|Le Hamel au Maigre||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||2|
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 cottage that has been recently renovated, and is set in a picturesque area of Normandy. The property 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 wi-fi internet access.
The cottage 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).
Multifuel range cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher, coffee-machine, kettle, toaster and electric barbecue.
Sejour/kitchen with logburner, tv and farmhouse table.
Lounge - Large lounge across the rear of the property. Flatscreen tv, Fireplace with logburner, 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. Logburners.
Satellite tv (UK). Dvd player. Cd player. Card and Board games. Croquet set and outside games. Books. dvds. Free wi-fi.
Large garden area set to grass. Barbecue. Patio furniture. Seating.
We do not have specific disabled access, but if you would like further information as to suitability please contact us.
Linen is provided, but we do not supply bath or beach towels. Bath towels are available at an additional cost.
We moved to France along with our 2 children about 15 years ago as we already had a holiday property in this area, and found returning to the UK more and more difficult each time it came to leaving again. 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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is a Karting track at Le Parc, which is 20km away on the D975 from Villedieu les Pôeles heading towards Avranches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
Large, very traditional weekly market. Every Tuesday morning until approximately midday.
Lovely house, comfortable and homely with all necessary items. Well-stocked kitchen. Bathroom upstairs and downstairs is a shower room. Double bedroom and twin bedded room upstairs and single day bed in room on ground floor. Wi-Fi and English television if required. Places to sit in the garden with parasol and be entertained by the hens who welcome you back from a day out by charging towards you excitedly. The setting is very rural and peaceful and really good if you want a quiet, chilled out holiday. Lots of small villages nearby that nearly always have a Boulangerie. The markets were great for fresh vegetables etc. and the Brocante's were really interesting. Hambye Abbey is a short walk downhill from the house and is a very picturesque area with a small bridge over a stream.
The hosts were welcoming, helpful and very kind. They left us a lemon cake and red wine and were not intrusive but popped by to feed the hens so were available then for our questions about various places to visit.
We particularly liked the town of Percy about 5 or 6 miles away where there is a great restaurant that was previously a railway station building, not expensive and really nice food. Percy also has a supermarket.
The house is in a lovely quite spot - very peaceful - and the immediate surrounds are very pretty. It's a stones throw from the Abbye Hambye which turned out to be surprisingly beautiful.
Chris couldn't have been more helpful - he was great.
The chooks were really entertaining. They turned out to be a bit of highlight. You don't have to have anything to do with them, but if you do feed them they become very friendly very quickly!
We loved the house and wouldn't hesitate to recommenf it.
The perfect combination for us! A spacious, well equipped, rural gite (we loved the new sitting room extension), and the owners, Chris and Carolyn living very near and able to answer any queries! We decided, this year, to stay in La Manche rather than ‘drive through’ on our way further south, and the area didn’t disappoint. We really enjoyed St Lo and its history in WW2 and Coutance and its beautiful Cathedral. So many monuments, abbays, and manoir, mostly beautifully presented – the ‘star’ being L’ Abbaye de Hambye, which, of course, we overlooked from our garden! On sunny days we headed for the coast and found plenty of long and, in June, un-crowded beaches. Granville, is a ‘must’ – we loved the ‘port’, the ‘old town’, with its stunning views and The Christian Dior villa and exhibition. Plenty of good places to eat (a passion of ours!), with the Auberge de l’Abbaye – on the doorstep – being exceptional, if a little pricey. Combine all this with one of the hens hatching 8 fluffy chicks and Chris being such good company, a lovely holiday was had!
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!!!