Holiday home in Normandy - Arrive any day

9.9/10
Le Teilleul (15km from Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouet), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM004011 Advertiser since: 16 February 2015
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
La Buissonniere Self Catering Wednesday 2 4 1

About this property

Peaceful, Rural Farmhouse Gite. Any Day Changeovers. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

.• La Buissonniere is situated deep in the beautiful Normandy countryside, but within easy distance of beaches, towns and child activities
• We welcome ARRIVALS ANY DAY OF THE WEEK which offers cheaper travel options.
• We offer 20% discount for Brittany Ferries to all our guests.
• We are open all year round for holidays or shortbreaks (minimum 2 night stays)
• We are 90 mins from most ferry ports and 4 hours from the channel tunnel
• We are 5 mins (3km) from our nearest village with boulangeries, boucheries, bars, restaurants & small supermarket

Our gite:

• Sleeps up to 4 in 1 double and 1 twin bedroom. A cot can be provided by request.
• Includes all electricity*, bedding & towels in the rental price
• Is all on the ground floor, which may suit guests with limited mobility
• Has a spacious lounge with widescreen tv and dvd player.
• Offers free wi-fi and FreeSat
• Has a private garden and decking area with garden furniture, sun loungers & barbecue
• Has a small play area for children
• Offers free use of adult bicycles
• Has ample free parking and can provide covered storage for touring motorcyclists
• Is 15 mins from the nearest towns of Mortain, Domfront and St. Hilaire du Harcouet
• Has sheep in the paddock, free ranging chickens, and two friendly cats, with cows in the fields from May to November

La Buissonniere Is within easy distance of many not-to-be-missed attractions, including:

• Mont St. Michel and the stunning beaches in the Baie du Mont St. Michel
• The Normandy landing beaches and military cemetaries of WW2
• Fascinating medieval towns and attractive shopping towns
• A network of Voie Verte walking and cycle paths, and a selection of rambling routes
• Many children's attractions including Alligator Bay, Ange Michel theme park, Bellefontaine Enchanted Village, Go- Karting, Champrepus and Jurques Zoos, Chemin de Feu model railway, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, cycle hire
• Food festivals, weekly markets, arts and crafts displays, potteries and museums
• Brocantes, antique shops and Vide Greniers for bygone browsing.
• Gastronomic specialities including cheese, cider, biscuits and seafood

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The well equipped open plan kitchen/diner provides a dining table which comfortably seats four. There is a full sized gas cooker and oven which is perfect if cooking is your thing on holiday, and there is also a fridge with a small ice box, automatic washing machine, microwave, electric kettle, filter coffee machine and a toaster. Crockery, glassware, cutlery and cooking utensils are all stored in white contemporary kitchen cupboards and drawers. Tea-towels are provided.

Living rooms

The bright blue front door of La Buissonniere opens on to the large tiled floor of a light and airy beamed lounge and adjoining open plan kitchen/diner. The very comfortable three seater sofa and two armchairs have plenty of cushions, and the accompanying side tables, 48 inch widescreen television complete with Freesat and a dvd player all help to achieve that holiday chill-out feeling. The feature fireplace with electric heating makes a cosy focal point to the room, and lighting can be either bright from the central lighting or subdued from various lamps placed around the lounge. There are a selection of dvds and books available for your use and free wi-fi is available.

Bedrooms

Our comfortable double room looks out on to the gite's private sun-decked rear garden which is bounded by the sheep paddock, and the twin bedroom is situated to the front of the property looking out to two old bay trees in the large walled lawn. Both rooms have clothes hanging facilities, drawer storage, bedside tables, towel rails and thermostatically controlled electric radiators, and all bed linen and extra fleece blankets are provided. A cot can be added to the double bedroom if required at no extra cost. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your needs.

Bathrooms

The fully tiled wc and shower room contains a corner opening shower cubicle with a step up to the shower enclosure. The washbasin has a large mirror with mirror lighting and a shaver point, and a storage cabinet beneath the basin. A heated towel rail keeps the shower room cosily warm if needed.

Heating

All heating is electric and provided by thermostatically controlled radiators in each room.

Garden and outside

There is a small private garden to the rear of the property for your sole use. The raised sundeck area is complete with 4 sunloungers, a large wooden table with parasol, 4 chairs and a barbecue for al fresco eating, and the small rear lawn can provide a little more shade if preferred, with a play area for small children with swings, see saw and slide. To the front of the property there is a large lawn where children can play and a variety of outdoor games including boules, football, badminton, cricket, swingball and frisbee are all provided. We also provide adult bicycles for the use of guests. We would also be delighted to introduce you to our sheep in the nearby paddocks, our chickens, and our cats.

Parking and garages

There is ample parking at La Buissonniere.

Visitor suitability

The gite is all on the ground floor. There is 1 step into the property and in the shower room there is a step up to the shower enclosure. The spacious lounge, kitchen and diner are open plan. The property may suit those with limited mobility but unfortunately is not suitable for wheelchairs. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your needs and ascertain whether the property would be suitable for your stay.

Information about any additional facilities

"Any day changeover day": Although our booking calendar indicates Wednesdays as our changeover day (because there is no 'flexible' option in the drop down list) we actually have no fixed changeover day as we feel a midweek changeovers can offer you cheaper travel options. We are more than happy to welcome flexible changeover days according to existing bookings, so please do contact us to see if we can accommodate your travel dates. We just ask that on the day of departure the property be vacated by 10am at the latest, and for new arrivals check in is from 4pm onwards.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: St Mars d'Egrenne
Distance: 8 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Route de Domfront, 61140 Bagnoles-de-l'Orne
Distance: 30 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Voies Verte

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Multiple cider tasting farms within a 5 km radius of La Buissonniere
Distance: 5 km

About the Owner, Mrs Sandra Biddlecombe

When our children left home we felt it was time to move to pastures new, so when the opportunity arose we purchased La Buissonniere & moved to France. After working in agriculture, cheesemaking & insurance amongst others for most of our working lives, we love living at La Buissonniere. We have got to know some good, like-minded neighbours who promote the traditional French way of life & culture & our favourite pastimes include visiting local cider farms & rummaging through fascinating brocantes

Year property purchased 2014
Why this location? Having taken many family holidays in various areas of France over the years we grew to love the country and Normandy in particular, so when the opportunity arose we decided to up sticks in the UK and make our home here, knowing that it is still easy to return to the UK to visit our family regularly. The house layout at La Buissonniere made it possible to create a gite and the spacious land has enabled us to fulfil our dream of having a few animals, and growing and producing as much of our own food as we can. Living here enables us to live a country life on a small scale to suit us, with sheep, chickens, & during the summer months, a handful of beautiful heifers belonging to our neighbouring farmer, who also supplies us with a little milk to occasionally make cheese. Our garden provides us with fresh fruit and veg & seasonal jam making is in abundance throughout the summer! We love being surrounded by fields and woodlands but knowing we are only 5 minutes away from the nearest village.
Unique benefits of property La Buissonniere is comfortable, spacious and clean and perfect for a family holiday for all ages. It is all on the ground floor, which makes it suitable for small children with no stairs to fall down, or for guests with limited mobility with no stairs to climb up! Completely surrounded by fields and woodland it is just so peaceful. All of our guests have loved the tranquility of our gite and go home feeling very relaxed and refreshed after spending their holiday here. You can do as much or as little as you want, either by soaking up the sun in your own secluded garden, making use of the bikes available to guests, or just watching the wildlife that visits La Buissonniere throughout the seasons. However, our ideal location means you can also venture further to explore the beautiful Normandy countryside, coastlines, and history, with so much to see locally or within an hours drive from the gite.

The Owner Recommends

Childrens Activities

Activities for the children include the beaches of Granville and Cancale, the Enchanted Village of Bellefontaine, Alligator Bay, St. Symphorien's Wildlife Park, Champrepus Zoo, and Falaise Castle with its excellent interactive treasure hunt. A variety of tourist leaflets are available at the property.

Close to La Buissoniere

If you don't wish to venture too far there are numerous museums and Brocantes in the area to pass an enjoyable hour or two exploring bygone days and past heritage. Or, as the region is apple country, why not visit a local ciderie and sample their delicious offerings which go down very well with a good book in the garden on a hot summers day. The surrounding area is good for walking and cycling, with a network of Voies Verte in the region, and there are a variety of lakes in the area which offer day fishing.

Le Teilleul

Le Teilleul is only a 5 minute drive away and offers a choice of 2 bars and 2 restaurants, 2 boulangeries, 2 banks, a butchery and a small but very well stocked supermarket. There is a market each Thursday in the village square.

Local History

The Normandy D-day landing beaches and military cemeteries at Caen are just 90 minutes away from La Buissonniere, and Mont St. Michel, St. Malo, Rennes, William the Conqueror's birth town of Falaise, Bayeaux, Avranches, Villiedieu Les Poeles, Flers, Laval and the stunning medieval town of Fougeres are all within easy driving distance.

Open Air Swimming Pool

The town of Mortain has an open air swimming pool which operates during the summer months.

St Hilaire du Harcouet

The larger town of St Hilaire du Harcouet has a good selection of shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and banks as well as two large supermarkets, indoor swimming pool and children's park with lake and pitch and putt. There is a large weekly market on Wednesday mornings selling a wide variety of products including fruit and vegetables, cheese, meat, bread, clothing, housewares and livestock. Several of the surrounding towns and villages also have smaller regional markets throughout the week.

6 Reviews
9.9/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9.7
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.7 / 10 AJW 13 August, 2016

This pretty, cosy and comfortable little gite initiated in the heart off rural South Normandy is run by Sandra & Richard, a friendly, welcoming couple who live in the other part of this long, stone building, so are on hand for any issues but very discreet, leaving you alone to enjoy your stay unless you need them. A tiled, open-plan dining, kitchen & living area (with rugs) is easy to keep clean, pleasant to spend time in & cool when it's hot outside (we've only been in August). Badminton rackets & net, swingball & other games are provided, as are some novels & DVDs but, for us, the real joy has been exploring the Normandy countryside, visiting its picturesque towns & villages and their markets, and coming back to comfort and cooking and eating the local produce. I love to cook and the kitchen area is set up for simple cooking, with an efficient gas cooker, an enjoyable space in which to prep food while still being with your family. No complex kitchen gear here (though the coffee machine is handy) but everything is in its place & you have all you need for family meals, plus a sunny and private decking ares with garden table, chairs loungers & barbecue. The written info & advice is helpful , comprehensive & geared toward your having a relaxed and enjoyable stay. The welcome pack with is a generous touch. I love this place. It is amazing value, a great base for visiting this part of France &, simply, a little gem. We have been twice now & cannot recommend it highly enough.

Owner response

Thank you Andrew for your comprehensive review, and thank you for letting us know a problem you experienced with the scoring has resulted in a lower score than you intended - it's still a good score thank you! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope we can welcome you back again next year for a third visit.

10 / 10 Hannah & Antony 10 August, 2016

We had a fantastic break at yellow cherry gite with our almost two year old daughter. Tbe gite was impeccably clean and wonderfully fitted out, Sandra and Richard were even kind enough to provide a potty and some toys for our little one to play with. The garden at the gite is beautiful and our little girl loves seeing the sheep, cows and chickens every morning. The local area has plenty to do and the gite is well positioned to visit many o the attractions in Normandy. We found our hosts to be very helpful, knowledgable of the local area and incredibly kind and yet never intrusive. We have already recommended the gite to friends and family.

Owner response

Thank you Hannah & Antony for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to meet you all and we're so delighted you enjoyed your stay x

10 / 10 Rally-Sally 29 July, 2016

The property is great value for money, a real home from home which exactly what you need when taking young children on holiday. The property is well maintained, clean and the owners are a extremely friendly and helpful. I would recommend this property to other families, especially if it's your first holiday or if you just want to feel safe and secure within a facility. Lots of attractions near by, beautiful beaches are about an hour away but definitely worth the trip.

Owner response

Thank you, Sally, for your lovely review It was a pleasure to have you to stay.

10 / 10 Alison F 13 March, 2016

Our holiday here was just the tonic we needed to unwind; taking in the beautiful surrounding countryside and cultural medieval towns by day, then returning to the welcoming comfort of the gite in the evening. The accommodation offered us everything we needed and more, and there was a wealth of information on where to go and what to see. Our lovely hosts Sandra and Richard were on hand if necessary for other local knowledge too, including where to sample the finest of Normandy's ciders! All in all, a truely wonderful holiday, and definitely one to return to.

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely review Alison. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay at La Buissonniere and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. There are still lots more ciders to taste!