Lovely cottage to let in rural Normandy - NM004176

Saint-Martin-de-Cenilly (18km from Coutances), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM004176 Advertiser since: 1 June 2015
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La Cure Self Catering Saturday 1 2 1 Cot and z-bed available

About this property

A lovely cottage in peaceful surroundings. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

La Cure is the only property at the end of a 230 metre long lane which is accessed from a quiet country road.
It is an old stone built farmhouse and the holiday accommodation has been recently converted from a barn and hayloft attached to the house. The two main rooms are large and airy with lovely views over the countryside. The well equipped kitchen is separate and also has a lovely view. 
It is central to most places of interest including le Mont St Michel, Bayeux and the Landing Beaches.
The property is surrounded by fields and wildlife can often been spotted from the windows including buzzards, kestrels, owls, swallows and deer. The night sky offers a spectacular view of the stars and constellations.



Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped kitchen with gas hob, electric oven and microwave. Also refrigerator, cutlery, crockery, glasses, cooking utensils, pots and pans. There is a washing machine in the main house.

Living rooms

Spacious and airy with table and chairs, 2 seater sofa and reclining armchair, foot rest and coffee table. Satellite tv with all British terrestrial channels and radio, a large selection of dvds and books. Free wi-fi broadband connection and tourist information. There is a lovely view of the countryside from the large window.


A very comfortable double bed with fresh mattress and pillow protectors and linen. There is a chest of drawers, bedside tables with lamps, a double wardrobe with shelves and drawers and a bedroom chair. There is another lovely view from the window which has a fly screen.


Large, modern, walk in shower, basin and toilet.
Towels and a bath mat are supplied.


As the property is only let during the summer, heating is rarely required but there are radiators if it turns chilly.


Tv, dvds and a selection of books for all tastes.

Garden and outside

The accommodation has its own garden with a patio and lawn.
There is a rotary washing line, loungers, bbq, table, chairs and parasol.

Parking and garages

There is a designated parking space for cars to the side of the accommodation. Motorbikes and cycles can be garaged if required.

Visitor suitability

The cottage is most suitable for a couple wishing to relax and wind down and to explore this lovely area of France. Although it is in a rural setting it is not isolated and several towns and villages can be reached in minutes. There is so much to do and see in the area (see Owners Recommendations) and the accommodation is central with good access to main roads. The west coast is only 20 minutes away with very long stretches of sandy beach and dunes to explore. The property is not suitable for wheelchair users as most of the accommodation is on the first floor.

Information about any additional facilities

If you like to cook we can supply fresh herbs from our garden and fruit in season - cherries, peaches and apples.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen


Antiques/Brocante Market

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


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Roger Shipway

My name is Roger and together with my partner Mary we found La Cure in 2006. I am retired and we lived here for 6 years before deciding to share this lovely spot. We are now in our sixth year of letting the holiday accommodation and we really enjoy welcoming guests during the summer season.

Year property purchased 2006
Why this location? We had been travelling Europe in a motorhome for four years and made many friends in this area. When we came to look for a home in France we naturally searched here first and found La Cure. We didn't mean to stay this long but it is difficult to leave as we fell in love with the countryside.
Unique benefits of property The house is at the end of a lane, the only property there, it is surrounded on four sides by fields and is so peaceful. However, there are many villages and some large towns within easy driving distance. They all have their market days and there is always a flea market, antique fair or car boot to be found on a Sunday. The beach is only about 20 mins away and there are many attractions to visit on a day out including the D-Day landing beaches and the Mont St Michel, both about an hour away.

The Owner Recommends


The cathedral is a major building of norman architecture with magnificent twin towers topped by spires. Tours of the building are available in English. The town is the location of a famous jazz festival which takes place during Ascension week. Varied shops and good restaurants are a feature. More information is available at the gite.


The Bayeux tapestry is world famous and has recently been completed by the ladies of Alderney to show William entering London and being enthroned in 1066. Bayeux is a fascinating city with the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, the British War Cemetery and many shops and restaurants. More information is available at the gite.


This attractive port has a long tradition of seafaring and piracy The walled town was build by the English in the 15th century and if you climb to the top of the ramparts you will be rewarded with stunning views. The lower part of the town is a traditional seaside resort. From here you can take a boat trip to the Isles Chaussey or to the Channel Islands. More information is available at the gite.

The D-Day landing beaches

The D-Day landing beaches are just one hour away with many museums and other visitor centres. There are organised half day and full day tours. See information in the gite for more details.

The Mont St Michel

The Mont St Michel is the most visited attraction in France after Paris and is about one hour away from La Cure. The beautiful 11th century abbey on an island off the north coast of Normandy is especially magical when illuminated at night. More information is available at the gite.


Just 15 minutes from La Cure, the town is well known for its handcrafts especially in copper and for the bell foundry which welcomes visitors. There is a large street market on Tuesdays. More information is available at the gite.

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 9.5
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Kerry and Jerome 16 July, 2019

Roger and Mary were perfect hosts, lovely people, there to greet us but after that we knew we only had to knock next door if we needed anything, which actually we didn't as everything you could need was provided. We had a fantastic week, loved the gite, very clean and spacious for 2 people with lovely views over the countryside. Perfect for a peaceful holiday, yes you would definitely need a car to get around but close enough to a supermarket etc and central enough to visit lots of lovely pkaces, would highly recommend.

9.2 / 10 Le Roi 19 June, 2019

Over the years we have stayed in numerous gites in France and found that “ La Cure” was right up there with the best. It is situated well away from the noise and bustle of town or even village life and ideal for those preferring a bit of quiet and solitude, but not too far from essential shops, boulangeries etc.. Some form of motorised transport, however, is essential!

We only stayed for 7 days and, despite the indifferent weather, we’re out most of the time; consequently we did not have the opportunity to really get to know our hosts, but found them pleasant and helpful on the occasions we did meet up.

Yes, we recommend it.

Joyce and Malcolm

10 / 10 Lyn and Charlie 21 June, 2015

We have just spent a wonderfully relaxing weeks holiday at La Cure. The owners, Mary and Roger do everything they can to help you by providing an immaculately clean and tastefully decorated gite which is well equipped, including wifi, and has great views over the surrounding countryside. Although La Cure is in a quiet secluded spot, it is well placed for the local towns and markets and miles of beautiful sandy beaches. We ate well and cheaply in the local auberge and stocked up on wine at the LeClerc at Coutances which is a short drive away. The gite contains lots of reading material, DVDs to watch and brochures of local attractions. We particularly liked our visit to the old bell foundry at Villedieu-les-Poeles. If any further information is needed, Mary is happy to help and the whole atmosphere is peaceful. The only problem we had was having to leave at the end of our week and exchange the tranquil French roads for the busy ones in England.

10 / 10 Dave & Gail 15 June, 2015

We first visited Le Cure in Sept 2014 spending 2 weeks there. What an apt name for a tranquil place. We were warmly greeted by Roger, Mary & their adorable collie named Nellie. The gite itself was spotlessly clean & so inviting & a welcome pack had been provided by the ever thoughtful Mary.
The gite is really well equipped if you want to cook your own meals but there are many reasonably priced restaurants close by if you prefer to eat out.
The gite is well situated for visiting the E or W coasts. We particularly enjoyed walking on the beach & dunes at Brehal with our dog. If asked could anything be done to improve the gite the answer would be no, it's perfect. Downside the 2 weeks flew by & it was time for us to leave this lovely couple & return home.
We returned in March 2015 for another 2 weeks, & everything was absolutely perfect, like coming home to family.
Thanks so much Roger & Mary, we will see you later in the year..