|'Wagtails Cottage' at White Cross Manor||Self Catering||Friday||1||2||1||Plus cot|
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.
Entertaining - 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.
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 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.
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.
Safe and private parking available in the courtyard behind the main house next to the cottage.
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.
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.
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.|
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.
The pretty village of Lonlay, with its ancient Abbey and famous biscuit factory.
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.
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.
Thank you, we loved having you. I believe in truth some of your kind marks should have been a little lower.
Please come again.
Property as advertised owner lives next door and could not be more accommodating Exellent value for money
These are the only guests we have ever had who did not arrive by car. As one of the couple was totally blind, it was perhaps not surprising
that the quiet rural setting of the gite was not fully appreciated. The mark for cleanliness is disappointing but regrettably, nothing was pointed out to owners in the many conversations and social chat that were enjoyed.
We would not recommend our property for blind people.
We enjoyed a very relaxing two weeks at Wagtails Cottage. The gite is very well placed for visiting the Normandy coast and also inland. The gite is well-equipped and comfortable, and our spaniel Sofie loved running in the safe garden, and we found Penny and Keith very friendly and helpful hosts. In fact we have already enquired about another visit soon.
John and Annie Mash
FRIENDLY HELPFUL OWNERS ,EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY