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Beautiful 17th Century Farmhouse - The Cottage (Sleeps up to 4)



Updated: 17-Nov-2016
Farmhouse in Buais, Nr St. Hilaire du Harcouet, Manche, Normandy - Peaceful Location, 5 Mins Walk from a Pretty Normandy Village

La Mancellière is a beautiful 17th century hamlet in the picturesque Manche region of Lower Normandy, close to the Brittany and Loire borders. The properties have been lovingly restored into 3 comfortable, self-contained gites with their own private garden: The Cottage, The Old Dairy and The Longère. The gites have lots of original features including a lovely wood-burning fireplace in the Cottage and the Longère, chestnut floors and exposed oak beams. La Mancellière is surrounded by rolling countryside and has lovely gardens for you to enjoy. We are open all year round for self-catering holidays and short breaks. We can accommodate up to 4 people in the Cottage, 8 people in the Old Dairy or 12 people in the Longère.

Details for holiday cottage The Cottage (Sleeps up to 4), 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

The Cottage has been elegantly restored and can accommodate up to 4 people, over two levels, in two beautiful bedrooms, each full of character and charm. There is a large master bedroom with a king-size bed and a lovely twin room with two single beds. There is also a shower room on the first floor. All rooms have central heating and alcove windows with fantastic views across the gardens to the farmland beyond.

The stone fireplace is the heart and soul of the Cottage and putting your feet up by the wood-burning fire is the perfect way to end a long day sightseeing. The kitchen and utility room is fully fitted and well-appointed with a range cooker, microwave, coffee maker, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. The dining area has a table for 4 people and the cosy lounge area has big squashy sofas, perfect for relaxing by the fire. There is TV, video and DVD player with a well-stocked DVD and video library. Free WiFi internet is available.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Internet
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We had an amazing time, thanks for all your help and advice. The setting and house is beautiful with plenty of room for the kids to run around. We did loads of outings and really enjoyed the Cote d'Emeraude beaches and the amazing Baie de Mont St. Michel. We managed to get up for market day at St. Hilaire, which was great. We've had an amazing holiday an love the Normandy/Brittany area.
Aug 2015
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  • 5 of 5

What a pleasure to stay with Ged. The Cottage is welcoming and a delight to stay in. It exceeded our expectations, was even more than we had hoped for. Not only was The Cottage well set up and comfortable, it was warm and inviting, it felt like a home. Knowing that we could travel around Normandy and come home to sit and relax only after a day of visiting many of the sights within the area made the overall experience sensational.

We would come back here time and time again, without hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful cottage on the edge of a hamlet

  • 5 of 5

We booked only a week before our arrival date, however, Lisa and Ged couldn't have been more accommodating and helpful in the run up to our holiday. Communication was excellent.

Upon arrival at the cottage we were warmly welcomed by Lisa and Ged, who live on site, and given a quick tour of our cottage to ensure we were comfortable and knew how everything worked. They were very happy for us to call on them for any help or advice during our stay, which is always reassuring. I would state here though that we were were left to enjoy the cottage without any interference. Lisa and Ged have got the balance of friendliness vs privacy perfectly right.

The cottage is well equipped, with comfy sofas and UK TV stations and beds with good pillows and lovely bed linen. The cottage is clean and well maintained.

Although the cottage is in a rural location, a local supermarket is only 10 minutes drive away. Fresh bread and croissants are only a 5 minute walk away which is a lovely bonus!

A local pizzaria in St Hilaire (10 minutes drive away) was very good value for money and the food was excellent. Also to be recommended is Auberge du Lac, about 25 minutes drive away in Vezins serving excellent food and very welcoming hospitality.

All in all, this was a fantastic week away; We had lovely weather and thoroughly enjoyed staying in a quaint cottage which I would recommend highly to anyone considering staying in this area.

Thanks Lisa and Ged for your wonderful hospitality - hope to see you again soon.

Sarah, Iain and the kids x

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent value for money

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely family holiday. The gite is a real home from home, beautifully decorated and full of character. Our son loved the huge garden, there was even a shed where he could help himself to toys.

Ged and Lisa were perfect hosts and had lots of recommendations of places to visit. There are beautiful beaches about 45 minutes away and The Enchanted Village is a must if you have young children.

We were all very sad to leave and hope we can return soon.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great Hosts & Location

  • 4 of 5

Ged & Lisa were amazing hosts.. they had lots of tips and information to give us on our very first trip to Normandy. The Cottage was clean and quaint and offered great facilities. The garden was extensive and plenty of room to relax and eat al fresco, however the seating was limited and would have benefitted from loungers for a more relaxing afternoon in the garden.

We were given lots of inside information as to events in the local area and tips about other attractions further afield

The location was excellent as most sightseeing could be done in just over an hour including Le Mont St Michel.

Would definitely go back to the area and would recommend La Mancelliere to our friends and family.

Thank you again Lisa and Ged, wishing you lots of success.

Brian, Jackie & Jessica

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect base for our Normandy holiday

  • 5 of 5

La Mancellière was the perfect base for our week long holiday in Normandy, including visiting Bayeux and the D Day beaches.and shorter drives to Mont St Michel, Cancale and local towns. There are plenty of things to do including visiting sights and walks and other outdoor activities.

Situated a short walk from a small village with essential shops, and a short drive from a small town with a hypermarket and larger selection of shops and restaurants. The road passing through Buais is well maintained, providing quick and easy links to the wider area.

An Immaculately clean and well presented property, comfortably furnished for four, the cottage is cosy with plenty of space for four adults. The gardens would provide safe space for small children to play and were a relaxing place to spend time enjoying the peaceful country air.

The owners live on site and are welcoming but discreet hosts offering reliable advice about the local area. Booking and payment arrangements were clear and straight forward, and our deposit was returned promptly.

We'd be happy recommending the property to family or friends looking to stay in this area.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Activity and Interests


We are 40 minutes from Brittany's spectacular Emerald Coast with golden sandy beaches and turquoise seas. Seafood lovers can enjoy world-renowned scallops, oysters, fish and mussels at port towns such as Cancale, which have fabulous views of the coastline. Most local beaches are quiet, secluded and spotlessly clean with some larger beaches offering kite surfing, sand yachting and excellent surfing.


La Mancellière is within easy reach of the ports of Caen, St. Malo, Cherbourg, Le Havre and the airports of Dinard and Rennes. Our property is at the end of a quiet country lane just off the N176 between Avranches and Domfront. We are 90 minutes from Caen, 70 minutes from St. Malo and 2 ½ hours from Cherbourg. Rennes and Dinard airports are just 60 mins away.

A car is recommended for your holiday and car hire is available at all ports and airports.


La Mancellière is a 5 minute walk from the pretty village of Buais and a 10 minute drive from the bustling market town of St. Hilaire du Harcouet. We are 40 minutes from the World Heritage site of Mont Saint Michel, Brittany's stunning beaches and the hill town of Mortain with its eerie white abbey and spectacular waterfalls. South of the property are the luxurious chateaux and wine regions of the Loire.

Further Details:

The local village of Buais has a traditional bakery and butcher’s shop and a bar/tabac with a tasty lunch menu. St. Hilaire du Harcouet is the closest town and has the largest weekly market in Normandy every Wednesday. Here you can find three major supermarkets, many restaurants and bars and a large tourist office with English-speaking staff. The Manche region of Normandy is a fantastic place to enjoy outdoor pursuits and we have river-fishing, horse-riding, walking and cycling on our doorstep. There are 250 kilometres of Voies Vertes (Green Routes) in the region which are reserved solely for walkers, horses and horse-drawn vehicles. All tours are signposted and graded according to difficulty and maps and brochures are available from tourist offices. We also have an impressive 1,000 kilometres of dedicated cycle trails for all levels and abilities. Kids will love Champrepus zoo, Alligator Bay, Mortain's waterfalls and Bellefontaine's fairy-tale amusement park which are all less than 45 minutes from the property.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Autumn 2016
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Xmas 2016
17 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
All prices are in UK Pounds and are for the property per week. All prices include towels, tea towels and quality bed linen. We take a 25% non-refundable deposit to secure the booking and the balance is due 8 weeks before arrival. Payment can be made by bank transfer or by cheque.
We also offer 20% discount when travelling with Brittany Ferries. Please ask us more details. We can close off a couple of rooms and offer the Old Dairy for 4-6 people with our 'smaller group' option in off-peak.

Changeover Day:
Our week runs from Saturday to Saturday although we try to be flexible. This will depend on existing bookings. In order for us to prepare the property for your stay, we kindly ask that you do not arrive before 4pm and check out before 10am.

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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Internet


  • Dining Area

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • Golf ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: The gites are beautifully decorated and private; ideal for families or couples. The grounds are secure and set well back from any roads. High-speed wireless broadband is available. Outside: La Mancelliere is set in 2 acres of private land with lovely spacious gardens. The grounds are perfect for sunbathing or enjoying a picnic and we have BBQs for our guests with plenty of outdoor furniture. We also have bats and balls, footballs, boules, frisbees and a slide to entertain the kids. There are free tennis courts in the local village and a large swimming complex nearby.

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