Cosy holiday gite to let in rural Normandy

9.4/10
La Haye-du-Puits (21km from Carentan), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM004554 Advertiser since: 27 January 2016
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'Wagtails Cottage' at White Cross Manor Self Catering Saturday 1 3 1 Plus cot

About this property

Self Contained Granite Gite - Pet Friendly. This cottage/gite is in a coastal setting.

'Wagtails Cottage' is the only Gite at 'White Cross Manor'. Dogs welcome - The gite has sole use of rear garden - 1/3 acre of mature trees, secluded and safe for children and dogs. Parking is in the courtyard, at the rear of the house where the gite is situated . 'Wagtails' is ideal for families and couples who want privacy and relaxation. The Owners live in the main house next door to help with any needs. Wifi is available. Satelite tv has most normal UK stations. Mobile telephone reception is good.

The cottage has its own private patio and barbecue area looking down the rear garden.

White Cross Manor is only 7 minutes from the delightful market town of La Haye du Puits which hosts a selection of cafes, restaurants and many shops, with its weekly market on Wednesdays. There are local markets in all directions, with Carentan (Monday), St Mere Eglise (Thursday) and Valogne (Friday), being the favourite's. The two coasts of the Manche are within easy access to the fabulous beaches of upper Normandy.

On the East coast is the huge flat and safe beach of Utah where the WW2 landings took place - only 30 min's drive away. There are many interesting sites to visit, Point du Hoc and Omaha where the famous film 'Saving Private Ryan' was made. Further on is Bayeux, where the famous tapestry of the Battle of Hastings is displayed. The town of St Mere Eglise is 10 minutes drive away, where the parachutes landed to begin the invasion of Normandy. (John Steel's image still hangs from his parachute on the spire of the church).
Carentan is 20 minutes drive towards the coast with its own inland marina and where an episode from 'The band of brothers' film was filmed.

On the West coast (opposite Jersey) the beaches (nearest 20 minutes) stretch from Barneville - Carteret all the way down to Mont St Michael - definitely worth a visit. This coast has occasional rocky cove beaches where children can have the delight of discovering tiny fish and shells, and perhaps a few crabs! Delightful villages with restaurants and cafe's dot the coastline.

 

 

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The Gite has a dining table for four in the lounge/diner, and a private patio with a second table and chairs for outdoor eating or quiet evenings around the barbecue.

The Kitchen has a full size electric oven, microwave, washing machine and fridge. There are drying facilities in the main house utility room or a long washing line in the garden.

Living rooms

The lounge with dining/kitchen is on the ground floor and there is comfortable seating for 4 and a 30 inch satellite tv with over 60 English programmes. The lounge is heated by a wood burning stove and electric heating.

Bedrooms

Stairs to upper floor where there is a 6 ft. double bed and a single 3' wide bed in an alcove which can be closed off with a curtain, for privacy.

Bathrooms

En suite shower room, wc and wash basin.

Heating

In addition to the wood burning stove there is electrical heating on both floors..

Entertainment

Beaches on both coasts is about 30 minutes away.
Golf within 20minutes near Periers.
Great walking or cycling on miles of old railway tracks converted at EU expense.
Hundreds of WW2 sites. Advise given.
L'abbaye Sainte-Trinite at Lessay. Musical events and open for viewing.
Mini Train des Marias near Periers.
Day trip to Jersey.
Abbaye du Mont Saint Michel.
Museum du Bocage Normand (1800 to the present day).Saint Lo.- 30 min
Tapestry de Bayeux,- 40 min.
Explore the Regional Park of the Marias by boat. Carentan.15 min.
Visit the Biscuit Factory near Bricquebec.
Take in a vide grenier (car boot) somewhere near every Saturday and Sunday.

Garden and outside

Large secluded garden 1/3 acre with fruit trees and mature trees for shading for guests use only - the Owners use the front garden and have two small Yorkshire terriers.

Patio and barbecue.

Reclining beds available.

Parking and garages

Safe and private parking available in the courtyard behind the main house next to the cottage.

Visitor suitability

Plenty of room for visitors to park in safety and enjoy the rear of the house, evenings drinks are great

Information about any additional facilities

The English owners have a large amount of literature on the area and are only to pleased to be of asistance

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed

  • Linen

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: La Haye du Puits,
Distance: 6 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 4 km

Cycling

Fishing on-site

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Periers
Distance: 12 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Auvers, Carentan. Full stables with show jumping.
Distance: 3 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: St Jores Old Railaway under 1 Km away

About the Owner, Mrs Penny Estlin

Penny and Keith Estlin retired to Normandy in 2003. For a number of years they ran the Manor House and Gite as a B&B, Keith conducted tours of the WW2 battle areas in addition.<br/>From 2016 they have decided to stop the B&B and concentrate on renting the Gite on a self catering basis. <br/>Keith is available to give free advise on tours or to conduct local tours at a modest price.

Year property purchased 2003
Why this location? The location is in the quiet village of St Jores and is well situated for access to the delightful town of La Haye du Puits, which is only 7 mins . Further on takes you to the Channel Island Coast, where you can drive down to Mont San Michael. Towards the East coast is the town of Carentan and its marina, another 15 mins is the safe sandy Utah Beach.
Unique benefits of property The property is ideal for a couple alone or with a child. Most dogs welcome - The gite is situated in a private courtyard with pleasing views of the mature large garden, which is for their use.

The Owner Recommends

Bagnoles de l'Orne

Drive through the Andaine forest to the impressive town of Bagnoles de l'Orne, set around a central lake in picturesque gardens. Here you will find everything from golf course to racecourse, thermal springs to casino, restaurants and shops.

Lonlay l'Abbaye

The pretty village of Lonlay, with its ancient Abbey and famous biscuit factory.

Other places of interest

WW2 sites of interest inland and along the East coast. Within easy access to Bayeux tapestry. Mont San Michael. St Vaast - the first port of call for sailors. St Lo, destroyed and rebuilt after the war. Mont Castre with its lake, 3 mins away, walk to the top of the Mount and see the roman ruins. Take a day trip to Jersey off the West coast. So much more.

5 Reviews
9.4/10
  • Cleanliness: 9
  • Comfort: 9.6
  • Condition: 8.8
  • Facilities: 9.4
  • Local Amenities: 8.6
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 10
9.5 / 10 Gill Andy Basil 24 September, 2016

Lovely quiet location with plenty of room for the dog to run around. Ideally situated to explore all the Cherbourg peninsula. Penny and Keith were great hosts, very helpful and friendly with good local knowledge. We would definitely stay there again.

9.2 / 10 David McCord 25 July, 2016

We had a really nice stay , Penny and Keith were wonderful hosts with welcome drinksthey went out of their way to provide us with everything we needed and gave lots of helpful suggestions of where to visit and local restaurants shops which to be fair were about 6 miles from the cottage but the village and surroundings were lovely with lots to see nearby we will definitely stay here again if visiting the area

Owner response

It is sad that the local shop has closed but we still have one at Baupte (5 mins) and Lithaire (5 mins) with
La Haye du Puits ( 9 mins away). I agree it is more difficult with a motorbike because you have to get kitted up.

Penny and Keith

9.2 / 10 Ropeang 17 July, 2016

We enjoyed a lovely few days at Wagtail Cottage. It is very well placed for exploring the Cherbourg peninsula in Lower Normandy area with beaches both West and East. You can get up in the morning and choose your location depending on where it is the sunniest. Our hosts were very friendly and helpful with suggestions for local eating out and brocantes. La Haye-du-Puits is excellent for coffee and croissants in the morning and there are great restaurants at Portbail (Aux 13 Arches) and Barfleur (La Maree). We were cosy in the cottage and enjoyed waking up to birdsong. Very good value base for a great stay! We will be back!

Owner response

More improvements are on the way.

Penny & Keith

9.3 / 10 Jack and Aileen 11 July, 2016

We spent 12 days at Wagtails Cottage in June / July 2016 and had a wonderful stay. The gite was exactly as described on the website and was very comfortable and well equipped. We felt that it was very good value for money and the owners Keith and Penny could not have been more friendly and helpful.
The only downside to our stay was that the oven and grill on the cooker was not working when we arrived so we had to cook on the hob and in the microwave. However, we adapted our meals accordingly and this was not a big problem. The repair man came out and had to order a replacement part which only arrived as we were leaving - so it should be OK now. Keith and Penny were very helpful and cooked some of our stuff in their oven and also invited us to a couple of barbeques to compensate for our lack of an oven.
The location is ideal for exploring Northern Normandy and the D-Day beaches. An added bonus for us was the Grand Depart for the Tour de France. We could also keep up with Wimbledon on the satellite TV in the gite which had access to all the UK TV channels.
We would certainly return here and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for agood base in Northern normandy.

Owner response

The cooker is now fully repaired. It is certainly sad that the local shop has closed.

Penny and Keith