|The Priory / Le Prieuré||Self Catering||Flexible||6||12||4||Pull-out beds available in some of the bedrooms|
In the 17th century this house was a Priory with a full complement of monks. The monks are no more but the house has been added to and improved throughout the centuries. The house has recently been sympathetically renovated with modern facilities, but the old-fashioned charm and many of original features remain.
Now a self-catering holiday home (gîte), there are 6 large bedrooms, two lounges and two kitchens, and a large library which is ideal for just sitting and reading or contemplating (or a play room for the children!).
The gardens surrounding the house provide secluded sun traps, a covered verandah (we do sometimes get rain in Normandie!) and a large area to the rear and side of the house for children to run around and play. There is parking for 3 or 4 cars.
With central heating and two fireplaces (logs can be supplied), the house is available to rent all year round.
With its two lounges and kitchens, the property is an ideal place to stay for a group of friends, or perhaps two families who want to holiday together, or maybe for a small art or other craft group for a learning opportunity.
Both kitchens are fully equipped and also have a microwave, a filter coffee machine, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher as well as a table and chairs to seat up to 8 in each kitchen.
Both lounges have French, English and German tv. One lounge has a poele-a-bois (wood-burning fire) and the other has an open fire. (Logs can be supplied).
Wifi is available - although there may be blind-spots around the house due to the thick walls.
There are 6 bedrooms spread over two floors.
Three bedrooms on the first floor, and three on the second.
There are 3 double and 3 twin bedrooms. We can configure two of the twin bedrooms to be doubles as well, if preferred.
It may also be possible to put an extra single bed in some of the bedrooms.
There are two separate bathrooms plus another shower room and an en-suite shower in one of the bedrooms.
There are three separate toilets with a fourth toilet in one of the bathrooms.
Full gas central heating throughout the house.
Games and puzzles can be found in the Library, along with books in both English and French and a small selection of dvds.
The garden surrounds the whole house: at the rear is a large open area for children to play ball games and run around. At the front of the house is a covered terrace to sit outside on warm evenings (even when it is raining!), and a lawn, leading to another sheltered garden area and a further are containing a swing (use of the swing as at your own risk).
Garden furniture is provided as well as a barbecue.
There is parking within the grounds for 3/4 cars.
Due to the age of the house, two of the staircases are quite steep and narrow. The bedrooms are on the first and second floors, there are no bedrooms on the ground floor. There is plenty of living space inside and out and the property is gated.
With three reception rooms, it would make an ideal venue for a small art group or other craft group, as well as two families wishing to holiday together or a group of friends, or an extended family.
I have lived in this part of France for around 7 years and, having spent the last few years renovating properties, I am ready to open the latest one as a holiday home (Gite). This is my first venture into holiday rentals so I hope I have managed to get it right I look forward to welcoming guests and hope they like The Priory as much as I do.
|Year property purchased||2016|
|Why this location?||This is the area I live in and I love it here!|
|Unique benefits of property||The house is a 17th century Priory. Over the centuries improvements and additions have been made but not too many so that some of the old period features are still evident in and around the house and garden. In the house an original hand-decoration by a monk on the wall above his bed, the original carved wooden staircase, in the garden the dog kennel built in to the wall of the garden, the well. The house sits in the middle of the property and is secure and private and, as it is in a small village, is very peaceful. There is plenty of space in and around the house so all guests will be able to find their own space if they want a moment of tranquility!|
Take a walk by the river and through the small nature reserve, visit the old chateau ruins built by William the Conqueror's brother. Buy your fresh fruit and veg at the weekly Saturday market, have a coffee or a beer in the Bar des Sports, maybe stay for lunch or have a traditional sandwich saucisse avec frites from the market grill.
Positioned high up, the magnificent cathedral of Coutances is well worth a visit and can been seen long before you reach the town, and as it is situated in the centre of the town, you will find several restaurants and shops to visit. The public garden here is a definite must-see and has a small play area for younger children.
Coutances is approximately 20 minutes drive from Gavray (18km).
Spend a day at the beach. Here in Saint-Martin the beach is long, with plenty of space for everyone and is rarely crowded. The beach slopes gently out to sea so it perfectly safe with no strong currents or deep ledges. At low tide it is possible to walk for about 2 kilometers to reach the sea! Take a walk along the prom or head back from the sea behind the beachfront properties to find a tennis court and bicycles for hire (summer season only). There are cafes and places to buy ice cream here as well as a small grocery shop and the usual beach-accessories shops. There are life guards at key times during the summer months.
There is a golf course at one end of the beach which is open to holiday makers.
Saint-Martin de Brehal is approximately 20 minutes drive (18km) from Gavray and even in the middle of August you won't need to queue to get there!
A Harbour town/fishing port with fresh fish daily - a sea-food lover's paradise!
But you can also visit the old, walled town above the port. Walk through the original port-cullis and then climb onto the ramparts and take a walk all the way around the peninsular (approx 30-45 mins) with the views out to see and of the Iles de Chaussey and (on a clear day) Jersey. Then have a wander through the old streets each with the name of a trade. See the old barracks and gun posts of this extremely strategic peninsular during the war.
from the port below you could catch a ferry from the port for a day trip to visit Jersey and Guernsey, or the Iles de Chaussey.
If shopping is your thing, there are plenty of shops in Granville, with lots of cafes for those with tired feet - visit the Yver Chocolatier for a hot chocolate or their very own ice-cream.
Heading out of Granville on the Avenue de la Liberation (heading towards Donville-les-Bain) pay a visit to the original family home Christian Dior. The gardens are open all year and were created by Christian Dior's mother, and every year in the summer months the house hosts a different exhibition relating to the designs of Christian Dior.
For a relaxing afternoon why not visit the Thalasso spa at the Hotel de la Baie, Donville-les-Bain, which overlooks the beach, or just take a walk along the prom.
Granville is about 30 minutes by car (24km) from Gavray.
Mont-Saint-Michel - Take a day trip to the Mont St Michel with its old cobbled streets, many small shops and restaurants, take a walk all around the walls to see all sides of the mont. Visit the monastery at the top of island and see the views for miles around and wend your way back down through the vaults and many other rooms below the monastery within the middle of the island. Allow a whole day for your visit here.
Mont-Saint Michel is just under an hour's drive (61km) from Gavray.
Cross the "border" to Brittany and visit this walled port town, with it's lovely restaurants and shops, quaint streets and alleys, take a walk all around the top of the city walls - but watch out for pirates in this historic pirate port!
St Malo is just over 100km from Gavray and will take you approximately an hour and 20 minutes to drive there.