Cosy holiday gite for adults rural Normandy - NM006512

Pretot (7km from La Haye-du-Puits), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM006512 Advertiser since: 23 July 2018
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La Petite Rigault Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1 Nil

About this property

A Cosy Gite With Downstairs Bedroom, Adults Only . This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

The gite is aimed at couples with its two double beds but there is the ability for two additional single beds if required, see below. One of the bedrooms is on the ground floor, as are the shower-room & loo, the lounge and the kitchen so this makes it ideal for anyone with reduced mobility. There is no step into the front of the gîte which has French doors, allowing for wide opening, the parking is right next to the gîte and on the same level, the internal door widths are 70 and 72cm. We know how level living may be important for you as Nick spent 4 years on crutches after a motorbike accident and we gave up looking for suitable holiday accommodation. The gite is for adults only, no children nor pets we are sorry.

The gîte has free wi-fi (with wi-fi boost to ensure great access) and the mobile signal is good in most of the gîte and excellent on the patio. The gite is set in 2 acres of mature garden in the beautiful countryside of La Manche, Normandy. It is also within easy reach of the fabulous Normandy beaches. It is detached from our own home but linked to the garage/workshop which in turn is linked to our bungalow.

There is no light pollution here, so you can see as far as the eye takes you and prepare to be astounded by the amount of stars to be seen. It’s great to be in the centre of the Cotentin with its beautiful countryside and market towns but it’s also great to be equidistant between the more populated areas of the east coast with its D-Day beaches and the Atlantic west coast which is much quieter. Often you can be on a beach stretching for miles and maybe, just maybe, see another person with their dog in the distance. We do get a variety of wildlife in the garden including deer, hares, raptors, birds, bats and moles.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen was fitted in April 2018 and is very well-equipped with a dishwasher, fan electric oven, gas hob, washing machine, microwave, toaster, cafetieres, kettle and fridge freezer; there is also plenty of crockery, cutlery, glasses and kitchen implements which are all new too. We've tried to think of everything you'll need. Two separate visitors have said they want this kitchen in their own home!

We also provide beach towels, a picnic rug, cooler bags and ice blocks for your use.

Living rooms

The lounge/diner has a 50" flat-screen Panasonic tv, dvd and HD Freesat television (UK); there is also a selection of dvds in English French and other languages.

There is a dining table with 4 chairs as well as a new suede & leather three seater recliner sofa and a tub chair, a coffee-table and a bookcase with a selection of books. The lounge/diner has French doors onto the patio area and garden.There are wooden floors throughout our cosy gîte.


The property has 2 spacious bedrooms.The ground floor bedroom overlooks the garden and has a double sleigh bed.

Upstairs is the second bedroom with a double bed. There is an adjoining mezzanine which is a dressing room area for this bedroom and this is large enough for 1 or 2 additional single beds for three or four single adults travelling together; please let us know in advance if you require the additional beds (they are proper pine beds with mattresses, not folding/sofa beds). Both 1st floor rooms have skylight windows with fitted blackout blinds.You will walk through the mezzanine to the bedroom. The 1st floor may not be suitable for very tall people as it is in the eaves of the building but we've had no complaints from tall guests who have stayed. Bed linen and towels are included and for the cooler months there is a hot water bottle for each bedroom. Each bedroom has a hair-dryer as well as cotton-wool pads and cotton buds for beauty regime


The shower room & loo has modern, fresh looking tiling and new corner shower unit with pivot door and opaque modesty panels. There is plenty of storage in the vanity unit, under and above the sink which also has a large mirror. We also supply shampoo, hair conditioner, shower-gel, as well as toilet rolls suitable for fosse septiques.


There is currently a Dimplex electric fire in the lounge diner but a rustic looking log effect gas fire will be in operation from late September 2018. We did think of installing a logburner but decided the ease of instant heat and no cleaning out of mucky ashes is more helpful for guests. There are free standing electric oil fired radiators for the bedrooms.


There is a selection of books in English, French and other languages (e.g. German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese) plus boardgames such as Scrabble and Pictionary as well as playing cards, draughts and chess. There is also a selection of English, French and other language speaking dvds.

Garden and outside

There are 2 acres of mature garden with wonderful mature trees including cider apple, Oak, Laburnum, Poplar, Beech, numerous fir trees as well as Maples. It also has plenty of shrubs including blackthorn with its sloe berries, rhododendron, azalea and wild rose.There is a small patio at the rear of the gîte with a small table and two chairs, ideal for the morning cuppa in the morning sunshine. There is also a patio at the front with an awning and a large umbrella too, it has a metal dining table which seats four, plus a small weather-proof coffee table. There is a bbq for you to use throughout your stay; it’s an impressive beast, all concrete, and was delivered on a flatbed lorry with outrigger legs and crane. And there was Jane wondering could she fit it into her car...

Parking and garages

Parking is in the drive right next to the gîte and on the same level too – no steps.

Visitor suitability

The gîte is suitable for couples, or adults with older teenage children, and anyone with limited mobility as most of it is on the ground floor with no steps (1 ground floor bedroom and 1 bedroom upstairs).

We also welcome 2 wheelers of any type: cycles, motorcycles and scooters. There’s plenty of storage for panniers, boots, bike jackets and helmets so you won’t be tripping over them in your bedroom at night in the pitch black of the Normandy countryside.

Talking of pitch black, it is, there is no light pollution here. The stars that can be seen is quite amazing, as far as the eye can see there are stars.

Information about any additional facilities

There are a smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, a fire blanket and carbon monoxide detector.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Couples only


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: La Haye du Puits
Distance: 7 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Canal des Espagnol
Distance: 19 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Les Ecuries De Patt
Distance: 3 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 2 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Route du Cidre



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Voie Verte de la Haye Du Puits à Carentan


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Ferme du Vieux Presbytère, 50250 BAUDREVILLE
Distance: 10 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Jane Purser

We have stayed in very many gîtes over the years so hopefully we have thought of everything you need in holiday accommodation. We include heating, bed linen, towels, toilet rolls, shower gel, shampoo & conditioner, all cleaning materials, liquid detergent and clothes conditioner, dishwasher tablets, condiments, herbs, spices: we've tried to think of everything you need and have no additional charges.<br/><br/>

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2018
Why this location? We are situated in the centre of the Cotentin peninsula. La Manche is a region steeped in history and also a place of remembrance. On 6th June 1944, 836,000 soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy and fought one of the most significant battles of the 2nd World War. It is a peninsula of land with the Atlantic on the west coast and the English Channel on the east and north coasts. It is a beautiful part of the world. Mont Castre, which you can see from the garden, has Neolithic and Roman history but it was also a strategic vantage point during the Liberation of France. We have friends close by (1/3 and ½ mile away from us) whose homes were used by both the Germans and the Allies! You are walking in the footsteps of soldiers here.
Unique benefits of property Level Living: ease of access for anyone with reduced mobility. With one of the bedrooms being on the ground floor as well as the lounge, kitchen and shower-room & toilet it makes our cosy gite particularly helpful for anyone with reduced mobility. There is no step into the front door of the gite (double patio doors) so getting in and around most of the gite is on one level. Parking is right next to the gite and on the same level too – no steps.

We do have a small range of mobility aids so please ask before booking with us.

The Owner Recommends

Places to go & places to eat

La Haye du Puits is the nearest market town, a 10 minute drive away. It has a market every Wednesday morning all year round. It has plenty of independent shops, restaurants, bars, patisseries, tabacs, florists etc and also three supermarkets- Carrefour, Intermarché and Aldi. There are several banks which have cash points too. There is plenty of free parking in La Haye du Puits. Most restaurants will offer a lunchtime Plat du Jour (dish of the day) menu for 13€ or thereabouts plus a more extensive and expensive menu too.
There are wonderful beaches all along the western coast of the Cotentin at Portbail, Barneville and Carteret, Agon-Coutainville, Bretteville sur Ay, in fact there are more beaches than you can shake a stick at. For recent history and remembrance the WWII D-Day landing beaches are on the eastern side of the peninsula with Utah Beach being within a 40 minutes drive. St Mont Michel is about a 1hr 45mins drive and Coutances is 40 minute drive. Carentan train station is about 20 minutes drive away with its trains direct to Paris, great for day trips. You can go to the WWII museums, try out cider & calvados tasting or for the more active amongst you there are sporting activities such as parachuting, sand-yachting, mountain biking, horse riding and sea fishing to name a few, or you can simply relax on beaches that have plenty of elbow room, there’s no vying for space on the beaches here. Cherbourg is a 35 minute drive away and has plenty of shops, restaurants and bars; it also has La Cité de la Mer with its aquariums, nuclear submarine and a Titanic exhibition. There is a Harley Davidson rally at the St Sauveur le Vicomte chateau each July.
During the Summer months there are vide greniers (attic sales) in every village & town; some people visit 5 in one day and get bargains and some people just mooch with the locals and enjoy the village get togethers. These are also music festivals all over the place too, yet another chance to mingle with the locals

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 mr and mrs gould 7 October, 2018

Would like to thank Jane and nick.
For our wonder stay at La Petite Rigault. Both were so welcoming and helpful, There was everything
that you needed for a home to home stay. We loved it. The area has so much to do and see, The gite was wonderful. Couldn’t wish to stay in a better place and situation. We have stayed two years running now and will be many more. Nick and Jane are two lovely people. Both Dave and myself would highly recommend to anyone who wishes a super holiday.
Again another big thank you debbie and Dave Gould.

Owner response

Thank you so much for your lovely comments Debbie and Dave. We enjoyed you being here and are glad you found the re-vamped gite to your liking and look forward to seeing you both again.

10 / 10 Platt 5 October, 2018

Best of both world,s a real credit to the hosts. The gîte is surrounded by superb rolling countryside views, and perfectly manicured, mature gardens. In situ is a large, quality permanent chimney bbq, which came in very useful, for those red wine, alfresco relaxing evenings. The gîte itself is very stylish, comfortable and welcoming. Jane and Nick have thought about every fine detail you would ever need and more! Never before have I been away where the kitchen is equipped with quality like home, even egg cups!
The serene, tranquil location added to the comfortable beds, quality bedding, fluffy towels and powerful shower, made for a fantastic night’s sleep after all the sightseeing.
The gîtes location is simply wonderful, within ten minutes by car is one of the local market town La Haye du Puits. Beautiful architectural buildings, fab restaurants and patisseries, baguettes and croissants, heaven! Plus a range of larger supermarket for the shop on arrival. Motorways links brilliant, no jams, even in rush hour! Made driving a real no stress, pleasurable experience. Visited the stunning cathedral of Bayeux, all the D-Day landing beaches and thought provoking memorials with ease. On arrival the lovely hosts had stocked the fridge and cupboard with essentials, milk, cheese, juice, bread, coffee, tea, spices plus all the toiletries in the lovely bathroom! Thank you Jane and Nick for making our first visit to France so memorable and wonderful. # Thoroughly spoilt.

Owner response

Wow what great comments! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at our gìte and we enjoyed having you as guests and you'd all be very welcome back for your second French holiday.