Gite for holiday rental Manche

Fontenay (12km from Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouet), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM003331_A Advertiser since: 13 June 2013

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Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Moulin des Hiboux Self Catering Saturday 2 7 2

About this property

A Renovated Mill in a Rural Location. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Located a few minutes from the typically Norman villages of Fontenay and Romagny with bar/cafe and shop in each for morning croissants,fresh bread and groceries. Le Moulin des Hiboux is a former watermill dating to about 1830. More recently used for the production of cider and now after renovation a holiday gite with accommodation for 6/7 guests.
The property is on 3 levels situated on sloping ground, which allows access to both the ground floor and the "the Cave" (lower level) through french doors.
"The Cave" gamesroom and bar area with french doors opening onto a south facing terrace with hardwood dining table, parasol, chairs,bbq.and chiminea pizza oven. The Cave has a full size pub type pool table, dartboard and table tennis table. There are comfy settees and bar stools at the bar.
The property is within easy reach of so many attractions and places of interest. Please see our recommendations.
A visit to the Tourist Offices in Mortain or St Hilaire is well worthwhile where full up to date information on everything happening in the area is available.
Supermarkets (LeClerc, Carrefour, Lidl, Aldi,etc) are located in both the nearby market towns of Mortain and St Hilaire (Wednesday market in St Hilaire is one of the biggest in Normandy - day old chicks to tractors on sale). Eating out is generally good value for money everywhere and the restaurant Anacapri in St Hilaire can be recommended for high quality at a reasonable price, usually best to book a table in advance. For a taste of true France try Chez Agnes at Lapenty only open lunchtimes Mon - Fri but be sure to arrive early before 12.30 for your Menu de Jour which is limited but always a treat.
Les Moulin des Hiboux stands in over an acre of open fields where there is plenty of room for games, swingball, boules etc. The property is bounded by the trout stream La Querche and the area is rich in wildlife, look out for numerous species of birds and the occasional,squirrel,coypu or deer. There is parking for 3 cars on hard standing inside the gate.



Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge-freezer, washing machine, microwave oven, hob, conventional oven, electric kettle, cafetiere and toaster. Dining table and chairs seating 6.

Living rooms

Spacious open plan lounge area with exposed original oak beams. Two settees, reclining armchair, Satellite tv with UK channels, dvd player and dvd library, wood burning stove.


Bedroom 1
Spacious double
Bedroom 2
"Family" (double and 2 single beds)
Wardrobes,dressing tables,bedside lamps in both bedrooms

The large landing has space for single "put you up" bed.


Ground floor - power shower with mirrored vanity handbasin unit and wc.

Bedroom level - bathroom with bath, handbasin and wc.


Wood burning stove (wood supplied) and electric radiators if needed.


Basement gamesroom and bar with full size pub pool table, darts, table tennis table, boardgames. Comfy settees and bar stools - fridge for drinks.

Garden and outside

South facing terrace accessed through french doors from the gamesroom with hardwood table, chairs, parasol, extra chairs,bbq and chiminea pizza oven. Over an acre of garden and fields for outdoor fun, swingball, boules etc.

Parking and garages

Off-road hard standing parking area for up to 3 cars.

Visitor suitability

Le Moulin des Hiboux is particularly suitable for couples and families with lots to do for all ages at the property and within easy driving distance. The building dates back to about 1830 so it has been necessary to install quite steep stairs from the ground floor to the bedrooms and some minor features which would prove difficult for disabled guests.We welcome disabled visitors and would make every effort to accommodate but please make contact to clarify suitability for the disabled.

Information about any additional facilities

"FREE" to use baby highchair and cot on request

FREE WiFi - Installed broadband at owners nearby cottage allows use of wi-fi at the property right up to the doorway but not inside most of the building (2 hundred year old walls are 1 metre thick and impenetrable for signal).


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities


Family activities

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Cliff & Linda Norris

Cliff & Linda, both retired but very active and enjoying as much time as possible in lovely Normandy. On a fact finding trip to the area with no intention of buying we came across "Le Moulin" and 2 hours later we were French property owners. It is a long story and we could and maybe will write that book ??

Year property purchased 2002
Why this location? A really relaxing way of life in the Manche Department of Normandy and within easy reach of all that the area has to offer. Countryside, beaches, ancient historical sites and 20th century WW2 battlefields,traditional market towns and the greenways for walking & cycling. Easily accessable from a choice of channel crossings by ferry to St Malo, Cherbourg, Caen, Le Havre and a little further from Dieppe and the Calais options.
Unique benefits of property The choice of doing as little or as much as you like in a property that has everything needed for an enjoyable holiday !!!

The Owner Recommends

Area of Normandy Within Easy Reach

All kinds of attractions and places of interest both free of charge and at a cost within easy reach of Le Moulin des Hiboux. Sample some of Normandy's delights both cultural and more relaxed - make your stay in Normandy a holiday to remember. Tourist Offices (Office de Tourisme) are always worth a visit for up to date information on local events.

Bayeaux and Arromanches

See the Bayeaux Tapestry dating back to the 11th century telling the story of William the Conqueror's conquest of England. Bayeaux also has the largest British and Commonwealth World War II Cemetery. Visit Arromanches where you can see the remains of the huge "Mulberry Harbour" off the D-day gold beach used to land thousands of men and material during the Battle of Normandy. See the 360 degree cinema which tells the D-day story. Enjoy the beautiful beach.


Several lovely wide sandy beaches less than an hours drive from your gite. Collect shrimps, cockles, crabs - build a sandcastle - bbq or picnic. Try Carolles plage, Jullouville, Granville - Enjoy!

Biscuiterie de l'Abbaye - Biscuit Factory

Free tour of the biscuit factory with free biscuit tasting at Lonlay 'Abbaye. About one hour but really quite interesting. Available all year round. Closed for lunch midday until 1.30pm. Typically French eh!

Cycling in Normandy

Le Moulin des Hiboux is less than 2 kms from the Normandy Greenway Cycle Route which stretches from Cherbourg in the north to Mont St Michel (230 kms/143 miles). Consider stage 5 or part of it from Mortain to Ducey (29 kms) traffic free following the route of the now closed railway lines. Bring your bikes or hire locally by the day or longer at Cycle Prieur, Route de Vire, Le Neufbourg (Mortain) or from Cap Loisirs location, 11 rue de la Vieillardiere, Parigny (10 mins from gite).

D-Day Landings 1944

Visit Omaha and Utah beaches, Pointe du Hoc and the U.S. parachute forces landing sites - St Mere Eglise where there is an effigy parachutist hanging by his canopy from the church tower. Museums and memorials tell the story. Modern history first hand. See the U.S. forces Cemeteries at Colleville sur Mer and nearer to your holiday gite at St James (signposted from St Hilaire) prepare to be moved by these poignant and thought provoking places.

Mont St Michel

The second most visited attraction in France after the Eiffel Tower in Paris - visit "the island" Abbey and town - step back in time and enjoy this stunning place - arrive as early as possible and savour the atmoshere before the coaches arrive and the narrow streets become packed. Climb to the Abbey, visit and wonder!


A few minutes drive east of Le Moulin des Hiboux this small town is well worth a visit. See the charming "Petite Cascade" via a relaxing walk and "The Grand Cascade" a little more demanding but well worth the effort. The Abbey Blanche can be visited (Tourist Office for details) and the "Petite Chapel" at the site of one of the epic battles of World War II where American Forces were surrounded by the counter-attacking Nazi Army for several days before being relieved - U.S. Memorial and information at the site.

Parc d' Attractions Ange Michel (fun park)

Near the village of St Martin de Landelles this a great place for "children" of all ages. check out - it's not Disney but it's not Disney prices either - take a picnic and enjoy!

St Hilaire du Harcouet

This charming traditionally French town is well worth a visit particularly on a Wednesday morning for the market. One of the largest and most lively in all Normandy. Street vendors of crepes, galettes, sausages with baguettes and every kind of stall selling all kinds of products. Don't miss the day old chicks and poultry in the town square. See the Cathedral, the Museum, and the parks and open spaces with lakes and footpaths. Call at the Tourist Office near the fountains.

The Battle of Normandy

See modern history first hand by visiting Normandy. In particular see the "Petite Chapelle" battle site (10 minutes drive from Le Moulin des Hiboux) where U.S. forces fought a heroic battle against a massive German counter-attack at Hill 314.

Villedieu les Poeles - Copper Town

Lovely town "God's Town of the Saucepans". See the Copper Workshop, The Bell Foundry, Museum of Copper and Lace and The Museum of Norman Furniture. Stroll around the town and maybe buy original handmade copperware.

Waterparks and Swimming Pools

Indoor and outdoor pools,slides, chutes, fountains - loads of fun at Aquavire - Vire and Aquatis - Fougeres (also the huge medieval castle at Fougeres is well worth a visit). At both Mortain and St Hilaire there are municipal swimming pools with the Mortain outdoor pool open throughout the summer season.

Zoos/Animal Parks

Try Zoo de Jurques - North of Vire near to Junction 42 on A84, or Zoo Champrenus - near Villedieu - Junction 37 on A84, or Alligator Bay - Beauvoir - 5 minutes from Mont St Michel.

17 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.7
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 9.7
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 9.1
  • Setting: 9.4
  • Value for Money: 9.8
8.5 / 10 CheekyMonkey 14 September, 2017

If you are looking for a lovely, relaxing location this is the place for you, we really managed to unwind here and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The games room was a particular hit with our girls and the garden is big enough to play boules or badminton. Cliff, has been particularly helpful sending through information beforehand, being accessible both before, during and after the trip.

Owner response

Thank you for taking the time to review our property although I have to say I am concerned that there may have been an issue on Cleanliness and Condition based on your scoring. Please let me know by email if there were any particular problems which I can then endeavour to correct. I am glad that your girls found the Games Room a hit and you enjoyed the garden so I am a little perplexed as to why you scored the Facilities so low. Thank you for choosing to stay at Le Moulin des Hiboux and hoping that the items you left behind on departure which I posted on to you have arrived safely. Regards, Cliff

10 / 10 Family from Wales 31 July, 2017

A great relaxing holiday in a lovely, rustic property. Location was perfect for us - slightly off the beaten track yet walking distance to the village shop/restaurant and 10 mins from more major town. Property was homely and had everything we needed. Staircase is steep - no issue for us, but would urge caution with very small children or people with more restricted mobility.

Owner and his local friends provided excellent information before & during the stay - all in all a really good relaxing experience. Cliff was very quick to reply to all questions and even sent through some useful info on what to do/where to go before we travelled out.

Lovely grounds which the kids enjoyed (paddling in stream, boules, lots of barbecues)! Lots of table tennis in the "cave" and general relaxing.

Property was clean, and there was a nice pack of a few "essentials" for when we arrived.

Would happily recommend the property to others, and certainly would love to stay there again.

Owner response

Hello John & family, Many thanks for your very positive review and for choosing to stay at Le Moulin des Hiboux. It was nice meeting you at the property if only for those few minutes and of course it goes without saying that we would love to welcome back !!! regards, Cliff & Linda

10 / 10 Jackandizzy 19 June, 2017

Our entire experience at Le Moulin was great - from the booking process, liaison with the owner, ease of locating the house, reception on arrival to the experience of staying in the house itself.

We were greeted by a friend of the owner who lives nearby and he was extremely helpful in offering advice about the local area, including recommendations as to where to eat. He was just a phone call away to offer any help or advice.

There is a bar/tabac/shop/restaurant just a short walk from the property and it supplies just about everything you might need if you do not want to travel far. St.Hilaire du Harcouet, a major town, is a ten minute drive away. For us, this holiday was all about relaxing in peaceful surroundings and this was just the place to achieve that. It has substantial garden areas with tables, chairs, barbecues, chimineas - a good wood supply.

Inside, Le Moulin is a tastefully renovated former mill. It retains all the character and charm that many associate with older French properties while having every modern convenience you could wish for. The weather while we were here was exceedingly hot and the ancient thick-walled building provided a cool environment when escape from the heat was desired. In particular, there is a basement room which functions as a games room and, being largely underground, it was particularly cool. If you happen to be unlucky with the weather the living area has a large woodburner and plenty wood to go with it.

Owner response

Jack & Izzy, Many thanks for your very positive review which we really appreciate. Unfortunately you have described in detail our gite Le Moulin des Hiboux which is not the property you originally booked (Le Moulin). Completely understandable bearing in mind how the website works and of course we would love the opportunity to welcome you back to Fontenay if ever you choose to return. Cliff & Linda

10 / 10 blommers 1 January, 2017

i would recommend this property

Owner response

Hello Colin, Thank you for taking the time on New Year's Day to review your stay over Christmas. We really appreciate your 100% rating and of course would love to see you back at our gite if ever you choose to return to Normandy. Regards & thanks again, Cliff & Linda

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