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Very Pretty Country Cottage in Manche, Normandy - Bumblebee Cottage

Weekly Rental:From GBP 400 to GBP 500

Property

Cottages / Gites

Sleeps

8

Single/Double

1 / 3

Bathrooms

2

Pets

Not Allowed

Pool

Yes

Bumblebee Cottage has been fully renovated to a high standard and offers a traditional taste of France with all its furnishings but also offers extreme coziness and practicality with all mod cons. It has a well equipped kitchen, two large shower rooms, a spacious lounge with a dining area together with a sitting room equipped with a selection of books.  If you’re in the middle of one at the end of your stay please take it with you, a good book should be read to the end.

In early 2016 we converted the old snug into a fourth bedroom to have a bedroom with ground floor access and the dining room became a sitting room. We also moved the dining area into the original lounge to be more in keeping with the rural french custom.  The pool is not heated, but ther solar cover warms it suprisingly well, although Easter would be a little early I think.

The TV has Freesat with most of the UK TV programmes available and a DVD player with a selection of DVD’s, and there’s another TV/DVD in the sitting room.  There's broadband available, it's slow and the bandwidth is limited (so please don’t download movies) as we're too far from the telephone exchange to have cable.  We're struggling to improve on this but as at January 2017 we're stuck with the system we have.  The joy of rural France.

The stone-built cottage was once a farmhouse and is attached to its barn, which is no longer in use, and gives it the air of a traditional French longère with its water pump in front – it works but we wouldn’t recommend drinking the water!

Situated at the end of a lane that only serves two other properties it is both private and quiet, and the garden, about three quarters of an acre, has lots of room for the children to run around in or play ball games. There are swings in the garden, an above ground pool and swing ball. We also have a football net if you fancy a game of football.  There are apple and pear trees and a ferocious bramble patch down at the bottom corner (help yourself if they are ripe).

Reall, this cottage is perfect for relaxation and chilling out, whether sitting under the awning on the decked BBQ area or relaxing in the evening with a glass of wine watching the swallows darting about, and if you are lucky, deer have been spotted at the bottom of the garden  We suspect there’s a fox or two about also and we’re fairly certain that there are a couple of bats living in the barn we think that we saw a badger once.  If it’s too cool to sit outside, the log fire is very cozy, there’s an ample supply of logs in the log store.

The village of Saint Clement is only a couple of minutes drive away and the small market town of Mortain is just five minutes away where there are bars, cafes, supermarkets and shops. In addition just two minutes down the road is a great Go-cart Track which is popular for both children and adults.

The area wasn’t so peaceful in 1944, there was a major battle at Mortain and the view from the hilltop above the town is huge, fading into the misty distance. There’s a pleasant walk and picnic area there.

Cyclists and walkers are well catered for, as two km from the cottage there is a disused railway line (ample parking there), which is now a cycleway/footpath and runs for miles.  The line originally ran to Vire via Sourdeval, but I'm not sure if it's open for all of the route

PHOTOS

Kitchenware Appliances

Cooker/Hob Fridge Freezer Microwave Toaster Dish Washer High Chair Washing Machine

Fixtures & Equipment

Iron Log Fire TV Satellite DVD Player CD Player Internet Access Games Room

External Features

Private Pool - Unheated Private Garden BBQ Swing Sun Loungers : Yes Suitable for Children

Local Attractions

Most of the larger villages and small towns have a market day selling local produce, clothes, toys etc, very much like the English markets which are rapidly disappearing.

The nearest are Mortain, about 5km away which has a market on Saturday, Ger about 8km away on Thursday, and Soudeval which is about 12km is on Tuesday.

At Mortain there is the Grande Cascade, the highest waterfall in West France. It isn’t a French Niagra, but it is a really pretty place , a steep path down into the valley with a footbridge over the river to a small island with a seat, the footpath goes on to the Petite Cascade a little further downstream.

L’ Abbaye Blanche is close by, founded in the 11 century it has survived many wars and conflicts ( the latest 75years ago) fairly unscathed. It was last used as a monastery in 2011.

Mortain has the ruins of a castle (we haven’t visited it yet, but it is visible from the road overlooking the town) which seems to have been built by Sir Guillaume de Mortain, who was nasty enough to be called Guilluame the Cruel, he must have been pretty bad to get that name in the 10th century.

La Petite Chappelle is a small church situated on a ridge overlooking Mortain, and was the scene of a decisive battle in 1944 (see 1944 page). Follow the signs from Mortain to find it and there is a parking area and a pleasant walk to the chapel, there are picnic benches along the way. The view from the chapel is stunning, away out over the valley and on a clear day it is said that you can see the Mont Saint Michel about 25 miles away.

The drive to the Mont Saint Michel is about 30 miles through the beautiful countryside, but get there early as it is extremely popular and can get crowded. Walking across the causeway the monastery fills the view and is fascinating to walk around, audio guides are available.

There is a go-cart track about 4km away, well out of ear-shot, and La Village Enchanté, is about 8km. This has lots of activities including farm animals, a zip wire, and a canopy rope bridge in the trees.

The Normandy D-Day beaches are about 60 miles away, and the Bayeux tapestry is worth a visit, you will pass Bayeux on the way to the beaches .

St Mere-Eglise (see links) has a fine museum dedicated to the D-Day landings and is a lovely little town, not too touristy, and they have had a dummy of a parachutist hung on the church tower for years to commemorate an actual event.

St Hilaire du Harcouet is about 15 miles and has a nice unspoiled town centre (and a great market) as has Avranche, about 30miles away.

Special Rental Conditions

£50 per week early booking discount
£50 per week additional second week discount
Bed Linen Included.
Towels Included.
Fuel and Power Included.
Cot / High Chair.
No Smoking.

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Property Exterior

Private Pool (Unheated):
Yes
Private Garden:
Yes
BBQ:
Yes
Childrens Swing:
Yes
Sun Loungers:
Yes
Safe for Children:
Yes

Local Attractions

Most of the larger villages and small towns have a market day selling local produce, clothes, toys etc, very much like the English markets which are rapidly disappearing.

The nearest are Mortain, about 5km away which has a market on Saturday, Ger about 8km away on Thursday, and Soudeval which is about 12km is on Tuesday.

At Mortain there is the Grande Cascade, the highest waterfall in West France. It isn’t a French Niagra, but it is a really pretty place , a steep path down into the valley with a footbridge over the river to a small island with a seat, the footpath goes on to the Petite Cascade a little further downstream.

L’ Abbaye Blanche is close by, founded in the 11 century it has survived many wars and conflicts ( the latest 75years ago) fairly unscathed. It was last used as a monastery in 2011.

Mortain has the ruins of a castle (we haven’t visited it yet, but it is visible from the road overlooking the town) which seems to have been built by Sir Guillaume de Mortain, who was nasty enough to be called Guilluame the Cruel, he must have been pretty bad to get that name in the 10th century.

La Petite Chappelle is a small church situated on a ridge overlooking Mortain, and was the scene of a decisive battle in 1944 (see 1944 page). Follow the signs from Mortain to find it and there is a parking area and a pleasant walk to the chapel, there are picnic benches along the way. The view from the chapel is stunning, away out over the valley and on a clear day it is said that you can see the Mont Saint Michel about 25 miles away.

The drive to the Mont Saint Michel is about 30 miles through the beautiful countryside, but get there early as it is extremely popular and can get crowded. Walking across the causeway the monastery fills the view and is fascinating to walk around, audio guides are available.

There is a go-cart track about 4km away, well out of ear-shot, and La Village Enchanté, is about 8km. This has lots of activities including farm animals, a zip wire, and a canopy rope bridge in the trees.

The Normandy D-Day beaches are about 60 miles away, and the Bayeux tapestry is worth a visit, you will pass Bayeux on the way to the beaches .

St Mere-Eglise (see links) has a fine museum dedicated to the D-Day landings and is a lovely little town, not too touristy, and they have had a dummy of a parachutist hung on the church tower for years to commemorate an actual event.

St Hilaire du Harcouet is about 15 miles and has a nice unspoiled town centre (and a great market) as has Avranche, about 30miles away.

In the area

This Property is situated in Manche, Normandy-Lower

Nearest Airport: Caen - More than 30 kms (approx)

Nearest Station:

Nearest Ferry: Ouistreham - More than 30 kms (approx)

Nearest Beach:

Nearest Ski Resort:

Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town or village.


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