Large holiday let in rural Normandy - NM005384

Sourdeval-les-Bois (6km from Gavray), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM005384 Advertiser since: 15 March 2017
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
The Old Forge Self Catering Saturday 2 5 1

About this property

Spacious Cottage, Sleeps Five With Games Room. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Perfect family holiday home with plenty of space.

Located on the side of a beautiful granite hill, on a quite road, a spacious, well appointed attractive stone cottage, previously served as the village forge, surrounded by beautiful countryside within 20 minutes of the coast.

Within easy reach of Mont St Michel, the Normandy beaches, Granville and many local attractions including the Normandy Luge, Festyland and recently passed by the Tour de France. Excellent walking and cycling routes locally.



Kitchen and dining

Large kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, large double oven with induction hob, fridge with icebox; slow cooker, stick blender and every utensil you would need!

Space to hang coats and shoes.

Living rooms

Dual aspect lounge/diner with plenty of comfortable seating, games, books, dining table and chairs

Tv with dvd player;
Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 with games for the guests to use.

Satellite TV with the main UK channels including BBC, ITV, BBC and Channels 4 & 5, plus some additional free to air satellite channels.

For the winter there is an extremely efficient log burner and logs supplied.


Steep open aspect stairs from the lounge/diner lead to first floor landing:

Bedroom 1: Large well lit kingsize bed with wardrobe and drawers; additional shelves, radio alarm clock, with seating for two with an occasional table and a table underneath beautiful large velux window.

Bedroom 2: Bright and airy large triple bedroom with a Double bed with bedside tables, plenty of hanging space and storage with radio alarm clock as well as a single bed, additional settee for comfort.


Large, bright downstairs wc and shower room with plenty of space.


Electric Heaters are available throughout the property.

For the winter there is an extremely efficient log burner and logs supplied.


Games room: This is a great space for the whole family; including a pool table, darts board, full size table tennis table and table football.

Great at the end of a long day or If you fancy staying at home for the day.

Wi-fi is available throughout the property.

Garden and outside

Patio doors leading from the lounge/diner to a south facing patio with garden furniture, barbecue, trampoline and plenty of outdoor games including boule and outdoor jenga;

The garden has is laid to lawn with summer flowers and some herbs and strawberry plants.

Surrounded by hedges and gated access from the road to the driveway

Parking and garages

Parking for two cars in a fully enclosed garden and driveway which is completely safe for all; just two steps lead down from the drive to the patio.


  • Internet


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Coutances
Distance: 15 km

Beach holidays


Distance: 25 km


Family activities


Name and address of nearest golf course: Granville
Distance: 16 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Gavray
Distance: 5 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 1 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Gavray Siene


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Jaime Cartwright

We have two children and live in Dorset.

Year property purchased 2012
Why this location? Central location within easy reach of many different cities, beaches and attractions, something to suit everyone. It is within easy reach of the ferry ports of Cherbourg, Caen, Le Harve and St. Malo
Unique benefits of property Peaceful location with a sunny garden, two comfortable bedrooms and a well equipped kitchen. The games room offers table tennis, darts, pool and table football.

The Owner Recommends

Mont St Michel

Mont St Michel is well worth a visit, you can drive from Cerences towards Granville (the home of Christian Dior) then take the coast road through Jullouville and Carolles to Avranches. You pick up the A84 and then you can then follow the Route de la Baie from Avranches all the way to Mont St Michel.

Normandy Luge

The Normandy Luge at Viaduc de la Souleuvre is an amazing place to visit for both Adults and Children, you could easily stay all day! The onsite restaurant is great, serving good food, at a good price. There is a land train at certain times but I would suggest good walking shoes. For the more adventurous, there is also bungee jumping and giant swings.


Champrepus Zoo and Jurques Zoo are both a good day out.


Festyland Themepark on the way to Caen is really good for the children if you like that kind of thing. Our children really love it and it isn't too busy so the queues are quite short.

St Martin de Brehal

St Martin de Brehal has a really good Sunday morning market during the summer and I strongly recommend the hot dog stand at the far end of the market, the Crepes are good too. You can park for free at the Tourist Information Centre. If you are out of season, try Le Vigie Restaurant.

Villedieu Les Poeles

Villedieu is the home of a bell foundry and the copper industry in France. You can visit the actual foundry which is really interesting; the town is lovely and there is a small takeaway creperie which is fantastic

Dinan & Dinard

Dinan Port has a lovely river (The Rance) and a steep cobbled hill walk up to the old Town which has nice parks, shops and restaurants. Dinard has a good beach and restaurants

St Malo

An ancient fortified town with cobbled streets, hotels, restaurants and oftern street entertainment. Worth a stroll around the ramparts on a nice day and you will see across the bay to Mont St Michel


Bayeux is a town on the Aure river in the Normandy region of northwestern France, 10 kilometers from the Channel coast. Its medieval center contains cobbled streets, half-timbered houses and the towering, Norman-Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame. The famed 68-meter Tapisserie de Bayeux, an 11th-century tapestry depicting the 1066 Norman invasion of England, is on display in an 18th-century seminary.


Honfleur is sited on the estuary where the Seine river meets the English Channel. The Vieux-Bassin (old harbor), lined with 16th- to 18th-century townhouses, has been a subject for artists including Claude Monet and native son Eugène Boudin. Nearby 15th-century St. Catherine's Church is a vaulted timber structure erected by shipbuilders.

The Landing Beaches

Utah Beach:
The westernmost of the D-Day beaches, Utah was added to the invasion plans at the eleventh hour so that the Allies would be within striking distance of the port city of Cherbourg.

Omaha Beach:
Surrounded by steep cliffs and heavily defended, Omaha was the bloodiest of the D-Day beaches, with roughly 2,400 U.S. troops turning up dead, wounded or missing.
Today, the beach is dotted with the remains of German bunkers. On the shore, the stainless-steel sculpture Les Braves commemorates American soldiers. Behind the beach is the Musée Mémorial d'Omaha Beach, also documenting the invasion. Nearby, the Overlord Museum displays WWII tanks, artillery and dioramas.

Gold Beach
Owing to the direction of the tides, British troops began storming Gold, the middle of the five D-Day beaches, nearly an hour after fighting got underway at Utah and Omaha.

Juno Beach
At Juno, Allied landing craft once again struggled with rough seas, along with offshore shoals and enemy mines.

Sword Beach
Around midnight, British airborne troops, along with a battalion of Canadians, dropped behind enemy lines to secure the invasion’s eastern flank, just as the Americans were doing near Utah.

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.3
  • Comfort: 9.3
  • Condition: 8.7
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 7.3
  • Setting: 8.7
  • Value for Money: 9.3
8.2 / 10 Phil and Christina 6 September, 2018

This was a great property that did the job! Clean and well maintained; it was the perfect place to lay our heads after a long day out seeing the sights. The kids enjoyed the games room on the one rainy day we had. We would recommend this property.

9.8 / 10 JBishop86 19 August, 2018

A really positive experience. Jaime was fantastic in the run up to the holiday, handling payments and answering queries. Full instructions on finding the property were really helpful as it is completely 'out in the sticks' in a really beautiful setting in farm land.
The property felt like home from home - clean and tidy, and with everything you'd have in your kitchen at home plus a really relaxing kitchen-diner. (Xbox 360 and Wii made for nice relaxing evenings) Lots of nice walks in the area, or lots of historic towns in the area to visit. The nearest town for food shopping is Percy, which is 10 mins away by car and has a large supermarket, as well as boulangery etc. Champerus Zoo is nearby (15 mins) and is brilliant for young kids.

Owner response

Thanks for your review. Jaime

9.2 / 10 Jacqui P 11 September, 2017

A very cosy and comfortable 'home from home' cottage in a quiet setting surrounded by other houses just outside a small village. The cottage has a small, enclosed garden best suited to very small children and a games room which is suitable for older children. Nearest bakeries, supermarkets and bars can be found in nearby towns approx. 3-4 miles away. The cottage is ideally situated within easy travelling distance of the coast and also has the d-day landing beaches, Mont St Michel and the beautiful towns of Coutances and Bayeux within easy reach. An ideal cottage for a small family.