Rural Retreat Manche Ideal Let for Couples - NM003946

10/10
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!

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/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 www.unwindcouplefrance.co.uk/
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/

38 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
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!

9.8 / 10 Jackie Marley 15 October, 2018

We have just returned from Le Pressoir after having a fabulous week in a fabulous gitè.
Karen and Andy were the perfect hosts meeting us on arrival with a welcome cup of tea and a tour of the gitè and it’s facilities. We were treated to a fantastic welcome tray containing bread, cheese, butter, wine, milk, and also fresh eggs from Karen’s chickens and fresh salad from Andy's vegetable garden. Oh and four of the biggest and best chocolates I have ever tasted!
The gitè was extremely well equipped and spotlessly clean ...... probably more so than my own home. The bathroom, with the best shower I have been in, was superb, and I have to say I had some of the best nights sleep I have had in a long time in the most comfortable bed.
The gitè is in a secluded rural area but there are neighbours and a local farm adjacent.
Le Pressoir is also handily placed for having a good look around Normandie and Brittany. We spent 5 amazing days at Mont St Michel, St Malo, Bayeux, Carentan, St Mare Eglise and Arromanches. During these days we visited as many D Day museums, landing beaches and cemeteries as we could. All in all we had a tiring but amazing week. Normandie is a great place for touring and sight seeing and add to that a fabulous place to stay. What more could you want? I would recommend Le Pressoir to anyone. Thank you Karen and Andy hope to see you again some time.

Owner response

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at Le Pressoir, and you certainly squeezed in plenty of sight seeing while you were here! Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you here again some time in the future.

10 / 10 Brian & Sally 1 October, 2018

Our first visit to France and what a find - Karen & Andy's gite. Everything was perfect all you could need and more. Our hosts left us wanting for nothing even eggs from their chickens in the welcome pack. Comprehensive information about the area was much appreciated and what a beautiful part of France Normandy is. Exceeded our expectations greatly and would recommend this gite to anyone who are looking for a lovely gite in a ideal location for discovering Le Manche. Karen and Andy should be proud of what they have achieved.

Owner response

It is great to hear that you enjoyed your first visit to France, our beautiful region, and Le Pressoir! Thank you for such a lovely review, and we hope to see you back here again in the future.

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!