19th Century Cottage in National Park - NM003872

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 Flexible 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 impressive 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.



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. Highchair.


Master bedroom (6m x 6m) with double bed (king size duvet), mattress topper, exposed A-frame oak beams. Single bed for use as a family room. Travelcot.

Bedroom 2 double bed, memory foam mattress topper.

Mezzanine features a single bed with screen.


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


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


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, small slide. Hammock. 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, hammock, 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, accessed via steep stairs.


  • Cleaning

  • No smoking

  • Linen



Distance: 5 km



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


Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR22


About the Owner/Advertiser, 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 with its stunning castle is 45 minutes south.

Mont St Michel

Mont St Michel, a highlight not to be missed, is under an hour away. Excellent parking & tram system for easy access.


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.


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

13 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.9
  • Comfort: 9.9
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.7
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Kimmyers 24 May, 2019

This was my first trip from the United States to England and France. It was an easy and pleasant ferry ride. Thank you

Owner response

Hi Kim, thanks for letting us know you muddled this with the ferry review haha!! We're glad you also gave us 10/10 & enjoyed the cottage so much.

10 / 10 Ginny 24 September, 2018

We returned from Les Fontaines a week ago, having had a lovely holiday. The owners have communicated excellently, from booking, and continued to as needed. All the information we needed, we have been given.
The advert for the property was accurately described. Plus all additional information, was waiting for us at the property. We were amazed how well we were catered for! There was also a lot of information, as to days out, places to visit, restaurants, markets, everything you could think of, in the property. The owners had left an “A-Z” of everything you could think of, which was very helpful.

We took our road bikes, and even found the cycle trail from Mortain, which is 400km long. This was extremely useful, as we were able to cycle to other towns etc, without negotiating the hills! Great for families too.
We will be returning, and would recommend to other people. We chose Les Fontaines, primarily for a cycling holiday. We found the local towns had lovely coffee shops, restaurants etc and were all very obliging.
We thoroughly enjoyed our week! The setting was peaceful, I can only say idyllic as that is what it was. 😌

Owner response

Thanks Paul, we are so glad you had the chance to enjoy all that the area offers. Thanks for being great guests

10 / 10 Phil & Jackie 11 September, 2018

We had a great, relaxing time at Les Fontaines. We found plenty to do locally and within a 40km or so radius. The house book offers plenty of information about the property, the local amenities, restaurants and places of interest. There are plenty of nearby villages and towns, each with great bakeries etc. The nearest was under a 10 minute drive away.

The owners were very helpful and attentive at all times. Any questions were very quickly responded to.

Les Fontaines was very comfortable and had everything we needed. Its quiet location enabled us to further explore areas in the south of Normandy; its local history, traditions and of course to enjoy the local food.

We found all of the people we met during our travels very friendly and had some very interesting conversations at lunch times with local people - both in English and our limited French.

It suited us, our needs and our liking of the French experience very well. Thank you.

Owner response

Thanks for being great guests & for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at Les Fontaines & exploring all the area has to offer.

10 / 10 Ming the Merciless 28 July, 2018

A charming, comfortable and sympathetically modernised gite in an idyllic hamlet. Ideally located for trips to historic Normandy and plenty to whet the appetite of any Gastronaught! The owners could not have been more helpful and accommodating. We look forward to returning many times.

Owner response

Thanks Martin. We are glad you were able to enjoy the delights of Normandy in such beautiful weather & look forward to your return visit.