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Recently renovated into a self-contained gite with luxury bathroom and excellent 'galley' style kitchen, this idyllic and peaceful traditional Normandy 'Longhouse' sleeps up to 4 and has views of extensive gardens and adjoining farmland. Very handy for Dday beaches, Bayeux Tapestry, Granville and 20mins from sea.
Modern, fully-equipped kitchen with microwave, washer/dryer, refrigerator, heated towel rail, dishwasher, breadmaker, electric oven and hob.
Large ground floor open plan lounge/dining area with attractive stone fireplace and exposed beams, English TV and comfortable seating area (including a bed-settee) with views of garden and adjoining farmland.
One light and airy double bedroom, one single bedroom. The lounge also has a comfortable double bed settee.
A modern and very luxurious fully-tiled bathroom with large walk-in shower, stylish deep bath, WC, heated towel rail and wash-hand basin.
The property has central heating, a large woodburner in the lounge (free wood) and electric heaters in the bathroom and kitchen.
English and French TV/DVD and radio, free wi-fi, a selection of dvds plus a number of box games and iPod station.
A large garden all around the property is a delight for bird enthusiasts as well as providing a tranquil area for relaxation. There is also a barbecue area, picnic bench and clay oven for 'al fresco' dining.
There is extensive parking in the grounds of the property, with vehicle parking available in the barn. Bikes may also be kept in the barn or locked in a stable.
Ideally suited for a couple but small families welcome bearing in mind the property is on a working dairy farm.
Handy to a multitude of tourist attractions including Dday beaches, Bayeux, Caen, Granville, Mont St Michel, Villedieu Les Poeles and within 20 minutes of the sea. Many excellent and varied restaurants in the area. Free grocery service available and meals by arrangement (extra).
Beautiful walk with absolutely stunning wildlife around in the serene and tranquil grounds of the 12th century Hambye Abbey (now a ruin). The Abbey restaurant is of extremely high standard and very popular throughout the year. There is fly-fishing in the river nearby.
The city of Coutances is particularly worth a visit - especially to see the amazing Gothic architecture of the Cathedral. The Jardin des Plantes gardens are very beautiful and there is also a traditional market in the week. Shopping is an eclectic mix of modern and traditional French.
On a Saturday morning there is a market in Gavray - very French and great fun. On a Wednesday is the old traditional calf market - get there by 11am to see and hear the bell ring to mark the traditional start of proceedings. A walk up the 'chateau' hill is well worth the effort with many wonderful views over the town and locality.
On the Cherbourg road out of Coutances is a good 'Depot Vente' - basically a 'flea market' selling anything and everything - there are always many bargains to be had. The price on each larger item is set according to the date it was first available and is automatically reduced every 2-3 weeks if it has not sold! Open daily (closed 12-2).
Villedieu Les poeles (or the copper town) is most famous for craft trades, especially it's world-famous copper kitchenware. There are many workshops and museums visits available - the most popular being the copper workshop and bell foundry.
Rebuilt after being destroyed in 1944, Saint-Lô, with it's ramparts and towers is well worth a visit. The fine art museum houses tapestries from the 16th century to the present day. The Saint-Lô national stud farm is one of the largest in France and offers guided tours for visitors.
Within 45 minutes there is the Normandy Tank Museum, the Memorial museum in Caen, Saint Mere Eglise museum, Dday beaches etc. etc.
Home to the Christian Dior house and museum, Granville has many narrow streets full of charm and beauty, and is surrounded by ramparts, including a gateway and drawbridge. Site of the WW2 'Atlantic Wall', Granville also has a huge and very varied market on a Saturday. There is a wide selection of restaurants in the town centre and Mont St Michel is less than 20 minutes away.
Within 30 mins it is possible to go land-yachting, go-karting, ride a velorail (a sort of bicycle 'push-me pull-you' for 4 on a disused railway line!), swim in the Atlantic and enjoy many fantastic restaurants, chic shopping and beautiful art galleries.