Holiday cottage for 4 in rural Normandy - NM005381

11km from Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouet, Manche, Normandy Reference: NM005381 Advertiser since: 16 February 2017
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"The Hayloft" Self Catering Flexible 2 4 2 Z-bed available

About this property

Quaint, Rustic Charm and Quirky.. 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, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans etc. An external bbq is provided.

Living rooms

The living area has comfortable seating, tv/dvd and free view.(English and European).Comfortable sofas are in place and also the log burner if you fancy a little extra warmth and ambience.


The bedrooms are 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. Summer and winter duvets an option.


The back bedroom en suite has shower over bath whereas the bathroom to the top bedroom is a wetroom (shower, basin, w.c.).


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 (1.4m depth).
We have also created a Petanque court so you can enjoy some french fun. Croquet and swingball are available.Bicycles are available for use.

Parking and garages

There is a designated parking area and cctv covers most of the grounds. Garaging can be provided with prior notice.

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 we can help arrange anything you may wish to do.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

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


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: trout, pike, zander, perch
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........route de Fougères 50600 Saint-Hilaire du Harcouët....0233910220
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: 5 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.
Unique benefits of property Three cottages all together on the edge of a village. Peaceful location, though centrally located to go off exploring, swimming pool, boules court and grounds.

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.

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.3
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Stevecarolyn 12 August, 2019

What an amazing place, really welcoming and helpful. Property was clean and well presented. The owners were great, really lovely would definitely go back! Nearby to Normandy beaches and local towns were interesting.
Would recommend a visit!

Owner response

Thank you for your kind words Steven, Sorry about your return Journey!
Enjoy the rest of the summer and hopefully we will see you again in the future. many thanks and kind regards to you all.

10 / 10 London family x4 11 June, 2019

We really enjoyed our 2-night stay at Le Bois Gautier. The property and grounds are beautifully decorated/renovated, clean and well maintained - your hard work has really paid off. It was great to have a full-stocked fridge and private courtyard, plus the freedom to use the pool. We all enjoyed time with the friendly dogs too. You were both on hand and extremely helpful when needed including advice for our trip to Mont St Michel and the lift to the local restaurant for our anniversary dinner. The property is in a lovely quiet setting and I can definitely see why people stay longer. Thanks for the great hospitality!
Julia & family, London

10 / 10 Caz & Steve 28 July, 2018

Absolutely brilliant!
We had excellent communication with the owners during the booking process and throughout our stay. The welcome received when we arrived could not have been better.
The gite was fabulous. Exactly what we wanted. Very clean, spacious and inviting. Very French! Well equipped in all areas. The fridge was well stocked with food and drinks and there were plenty of towels/tea towels etc. Televisions available in the lounge and bedrooms with lots of channel choice and very good wifi connection.
The owners could not have done any more for us. Nothing was too much trouble and gave us a great insight in to local information. We were even taken to and picked up from a local restaurant so that we could have a drink! Awesome service.
On-site, there was a fantastic heated outdoor pool, petanque area, swingball, bikes and bbq facilities. There were also many seating areas both for own use as well as communal.
The area around the gite is very rural so a car is a must to get to local shops etc. There are plenty of places to visit such as St Hilaire, Fougeres, St Malo, Mont St Michel and Rennes. Markets in St Hilaire and Rennes are very good.
We cannot recommend this property enough. We are hoping to return soon!

Owner response

With great thanks to a lovely couple.Great guests who we hope to see again.All the best Carol and Steve.Hope you enjoyed Rouen!
kind regards
Dominic & Jayne