Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 8, Ratings 2 9.1/10
|La Guiffardiere||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1||1 double sofabed|
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.
Extensive cycle routes. Very handy for D-day beaches, Bayeux Tapestry, Granville, Mont St Michel, and 20 mins from Beaches and coastal walk.
Minimum stay, 4 nights.
Modern, fully-equipped kitchen with microwave, washer/dryer, refrigerator, heated towel rail, dishwasher, bread-maker (on request), electric oven and hob.
Dining/lounge room is open-plan with views over surrounding green farmland.
Exposed ceiling beams, reclaimed from the original Chateaux in Hambye.
Large ground floor open plan lounge/dining area with huge, original stone fireplace with modern wood burner enclosed. Exposed beams from the reclamation of the original Chateaux, English tv, Bluetooth speaker, French tv.
Stylish decor and excellent soft-furnishings. with views of garden and adjoining green farmland.....and Cows!
One beautifully appointed, light and airy queen bedroom with country views, double windows and shutters, plus 1 twin single bedroom (long and narrow), with shutters.
Books provided for reading.
New, Country-style furniture, with plenty of hanging space, drawers and cupboards. Assortment of pillows and duvets for a comfortable nights sleep.
A modern and very luxurious fully-tiled bathroom with large walk-in shower for two, a stylish, deep, stand-alone bath, wc, heated towel rail and large wash handbasin with de-misting mirror.
Basic toiletries provided plus a travel hair dryer for the ladies and plenty of mirrors. Towels and bathmats provided.
The property has wood-fired central heating, with radiators in the bedrooms, plus a large wood burner in the lounge (free wood) and effective, electric heated towel rails, in the bathroom and kitchen.
English and French tv that plays dvd's. Radio, free wi-fi, a selection of dvd's are available for loan (on request) plus a number of box games, puzzles and books.
Bluetooth speaker for Spotify or personal play-lists.
A large garden all around the property is a delight for bird enthusiasts as well as providing a tranquil area for relaxation.
Small Eco pond for wild-life.
On sunny days, simply relax on one of the sun-beds under a huge outdoor shade umbrella or read a book (or nap) in one of the colourful hammocks.
There is also a barbecue, a pizza oven, plus a large picnic-bench for 'al Fresco' dining, and solar lights throughout the garden create a 'magical evening' atmosphere.
Please note that, as we are surrounded by a working dairy farm, our garden is enclosed by an electric fence....which doesn't hurt but does surprise!
Old, basic bikes available for exploration. Fishing is a short drive (8 mins).
There is extensive parking, with large turning-circle, at the front of the Farmhouse, with under-cover bike parking available in the barn.
Ideally suited for a couple but does sleeps 4, if 2 don't mind single beds that are end-to-end. Families with small children are welcome, bearing in mind the property is on a working dairy farm and there is an electric fence.
Small dogs are negotiable upon application (no cow-chasers, or Pond-bathers, I'm afraid!).
Handy for a multitude of tourist attractions including D-day beaches, Bayeux, Caen, Granville, Mont St Michel, Villedieu Les Poeles and within 20 minutes of the sea and sealed coastal path. Many excellent and varied restaurants in the area.
Fishing, bike tracks, green walks, Velorail (great fun), Go-Karting, all within a short drive.
On arrival day 2-course meal is available by arrangement (£20 extra per head).
The Village of Hambye (3 minutes by car or 20 minute walk) has it's own Marie for information/advice/maps/fishing permits etc. plus an extensive boutique supermarket (Coccinelle), a beautiful Artisan boulanger/pattisierie/chocolatier, as well as a twice-weekly organic produce market, eating and drinking facilities, hairdresser, extensive chemist, and a selection of small shops & bar.
For anything not found in Hambye, Gavray is just 8 minutes by car, and that is where the larger supermarket and the Vet are.
Musician and ex-ballet dancer - we also live there (we occupy the other half of the Normandy 'long-house') so always on hand to answer questions, recommend restaurants and generally help (without getting in the way!).
|Year property purchased||2000|
|Why this location?||Only 90 minutes drive from any of the Brittany Ferries French ports. The area is a gastronomic paradise, as well as having some of the most STUNNING countryside around. Close to Villedieu Les Poeles (the copper town), Coutances, St Lo and Granville. D day beaches, Bayeux, Mont St Michel, and Caen are all within 1 hour away, so lots to see and do. An award winning restaurant is only 2 miles away, plus French markets galore and one of the best Artisan bakeries/chocolatier/patissiere in Normandy, only 5 minutes away. 20 mins drive to extensive beaches and sealed, coastal-path walks. Hambye has fresh organic produce markets twice weekly. Extensive chemist. 20 mins to nearest hospital.|
|Unique benefits of property||The property is surrounded by a working dairy farm, featuring the stunning, traditional breed 'Normande'. Everybody remarks on how peaceful and quiet the property is, and, without exception, everyone has vowed to return, with some returning every year! The garden is a haven for wildlife, bees and butterflies and has a plethora of bird life and a small Eco pond. On a good day you may even see a red squirrel, a calf being born, or a pair of deer in the next field!
Sun-beds/hammocks/books/sun umbrellas provided for relaxation plus a BBQ and pizza oven with a large picnic bench under a huge bay-tree, for al-fresco dining.
Solar 'fairy lights' make the gardens a magical experience at night.
Beautiful walk with absolutely stunning wildlife around in the serene and tranquil grounds of the 12th century Hambye Abbey (now a ruin). There are frequent guided tours in English. 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 the bell foundry, which is particularly interesting. Market day is a Tuesday - an absolute must!!
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 cathedral is breathtaking - severely damaged in the war, but lovingly restored with quirky 20th Century architecture blending with the original stonework - well worth a visit.
The Saint-Lô national stud farm is one of the largest in France and offers guided tours for visitors. Particularly interesting is the museum of horses.
Within 45 minutes there is the Normandy Tank Museum, the Memorial museum in Caen, Saint Mere Eglise museum, D day 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.
Kim and Andy made us feel very welcomed at La Guiffardiere. The cottage is spotlessly clean and has everything you need for a very comfortable stay. The garden is beautiful and our children loved exploring. The area is beautiful, we went to the beach everyday, visited Mont Sant Michel, Bayeux and the DDay beaches. We definitely hope to return again!
Really enjoyed our stay, and our hosts could not have been more accommodating and friendly, lovely to have a welcome bottle of bubbly and more, would highly recommend the cottage and just a big THANK YOU
We were so happy to meet such lovely guests and have a good laugh together too. Your company was delightful and you left the cottage spotless! THANK YOU!
Our third stay, which says it all. The most relaxing holiday ever with the most charming, generous and helpful hosts. We’ll be back if possible.
We often recommend it to friends.
Lovely, lovely place and people.
Excellent accommodation with superb facilities and very welcoming hosts. Beautiful gardens, very peaceful and quiet. Would highly recommend.
Thank you! It was an absolute pleasure to have you stay at La Guiffardiere. It's great that you were undaunted by Storm Miguel!
You all felt like friends, not guests!
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