Rural Retreat Manche Ideal Let for Couples

10/10
Ger (12km from Mortain), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM003946 Advertiser since: 16 January 2015
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Le Pressoir Self Catering 1 2 2 Sofabed on mezzanine for 2 extra adults

About this property

Beautifully Restored Barn Conversion. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Clean and comfortable gîte designed to offer a roomy holiday home for 2 people, with the possibility of sleeping up to 2 additional adults making use of the mezzanine sofa bed (please ask owners for details).
Double french doors lead into the open plan lounge/diner/kitchen area and, together with the partly vaulted ceiling, makes this space particularly light and cheery.
The modern fitted shower room is also located on the ground floor.
For out of season getaways, this gite is ideal. With underfloor heating, a very efficient Wood Burner, and double glazing throughout, a warm welcome awaits you whatever the weather.
An ornate spiral staircase leads up to the double bedroom, mezzanine and upstairs toilet.
Adjoining the owners property, and completely self-contained with its own entrance, parking, patio and garden, with bbq, picnic table and parasol.
Owners Karen and Andy will be delighted to greet you on arrival, and will happily be on hand during your stay to give friendly advice and help if required, without being intrusive.
This property is nestled in a small rural hamlet of half a dozen houses, including two working farms. The hamlet is surrounded by farmland and quiet roads, making it a good base for walks or cycling in the summer months. Or drive in any direction, either to visit some of the many popular tourist attractions in the area or just to admire the beautiful scenery. And of course you can just relax in the gite or the garden, soak up the sun and enjoy a bbq in the summer, or in winter stay cosy in the lounge, and snuggle up in front of the woodburner with a good book or a movie – ideal for a winter get away break!

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The charming yet practical kitchen area has gas oven/hob, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster and coffee maker. It is also well stocked with crockery, cutlery, glasses, pots, pans and utensils, and two wall cabinets for food storage.

Living rooms

Open plan lounge/diner/kitchen area.
A light and spacious feel, with comfortable sofa and chair, looking out to the garden through the french doors.
This is also a practical space, with a french buffet providing plenty of storage space, and a porte-manteau by the door to keep coats on hand.
Wi-fi is provided, as well as a LAN point for broadband connection.
There is also a tv with satellite (Freesat) English tv channels, French terrestrial tv channels, and a dvd player (please bring your own dvds).
The dining table is conveniently placed near the kitchen area, and also overlooks the garden through a second set of french doors.
Also in this area stands the elegant spiral staircase, always a favourite with our visitors!

Bedrooms

The double aspect bedroom has a dormer window overlooking the garden, and a Velux overlooking the country lane behind the house. There is a double French bed and plenty of storage space (2 built-in cupboards in the eaves, 2 bedside cabinets, and a hanging rail).

The mezzanine has a comfy double sofa bed, cabinet and hanging rail, and is fully curtained for privacy.

All the upper floor (bedroom, mezzanine and upstairs wc) has hardwood flooring, and the vaulted ceilings make for a spacious feel.

Bathrooms

Modern ground floor shower room with spacious shower cubicle, wc, washbasin with overhead light and power-point, heated towel radiator, and storage space in the built-in cupboard.
Upstairs there is a second wc with washbasin and storage cupboard.

Heating

Underfloor heating is available in the winter months, and the wood burner can be used any time of the year.
The underfloor heating and all wood for the burner is included in the rental rate.

Garden and outside

The gîte enjoys a south facing aspect, with its own separate entrance, bbq, seating and small lawn.

Parking and garages

Ample private parking for 2 cars.

Visitor suitability

This is ideal for couples looking for a rural getaway.
We regret that the gîte is not suitable for young children.

Information about any additional facilities

An iron and board is provided downstairs.
There is one hair dryer in the bedroom, and another in the shower room.
Access to owner's washing machine is available in the utility room.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

Activities

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Etangs de Moulin
Distance: 5 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Vire, La Dathée
Distance: 20 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Le Neufbourg, Chemin Fer

About the Owner, Mrs Karen Williams

We are Andy and Karen Williams, and we lived and worked in Norfolk, England until moving to France in 2012.<br/>The search for our dream home in France eventually led us to a property that fitted the bill perfectly in terms of location, potential for Andy as a complete restoration project, and our modest budget. For the next 5 years we spent our holidays working on the property, until 2012 when we followed our hearts and moved in to our home in France.

Year property purchased 2006
Why this location? We love the beauty and tranquillity of the Basse-Normandie countryside, the French way of life, the people, and the quiet roads that present stunning scenery turn after turn. The house and gite is situated in a small hamlet of six houses, including two working farms. Despite the rural nature of the area, there is plenty to do as well as see, and you don't have to drive far to reach a bustling town if that's your scene. In fact we believe there is something here to suit everyone. It is an easy drive from most ferry ports and Dinard airport, and the roads are generally a pleasure to drive so your holiday really starts as soon as you land on French soil. Restoring the house has been an amazing journey for us, a real labour of love, sometimes daunting but always rewarding.We have lots more information about Le Pressoir and the local area on our website http://www.unwindcouplefrance.co.uk/
Unique benefits of property While the gite is well placed to explore the many tourist attractions of Basse Normandie, it's rural location also makes it ideal as a pleasant retreat, and so we feel it offers the best of both worlds.

The Owner Recommends

Bagnoles de l'Orne

Drive through the Andaine forest to the impressive town of Bagnoles de l'Orne, set around a central lake in picturesque gardens. Here you will find everything from golf course to racecourse, thermal springs to casino, restaurants and shops.

Coast

Within an hour's drive, coastal delights include Mont Saint Michel (approx 45 mins drive) with its surrounding bay, and the D Day Landing Beaches (approx 1 1/2 hour drive), as well as pretty coastal towns.

Ger Pottery Museum

In the 19th century Ger was home to a thriving pottery industry employing 700 workers. The Regional Pottery Museum, with its working kiln and demonstrations, makes for an interesting visit.

Lonlay l'Abbaye

The pretty village of Lonlay, with its ancient Abbey and famous biscuit factory, is only 5 miles from the gîte.

Markets and Car Boot Sales

Weekday markets all year round, and weekend car boot sales from around April to October, offer the opportunity to explore some of the many local towns and villages, as well as seeking out a bargain or two to take back home!

Mortain

Steeped in history with much to explore. Boasting two waterfalls, and an outdoor heated swimming pool in summer. Not to be missed is the Petite Chapelle and Hill 314 (strategic WWII post), with a superb viewing point of the area across to the coast, and from where you can see Mont Saint Michel on a clear day.

Le Pressoir Website

We have lots more information about the area on our website http://www.unwindcouplefrance.co.uk/

23 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Jan D 14 November, 2016

This was our second visit to ‘Le Pressoir and we found it as enchanting on the second visit, as we did on the first. We had a warm welcome from Karen and Andy who are excellent hosts who have put a lot of thought into equipping their Gite, everything you need for a comfortable stay a real home from home.
We had a lovely break and recharged our batteries in this rural and tranquil setting. which is ideally situated to explore the beautiful Normandy countryside. There are a lot of interesting places to visit without having to go too far.
If you enjoy walking we would recommend the ‘Goblin’ trail around Mortain a visit to La Fosse Arthour and the Andaine Forest.
There is plenty of local information in the Gite and Andy and Karen are on hand if you need any further information, they have a lot of local knowledge.
Having more than 20 years’ experience of renting properties across Europe this is definitely one of the best and would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to stay in this area. I We will certainly be returning at some time in the future.

Owner response

We are delighted you enjoyed your second stay in our gîte, and that you found even more treasures to explore here this year! Thank you for you lovely review, and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

10 / 10 DENNIS & BEV 25 October, 2016

We arrived and came across this stunning immaculate gite after a beautiful journey through France to be greeted by our wonderful hosts Karen & Andy with a lovely welcoming cup of tea. Karen & Andy showed us round their their amazing ornate yet spacious gite, we have travelled through Europe and UK for nearly forty years now and can say without a shadow of a doubt that this is the best accommodation we have ever experienced. The attention to detail that Karen & Andy have given in creating their Gite is simply stunning. Coupled with Karen & Andy's warm caring hospitality, we felt very lucky & spoilt. A beautifully appointed kitchen, diner, lounge and luxury shower & bathroom with a lovely ornate spiral staircase leading to the mezzanine floor upstairs with cozy bedroom, sitting area with comfy sofa bed settee and lovely views of the surrounding rural buildings and landscape. What with numerous beautiful medieval towns, wonderful cafes, restaurants, WW2 landing beaches nearby, Wi FI , British TV, underfloor heating, well what more could we have wanted! We had a great time and have already rebooked with Karen & Andy for next year, and look forward to returning and enjoying the odd glass of wine or two with our new found friends & hosts Karen & Andy. We are recommending this Gite to all of our friends & family needless to say!

Owner response

We are delighted that you were so pleased with the gite and it's location. It was a pleasure to meet you, and we look forward to welcoming you back next year!

10 / 10 Chris&Maggie 5 October, 2016

The Gite is beautiful. and immaculately presented, in a great location, Karen and Andy are a delight to deal with, making you feel more like their friends, than paying guests, everything you could possibly need is provided, outstanding value for money, we will certainly return

Owner response

It is lovely to hear that our visitors are delighted with the gîte, especially as in this case it was a three week stay. We are always happy to answer questions and give advice or assistance if required, but otherwise aim to remain unobtrusive.

10 / 10 Coombs 8 August, 2016

The Gite itself is in a quiet location and is a beautiful building; comfortable and very well equipped. The kitchen was particularly well appointed and allowed us to fend for ourselves with ease.

Just 10 minutes drive from two supermarkets and a medium sized town. We wanted peace and quiet and access to the best of Normandy. It provided all this.

Karen and Andy the owners were perfect hosts - welcoming and eager to please.

We will certainly be returning at some stage.

Owner response

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay, and were pleased to hear that you made the most of the gite's location, with trips to Bayeux, St Malo, Rennes, Le Mont St Michel, and D-Day Landing Beaches, to name just a few of the places you visited during your stay. We look forward to seeing you here again in the future.