electric cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave and laundry with washing machine and tumbledryer in garage. Breakfast area. Separate beamed dining room seating 12.

Living rooms

Large living room with lots of character and huge Normandy fireplace (logs provided).


Six bedrooms: One with king size bed, 1 double and 4 spacious twin rooms.


One bathroom, 2 shower rooms and a ground floor cloakroom.


Fully centrally heated but logs available for open fireplace.


Magnificent private heated swimming pool, table tennis, badminton and boules. Tv and dvd player. Wi-fi connection.

Garden and outside

Lovely gardens with views of the peaceful valley, garden table and chairs and vine covered eating area with table and benches.

Visitor suitability

Families, couples, family reunions, special celebrations. Ideal for a family holiday or for celebrating family occasions.

Information about any additional facilities

La Germainiere is located just 10 minutes walk (6km drive) from the village of Grimesnil in La Manche, Normandy. It’s also a short cycle ride or drive to St Denis Le Gast for your morning croissants, or drive 10 minutes to the village of Hambye for all the key amenities such as bakeries, butcher, supermarket and restaurants. Our holiday property is also just 7km from nearby market town Gavray, where you’ll find more shops and restaurants.

With sandy beaches and tourist attractions such as Mont St. Michel, Bayeaux and the D-Day beaches within easy access, this holiday cottage is ideal for all types of vacations with friends or family.

Within easy reach of the house are the world famous Mont St Michel and the medieval town of Bayeux, with its ancient tapestry depicting the battle of Hastings. To the north east are the historic World War II D-Day beaches of the Normandy landings: Gold, Omaha, Sword and Utah, not to mention the fascinating war museums at Arromanche, Caen etc.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: La Cle des Temps, Coutances
Distance: 10 km



Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Granville
Distance: 5 km



About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Susan Smart

We are farmers in the beautiful Dorset countryside in Southern England. We have three children and three grandchildren. We love France and in particular Normandy. It is so easy to get to Cherbourg from Poole and it is less then a 90 minute drive to the house. We therefore go for lots of short holidays and love it there.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 1997
Why this location? We have owned this holiday house since 1997 and still love its tranquil rural setting. Set amongst its own fields at the end of a ½ mile private drive, it is the most lovely relaxing holiday retreat. Built some 300 years ago, this holiday cottage has enormous character with old beams, massive stone walls and a huge Normandy fireplace. The South facing terrace catches the sun all day and is the ideal spot to enjoy an evening drink listening to the cicadas.
Unique benefits of property La Germainiere is perfect for family holidays or celebrations with family and friends.
It is a short easy drive to the beautiful coast with so many unspoilt quiet beaches perfect for all ages.
We are surrounded by amazing restaurants including brilliant seafood restaurants for which the area is renowned.
Le Mont St Michel, D Day beaches and interesting old towns such as Villedieu-les-Poeles , Granville and Countances are all a short drive away.
If you are travelling from the UK we offer discounts on all Brittany Ferries crossings of 20% for all passengers and cars.

The Owner Recommends


We would happily recommend a day at Les Salines near Brehal, with its miles of unspoilt and quiet sandy beaches. At low tide you can see the world's largest area of oyster and mussel beds where hundreds of people do "peche a la plage" (beach fishing) and farmers go out over the sands with their tractors to tend their crops.


Lovely ancient town with its magnificent twin towered cathedral, shops, cafes and restaurants and beautiful floodlit gardens in summer. Thursday market day has stalls spread through the streets and squares below the cathedral.

Depot Vent at Coutances

La Cle des Temps is a fascinating warehouse on the edge of Coutances selling second hand furniture and bric-a-brac. Prices are reduced every 4 weeks so look out for some bargains. Vide Greniers (literally 'Clear the Attics') are their equivalent of our carboot sales, where hundreds of stalls line the village streets and one is held nearly every Sunday morning. Lots of bargains.


Gavray is a small, lively little town with a variety of shops including an excellent butchers and boulangerie, and a supermarket. Each Wednesday morning is a lively calf market with piglets, chickens, ducklings and the smell of delicious sausages cooking over the grill. The pannier market is held on Saturday.


There is a small 9-hole course at St Martin-de-Brehal (by Les Salines). Golf de Granville, Breville sur Mer - has an 18 hole links course and a 2nd course of 9 holes. Golf de Vire la Dathee, Villedieu les Poeles has an 18 hole course with spectacular views over Lake Dathee.


Interesting old port on the coast with excellent shops and fresh seafood restaurants along the harbour front.

HFD GUEST REVIEW - Featherstone Family

We had a fabulous holiday. The house is very well equipped with everything we needed to have a wonderful and relaxing stay. The information pack was full of useful information and we absolutely loved visiting all the local markets (especially the cattle market!). The weather was generally great but having the heated pool was brilliant as it meant the children could use it every day. Thank you for letting us stay in your wonderful house.

HFD GUEST REVIEW - Latham Family

We thought your house was super – and you had obviously done a great restoration! The beds and bedding were good and we loved the living and dining rooms. The table tennis in the garden was great!


The place is delightful and extremely well appointed and catered for all our needs. Everyone enjoyed the experience and for us having all the children and grandchildren together was a worthy 40th wedding anniversary present to ourselves. We would recommend it to anyone unreservedly. The space, the comfort, the games, the fire, the bikes, the cooking utensils and I could go on without even mentioning the pool. It you intended this to be somewhere that you could call home, with all the things you and the children would want…you succeeded!

Hotel l'Abbee at Hambye

Excellent restaurant with lovely ambience and interesting menus. Near beautiful ruined Benedictine Abbey and River Sienne.

Jules Gommes at Reigneville-sur-Mer

This is a good restaurant with views of the estuary. Excellent seafood, gallettes etc. Outside terrace in the summer.

La Baleine

Beautiful local village with speciality shops selling delicious local produce including the chitterling sausage which they make. There is also a mini crazy golf course in the botanic gardens which has a good creperie/bar - fun for all ages.

La Barrate in St Denis-le-Vetu

Lovely little restaurant serving delicious local specialities. Free aperitif for guests.

La Passerelle at Les Salines

Probably our favourite seafood restaurant. (Serves meat too). Overlooking the salt marshes on the coast near Brehal.

Location and Activities

The house is within easy reach of Gavray with all facilities, weekly calf market and pannier market and close to the coast with sailing, swimming, fishing, golf, walking and cycling. Horse riding is available in the area. There is also a great crazy golf course nearby and lots of places to do cider and calvados-tasting!


Gavray - Wednesday, calf market and a few stalls. Saturday - Pannier Market Villdieu - Tuesday, quite a big street market Cerences - Thursday, small village market Coutances - Thursday, street market in roads below Cathedral Hambye - Tuesday and Friday, small village market.

Mont St Michel

Famous Abbey surrounded by water at high tide. Lots of little restaurants.

Nearest Restaurant

Bar/Restaurant l'Etang is a 10 minute walk and serves delicious steaks cooked over the open fire and is a very relaxing place for all the family.


There is a sailing school just by the golf course at St Martin-de-Brehal. Do sailing courses in summer months.


The courts are situated in Hambye

The Normandy Landing Beaches

Are within easy reach with interesting museums at Arromanches and Caen.

Villedieu les Poeles

Famous for its copper and its world renowned bell factory. Lively street market on Tuesday mornings.