Gite for holiday rental Manche - NM003331_A

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

This location has multiple holiday properties

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.

21 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.7
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 9.6
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 9.1
  • Setting: 9.4
  • Value for Money: 9.9
10 / 10 Chris Malvern 8 October, 2018

The details of this gite given on the web site are spot on and lived up to our expectations and more.
As described it is in a rural situation but has a 5 minute access to the main Mortain/St Hilaire road from which it is an easy drive to many of the interesting towns in the area.
In large grounds with a stream running by and although we didn't see any coypu, we did see crayfish, and bounding through the trees red squirrels.
Communication with Cliff the owner was excellent, with quick responses to all of my questions for which I thank him.
I would certainly recommend this gite to family and friends.
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Owner response

Chris, Many thanks for your very positive review of your stay !! and thank you for being the perfect guests who we would love to welcome back if ever you decide to return, merci et a bientot !!
Cliff & Linda

8.5 / 10 Terry and Christine 9 July, 2018

We had a lovely week there last week. The setting is quiet and peaceful with just the pleasant sound of birdsong and the nearby stream. The house is very nice with a really good games room. The owners Cliff and Linda were really helpful and friendly. Their friends Mick and Julie were also great who look after the property when Cliff and Linda are not there. Highly recommended and excellent value for money.

Owner response

Thank you for taking the time to review our holiday home and thank you for being our perfect guests. We would love to welcome you back to Fontenay if ever you consider a return visit. regards, Cliff & Linda

10 / 10 Mandy and Patrick 7 May, 2018

This is the second time we have stayed at Le Moulin, and if we weren't buying our own property, we would be staying there again.
A real home from home, with everything you need and a lovely tranquil location with everything within an easy distance.
Cliff and Linda are very accommodating and very helpful, and Mick and Julie who help look after the property are a lovely couple.
Highly recommended. We were sad to leave.

Owner response

Mandy, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay which we really appreciate. Good luck to you and Patrick in your recent property purchase and as it is not too far from Le Moulin we hope you will future visitors rather than guests. Thanks to you both for being the perfect guests !! Cliff & Linda

10 / 10 Mandy and Patrick 14 March, 2018

We stayed for a week and wish we'd had longer. We really didn't want to leave! The gîte has everything you could need or want and despite the cold weather was warm and cosy. Shower was lovely and as hot or cold as you like, without fluctuating like some do. The bed and seating was very comfortable. Cliff and Linda have thought about just about everything. We imagine that in the summer it would be an even more lovely place to stay with the peace and tranquility of the surroundings and the great garden and stream at the bottom. We enjoyed the cellar games room, all sorts of games to play and instead of watching television we had a bit of fun playing pool and ping pong. The nearest shops are a few minutes drive but anyone who knows and loves France as we do would not find this a problem. Mike, who was on hand to let us in on arrival is a lovely man, very helpful and informative. The welcome pack is a nice touch, with milk, coffee and tea and biscuits and of course the wine! Very much appreciated. We would definitely recommend be would love to return again. Thank you for a great stay.

Owner response

Mandy & Patrick, Thank you for your review which we really appreciate and thank you for being the perfect guests. Cliff & Linda

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