Holiday gite to let near Gavray Normandy - NM002128

Guehebert (15km from Coutances), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM002128 Advertiser since: 9 May 2006
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
La Dehayrie Self Catering Flexible 1 2 1

About this property

150 Year Old Converted Cowshed in Quiet Lane, Wi-fi. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

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At least 150 years old, the gite has recently been refurbished to a very high standard while retaining original features. It stands almost at the end of a country lane and is therefore extremely quiet.
It has an open-plan living/dining area approximately 5 x 4m (16ft x 13ft), including a fully-fitted modern kitchen with conventional oven, grill and microwave (and gas hob). Upstairs, there is a double bedroom with en suite large shower. Heating throughout is by electricity. Lighting by modern spots. Wireless broadband is included.
Outside the gite has its own small terrace, with sun from 1pm to 9pm in summer.
Superb local restaurants at very reasonable prices.
Good area for walking, cycling. Other activities available in the area include horse riding, golf, fishing and watersports. 

A selection of reviews from our guests:
Wonderful Area
Stiver - Ontario, Canada
We had the pleasure of staying at La Dehayrie in May 2011. The description of the property is accurate and great thought has been put into the comfort of their guests. We were within easy driving distance of the landing beaches, Mont St Michel and many interesting historical churches and chateaus. We were also just a short drive from bakeries (most important), shops and restaurants. I would recommend this property to anyone and we couldn't have picked a better owner to deal with.
5 out of 5

Country peace with central location
Selitrennikoff - Denver, CO
This gite is the perfect escape for a quiet retreat in the country, but central to the Normandy beaches, exploring the countryside and visiting the many quaint villages in the surrounding area. Coutances is a 15 min drive with a great shopping selection for the small French bakery, patisserie, meat market or a larger LeClerc (similiar to Target/WalMart in the USA). While we also missed meeting the owners, Doug and Heather, we spent a very enjoyable evening with the caretakers, Allen and Lynn. We highly recommend this gite!
5 out of 5

Oliver and Elaine
Fantastic setting, perfect break. Best holiday we've had for years. Thanks very much. See you soon. Oliver and Elaine. Tydd.
5 out of 5

Berry and Dale - Williamsburg, VA, USA
La DeHayrie provides a peaceful and rural retreat after exploring Normandy's treasures, many within 1- 2 hours drive. Heather and Douglas are very helpful with their suggestions and sharing their lovely garden.
5 out of 5

Bliss - Paradise, Nova Scotia, Canada
My husband, Bill, and I stayed at La Dehayrie this past May and had a wonderful time. We loved the "cow shed" and were very comfortable there. We were fortunate that our hosts arrived before we left for Canada and found them very accommodating and they made us feel very welcome. We would go back and would recommend La Dehayrie to friends.
5 out of 5

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Kitchen and dining

Part of the open-plan living area is a modern kitchen with oven/microwave/grill. Gas hob. Washing machine and tumbledryer available for use but not in the gite.

Living rooms

Part of the open-plan living area.


One double bedroom.


Shower room with large shower area.


Rural peace: cows and birds.

Visitor suitability

Suitable only for a couple. Babies can be accommodated only until they can crawl.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Couples only

* Vet details: Excellent vets in Gavray near the supermarket Marche U.




About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Douglas Henderson

Douglas and Heather Henderson

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2003
Why this location? A particularly pretty part of rural France which most people don't know about. Also only 20 minutes to the huge sandy beach. The local people are enormously friendly and charming.
Unique benefits of property Ideally placed for visiting the main attractions of the area: the Normandy landing beaches in one direction and Mont St Michel in the other. Equidistant from all three ferry ports (Caen, Cherbourg, St Malo).

The Owner Recommends

Arromanches and the Landing Beaches

One reason why the British residents in Normandy are not resented at all by the locals is that there remains an overriding gratitude for being liberated in 1944. Arromanches is particularly moving. With various, very striking museums and the extraordinary Mulberry harbours still visible (where the troops landed), this whole area is extremely moving. Especially the extensive military cemeteries.


This is a spectacularly beautiful small cathedral city. The Tapestry, of course, is a must, but the whole city is a delight to wander round. Crowded in high season, of course, because it is so pretty.


The cathedral city of Coutances is enchanting. The cathedral itself is stunning, but the whole city is charming and, for a cathedral city, very small. Nevertheless, you can buy almost anything you need here, as it has hypermarkets as well as boutiques. Look out for concerts and exhibitions.

Depots-Ventes/ Brocantes

An unusual feature of France not found much in the UK is the second-hand shop which sells everything from furniture to bicycles, much of it of very good quality. Visit La Clé des Temps on the Route de Lessay on the outskirts of Coutances, where the prices are dropped every month very substantially, and there are always great bargains to be found.


Gavray has a market for calves on Wednesday, and the usual French market of fish, fruit, vegetables, bread and assorted other stands, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The meat stall (on Wednesdays only) is particularly good. The town itself has excellent butchers, bakers and a full range of other shops.


This is the seafood capital of Normandy. There are several superb fish and seafood restaurants dotted round the harbour. Just the place for a delicious lunch in the sunshine, and by no means expensive. The museum is also well worth a visit.


Nearly 2 hours away, but well worth a visit. It is an extremely pretty fishing harbour and town, with strong artistic connections. The famous harbour is lined with restaurants which are packed with tourists in high season.

La Baratte in St-Denis-le-Vetu

The best restaurant for miles around, and surprisingly easy to book a table at short notice. Seriously good food at very reasonable prices (€25 - €30 per head at dinner, with wine; much less at lunch).

Location and Activities

Halfway between Gavray and Coutances, but in an extremely quiet, secluded location.

Mont St Michel

Another must-see place. The tiny island at high tide with its abbey sitting on top of its hill is a world-famous site.

Nearest Ferry Port

Cherbourg, Caen and St Malo are all equi-distant from us (under an hour and a half).

Nearest Restaurant

La Baratte at St Denis-le-Vetu.

Restaurant du Delice at Gavray

A delightful restaurant for lunch (they don't do evenings except Friday). If you're a bit nervous about your French this is the place to go: it's run by a young English couple, Patrick and Nicky. Her food is always changing, but it's mostly superb French cuisine. About €40 for two, including wine. The Mayor eats here every day!

The Bar de L'étang at Grimesnil

The owners are delightful and very used to English tourists. They specialise in grills cooked on an open fire. Very decent food at very reasonable prices.

The Beach

The sandy beach on the west side of the Cotentin (Cherbourg) peninsula stretches for well over 20 miles and is accessible from a variety of points. Hauteville is a small seasonal resort, with a few shops, bars and restaurants and lots of holiday homes. Wonderful for walking and if you like a bit of freshness in your sea temperature, for swimming as well. Watersports are available. You need to check your tide times, as the sea goes out a very long way indeed. Nearby Regneville is also worth a visit for its pretty houses and an interesting museum of limeworks.

The Iles de Chausey and the Channel Islands

From Granville, you can take a day trip to either the local very small and delightful islands of Chausey, or to Jersey, Guernsey or Sark. The high-speed boat to the Channel Islands leaves year-round at about 9.30am (depending on tides) and returns at about 6.30pm (ditto).


Literally "attic-clearance," these Sunday street markets (in villages) are the equivalent of our car-boot sales. There is usually one not far away most Sunday mornings in summer, and there are hundreds of stalls offering - it has to be said - a large amount of junk, but you can pick up stunning bargains. It's also a great social occasion, because absolutely everybody in the area will go at some point in the day.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 9
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 9
  • Value for Money: 10
9.7 / 10 histman 3 September, 2014

We really enjoyed our stay here. The cottage is very well equipped with excellent lighting, something important to us as we like to read in the evening. The shower was also very powerful – much better than you usually find in gite accommodation. Another benefit, for us at least, was access to UK Freeview TV channels; our DAB radio even picked up the BBC channels. Wifi internet access was also provided.

Lots of places to visit close-by: we loved Coutances (cathedral and nearby public gardens), Granville (visit the old town), Villedieu-les-poêles (the bell foundry is a must) and the tiny seaside resort of Hautville (great for a picnic). Note that on Saturdays supermarkets close early even in fairly big places like Coutances which has quite a few; the Carrefour Market on the southern edge of Coutances is open on Sunday mornings as is its petrol station. It’s smallish but has almost everything you need. Also, there’s a nice walk to local spring/well, details can be found in the church.

Owner response

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