|Camellia Cottage||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1|
Newly refurbished in 2015, this two bedroomed gite adjoining the owner's property has plenty of character and is fully equipped to fufil all guests' needs during their stay.
Downstairs there is an open plan living room and kitchen, with wood burning stove, plus a shower room and toilet.
A safe, straight staircase leads upstairs, where there is a large landing, a walk in wardrobe, a double bedroom and a further room with two single beds.
The village, with its general store, depot de pain and bar/restaurant, is a two minute walk.
The kitchen/dining area has a tiled floor and contains an electric oven/hob, microwave, electric kettle, toaster, fridge/freezer, dishwasher; table and four chairs, and (housed in an understairs cupboard) an iron/ironing board, plus mop and bucket.
The living area has a tiled floor and contains a three seater settee and one armchair, plus television with UK channels. There is a wood burning stove plus an electric wall mounted radiator.
Bedroom one is on the first floor, and has a double bed, twin bedside lockers and table lamps, a dressing table/mirror, with views over the gardens. Heating is provided by a wall mounted electric radiator.
Bedroom two is also on the first floor, and has two single beds, twin bedside cabinets and table lamps, with views over farmland. Heating is provided by a wall mounted electric radiator.
The shower room is located on the ground floor, with a tiled floor, electric shower, basin and toilet.
There is an electric heated towel rail. This room also contains the washing machine.
There is a wood burning stove in the living area, supplemented by wall mounted electric radiators in the living area and the two bedrooms.
Large, flat screen television which receives UK channels.
There are seating areas adjacent to both the front and rear of the gite, in each case screened by climbers and shrubs.
To the front of the gite there is a large, south facing private garden, reserved for the guests, with a decked area containing a table and four chairs.
There is also a bench with views over the gite garden.
There is a large parking area reserved for the guests, and sufficient space to house two cars.
Due to the stairs, this gite is not suitable for wheelchair bound guests.
My wife Oonagh & I moved here in late 2017 specifically because we wished to run a gite, having stayed in a large number of them over the years on holidays in both France & UK. We are what are known as 'early retirees', so felt we have plenty still to offer in the world of work, but an improvement on the daily grind of working for somone else. We are also keen on gardening, so the large (1.3acre) garden around the property also attracted us, and keeps us busy also!
|Year property purchased||2016|
|Why this location?||We probably fell in love with France when we first visited the Loire Valley back in 1988, but it simmered away until we returned for our first 'gite' holiday in 2008, and we just kept returning to Normandy and Brittany every year thereafter. When we decided to move permanently to France, early in 2016, we decided to view several properties in Manche as we had not previously holidayed in that department of Normandy. It was a very wise decision, in retrospect, because we discovered the most entrancing countryside of all Normandy, with quiet rural roads, undulating and at times dramatic countryside, with lots of livestock filling the abundant agricultural land. The house itself offered all we had on our wish-list - character, recently fully refurbished by an English couple who had spent their working life constructing houses and selling them on, a two bedroomed gite on site, and all surrounded by a 1.3 acre garden, and located at the very edge of the village.|
|Unique benefits of property||Edge of village with bar/restaurant, general store, depot de pain, but offering rural views, large wrap around garden, with a layout enabling gite guests to have their own, large garden space. Easy access to the historic D-Day beaches. Easy access to west and north coast Normany beach resorts. 45 minutes to the World Heritage site of Mont Saint Michel. Easy access to the delightful medieval towns of Upper Brittany, including Vitré, Fougéres, Dinan and Saint-Malo, plus the beach resorts of Cancale and Dinard.|
All five landing beaches are within an hour's drive of the gite, plus all the associated museums
Villedieu-les-Poeles is a little over 10 minutes drive, virtually untouched by the battle for Normandy in 1944, and therefore full of historic architecture, as befits a place with deep associations to the Knights Templar in early Medieval period.
Coutances lies 45 minutes drive away and has an outstanding medieval cathedral, wonderful public gardens and an Alladin's Cave known as Le Clef du Temps, which is a mecca for lovers of brocante markets.
Avranches is 25 minutes south of the gite, dramatically situated on a hilltop, and posessed of a great ambiance, again enhanced by superb public gardens.
Granville, with its fishing harbour and nearby beaches of St Pair, Joulouville and Carolles is only half an hour's drive.
Domfront, again with a medieval centre and some wonderful timber framed houses.
The spa town of Bagnoles-sur-L'Orne, with its beautiful lake and resonances of the inter-war period.
Vitré, whose centre looks straight out of a medieval film set, complete with large, turreted, dramatic chateau (open to the pubic), is about 75 minutes drive away.
Fougéres, dramatically situated on a hilltop, and adorned by a multi turreted chateau (open to the public), possesses two delightful public gardens, and some of the best streets of timber framed houses anywhere, and is under an hour away.
Dinan, arguably the most delightful of the three, and is further enhanced by the marina alongside the beautiful Rance estuary in the lower town.
The village of Saint-Suliac just north of Dinan, again benefitting from its location on the Rance estuary, and possessed of some beautiful architecture.
The privateer stronghold of Saint-Malo, with its beautiful harbour and simply stunning 'Intra-Muros' area of cobbled streets and imposing 17/18th century granite town houses - along with Dinan and Saint-Suliac, a 70 minute drive away.
Villedieu-les-Poeles (Tuesday morning, 10 minutes drive), a very large and varied produce market, with several good fish, fruit/vegetable and fromagerie stalls.
Vire (Friday morning, half-an-hour's drive), an extremely large and varied produce market, which more or less takes over the town centre streets.
Camelia Cottage is delightful in so many ways. The lovely owners were very welcoming and helped us out with places to visit and with directions. The cottage is clean and comfortable and had all the facilities we needed. It has an extensive garden and the owners had provided a wide selection of games eg putting, croquet, badminton, table football which kept our boys entertained while we enjoyed a glass of wine in one of the four seating areas.The village is quiet and peaceful with a little, well-stocked shop a minute or two away, just right for getting bread for breakfast or a picnic. This provided a good opportunity for us to practise our French! The cottage is in picturesque Normandy countryside, near the lovely market town of Villedieu, but also within easy driving distance of beautiful sandy beaches at Carolles and Jullouville. . The swimming pool in Vire has indoor and outdoor waterslides and there is an activity centre a bit further away with a luge, high-ropes course, a barefoot garden and zip-wires. It is also easy to visit Bayeux and the D-Day museums and beaches We had a wonderful week and would like to thank the owners for their hospitality.
Thank you very much for the fabulous review, Cath & Mel.
We are so pleased that everything was so 'right' for you and Charlie & Byron - from personal experience, we realise how very important a holiday is in the context of the working year. Your review encourages us that we are getting it about right in providing the best possible environment for guests to really enjoy their holiday en Manche.
It would be lovely to see you all again.
Alan & Oonagh