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Lovely detached cottage set in its own garden with stunning panoramic views

Bedrooms 1
Space 40 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Gite in La Baleine near Gavray, Manche - Superb Countryside, Close to Beach And Major Normandy Places Of Interest. Discount with Brittany Ferries.

La Cachette is a detached stone cottage, set in its own private garden with beautiful panaramic views of the beautiful Sienne river valley. Located about 300 metres along a country lane (recently resurfaced) which leads directly to a footpath beside the river, the gite is in the middle of a conservation area renowned for its stunning scenery. A wonderful riverside walk meanders its way to Gavray and many other superb walks are accessible direct from the house. Fishing is available in the river within 200 yards of the gite and the area is teeming with wildlife such as deer, badgers, hare, buzzards, owls, and even the occasional otter. The local town of Gavray, which is just 5 minutes by car, has a supermarket as well as a choice of restaurants, banks, shops etc. A very popular market is held in the town every Saturday morning. The pristine sandy beaches of the west coast are a mere 20 minutes drive away. The port of Granville, the famous 'copper' town of Villedieu les Poeles, and Countance with its Cathedral, are all within 20 minutes or so, and Mont St Michel, Bayeux, and the D-D beaches are all within easy reach.

Patricia Hawkey
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Little French.
Calendar last updated:
15 April, 2017

About Patricia Hawkey

Dave and I are both from Surrey. We met at a dance when I was 16 and Dave was 17. Both of us are from large familes, I am the eldest of 5 and Dave was one of 5 boys. We have one daughter, two sons and 7 grandchildren ages ranging from 2 to 24 and we are all very close. Never a day goes by that I have not spoken to one member of the family.

We lived at Tattenham Corner on Epsom Downs for 33 years until we moved to France. This was a result of Dave suddenly being made redundant aged 56. Our intention was always to move to Cornwal but this was not really feasible financially, so we had to rethink. It was either Spain or France, but as we already had an apartment in Spain we decided on France, mainly because it was so much easier for the family to visit. One car on the ferry with the family and dogs, instead of lots of flights and worrying about the dogs.

We travelled extensively before we moved to France, our favourites places being India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand to name a few. So in 2017 we are hoping to visit one or two of these places again to celebrate out Golden Wedding. We still enjoy getting out and people say they do not know how we manage being always on the go, but, why not? While we are able we will continue to go from France, to the UK to visit the family and friends and then fly over to our home in Spain and just relax..

I hope this gives you a bit of an insight to both of us and we look forward to welcoming everyone to our little bit of paradise

Patricia Hawkey purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Patricia Hawkey chose Manche

We viewed several properties over a week's visit, but on arriving at La Baleine we immediately fell in love with the area. The house and location reminded us very much of Fownhope, a village on the river Wye near Hereford where Dave's grandparents had lived. It was because of this that we named our house 'Fownhope'. On entering, we realised this was our dream home. I still cannot believe we live here. Our 3 bed semi turned into a 7 bedroomed house full of character with a cottage. This was the bonus, we never feel lonely as we meet people from all different countries and different walks of life so there is never a dull moment. The separate gite (La Cachette) was a bonus. It is on the other side of the lane from our main house and about fifty metres towards La Baleine. Apart from running the gite we also do occasional B&B in the main house so if you want to arrive midweek this is an option for accommodation until the gite is available.

What makes this cottage unique

Laval, the lane that runs between our house 'Fownhope' and our gite 'La Cachette' is part of a randonee - an official French rambling route. Very often, when walkers pass by, they stop outside our house, to take photographs, or simply to take in the stunning view. The comment we here most often is 'C'est magnifique', whether they are facing our house, or directly away from it, down towards the river. Guests staying in La Cachette frequently describe the area around it as 'a little piece of paradise'.There is little more we can add.

Guestbook comments from the owner

From our visitors book.

A little bit of heaven.

The gite was exactly as described and your b&b for our last two nights was second to none - most definitely 5* hotel standard. The evening meal you provided was truly excellent. Thank you. Bev & Chris Rhodes.

An idyllic 'hideaway' just what we needed to re-charge our batteries. The location is superb for visiting so many places. Thank you Pat & Dave for your warm welcome.

La Cachette is superb, very comfortable and relaxing. Thank you very much. We hope to come back soon!

Wonderful B&B nothing is too much trouble, thank you Pat & Dave for sharing your beautiful home with us.

A lovely place to stay, everything we hoped it would be. We will certainly recommend it to our friends.

This is a lovely gite in a beautiful setting. A wonderful place. We would love to come again and will recommend.

The perfect little hide-away with everything we needed. Loads to do within easy reach. Thank you for a lovely warm welcome.
Apr 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Denis-le-Gast in Lower Normandy

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 40 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Downstairs shower room with wash basin and toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 1 Bedroom + 1 cot and or fold up childs bed. Notes on bedrooms: Light and airy large bedroom with double bed, sofa bed suitable for a child and ample room for a travel cot. There are bedside lamps, two chest of drawers and matching wardrobe. All bedding is Egyptian cotton with choice of feather or polyester pillows.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: An iron and ironing board and cleaning products supplied in La Cachette. Rotary line in the garden. Calor gas living flame fire in the lounge for heating. We are happy to arrange a basket of fresh salad and/or vegetables from our local Saturday market. Fresh flowers/champagne can be organised for that special occasion. The restaurant at the beginning of our lane is superb if you would like to book a table there for your day of arrival please let us know. We regret no dogs except under exceptional circumstances. Please contact us to discuss. Strictly no smoking in the property. Outside: The gite has a large private garden with patio table and chairs, set under the pergola. There are sun loungers and umbrella. There is a stone barbecue for cooking al fresco while you enjoy the peace and quiet of the surroundings. Rotary washing line in the garden. Usual cleaning equipment polish, dusters, broom, dustpan and brush. Ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen All bed linen is cotton, lovely Egyptian cotton bath and hand towels provided. There is a choice of feather or polyester pillows. All linen is renewed every year so that its fresh and crisp. New pillows bought for every new season. Other: La Cachette has been fully booked for the last 10 years. We live opposite and in our house we have 3 double b&b rooms a private bathroom and wc. Photographs are shown. For details please contact me.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)


Lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings

  • 4 of 5

We had a great holiday at La Cachette! It's a lovelly well equiped cottage in beautiful surroundings with a large tree to sit in the shade when the weather was hot. There was a welcoming packet of grocery's when we arrived which was very kind of Pat and Dave. And when I had really bad sunburn of my feet, Pat helped to cure it with aloe vera. Really kind owners. We visit the beach a lot who are in easy reach. Made also a lot of daytrips to the D-day beaches and musea, went to Cite de la Mer in Cherbourg (which is a must see!), the zoo in Champrepus, Caen, Granville and all the other places around La baleine. There's a lot to see. The weather was beautiful and so was our holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Petit but perfectly formed

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place to relax and get away from it all. Very well equipped including a lovely 'welcome' pack and all that was needed to chill in comfort. A shame that our hosts were away and that both recommended restaurants were closed. We may well have to return if only to say 'hello' and sample the local cuisine. Do hope the cats are still thriving.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely comments regarding your holiday in La Cachette. We are so happy that you found everything as you hoped it would be and were able to relax and make the most of your stay. We are sorry we were not there to meet you on this occassion but hopefully if you return as planned we will see you then. Thank you again for booking with us. best wishes Pat & Dave
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Beautifully situated with complete privacy.

  • 5 of 5

One of the best gites I have stayed in. Very well equipped and all your needs catered for. Surrounded by meadows all with resident cattle.loved the two feral cats who visited on a regular basis about 6.30 every night.No traffic noise whatsoever. Perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Marion I am so happy to have read your review. Thank you so very much for the lovely comments regarding your stay in La Cachette. Its always nice to read that everything was as you hoped it would be and that we are getting things right. I am sorry that we did not get to meet you on this occassion but hopefully we will be here should you return, I hope so. Kind regards Pat and Dave
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Fantastic retreat in stunning countryside

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic 'welcome' package awaited us including fresh bread, salad, cheeses and a bottle of the local cider! Pat and Dave, the owners were lovely and extremely welcoming. On hand only if needed which we found very reassuring. The location was fantastic, central to all major tourist attractions of the area and only 20 minutes away from a great beach. The actual gite location was quiet, beautiful and within walking distance to a pleasant town and only 5 minute walk from an excellent restaurant (check this out on trip advisor). The Gite itself was perfect for us, exceptionally clean, cosy and very well equipped. And we couldn't believe how brilliant the wifi was! We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 week stay and would highly recommend it and will certainly consider a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rachel and Simon, Thank you for the wonderful feedback. It was a pleasure to meet you. We are so happy you had a super holiday and that La Cachette lived up to yourexpectations. We really hope to see you again andenjoy a glass of wine or two over a meal. Take care, Pat and Dave. ps. Don't forget Simon's cigars next trip. X
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Idylic location for a relaxing retreat

  • 4 of 5

The property was comfortable and well-equipped with a brand new kitchen. The location was great. Just over an hour from Caen, we were able to tour a lot Normandy in the two weeks we stayed at La Baleine. It is an easy drive to the coast as well as being able to see Mont St Michel, Bayeaux and the Normandy beaches. Our hosts were superb, we could not have asked for better!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Happy stay and nice hosting

  • 5 of 5

We had very happy time to stay in this house, and owners hosting us very well like family.

We like the country side, trees, grass, cows, sheep, flowers, rooms, wonderful decoration of House and lovely people, everything.

Location between St. Malo and Etreatat enable us to visit both directions within one long weekend, 2 nights stay.

In a short, our stay is like at home!



  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for the wonderful comments. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you all. We have made some very good friends and become honary Grandpa and Grandma. We are looking forward to meeting you at your home and enjoying our first home cooked chinese meal. So thank you again and we will see you next month.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
8 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 May 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
9 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
For our gite La Cachette: Holiday booking price is as shown and we do not have hidden extras. We provide all bedlinen and bath towels and linen. The only thing we do not provide are the beach towels. For shorter stays please contact me.
£100 deposit required, balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to arrival.
We look forward to welcoming you to this wonderful part of France.

Changeover Day:
For our gite La Cachette saturday is the preferred day of arrival however this is flexible depending on bookings. Arrival after 2pm departure by 10am.

Bookings for Chambre d'Hotes taken any day of the week.

Notes on prices:
La Cachette gite rental price is per week and is inclusive of gas and electric. All linen is provided with no hidden extras. The French Tourist Tax is also included in the rental price.

Fownhope B&B price is per night per double room inclusive of breakfast and start at 60 euros per night. We have three double rooms.

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