2 Holiday gites in Normandy Manche village - NM006338

Saint-Germain-sur-Ay (9km from La Haye-du-Puits), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM006338 Advertiser since: 23 April 2018
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L'Huitre at La Bertheliere Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1 none

About this property

Delightful French Stone House, In Small Village . This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

L'Huitre is one of the 2 self contained gites at La Bertheliere. It has a shower/bathroom and 2 toilets on two floors. Fully equipped with kitchen containing full oven, fridge, washing machine, microwave and all necessary utensils.

Private gardens for outdoor eating to the rear of the property for relaxing evening drinks in private. Barbecues. Washing lines are available.

Private court yard for security for cars.



Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped kitchen, dining table are in each lounge.

Living rooms

Large wood burning fire, plus electric radiators. Tv - many English stations to enjoy - including sports! Armchairs, settees and coffee tables, plus electric radiators.


2 spacious bedrooms. One double and a twin.


1 bathroom, plus 2 toilets.


Wood burning Fire, electric radiator.


Local golf course at William Harvey, Perrier, 20 minutes.

Safe sandy beaches within minutes from La Bertheliere.

Boxed games etc.

Garden and outside

Private gardens to the rear of the properties.

Parking and garages

Courtyard parking.

Visitor suitability

Large village parking within 2 minutes from the property.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

* Vet details: Lessay, Cabinet Veterinaire, 5 rue Ursula Hans, 50430. Small animal specialist. Everyday.


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: La Hay du Puits - Lessay - Pirou Plage
Distance: 9 km

Beach holidays


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Mackeral, Bass, Bream, Limande ...
Name of nearest fishing location: Saint Germain Sur Ay beaches
Distance: 5 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Periers - Harvey Williams
Distance: 12 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Auvers riding stables
Distance: 15 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Cherbourg - Cave des Bassins, Calvados Pierre Huet, see Normandy wineries



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Rail track running from west coast to east coast.

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Stephen Drayton

I am 57 years of age, having been in engineering for several years, with much traveling, having spent 40+ years on the south coast of UK in Bournemouth. My mother and I have moved to Normandy recently to enjoy the coastal beaches and village life in rural settings.

Year property purchased 2017
Why this location? Only 5 minutes drive to fabulous beaches of St Germain Sur Ay - or 20 minutes gentle walk, where the Channel Islands of Jersey can be seen. Regular ferries run from Carteret, a few minutes drive away, near Portbail. Cherbourg is 40 minutes north. This coast of the peninsula enjoys many beautiful beaches - with sandy open stretches within a large bay, free from crowds, only a few small tractors of local fisherman rest nearby, who collect the oysters. The rock pools can be enjoyed by mothers and children. This coast has many delightful cafe's, restaurants and promenades. Weekly markets of a variety of goods, from local cheeses to French style clothes, etc., always a joy to visit.
Mont San Michael is easily reached on the coast road D972 going to Granville, joining the D973, joining the A84 - N175 about one hours ride. The Chateau of Pirou Plage, on the D650, 10 minutes further down south, with its own moat, and boasts a tapestry, which took 11 years to make by a local woman
Unique benefits of property Close proximity to local beaches, with a shop, café, and restaurant. Situated in a quiet village with local shop, bar and restaurant. Fully self contained cottages with wifi, tv with selection of English channels, garden area.
One Gite cottage has 2 bedrooms- sleeps 4, and the other cottage with 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6, both with bathrooms, and 2 toilets in each, (one on the ground floor). Could accommodate comfortably a party of 10 people. Separate small gardens for private use. Safe ample parking within the property. Well equipped with space for comfort.

The Owner Recommends

Surrounded by history, safe golden beaches, quiet, peaceful and relaxing.

The east coast of the Cherbourg peninsula is awash with historical sites, including the Utah beaches, museums and war memorabilia (easily reached by car within 40 minutes). Travel further east and you will see many interesting places, like Caen, Rouen, where you can see the Bayeux Tapestry and the Joan of Arc Church amongst many other interesting items, and areas near St Germain Sur Ay include Coutances, St Mere Eglise, Carentan and Carteret. Local small towns are La Haye Du Puit and Lessay. Most of the towns have weekly markets, which are very varied and interesting.

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.7
  • Comfort: 9.3
  • Condition: 9
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 9.7
  • Value for Money: 10
9.2 / 10 Trav & Linda 15 April, 2019

We had a great weak and the weather was excellent. To cottage was very nice and the owners were very attentive and helpful. With the wonderful un-busy roads we were able to travel around the area with ease. The beaches there are unspoiled and beautiful with miles of golden sand. The gite was very comfortable with a delightful garden at the back to sit out in. All in all a very good holiday and value for money.
Linda & Ian

9.2 / 10 Phillip Baxter 20 August, 2018

We booked our holiday a little later than planned so this wasn't our preferred location; how lucky we were to find it though, it surpassed our initial ideas 100%. We'd come to Normandy to indulge an interest in the 1944 campaign, visit a beach/museum or two and the like. The area of La Haye du Puits is a fantastically interesting area for the WW2 buff and I couldn't recommend the area more.

Stephen, our host, was excellent. He was always ready to say hello and enquire about our days out. His great local knowledge was readily on hand and we found him the perfect balance of 'helping us' and 'letting us alone'; he made the holiday atmosphere great and we thank him for that.

The Gite was ideal for us. The sleeping accommodation was all on the same floor (1st) with a toilet available (no need for our kids to navigate around unfamiliar areas at night). The ground floor was equally well set up with a spacious shower room/toilet (and a washing machine - oh so good with kids!). The kitchen has a hob(gas) and a separate electric oven. We'd never used one of these but it was excellent and we cooked all the 'al forno' meals you'd expect including a Sunday roast, stew, pie, lasagne etc.

The local beaches are outstanding. They are clean and spacious with great 'big sky' views. In many ways they reminded me of the West Coast of Scotland far more than the typical 'tourist' beaches of the channel resorts.

We've booked for next year, and we've never re-booked anywhere before.

10 / 10 Wiltshire grandparents 9 August, 2018

We were travelling with our two young grandchildren for their first trip abroad do we didn't want to travel too far. L'huitre was just perfect - enclosed garden, parking outside, gated at night & very close to lots of brilliant beaches, small towns & a great boulongerie. Our hosts Steven & his mum made us feel very welcome & we're very kind & helpful. Many thanks for helping to make it a fab holiday!