This location has multiple holiday properties
Adjacent to the beautiful Abbaye de la Lucerne and close to beaches, bays and estuaries. La Ciderie is a group of renovated barns, part of a traditional cider farm built in the traditional stone of the region with secluded courtyard and private gardens. It is a most tranquil and lovely place, yet only a few km from the sandy beaches of Jullouville and Carolles, the port of Granville and within reach of Mont St Michel and the D-day beaches. Free wi-fi is available in all the cottages.
The cottage is spacious with kitchen/dining and lounge area with woodburner. One double and one triple bedroom. The cottage has a garden with terrace, furniture, barbecue and satellite tv.
The history of the area goes back many centuries - from Norman times through to the moving story of the invasion of Normandy by the allied forces in 1944 to 1945.
The famous abbeys of La Lucerne and Hambye date from the 12th century, the small chateau in St Pierre Langers was gifted to the family by William the Conqueror, for the part they played in the invasion of England.
Avranches was Patton's HQ following his 3rd Army's breakout to the Loire after D-day (Cobra - 'La Percée'), and there are many poignant reminders of that time in the war graves around the area, particularly the American Cemetery at St. James and the German Cemetery at Huisines-sur-Mer, overlooking Mont St Michel.
Granville - the 'Monaco of the North' - has an old town on a rocky promontary overlooking the sea, with the port and commercial district along the reclaimed land below, with its habourfront seafood restaurants and variety of nice shops.
There's a fine beach, complete with sea water swimming pool and you can get a birds-eye view from the old ramparts above the beach. Art lovers will enjoy the Musée d'Art Moderne Richard Anacreon with its collection of Fauvist and Pointillist paintings. And Granville is also the birth place of Christian Dior, and his former summer house, the clifftop Villa les Rhumbs, is now the delightful Musée et Jardin Christian Dior.
The Chausey Islands (52 islands at high tide and 365 at low tide) are an interesting and attractive day out from Granville, and Jersey is also only an hour by hydrofoil from the town. Just 8km from the beautiful beaches of Jullouville and Carolles, and 1km from the Abbaye de la Lucerne.
In Avranches there are also the famous Mont St. Michel manuscripts, rescued from the Mont during the Revolution, on display in the Scriptorial.
Catch the hydrofoil from Granville to Jersey and get rid of your spare Sterling and practice your English in M&S!
Having ourselves stayed in houses and gites with blunt knives, an odd assortment of kitchen equipment, and lumpy beds, we have made every effort to make all the cottages as comfortable, welcoming, relaxing and inviting as we possibly could. Surroundings matter a great deal to us, and, to this end, the cottage has an array of Hilary's paintings on the walls, and a wide selection of books and dvds, providing a friendly place to stay.
In addition to providing accommodation, Hilary and I run painting courses on a full-board basis, using all 3 cottages, for painters and their partners. We make use of the abundance of painting locations in the surrounding area. There is a separate pricing regime for these courses, so why not get a group together and join us on a course? We are flexible as to dates for these breaks.
Our next course is being held on 11th June 2017 for 6 days and we can offer preferential rates for early bookings. We aim for a maximum of 8 people per course..
Fully equipped kitchen/diner with gas cooker, dishwasher, fridge-freezer and microwave.
The cottage has a large comfortable lounge and woodburner.
On the first floor there are 2 large bedrooms, one with a double bed the other with 3 singles. Both of the bedrooms are carpeted with a wardrobe, chest of drawers and a hanging space. All beds have duvets, pillows and linen.
On the ground floor there is the bathroom with shower and washbasin and washing machine. Separate wc.
Electric radiators in each room.
Satellite tv, dvds, dvd and video player, boardgames.
Large, attractive garden with a feature cider press with wheel and fountain. There is a patio with bbq and garden furniture for your al fresco dining. Children's outside toys available.
Large shared garage for plenty of parking.
Suitable for families and couples.
I spent the last fifteen years of my career as Group Finance Director of a company of the regulator of the electrical contracting industry - the NICEIC.<br/>I retired in 2009 as CEO of the Chartered Quality Institute.<br/>My wife, Hilary, was an art teacher and is now able to devote much more time to her own art, and there are many examples of this in the three cottages.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||So that we could reach it easily from our home in Chichester, and could have weekends there without impinging on the working week.|
|Unique benefits of property||It is set in beautiful and tranquil countryside, but is within easy reach of the lovely beaches of Jullouville and Carolles. This is especially important now that we have grandchildren.|
Good family pub/restaurant, serving English draught beer! Ten miles from La Cidrerie.
Good traditional restaurant, especially Sunday lunch. Popular with the Brits. Fifteen mile to the north.
Lovely old town overlooking Mont St Michel. Eight miles to the south.
A great day out for the family. Please check out their website. On the road to Villedieu.
A beautiful local Chateau. Please check their website. Tweny miles to the south, on the road to Rennes.
Go and see where it all began at the Christian Dior museum. Check their website for more details.
A great day out for all ages. Check their website for pricing and location. Just outside Caen.
Beautiful, wide, sandy beaches, perfect for children.
Really big and lively market in summer. Good food shopping all the year.
Shack on the beach - best moules frites around. Owner calls it 'worst restaurant in the world!' It's not! Opposite the golf course at Blainville, to the north of Granville.
Popular seafood restaurant, overlooking the harbour in Granville.
Seafood restaurant in famous oyster port. Good for all the family. You can also eat a dozen oysters on the beach for 5/6 Euros - opened!
Beautiful 12th century abbey just 1km from the cottages.
Please refer to their website for more details.
Really good for steaks, cooked over an open fire. On the road to Villedieu.
Between Granville and Avranches in Manche. Golf, horse riding, windsurfing, paragliding. Beaches safe for children.
If your budget runs to it, you could eat in one of the finest restaurants in France, in this Michelin 2 star place!
The second most visted attraction in France. A deffinite must see. Half an hour in the car - take the tram from the car park.
Ouistreham/Caen, St Malo.
Le Courtil, at La Lucerne d'Outremer. The Stag at Mesnil Rogues.
Friendly informal seafood restaurant. Good for all the family.
Please refer to their website for further information.
Lively, big market, on Tuesdays. Excellent fish.