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Gite for 2, Normandy/Brittany borders, Nr Avranches, Bay of Mont Saint Michel

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights

About the property

Edge of village, countryside views, Pool, king-size beds, Wi-Fi, English owners

'Les Hirondelles' comprises 3 attached Gites and is situated in the Lower Normandy countryside of La Vallée de La Sée, and surrounded by lush green hills. Ideally located for exploring this historic region – including the D-Day Landing Beaches (tours can be arranged), Mont Saint Michel, Avranches, Villedieu-les-Poeles (the famous copper-making town), Granville, Domfront and Bayeux Tapestry and British War Cemetery.

Just over the border in Brittany, visit the beautiful port of Saint Malo with its ramparts, the medieval town of Dinan on the River Rance and Fougéres, which has the largest medieval fortress in Europe.

'Les Hirondelles' is easily accessed from three ports – Saint Malo, Cherbourg and Caen – but also consider Le Havre and Calais.

Your English hosts, Helen and Dave, live on site and so are readily available with advice and assistance when needed. We can also provide meals – a Salad on arrival and a 4-Course Evening Meal twice a week.

The bed (or twin on request) will be made up with good quality cotton percale bed linen, towels are provided too. You will find a tray in the kitchen with tea, coffee and sugar, and milk and a bottle of wine to welcome you in the fridge.

This Gite (Gite 2) comprises a living area with comfortable seating, dining table and 4 chairs, woodburner, TV/DVD (English Freeview channels), Wi-Fi, small corner kitchen with gas cooker and fridge. On first floor, one Bedroom with King-size bed and ensuite shower room. Outside, garden furniture.

Shared 10m x 5m swimming pool (June/September) and secluded sundeck. Chalet, leading to the Pool, accommodates a DVD library, books and games and provides a seating area for guests, local produce and information on places to visit.

Large communal garden area with BBQ, table and chairs, pergola.

Other things to do :

The area is great for walking and cycling with many marked trails and routes (we can provide maps) kayaking and rock-climbing in the Suisse Normand region, around an hour away.

Nature lovers will enjoy the huge range of birds to be seen from the garden, including buzzards and herons, hunting birds.

There are many beautiful gardens to visit including the Parc du Chateau de Balleroy, nr Bayeux, the Parc Floral de Haute Bretagne nr Rennes, and the Jardin de Montmarin with its parkland reaching down to the shores of the River Rance, not far from Saint Malo.

Lots more ideas can be found on our website – see the link at the bottom of the page.

Sorry, we cannot accommodate pets.

Short breaks available - flexible changeover days. A local tourism tax is payable

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2017

About Helen

Before moving to France in 2005, Dave worked as a self-employed Builder and I as a Legal Executive in Conveyancing. We decided to try the 'good life' and have kept sheep, pigs, chickens, raised turkeys and continue to grow our own vegetables. We love the outdoor life and our favourite thing is to sit in the garden enjoying a glass of wine.

Helen purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Helen chose Manche

We love the fact that we are in the countryside with lots of open space but still within walking distance of the village of Cuves, a five minute drive to Brécey with all the amenities we need, and still able to get to the Beach at Jullouville without getting stuck in traffic.

What makes this cottage unique

The beautiful views of the gentle Normandy hills and the lush green countryside.


4.3/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)


Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We went 4 days in Helen and David's gite. It was a wonderful stay for us. We went with our two years old girl who was very happy to see chickens, cows and sheeps. The place is very quiet. David and Helen are perfect hosts and very attentive with us. Their recommendations for visiting Normandy and Brittany are very good. We enjoyed breakfasts with fresh bread, croissants and homemade jam. Thank you David and Helen for these wonderful days. We really hope to be back

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! It was a real pleasure to have you and your family stay here and we would love to see you again. Best wishes, Helen & Dave
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Peaceful and relaxing holiday at Les Hirondelles

  • 5 of 5

We recently enjoyed a very relaxing and quiet week at Les Hirondelles. The owners, Helen and Dave, made us feel very welcome and were friendly and very helpful. The breakfast, which was included in the package price, provided an excellent opportunity to get to know both Helen and Dave and our fellow holidaymakers.We will be enthusiastically recommending the property to our friends and relatives.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the trouble - we really appreciate it. We enjoyed your company and would love to see you again.
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Quaint, traditional gite in quiet rural location.

  • 3 of 5

Set in charming rural surroundings we were very pleasantly surprised at the size of the gite which is comfortably furnished with most items you would need. Helen and Dave were very welcoming hosts and having the included breakfast every day meant you met fellow guests, who, when we stayed, were from Italy, Spain and France. We certainly enjoyed our few days at Les Hirondelles and would certainly return if we were in the area again. Tony & Ann - Jersey

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for taking the trouble to write this review when you got home. We enjoyed your company and hope you will return.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
25 Mar 2017 - 5 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
6 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
27 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
17 Jun 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
16 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax €0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 16 years.

The rates in pounds sterling are as follows:
June £350, Summer £450, Autumn £325

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Les Cresnays in Lower Normandy

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Basin
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Child Bed , Two folding beds can be put in the alcove for 2 children
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis

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