Cosy holiday gite to let in rural Normandy - NM004554

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 Flexible 1 2 1 Plus cot

About this property

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

From Carentan take the D971, after a few mins turn right onto D930. Pass through village of Baupt. St Jores next crossroads with D24, turn right pass small lane on right to Coigny - This is the bottom of our garden. Courtyard to House is at the rear, please drive in, (can take the shortcut from Carentan through Auvers, off roundabout on D971, straight to Baupt - turn right onto D903 to St Jores).

'Wagtails Cottage' is the only Gite at 'White Cross Manor'. Dogs welcome - please tell us the breed of dog when you contact us. The gite has sole use of rear garden - 1/3 acre of mature trees, safe for dogs. Parking is in the courtyard, at the rear of the house where the gite is situated . 'Wagtails' is ideal for 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.



Kitchen and dining

Entertaining - The Gite has a dining table for 4 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. A 30 inch satellite tv with over 60 English programmes. The lounge is heated by a wood burning stove and electric heating. All windows double glazed.


Stairs to upper floor where there is a 6ft double bed, plus a writing/dressing table area in alcove.


En suite shower room, wc and wash basin.


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


Beaches on both coasts is about 30 minutes away.
Golf within 20 minutes near Periers.
Great walking or cycling on miles of old railway tracks converted at EU expense.
Hundreds of WW2 sites. Advice 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. Carentan15 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 private rear of the house, evenings drinks are great in the courtyard as it catches the evening sun.

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 assistance.

Commodore Keith Estlin can help with any information on the local area and WW2 sites - he will give you maps to guide you on your way.


  • Cleaning

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Couples only

* Vet details: Dr Caroline Tsaropoulos, 5 rue Ursula Hans, 50430 Lessay +33 233 07 08 07


Antiques/Brocante Market

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


Distance: 4 km



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


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

About the Owner/Advertiser, 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

WW2 Beaches and Battle of Normandy sites

WW2 beaches, Band of Brothers Normandy sites. Within easy access to Bayeux tapestry. Mont St Michael. St Vaast - the first port of call for sailors. St Lo, destroyed and rebuilt after the war. Mont Castre with its fishing lake, 6 mins away, walk to the top of the Mount and see the roman ruins.
Take a day trip to Jersey from Carteret. So much more..... Cherboug, Barfleur etc etc.

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.

13 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 8.9
  • Comfort: 9.2
  • Condition: 8.9
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 8.4
  • Setting: 9.4
  • Value for Money: 9.9
8.2 / 10 Mark Harris 18 August, 2019

Lovely place run by a lovely couple who live in the adjoining house. Great garden and they couldn't have been more helpful. It is rustic rather than luxury, but all the expected amenities were present and working.

Good location for sitting around doing very little, also well placed for doing a little local touring and playing tourist, visiting markets etc.

Glad we went - had a good time.

9.8 / 10 andy & carol 14 July, 2019

we have enjoyed a week at this lovely Gite and enjoyed every minute. The hosts were fantastic and could not do enough for us. We were invited for drinks and they shared interesting local knowledge.
Although very near to the road it wasn't too busy, and is very private. It was only 5 minutes to the nearest boulangerie and 9 minutes to the nearest town with supermarket. There are many local markets in the area and we visited 3/4. We managed a different beach every day (St Germain Sur Ay being our favourite) and found eating out at lunch times at these places was best, and retuning to base for a barbeque. we would recommend St Mere Eglise and the airbourne museum and we also visited Utah beach. St Vaas was also very nice with some lovely beaches if you drive right round the bay to Pointe de Sare with a lovely restaurant at the end overlooking the bay and the island.
Can't wait to read Penny's book and look forward to meeting you both again in the future. Thank you.

Owner response

Thank you. It was a joy having you stay.

10 / 10 Andrea French 16 June, 2019

Lovely gite, easy to access everywhere we need, very helpfull owner's. Very well located for WW2 Carentan and St Mere Eglise commemorations.

Owner response

Great. Thanks.

10 / 10 Couple plus dog 24 September, 2018

Friendly and hospitable landlord and lady, nothing was too much for them. Keith is very knowledgable about the local area, useful advice on local markets, activities and sight seeing. Penny went the extra mile to welcome us and ensure we had everything we needed for our stay. She is a published writer and her stories are fascinating, especially since we have a common experience growing up in South Africa. Starter pack of tea, coffee, milk and wine was appreciated after a long days travel to get there. Dog friendly accommodation with secure grounds for our Jack Russel to run around. Secure parking in front of accommodation. Transport needed for shopping and to explore the area, includes D- day beaches, monuments and memorials, chateaus, churches and cathedrals, castles, walks taking in medieval ruins, leisure beaches and walks. Would also recommend for a tranquil rest period.

Owner response

Thank you, we loved having you. I believe in truth some of your kind marks should have been a little lower.

Please come again.