Tranquil rural holiday gite for 4 in Normandy - NM004011

Mortain (25km from Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouet), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM004011 Advertiser since: 16 February 2015
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
La Buissonniere Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1

About this property

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

La Buissonnière is situated deep in the beautiful Normandy countryside, but within easy distance of beaches, towns and child activities.

Sleeps up to 4 in 1 double and 1 twin bedroom. A cot can be provided by request.
*Arrive any day of the week*. We are open all year round.
Short breaks welcome any time of year - minimum 3 night stays, £75 per night per gite (not per person)
Is all on the GROUND FLOOR - perfect for children, or guests with limited mobility
FreeSat and free wi-fi
We offer discount for Brittany Ferries
We are approx 90 mins from most ferry ports and 4 hours from the channel tunnel
We are 5 mins (3km) from our nearest villages with boulangeries, boucheries, bars, restaurants and small supermarkets

Our gite:

Includes all electricity*, bedding and towels in the rental price
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, sunloungers and barbecue
Has a small play area for children
Has ample free parking and can provide covered storage for touring motorcyclists
Is 15 mins from the nearest town of Mortain, and 20 mins from Domfront and St. Hilaire du Harcouet
Has sheep in the paddock, free ranging chickens, and 2 friendly cats, with cows in the fields from May to November. **Because of our livestock, we are sadly unable to accept pets**

A couple of recent 5 star reviews on Google

***** "This is a beautiful place to stay (3rd visit). Set in the rural french countryside, it is idyllic and tranquil, the perfect place to unwind and relax. If you enjoy the outdoors then there are some lovely walks to do along with kayaking. Also ideal for visiting the various war memorials etc. The owners are a very lovely couple and make you feel welcome"

***** "We returned to La Buissonniere for another visit and as usual we received a very warm welcome from Sandra and Richard. The gite is so well appointed, immaculately clean, comfortable and lovingly decorated that we couldn't help but return. The location is so peaceful and relaxing and yet only a short distance from many places of interest. We revisited some of our favourite places and explored new. Our holiday experience was excellent. We had the best sleep and returned home feeling very rested and wishing we could have stayed longer. The gite is so deserving of our 5* rating. Thank you Sandra and Richard, we look forward to visiting you again soon"

La Buissonnière 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



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 Buissonnière opens on to the large tiled floor of a light,airy and homely beamed lounge and adjoining open plan kitchen/diner. The very comfortable 3 seater sofa and 2 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 books available for your use and free wi-fi is available.


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.


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.


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


There is 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.

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 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 Buissonnière.

Visitor suitability

Our gite has no stairs and 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": We have no fixed changeover day as we feel a midweek changeovers can offer you cheaper travel options. If your required dates are available on our calendar, you are welcome to book our gite. 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.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities


Antiques/Brocante Market

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


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



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Voies Verte


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/Advertiser, 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, Ange Michel, Alligator Bay, Raptor Park, Champrepus Zoo, and Falaise Castle with its excellent interactive treasure hunt. There are also several lovely parks with plenty of children's activities, pedalos, fishing, etc, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools nd an aquapark. Disneyland Paris is certainly do-able from La Buissonniere and several of our guests have made successful visits to Mickey Mouse! 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.

10 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Clm 17 April, 2019

We had a lovely week. It was a great base we visited mont st michel, Fougères, the cascades at Mortain aswell as being close to the theme park (Ange michel) and we travelled to the zoo. The gite was. Beautifully clean and we loved being out in the quiet countryside. The girls also enjoyed the swings. Would definitely recommended - thank you Richard and Sharon.

Owner response

Thank you for your very kind words Charlotte. It was lovely to meet you and your family, and we'd love to welcome you back at any time in the future.
Sandra & Richard

10 / 10 Graham & Margaret 3 May, 2017

Wonderful week, so peaceful and relaxing. Warm welcome from the hosts, Richard and Sandra.
Cottage was clean and well equipped with wi_fi too.
Local village has bakers and supermarket , with plenty of nice walks around. Welcome basket of food on arrival was much apprecited. Would not hesitate to recommend to others.
Graham & Margaret, Matthew & Florence

Owner response

Thank you so much for your review. It was great to meet you all and we're so pleased you had an enjoyable stay xx

9.8 / 10 Hayley 6 April, 2017

A wonderful stay at La Buissoniere, with genial hosts Sandra and Richard.

We loved the baguette, milk and fresh eggs when we arrived and little touches such as handmade soap and hot water bottles made it really homely.

The shower was wonderful and although we were only here for a few days, we could quite comfortably have stayed here for much longer.

The gite is 4km from Le Teilleul, but we liked Barenton, also close by.

Would thoroughly recommend.

Owner response

Thanks for your lovely review Hayley. It was lovely to meet you both and we do so hope we can welcome you back in the future.

10 / 10 Jan Gough 6 March, 2017

Spent three wonderful restful weeks at La Buissonniere enjoying the facilities, ambiance, wonderful countryside,friendly and caring hospitality of Sandra and Richard especially the fresh eggs.

There were many places to visit from smaller villages to the coast, from chateaux to the Bayeux Tapestry, from walks along meandering streams to dynamic waterfalls and much more not mentioned.

I would just recommend that you make it your own experience whether as a family with children or couples.


Owner response

Thank you so much, Jan, for your wonderful review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at La Buissonniere. It was lovely to meet you and we would love to welcome you back at any time in the future. xx