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 gîte is aimed at couples but is suitable for up to 4 adults, as well as anyone with limited mobility. It has 2 double bedrooms 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 to email, social media and internet browsing but, like the world over, being rural download speeds are slow so streaming of films online is not an option (we do have a wide selection of dvd's though). 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, both on the quieter west coast and the D-Day landing beaches on the east coast. 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 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, UK hd Freesat & French satellite channels and a dvd player with a selection of dvd's in English, French and other languages.

There is a dining table with 4 chairs as well as a 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 frenchdoors 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 fitted with 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 ground floor 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 the fosse septique (septic tank).


There is an electric fire in the lounge diner and there are free standing electric oil fired radiators for cooler weather. 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 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 dvd's.

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 sunshine, or for when it's baking hot eating evening meals there (just move the larger table from the front to the back). 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.

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 up to four adults and anyone with limited mobility. We kindly request no children as some of our rescue pets are very timid and young childrens' 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 (these 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 smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, a fire blanket and a 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 near La Haye du Puits (7km away) which is a great town. We chose to live close to La Haye du Puits because it is actually lived in all year round with few second homes. We have holidayed in some areas which are ghost towns out of season because all the holidaymakers have left. Here, all the shops are still open, people still milling about, markets still held, cinema and bars and restaurants still open. Oh, so are the beauty parlours for any pampering you fancy.
La Manche is a region steeped in history and also a place of remembrance; it is a peninsula of land with the Atlantic on the west coast and the English Channel on the north coast and D-Day beaches on the east coast. 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. 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.

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.

9 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.9
  • Local Amenities: 9.9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Joy and Lynne 25 September, 2019

Petit Rigault exceeded our expectations. It truly is a home from home. Equipped with everything you need, including soaps, gels etc. It is beautifully located.
It is the best Gite we've ever stayed in, worth every penny.
The owners Jane and Nick are very helpful when needed, otherwise you wouldn't know they were there.
There are so many sights to see and experience, a week wasn't long enough.
We most definitely recommend it to family and friends, and will be returning again and again.

Owner response

Thanks for your lovely review Joy, we are so glad you enjoyed yourselves and we do hope to see you both again soon.

10 / 10 Clair - Hertfordshire 23 September, 2019

Jane and Nick are exceptional hosts with excellent communication leading up to our visit. We were warmly greeted on arrival and given a guided tour of the gite and the run through of appliances (including a nice big TV with English Freesat channels). Jane said if there is anything we needed just to let her know. There was a welcome hamper which kept us going until we went the shops on Sunday morning. The gite is very well equipped down to the finer details of even hot water bottles for the chilly nights in the countryside. The gite was spotlessly clean This is the only gite where I have not had to go out a buy a utensil or some other essential as it is all there for you.
The local town and supermarkets are just a short drive away. The gite is ideally situated to visit both the D Day/WWII historical sites as well as the coast and local towns away from the D Day beaches.
If we needed any ideas for visits then Jane had the answers.
The setting in mature gardens is so peaceful that you can actually relax from the busy world we live in.

Owner response

Thank you so much for your lovely review Clair and we're so glad you enjoyed your stay in our cosy gîte. We're equally glad you didn't have to go out and buy any utensils! Thanks for the tip on the Christian Dior museum which I've since visited and enjoyed.

10 / 10 phil portland 19 August, 2019

having stayed many times the new owners have made this even better a lovely location and a friendly place to stay would recommend to anyone

Owner response

Hiya Phil,

We're so glad you enjoyed the improvements we've made to the gîte; thanks so much for your recommendation.

We hope your granddaughter's wedding was wonderful for you all.


Jane & Nick

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.