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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About this property

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

The gîte is suitable for four adults and anyone with limited mobility. It has 2 double beds one of which is on the ground floor. The gite is in the beautiful Normandy countryside, consequently with no public transport, so your own transport is essential. We are sorry no pets are currently allowed.

As well as one of the bedrooms being on the ground floor the shower room and loo, the lounge and the kitchen are also on the ground floor so this makes it ideal for anyone with reduced mobility. There isn't a 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 has free wi-fi with wi-fi boost to ensure great access and is able to provide email and internet searching comfortably but, like the world over, bring rural, download speeds are slow so streaming of films etc may take some time. The mobile phone signal is good in most of the gite 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.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen 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 and feedback has been it has everything needed and more; 2 separate visitors have said they want this kitchen in their own home!

Living rooms

The lounge/diner has a 50" flat-screen Panasonic tv, dvd and UK HD Freesat & French satellite channels; 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 3 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 gite.


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 both 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 and loo has a 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 an electric fire in the lounge diner as well as free standing electric oil fired radiators for the colder months. In case of a "Beast from the East" we also a have calor gas fire for use.


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, rhododendron, azalea and wild rose.There is a small patio at the rear of the gite with a small table and 2 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 4 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 gite is suitable for four adults and anyone with limited mobility. We kindly request no children as some of our rescue pets are very timid and children's squeals and shouts scare them into the surrounding fields; one cat went missing for 2 months so we want to avoid that happening again.

We also welcome 2 wheelers of any type: cycles, motorcycles and scooters (those noises don't scare the pets). There is 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've tried to think of everything you need and have no additional charges and includes bed linen, towels, toilet rolls, shower gel, shampoo & conditioner, all cleaning materials, liquid detergent and clothes conditioner, dishwasher tablets, condiments, herbs, spices.

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 1 of the bedrooms being on the ground floor as well as the lounge, kitchen and shower room and 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, 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 3 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.

6 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 B, C and B. Ritchie 6 July, 2019

We stayed at this lovely gite for one wonderful week. Jane & Nick are very welcoming, there if you need them but unobtrusive. We have stayed in many gites over the 30 years we have been holidaying in France and this is the best one, nothing of the vide grenier about it. Beautifully maintained and furnished more like a boutique hotel with everything supplied, I,e toiletries, all bedding and towels and even lovely soft bathrobes, all for no extra charge. It's incredibly clean.
The location is perfect, rural but not remote. Within easy driving distance of superb beaches. The local town of La Haye du Puit is well worth a visit, not just a tabac and boulangerie but a proper high street with a good selection shops with quality products/produce.
We will certainly pay a return visit ASAP

Owner response

Thank you for you great review Brian. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay in our gîte and that you liked the location too. You are so right, La Haye du Puits is a proper market town and has one of the best markets in the area. It'd be lovely to see you all again.

10 / 10 Trevor & Pat 4 July, 2019

We have just enjoyed a wonderful two weeks in this lovely gîte. Everything was spotless and Jane and Nick were perfect hosts; they’d thought of everything and nothing was too much trouble. Perfect location to access historic Normandy. Our favourites were the landing beaches, the local towns and beaches and Bayeux.
We’re looking forward to returning soon. Thank you Jane and Nick.

Owner response

Thank you so much for your lovely review Pat & Trevor, we are delighted you enjoyed yourselves so much in the area and with the gîte. You were perfect guests and left the gîte spotless and not only that you bought us delicious artisan biscuits which we're still scoffing, yum yum.

9.8 / 10 Paul and Sandy 10 June, 2019

The gite was warm and cosy and spotlessly clean. Everything we needed was in the gite - it even included beach towels! Jane and Nick were very warm and welcoming. They gave us privacy but were happy to chat and be on hand to give us information when needed. In fact Jane went the extra mile and emailed us places to visit before we even left England and looked things up for us while we were in the gite.
There are lovely places to visit nearby - a car is essential. The beaches are gorgeous and empty and you are in easy reach of the DDay historical sites.
We would highly recommend this gite!

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely review Sandy & Paul and for highly recommending our gîte. The day after you left you missed a treat as all the planes with 1,000 parachutists in were circling over us for a couple of hours, you'd have loved it as much as we did (the cats weren't so keen though).

10 / 10 Margaret and Paul 13 January, 2019

It was our first visit to this part of France. We loved every minute of it, we were booked in from Sunday 6th January and left on Thursday 10th January 2019.
The Gite was easy to find google maps took us right to it. The accommodation was spotless, it was home from home, lots of little extras which was a real bonus, ie shampoo, conditioner, shower gel.
Bread, butter and a bottle of wine. Jane and Nick could not have been more helpful, they were about if we needed them, they did not intrude on our privacy. The location of the gite was fantastic, countryside all around, no light pollution and so peaceful. The bed was so comfy it was one of the best nights sleep we had had in a long time. Lots of mod cons in the gite.
We visited the American cemetery and Omaha beach, which was very moving. We also went to Gold Beach in Arromanches-les-Bains this was amazing. There are a lot of very interesting places about which I found very easy to drive to.
We would definitely recommend Jane and Nicks Gite to friends and family.

Owner response

Hiya Margaret,

Thanks so much for your lovely review of our cosy gite and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay here. It would be lovely to see you again on a second visit to this part of France.


Jane & Nick