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. 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!



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!


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 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.


  • 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.

Owner's website
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

35 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Keith & Lesley 10 July, 2018

What a fantastic gite! - Certainly, the best we have visited.The situation was perfect for a much needed relaxing and peaceful break. Long (and short) walks in the area were extremely pleasant with plenty of wildlife.
The booking experience (through Brittany Ferries) was easy and nothing was too much trouble for the owners, Karen and Andy, who provided a lovely welcome pack for our arrival. The eggs (from their own hens) were delicious, as was the French bread and wine.
Karen and Andy are excellent hosts who can be justifiably proud of what they have achieved at Le Pressoire. They were there when we needed them but didn't impose themselves.The gite was just how one would want it to be. Decor, fixtures and fittings were all of good quality with every little detail considered.- right down to the fly screens on all the windows and doors. A real home from home
An added bonus was the 20% discount on Brittany Ferries.

We would certainly recommend it and will, hopefully, be visiting again.

Owner response

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your first stay at Le Pressoir, and that you would like to return. It was a pleasure to meet you both, and we will certainly look forward to seeing you here again in the future!

10 / 10 DENNIS & BEV 4 June, 2018

The fantastic Le Pressoir has again given us a lovely holiday in France.
We visited with ease the beautiful Mont St Michel, the Normandy landing beaches in particular Utah Beach museum which was excellent and had the privilege & honour of meeting an American soldier who was visiting his landing beach. We also visited many beautiful medieval towns with enchanting castles and churches.
Our gite was beautiful and comfortable with great facilities. we spent many hours sitting on the lamp left patio admiring the lovely garden and panoramic skies. Our hosts Karen and Andy were lovely and so helpful and attentive yet respected our privacy also.
We cannot recommend Le Pressoir enough!

Owner response

It's great to hear that each time you stay at Le Pressoir you discover more of Normandy's treasures, and that you enjoy what the gite has to offer too. Thank you for your lovely comments; it was a pleasure to see you here again.

10 / 10 Debbie and Peter 1 May, 2018

The roadsides are blue with bluebells, a Donkey 'Hee Haws' in a nearby field and the Cuckoo can be heard in the distance. It is April and we are back for our 4th visit to Le Pressoir. This beautiful Gite, a converted barn, is the work and inspiration of Karen and Andy Williams who live next door. No expense has been spared to make this a unique getaway for two people. Travel about sightseeing in Basse-Normandy or just chill out in the beautiful surroundings.With underfloor heating and a wood-burner, everything has been thought of to make your stay not only comfortable but memorable as well. Karen and Andy keep the Gite spotlessly clean and fully equipped. A very welcome 'Pack' of goodies is there to greet you on arrival. Wine, bread, butter, milk, chocolates and eggs from their own chickens. This Gite scores 10 on all criteria and is highly recommended. 'Thank you' Karen and Andy for being the perfect hosts. See you in 2019.

Owner response

It was a pleasure to have you back at Le Pressoir, once again enjoying all that our little corner of Normandie has to offer. Look forward to seeing you next April for your 5th visit :)

10 / 10 ELAINE & STUART 23 April, 2018

If you are thinking of nipping over to Normandy, a gem of a place and a fantastic base to explore everything that this beautiful part of the country has to offer e.g. Saint Malo, Mont Saint Michel, William The Conquerors gaff, the D-Day beaches & Bayeux to name a few. Yet less than a couple of hours from Caen. They even off 20% off the ferry fare.
The gite is tastefully decorated and all done to a very high spec which adds to the pleasure of the holiday. The owners are very attentive but not intrusive in making sure you are settled and everything is ok. The welcome pack which is left is a bonus- tea, fresh coffee, sugar, milk, fresh eggs from their own chickens, cheese, a French stick, chocolate or cake, a bottle of wine red, rosé or white, your choice, salt, pepper & olive oil. For us, after our long journey, it was just perfect. If needed there is a wood burning stove with wood provided and under floor heating all included in the price.

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely comments. We were honoured that you chose Le Pressoir for your first experience of a self catering holiday, and thrilled that you enjoyed your stay so much! Looking forward to seeing you here again in the future.