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Gites à la Ferme - heated pool, ponies, goats, sheep & chickens, close beaches

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


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
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

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 Saint-Nicolas-de-Pierrepont

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 Manche

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
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.


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average rating of 4.5 based on 3 reviews

Séjour en famille

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Nous avons beaucoup apprécié l'accueil de nos hôtes, malgré un weekend pluvieux nous avons passé un très bon séjour chez Will et Amanda, le gite est très fonctionnel et très grand, idéal pour un moment en famille ou entre amis,

Les animaux et la nature entoure ce havre de paix, très charmant...

  • Review Submitted: 05-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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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: 22-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci! A bientôt, nous espérons! Wil et Amanda
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Caen Carpiquet
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Le Commerce (La Haye du Puits)
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
St. Jean de la rivière
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
N13 (Carentan, Barneville Exit)
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Le Commerce
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Denneville Plage
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Good for bird-watching - many designated resverves with hides, lots of migratory birds and storks on the marais.


8 minutes drive from some of the best beaches Normandy has to offer. Beaches are never crowded, even in summer and there is a good choice locally between quiet beaches situated in nature reserves, or beaches that are closer to facilities (bars/restaurants/toilets etc. There is even a nudist beach at St. Germain sur Ay.


We are about 45 minutes from Cherbourg airport which operates flights to Jersey and Paris. Check for seasonal availability). Other airports nearby include Caen and Dinard. The closest Ferry port is Cherbourg (45 mins), but Caen Ouistreheim (1.5 hrs) and Le Havre (2.25 hrs) are also options, as is Boulougne (4.5 hours) if you are coming from the South East of England.


We are situated 5 minutes from the small market town of La Haye du Puits, but are also close to Portbail & Barneville Carteret for shopping. The Mont St. Michel and Bayeux tapestry are within easy striking distance, as are the landing beaches on the other side of the penisula along with the war museums. Day trips by boat to Jersey and the Iles de Chausey are frequent and very accessible from our location, and Paris is only 2.5 hrs away by train.

Further Details:

Local supermarkets are open 7 days during the season. Local activities include horse riding, land yachting, power kiting karting, ice skating etc and we are next to a vast network of off road cycle paths which are ideal for hiking/cycling. Day trips to Jersey/Guernsey & Paris can be easily arranged.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

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.