Normandy farmhouse let for holidays in Manche

8.9/10
Brecey, Manche, Normandy Reference: NM002248 Advertiser since: 14 September 2006
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
La Sagerie Self Catering Saturday 6 15 4 Plus cot

About this property

Farmhouse, 45 Minutes Mont St Michel and Beaches. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Carefully renovated 17th century farmhouse in beautiful Normandy Bocage.
 
Free wi-fi is available throughout the house.
 
The area is excellent for walking, cycling and fishing. There are shops and good restaurants 5 minutes drive away. Mont St Michel is a 45 minute drive. Beaches 45 minute drive. Zoo 30 minute drive. Golf, riding, tennis nearby. Normandy landing beaches within easy reach, Bayeux and its magnificent tapestry is 45 mins.
 
Ground floor. Large kitchen/dining room (cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher). Comfortable lounge with woodburner. Sky tv (English programmes), dvd player, cd player, iPod dock, selection of books and dvds, wc and washing machine.
First floor. Four bedrooms, 3 doubles, (one with basin and one with king size bed). One shower room. One bunk room with shower.
Second floor. One twin bedroom with en suite shower/wc, one twin bedroom with full en suite bathroom. There are also 2 z-beds available.  A cot is also available on request.
Outside. One acre garden with orchard and meadow, the views are outstanding. There is a large patio with ample garden furniture and a bbq and there is enough parking for 2/3 cars.
We welcome dogs and have included a dog basket and dog bowls.
A highchair, cot, baby bath and stairgates are available on request.
Duvets and pillows are provided. Bed linen hire is available at an extra charge of €17.00 per bed per week which includes a towel per person.
Electricity, water and gas are included.
We have English-speaking caretakers.
Central heating is installed throughout the house and it is beautiful and cosy.  
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.

Type

Cottage/Gite

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 seat 12 people. The washing machine is in a utility room off the sitting room.

Living rooms

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

Bedrooms

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

Bathrooms

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).

Heating

There is electric central heating throughout the house and a woodburning stove in the sitting room; a starter load of logs is included.

Entertainment

Satellite tv (English programmes), dvd player, cd player - some dvds and cds are available 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 - also large parking area - barbecue and garden furniture on the large sunny patio.

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 house difficult for those with mobility problems.

Information about any additional facilities

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

Facilities

  • 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 dogs.

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

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

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 80 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

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

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Vire, La Dathee, Ferme de la Basse Haye 14380 Saint Manvieu Bocage
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: 5 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR22

Watersports

About the Owner, Mr Mike Stammers Jill Body

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 and the D-Day landing beaches
Unique benefits of property Spacious living accommodation, fabulous setting with fine views in a peaceful rural area

The Owner Recommends

Location and Activities

Rural setting with large garden and stunning views of the surrounding countryside - some wonderful walking too. Riding stables are within a 10 minute drive of the property. There is an excellent indoor swimming pool at Villedieu-les-Poeles, a zoo only 30 minutes away and an outdoor pool in Brecey only 3km from the house. Le Mont St Michel is 45 minutes by car and is magnificent. There are also beautiful sandy beaches within 30 minutes of the house.

Nearest Restaurant

There are two restaurants in Brécey, but for a real treat Villedieu-les-Poeles has a number of very good restaurants, including l'Agora next to the library, which is small but delicious! The St Pierre is also marvellous and the prices in both of these restaurants are very reasonable. Le Fruitier has had a facelift and does very good and reasonably priced lunches. Details of these and many more marvellous places are listed with contact details in our information pack at La Sagerie.

Other Attractions

The St Sever Forest is absolutely fabulous with lakes and picnic areas, 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!

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.

Shopping

Brecey 2km, market day on Friday. Villedieu 13km, 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 an enormous Carrefour supermarket and a LeClerc.

Villedieu-les-Poeles

There are a number of good restaurants in Villedieu amongst which are the St Pierre Hotel and Le Frutier Hotel which are really good. Two more stand out: l'Agora which is just opposite the library, small but fabulous, and Manoir de l'Acherie which is absolutely fantastic for a special occasion (although the prices are not necessarily special occasion prices)! They will organise a taxi for you to get back to La Sagerie - there are also very good restaurants in Avranches.

7 Reviews
8.9/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.1
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 9
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 7.7
  • Setting: 9.4
  • Value for Money: 9.1
9.6 / 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!

9.9 / 10 Slack 30 May, 2014

The property was excellent with an abundance of crockery, glassware, cutlery etc. Our party was only four so more than adequate space. Our only disappointment was one of the mattresses but the owner is rectifying this.
The communication and service from the owner was also excellent and with very good instructions on finding the property.
Location for us was perfect as it was very quiet and peaceful - younger people may find it too quiet. The large garden was perfect for our dog to run around in.
The property is in reasonably easy reach of a number of attractions.

All in all an excellent week and would recommend the property.

Owner response

Just to confirm that the mattress has been changed, and we hope that we can look forward to a 10 out of 10!

7.9 / 10 Rev 6 August, 2013

Good points
Wonderful garden for children and grown ups. All bedrooms very comfortable. Plumbing very reliable! Plenty of crockery, cutlery etc so we never ran out. Lovely house, barring the notes below.

Bad points
First floor windows are still dodgy and a real worry with small children around, even with the padlocks on. We had to be really vigilant. The flies got us down, but we were there in a heat wave. The freezer was left in an icky state on our arrival, and later on we found 3 broken glasses in the cupboard at the back, obviously had been hidden - could have been quite dangerous if the children had got to them before an adult. The only really serious point here is the windows issue.

Owner response

This is the first mention of any problems with windows. We have examined them carefully and they are both secure and safe when treated correctly. The caretakers are thorough in their cleaning but in the time allotted to them it is not possible for them to check every small detail, especially as the guests are supposed to leave the property as they found it. The comments left by the Rev in our visitors' book were glowing and stated "only downside = the flies!" (which are easily dealt with). Another member of her party also left a glowing report, saying that the only negative was that one bedside light had a lead that was too short: we rectified this as soon as we saw the comment.

9 / 10 janbar 11 September, 2012

As a family of 6 adults and 4 children we found the house very comfortable
and well equipped.
There was enough room for us not to be in each others way
and there was plenty of room outside for the kids to play.
The town of Brecey was lovely and we had an excellent family meal in the
town at Auberge des Sports.
The kids enjoyed karting at Le Parc.
Would happily recommend.