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Beautiful Farmhouse And Grounds/Gardens With Self Catering Gites

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 14 nights


About the property

Gite near Portbail, La Haye du Puits, Barneville-Carteret, Manche, Normandy, Basse-Normandie, France - Situated In The Parc De Marais Nature Reserve, 8 Mins From Wonderful Sandy Beaches

Our farm is a veritable haven of tranquillity where children can play in safety, and couples can relax in the peaceful Normandy countryside. We are only 6km from beautiful sandy beaches and ideally placed for visiting Mont St Michel, Bayeux, and the Landing Beaches. The attractive market town of La Haye du Puits, 6km away, has all the shops you need, including 2 supermarkets. If you are a fan of French street markets there is one available every day within easy driving distance. We have swings, a selection of bicycles, table tennis and table football and a trampoline available on site. Other sporting and leisure activities available nearby include tennis, golf, horse riding, canoeing, windsurfing, sailing, karting and ice-skating. There is now a network of cycle routes going to La Haye du Puits and Coutances in one direction, and Portbail and Briquebec in the other, all of which can be joined very close to the house (200m). We are situated within the National Parc des Marais.

Wil and Amanda Darwen
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
20 March, 2017

About Wil and Amanda Darwen

.We moved to Normandy in 2006, we love the countryside and beautiful sandy beaches. Nothing makes us happier than eating the fruit and vegetables we have grown, or riding our ponies!

Wil and Amanda Darwen purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Wil and Amanda Darwen chose Manche

We had stayed at the farm ourselves in 2002 and fell in love with the area with it's 200km coastline, unspoilt countryside, great food and relaxed approach to living. We have made many local friends who have introduced to us to a very different lifestyle to city living in the UK, I never would have thought we would know how to shear sheep, build stone walls or teach a pony to pull a cart 10 years ago!

What makes this cottage unique

Driving 10 miles without seeing a car, eating well at reasonable prices in the local restaurants, the seafood, the fantastic empty beaches, and the chance to own enough land to provide a fair amount of our own fruit, vegetables and meat.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Great place for a family holiday. Great beaches, handy cycle tracks, friendly hosts, cosy accommodation"

The Monteiro family, Brighton.

"This is the best farm I have ever sene!" Patrick Evans (6), Watford

A great base to explore Normandy. We will have many happy memories of great hosts & a great place to stay.

Neil & Erin Woodhams, Wellington NZ.

Excellent accommodation, really home from home. All of us have had a chance to bond with goats, ducks, dog & some top perfoming chickens!

The Hull family, Backwell.

"We've had a lovely time exploring. The gite's very comfortable, and the warmth of our welcome made it even better. Thanks very much." The Goodes, Cumbria

"C'est tres beau, joliment fleuri et l'acceuil est parfait. Nous reviendrons!" Famille Le Brasseur-Bressy. Corbeil-essones

"Lovely to be back again. So clean & well equipped. Hope to be back again soon" M & R Jones, Coventry.

"Une bonne addresse a donner a nos amis" Famille Baudoin, Cesson
Oct 2006
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Nicolas-de-Pierrepont in Lower Normandy

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Hob
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 bathrooms and a separate WC
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Ground floor - bedroom with double bed and its own bathroom (bath, separate shower, bidet, toilet). Upstairs - two bedrooms, one with a double bed, the other with two single beds (additional single can easily be added), and a shower room with toilet.
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 4 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: We have an area with swings where children can play safely, and meet our ponies, ducks, chickens, goats, rabbit, guinea pigs, sheep and a very friendly dog (Inka). We have a communal area with Wi-Fi access. All rooms are equipped with modern electric heaters,. The cottage has an automatic washing machine and digital TV (English & French channels). The gite has a DVD player. Outside: A garden area with garden furniture and BBQs provided. Accommodation benefits from heating, wood burning stove. The private garden has a paved patio with garden furniture. In a covered hangar we have bikes, table tennis and table football. We have a large netted trampoline outside and ample enclosed grounds. We also encourage the children to help out at animal feeding time and grooming the ponies. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Please contact owner.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)


Belle maison au calme

  • 5 of 5

Un superbe séjour dans la belle maison de Wil et Amanda. Merci pour ce bel accueil.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci! A bientôt, nous espérons! Wil et Amanda
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid season
3 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights
Mid season
3 Sep 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

Booking Notes:
We ask for a 25% deposit, payable in cash or electronic transfer (sterling or euros), with the balance payable on arrival. No euro bankers drafts or cheques please, except if they are of French bank origin.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday in season, but we can be more flexible in the low season, depending on availabilty. We ask guests to vacate gite by 10am and to arrive after 4pm. An optional cleaning service (40 Euros) is available on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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