Farmhouse holiday rental 10km Avranches

Brecey (15km from Avranches), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM002894 Advertiser since: 30 August 2011
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
Papillon Self Catering Saturday 3 8 1 2

About this property

Renovated Farmhouse with logburner and exposed beams. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Set in idyllic Normandy countryside, Papillon is a renovated farmhouse located just 2km from the nearest market town of Brecey. Only 40 mins from Mont Saint Michel and just over an hour from the Landing beaches.
Papillon provides flexible and comfortable accommodation for 2 to 8 people, very spacious but cosy enough for 2, very spacious bedrooms plus 2 generous sized living areas. Set in its own large grounds at the end of a short private driveway, Papillon offers a tranquil and secluded setting with perfect views over the surrounding Normandy countryside, yet is still only a short journey to the nearest town. Central heating throughout including a large log burner set in its original stone fireplace.

The garden is large, overlooking adjoining fields, surrounding all sides of the farmhouse with trees (including fruit trees) and inhabited with wildlife, especially butterflies (Papillon).

Renovated to a high standard with Normandy stone and exposed wooden beams throughout, this former farmhouse offers spacious accommodation for groups of friends or extended family.

Papillon is easy to find and is a direct and simple 2 hour drive from the ferry at Cherbourg. Situated at the foot of ‘La Manche’ of Normandy, it’s within easy reach of famous tourist locations such as the Normandy landing beaches, Bayeux and tapestry, the wonderful Mont-St- Michel and the popular beaches and seaside towns of Brittany.

The local outdoor swimming pool is 5 minutes away (lifeguards are present). There are 3 pools, One full size with diving platforms, One smaller fun pool for younger children and a baby/ toddler pool. All set in lovely grounds with a lake and horse riding/ jumping opposite, next to tennis courts.
Bed linen is included.



Kitchen and dining

Open plan kitchen/diner/living room with table and chairs to seat 2 to 6 but can be easily extended to 8, we also have a highchair, Rangemaster gas cooker, double oven, full size dishwasher, microwave and washing machine. Very well equipped with everything you need. Leading to utility area and downstairs toilet and sink.

Living rooms

Open plan with two full size french doors looking out onto beautiful views and the village of St. Pois in the distance. Open fireplace, wood beams, original stone and large woodburner, 2 large settees and extra chairs. From here there is an internal door leading to living room 2, which can be closed to allow two separate living areas. Stairs leading to bedroom 2 with 5ft bed. Original stone chimney breast, large patio doors with electric shutter and views, large 50 inch led, recently updated, tv and Blu-ray player, settee and pool table.


Bedroom 1 has a king size bed and 1 single bed/child's bed, washbasin, wardrobe and dresser with window overlooking views. Bedroom 2 has 5ft bed and a toddler bed again overlooking views. Bedroom 3 has three 3ft single beds, washbasin and views from window. All bedrooms are very comfortable and spacious. We also have a travel cot and all 3 bedrooms are large enough to accommodate these.


Bathroom has large pod power shower with body jets, wc and sink.
Downstairs wc and sink. We also have a baby seat for the shower which can be used from newborn - 12 months.


Downstairs central heating and large woodburner set in original stone fireplace.
Upstairs central heating.


Pool table, table tennis, boardgames, cards and books, colouring books and pencils, bat and ball, badminton, rounders, frisbee, skipping rope, hoopla hoops, swing ball, football, swing, hammocks, iPod docking station and 50 inch tv, Blu-ray player and Wii.

Garden and outside

Tables, chairs and umbrella, large charcoal barbecue, sunloungers, hammocks, fruit trees and a very large garden to play football, rounders and a variety of other games. We provide many garden games including swing ball etc.... and recently added a table tennis table

Parking and garages

Large ample parking.

Visitor suitability

Spacious house suitable for families and friends but cosy enough for 2.

Information about any additional facilities

Bed linen is included in the price for one week stay and over


  • Cleaning

  • No smoking

  • Linen



Distance: 80 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: Lac clement
Distance: 24 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Vire la Dathee
Distance: 24 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Name and address of nearest stables: Centre Equestre des Cavaliers du Val de See Espace Pierre Aguiton 50370 Brecey
Distance: 5 km



About the Owner, Mrs Nicole Neville

We bought Papillon 15 years ago and it has taken us 10 years to completely renovate leaving many original features. Many people thought we were mad but the result is amazing for us and love other people to experience it. We are a family of four and now have grand children who love to visit. Well worth all the effort.

Year property purchased 2001
Why this location? Beautiful location near Mont st Michel and beaches, lovely traditional area.
Unique benefits of property The main benefit is the peace and the view, which is outstanding. Papillon is a large property with plenty of space inside and out. Fruit trees, are also a big bonus at certain times of the year. Close to many wonderful places to visit. All in all a fabulous place to stay.

The Owner Recommends


Avranche is a medieval, walled hill town with numerous shops and supermarkets, restaurants and churches as well as botanical gardens (market day Saturday).

Bayeux Tapestry

Enjoy the spectacle of the Bayeux Tapestry.


There are numerous lovely beaches, our favourite is Julloville.


Brecey has a lovely friendly market every Friday which we never miss. We love the fresh cream and butter, fresh fish stalls not forgetting the crepes. There are also many shops, patisserie and a very convenient Tourist Office.


The property is ideally situated close to Brittany, enabling you to explore both of these wonderful regions.


Visit Caen, a college city with its imposing abbeys, churches, castles and museums.

D-Day Landing Beaches

The D-day landing beaches are within easy driving distance, as is Bayeux and it's famous tapestry.

Local Pool

We love the local outdoor pool which includes a baby pool and 2 main pools, attended by lifeguards and very clean, in a lovely setting.

Mon St Michel

Mont st. Michel is a great day out and is only 40 mins drive.

Nearest Market

Brecey 2km.

Nearest Restaurant

Moulin de Jean 1km.

St Malo

Take a drive to the charming, walled seaside town of St Malo, famous for its charming cobbled streets, specialist shops and outdoor eateries.

Villedieu Les Poeles

Villedieu Les Poeles has a large market, lots of shops, supermarkets and restaurants as well as indoor swimming pool with waterslide and a local speciality of producing handmade copper pots and pans (market day Tuesday).

10 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 9.6
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 The Carlton family, Bristol, England 2 November, 2016

This was a wonderful gite for our family of 6 to base ourselves to explore the beautiful region of Normandy. The property was even better than in the flesh than it appeared on the website. It was lovely and clean and very warm and cosy.
The owners Nicole and Mark were friendly and helpful and in contact regularly, right from the start.
Really close to Avranches and Mont Michel but also only just over an hour to the D-day landing beaches and the fantastic city of Bayeux.
The 4 boys loved the garden and games entertainment when we got back from our days out whereas we loved the log burner, cheese, cider and the complimentary wine!
Can't recommend this gite highly enough.

Steve,Katherine and boys.

10 / 10 Jill and tony 18 October, 2015

Had a fantastic break at papillon. Beautiful setting, very relaxing and peaceful. Accommodation was stunning and the owners had thought of everything needed to make our holiday complete. The property was full of character and charm but with all modern amenities. The local village had everything you need including fresh bread and pastries and good authentic restaurants. Nearby Mont st Michel is a must to visit with its quirky little streets and fantastic views. Papillon is definitely one not to be missed!! Will definitely be going again!

10 / 10 Trevett 6 October, 2015

Perfect get away from it all stay. Beautiful home with excellent facilities. Lovely open plan design with plenty of room. The rooms are very spacious with a lovely log burner in the lounge. Good location for visiting key points of interest in Normandy - Mont St Michel, the Normandy beaches. Plenty of good restaurants and shops in the nearby towns and villages (Avranches and Brecey) offering a good standard of food and reasonable prices. A perfect place to stay, unwind and plan a delightful holiday in France. Would definitely recommend.

10 / 10 Somerset two 3 October, 2015

Quiet & Peaceful setting - Papillon is a really lovely 'retreat'. It is in a beautiful setting with lovely views all around the gite, yet near enough to Brecey where there is a market on Friday morning, the cheese and fish stalls are wonderful, and the staff very friendly. Good bakers in the square.
The gite is lovely, very tasteful. It was lovely to watch the bats flitting about at dawn and dusk and the visiting rabbit and the hares in the fields. There were blackberries in abundance (made a criumble!) apples and pears to pick too.
Plenty of pretty local villages to explore and larger places too like Vire & Avranches, Mont St Michell is not far away...take the horse-drawn carriage to the mount, particularly if it's a hot day.
We loved St Hilaire des Poeles, a pretty place with a Normandy furniture museum with beautiful pieces, and a nice variety of shops and places to eat.
Comfy beds in the double rooms, but put the later-nighters who want to play pool in the room above the games room ! and let the others get to sleep !
All in all we really enjoyed our holiday in this pretty gite. Thank you :)