Holiday cottage to let in rural Normandy - NM004628

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 cottage is quietly nestled on the edge of the grounds of our own traditional style 'longère' or farmhouse. The main house was used as a German Headquarters by occupying forces during the Second World War. The cottage is private and ideal for those guests wanting a quiet country getaway.
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 or the hares, rabbits or roe deer that frequently visit our nearby fields.



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.

11 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.9
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Chris and Julie, Jersey 28 August, 2019

Marion’s Cottage was clean, comfortable and offered us all the comfort of home. Ian and Kim were very friendly and attentive which included a ‘welcome pack’ consisting of French bread, local cheese and cider. The cottage is tucked away in the countryside yet has easy access to main routes enabling us to travel to the coast and other nearby towns and cities. The wildlife is spectacular including several sightings of a young hare and a deer trotting up the neighbouring field. We stayed for two weeks and would not hesitate to return. Thank you Ian and Kim for offering such an idyllic cottage.

Owner response

Thank you, Julie, for your positive feedback, we appreciate it. Kim and I are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that you encountered some of the local wildlife. It certainly is one of the benefits of being based in a rural location. Rest assured, you and Chris would be welcome back at any time in the future.

10 / 10 Molly 5 August, 2019

Lovely stay at Marion’s Cottage. Very clean and well kept, Ian and Kim the hosts could not have been more helpful! Nice area for running and well placed for Atlantic coast beaches, WW2 beaches and Mont St Michel. Would recommend St Martin de Bréhal beach and Carolles Plage. Cite de la mer Cherbourg was fantastic to keep the kids entertained before catching the ferry back, well worth the Euro’s. Car essential.

Owner response

Thank you, Molly, for taking the time to leave your comments. We appreciate the favourable feedback and we are especially glad that you and your family enjoyed your time with us.

10 / 10 Mike Nelson 4 September, 2018

Overall we had an excellent week staying at Marion's Cottage, I extend my thanks to both Ian and Kim for their help and guidance for the area, They were fantastic hosts who were always available if required and who gave some very useful hints and tips on the area and restaurants.

We were lucky very good weather during our stay which enabled us to see most all of the area attractions, and the cottage was a welcoming place to return to in the evening, well positioned, peacefully quiet with excellent overall facilities.

I would certainly recommend Marion's cottage to anyone wanting to enjoy a beautiful and tranquil environment in the french countryside yet easily accessible to all main towns and cities.

I wish Ian and Kim all continued health and success for the future.

Regards, Mike, Ruth, Catherine and Daniel

Owner response

Dear Michael. Thank you so much for your kind comments and wishes. It is always gratifying when our guests enjoy their stay in the cottage. It was a pleasure to host you and your family and, rest assured, we will endeavour to maintain our standards.

10 / 10 Barry C 25 June, 2018

We recently stayed at Marion's Cottage for one week en route back up to the UK. Our immediate impression was that everything was spotlessly clean and tidy, it had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable.
Ian and Kim were on hand to make sure we were happy and where to find things, in fact they were perfect hosts, around if we needed anything, occasionally having a chat when we returned from a day out etc just wanting our visit to be the best it could be.
The cottage was perfect for us as a couple, very comfortable and peaceful, lovely and quiet location, but only a couple of minutes to the main road. We like to keep days out to 'under an hour's travelling' and there were lots of places to visit, in fact we need to return to catch some we missed. Towns with markets and beaches to visit are all well within an hour.
Sitting out on the patio area in an evening with a glass in hand was just brilliant, the BBQ to cook the market produce was excellent. The kitchen area was particularly good,    hob and oven, large fridge with freezer above, plenty of space to work. We will definitely be back soon!

Owner response

Thanks for the positive feedback, Barry. We enjoyed having you around and, should you choose to return, we'll definitely make you equally as welcome. A bientôt!