Holiday cottage to let in rural Normandy

Le Mesnil-Villeman (22km from Granville), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM004628 Advertiser since: 22 February 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Marion's Cottage Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1

About this property

Country Cottage Set In A Beautiful Rural Location.. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Recently renovated to a high standard by the current owners, Marion's Cottage is a well equipped, traditional French cottage. It is furnished in French country style but with modern appliances and amenities. It is handily placed for all the Lower Normandy tourist attractions such as Le Mont St Michel, the WW2 Landing Beaches and Bayeux Tapestry. It is also possible to get a passenger ferry from Granville in the summer months to Jersey or the Iles de Chaussey (French Channel Islands).
The property is well suited to those looking for a relaxing break in the beautiful Bocage countryside of La Manche. With a boulangerie in the nearby village of Beauchamps and a supermarket within easy reach, it is well serviced from a retail perspective. The surrounding area is ideal for walking, trout fishing and sea fishing, painting and photography and the beaches are one of France's best kept secrets, with broad expanses of unspoilt and uncluttered sand. There are a number of golf courses within easy reach. The cottage has a range of traditional French restaurants close by, at least two of which offer food cooked over a wood fire. Additionally, the area has a multitude of other dining options, many of which showcase the local delicacies of fresh seafood, including some of the finest mussels and oysters.

With any luck you may also get to see our resident red squirrel.



Kitchen and dining

Well equipped kitchen and dining area.

Living rooms

Spacious living room with leather sofas.


1 double bedroom with king size bed and 1 twin bedroom


Bathroom with toilet, shower and washing machine.


Electric heaters available for early and late season bookings.


Tv with UK Freesat.
Free WI-FI included in the rental rate.

Garden and outside

Private and secluded garden. Gas bbq.

Parking and garages

Parking space.

Visitor suitability

Non smoking and pet free cottage.
Not suitable for disabled guests.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Le Petit Broc
Distance: 2 km

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Brown Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: L'Airou
Distance: 1 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Granville
Distance: 15 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Multitude of varied, marked routes in the area.

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Ian Dunn

Ian & Kim Dunn are seasoned travellers. We have lived in the UK, USA and Australia and have holidayed extensively in Europe, The Americas, Asia and the South Pacific. We feel that we have developed a sense of what makes a successful holiday and have applied those principles to Marion's Cottage. Settling in Normandy was a long held ambition. Join us and see what you have been missing.

Year property purchased 2012
Why this location? Easy access, amazing beaches and some of France's top tourist attractions.
Unique benefits of property With an abundance of quiet, rural charm, Marion's Cottage is a well equipped and comfortable base for your Normandy holiday.

The Owner Recommends


The port of Granville has a pirate history and its imposing high town and port are well worth the visit. There are excellent seafood restaurants around the port. It is also possible to catch a ferry to Jersey or the Iles de Chaussey (French Channel Islands) from here. The beaches both north and south of Granville are large expanses of uncluttered sand and almost never busy.

Mont St Michel

Mont Saint Michel is a short drive from the cottage. This island abbey is one of the most visited and photographed tourist attractions in France and is a 'must see'.

WW2 Landing Beaches

The WW2 Landing Beaches are an easy drive from the cottage. Of note are the American Landing Beaches of Omaha (of Saving Private Ryan fame) and Utah. Slightly further east are the British, Canadian, Anzac and European beaches of Gold, Juno and Sword. The American War Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer is beautifully maintained and is a fitting and poignant reminder of the heavy cost borne by these young men.

6 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Phil and Christina 6 September, 2017

We have recently returned home having spent two lovely weeks at Marion's Cottage. Ian and Kim are the most wonderful hosts and made us feel welcome and at home straight away.

The property is perfect. A great location, as you have the peace and quiet of the countryside but within 15 to 20 minutes you could be in a local village, on a beautiful beach or visiting one of the many tourist attractions.

I have recommended this property to all my friends and could have easily stayed for another two weeks.

We had a great time and made some fantastic memories. Thank you both for our best holiday ever !

Owner response

Thanks for the great comments, Phil. We really enjoyed meeting you and your family and we are glad that the cottage met your expectations. It was also pleasing to hear that you enjoyed your holiday. We believe that this area is an ideal destination and it is good to hear that you think so too. You know that you would be welcome back, should you ever choose to return. Ian & Kim

9.8 / 10 Squire Family 7 August, 2017

This cottage was perfect! Booking was easy and communication from the owners was frequent and timely. On arriving we revived a friendly greeting and all the help we could need to settle in. Marion's cottage is small but has all the space you need for a family of 4. It had a small well equipped kitchen. The cottage was clean and very well maintained. There is a small garden and a patio table, sadly the weather did not permit us to use the outside gas BBQ.
I would recommend this cottage wholeheartedly, in fact we will probably return. It is just under an hour to Bayeux and not much further to the Normandy beaches. There are some nice (short-ish) walks around the area and the GR routes are all well marked. Heading south its close to Saint Mont Michel and St Marlo.
The location is very rural but its easy to get to well served by local markets and the boulangerie in Beauchamps (a 3min drive) is absolutely wonderful, as is the chocolate shop near Granville.
I wonderful holiday that not even the weather could spoil.

Owner response

Thanks for the kind words and positive feedback. It was a pleasure to host you and your family. Unfortunately, the weather is beyond our control but we are pleased that you had a great time, nonetheless. If you ever choose to return, be assured that we will make you welcome.

10 / 10 Walkerk2 17 July, 2017

I stayed here recently with my husband and two young children and we had a fantastic time. The setting and local area are stunning, it's quiet and peaceful, yet within a short drive you have a host of activities for all ages (not to mention a rather lovely patisserie!) Added to that, our 4 year old was delighted with our "neighbours", the cows!
The cottage is lovely - well equipt, incredibly clean and Ian and Kim are fantastic hosts. They are happy to offer advice and be on hand for any questions, whilst not encroaching upon your holiday time - as Ian said "we just want you to enjoy your holiday!".
We would highly recommend Marion's Cottage and hope to make a return visit in the future.

Owner response

Thank you, Kirstie, for your kind comments. We are so pleased that you had a relaxing holiday in our cottage. We strive to create a family friendly environment and we are happy to learn that we are heading in the right direction.

Obviously, we would love to see you all again, if you ever choose to holiday in Normandy in the future.

Kind regards

Ian & Kim

10 / 10 Normandyexplorer 22 August, 2016

First class cottage with modern amenities, wifi, yet surrounded by beautiful countryside and tranquility. Lovely and clean, well maintained property. Perfect distance for exploring both coastlines and less than an hour from the D-Day museums and beaches. Far exceeded expectations having spent 2 weeks in another Gite some years before. Ian and Kim are fantastic hosts, and we would strongly recommend booking here for your visit to this beautiful part of the world. 10/10.

Owner response

Thanks for your wonderful comments, Andrew. We enjoyed your company and, of course, we would love to see you and your family return if you are ever in the area again.