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Beautiful 17th century cottage in a lovely quiet countryside location



Updated: 16-May-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the property

2 Bedroom Cottage in Normandy in a peaceful location, close to a pretty village on the borders of Brittany and the Loire

La Mancellière is a beautiful 17th century hamlet in the picturesque Manche region of Lower Normandy, close to the Brittany and Loire borders. The Cottage has been lovingly restored into a comfortable, self-contained gite with private gardens. The property 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 are made up with comfortable, high quality cotton bedding and 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, toaster, 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.

The gite has lots of original features including chestnut floors and exposed oak beams throughout. La Mancellière is surrounded by rolling countryside and has lovely gardens for you to enjoy. There is TV and DVD player with a well-stocked DVD library. High speed WiFi internet is available free of charge.

The property is available to rent all year round for self-catering holidays and short breaks.

More Details

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Ged Delaney
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
16 May, 2017

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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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 Reviews

4.8/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)



  • 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


The property is only 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. The property is at the end of a quiet country lane just off the N176 between Avranches and Domfront. Just 90 minutes from Caen, 70 minutes from St. Malo and 2 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 most 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 and Brittany's stunning beaches. The hill town of Mortain with its eerie white abbey, Petite Chapelle and spectacular waterfalls is an easy 20 minute drive. 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/patisserie and 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 also find three major supermarkets, many restaurants and bars and a 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 all close by. There are 250 kilometres of Voies Vertes (Green Routes) in the region which are reserved solely for cyclists, 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 within easy reach from the property.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring / Summer 2017
22 Apr 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer 2017
24 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Autumn 2017
23 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
October Half Term
14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Autumn / Winter 2017
28 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Christmas & New Year 2017
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
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:
All prices are in UK Pounds and are for the property per week. All prices include towels, tea towels and quality bed linen. We require a 25% deposit to secure the booking and the balance is due 8 weeks before arrival. We also offer 20% discount when travelling with Brittany Ferries. Please ask us more details.

Changeover Day:
Our week runs from Saturday to Saturday although we can be flexible depending on time of year, existing bookings and short breaks. In order for us to prepare the property for your stay, arrival time is from 4pm and check out is by 10am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Updated: 16-May-2017


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, (The large double bed is a king size)
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed


  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 4


  • Notes on accommodation: The gite is well appointed 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 relaxing 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 etc to entertain the kids. There are free tennis courts in the local village and a large swimming complex nearby.

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