Rural Retreat Manche Ideal Let for Couples

10/10
Ger (11km 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 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!

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

  • 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/

28 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 David&georgina coley 7 July, 2017

The gite Le pressoir is a fantastic place to stay......we were warmly welcomed by Karen and Andy...the gite was very clean and a welcome tray was a delight...we enjoyed the area very much,and Karen and Andy gave us lots of information,markets and cafe etc .....we will return very soon.....

Owner response

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in the gîte and the beautiful area, and we look forward to welcoming you back here in the future! Thank you for your lovely review.

10 / 10 Ann & Steve Havery 8 June, 2017

There are no hidden horrors in this property!!
We've just arrived home after our third visit to Le Pressoir. Love it ❤️ A lot of time and effort has been spent on this property and it shows. Lovingly restored, tastefully decorated and beautifully situated. They only thing Karen and Andy have no control over is the weather but the gite is cozy and comfortable, with english tv, if any inclement weather should arrive and a wood burning stove. The kitchen is well equipped and the gite is extremely clean and well cared for.

The area is very quiet so perfect for a total chill from our busy schedules. So ideal for some escapism. Karen and Andy are rarely seen, unless you need to see them, very discreet but very accommodating and friendly. They are very knowledgeable about the area.

We have booked again for next year we love the place so much!❤️

Owner response

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your third visit to Le Pressoir, and we are already looking forward to seeing you here again next year! Thank you for such a lovely review.

10 / 10 PPBMW 22 May, 2017

We went to France for the first time and found a little 'gem' . The gite very peaceful and relaxing, Karen & Andy provided everything you could possibly want. The communication after the first enquiry was first class, Karen always kept us informed and responded very quickly to our queries which was a great help. The gite was perfect comfortable, beautiful,everything thought of ,lots of information regarding shopping,markets etc., lovely and clean,warm and very homely. We loved every minute and will return. They have done a superb job and it shows they care about making the holiday experience the best you can have. They were there if we needed. Thank you to you both for a great experience we will return. P.S. your chicken eggs are beautiful. I would recommend this gite to couples wanting a relaxing holiday. Thank you.

Owner response

Thank you! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your first visit to France and Le Pressoir. Our hens' eggs are always a big hit with our guests; we're glad you liked them! We look forward to welcoming you back here again in the future.

10 / 10 Nic, Chrissy and Hope 9 May, 2017

This stunning gite set in a beautifully peaceful idyllic area, quiet and relaxing. The gite is finished to a very high standard and VERY comfortable, equip with everything you could possibly need - perfect for our 8 day stay!

The delightful hosts Karen and Andrew were charming and very knowledgeable of the area where they live, giving us great suggestions on where to visit etc but were never intrusive on our time.

Flers, Sourdeval, Bayeux, Mont St Michel, Bagnoles-de-l'Ornes, Vire and the Normandy Beaches are only a short journey away. Many, many sights to see which even kept our 16 year old daughter happy - not an easy task at times!!
There are also the most delightful car boot sales available on set days to browse through and take in the immediate French culture that surrounds you.

A very good choice of local shops, petrol stations and patisseries are available in the local area.
We could not of asked for more, an incredible gite at a VERY reasonable rate and the hosts were just as wonderful. We will be certainly recommending to all our friends and family and be returning back ourselves as soon as possible.

Owner response

We are thrilled that you made the most of your time in the area, and it is lovely to hear that you were so happy with the gite! Thank you for very kind comments, and we look forward to your return!