Self catering holiday gite nr Manche - NM003994

Saint-Denis-le-Gast (6km from Gavray), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM003994 Advertiser since: 3 February 2015
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LaCachette Self Catering Saturday 1 2 1 Cot and sofabed available for child.

About this property

Country Cottage 20 minutes from the West Coast. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

La Cachette is located at the end of a private lane at La Baleine which is near Gavray in the Manche area of Normandy.
La Cachette is situated in a conservation area renouned for its stunning scenery.  Laval (our lane) leads past the gite directly to a wonderful walk that meanders its way along the river to Gavray. Many other superb walks are accessible direct from the house. Fishing is available in the river within 200 yards of the gite and the area is teeming with wildlife such as deer, badgers, hare, buzzards and owls and even the occasional otter.
The gite is in an ideal location as it can be reached in 1 hour 15 minutes from Caen or Cherbourg. Its two hours from Honfleur or Le Havre. Four hours drive from Calais and the Channel Tunnel. There are two airports to fly into Dinard is just over an hours drive.  Caen, Carpiquet International Airport is an hours drive.



Kitchen and dining

Living room with open plan kitchen, which is brand new for 2015. The kitchen is fuly-fitted with oven hob, under counter fridge with freezer compartment, combination microwave, grill, oven, toaster, kettle. Fully fitted as a home from home with crockery, coffee maker, cooking utensils etc.

Living rooms

The open plan living room has double sofa and matching armchair, Dining table and chairs. Sideboard and reading lamp. Large flat screen satellite tv and dvd player. Large selection of dvds and cds, books, games and jig-saw puzzles. Double doors open out to the patio.


One double bedroom with bedside tables and lamps. Wardrobe with matching chest of drawers. Sofa bed suitable for a child, ample space for a travel cot. All bedding is new every year, with feather or non allergic pillows and egyptian cotton bedding. All linen is provided


The shower room is on the ground floor and toilet and wash basin with new shower.

All towels are provided.


Calor gas living flame stove or electric fan heating is available for any chilly nights. But rarely needed as the sun is on the gite from morning till night.


Large flat screen tv with satellite UK channels, choice of dvd's, cds, books and games in the gite.

Garden and outside

The gite has a large private garden. The patio has a pergola covered with honeysuckle, there is a stone barbecue, wrought iron table and chairs, and loungers to relax.

The garden has several large trees which one can sit under.

Parking and garages

The driveway to the gite has space for many cars.

Visitor suitability

Ideal for those who would like peace and quiet in beautiful countryside. Ideal for lovers of wildlife and birdwatchers, and walkers. But wish to explore the main attractions of Normandy, this place is right in the centre of everything.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

* Vet details: We do accept well behaved dogs but please contact me first. The local Vet is in Gavray.


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Coutances.
Distance: 18 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: River Sienne by the house.
Distance: 1 km

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Brehal
Distance: 18 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Granville
Distance: 25 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: La Baleine

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Patricia Hawkey

Dave and I are both from Surrey. We met when I was 16 and Dave was 17. <br/>We have been married for 52 years. We are both from large familes, I am the eldest of 5 and Dave was one of 5 boys. We have one daughter, two sons and 7 grandchildren ages from 5 to 28, we are all very close. Never a day goes by that I have not spoken to one member of the family. <br/>We love travelling so understand exactly what people expect from accommodation. Probably why we have been fully booked for 14 years.<br/><br/>

Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? We viewed several properties over a week's visit, but on arriving at La Baleine we immediately fell in love with the area. It is peaceful, no passing traffic, just the sound of birds night and day surrounded by woods with the river running through. It is idyllic but not isolated and also easy to get to from the UK. Also importantly not far from the beach. The house and location reminded us very much of Fownhope, a village on the river Wye near Hereford where Dave's grandparents had lived. I still cannot believe we live here. Our 3 bed semi turned into a 7 bedroomed house full of character with a cottage. This was the bonus, we never feel lonely as we meet people from all different countries and different walks of life so there is never a dull moment. The separate gite (La Cachette) was a bonus. It is on the other side of the lane from our main house and about fifty metres towards La Baleine. We are in a lane that ends at the beginning of the woods with wonderful walks.
Unique benefits of property Our gite is not part of our house, it is situated on its own with a large driveway and large garden. So you do get the feel of being on your own with the peace and quiet. It is bright and has the sun all day with a large patio to sit out. It has everything needed and we have been asked by guests if we would sell it to them for their holiday home. The bonus is we also have a b&b so if anyone wanted extra days before or after their holiday we can accommodate them which means you can travel during the week. We are near all the main attractions of France, Mont St Michel, the D Day Landing Beaches and Museums, the War Cemeteries which Normandy is known for. We have a highly recommended restaurants within 10 minutes walk and local town 5 minutes drive. The sky at night is amazing with no pollution so one can sit and look at the stars. We are surrounded by wildlife, Deer, Otters, Badgers, so many birds.

The Owner Recommends


The sandy beaches of the west coast are a mere 20 minutes drive away. The port of Granville is 20 minutes drive. The famous 'copper' town of Villedieu les Poeles, and Countances with its Cathedral are all within 20 minutes or so.


Granville is a wonderful large fishing port with loads of restaurants around the habour. Also the town is bustling with little cafes and little shops and boutiques lining the cobbled streets. There is a very large market in the streets and indoors on a Saturday morning where you can buy fresh local produce, fish, vegetables, french cheeses, bread. Just a short walk all to the cliff top is a wonderful array of antique shops and views along the coast in all directions. A church stands at the top of the hill. Christian Diors house and gardens are at the top of the town.

Historical Sites

Mont St Michel, Bayeux Tapestry , and the D Day Landing Beaches and War Memorials are all within easy reach of La Cachette.


The local town of Gavray, which is just 5 minutes by car, has a supermarket as well as a choice of restaurants, banks, shops etc. A very popular market is held in the town every Saturday morning. There is also a large market every Tuesday in Villedieu les Poeles which is the well known 'copper town'. Here in the Bell Foundry, which one can visit, they made the latest new bell for Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

St. Malo

The ancient walled city is well worth a visit. The Citadel is splendid with historic sites to visit such as the castle and Cathedrale St-Vincent. Also known as the Old Town, the labyrinthic network of lanes are surrounded by impressively preserved walls which give fine views over the town and sea. There are an abundance of restaurants and bars and cafes to relax in with a glass of wine over lunch.The bias of the menu leading towards fish. Lots of cobbled lanes are full of interesting shops. There are several sandy beaches within a stones throw. Its not so busy as Mont St. Michel and I just love it here.


One can get to Paris direct by train from Villedieu les Poeles. Also Jersey is a ferry ride from Granville.

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.5
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 9.3
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 8.5
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 9.8
9.2 / 10 Davebegp 25 June, 2018

The gite is in a lovely quiet area but close enough to local shops for supplies. The restaurant, Le Krill is in walking distance and is very good. Gavray has a good selection of shops for basic needs, chemist, butchers, bakers etc.
The gite is as described and offers good accommodation for two people.

8.8 / 10 mrs j ewin 3 October, 2016

We found the Gite very comfortable but for older couples having to go down stairs for the Toilet not the best at night. The setting with the Garden and peace and quiet was great although because we had the Gite so late in the Season we did feel rather isolated as no other people occupying any other of the buildings so would not recommend to anybody on their own. But overall we had a very nice Holiday and really enjoyed the area.

Owner response

Dear Joy,

We are glad you enjoyed your holiday.

I am sorry that we were not there during your stay; usually we are there all through the season until end of October but this year we decided to take a break earlier ourselves.

Normally the adjacent property, which is a gite owned by our friends, would also be occupied but I know that they too took an early break, so the timing was a little unfortunate.

Kind Regards

Pat & Dave Hawkey

10 / 10 Chris and Anne 15 August, 2016

Beautiful location overlooking a tranquil scene of woods and pastures. Lovely walks from La Cachette walking alongside the Sienne and also woodland walking.
La Cachette is a very pretty gite providing all amenities- beautifully decorated with lovely furnishings.
The gite provides a very comfortable bed and again lovely furnishings.
Good location to visit the delights that Normandy has to offer.
The advert for La Cachette perfectly matched what was provided.
We found the property very clean and welcoming.
It was great to find that Pat and Dave had provided bread/milk/butter and a bottle of the local cider for us upon our our arrival.
Good restaurants in the vicinity La Krill restaurant 5 minutes walk from La Cachette.
I would highly recommend this property.

Owner response

Good morning Ann and Chris,

Thank you very much for your lovely review. We are both so happy that La Cachette lived up to your expectations and that you enjoyed your holiday.
We hope to see you again, and will keep in touch.
kind regards from us both.Pat & Dave

10 / 10 Sharpies 9 July, 2016

The setting was delightful. The owners were very welcoming with goodies on our arrival. The property was well maintianed with well equipped kitchenand comfortable seating and generous storage in bedroom. I would happily recommend the property and the owners customer service.