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Normandy

Normandy is famous for its rich cultural heritage, lush meadow countryside and beaches; a gentle and tranquil place that’s within easy reach of the British Isles and perfect for a relaxing holiday for both couples and families alike. We have a comprehensive collection of gites in Normandy.

Situated in North West France it’s a great favourite with British holidaymakers year-round and the history of Normandy is inextricably linked with that of England through the Norman Conquest.

Since William the Conqueror conquered England in 1066, the Dukes of Normandy were often also Kings of England until the early 13th century. Many medieval landmarks can be found here and visitors will enjoy visiting some of the abbeys, churches, castles and palaces for which the region is renowned.

In more recent history, of course, the famous Allied D Day Invasion took place on the beaches of Normandy. Today visitors can explore the five beaches where more than 130,000 Allied Soldiers landed. The region is also home to many interesting museums and memorials to this period of World War Two and visitors can view old tanks, defences and army bunkers that played a part in the conflict.

As well as a fascinating history, Normandy''s wide beaches and 350 mile coastline make an ideal playground for families, with quiet meandering country lanes and rural farmland further inland to explore. There are picturesque villages to visit as well as famous sites such as Bayeux with its famous tapestry and Monet''s home at Giverny where he was inspired to paint the famous water lilies as well as other views of his beautiful garden. The cathedrals of Coutances, Caen and Rouen and the wonderful abbey of Mont St Michel are also well worth visiting.

Normandy is famous for dairy farming and produces excellent butter, cream and milk as well as superb cheeses such as Pont l''Eveque, Livarot and Camembert. There are many excellent restaurants, and visitors can enjoy local dishes and haute cuisine in towns and small villages all over the region. Apples are another delicacy for which Normandy is well known.

Lovers of the countryside will enjoy visiting Normandy''s four Natural Parks. Here you will find wildlife in beautifully cared for natural environments and plenty of space for family activities. There are lovely views of valleys, forests and the scenery that goes to make up Normandy''s countryside.

For a taste of North West France and a wonderfully relaxing break, search for holiday cottages in Normandy today.
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  • La Boulangerie

    Mestry, nr. Isigny-sur-Mer, Calvados

    Grade
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    Ref: F14174

    This charming, remodelled cottage sits in a serene area in the grounds of a rare Art Nouveau manor with a private driveway entrance. La Boulangerie has a tastefully furnished living room with decorative stone fireplace, fully-equipped kitchen and sun-filled breakfast nook where you may take in stunning sunsets and views. You are welcome to enjoy the beautifully maintained gardens in front of the manor, which include an ornamental pond and dovecote. It is an excellent base from which to explore and is just 20 minutes from the historic D-Day landing beaches.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors to patio. Kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower

    • Shared 1-acre grounds
    • Lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Electric heaters
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • M/wave
    • CD
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond 80m from property.

    Location: 8km from Isigny-sur-Mer (all amenities, restaurants), 15km W of Grandcamp Maisy (beach), 18km W of Bayeux (tapestry, museums, cathedral), 45km W of Caen (ferry port, city, chateaux, shops).

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  • Fontenay-le-Pesnel, nr. Caen

    Fontenay-le-Pesnel, nr. Caen

    Grade
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    Ref: W11944

    This delightful detached house has the living/dining room, which opens onto a balcony, on the first floor giving it great views of the garden which leads down to the river, and also boasts exposed stone walls in the bedroom. The property is located in a village just outside the centre of Caen. It is a good place to relax or enjoy walking and cycling. It makes a good touring base with historic Caen, with museums, great shopping, horse racing and William the Conqueror’s castle and abbey, and the Peace Museum being only 6.25 miles (10km) away. Bayeux with its famous tapestry and medieval part with cathedral is 10 miles (16km) and the landing beaches are also within driving distance. Shop and café/bar 550 yards (500m), restaurant 15km, beach 15.5 miles (25km).

    Ground floor: Shower room with basin, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom. First floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner.

    Electric heating, colour satellite TV, video, radio, washing machine, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steep stairs to first floor.

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  • Cidre Barn

    Pont-Hébert, nr. Saint-Lô, Manche

    Grade
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    Ref: F50233

    Cidre Barn has been lovingly renovated to provide comfortable holiday accommodation for two in a quiet corner of the Normandy countryside. Situated close to the historic town of Saint-Lô, Cidre Barn adjoins the owners’ property and is an ideal location from which to explore Manche and its neighbouring regions. Saint-Lô’s imposing ramparts take centre stage in a town made famous by its strategic role during the Second World War. Also nearby is the hilltop town of Coutances, well-known for its cathedral and formal gardens. Coastal resorts are also within easy driving distance whilst, a little further afield, lies Normandy’s most famous landmark, the monastic isle of Le Mont Saint Michel.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams, corner kitchen. Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor: Kingsize bedroom with double sofa bed, beams, sloping ceiling, double shower cubicle/WC

    • Garden with steps
    • Terrace
    • Shared wooded grounds with lake
    • Oil heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • Combi m/wave/oven
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 1.5km Pont-Hébert (supermarket, bar), 9km from Saint-Lô (all amenities), 35km NE of Coutances (cathedral, botanical gardens), 42km From Saint-Germain-sur-Ay (beaches).

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  • Champeaux, nr. Granville

    Champeaux, nr. Granville

    Grade
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    Ref: W12269

    This charming detached cottage has been converted from a former bakery, with fantastic views across the valley. Located on the edge of the small town of Champeaux a great place for walking, cycling or relaxing with all facilities nearby. Only 545 yards (500m) away you can enjoy views of the Mont St Michel from the cliffs of Champeaux and then walk down to the beach. Historical Granville with its old part on top of the cliffs, home of the pirates for centuries, and well known for its seafood restaurants is only 6 miles (7.5km). Historical Coutances and the Mont St Michel only 15 miles (22km). Shop 1.2miles (2km), café/bar and restaurant 550 yards (500m), beach 880 yards (800m).

    Ground Floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom on mezzanine.

    Electric central heating, colour TV, video, DVD player, microwave, shared enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Maison de Grâce

    Barenton, Manche

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    Ref: F50216

    These delightful holiday cottages situated close to the town of Barenton have been renovated to excellent standards by the friendly English owners. Both offer guests tranquil accommodation amidst peaceful countryside surroundings. Maison de Lilli (F50200) peeks out from behind a hedge hiding its traditional Colombage exterior from passers-by. Inside, thoughtful detailing has guarded the spirit of the original property whilst providing a cosy yet spacious interior for guests. Although smaller than its sister property, Maison de Grâce (F50216) takes full advantage of its more compact dimensions by offering a comfortable and charmingly appointed open-plan living area and includes an elegant four-poster bed. Both cottages boast private garden areas with views over the surrounding countryside. The pretty hillside town of Mortain is within easy driving distance and is well known for its historic abbey and cascading waterfalls. A little further afield lies the ancient town of Domfront whose half-timbered houses and narrow streets remind visitors of its 11th century origins. Avranches, a strategic location during World War II, is only 50km.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with double four poster bed, beams and tiled floor. Steps down to kitchen with French doors to terrace, beams and tiled floor. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower

    • Lawned garden
    • Electric heaters
    • H/chair.

    Location: 3.5km of Barenton (all facilities), 18km NE of St. Hilaire-du-Harcouët (market town), 15km NE of Domfront (château, old town), 50km of Avranches, 65km E of Mont St. Michel (Benedictine island monastery).

    Both properties: M/wave

    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

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  • Breux-sur-Avre, nr. Dreux

    Breux-sur-Avre, nr. Dreux

    Grade
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    Ref: W12147

    This detached cottage has an open fire in the lounge and a garden with patio area overlooking the ornamental pond. From the property you can enjoy the Normandy countryside, which is all around, by walking or cycling and this is also an ideal place for relaxing. It is located just 2.5 miles (4km) from a small town with all facilities along the Aure River valley. Historic Verneuil-sur-Avre is 6.25 miles (10km) away with its medieval part and the two large forests of Breteuil and Senonches are 7 miles (12km). Shop and café/bar 4km, restaurant 300m.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom on mezzanine.

    Electric heating, open fire in lounge, colour TV, video, radio, wi-fi, microwave, shared enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome.

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  • Clécy

    Clécy

    Grade
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    Ref: FNC168

    This delightful, holiday cottage is the perfect romantic retreat for couples looking to get away and enjoy a peaceful holiday in the north of France. In the heart of Clécy, its beautiful surroundings include the Orne river which runs along the superb backdrop of an abrupt and picturesque rocky ridge. The village is very much known for its local sports and of course its magnificent walks and hikes across its brilliant scenery. Within this region of Calvados, visitors will enjoy the vast culture on offer with a mix of festivals and celebrations. It has become a massive tourist area due to all its seaside resorts and culinary specialties. Shop 14km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen. First floor: Bathroom with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom.

    Electric heating, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, microwave, garden, garden furniture, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steep, turning stairs (no handrail) to first floor. Sloping ceilings.

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  • Maison de Lilli

    Barenton, Manche

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: F50200

    These delightful holiday cottages situated close to the town of Barenton have been renovated to excellent standards by the friendly English owners. Both offer guests tranquil accommodation amidst peaceful countryside surroundings. Maison de Lilli (F50200) peeks out from behind a hedge hiding its traditional Colombage exterior from passers-by. Inside, thoughtful detailing has guarded the spirit of the original property whilst providing a cosy yet spacious interior for guests. Although smaller than its sister property, Maison de Grâce (F50216) takes full advantage of its more compact dimensions by offering a comfortable and charmingly appointed open-plan living area and includes an elegant four-poster bed. Both cottages boast private garden areas with views over the surrounding countryside. The pretty hillside town of Mortain is within easy driving distance and is well known for its historic abbey and cascading waterfalls. A little further afield lies the ancient town of Domfront whose half-timbered houses and narrow streets remind visitors of its 11th century origins. Avranches, a strategic location during World War II, is only 50km.

    Ground floor: Living room with woodburner/dining room with beams and steps down to kitchen with French window to patio. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower. Open tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with wooden floor and beams

    • Enclosed private garden
    • Patio
    • Central heating
    • Wood-burning stove.

    Location: 3.5km of Barenton (all facilities), 18km NE of St. Hilaire-du-Harcouët (market town), 15km NE of Domfront (château, old town), 50km of Avranches, 65km E of Mont St. Michel (Benedictine island monastery).

    Both properties: M/wave

    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

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  • Auberge de Relais

    La Chapelle d’Andaine, Orne

    Grade
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    Ref: F61141

    This delightful former coach house was once the ‘garage’ for the local notary of the pretty market town of La Chapelle d’Andaine. Now converted into comfortable and spacious accommodation, it is ideal to explore this picturesque and historic region of Normandy. The property features a pretty and mature garden area and is within easy walking access of local shops. La Chapelle is only a short drive from the famous spa town of Bagnoles de l’Orne. Built in the centre of a vast forest region, Bagnoles is both picturesque and cosmopolitan in atmosphere, offering its visitors a boating lake, casino, an impressive golf course and magical woodland walks. Nearby, the fortified hillside town of Domfront is another must-see for visitors to the area.

    Ground floor: Large living/dining room with open fire, corner kitchen and large windows to garden. First floor: Double bedroom. Bathroom/WC with over bath shower

    • Large enclosed garden
    • Central heating
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Ample parking
    • Garden furniture.

    Location: La Chapelle d’Andaine (local facilities), 5km from Bagnoles de l’Orne (spa town, lake, restaurants, boutiques, casino, golf), 13km E of Domfront (château, old town, all facilities), 35km SE of Flers (lakeside château, large market town). A great stopover for Le Mans.

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  • Saint-Jean-le-Thomas

    Saint-Jean-le-Thomas

    Grade
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    Ref: FNM611

    Located in the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel in the heart of the city of Saint-Jean-le-Thomas, this holiday property, situated on the first floor of the owner’s house, is the ideal touring base. Situated between Brittany and Normandy, this apartment offers a very unique environment with its large garden where you can relax and wander at your leisure between roses and fruit trees. The beach is just at the end of the street (700m away), where you can view Mont-Saint-Michel. Take the opportunity to cross the bay on foot (accompanied by a guide of course) - this experience will remain forever etched in your memories of your holiday in Normandy. Close by, visit Granville and its beaches (15km) or embark towards Jersey and Guernsey for a day trip. Restaurant 500m, beach 700m.

    All on first floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom.

    Electric heating, satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, microwave, shared lawned garden, shared terrace, shared garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome. No smoking please.

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  • Les Henardiers

    Ste. Cécile, Manche

    Grade
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    Ref: F50134

    In a secluded hillside setting by a small hamlet, not far from the coast, this detached cottage is an ideal setting for a relaxing holiday. The cosy rustic interior retains many traditional features, including beamed ceilings, and the living room features a large open fireplace with wood burning stove. Outside, the south-facing terrace boasts fine views across the valley. The nearby town of Villedieu-les-Poêles has a bell-making and copperware industry stretching back 900 years, and copper pots and ornaments gleam from almost every shop window in its picturesque streets. The coast and fishing port of Granville are only half an hour’s drive away, and the spectacular Mont St. Michel is also within easy reach.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen with access through to bathroom/WC. Double bedroom

    • Garden area
    • Orchard
    • Electric convector heaters
    • Wood-burning stove
    • M/wave
    • TV (for DVD use only)
    • DVD (small library)
    • Video
    • CD/stereo
    • Cot
    • Parking
    • Terrace
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2km S of Ste. Cécile (shop, bar), 4km S of Villedieu-les-Poêles (all facilities), 20km NE of Avranches (town, Mont St. Michel Bay), 25km E of Granville (beach).

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  • Vaudreville

    Vaudreville

    Grade
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    Ref: FNM420

    This former farm’s bakery is now a lovely and comfortable holiday house, and enjoys a private south-facing garden, ideal for sunbathing. Situated only 5km from the sandy beach of Quinéville, this is an ideal touring base to explore the region either by horse riding or hiking. Discover Normandy’s history by visiting Utah Beach and Sainte-Mère-Église, only 15km. Make sure to visit Cherbourg, 35km, with its port where the marines landed in June 1944 or the maritime museum of Cité de la Mer. Shop and restaurant 5km, beach 6km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin. Mezzanine: Double bed.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, colour TV (French channels only), microwave, garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steep paddle stairs to mezzanine. Sloping ceiling on mezzanine. Unfenced pond next to property.

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