19th Century Cottage in National Park

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Ger (9km from Mortain), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM003872 Advertiser since: 13 November 2014
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
Les Fontaines Self Catering 2 5 2 Single bed on mezzanine or in large double room

About this property

19th Century Oak Frame Cottage Near Mortain. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Sleeps 4/5. Two bedroom oak frame cottage in the peaceful countryside of the Normandy National Park. Within 5 minutes drive of nearby villages. The location is ideal for accessing the west coast beaches, the picturesque island of Mont St Michel and the medieval towns of Domfront and Fougeres. Further afield are the landing beaches and Bayeux with its tapestry. The Normandy National Park has beautiful old villages and chateaux to explore.
Les Fontaines was the original wash house for the hamlet. It has been beautifully renovated by local artisans and now benefits from all modern conveniences. Its character has been fully preserved with exposed beams, granite fireplace and a stunning 6m x 6m master bedroom. It is ideally situated 20 minutes drive south of Vire, under 2 hours drive from Cherbourg and 90 minutes from Caen (Ouistreham Ferry Port). The cottage is a perfect country retreat for walking and cycling with excellent restaurants at nearby towns. The location is ideal for accessing the west coast beaches, the picturesque island of Mont St Michel and the medieval towns of Domfront and Fougeres. Bayeux and the Normandy landing beaches are about 90 minutes away.
Golf available at Lac du Dathee and Bagnoles de l'Orne.
Previous guest comments:
"We had a lovely fortnight in France.. It was lovely to do different things other than the beaches. We especially enjoyed the "Le Village Enchante”, west of Mortain. It was great zip wiring and lots of activities for 7 year olds… We also loved the castle at Fougeres.The gite was really well equipped and loved the quiet location, other than the occasional tractor which my son loved to watch through his window upstairs" Family D Aug 15
"Comfortable and well equipped!"
We had a wonderful holiday based in this house! As a family of four we had ample and comfortable accommodation. Our children loved the house and garden, and the garden was secure enough to let our 4 and a half yr old out to play without constantly checking. The house was well equipped for cooking, and was clean and fresh throughout. Great communication from the friendly owners too! Many thanks! Pip Aug 2014
"Time out for a family of five. "
We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely comfortable cottage. It is in a beautiful tranquil setting. We took our three teenagers who enjoyed some time out in this cosy rural retreat. The cottage is clean and tidy, well equipped and very welcoming. Sandra May 2014

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The well equipped kitchen features an electric stove with hob, American style fridge-freezer, dishwasher, toaster, microwave with grill and kettle. Extensive supplies of crockery, cutlery and glasses. Food mixer, fondue sets and picnic rucksack.

Living rooms

The 6m x 6m lounge is open plan with original granite fireplace and Villager wood burning stove. Two comfy sofas and chair. Tv for dvds, games. IPod dock. Cd player/radio. Reclaimed pine dining table and chairs for 8 people.

Bedrooms

Master bedroom (6m x 6m) with double bed (king size duvet), mattress topper, exposed A-frame oak beams. Single bed with lace curtains for use as a family room.
Bedroom 2 double bed, memory foam mattress topper.
Mezzanine features a single bed with screen.

Bathrooms

Upstairs bathroom with shower, wc and basin.
Downstairs wc.
Hairdryer in master bedroom.

Heating

Heating is by electric radiators in each room and the cosy wood burning stove in the lounge.

Entertainment

The mezzanine (1st floor landing) has a single bed as described above. There is also a small sitting area with Nintendo games cube console and games.
Games cupboard with Monopoly, Scrabble. Outdoors: Petanque, kite, old bikes (kept in neighbour's garage). The house is in a beautiful area with many walks and cycle rides. The bocage lanes created by years of woodcutting are a particular feature.

Garden and outside

Private fenced garden overlooking open countryside. Additional grass area across the road overlooking the natural spring that gives the house the name 'Les Fontaines'. Picnic table, garden table and 4 chairs, gazebo, chiminea and barbecue all available.

Parking and garages

Off-road parking for 2 cars on gravel area.

Visitor suitability

The property is unfortunately not suitable for people with mobility problems as the beds and main bathroom are on the first floor.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • No smoking

  • Linen

Activities

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 5 km

Cycling

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Lac du Dathe
Distance: 10 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR22

Watersports

About the Owner, Mr Charles Elder

Busy working lives mean that we really appreciate an opportunity to relax. The slower pace of life & special time with family & friends have given us many happy memories at Les Fontaines.

Year property purchased 2003
Why this location? The location in the National Park is beautiful, peaceful, relaxing and a true taste of France. There are lovely walks and cycle rides. There is also lots to do within an hours drive- Mont St Michel, the landing beaches, medieval towns - not forgetting fantastic restaurants and local food and drink specialities. The spring that gives the cottage its name, Les Fontaines, makes a picturesque setting as the sun sets over the fields.
Unique benefits of property We have been fortunate to find local artisans who have lovingly restored the stunning oak frame structure. Look for the original tally marks on the upstairs A frames, next to the wooden pegs that hold the whole structure together. Modern insulation, double glazing and a Villager wood burner mean that the cottage is now cosy and warm.

The Owner Recommends

Bayeaux and the D-day Landing Beaches

Bayeux, the Suisse-Normandie and the landing beaches are around 90 minutes drive.

Domfront and Bagnoles

The medieval town of Domfront is 30 mins away and the fascinating 'Suisse-Norman' town of Bagnoles with its lake and casino is a 40 minute drive.

For the More Adventurous

Whilst ideal for relaxing countryside breaks, the cottage is also well-situated for various activities. There are beautiful walks by the waterfalls at Mortain. There is an indoor pool in Vire, an outdoor pool at Mortain and a recreational lake near Fougere. There is an amusement water park at St Martin, near St Hillaire du Harcouet. For the more adventurous, go-karting at Mortain and bungee jumping and flying fox in the gorges north of Vire. An excellent place to picnic and watch others jump if you prefer!

Fougere

Fougere with its stunning castle is 45 minutes south.

Mont St Michel

Mont St Michel is under an hour away.

Mortain

Mortain has historic sites linked to strategic WWII battles and there is an American cemetery at St James. There are excellent restaurants nearby featuring local specialities. Local painting lessons available in a variety of mediums at Mortain. Suitable for adults and children and a great way to have fun and to discover your inner artist. Outdoor swimming pool. Gorge with waterfalls & paddling areas.

Nearby Amenities

Les Fontaines is 3-7km from the towns of Ger, Sourdeval and Mortain all of which have supermarkets, boulangeries, banks, restaurants etc.

The Normandy National park

The Normandy National Park has beautiful villages and chateaux. Lassey les Chateaux is very picturesque. Saint Ceneri-le-Gerei holds the "prettiest village in France" status. Climbing is available at Mortain and at Fosse d'Arthour, on granite cliffs and rock formations.

Vire

The larger town of Vire is 20 minutes to the north.

8 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.9
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Paxton 10 July, 2017

We had a great time staying in this cottage and exploring the local area by car and bike. The cottage was lovely, very peaceful and had lots of character - it was clean, well equipped, with comfortable beds and it was really super quiet at night (which is great for a light sleeper like me!). The view directly across the road from the cottage was lovely - we spent time each evening sitting out there watching the sheep and the sun set. The owners were very helpful pre and post stay and were easy to communicate with. We explored quite a bit of the surrounding area - Mayenne, Domfront (the medieval part of the time is a must-see), Sourdeval, St Halaire etc. We were completely baffled by the shop/restaurant opening times in general but thought the 1.5 hour lunchbreaks were very civilized! With a bit of planning we had quite a few of our meals sitting under a shady tree on the side of the road! We had a lovely afternoon in the pottery museum which is very close by to the cottage, but sadly missed the much-talked-about brocante on the outskirts of Sourdeval.... which only seems to be open on a Sunday! Would recommend to anyone looking for a peaceful break in the heart of rural Normandy.

Owner response

Thanks Natasha, we are so glad you enjoyed Les Fontaines & all that the beautiful Normandy countryside has to offer.

10 / 10 Andy R 29 April, 2017

Arriving at the cottage was an absolute pleasure, the location within a picturesque hamlet is excellent with beautiful views across open countryside. The property has been tastefully restored and has a lovely traditional "French" feel to it. Staying as two couples, we found it to be spacious, comfortable and very clean with modern kitchen appliances. The large lounge features a captivating fireplace and wood burning stove - Perfect for relaxing! There are several nearby villages with friendly shops for groceries, croissants, bread, etc, and there are also supermarkets in the local town. The region offers many things to see and do with numerous cafes and restaurants to choose from when hungry! Highly recommended.

10 / 10 P & C from Lancashire 23 August, 2016

Les Fontaines is a lovely house set in a quiet hamlet. There is total peace and quiet with only the odd vehicle passing by. It is a great location for getting out and about to visit and see many lovely parts of Normandy and Brittany. It is a nice area for walking along quiet roads and footpaths to help you discovery the area. There is a small garden to the side of the property which is great for sitting, eating and relaxing. The house is nicely furnished to a good standard and provides everything needed for a lovely holiday. The property was exactly as described in the advert and was very clean and tidy. Communication with the owner was excellent and from the first contact we knew that they wanted to ensure we thoroughly enjoyed their holiday home and had a great time there. We would recommend this property without any reservation as the location for a very happy and relaxing holiday in southern Normandy. There is easy access to a wide number of towns and villages, and the coast is an easy drive (approx 1 hour) away. We enjoyed visits to Mont St Michel, Dinard and the Normandy Landing Beaches and also Bayeux. We discovered many local events including great markets, A Country Fair, a beautiful Spa Town (Bagnoles de L'Orne) and the medieval town of Domfront. The nearby town of Mortain has a great Tourist Information office with very helpful staff (there is also a lovely walk to 2 waterfalls which includes anumber of interesting buildings, woodland and countryside).

Owner response

Thank you Paul, we are so glad that you enjoyed Les Fontaines & its beautiful surroundings & look forward to you visiting again.

10 / 10 Will 25 July, 2016

We were delighted to arrive at this very warm and traditional cottage in the heart of the countryside. The pretty surroundings are peaceful and made for a very relaxing stay. The garden is full of flowers and is ideal for eating out and we took full advantage of this for breakfast, lunch and dinner on each day of our stay. The feel of the cottage was lovely and had everything we needed for a comfortable stay.We found the neighbours particularly warm and welcoming. The location is great for exploring little French villages and larger attractions such as mont St Michel. We took our 3 year old who just loved every minute. The owners went out of their way to ensure we had a wonderful time. We are looking forward to visiting again.

Owner response

Thank you Corrina, we are glad you had a lovely visit & such great weather & look forward to welcoming you again