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"Flowerpots" Bed & Breakfast with character and benefiting from country views.



Updated: 09-Aug-2016
"Flowerpots" Ideally Placed For Sightseeing and Discovering Normandy,

'Flowerpots' is a rural retreat found at the end of leafy lane in the heart of the picturesque Normandy countryside. Sympathetically restored to retain most of its original features, our bed and breakfast accommodation provides a comfortable stay for up to 7 guests. We are open all year round for all types of holidays, or simply an overnight break. Ideally located between the famous copper town of Villedieu les Poeles and Gavray, we are within easy access of the A84 to Caen, or Avranches. Enjoy the fishing port of Granville, just 25mins away or Coutances with its cathedral, or the enigmatic Mont St. Michel. For the children, the popular zoo at Champrepus, is a 5min car drive away. Bayeux with its tapestry and the D Day Landing beaches are a little further afield but worth the journey. Alternatively, potter around our large garden of flowers, trees and shrubs, or relax and sit under the pagoda and enjoy the views of the countryside. Alternatively you are welcome to join us for some alfresco dining as we light the barbecue! Ferry discounts are available.

For more information, reviews and advice, please see our listing on TripAdvisor here -> http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g1880647-d1917183-Reviews-Flowerpots-Manche_Basse_Normandie_Normandy.html

More Details

Details for holiday home 'Flowerpots' Traditional Bed & Breakfast, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, 2 Bathrooms

The unique Barn Suite has ensuite facilities, and includes a lounge and sofas with a wood burner. The bedroom, with a double bed under a recessed ceiling and beams, provides a cosy retreat. Double doors open out onto a private balcony overlooking the garden. French styled wardrobes and a matching chest of drawers provide plenty of space for holiday clothes. The Barn Suite is 75€ (euros) for 1 night, or 70€ for 2 nights or more.

In the main house, 300 year old stone steps take guests up to the first floor landing and to the two further guest rooms.

Chambre Papillons is our twin bedroom and is next to Chambre Fleurs our double bedroom. The combination of these two rooms provides private family accommodation. Each room is 55€ for 1 night or 50€ for 2 nights or more. Single occupancy of Chambre Papillons is fixed at 35€ per night.

There is a guests bathroom for the private use for these rooms only. There is a bath, shower, with shower screen, vanity unit, and toilet.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

About the Owner

Following a romantic weekend in Normandy, not only did we get engaged, we fell in love with the area and bought a house. Our renovation of "Flowerpots" has been a labour of love involving family and our dear French friends who have now become an invaluable part of our life here.

We have learnt a few valuable lessons on the way, 1. always accept an invitation - you may not be asked twice, 2. take your dog everywhere, as you never know where you may end up or what time you will get back! 3. always have aperitifs in, as you never know who is going to turn up!

Our aim at "Flowerpots" is to provide our guests with a warm and friendly welcome combined with a genuine hospitality.

We are excited to be able now to share our restored venture "Flowerpots" with our guests.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have reviews about us on Tripadvisor, and together with a few of the following guests comments which have been left in our visitors book, this will give you an idea of what we are like. Further comments can be seen on our website "Guest comments" page.

'This is a lovely place to stay- the house is immaculate - very warm, friendly welcome and beautiful food prepared with such care - everything about L'Oraille is excellent- we don't want to leave! Thank you both very much for a memorable stay. Lovely linen and towels'. Mr and Mrs B - Reading

'Wow, what can I say, fabulous food, company and a beautiful stay for us all. We will definitely be back.' Mr and Mrs P and family - Chester.

'It felt like we were staying with friends. The home, food and the host/hostess were beyond words of wonderful, delicious and we will come back and tell everyone.' Mr and Mrs M - Stuttgart, Germany.

'You have a lovely home and we were so pleased to join you. Les repas sont excellent.' Mr and Mrs P - England.

'Very nice place and nice room. The breakfast is good. Thanks a lot!' Miss LR Shanghai China.
Jun 2009
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From the Owner

We chose Normandy because we wanted a property that was within easy reach of the ferry ports, but far enough into France that you felt that exciting tingle that told you, "you were on holiday". Our aim was to find an affordable property to renovate as a project, that we could undertake piece by piece, and that would also provide us with a bit of a holiday. We found the perfect package here in Le Mesnil Garnier. As we loved "Flowerpots" so much, after six years of weekend retreats and a holiday home Flowerpots became home permanently! We have a property that is ideally located to provide our guests with easy access to all the famous Normandy tourist attractions. Nestled into the Normandy countryside, we provide our guests with a rural getaway and a chance to sample our home grown produce.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Dinard at 103 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : MG Bar Le Mesnil Garnier at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen Ouistreham at 105 Kilometres Nearest Golf : St. Martin de Brehal - Links Course at 21 Kilometres Nearest Train : Villedieu Les Poeles at 10 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A84 at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Gavray at 5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Brehal Saint Martin at 21 Kilometres Car: necessary


"Flowerpots" is only a 20-25 min drive to the unspoilt sandy beaches of the west coast. Probably one of the most popular is St Martin de Brehal which has sand that stretches for miles. Its a safe clean beach and home to the famous mussel beds which can be seen at low tide. There are bars and restaurants to sample the locally caught produce. Moules et Frites are a must when in season!


There are a number of ways to get to us. If you bring your car the nearest ferry ports are Caen (Ouistrem) and Cherbourg with approx 1hr - 1hr 15 min. St Malo is 1hr 30 min, and for Le Harve allow a good 2 hr. To fly, try Dinard airport which is approx 1hr 30 min away with flights from Stansted, Birmingham and East Midlands. However, you will need a car once you arrive. There is also an efficient SNCF Railway station at Villedieu, with its regular service to Granville and Paris.


We are located between Villedieu Les Poeles, famous for its copper industry and Bell Foundry, and the market town of Gavray. Both within easy reach, with Villedieu a 10 - 15 min drive, (about 7km), and Gavray about a 4km drive. Places of interest include Bayeux (80 min drive) with its Tapestry, the historical Mont St. Michel, (@ 35 min drive), Avranches, (20/25 min drive) with its museum, shops, bars and restaurants. Coutances (20/25 min drive), is home to its beautiful Cathedral with twin spires.

Further Details:

The general market day for Gavray and Avranches is on a Saturday, with Villedieu on Tuesdays. The markets are varied and you can find locally produced honey, fruit and vegetables sitting side by side with local arts, crafts and livestock. There are two supermarkets in Villedieu which are open all day, and all the towns mentioned have cash machines.

For leisure, there are some activity centres nearby, for horse riding, swimming, walking, cycling and karting. For the children, there is the zoo at Champrepus, just a 5 minute drive away. Its a popular park for holidaymakers and locals. Given that we are within easy reach of the port of Granville, and depending on the length of your stay, why not take a ferry trip to the Island of Chausey or one of the Channel Islands.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Barn Suite - 1 couple
22 May 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings are accepted by contacting the owner by telephone or email.Please note prices are per room per night. We are a B&B not a Gite or self catering type of accommodation. We do not require a deposit for short breaks as we work on the basis of trust at Flowerpots. Payment may be made in euros or by cheque drawn on a French bank account. Unfortunately we are unable to accept credit or debit cards.

Changeover Day:
As we are a Chambres d'Hotes, Bed & Breakfast we are able to be flexible on the changeover days. If guests arrive early we are happy for them to leave their luggage and explore the local area. We just need an estimated time of arrival please.

Notes on prices:
Prices are kept at 2013 rates. Taxe de sejour is included in the cost of the accommodation.

We do not require a deposit for short breaks as we work on the basis of trust at Flowerpots. Payment on arrival and may be made in euros or by cheque drawn on a French bank account on arrival. Unfortunately we are unable to accept credit or debit cards or via PAYPAL.

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From the Owner

We aim to provide our guests with the highest standard of accommodation, care and attention to detail. Our wish is to make every guests stay here as memorable and comfortable as possible as we understand how valuable and how much a good holiday means to people. Good food and good company are part and parcel of our offering of Bed and Breakfast accommodation here at "Flowerpots". Our location is superb, from exploring the historic sites to relaxing on a sandy beach. Everything is possible at "Flowerpots". Since our opening in Spring 2009 we feel that we have not just had 'guests', we have made friends. Hopefully, we look forward to welcoming and making many more in the years to come.

Property Type

  • house

Accommodation Type

  • Bed & Breakfast


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


  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove


  • Refrigerator ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Wash hand basin & vanity unit included
  • The Barn Suite - ensuite - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Wash hand basin and vanity unit


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Chambre Fleurs - 1 Double Bed, A cot can be added to this room at no charge
  • Chambre Papillons - 2 Single Bed, A folding bed can be added to accommodate 3 guests/children
  • The Barn Suite - 1 Double Bed, A folding bed & cot can be added to this room


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Included in Price
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

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


  • Notes on accommodation: 'Flowerpots' is centrally heated by a multi fuel wood burner stove in the Dining Room. The Barn Suite has a Francklin style wood burner to supplement the central heating system if required. Safety night lights are provided in each of the guests rooms and by the stairs. For our guests who bring babies or young children, we provide a safety stair gate and if required, a complimentary travel cot plus mattress, and linens. We also pleased to offer our guests an evening meal. The cost of a home cooked, freshly prepared four course dinner is 25€ per adult. Children are 1€ per age of child. Picnics can be provided for guests on weekend breaks or longer stays for a small extra cost, together with beach towels, a cool bag and badminton rackets for those guests off to the beach. We also provide a Flowerpots panier for guests en route to a gite/self catering holiday at a cost of 15€. This includes home made, and seasonal home grown produce. Outside: 'Flowerpots' has a large garden area laid to lawn, with flower borders, a productive vegetable, fruit and herb garden and a home to our chickens. A gravelled driveway provides private parking for up to 5 cars and doubles as the perfect area for a traditional game of boules in the Summer. We have a pagoda and guests seating area on the lawn for guests to enjoy a private drink or to sit and soak up the sunshine. Through the back door of the dining room, at the back of the house we have a terraced area and barbecue. Here, there is an extendable teak table, chairs and parasol. We offer our guests the opportunity of taking advantage of the lovely sunny evenings to enjoy an apperitif and our informal barbecues. Some of our guests have even been known to take over the cooking! New for "Flowerpots", we welcome camping cars for overnight stays.

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