|Hunters Lodge||Self Catering||Saturday||2||5||1|
A fully renovated 100-150 year old Normandy farm cottage, located on Route du Paradis, Roncey which is just 9 miles south of Coutances and 10 miles from the beaches on the west coast of the peninsula.
Perfect for a family getaway and ideally located for Bayeux, Mont Saint Michel, the D-day landing beaches and more. The Normandy landing beaches are within an hours drive, and the west coastal beaches are 30 mins drive. Roncey near Coutances, is about 60 miles from the ports of Cherbourg and Caen. There are daily crossings with Brittany Ferries from Poole to Cherbourg and from Portsmouth to Caen.
We can offer flexible arrival, allowing you to take advantage of the cheaper mid-week crossings. This can be discussed when booking. The cottage has a courtyard with parking for 2 cars and has been tastefully refurbished to French requirements in an English style.
A very quiet and peaceful spot. Dogs particularly welcome. The village of Roncey is just a 5 minute walk, which hosts a chemist, bakery, butchers and a small supermarket.
Wi-fi available and included in rental rates.
The kitchen and dining lead onto the patio and courtyard. The kitchen has all mod cons including an oven and separate hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, freezer and electric log fire.
Comfortable seating with English tv.
New beds and bedding. One double and 3 single beds.
Large easily accessible bath, shower cubicle, basin and wc.
Downstairs there is a wc and handbasin.
Towels can be provided. £20 reimbursement if you bring your own.
Electric radiators in the living room, first bedroom and second bedroom.
Enjoy the peace and quiet of the rural surroundings.
English tv available.
Sheltered patio and courtyard facing south.
Parking for 2 cars.
It is a wonderful area for cycling and for walking. There is tennis in the village which is a 5 minute walk, and golf at Agon-Coutanville and the beaches are safe for children. There is swimming in Coutances and a 'water world' in St Lo. There are English Church Services on Sundays in Gratot, at the English Church. There is also a Christian Dior museum at Granville. And of course a visit to Bayeaux to see the Tapestry and the Cathedral is a must.
To beautiful sandy beaches on the west coast simply drive 30 minutes from the property and you are there.
Picturesque Coutances is 14km away. It is particularly well known for its beautiful cathedral and annual jazz festival, 'Jazz Sous les Pommiers'. Countances also has a pool.
Mont St Michel, Abbey de Hambye, Abbey de Lucerne and Falaise which is the birthplace of William the Conqueror. There are also beautiful towns like St Lo, Villedieu-Les-Poeles and Granville which has an abundance of fish restaurants. Plus must-see Bayeux, world-renowned for its magnificent tapestry.
Friday, small market in Roncey and in Villedieu. Saturday, market in Gavray and large market in St Lo. Thursday, market in Coutances. There are Vide Greniers in most places throughout the year (like car boot sales) Here you can buy anything.
The Normandy coast is remembered for the D-Day landing beaches. Whilst staying at Hunter's Lodge, you can visit the beaches themselves as well as the memorial sites and excellent museums.
There are several inexpensive restaurants in the area, many with lunchtime menus for 12 Euros. Sometimes including wine. If not, ask for a 'pichet' - house wine. The Auberge at Nicorps is good and at Haute St Martin, just off the beach.
Boulangerie/patisserie, 2 butchers, one sells homemade pates etc and the other sells the odd bottle of wine if you've forgotten to get one! A pharmacy. There is a small bar/restaurant.
There are 4 in Coutances: Gavray, Hambye, Villedieu hypermarket in Granville.
If you don't want to go to Caen by car why not go by train (1hr), fares reasonable and free parking at station (Coutances); also Rouen. Motorways are good, A84 just to the south takes you into Brittany, - St Malo, or Mont St Michel,
Numerous stories abound. Roncey was liberated from the Nazis on July 27th and the battle for St Lo was long, (took about 6 weeks) and tedious. There are tours available for battle areas.
we enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing 6 days in this pretty little house. it was ideally placed for excursions inland and to the coast.
It was well stocked with utensils and glasses, cutlery and crockery.
it was private but the local neighbours were friendly.
we had a great time and so did Sasha our dog
the owner Jo, contacted us within a few hours of booking and provided precise info.
I don't know how I could have improved things as to condition, as my house is newly renovated and everything is new!
Ref, setting, it is in the country as stated, and is a little way up a farm lane, yet only 5 mins from village.
We were not at disappointed with Hunters Lodge. A real home from home and a pleasant welcome and contact number should there be a problem. Within walking distance of the boulangerie but very quiet and peaceful, little passing traffic. One of the facilities was put into good working order immediately once the owner had been told. The property was clean and the outside sitting area was ideal for breakfast and also in the evening with the sun setting and an aperitif in hand. A country retreat but all the usual Normandy attractions easily accessed. We enjoyed our stay at Hunter's Lodge and would be quite happy to stay there again.