Holiday house for rental in Normandy

Sourdeval-les-Bois (5km from Gavray), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM004023 Advertiser since: 24 February 2015
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Le Hamel au Maigre Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2 One on the sofabed

About this property

Rural house overlooking Abbaye de Hambye. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Very conveniently located for exploring lower Normandy. Hotel and restaurant 500m, Percy or Hambye 5 minutes, Beach 20 minutes. Rambling, horse riding, cycling, fishing, golf either on the doorstep or nearby. D-day landing beaches 50 minutes.
An attractive rural house that has been recently renovated, and is set in a picturesque area of Normandy. The house offers ideal holiday accommodation in a peaceful and pretty location.

There are 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms; 1 of the bathrooms is a wet room on the ground floor, and suitable for guests who may find the stairs difficult. We can accommodate a further guest on a camp bed in the twin room. The cottage boasts a spacious, modern, yet traditional style lounge across the rear of the property with a fireplace and logburning stove. There is a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, where an additional working logburner is available for use during the colder months, although the cottage also has full gas central heating. There is free WiFi internet access.

The house is comfortably furnished and we hope that we have thought of everything that guests may need.

The garden is large, and we welcome guests with dogs, although they would need to be kept under control, as there are hens and sheep in the neighbouring fields. You should even be able to collect some fresh eggs for your breakfast during your stay (depending on the time of year).



Kitchen and dining

Multifuel range cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher, coffee machine, kettle, toaster and electric barbecue.

Living rooms

Sejour/kitchen with logburner, tv and farmhouse table.
Lounge - Large lounge across the rear of the property. Flatscreen TV, Fireplace with log burner, Sofa & Armchairs
Snug Lounge /Bed 3 - Small with tv and 1 person daybed, leads through to utility room with washing machine, and on to the downstairs shower room/WC.


Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 made up either with twin beds plus optional camp bed or as a superking double, Flatsceen TV. Bedroom 3/snug lounge. Situated on the ground floor with proper single daybed.


Family bathroom on first floor with bath/shower, basin and wc. Walk-in shower room on ground floor with basin seat and wc.


Full gas central heating. Log burners.


Satellite tv (UK). Dvd player. Cd player. Card and Board games. Croquet set and outside games. Books. dvds. Free WiFi

Garden and outside

Large garden area set to grass. Barbecue. Patio furniture. Seating.

Parking and garages


Visitor suitability

We do not have specific disabled access, but if you would like further information as to suitability please contact us.

Information about any additional facilities

Linen is provided, but we do not supply bath or beach towels. Bath towels are available at an additional cost.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

* Vet details: Clinique Vétérinaire de La Sienne place Halles 50450 Gavray France Phone number +33 2 33 61 40 43


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Villedieu / Beauchamp
Distance: 10 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout, Salmon, Eel etc.
Name of nearest fishing location: River Sienne
Distance: 0.5 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf club de Granville 27h 2 courses, Côte de mer/links 60€
Distance: 29 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Centre Equestre du Val de Sienne, Le Mesnil-Hue
Distance: 8 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Abbaye d' Hambye - The 12c abbey is at the junction of several marked trails

About the Owner, Mr Christopher Watts

We moved to France along with our two children about 12 years ago? We already had a holiday property in this area, and found returning to the UK more and more difficult each time we had to leave. We have lived and worked here ever since.

Year property purchased 2012
Why this location? We chose to buy this property because of the beautiful views and its quiet, peaceful surroundings.
Unique benefits of property The property is ideally situated for a quiet break at any time of the year. It is centrally heated, has log burners, and plenty of outside space for the summer. It has been well modernised and is equipped to a very high standard.

The Owner Recommends

Abbaye d' Hambye

Located just over the footbridge. The abbey is a classified monument and dates back to the 12th century. You can visit daily during the high season and there is a large lawned area to the rear, which is ideal for picnics.

Auberge de l'abbaye d'Hambye

A wonderful gastronomic dining experience, they pride themselves for using local produce, located 500m from the cottage. We have eaten here several times ourselves on special occasions. It is very highly rated on TripAdvisor.

Bayeaux Tapestry

Visit the historically famous tapestry in the beautiful city of Bayeaux. Audio tours are available in numerous languages. After your visit, take the opportunity to drive a little further up the coast and see the D-day landing beaches.


There are excellent sandy life-guarded beaches in the following locations:- Donville les Bains/Granville - 28km, St. Martin de Brehal - 25km, Kairon Plage - 35km, Agon-Coutainville - 34km. Montmartin sur Mer - 26km. There are also plenty of quieter sandy beaches along the coast, but these are unsupervised.

Bell Foundry (Cornille-Havard) Villedieu les Pôeles

This foundry has been making bells in the same way since the Middle Ages. They recently cast new bells for Notre Dame in Paris. There are daily tours (some in English). Very interesting, well worth a visit.

Cattle/veal market Gavray, Wednesday 10.30am

A very traditional weekly livestock market. An opportunity to see how the local farmers trade their young animals. When the whistle is blown at 11am precisely, buyers sprint to secure the best deal. There is also a small traditional market happening at the same time.

Champreypus Zoo

A small but very well run zoo. There are many animals to view and you can even go into the Lima enclosure with them. The entry prices are reasonable. Moderately priced food is available, or if you wish, you can take a picnic. There is also a children's play area if your children get bored of the animals! Location is approx 15 minutes from the cottage.

Cité de la Mer, Cherbourg

This is a maritime museum situated in the cruise terminal at Cherboug, in a Art Deco building constructed in 1933. There is an aquarium, on-site submarine and Titanic exhibition.

Go Karting

There is a Karting track at Le Parc, which is 20km away on the D975 from Villedieu les Pôeles heading towards Avranches.

Haras National de St. Lô

This is a part of the national group for horse breeding, specialising at this center of the Selle Française, the Norman Cob and the Percheron. If you like horses this is a must visit. You can look around the visitor center free of charge. The buildings are historic and are still used for their original purpose. A very friendly unhurried guided tour is available during high season.

Ice Skating/Ten pin bowling. Coutances

There is an ice rink and bowling alley situated in Coutances, 20 minutes away called Le Yeti, ideal for any rainy days that you may have. You can hire skates and bowling shoes at either of the venues. They are situated next to each other.

La Cale, Blainville sur Mer

This is a novel and different dining experience! They mainly offer good moules frites and grillades, which are normally generous in size. The service can be variable but amusingly eccentric. It is an experience not to be missed. It is good fun with a brilliant atmosphere. They have a jazz band playing and is often chaotic and busy. It is situated literally right on the beach. Enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.

La Forêt des Elfes, Cerances.

An aerial walk way, up to 30m high in the forest. There are 3 courses that are limited to height, 1.25m, 1.4m and 1.6m. Will make you ache in places that you didn't know existed, but well worth a visit. Good fun for all the family.

Le Mont St Michel

This monument is the biggest tourist attraction in Normandy. If you have never visited before then it is well worth the trip. Beautiful at any time of the year, but particularly at night when it is lit up. Advisable to take a picnic with you as the restaurants can be expensive, and if you look at reviews, not very good! You now have to pay for parking, but the shuttle buses are free. Very busy during the height of the season.

Operation Overlord, D-Day.

Located approx 45 minutes away you will find numerous sites relating to the D-day landings and liberation of France. The are loads of museums, and sign posted routes that can be followed. The beaches themselves are free to enter, and the one at Aromanches is particularly interesting as there are still elements of the Mulberry harbour visible. There are several cemeteries to visit, which are also free and quite breathtaking in their size.

Restaurant de la Gare, de Percy

Located in the nearby town of Percy, 7.5km away, this small restaurant offers superb freshly prepared food with friendly service. It is very popular. Lunch time and evening service is available. They are closed Saturday lunchtime (open Saturday evening), all day Sunday and Monday.

Restaurant Le Krill, La Baleine

Good averagely priced brasserie restaurant. Located approx 4.5km away. They offer freshly prepared local cuisine, often cooked on an open fire. Their specialties include duck, steak, fish and the local Andouille de La Baleine. Friendly patrons, who can speak a little English.

Swimming pools/Aqua park

There are several swimming pools in the area. We have listed just a few for you. Villedieu les Pôeles, Granville, Coutances, St.Lô, Brecey, St. Hilaire. There is also an open air pool situated in St.Sever (Calvados). You will also find water parks in Vire and Avranches.

Weekly market Gavray

Weekly market day in Gavray is Saturday. Not as large as the market in Villedieu, but a good opportunity to stock up on local produce. The bars and cafés are always busy if you wish to people watch!

Weekly market Villedieu les Pôeles

Large, very traditional weekly market. Every Tuesday morning until approximately midday.

7 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.9
  • Comfort: 9.6
  • Condition: 9.9
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 9.6
  • Setting: 9.9
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Dutch vistors 24 October, 2016

We stayed in October and it was very comfortable! Very friendly hosts, clean house and we found all what we needed for a comfortable and warm break. We enjoyed our walks on the beach and around the area. This was our fourth visit to Normandy and this house was the best. We will come back!!!

9.8 / 10 Colin & Barbara 15 September, 2016

We've visited many gites throughout France over the years and overall, this is one of the best. It is definitely recommended as, for once, it had everything we needed and more. Plenty of space, comfy beds, great bathroom, wet room, well equipped kitchen, garden furniture...all to a very good standard. The setting is idyllic. Peaceful and yet a 10 mins drive to local towns for all you need.
Visited with older grandchildren and we all loved it. Already being pressed for next time!

Chris and Carolyn are such agreeable hosts - nothing was too much trouble. Our thanks to them for a memorable holiday.

10 / 10 Tom and Chrissy 6-20 Aug 2016 27 August, 2016

The cottage is in a lovely location and the children loved being around the animals. The property was brilliant for all 5 of us (very spacious) and Chris was a fantastic host answering all our questions with great patience.
It is a peaceful place and yet very close to fantastic beaches. lovely villages and all the historical places you could wish for. Would highly recommended to anyone and we will definitely be back!

10 / 10 Jordans 8 August, 2016

Enjoyed a lovely 2 weeks in this gite. Perfect for the 5 of us. Very clean and cosy, 2 bathrooms which was ideal, including 2 toilets. A lovely front room with TV and selection of books, enjoyed reading. Nice snug room with a TV and DVDs. Table to sit down at in the kitchen. Everything in the kitchen you need and if it's cold, a lovely wood burning stove. Brilliant BBQ outside, 2 areas to sit down and eat. We loved the garden and really loved the animals and getting involved with feeding them, our little boy really loved it. Brilliant area, near a beautiful abbey, lovely walks. Lovely auberge serving good food, we didn't eat there as we have young children but it's supposed to be wonderful. Visited loads of places, brilliant gite for beaches, DDay museums, Le Mont St Michel, a zoo....endless places to go and wonderful places to eat if you don't want to cook at home. We visited Intermarche in Percy all the time to get our dinner and vin rouge! The site owners have lots of maps and leaflets in the site and they also list places to visit and recommend restaurants, they were always there to help if we needed. Would love to go back. Really recommend it if you are looking for a gite in a quite rural area and you are happy to drive and explore Normandy

Owner response

Hi Sarah, Thank you for your kind review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your time at out cottage. We would be delighted to see you, Dan and the children again very soon.

Chris & Carolyn.