Family holiday let in rural Normandy - NM005240

1km from Saint-Jacques-de-Nehou, Manche, Normandy Reference: NM005240 Advertiser since: 20 January 2017
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La Vaquerie Self Catering Flexible 3 7 2 We have a travelcot available

About this property

Ideal For a Family Holiday or a Romantic Getaway. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Tom and David offer you a warm welcome at La Vaquerie along with a welcome pack of 'local goodies'. The gite can sleep between 2 and 7 people and sits in 5 acres of tranquil countryside near the village of St Jacques de Nehou in the Manche region of Normandy.

The gite is decorated in Farrow and Ball colours along with stylish and traditional French furniture. The gite design was developed with your relaxation and comfort in mind.

St Jacques de Nehou is a small traditional French village just a minute from the gite, which has a lovely Boulangerie supplying lovely bread, crossaints, pastries along with vegetables and other essentials.

Our 400 year old farm house was purchased in the autumn of 2004 and has been lovingly restored and the gite now comprises of a stunning living/dining room filled with original beams, exposed stone walls, a large dining kitchen, an impressive master bedroom with en suite and 2 further bedrooms (double and a triple) along with a main bathroom.
It is an ideal location for visiting the Normandy landing beaches and other historical attractions.
We are in easy reach of stunning beaches (blue flag) and countryside which is good for walking, cycling and horse riding.
There are an abundance of markets and "depot ventes".



Kitchen and dining

The spacious kitchen has exposed stone work and original beams along with a traditional stone floor. The bespoke kitchen units are handmade and the room contains all those little luxuries you would expect in a self catering retreat including, cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and washing machine. There is also a second dining area and French doors that lead out to the private outdoor space. So why not enjoy freshly baked croissants and some freshly brewed coffee every morning overlooking the orchard and beyond in this beautiful and bright space.
A high chair is available.

Living rooms

The large lounge is decorated in soft tones and traditional French furniture. It has exposed stone work with original beams and a wood burning stove that's perfect for cosy nights.
Relax in the living room area on the large comfy chairs with the candles lit, sipping a glass of your favourite French vintage whilst reading a good book or having quality family time. During your stay you'll also be able to enjoy the use of free wi-fi and Freeview tv in this area too.
Towards the rear of the room is a large antique dining table that will comfortably seat up to 10 people. So why not cook up a delicious meal from your market visit and pass the fresh bread around the table from the local bakery.
The patio doors lead to a peaceful outside area with views to the orchard and beyond. It is an ideal space for long summer evenings enjoying the countryside while you dine alfresco.


The softly decorated tones continue upstairs throughout the landing and bedrooms.
The master bedroom is decorated with traditional French furniture and it has exposed stone walls and original beams. Two beautiful chandeliers and a 'bed knobs and broomsticks' double bed provide a lovely focal point to the room. The room also has an en suite bathroom that comprises of a basin, wc, bath with shower over.
There is a comfortable second double bedroom and a further large bedroom containing three single beds. These two bedrooms share the main bathroom that comprises of a basin, wc, bath with shower over. Towels and luxury toiletries are provided complimentary for you during your stay with us. Our gite is all about relaxing, so at the end of of long day exploring you can relax and revive by soaking in the bath followed by a peaceful nights sleep.
All our bedrooms have black out blinds on the Velux windows.
We can provide a travel cot for our younger guests.


The master bedroom has an en suite with basin, wc, bath with shower over along with complimentary towels and luxury toiletries.
The main bathroom has all the above also.


The Gite is heated for the winter months by a wood burning stove in the lounge along with radiators in the lounge, kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms.


We offer free wi-fi (this can be slow because of out location) along with Freeview tv (English & French channels), Bluetooth speaker, dvd player with a selection of dvds for all ages. Cd player, a number of indoor and outdoor games.

Garden and outside

The gite at La Vaquerie sits in 5 acres of tranquil countryside. The gite is well away from the main road down a winding and pretty country lane. It's ideal for a romantic or family getaway. There is parking for several cars at the side of the gite and a private area to the back of the gite for relaxing and alfresco dining. We provide sun loungers also. In fact we like to describe it as our little French retreat where you can stay and switch off from the rest of the world. Its tranquil feel and peaceful surroundings are perfect for any length of stay.

Parking and garages

Parking at the side of the gite for several cars.

Visitor suitability

We cater for all ages but the gite would not be suitable for guests who have difficulty with stairs.
The gite is also non smoking and we do not allow pets as our fields often have livestock in them.

Information about any additional facilities

We provide a welcome basket of local goodies to get you started, St Jacques de Nehou has a lovely Boulangerie for your breakfast croissant's, good supermarkets are only 5km away. A comprehensive information pack and leaflets are available to enable you to plan your days along with recommendations for restaurants and bars. We are always on hand for advice or help of things to do and places to visit. We are happy to consider alternative arrival days than Saturday so please drop us a line if you would like to arrive on a different day. If you prefer to discuss your booking over the telephone please give is a call (0233035713), leave a message if we are not in.
We are able to offer discount on Brittany Ferry crossings (20%).


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: La Cigale
Distance: 5 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, Carnivore, white fish
Name of nearest fishing location: St Sauveur le Vicomte
Distance: 5 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Quineville
Distance: 25 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Club Hippique, 55 Rue de la Corderie, 50270 Barneville-Carteret
Distance: 15 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 5 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Nehou


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr David Streets

We purchased La Vaquerie in the autumn of 2004 and started the conversion of 2 barns attached to the house to a Gite in 2010, completing the work in 2014 when we started welcoming guests. It was important to us that we retained as many original features as possible, the oak beams have been restored along with the original stonework. Having worked in the hospitality industry for most of our working lives we understand the needs and requirements of our guests and look forward to welcoming you.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? We have visited the area over a number of years and fell in love with the peaceful lifestyle and the wonderful beaches. We found the locals very friendly and welcoming and have made many friends. We found La Vaquerie by chance when visiting friends, in fact the day it went on the market. We fell in love with the house and its great potential and bought it straight away. We are close to some great beaches and all the Normandy Landing sites, along with good rail and road links into Paris. Being just 45 minutes from the port of Cherbourg its an easy journey to get here.
Unique benefits of property La Vaquerie sits down a winding country lane so is a very peaceful spot but not far away from some lovely towns and villages. There are a number of excellent bakeries near by that make beautiful croissants, numerous varieties of bread and pastries. There are markets most days of the week near by along with a number of Depot Vente's to snap up a bargain. The local beaches are clean and quite, some have bars and restaurants for sampling locally caught seafood. We offer a complimentary welcome basket of wine, bread, butter, cheese and eggs along with complimentary toiletries in the two bathrooms. Our bed linen and towels are good quality and are inclusive. Farrow and Ball & Annie Sloan paints have been used in our colour schemes. David and Tom live next door so are always on hand should you need advice and having over 60 years experience between them in the hospitality industry, Tom owned a restaurant for 25 years and David worked in hotels, they understand the needs of guests.

The Owner Recommends

Whilst you are with us

Carteret has a lovely clean beach (blue flag and lifeguards during the season) with a bar, La Potiniere, and there are a number of restaurants in the town, La Cap, Le Russel, L'Hermitage to name a few, there is also an excellent market once a week. Bricquebec is close by with its wonderful Chateau which is open to the public and the town has a very good weekly market and boasts several good restaurants and cafes.
The Normandy landing beaches are a short drive away as is the town of St Mere Eglise, the first town to be liberated in June 1944 and featured in the film 'The Longest Day' it boasts an excellent museum along with restaurants, cafes and bars.
The world famous Mont St Michel is approx. 90 minutes away and is a must visit.
In short the area is steeped in history.
There is a good train service to Paris, which takes 3 hours, so take in the sights of this wonderful and romantic city.
For children there is an activity playground in St Sauveur and a brilliant animal park near Valognes. In Cherbourg you will find indoor swimming pools and in St Sauveur there is canoeing available on La Douve along with archery. In addition there is a very good riding stables in Barneville with hacking on the beach and dunes, they cater for all levels of rider.
Our website has various links for other activities to ensure you have a holiday to remember

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 David Scrase 10 October, 2018

The gite was super-clean, comfortable, with lots of extras.
We would definitely recommend it.
The hosts were very welcoming.

10 / 10 Irene 25 September, 2018

This Gite is a cut above the rest. We had a lovely stay here, the location is very peaceful and the accommodation is very clean and comfortable. The kitchen was very well equipped it had every thing we needed - and more. David and Tom were the perfect hosts not at all intrusive but there if you wanted them. The welcome basket was the best ever received on our travels, everything we needed to make a lovely evening meal.
The area is ideal for exploring the D Day landing beaches and memorials also many lovely villages.
Thank you David and Tom for your warm welcome and helping make our visit so enjoyable. I would highly recommend this Gite

Owner response

Dear Irene & Tony,

Thank you for the lovely review, it was lovely to meet you both and your comments make it all worthwhile for us.

We hope we have the opportunity of welcoming you back to La Vaquerie

All the best

David & Tom

10 / 10 P Bedford 30 April, 2017

We had a wonderful holiday staying at La Vaquerie.
We had everything we needed for our stay, including a lovely welcome basket and the Gite was perfectly clean with beautiful bedding and towels. The owners, David and Tom, were really helpful, guiding us on good places to visit and helping with any queries we had.
It's a really quiet and peaceful location, with many towns and villages close by that have lovely restaurants and markets, along with a beautiful beach only about 20 minutes away.
We would thoroughly recommend La Vaquerie and will be booking again for next year.

Owner response

Dear Paul,

Thank you for the great review, we look forward to welcoming you all back to La Vaquerie

David & Tom

10 / 10 D Elliott 19 April, 2017

The Gite was perfect and the owners David and Tom were lovely. The Gite was spotlessly clean and well equipped with everything needed for a relaxing holiday. The log fire was a big plus. The Gite is set in a lovely quiet spot and amenities and many significant points of interest are just a short drive away. A great beach is only twenty minutes away, where you can even hop on a ferry to Jersey for the day. There are plenty of places to eat close by and there are markets, where fresh provisions can be bought, taking place in one of the surrounding villages every day. All our party had a great time and would we thoroughly recommend this property, we will be booking again soon. Thank you David and Tom for a great holiday.