Gite for holiday rental Manche - NM003331_B

Fontenay (12km from Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouet), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM003331_B Advertiser since: 13 June 2013

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Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Moulin Self Catering Saturday 2 6 1

About this property

A Former Miller's Cottage in a Rural Location. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Former Miller's Cottage in Rural Location. This property is in a rural setting.
A former Miller's cottage set in a rural location a few minutes from the typically Norman villages of Fontenay and Romagny with shop/bar and cafe in each. The cottage dates to the mid 19th century and has original huge oak beams with woodburner fireplace (evidence of bread oven at the back of the chimney). Enjoy the garden and south facing terrace with garden furniture, barbecue,etc.

Within easy driving distance of the many visitor attractions Normandy has to offer, Mont St Michel, Bayeaux, D-day landing beaches and military cemeteries, water and fun parks, zoos, museums, bathing beaches and so much more. Situated between the towns of Mortain and St Hilaire du Harcouet (with it's traditional not to be missed French Market each Wednesday) Le Moulin is an ideal location whether you want to take things easy and relax or get out and about in Normandy.



Kitchen and dining

Fitted kitchen with dining table for 6 - dishwasher, washing machine, oven and hob, microwave, electric kettle, toaster, cutlery, saucepans and utensils, etc

Living rooms

Large living room with woodburner in chimney recess, 2 leather settees, UK TV and Freeview, dvd and cd players, radio.


Two bedrooms upstairs
Bedroom 1 - double king size bed
Bedroom 2 - "family room" with double bed and 2 single beds

Wardrobes,dressing tables,bedside lamps


Ground floor bathroom - bath, shower, mirrored vanity unit with handbasin and wc.
Upstairs - wc, handbasin/vanity unit.


Woodburner fire and electric radiators.


UK TV, dvds, cds, boardgames, books and outdoor games.

Garden and outside

Lawned garden with south facing terrace. Garden furniture, barbecue,etc

Parking and garages

Off-road parking for up to 3 cars.

Visitor suitability

Ideal for couples or families - due to the age of property access for the disabled is limited - we welcome disabled guests but please contact for details of suitability.

Information about any additional facilities



  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen


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.

6 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.7
  • Condition: 9.7
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 9.7
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Jim & Joyce 4 October, 2019

A lovely rural location but easy access to local market towns (10 minutes) for shopping,restaurants,etc. A great base for exploring all that Normandy has to offer. Cottage has everything needed for a comfortable stay. Couldn’t ask for more.

Owner response

Hi, Thank you for your very positive review and for being the perfect guests. We would love to welcome you back to Le Moulin if ever you plan a return visit. Cliff & Linda

10 / 10 Garwood Family 19 August, 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Le Moulin. The cottage is comfortable, homely, clean and well-equipped. The weather was quite hot throughout our stay, and we spent a lot of time relaxing in the garden. The cottage is in a very peaceful setting but it is still well placed for lots of lovely places to visit. The owners and property manager were both extremely helpful in providing information, leaflets and recommendations relevant to our children's ages, which was much appreciated. We enjoyed visiting the local towns of Mortain and St Hilaire du Harcouet, and popping down to the village bakery in the mornings. Mont St Michel is easily accessible from Le Moulin and not to be missed. All in all, we have many happy memories of our holiday at Le Moulin and hope to return.

Owner response

Hi Michael & family, Thank you for your positive review and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. We would love to welcome you back if ever you decide to return and please remember we always offer a discount on the listed prices to returning guests. We do hope to see you and your family again at Le Moulin, regards and thank you again, Cliff & Linda

10 / 10 Tracy 11 June, 2018

Had a fantastic time staying at Least Moulin. The property had a cosy feel and was clean and tidy with every amenity needed for a relaxing holiday. Very good value for money.

Owner response

Thank you Tracy for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and of course would love to welcome you back if ever you consider a return to Normandy. Cliff & Linda

9 / 10 Aidan 30 October, 2017

Basically we had a very good week. The only comment we would make is that the bed in the master bedroom is not suited to two people sleeping on it in comfort. The room is also too small so one person can only access the bed by climbing over it. Some drying equipment would also be useful if a washing machine is available - like a clothes horse.

Otherwise a very relaxing week. many thanks

Owner response

Hello Aidan & family, Thank you for your positive review which is appreciated. We are sorry that you found the king size bed hard to access from both sides which has never been an issue previously as has the size of the room although for any guests with limited mobility admittedly this might present a problem. There is a revolving washing line in the garden and clothes pegs in the cupboard under the kitchen sink but we will now consider providing a clothes horse in addition. Regards and thank you again for your review, Cliff & Linda

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