Rural Retreat Manche Ideal Let for Couples - NM003946

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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!

Type

Cottage/Gite

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!

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 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.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • 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/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 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, 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.

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/

41 Reviews
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  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Clive Williams 10 June, 2019

A lovely quiet gite to visit for peace & quite,
The gite itself is spotlessly clean & tidy with everything you need,
making it an ideal home from home, it even has a wood burner for those chilly evenings.
The hosts are charming, they live next door & are on hand to meet & greet you & that's the last you'll
See of them unless you require some information etc.
The location of the gite is ideal as you're only a 10 minute drive from the nearest town or village
& access to the main roads for visiting attractions further afield,
I'm already planning a return visit....

Owner response

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Le Pressoir, and thank you for your kind comments. You certainly made the most of your time here, visiting many of the D Day memorials and events in the week of the 75th D Day anniversary. Looking forward to seeing you here again soon!

10 / 10 Steve and Ann Havery 8 May, 2019

Well visit number 5!! And we were not disappointed 😍. Everything fresh clean exactly as described as if it were our first visit. Karen and Andy beaming as we drove in. We love this place as it is so relaxing our hosts so welcoming but not intrusive, friendly but not over familiar. They are now our dear friends who we love to chat with during the year. If you want hustle and bustle this is not for you but relaxation with home comforts, nature and peace come here. You need a car but that is half the fun with some Gems within 30mins drive, Domfront being the perfect medieval town.
Normandy beaches an hour and half away Mont St Michel and Bayeaux similar distances.

We are back in Normandy in July and yes we will be calling in for a coffee! You arrive as a guest but leave as friends for life.❤️ 🇫🇷

Steve and Ann
The Honeymoon Couple x

Owner response

When you arrived as first time guests 5 years ago for your honeymoon, who would have guessed that you would enjoy staying at Le Pressoir so much that you would return every year for your anniversary, and that we would all become firm friends? It is always a pleasure to see you back here every April, and to know that we are still achieving our aim to make Le Pressoir a pleasant, calm and relaxing place to stay, where our guests can recharge their batteries before returning to their busy lives. Looking forward to welcoming back our Honeymoon Couple again next year - and for that coffee in July!

10 / 10 Debbie and Peter 8 May, 2019

Our fifth visit to Le Pressoir and to Karen and Andy, the owners.There is not much left to say about
this beautiful property set is a stunning part of Basse-Normandie. (see previous reports) Karen and Andy keep the Gite in spotless condition year on year and the 'Welcome' pack is second to none.Being
April, the cookcoo was back and the birds were singing their hearts out. this is truly a beautiful place to stay and to relax and unwind.

Owner response

It is really lovely to see you both come back year after year, enjoying each stay here just as much as the first! We do take great care in keeping Le Pressoir well maintained, well equipped, and spotlessly clean, and it gives us great pleasure to know how much our guests appreciate our efforts. Looking forward to welcoming you back again next year!

10 / 10 Jan D 4 November, 2018

Our third visit to Le Pressoir and we were as enchanted as we were on our first stay. Karen and Andy are wonderful hosts. The Gite has everything you need for a very comfortbale stay. Nothing has been overlooked and it is very well organised. It is ideally situated to visit the coast and pituresque towns in the surrounding area. It was a pleasure to return and explore the wonderful Normandy countryside.

Owner response

It was lovely to welcome you back to Le Pressoir, and we're delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your kind comments!