Holiday gite for 2 in rural & pool, Normandy - NM005324

Savigny-le-Vieux (11km from Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouet), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM005324 Advertiser since: 16 February 2017
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The Cowshed at Le Bois Gautier Self Catering Flexible 1 2 1 Z bed

About this property

Recently renovated Normandy cottage. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Sat on the edge of a quaint village, nestled between Saint Hilaire du Harcouet And Louvigne du Desert is our 16th century Longere that has been renovated into four cottages. The Cowshed, The Hayloft , The Workshop and The HenHouse.We are central to travel north, south, east and west to visit the french delights our area has to offer.A six minute drive will get you to one of five large supermarkets, two markets(St Hilaire - Wednesday, Louvigne du Desert - Friday). Fougeres, a mediaeval city with original battlements, gardens and much more is 20 mins.Pontmain famous for its church and basilica is 15mins. Mont St Michel driving steadily will take 45mins.Fuel stations and electric points are within 6mins drive.

Our one bedroom cottage "The Cowshed"(L'Etable) is part of the original building and has been renovated to create rustic charm.Original floors and features mixed with a modern kitchen, log burner and comfortable seating have helped to create a warm and inviting cottage.The bedroom is spacious with a kingsize bed and an en-suite benefitting from a large shower.It has a spacious rear space with two secure and private areas.Easy access to the shared covered pool(heated Mar-Oct) with large decking and sunbathing facilities.
The second cottage "The Hayloft"(Le Fenil) is part of the original building and part of the property which was rebuilt. Beautifully finished with rustic design and original features, combining comfort and style. Two split level large bedrooms both with kingsize beds create a quirkiness that works.One bedroom benefits from an ensuite with bath and shower, the second from a separate wet room.Heated by ceramic radiators and a log burner this cottage is cool in the hot summer months and warm and toasty on the wintry days.A secure area at the rear with easy access to the pool.
The third cottage" The Workshop"(L'Atelier) has been tastefully modernised to create a large one bedroom cottage great for parties up to three.The bedroom has a spacious en-suite with shower, A king size bed and a folding bed for a third person. The cottage is a blend of old and new heated by ceramic radiators and a log burner if required.Two three seater sofas, dining area and spacious kitchen help to comprise the downstairs living space.
The fourth cottage "The HenHouse"(La Poulailler) was finished May 2019 and is a compact one bedroom gite with a kingsize bed, ensuite shower and a living/dining space. heating is from ceramic radiators.With views of the church and grounds and easy access to the pool, petanque court etc. This cottage works great alongside no.2 or no.3 as an add-on to those two cottages.
There is also created, a small metered launderette on site.
The grounds are constantly maintained to create lovely open spaces to wander at will.Seating all over the grounds enable picnics, a quiet brew!, or just to chill and take in all the peace and tranquility.All our cottages benefit from their own garden shed each laden with bbq, extra garden chairs and loungers, boules for the Petanque court situated in the garden, clothes horse and much more to help you enjoy your French break.
We have built an above ground 9.6m x 4.1m pool. This has a retractable cover which can be left open(fully or partly) or closed to maintain temperature.This heated via an air source heat pump and will regularly be heated up to 30' . To the side we have added a large decked area for sunbathing or being a part of the pool atmosphere.We live on site so are here to help or leave you be to enjoy your break.



Kitchen and dining

Each kitchen/diner, lounge area is open plan. The kitchens are supplied with electric fan oven and bottled gas hob. Equipped with all normal cooking utensils, microwave, fridge-freezer, kettle,filter coffee machine, cafetiere, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans etc. An external bbq is provided.

Living rooms

The living area has comfortable seating which turns into a double sofa bed, reclining chair, tv/dvd (English and European).


The bedroom is spacious with its own en suite shower over bath.
All linen and towels are provided. Summer and winter duvets an option. The bedroom is spacious and comfortable. Each bed is a king size with high quality matresses to ensure a good night sleep. All curtains are lined. All linen is provided. Tv and dvd is provided in each bedroom. Each bedroom is supplied with hairdryer, luggage rack, wardrobe(with coat hangars) and drawers for clothes.


The bathroom has a luxury rustic feel.
Shower over bath.


Heating is provided via ceramic wall radiators and a logburner to ensure your visit is toasty. Logs are provided and more can be purchased if necessary.


Board games, etc are provided as well as a well stocked dvd collection.

Garden and outside

We have a picnic area at the front of the property with panoramic views over the countryside.

At the rear we have a swimming pool with retractable cover (1.2m depth) of May 2018 it is now heated. A spacious decking area aside the pool is provided.

We have also created a Petanque court so you can enjoy some french fun. Croquet and swingball are available.

Parking and garages

There is a designated free parking area and cctv covers most of the grounds. Garaging can be arranged on site upon arrival.

Information about any additional facilities

Bicycles are available upon request. We have an office/reception on site with information available all the time. With us living on site if we can help arrange anything, we will do.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Couples only

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Fougeres
Distance: 20 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Perch, trout, zander, pike
Name of nearest fishing location: JERGAN YVON Classes and training sessions - Fishing - Fishing
Distance: 6 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Vire la Dathee
Distance: 25 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Le Centre Equestre du Manoir... Route de Fougères, 50600 Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët.... 02 33 91 02 28
Distance: 5 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail:


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Cave Le Cellier du Pere Laize....95 rue Waldeck-Rousseau in St-Hilaire-du-Harcouet .
Distance: 6 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Ms Jayne Dixon

We have been developing this property with love, care and patience for a few years and finally it's coming to fruition. An ongoing project to continually improve for our guests. We're on site to help in any way.We want your stay to be relaxing, peaceful and stress free!!

Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? Great location Normandy, Loire and Brittany exploration. No more than two and a half hours from Le Havre, Cherbourg, Caen, St Malo and Dinard for travelling. Close to Saint Hilaire du Harcouet for everything you could wish for. Fougeres, Rennes, Mont St Michel and Granville are all within easy distance to explore.
Unique benefits of property Two cottages all together on the edge of a village. Peaceful location, though centrally located to go off exploring. Swimming pool, boules court, launderette and grounds all on site.

The Owner Recommends

Mont St Michel

A monastery with years of history. The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it: on top, God, the abbey and monastery; below, the great halls; then stores and housing; and at the bottom, outside the walls, houses for fishermen and farmers.


There has been a castle in Fougères for more than 1,000 years as this site, on a promontory sheltered by hills and surrounded by marshes, was identified by the Duchy of Brittany as the perfect spot to defend its lands from the French. The current castle dates from the 12th century and consists of three enclosures whose walls are dotted with towers: the most impressive is the Mélusine Tower. The castle, where history is brought to life via images and sounds, is a must-visit for both adults and kids alike and a walk around the ramparts is not to be missed.


Young, contemporary, dynamic… That’s Rennes. Brittany’s capital is well known for its vibrant student life and its rich historical heritage. Take a look for yourself: the medieval streets, the Parlement de Bretagne building, the great Parc du Thabor… And what about the Marché des Lices? It’s one of the most colourful fresh produce markets in France. Why not come for a break in this city of trendy boutiques and lively bars that’s not too big to get around easily on foot or by metro.One of Brittany’s finest buildings can be found east of the old town – the Palais du Parlement de Bretagne. The parliament building, which was designed by the architect of the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris, was constructed from 1618-55 to house the Breton parliament following the region’s reunification with France. These days the palace houses the Court of Appeal; there are often temporary exhibitions and concerts in the lobby. Take a guided tour in English in July or August to see the wonderful restoration work that was carried out after a devastating fire in 1994.To the east of the old town are the Thabor Gardens, which were created in the 1860s on the site of the orchard of St Mélaine abbey. The public gardens are laid out over 24 acres and include a French garden, an English garden, lawns, an aviary, a children’s area and a noted botanical garden, which has around 3,000 species of plant. The gardens regularly host outdoor events in summer.One of Brittany’s finest buildings can be found east of the old town – the Palais du Parlement de Bretagne. The parliament building, which was designed by the architect of the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris, was constructed from 1618-55 to house the Breton parliament following the region’s reunification with France. These days the palace houses the Court of Appeal; there are often temporary exhibitions and concerts in the lobby.

The Mortain region

The Mortain region is a fantastic hiking and climbing area, but also a land marked by the legend of King Arthur, inhabited by fairies, elves, and other magical creatures.…!With over 400km of way-marked path, including part of the GR22, Mortain is a walker’s paradise ! Explore the green ways, mountain bike trails and do not miss the « Telegraph way » in Ger.The many rocks in the region – “Rocher de l'Aiguille”, “Rocher de la Vierge” “Rocher du Grand-Noé”, and “Rocher du Dolmen” offer exceptional spots for climbing enthusiasts.The biggest waterfall in the West! The Grand Cascade of Mortain is over 20 meters high. A little further along the pathway is the 'Petite Cascade': situated in a deep gorge hollowed by the 'Cancon' (a tributary of the river 'Cance') it is made of several small waterfalls.
The biggest waterfall in the West! The Grand Cascade of Mortain is over 20 meters high. A little further along the pathway is the 'Petite Cascade': situated in a deep gorge hollowed by the 'Cancon' (a tributary of the river 'Cance') it is made of several small waterfalls.The Mortain region is also a land of legends, once crossed by King Arthur, and inhabited by fairies, elves and the spirits of the forest! Local folklore has it that the Rocher du Dolmen was placed there by a giant, and that the Rocher de l’aiguille owes it shape to extraordinarily beautiful fairies who met the unfortunate warrior Léonix...
It’s time to meet the inhabitants of the invisible realm...

Ange Michel Leisure and Amusement Park

Developed in the image of Normandy: natural and welcoming! Young and old lovers of nature, relaxation or sport, with family or friends, enjoying the beautiful scenery offered by these magical places in the valley of Sélune. Angel Michel, fun site in the English Channel, landscaped from an amphitheatre of nature. More than 30 attractions for the whole family.

St Malo

St Malo is named after the Welsh monk Mac Low, became in the sixth century bishop of Alet, ancient cradle of the modern city, founded in the mid-twelfth century, on a rocky island neighbour.

From the thirteenth century, inhabitants of Saint-Malo captured enemies’ ships.

In 1308, they had a sworn town, and then, from 1395 to 1415, they give the King of France, Charles VI, who granted them with portuary franchises. In the late fifteenth century, Anne de Bretagne, by his successive marriages with Charles VIII and Louis XII, annexed the Duchy of Brittany to the Kingdom of France.
uring the strong tidal coefficients, the Tourist Office of Saint-Malo organizes exploring walks of the coast - led by a guide. This is an opportunity to learn about the flora and fauna that can only be seen at low tides but also, to learn more about the tide itself.
From the Tourist Office, the ride takes place between the Fort National, and Grand Bé Islet....
Let yourself breathe the spindrift air of St Malo! Find all the dates in our rubric "biggest tides"
Embark on a boat to get a different feeling!
Discovering Saint-Malo, St Servan, Dinard from the sea, will give you a little Corsair adventure! You might feel the strength of the ramparts and its fortresses.
Admire the natural beauty of the rocks and beaches ...

American Cemetary at St James

The Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial in France covers 28 acres of rolling farm country near the eastern edge of Brittany and contains the remains of 4,409 of our war dead, most of whom lost their lives in the Normandy and Brittany Campaigns of 1944. Along the retaining wall of the memorial terrace are inscribed the names of 499 of the missing. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified.

The gray granite memorial, containing the chapel as well as two large operations maps with narratives and flags of our military services, overlooks the burial area. Stained glass and sculpture embellish the structure. The cemetery is located on the site of the temporary American St. James Cemetery, established on August 4, 1944 by the U.S. Third Army. It marks the point where the American forces made their breakthrough from the hedgerow country of Normandy into the plains of Brittany during the offensive around Avranches, France.
Dedicated: 1956 Location France Burials: 4,409 Missing in Action: 500 Acres: 28.00

Forest of Fougères

The forest extends over 1500 hectares. The beech represents 3/4 of the massif and allowed, from the Middle Ages, the installation of clog makers' numerous huts. The forest of Fougères also acted as gigantic hiding place in the great moments of the Revolt of the Chouans. So, in the entrance of Landéan, in border of forest, we can discover the cross of Recouvrance which marks the place of the first meeting of the insurgents.The stones crossed more than 5000 years to testify of the presence of the men.
In the middle of trees appears an exceptional alignment: the Cordon of the Druids which, constituted by 50 menhirs of quartz, stretches on a row of 300 meters.
Horseriding, Mountain biking, Running Walking, Dog Walking, Chilling on the man made beach.....all available

6 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Yorkshire Susan 13 September, 2019

The owners Dominic and Jayne were superb hosts. We were greeted with a very substantial amount of food and drink in the fridge to start with and a free breakfast the morning after.
The gite we stayed in was lovely and cozy and had everything you would wish for in a holiday home.
The swimming pool was a real bonus and was very clean,warm and welcoming with a deck on which you could soak up the sun.
The property is situated in beautiful open countryside but within reach of lots of quaint villages/small cities and centrally placed for the main tourist attractions.
It was a most enjoyable 10 day stay and for anyone contemplating a visit you will be made most welcome.
We would definitely recommend this property to friends and family
Loved the fact that every day you could go to a market nearby.

Owner response

To two lovely people...Thank you sincerely, from us both. All our very best!

10 / 10 L & K 6 August, 2019

A superb, clean and well equipped holiday accommodation.
The hosts are very attentive and make sure you enjoy your holiday,without encroaching on your privacy. The welcome pack is far the best we have ever experienced. I would definitely recommend this accommodation and would return in the future.

Owner response

You guys we're great.Thank you so much for your kind words.It was our pleasure to have you stay with us.We look forward to seeing you again in the future.All our best.

10 / 10 Twoshoes1 31 December, 2017

What a great place to spend Xmas or any other time
We arrived late on Friday evening, and were welcomed by Jayne
We were shown to the “cowshed “ where the logburner was lit and the TV was set up for English channels
The welcome pack would have fed a small army , and the Xmas decorations made the place like home.
Throughout our stay, nothing was too much trouble and very much dog friendly.
We booked this at short notice, to get away for Xmas , so we didn’t know what to expect .
Everything was above and beyond what we expected and will definitely be back
Thank you Dominic and Jayne

Richard, Nikki and George

10 / 10 mike leach 7 September, 2017

we had a superb time our hosts were fantastic will definately stay with them again we have decided to come back next spring and bring some freinds with us so I cant speak highly enough about the care and attention to detail we were more than satisfied it exeeded our intentions

Owner response

Thank you very much Michael and Yvonne, we both very much look forward to your return visit. It was a real pleasure to have you stay with us.