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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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  • Auberge de Relais

    La Chapelle d’Andaine, Orne

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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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  • Maison du Gardien

    Mestry, nr. Bayeux, Calvados

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    Ref: F14124

    Set at the forefront of the grounds of a beautiful Art Nouveau priory, the Maison du Gardien provides spacious accommodation for two in a relaxing setting. The cottage is well furnished with a large dining table and comfortable seating by the ornamental fireplace. From the patio at the doorstep, you have a fine view of the priory’s beautifully maintained gardens, including the ornamental pond and dovecote. This holiday cottage is an excellent base from which to explore the delights of Normandy, and is just 20 minutes from the historic D-day landing beaches.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with well equipped corner kitchen and French doors to patio. Shower room/WC. First floor: Double bedroom

    • Shared 1-acre grounds
    • Shared enclosed lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Electric heaters
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • M/wave
    • CD
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond 50m 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

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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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  • Anneville-sur-Mer

    Anneville-sur-Mer

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    Ref: FNM100

    This former windmill has been tastefully renovated to provide a unique holiday base that guests will love. It has been decorated in the traditional style of the local buildings and will delight those who are looking for something a bit different. It is sitaued in the town of Anneville-sur-Mer, just 1.5km from the sandy beach. Ideally located for those wanting to explore the local area and visit the many attractions close by including Coutances (12km) the beautiful gardens of Argences (16km), the Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin national park (29km), Granville (31km) and children will love the animal at the Parc zoologique de Champrepus 37km away. Shop and restaurant 5km.

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

    Electric heating, CD player, microwave, garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome. NB: Steep, narrow, open-sided, open-tread spiral stairs with rope handrail to first and second floors.

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  • Champeaux, nr. Granville

    Champeaux, nr. Granville

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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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  • Vaudreville

    Vaudreville

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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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  • Barenton

    Barenton

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    Ref: W14251

    Situated in the centre of the quiet country town of Barenton, this charming, renovated, semi-detached holiday cottage is ideally located to explore this beautiful and historic region. Despite retaining many of its original features, Le Petit Maison de l’Eglise also offers modern comforts. The hillside town of Mortain, known for its historic abbey and cascading waterfalls, is only a short drive away, as is the ancient town of Domfront where cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses are a reminder of the town’s 11th century origins. Avranches is only 35km away, whilst Normandy’s most famous landmark, Le Mont Saint Michel, makes an ideal day trip. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 100m.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom plus single bed.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, colour satellite TV, DVD player, microwave, private enclosed garden, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: 6 steps to entrance.

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  • Les Henardiers

    Ste. Cécile, Manche

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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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  • La Boulangerie

    Mestry, nr. Isigny-sur-Mer, Calvados

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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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  • Barneville-Carteret

    Barneville-Carteret

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    Ref: FNM408

    Set within a château, a magnificent property with direct access to the beach of Barneville, this beautiful holiday studio overlooks the sea, Cape Carteret and the Channel Islands (to go to the islands, take the boat in Carteret). On the beach, you can go fishing, yachting, sailing, surfing or horse riding. There are many attractions worth visiting in the Cotentin Peninsula, including the famous Mont St Michel, the Normandy landing beaches or the Hague. Do not forget to take a nice walk on the old coastal path. Cherbourg, 38km, is situated on the Contentin Peninsula and has a ferry port, race track, basilica, theatre and the Cité de la Mer, a large maritime museum. For golf enthusiasts, a golf course can be found 5km from the property. Shop 3km, restaurant 50m, beach 30m.

    All on second floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), microwave, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steps to entrance.

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  • Breux-sur-Avre, nr. Dreux

    Breux-sur-Avre, nr. Dreux

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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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  • Cidre Barn

    Pont-Hébert, nr. Saint-Lô, Manche

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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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