Holiday gite in rural Normandy Manche - NM006168

La Chapelle-Cecelin (7km from Villedieu-les-Poeles), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM006168 Advertiser since: 19 February 2018
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Gite Yvette Self Catering Flexible 2 6 2 Double sofabed sleeps 2

About this property

A Newly Renovated Barn Conversion. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Situated in the Cotentin Peninsula with much to explore here: rocky coastline, miles of empty beaches, flora, fauna, ports and seaside resorts, beautiful for walking, running or cycling.
Enjoy the experience of Normandy rural living in gite Yvette, with full access to wi-fi, close to the village boulangerie and with the owners on site. Yvette sleeps a maximum of 6 people and is newly renovated. Downstairs there is an open plan living room - sofa bed sleeps 2, dining room and kitchen (cooker, hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine). There is also a bathroom downstairs. Upstairs there is a second bathroom, a double bedroom and a twin bedroom. Bed linen and towels are supplied and power is included. The pretty garden has several cider apple trees which contribute to locally produced cider, pommeau and calvados. The area is renowned for its Normandy horses and the neighbouring Equestrian Centre is a must for lovers of horse riding.

There is excellent access to all major routes enabling easy exploration of both Normandy and Brittany. The nearest town is Villedieu-les-Poeles (intact after World War II) it is famous for the copper trade, shops here sell copper and brass items and there are workshops and museums to visit. Villedieu is also home to one of the only 2 bell foundries in France, worth a visit. Tuesday is market day in Villedieu and the streets are taken over by many stalls selling local produce.
It is a short trip to some of France’s most stunning attractions, Le Mont St Michel, an enigmatic island crowned by a medieval monastery. Also the coastal town of Granville with views of the Bay of Mont St Michel from its fortified headland. Here you will find fishing fleet and yacht marinas and many seafood restaurants. You can book day trips to the Channel Islands and the Isle of Chausey from Granville. Bayeux is a “must see”, with its cathedral and fabulous historic centre as well as its world-famous UNESCO-listed tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of England in 1066. The D-Day landing beaches with many sites, memorials and museums relating to the 6th June 1944 and to the battle of Normandy that followed. Also the floating harbour in Aromanches.

Caen has a castle, two abbeys built at the request of William the Conqueror, and a pleasant historic town. The imposing medieval Falaise Castle, birthplace of William the Conqueror and the town are close. If you travel South into Brittany very close to the border with Normandy you will find the town Fougeres with its Chateau Medieval Quarter. Further into Brittany is St Malo, meander through the cobbled streets and visit the many shops selling locally produced goods or take a bracing walk around the ramparts and have lunch in one of the many restaurants.

Come and explore Normandy and Brittany from the comfort of gite Yvette. If your party is between 6 and 9 people you can book gite René too (subject to availability).

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Downstairs there is an open plan living room - sofa bed sleeps 2, dining room and kitchen (cooker, hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine). There is also a bathroom downstairs.

Living rooms

Downstairs there is an open plan living room - sofa bed sleeps 2, dining room and kitchen (cooker, hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine). There is also a bathroom downstairs.

Bedrooms

Upstairs there is a second bathroom, a double bedroom and a twin bedroom.
Bed linen and towels are supplied and power is included.

Bathrooms

Downstairs there is a shower room with an Italian shower. Upstairs there is a second bathroom.

Heating

There are radiators throughout the gite.

Entertainment

There is a television with Free Sat and a dvd. Dvds, books and games are available.

Garden and outside

The pretty garden has several cider apple trees which contribute to locally produced cider, pommeau and calvados. There is garden furniture available and a bbq.

Parking and garages

There is a large parking space available for the gite, which is separate from the house parking.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for couples and families and also one dog.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

* Vet details: Vétérinaire à Villedieu-les-Poêles, France, 12 Place des Costils, 50800 Villedieu-les-Poêles Téléphone : 02 33 61 01 76

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Villedieu-les-Poeles
Distance: 7 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 90 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Salmon
Name of nearest fishing location: The Villedieu Basin
Distance: 7 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Vire – La Dathee
Distance: 21 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Centre Equestre de La Chapelle Cecelin
Distance: 0.1 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 40 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Villedieu-les-Poeles Trailrank 3 7Km

Watersports

About the Owner/Advertiser, Doctor Julia Brown

I am a highly motivated, resourceful and innovative individual with significant experience of academia in the UK where I gained international business experience. My husband and I bought our house and 2 gites in Normandy in 2015. I left my job and the UK in 2016 and took up residence in our French house. I manage the 2 gites and I am developing a gym for use by myself and for clients. I am currently working on a Complete Diploma in Personal Training. I enjoy running, cycling, gym & swimming.

Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? There is excellent access to all major routes enabling easy exploration of both Normandy and Brittany. The nearest town is Villedieu-les-Poeles (intact after World War II) it is famous for the copper trade, shops here sell copper and brass items and there are workshops and museums to visit. Villedieu is also home to one of the only 2 bell foundries in France, worth a visit. Tuesday is market day in Villedieu. It is a short trip to some of France’s most stunning attractions, Le Mont St Michel, an enigmatic island crowned by a medieval monastery. Also the coastal town of Granville with views of the Bay of Mont St Michel from its fortified headland. Here you will find fishing fleet and yacht marinas and many seafood restaurants. You can book day trips to the Channel Islands and the Isle of Chausey from Granville. Bayeux, Caen and the D-Day landing beaches are nearby. Also, it is easily accessed from the ferry ports of Ouistreham, Le Havre, Cherbourg and St Malo.
Unique benefits of property Enjoy the experience of Normandy rural living in gite Yvette, with full access to Wi-Fi, close to the village boulangerie and with the owners on site. Yvette sleeps a maximum of 6 people and is newly renovated. Downstairs there is an open plan living room - sofa bed sleeps 2, dining room and kitchen (cooker, hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine). There is also a bathroom downstairs. Upstairs there is a second bathroom, a double bedroom and a twin bedroom. Bed linen and towels are supplied and power is included. The pretty garden has several cider apple trees which contribute to locally produced cider, pommeau and calvados. There are 2 gites on site, if your party is larger than 6 you can book gite Rene (maximum 3 people) for larger parties up to 9 people book both gites together.

The Owner Recommends

Le Mont St Michel

Le Mont St-Michel rises in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage listed bay.
Every year, more than 3 million visitors come to discover Mont Saint-Michel. It is the 3rd most visited tourist site in France!
Whether you discover the Mont Saint-Michel step by step during a crossing of the bay, from the road, or from the cliffs of Champeaux ... you will be dazzled by its majesty! You will understand why the abbey of Mont Saint-Michel is nicknamed the Wonder of the West.
Mont Saint-Michel abbey opens its doors during a classical or thematic visit of its different rooms and its intimate cloister. This masterpiece of medieval architecture is a recognized emblem of the know-how of the builders of the thirteenth century who have built two bodies of buildings of three floors on this granite rock.
Since 2015, Mont Saint-Michel has become an island again!
After 20 years of studies and works, this exceptional monument finds its island character. With the destruction of the old dike-road, the landscape of the bay is metamorphosed a little more with each big tide and nature regains its rights. The dam, commissioned in 2009, allows, by regulating the waters of the Couesnon and the sea, to drive the sediments out to sea. Hydraulic facilities have also been installed on both sides of the dam to speed up the process. The "bridge bridge", inaugurated in 2015, and the ford, complete this set to restore the maritime character of Mont Saint-Michel.

A tourist Information Center (CIT) offers exhibitions and animations around this major work. You can go on foot to the abbey, in about 50 minutes. Several courses have been developed so that pedestrians can discover, with complete peace of mind, the evolutions of the landscape of the Bay and its Marvel.
Or travel on a motorized shuttle, in about 12 minutes. This is free and accessible to all! Alternatively, go on board the "maringote" (horse-drawn shuttle), in 25 minutes. There is a charge for this service.

Bayeux

Bayeux is a perfectly preserved medieval ensemble with huge historical significance, a magnificent cathedral and a world-famous tapestry. Bayeux is just 10Km from the coast, and, in fact, the first city to be liberated in 1944, the day after D-Day. Visit Cathédrale Notre-Dame, the original Romanesque plan of the cathedral is still intact, although only the crypt and towers date from the original cathedral of 1077. The columns in the crypt are beautiful, they are decorated with frescoes of angels playing trumpets and bagpipes. Bayeux Tapestry this is actually an embroidery in wool yarn on linen cloth of approximately 70 metres in length. The tapestry was created over 900 years ago and recounts the Norman conquest of England. Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie provides an overview of the battle of Normandy. It has colour photos and maps and display panels that trace the development of the campaign, with good sections on German counter attacks and the role of the press. The British War Cemetery is immediately across the road. Foulées de Bayeux – For runners of all ages, the “Strides of Bayeux” takes place on a Sunday in March. There are many junior races, a 5Km race, a 10Km race and a half marathon. All races take place in loops around Bayeux. The half marathon is done in three loops which can be mentally tough for all runners but especially the slower runners who can be lapped by the winners. However, the course is fairly flat and fast, so can be good for runners looking for a personal best time. As a Spring half marathon, it is not always possible to guarantee the weather, so snow is possible. This can make the running on the outer boulevard, which is long and exposed, very interesting. The running in town is more pleasant, with some enthusiastic spectators, although involving many raises, running on cobble stones, and some speed bumps. Refreshments en route and at the finish are numerous and well managed, and finishers receive a T-shirt on arrival.

D-Day Landing beaches & The Battle of Normandy WWII

A good point to start a tour of the area is Pegasus Bridge in Bénouville. The capture of Pegasus bridge and the nearby Horsa Bridge was a major objective of the British airborne troops in the opening minutes of the allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944. A unit of Glider infantry was to land, take the bridges intact and hold them until relieved. The successful taking of the bridges played a significant role in limiting the effectiveness of a German counter-attack in the days and weeks following the Normandy invasion. The original Pegasus Bridge is housed in the museum at Bénouville. The coastline from Ouistreham is a rich tapestry of WWII history with remnants of defences such as those at Longues-sur-Mer; the important beaches Sword, (British invasion) Juno (Canadian invasion), Gold (British invasion), Omaha and Utah (both were invaded by American troops) and their hard-won battles; Aromanches and the floating harbour and Sainte-Mére-Eglise with the unfortunate parachutist still visible on the Church. Brave soldiers, sailors and airmen of many nationalities lost their lives in conflict here, and they are buried in cemeteries across Normandy where they can rest in peace and be remembered. It is possible to make a whistle-stop tour of this area or to focus on various aspects over several days.

The Vire Valley

The Vire is a river in Normandy, its 128Km course crosses the départements of Calvados (flowing through Vire, Pont-Farcy, and Isigny- sur-Mer) and Manche (flowing through Tessy-sur-Vire, Troisgots, Torigni-sur-Vire, Condé-sur-Vire, Sainte-Suzanne-sur-Vire, Saint-Lô, Rampan, Pont-Hébert, La Meauffe and Cavigny) and finally flowing out into the English Channel. Its main tributaries are the Aure, the Elle and the Souleuvre. The rivers Vire and Souleuvre meander throughout the Normandy Bocage creating a remarkably varied landscape: granite plateaux alternating with schist hollowed valleys, a succession of wooded hillsides, rocky escarpments, meadows and steep-sided valleys. Discover the rural and religious heritage of the region in the Gorges of the Vire. Explore the Normandy Bocage a distance of 42.4 km from Vire -Mortain, Start from Vire and follow this former railway track, now converted into a green cycleway. On the way is the Vire Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires (Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions), the Lac de La Dathée, a stop-off for walkers and cyclists. The stretch from Vire to Sourdeval is 18.2 km and the stretch from Sourdeval to Mortain is 24.2 km. Explore further north, by, leaving Saint-Lô, and cycling beside the River Vire, as far as Pont-Farcy, go along the undulating green cycleway (a former towpath) which gives you a spectacular panoramic view over the valley from the Roches de Ham. You can also admire the river heritage of the Vire (locks, dams, etc.) that are reminders of its past. On the way: Saint-Lô (the ‘Capital of the Horse’); the Condé-sur-Vire leisure centre; the Roches de Ham cliffs. The stretch from Saint-Lô to Condé-sur-Vire is 12.1 km and the stretch from Condé-sur-Vire to Pont-Farcy is 19.5 km. This beautiful valley is a haven for walkers, runners and cyclists. The “green routes” along the Vire will take you off-road for long stretches, which is a perfect way to escape to tranquillity.

St-Malo

St-Malo is an historic walled port city in Brittany on the English Channel coastline of north western France. The citadelle is a major tourist attraction packed with visitors in high season. The streets are full of seventeenth and eighteenth-century houses, many of which were reconstructed following the bombardment that forced the German surrender in 1944. The narrow streets are home to many boutique shops that are favourites with tourists. You can explore the ramparts that were first built in the fourteenth century. Also, you can escape through the ramparts to the beach and when the tide is low it is safe to walk out on the causeway to the small island called Grand-Bé. Be careful not to try to return when the tide comes in it is safest to stay on the small island! The Musée d’Histoire de la Ville showcases the colourful and prosperous history of St-Malo through piracy, colonialism and slave trading. There are many restaurants offering local dishes, especially fruit de mer and crepe suzette. Opposite the busy restaurants are many colourful local characters who will draw a caricature of you and other local artists showcasing their work. It is possible to pick up a lovely watercolour or oil of a marine scene. There is much to enjoy in St-Malo – well worth a visit.