Large holiday gite in a Normandy village - NM006184

Saint-Jores (10km from La Haye-du-Puits), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM006184 Advertiser since: 23 February 2018
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La Forge Self Catering Saturday 3 10 2 Fold out bed and travelcot

About this property

Large Semi-Detached Stone Built Forge. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

La Forge is an ideal holiday home for family groups of 4 adults with up to 6 children, 1 to 3 couples or larger groups of 8 adults.

It is a lovely old stone built forge surround by a large garden with lawn, trees and a fish pond.

Inside accommodation comprises of 2 double bedrooms, 1 en suite and the third bedroom is set up as a kids room which can sleep 5-6 kids.

The house has a fully equipped kitchen, lounge with sky tv, a formal dining room and downstairs family bathroom.



Kitchen and dining

La Forge has a fully fitted and well equipped kitchen, with gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge-freezer and small breakfast table and a separate utility room with dishwasher, washing machine, iron and ironing board.

There is also a separate dinning room with a large 6 seater wooden dinning table for formal dining.

Living rooms

The lounge is the place to relax in front of the logburner.

There is a large tv, dvd player and dvds and freeveiw Sky tv.

There are books to read, and information for places to visit in and around La Forge.


Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms:

The master bedroom has a 4 poster bed, tea and coffee making facility and an en suite bathroom.

The second has a double bed with tea and coffee making facility.

The third bedroom has been designed for children and has 2 bunk beds and a single bed.

There is also a fold out bed and travelcot available if required.


La Forge has 2 bathrooms and an outside toilet.

The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet.

Downstairs is the second bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet.

The third toilet is situated outside for use when you are out relaxing in the garden.


All main rooms have electric heaters. The lounge has a large woodburner, with logs supplied.


The outhouse is where La Forge keeps over 17 bikes, suitable for all ages, which can be used to explore the lanes and old railway network or even to cycle to one of the many local bars.

There is also a dart board and pool table set up in the outhouse and where the garden games are stored including swingball, footballs, badminton and space hoppers there is even a swing from one of our trees.

Best of all is to relax with a glass of wine and a perfect French cheese platter.

Garden and outside

La Forge is set in a large lawned garden with bbq area, pergola seating area front and back, outside toilet, mature fruit trees and a fishpond.

There are garden benches, deck chairs, loungers and a picnic table to eat outside and relax.

Parking and garages

There is plenty of parking on site La Forge for up to 4-5 cars.

Visitor suitability

La Forge is suitable for:

Family groups of 4 adults with up to 6 children.

Couples from 2 to 6 adults.

Large groups of up to 8 adults.

Information about any additional facilities

La Forge is our family holiday home and should have everything you will need to enjoy a relaxing family holiday, all you really need to bring with you is your kids, dog and a suitcase!


  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

* Vet details: Clinique Vétérinaire de Périers Route de Lezzay, ZI Le Mexique 50190 Périers Tél : 02 33 46 63 01



Family activities



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Three walking route from La Forge - Circuit du Marais au Mont Castre 16km, Circuit des quatre croix 9km and Circiut du Marais du Plessis 3.5km


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Andrew Steven Doyle

La Forge is owned by me - Andy, my wife - Jess, my brother - Kev and sister-in-law - Lizzie. We bought La Forge as a family holiday home around 13 years ago and have been enjoying holidays here ever since.

Year property purchased 2006
Why this location? La Forge is situated deep in the rural Normandy countryside in the Marais du Cotentin Natural Regional Park and only a short drive from several beautiful beaches. It is located between three traditional french market towns: La Haye du Puits; Périers; and Carentan. It is in easy reach of Brittany Ferries at Cherbourg, Caen and St Malo.
Unique benefits of property La Forge is ideal for family holidays or large groups, it is a lovely old stone built building surround by a large lawned garden with trees and a fish pond. Inside accommodation comprises of 2 double bedrooms, 1 en suite and the third bedroom is set up as a kids room which can sleep 5-6 kids. The house has a fully equipped kitchen, lounge with sky tv, a formal dining room and downstairs family bathroom.

There is plenty of things to do in and around La Forge including walking, cycling, kayaking, swimming, shopping, D-Day museums and beaches and eating out at some great local restaurants, or if you prefer, you can just sit and relax in the garden.

The Owner Recommends

D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

Normandy celebrates its Liberation with the 75th D-Day Anniversary. The 6th of June is on a Thursday this year, so most of the events and ceremonies will be held during the week of the 2nd to 8th June 2019.

La Forge is on the Operation Overlord Route and there are many sites, museums and memorials relating to 6th June 1944 and to the Battle of Normandy and the beaches that featured during the D-Day landings are just a short drive from La Forge.

For more information follow this link:

Le Donjon du Plessis

The Donjon du Plessis, is a local tourist attraction opposite La Forge and offers you an amazing view point of the Marais du Cotentin Natural Regional Park, Mount Castre and Baupte/Gorges.

Three Walks Around Le Plessis-Lastelle.

Three new walking and cycling routes have recently been added to the existing tracks, lanes and roads around Le Plessis Lastelle. The three news routes are suitable for kids, dogs, cycling and bird spotting. The routes are: Circiut du marais au Mont Castre - 16km, Circuit des quatre croix - 9km and Circuit le marais du Plessis - 3.5km. The routes take you through the nature reserve, countryside and natural marshes of Cotentin and Bessin regional park.

Traditional French Markets

The markets are a great place to experience French life. You will be amazed at what you can buy but most of all you will find the meat, cheese, fish, fruit and vegetables outstanding.

These are the markets that are close to La Forge:

Carentan - Monday
Lessay - Tuesday
La Haye du Puits - Wednesday
Sainte Mère Eglise - Thursday
Coutances - Thursday
Picauville - Friday
Périers - Saturday

To find out where all the markets are for the Normandy Peninsula and which days they are on you can follow this link and download the PDF (été means summer):

Mont Castre

This is great for a family day out with a play area, pedalos, picnic area and walks.

From its 130m, the Mont Castre offers a stunning view of the lake and of the territory surrounding it.

L'auberge De Louve at Longuerac

Longuerac is a very small village about 20 minutes drive from La Forge. You can hire a canoe for around 10 Euros per hour. L'auberge De Louve is a lovely bar and restaurant with great home cooked food. There is also a picnic area and river walks. Great place for a day out.

The Pom'Cannelle Restaurant

The Pom'Cannelle restaurant is located in the centre of La Haye-du-Puits. Their food is of a high standard and the price is very reasonable.

They offer traditional French cuisine either for lunch or dinner and a variety of family meals all sourced from local and regional products.


Mont Saint Michel is about a 1.5 hour drive from La Forge but is well worth a visit.

The Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most remarkable examples of medieval religious and military architecture and was one of Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites from the 8th to the 18th century. The Abbey comprises a superb ensemble of clerical buildings including the abbey church, the cloister, the refectory, the monks' ambulatory and the gardens of what has been known as the ""Merveille"" (Marvel) since the 12th century.

Parc Festyland

Festyland is the biggest family amusment park in Normandy with over 28 attractions for young and old! The park is just outside Caen and take about an hour to drive there from La Forge.

Festyland, Route de Caumont, 14760, Bretteville-sur-Odon


Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

The American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer is the most famous war cemetery in Normandy. The long lines of white marble Latin crosses and stars of David symbolise the sacrifices that the Allied nations - and here in particular the United States of America - have made for our freedom. The cemetery is an exceptional site, not in the least because of its impressive location dominating Omaha Beach, where the Americans suffered their worst losses.

It take around 45 minutes to drive to the American Cemetery from La Forge and is well worth a visit.

Parc Zoologique de Champrépus

This was one of our favourite places to visit when the kids were younger, especially the goats!

It will take about 1 1/4 hours to drive there from La Forge.

Parc Zoologique de Champrépus
493 rue Saint-Gaud
50800 Champrépus
GPS : 48.833940000, -1.325912000


If you like museums, history, shops and restaurants then Bayeux is a great place to visit. It takes about 50 minutes to drive there from La Forge.

You can also wonder the narrow cobbled streets of Bayeux and visit the Notre Dame Cathedral of Bayeux, masterpiece of Romanesque and Gothic Norman art as well as the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

At the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux you will discover the conquest of the throne of England by William the Conqueror from 1064 until the end of the Battle of Hastings.

5 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 8.8
  • Comfort: 9.2
  • Condition: 8.8
  • Facilities: 9.4
  • Local Amenities: 8.8
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 9.8
10 / 10 D-Day 75 11 June, 2019

We used La Forge as our base for a D Day trip. It worked out perfectly. We had two couples and a two individuals. There was ample space. The kitchen had plenty of kitchen supplies to cook anything we wanted. There was a super market pretty close. It was far enough out of the major areas that we could get in and out without to much traffic but close enough to see everything we wanted. I can't wait to bring another group this area of France is amazing. The property is super clean. There is a large grass area for parking so if you have more than one car it won't be a problem. I looked at a lot of house and discovered like this one most do not have internet in the area. We were able to set our hotspot in a window and our Orange card worked just fine. Remember the walls are a couple feet thick so reception in the house is tough. Our stay was magnificent and we would highly recommend this location again.

Owner response

Thank you for your very kind comments. We try to make La Forge the best we can for our guests and we are so pleased that you have had a really great holiday. Hope to see you all again next year.

10 / 10 Alan P 11 September, 2018

I went to La Forge back in July this year with my son, his partner and my grandchildren. Had a nice time
(A bit hectic though,) I decided to go back this September with my brother and sister, as I enjoyed so it so much.
The house is just about 40 mins from Cherbourg, So your there in no time.
La Forge has everything in abundance. You’ll never be stuck for things to do. Had a really relaxing holiday. Great value !!
Wouldn’t hesitate to go back again.

Owner response

Thank you for taking the time to give us a review of your holiday experience at La Forge and for giving us such a fantastic score of 10 out of 10 in each category!

We try really hard to give all our guests a great holiday and we do our very best to keep on top of the repairs, maintenance and cleaning of La Forge.

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday and we hope that you will come back and stay at La Forge again.

10 / 10 Sharon Crossen 3 September, 2018

This was an excellent cottage that was equip with everything you could possibly need, home from home, clean and very spacious. This property works for families with small children, older children, and groups. The cottage has a large garden and there are plenty of out door games available in the shed attached, also bikes. If the weather turns colder there is a lovely fire, in door heating and games galore to keep everyone of all ages occupied. The location of the property is set in an unspoilt sleepy little village, although their were no shops, there were walks and cycle rides. Amenities were very close, such as supermarkets, bakeries (which open every day for fresh bread, even Sundays). The cottage is ideal situated for both coasts, East and West, also to tour Normandy, especially the D day beaches, museums and cemetery's. This part of France was stunning, the locals were extremely friendly as were the owners when we got into difficult;try with the car. There are nearby restaurants, although if you are vegetarian you may be limited with choice. Parking is cheap when visiting other towns, often free and there are plenty of public toilets. The area is known for its Cider, very nice and cheap, £2.00 Euro for a 2 litre bottle. Close to the cottage is a national park, well worth a visit as it has hidden lakes which you can hire pedals to go around on it, lovely pic nice areas also with children play areas. I would recommend this spacious cottage to anyone one hundred percent

Owner response

Thank you for taking the time to give us a review of your holiday at La Forge.

We try really hard to give all our guests a great holiday experience and from your comments it looks like we are getting it right.

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday and we hope that you will come back and stay at La Forge again.

8.2 / 10 Kelly P 13 August, 2018

House had everything you could need for holiday for family of 4 adults and 6 children aged 4 to 15. Beds are comfy and lots of bedding and towels provided. The garden is lovely and children made good use of tree swing and outdoor games and the bikes. Theres a good bbq to use too. The house is a short distance to la haye du putis for local shops and supermarket. There are lots of places to visit in particular Sciotot beach is stunning and not too far. Mont castre also great for walk, pedalos and picnic only a 10 minute drive. Champres Zoo and Cite de la mer museum approx 1 hours drive. We booked a weeks holiday and run out of time to do everything so will be booking again for next year!

Owner response

Thank you for the review of your holiday at La Forge.

Your comments are very much appreciated and gives us valuable feedback on the things that we have got right and on the areas where we can improve upon.

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you back at La Forge for your holiday next year.