Normandy farmhouse let for holidays in Manche - NM002248

2km from Brecey, Manche, Normandy Reference: NM002248 Advertiser since: 14 September 2006
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La Sagerie Self Catering Flexible 6 15 4 Plus cot

About this property

Idyllic Position. Easy Access to Major Attractions. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Carefully renovated 17th century farmhouse set in large grounds within the beautiful Normandy Bocage. Rated *** by the Tourist Board.
This part of Lower Normandy is ideal for country lovers and those interested in history, as well as providing interesting visits for children. You can watch birds in the garden and there are specialist bird watching areas nearby in the forests and marshes; there is good walking and cycling, you can catch fish for your barbecue, or simply chill out.

William the Conqueror was born in Falaise and buried in Caen, where he and Matilda had the Abbe aux Dames and the Abbe aux Hommes built; There are many sites connected with English history. The D-Day landing beaches are within easy reach and the whole Battle of Normandy was fought out in the area in 1944. The fabulous Mont St Michel is a 45 minute drive and Bayeux, with its old town and magnificent tapestry,is 45 minutes.. Beautiful sandy beaches are 20-30 minute drive. Champrepus Zoo is a 20 minute drive. Golf, riding and tennis are nearby. There are theme parks and the great Clécy model railway for children of all ages, all within easy reach.

There are shops and good restaurants from only 5 minutes drive away.
On the Ground floor is the large kitchen/dining room (cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher); the comfortable lounge with woodburner, Sky tv (English programmes), dvd player, cd player, iPod dock, a selection of books and dvds; wc and washing machine. Both diner and lounge have ample seating.
On the First floor are four bedrooms: 2 doubles, (1 with basin) and a king size; one bunk room with a shower and a separate shower room with wc.
On the Second floor are one twin bedroom with en suite shower/wc, one more twin bedroom and a full bathroom/wc. 
There are also two z-beds and a cot available.
Outside there is a secluded 1 acre garden with orchard and meadow, the views are outstanding. There is a large patio with ample garden furniture and a charcoal barbecue and there is plenty of parking space for 2/3 cars.

We welcome dogs and have included a dog basket and dog bowls.

A highchair, cot, babybath and stairgates are available on request.
Duvets and pillows are provided. Bed linen hire is available for hire at an extra charge of €18.00 per bed per week, which includes a towel per person. And for that we'll make the beds ready for your arrival.

Free wi-fi is provided. Electricity, water and gas for cooking are included.

Electric heating is provided throughout the house in winter and there is a wood burning stove in the sitting room and it is beautiful and cosy.  A welcome supply of logs is provided.

We have English-speaking caretakers.

Christmas in France is a real treat! And New Year is fun too with some fabulous places to go to eat and celebrate within 10 to 15 minutes' drive. Most restaurants are happy to organise a taxi for you if you don't want to drive home.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is large and airy and fully equipped - cooker and hob, dishwasher, fridge-freezer and microwave - a large dining table which can easily seat 14 people. The washing machine is in a utility room off the sitting room.

Living rooms

Lovely large sitting room with wood burning stove and frenchdoors to the garden, with comfy furniture for lounging in! The tv receives English programmes and there are cd and dvd players and an iPod dock. There is a selection of books, dvds and games.


Three double bedrooms on the first floor, one with wash handbasin, 1 with king size bed. 2 twin rooms on the second floor, 1 with en suite shower and wc.. And there is a 'bunkroom' with shower on the first floor. A cot is available and there are 2 z-beds.


One bathroom on the second floor, one shower room on the second floor and 2 shower rooms on the first floor, 4 wcs (one on the ground floor).


There is a wood burning stove in the sitting room and electric heating is provided for the colder months. A starter load of logs is included.


Satellite tv (English programmes), dvd player, cd player - some dvds and cds are supplied as well as a selection of books, games and jigsaws. There is also an iPod dock. Garden games have been added to the outdoor facilities.

Garden and outside

Large garden (about an acre) with fruit trees. Barbecue and garden furniture are on the large sunny patio. Some garden activities for children.
This is a great area for bird watching, and some unusual butterflies come form time to time.

Parking and garages

There is ample parking for 2/3 cars.

Visitor suitability

This house is ideally suited to large family gatherings and celebrations, although we have several couples who return year after year for the spacious peace and quiet (of course the excellent local food and wine could have something to do with it too!) It is suitable for all ages - a cot, highchair, baby bath and stairgates are available on request.

A steep staircase to the second floor might make the top floor rooms difficult for those with mobility problems.

This area is ideal for birdwatchers, walkers, cyclists, fishermen and those who just want to enjoy the quiet tranquility of the Normandy countryside.

Dogs are very welcome but we have to make a small charge for them.

Information about any additional facilities

All electrical sockets are French, so you will need continental adaptors.
There is a dog basket and dog bowls.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

* Vet details: The local Cabinet Veterinaire is at 20 Place de l'Hotel de Ville in Brécey- telephone (0033) 2 33 68 19 12. They are extremely helpful and speak some English. There is a small charge for pets.


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Villedieu-les-Poeles
Distance: 10 km


Distance: 80 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Salmon, trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Etangs du Val de See
Distance: 6 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Vire, La Dathee
Distance: 32 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Centre Equestre des Cavaliers du Val de See Espace Pierre Aguiton 50370 Brecey
Distance: 1 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR22


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Mike and Jill Stammers

We are a retired British couple who enjoy the bliss of peace and quiet in the countryside, amazing French food and really good reasonably priced wine!

Year property purchased 2006
Why this location? Its proximity to ports and major sights of interest, such as Mont St Michel, Bayeux and its Tapestry and the D-Day landing beaches. It is near lovely sandy beaches and is ideal for walking - with or without a dog.
Unique benefits of property Spacious living accommodation, fabulous setting with fine views in a peaceful rural area.

The Owner Recommends

Location and Activities

La Sagerie is in a quiet rural setting with a large garden and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
The area is great for birdwatching and we have seen some unusual birds (kingfisher, hoopoe) in the garden itself. Saint Sever Forest has dedicated bird watching areas and there are sites that take guided bird watching tours in the Marais [marshes]. Butterflies, including the occasional swallowtail, are in abundance in season.
There are some wonderful walks and cycling too, with Saint Sever Forest nearby.
Riding stables are within a 10 minute drive of the property.
The lakes near Brécey provide fishing, where you can bring home you catch ready for the barbecue.
There is an excellent indoor swimming pool at Villedieu-les-Poeles and an outdoor pool in Brecey [in summer only] just 3km from the house.
Champrepus zoo, which is good to visit, is only 20 minutes away..
Le Mont St Michel is 45 minutes by car and is magnificent. The Bayeux Tapestry and the Normandy Landing Beaches are within an hour's drive, while Pegasus Beach is less than that. The whole Battle of Normandy was fought out in this area in 1944 and there are many sites of interest - for instance, the site of an American field hospital is just outside Brécey.
For those interested in English Hostory, William the Conqueror was born in Falaise Castle and is buried in the Abbe aux Hommes in Caen, which he endowed: there are many places connected with our history.
There are also beautiful sandy beaches within 30 minutes of the house.
Great activities for children within easy reach, such as the Ange Michel theme park at Saint-Martin-de-Landelles and the huge model railway layout at Clécy, both well worth a visit - and both are good for adults as well!
Most weekends there is a 'vide grenier' (car boot sale) nearby, where you can often get a reasonable meal with the locals.

Great food - and drink

There are two restaurants in Brécey, but for a real treat Villedieu-les-Poeles and its surroundings have a number of very good restaurants, including l'Agora (next to the library). The St Pierre is also good and the prices in both of these restaurants are very competitive. Le Fruitier has recently had a facelift and does very good and reasonably priced lunches. For a treat, we recommend the Ferme de Malte and the Manoir Acherie in Villedieu, as well as the Auberge next to Hambye Abbey, l'Athome in Heugeville sur Sienne, the Grand Hebert in Balinville sur Mer and la Toque aux Vins near Avranches. Details of these and many more marvellous places are listed with contact details in our information pack and on the otice board at La Sagerie.

Other Attractions

The St Sever Forest is absolutely fabulous with lakes [with bird-watching hides] and picnic areas, an arboretum, a medieval motte, a cafe/restaurant and beautiful walks.
The Bayeux Tapestry is quite breathtaking, and Bayeux itself is a lovely town with great shopping and wonderful eating!
Villedieu has one of the few ctive Bell Foundries left in the world and you can visit it and watch the operations.
Pirou fortified manor house is being restored and is well worth a visit. It houses a modern-day tapestry that follows the events preceding those of its more famous caounterpart in Bayeux - why not couple this [as we often do] with a good lunch in Pirou Plage or in Balinville sur Mer - where you can see the workings of the oyster farms while you eat their produce!
The Lime Kilns [Fours a Chaux du Rey] at Regneville offer an insight in to the industry of tye middle to late 19th Century. An interesting maritime museum is on the same site.
There are castles and chateaux in plenty, such as the Chateaux of Gratot, Cerisy-la-Salle and of Bouceel, as well as great cathedrals in Coutances and Bayeux. The Abbaye Sainte-Trinite de la Lucerne is good to visit, too.
The National Stud is at Saint-Lo and there are frequent demonstrations of equestrian skill there.
For the children of all ages, there is the miniature railway [but huge!] in Clécy and ;l'Ange Michel, which has something for everybody.
The Souterrascope has underground grottoes.
And there are strill many, many more places to find and explore.

Places to See

Le Mont St Michel is only a half hour drive (depending on traffic) and certainly worth seeing. We would advise though that you get there early - it gets really busy even in the winter. As a follow-up to a visit there, the Scriptorial in Avranches houses some of the magnificent illuminated manuscripts from the Mont St Michel with short films of how they were restored. The Normandy landing beaches and museums are fascinating and are approximately 1 hour away. There is a zoo close by, and a swimming pool in Brecey only 10 minutes away; you can do go-karting about 20 minutes away, and the beaches near Carolles are really beautiful. The Abbaye Blanche in Mortain is gorgeous; Fougeres has an amazing castle; Pirou has a fantastic fortified manor house. All these and more make for tremendous days out, and to help you decide there are lots of leaflets and an information pack at the property with recommendations and suggestions. But please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to know more.


Brecey [2km], market day on Friday. Villedieu [10km], market day on Tuesday. Villedieu is famous for copper cookware and has masses of lovely shops to tempt you. Avranches [18km] market day on Saturday and also has lots of lovely shopping including enormous Carrefour and LeClerc supermarkets..

10 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.4
  • Comfort: 9.3
  • Condition: 9.1
  • Facilities: 9.3
  • Local Amenities: 8.4
  • Setting: 9.6
  • Value for Money: 9.2
10 / 10 Morgan drivers 19 August, 2019

Excellent property, we had four families staying! Great fun in huge garden. Never switched the television on even when the weather was indifferent.
The details of the property were spot on. the caretakers were very helpful.
The beds were really comfortable.
I would certainly recommend the property for a large group. Everything we wanted was in the house.

The midwife toads gave a serenade most nights!

Great property.

Owner response

Thank you for telling the world how much you enjoyed your stay. We are delighted that you found that house to your liking and well equipped.

10 / 10 J Yates 13 January, 2019

Visited over New Years as a group of 8. The cottage is just as described, with plenty of room and all facilities necessary. Did not eat out so cannot comment on local restaurants but everything needed to cook for yourselves is provided and plenty of places to shop within easy reach. Great location if you're interested in history or just want beautiful rural scenery. Owners and caretakers were extremely friendly and helpful. Would happily recommend the property.

Owner response

Thank you. We pride ourselves on providing our guests with a good holiday.

9.3 / 10 Jeff Sewell 26 March, 2018

Warm comfortable home. Information from owner excellent. Only hiccough was not knowing how to get more hot water for our large group when it was particularly cold at the beginning of the week without having to call the caretaker. Overall excellent for a large family group.

Owner response

There is plenty of hot water capacity for our house capacity of 12 from two large hot water tanks; the larger is normally powered by off-peak electricity to avoid excess electricity charges for our guests – but this can readily be overridden to give permanent water heating.The Information Pack provided to our guests tells how to do this. Although the caretaker was called out, our guests had already adjusted the water heaters by the time he got there, making his journey unnecessary.

9.8 / 10 Monica M 16 August, 2016

Just returned from a week at La Sagerie. We were a family of 10 with an age range of 3 to 74. It was a special' birthday and I wanted to take my children and their children away for the week. The house was in a lovely setting - very rural with nice walks in all directions. The nearest shops were just over a mile away. The garden had seating for all of us and there was a barbecue and large umbrella too. There was a swing/seesaw and a goal post - ideal for my budding 3 year old footballer grandson!
La Sagerie was described well in the advert and we found it clean and well maintained. We encountered a small problem with a radiator and as soon as it was reported to the caretaker it was rectified within the hour so good service there!
I would certainly recommend the property to friends.
In the nearby vicinity there were nice restaurants and plenty of places to visit such as Mont St Michel, beaches, two zoos close by and pretty little towns - our favourite being Villedieu les Poeles. Do go to the bell foundry there.
All in all a very good holiday and Normandy was as green and lovely as we had remembered! That Normandy butter was scrumptious!