Peaceful holiday cottage in rural Normandy

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 garden - beautiful views over surrounding fields and countryside. One main bedroom with king size bed, plus king size sofa bed in second living room which can be made up as a separate bedroom 2. Open plan main living/dining/kitchen area with wood burner, fully equipped kitchen and gas cooker. Set on the edge of a pretty village, within the Normandie-Maine Regional Nature Park, in Orne, Basse-Normandie.
The cottage is only a short walk from the centre of the quiet village of Mantilly, where there is a boulangerie for freshly baked bread and pastries, village shop, and a small restaurant/ bar. All surround a large church at the centre of the village. The village lake is also only a short walk from the cottage, and countryside walking/cycling routes through apple and pear orchards can be accessed from the doorstep.
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.
It is also close to many places of historic interest such as Mont St Michel and Suisse Normandy, and further afield - WWII battlefields and D-Day beaches.

Also, if you are looking for a slightly bigger cottage to rent, please have a look at our other property Husson Gite (property ref NM004962) with Holiday France Direct.

Some reviews from our website and Trip advisor:

July 2016 "Mantilly, the text book definition of perfect"
After a long and scenic drive we arrived at Mantilly cottage and were immediately struck by the peace and quiet. The cottage is perfect for a couple to get away and hide from the noise and haste or modern life. It's an ideal base for exploring or indeed staying in and reading whilst sat in the garden (remember to say hello to the cows). We will be sure to return in th not too distant future. Just brilliant!!!

June 2016 “This Cottage is a Gem.”
What a great time we had in Chris n Sallys cottage in Mantilly.Everything that they said about it when we booked was true.This cottage has everything.Location...peace and quiet and plenty of top tourist attractions within driving distance.Situated in a small quiet village with plenty of walks and local facilities..its great.. We were in France for the football..which was mad..and should have booked another stay in the cottage on the way home to Ireland to recover..This is a Gem for total peace and quiet.

10/05/16 “Mantilly cottage is the perfect holiday home.”
We found Mantilly a lovely place to base ourselves for our holiday. We found so many places to visit explore and enjoy. All we needed in a holiday. Although weather was seasonal we found every comfort in our holiday home. Home from home.

10/06/15 "Relaxing & Peaceful"
Having spent a week at the Cottage in Mantilly we came away very relaxed and chilled…..just what we needed. The cottage was very private and comfortable with most of the creature comforts of home. Having English tv was great as it kept us in touch with what was going on even though we enjoy French as well. There are so many beautiful places to visit around this area so this was very central for our purpose. I would highly recommend a stay at the Cottage. Thank you to the owners who were fantastic and so helpful.

11/05/15 "Lovely accommodation, perfectly positioned in interesting part of France"
All the attractions in this lovely part of France are within easy reach. The owners have provided all info you could possibly need in their description. Very friendly people in this area. Perfect for walking, cycling, driving and just generally exploring. Great French lunch in village restaurant, very reasonably priced. Menu of the day only, when we were there, so best to check if you are going to like it. We definitely did like. Local markets and villages especially interesting, all with their own character. Would recommend a visit. We will come again for sure. As we were only here for 6 days, there must be loads more for us to enjoy.

15/04/15 "Relaxed, comfortable, peaceful, convenient"
We spent 4 sun filled days in Mantilly.The cottage was very homely and had everything we needed for a relaxing break. We were able to enjoy the quiet location and countryside views with a glass of wine and a good book. The pretty village has a shop, boulangerie and friendly restaurant serving lunchtime meals and evening drinks. The location is ideal for exploring the area. Mont St Michel is well worth a visit, although gets very busy, and there are several markets in the surrounding towns and villages. Our trip was too short and we will be back.



Kitchen and dining

The cottage has a comfortable central living area where you can relax and enjoy typical French living and dining around the wood burning stove.
There is a welcoming fireside sofa and Farmhouse table that seats 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

There is also an additional living room which can be utilised as a second double bedroom (very comfortable sofa-bed) or enjoyed as a separate living area where 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 main bedroom has a king-size bed with dressing table - plenty of drawer space. There is a roomy wardrobe/storage cupboard adjacent to the main bedroom with hanging rail and shelf for further clothing storage, and large mirror. The second living room can be made up as a second bedroom (comfy double sofa bed).
All bed linen provided.


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


A fully functioning wood burning stove is located in the main living area. All other rooms have electric wall heaters provided.


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 two minute 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 walled garden with small lawned area, flower beds of mature roses and fig trees. Also there is a gravelled area with bbq provided, with seating and dining table for up to six and space to play a game of boules (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 2nd 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.


  • Cleaning

  • Pets welcomed

  • Linen


Antiques/Brocante Market

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


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


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, 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.


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


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

5 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.6
  • Comfort: 9.6
  • Condition: 9.6
  • Facilities: 9.6
  • Local Amenities: 9.6
  • Setting: 9.6
  • Value for Money: 9.6
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

10 / 10 Ann Elizabeth 7 September, 2016

Mantilly Cottage is the ideal base for a relaxing break or for visiting south Nornandy. Its description matches the reality. It's clean, comfortable & well-maintained for an old building, and the owners provide excellent service/information. We would certainly recommend it & may well go again.

We sought peace and relaxation so did not venture far. The local bar/restaurant is excellent for a plat de jour & local knowledge (landlady is English), & the boulangerie & shop are fine. Markets are further away & we would go further than the nearest for a better array of produce than in Gorron.

The Memorial Museum at Caen is fascinating, & convenient to visit en route to/from the ferry port.

Owner response

Dear Ann, we're really pleased you both enjoyed your stay, as the most important thing to us is that all of our guests have a great holiday. Thank you for taking the time to add a review it means a lot to us. Chris and Sally