Farmhouse holiday rental 10km Avranches - NM002894

Brecey (24km from Avranches), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM002894 Advertiser since: 30 August 2011
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Papillon Self Catering Saturday 3 8 2 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 logburner 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 and has had a refit in 2019, new flooring and showers etc..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 and Caen. 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 Normandy and Brittany.

The local outdoor swimming pool is 5 minutes drive away (lifeguards are present). There are 3 pools, 1 full size with diving platforms, 1 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 for bookings one week and over.



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 Bathroom.

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, 1 large corner settee with 2 stressless recliners, footstools, coffee table and side tables. A dresser with DVD library, books and various games. From here there is an internal door leading to living room 2, which can be closed to allow two separate living areas. Original stone chimney breast, large patio doors with electric shutter and views, large 50 inch led TV, recently updated and Blu-ray player, settee, chairs and pool table. Stairs leading to bedroom 2 with 5 ft bed.


Bedroom 1 has a 6ft bed and 1 single 3 ft bed/child's bed, washbasin, bedside tables, chairs and hanging rail. Windows overlooking views. Bedroom 2 has 5ft bed, hanging rail, basin, dressing table and bed side tables, again overlooking views. Bedroom 3 has three 3ft single beds, washbasin, hanging rail and chair and views from window. All bedrooms are very comfortable and spacious. We also have a travelcot and all 3 bedrooms are large enough to accommodate this. New for 2019, all bedrooms have remote controlled ceiling fans.


Bathroom one upstairs has a new(2019) shower pod with body jets, wc and sink.
Downstairs has a double shower, 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

  • Child facilities



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/Advertiser, 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).

13 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 9.6
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.8
8.5 / 10 RobAndDonna 1 September, 2019

We stayed here in August and found it a lovely place to stay. The building itself has been thoughtfully renovated and has lots of charm whilst also feeling very modern. It is set in a large grassy garden with a variety of mature fruit trees both on site and near by. We were very lucky as the fruit was ripening during our stay so we made lots of desserts and have even spent an afternoon as a family making jam around the large kitchen table, enough to have brought home 9 jars full!

During our stay the weather was varied. Our first week was rather rainy and quite chilly, so we were able to make good use of the log burner in the living room and the well stocked wood shed outside, as well as having family pool tournaments and board game nights. During our second week, the weather was much warmer and we were very glad for the ceiling fans in all the bedrooms! The hammocks for the garden were also much enjoyed!

The local area is lovely. The Gite is in a quiet part of Normandy and there isn't much nearby so is peaceful with plenty of wildlife to be seen, yet is close enough to the town of Brecey for the supermarket and bakery. We had lovely countryside walks, and when the sun goes down, the stargazing is sensational! It is easy to get to the major historical destinations of Normandy such as the D-Day landing beaches and Mont St Michel, and there are some nice sandy beaches near Granville which are well worth a visit. We had a lovely holiday here and would go again!

9.5 / 10 Langridge 16 November, 2017

Papillon is a beautifully spacious and characterful property set in the most tranquil and peaceful setting. It has plenty of room for a large family although there were just four of us staying. It has a huge lounge and log burner which leads straight into a large welcoming rustic kitchen. We loved using the pool table in the separate TV room and sitting outside in the sunshine on the sunbeds. Waking up and looking out over fields and listening to birdsong in the Normandy countryside was the best.
Papillon is only 10 minutes drive from the nearest market town Brecey and is in close reach to lovely places like Mont St Michel and Saint Malo. Love this place and wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend it and return.

9.8 / 10 Mark Derbyshire 8 September, 2017

Papillon is a large spacious property with loads of space for our party of 4 adults and 3 children. There are 3 large bedrooms, 2 large lounge areas and a good size kitchen and Dining area with a Range for cooking on. The property is clean and has everything to make your stay comfortable. The property is in a private rural location which is not overlooked by any other property. The children aged 11yrs, 9yrs and 4yrs spent hours and hours running around outside in the safe private garden away from the roads and no close neighbours to upset with noise. The garden has a Barbecue, lots of Garden furniture, Sun loungers and Hammocks for adults to laze in the sun. The leisure facilities are excellent with a Pool table, Table Tennis, Nintendo Wii, Large widescreen TV, DVD player and numerous outdoor sports and games..
The local town Brecey has 2 Supermarkets and you get the essentials everyday of the week. There are a couple of Bars and Restaurants and a market on Fridays. Avranche is a larger busier town and is only 20 minutes by car.
We enjoyed days out at Le Mont St Michel, Fougeres ( largest Medieval castle in Europe), a Zoo at Champreys, the Normandy landing beaches and numerous days Body Boarding at a beautiful sandy beach at Jullouville/Carolles and all were within easy reach.
The holiday was excellent and all had a great time. The most relaxing holiday you could ever want! Would definitely recommend and go again!!

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.