Peaceful holiday cottage in rural Normandy

9.7/10
Mantilly (18km from Domfront), Orne, Normandy Reference: NO004308 Advertiser since: 14 September 2015
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Mantilly Cottage Self Catering Saturday 1 4 1 Plus sofa bed in 2nd living room used as bedroom 2

About this property

Peaceful Detached Cottage On Edge Of Pretty Village. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.


Mantilly cottage is a peaceful, detached cottage with private, enclosed garden and beautiful views over surrounding fields and countryside.

Our cottage is set on the edge of the pretty village of Mantilly, within the Normandie-Maine Regional Nature Park, in Orne, Basse-Normandie.

Just a short walk from the quiet village centre where there is a boulangerie for freshly baked bread and pastries, a village shop, and a small restaurant/ bar 'Au Petit Mantilly'.

At the centre of the village there is a large church and close by a small lake. Countryside walking/cycle routes through apple and pear orchards can be accessed from the doorstep of the cottage.

Inside the cottage you will find:
A main bedroom with king size bed;
A living/dining/kitchen area with wood burner, fully equipped kitchen and gas cooker;
A separate living room with Free sat and DVD player as well as French terrestrial tv.
A bathroom with power shower and bath

Details of activities and places to visit are provided in the cottage welcome pack, such as cycling, walking, golf courses, fishing lakes and rivers, horse riding within this area of outstanding natural beauty.

Our cottage is within an hours drive of many places of historic interest such as Mont St Michel and Suisse Normandy, and further afield - WWII battlefields and D-Day beaches.

If you are looking for a slightly bigger place to stay, please have a look at our other property - Husson Gite (property ref NM004962 with Holiday France Direct), which sleeps up to 8 people.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The cottage has a comfortable central living area where you can relax and enjoy typical French living, cooking and dining around the wood burning stove.

Fireside sofa, farmhouse table seating up to 6, as well as a fully equipped kitchen area.

The kitchen is recently refurbished, with a gas hob, electric oven, fridge with freezer compartment, coffee maker, slow cooker, microwave and plenty more.
A small portable washing machine is also provided.

Living rooms

The main living room is separate to the kitchen/dining area and has views out to the garden.

Here you can relax on the sofa to watch television (French Freeview & UK Freesat), with a book, dvd, puzzles, cds and a few games provided.

The sofa in this room can be made up as a bed for additional guests please enquire with us for further information.

Bedrooms

The main bedroom has a king-size bed with fresh linen and towels provided for you on arrival at no extra cost.

A wardrobe/storage cupboard adjacent to the main bedroom has a hanging rail and shelf for further clothing storage, and a large mirror.

Bathrooms

The cottage has a lovely bathroom/toilet (wc), which features a full size bath, integral power shower and wall heater.

Heating

A fully functioning wood burning stove is located in the kitchen/diner area

The main living room has an electric fire, and an electric wall heater.

All other rooms have electric wall heaters provided.

Entertainment

Television (French Freeview & UK Freesat), with built in dvd player.

Audio cd stereo system provided. There is a small selection of books, dvds, puzzles, cds and a few indoor and outdoor games provided.

The village is a 30 second walk from the cottage where there is a small bar which is open at lunchtimes for meals, and early evening for drinks.

Garden and outside

Outside is a secluded, enclosed, garden with small lawned area, flower beds of mature roses and fig trees.

Additionally there is a gravelled area with bbq, seating and dining table for up to six, and space to play a game of boules (provided).

Two sun loungers are also provided.

Lovely views over surrounding fields and countryside.

Parking and garages

Parking for two vehicles is located immediately in front of the cottage next to the roadside on the quiet lane.

Visitor suitability

The cottage will suit all visitors, either single or couples of any age.

The main living room can be made up as a 2nd double bedroom which means that the cottage could sleep a maximum of 4 people in two double beds.

All of the rooms are situated on the ground floor, with two steps up to the 2nd living room, making access slightly easier for less mobile guests.

Information about any additional facilities

Pets are welcome with prior agreement of the owner, for an additional charge of £10.

Details of bike hire are provided within the information pack, along with some maps.

Also there are two wall mounted bike racks and a small shed, for which to store bikes at the rear of the property securely.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

* Vet details: Dr Boudry & Associates 11 place du Champ de Foire 50640 Le Teilleul France Phone number 02 33 59 40 16

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Gorron
Distance: 12 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, Pike, Zander, Roach, Perch and a lone Catfish
Name of nearest fishing location: 61700 Launay Carp Lake, La Haute-Chapelle
Distance: 17 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: La Foucaudière 61700 Domfront Tél : 02 33 38 11 08 Mobile phone : 06 22 46 88 61
Distance: 20 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 16 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Course des Poiriers en fleurs - cider route

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: There is a beautiful route called the Course des poiriers en fleurs which starts from nearby the cottage. The route takes in local points of interest such as La Chapelle de l’Oratoire and the Table de Diable historic monument, as well as Pear orchards.

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Chris + Sally

After enjoying holidays in the beautiful areas of Manche and Orne in Normandy for several years, we were lucky enough to be able to buy this beautiful cottage late in 2014. We use the cottage for our own holidays in France, and in 2015 we decided to make it available for rental to other guests as well.

Year property purchased 2014
Why this location? We love the beautiful scenery of this part of Normandy, which can be enjoyed by car, bicycle and foot. It is such a peaceful place where we can relax and unwind, but also take part in activities such as kayaking, and sightseeing. The roads are quiet and the cottage is easily reached from all major ports and airports in northern France. The weather is sunny and warm during the summer months, and for the winter months, the cottage is a cosy retreat to return to after days out.
Unique benefits of property Our cottage is detached with its own private garden, but is a short walk to the village bar and boulangerie. It has two living rooms making the accommodation flexible enough to sleep 4 people in two separate rooms. It is a cosy retreat in winter months due to the log fire in the main living room, and during the summer months you can enjoy the views from the sun trap garden. We also provide a welcome gift of local produce on arrival to make your holiday even more special.

The Owner Recommends

Horse Riding - La Foucaudière

It is on the heights of the Domfrontais on the edge of the Andaine forest, that the Andaine ranch team welcomes you in a spirit of friendliness and security, to show you how to ride a horse close to nature.

Beautiful scenery

Our Cottage is located within the Normandie-Maine Regional Nature Park, with wonderful cycling, walking, golf courses, fishing lakes and rivers, horse riding to name a few activities, within this area of outstanding natural beauty. The area of Suisse Normandy isn’t too far away. For details of how to get there contact Suisse Normandy Tourist Information

Bike hire

Bike hire can be found at Le Neufbourg (25 mins away) on the road to Vire, (the Peugeot Garage) 00 33 (0)2 33 59 00 14 open Mon-Sat 9.00-12.30 & 14.00-19.00. We advise you to take passport as identification for the bike hire. You can join another cycle path direct from the cycle hire shop. Opening times, prices for the above & much more information on other activities can be found by clicking here Mortain Tourism website We have bike rack storage out of sight at the rear of the cottage, and a small portable washing machine within the cottage. Maps and bike rental details are provided in the welcome pack.

Cycling

There are many cycling routes In Normandy, and local Tourist information offices provide maps of routes for free. The cottage is accessible from the ferry at Caen, with a lovely cycle route through the regional nature park and via Domfront, and also from Cherbourg La Francette de velo route Tour de Manche route There is a beautiful route called the Course des poiriers en fleurs which starts from nearby the cottage, where a cycle race takes place every year in April. The route takes in local points of interest such as La Chapelle de l’Oratoire and the Table de Diable historic monument, as well as Pear orchards and cider manufacturers

Fishing

Launay Carp Lake 4 acres of lake 4 islands deep in the Normandy countryside Ideal French fishing holiday close to Domfront Carp on the float. Food packages available.

Other Activities

Ange Michel leisure Parc at St Martin de Landelles, about 15 miles from Mantilly, open June- Aug 11am, mid Apr, May, Sept from 1.30pm Karting du Mortainais a la Le Neufbourg (go Karting), is about 25 minutes away, just outside Mortain. Tel 00 33 (0)2 33 59 60 33 Bungy Jumping in Normandy: Bungy jump Champrepus Zoo Canoeing at Torchamp: Pleine nature Normandie Enchanted Village bouncy castles, rope walks etc Mortain swimming pool

6 Reviews
9.7/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.7
  • Comfort: 9.7
  • Condition: 9.7
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 9.7
  • Setting: 9.7
  • Value for Money: 9.7
10 / 10 Al WSM 2 September, 2017

Lovely, comfortable cottage in an excellent and private location

10 / 10 Sandra and bruce 12 June, 2017

Lovely cottage with everything you need for a quiet restful holiday. Situation fabulous. Nice clean sheets and towels on arrival and house nice and clean

Owner response

Thank you for taking the time to write these kind comments, and for being such considerate guests, we are so glad you enjoyed your holiday. C and S

8 / 10 Phil Turner 31 October, 2016

My wife and I and our two dogs had a wonderful escape to the peace and quiet of Mantilly for a week in October. After the stress of a city the only sounds we heard were the church bells and the odd tractor taking pears to the distillery! We loved the walks nearby and the safe garden of the cottage. A lovely Autumn break with the colour of the countryside around. We plan to return in the Spring for the pear blossom!

10 / 10 Twinkletoes toes 31 October, 2016

The cottage was as described and owners made good contact with us, it was clean and ready for our arrival.this cottage is not luxurious but despite provide everything you need. We had dogs and it works well with them as it has a small secure garden and the floors are tiled. There was no evidence of other dogs staying.
The bed although large is not that comfy, mattress a bit firm, no set topping. We took our quilt which we laid on to give a bit of comfort. Otherwise it is all fine and is excellent value. Loads of really hot water for the shower which is really powerful.
There is a really effective wood burner but you do need to provide your own logs. We brought 7 bags from home and used them all, it was cold weather.
Would stay again with dogs.

Owner response

Thanks for your comments Lesley. Apologies for the mattress, it hasn't been raised to us before, but we will look to provide a set topping for future guests. Glad you felt it was good value, we do try to make it so, hence we decided not to provide logs as we would have to charge an additional fee to cover this cost. We do notify guests in our welcome document prior to arrival so hopefully others can be as prepared as yourselves! There are logs available to purchase locally also (details provided at the cottage). Thanks again for taking the time to provide valuable feedback it's much appreciated. Chris and Sally