Rural Retreat Manche Ideal Let for Couples - NM003946

Ger (11km from Mortain), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM003946 Advertiser since: 16 January 2015
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Le Pressoir Self Catering Flexible 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 an extra adult 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, boasting a very efficient woodburner (wood supplied inclusive of rental rate), double glazing throughout, and with the possibility of underfloor heating throughout the ground floor (available as an optional extra for £8 per night), 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 2 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!



Kitchen and dining

The charming yet practical kitchen area has gas oven/hob, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, slow cooker, kettle, toaster and coffee-maker. It is also well stocked with crockery, cutlery, glasses, pots, pans and utensils, and 2 wall cabinets for food storage.

Living rooms

Open plan lounge/diner/kitchen area.
A light and spacious feel, with comfortable seating, looking out to the garden through the french doors. This is a practical and pleasant, 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 channels, French terrestrial tv channels, and a dvd player (please bring your own dvds).

The dining table is set conveniently near the kitchen area, and also overlooks the garden through a second set of french doors. An elegant spiral staircase is a special feature of this area, and always a favourite with our visitors!


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.


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.


Underfloor heating throughout the ground floor is available as an optional extra from October to April, for £8 per night.

The woodburner can be used any time of the year, and all wood 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

There is ample private parking for 2 cars.

Visitor suitability

This is ideal for couples looking for a rural getaway, with easy access to the many tourist attractions in Normandy.

We regret that the gîte is not suitable for children under 12.

Information about any additional facilities

An iron, ironing board, and clothes airer are provided. Access to owner's washing machine is available in the utility room.

There is one hair dryer in the bedroom, and another in the shower room.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen



Fishing nearby

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


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


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

About the Owner/Advertiser, 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 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. We have lots more information about Le Pressoir and the local area on our website
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, offering 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.


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!


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

48 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 9.9
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Gill & Tony 21 October, 2019

This is the nicest gite we have stayed in,and we've been renting gites for about 15 years. Well equipped,clean,lovely decor,rural but not too far away from amenities.
Karen & Andy were very helpful when needed. Andy brought a much needed cup of tea round when we arrived,after our journey.
We will recommend this gite to friends and consider another stay ,if visiting this area again in the future

Owner response

Thank you for your wonderful comments! We are delighted that you enjoyed your first stay at Le Pressoir, and look forward to seeing you here again in the future.

10 / 10 C&J SALT 10 October, 2019

had a very enjoyable time on a return visit to this lovely gite

Owner response

Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to see you here again, this time in autumn, enjoying some local walks and cosy evenings by the woodburner.

10 / 10 Roger & Angela 20 September, 2019

This is a fabulous property! Fittings and fixtures are top quality, and the gite is kept in tip top condition. This was the third gite we had stayed in during this trip and we could not fault it. The hosts Karen and Andy were simply the best - on hand, helpful, so friendly yet unobtrusive. Unfortunately we only had 3 days here and would have loved to stay longer. Would we recommend it? YES, no question!

Owner response

We're thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at Le Pressoir! Thank you for your very kind comments, and we hope to see you back again in the future - next time for longer!

9.7 / 10 LynnandNigel 6 August, 2019

Having holidayed many times in France this is easily the the best presented gite we've stayed in. Owners, Karen and Andy have furnished and equipped the house with everything needed for a real "home from home" holiday. The gite is located in a quiet rural hamlet and is a good base for exploring southern Normandy. The nearest village of Ger is about 5 minutes drive away and has a bakery and mini market and for restaurants and supermarkets, Mortain is about 10km. You'll notice from the guestbook that some people have returned to Le Pressoir 3 or 4 times, I think that speaks volumes. Highly recommended.

Owner response

We are delighted that you enjoyed your first stay at Le Pressoir! Thank you for your lovely comments, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.