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Oak Frame Cottage In The Normandy National Park

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Parking


About the property

19th century Oak frame Cottage near Mortain, Normandy, France - Beautifully Renovated 19th century Cottage In Peaceful Surroundings with modern amenities.

Les Fontaines was the original wash house for the hamlet. It has been beautifully renovated by local artisans and now benefits from all modern conveniences. Its character has been fully preserved with exposed beams, granite fireplace and a stunning 6x6m master bedroom. It is ideally situated 20 minutes drive south of Vire, under 2 hours drive from Cherbourg and 90 minutes from Caen (Ouistreham Ferry Port). The cottage is a perfect country retreat for walking and cycling with excellent restaurants at nearby towns. The location is ideal for accessing the west coast beaches, the picturesque island of Mont St Michel and the medieval towns of Domfront and Fougeres. Bayeux & the Normandy landing beaches are about 90 mins away.

Anne and Charles Elder
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
18 February, 2018

About Anne and Charles Elder

We live in Dorset with our two teenagers and have always loved France. Hectic working lives mean that we have really appreciated the opportunity to relax at Les Fontaines and spend time with our family and friends in a more traditional way.

Anne and Charles Elder purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Anne and Charles Elder chose Ger

The cottage is set in the beautiful Normandy National Park but is under 2 hours from Cherbourg. There is plenty to do and the area is popular for cycling, altho relaxing is always on our agenda. There are top quality restaurants nearby offering exceptional value.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage (the village washhouse) was just habitable when we bought it. Since then it has been carefully restored by local artisans who have balanced modern living standards with preserving the character & beauty of the building. The stunning oak frame and exposed stone walls have been displayed to full effect- you can see the original tally notches in the beams and the wooden pegs used in the construction.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Aug 14. .."lovely time at your gite. It was v comfortable, we all slept v well. The children loved whizzing about on their bikes" Mrs H

Aug 14 "Absolutely beautiful". Mr J

Oct 13. "I just wanted to write & say what a wonderful week we had in your cottage. There is so much to do & its really lovely".Mrs P-J

Aug 13. "We had a really great week. Your cottage is lovely & your neighbours were helpful & kind".Mrs W

Apr 13. "Your house is lovely & we were v grateful for your woodburner!" Mr B

Aug12. "all fantastic. what a beautiful house & v.well equipped". Mr C

Aug12. "such a lovely cottage we didn't want to leave" MR P

July12. "The cottage is fabulous..Jackie & Lilli were lovely & really helpful..hope to do a return visit".Mrs M

June12."thanks so much for our stay in your beautiful home, we had a wonderful time" Mrs B

May12."we really enjoyed your home & were very sad to leave. All four of us agreed it was a real treat" Mr R , Canada

Feb12."thank you so much, everything was just perfect". Mrs S
Mar 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ger in Manche

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Upstairs bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. Downstairs toilet. Hairdryer in master bedroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom (6x6m)with double bed (king size duvet), mattress topper, exposed A-frame oak beams. Single bed with lace curtains for use as family room. Bedroom 2 double bed, memory foam mattress topper. Mezzanine features a single bed with screen.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Heating is by electric radiators in each room and the cosy wood-burning stove in the lounge. Games cupboard with Monopoly, Scrabble. Outdoors: Petanque, kite, old bikes kept in neighbour's garage. The house is in a beautiful area with many walks and cycle rides. The bocage lanes created by years of woodcutting are a particular feature. Our neighbours look after the house for us and will help with any queries. No smoking or pets. Outside: Private fenced garden overlooking open countryside. Additional grass area across the road overlooking the natural spring that gives the house the name 'Les Fontaines'. Picnic table, garden table and four chairs, gazebo, chiminea, BBQ all available. Utility Room: Store cupboard off kitchen for hot water tank etc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The cottage is cleaned between lets. Bed linen and towels provided. Please bring your own beach towels. Other: The mezzanine (1st floor landing) has a single bed as described above. There is also a small sitting area with Nintendo game cube console and games.


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Oak Frame Cottage In The Normandy National Park
average rating of 4.6842103 based on 20 reviews

Lovely rural cottage

  • 4 of 5

Good rural area, close to small town. Cottage has lots of character and plenty of space

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Paul, we are so glad you enjoyed your visit to Les Fontaines
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Beautiful cottage in beautiful countryside

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in this charming cottage. It was well maintained, welcoming and was very well equipped, especially with heaters and the wood burning stove, which was very welcome during our stay. The customer service offered by Anne was especially good and we would thoroughly recommend a stay here, the surrounding countryside is beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Linda, we're so pleased you had a wonderful stay & look forward to welcoming you again.
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Perfect Easter weekend at this delightful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Arriving at the cottage was an absolute pleasure, the location within a picturesque hamlet is excellent with beautiful views across open countryside. The property has been tastefully restored and has a lovely traditional "French" feel to it. Staying as two couples, we found it to be spacious, comfortable and very clean with modern kitchen appliances. The large lounge features a captivating fireplace and wood burning stove - Perfect for relaxing! There are several nearby villages with friendly shops for groceries, croissants, bread, etc, and there are also supermarkets in the local town. The region offers many things to see and do with numerous cafes and restaurants to choose from when hungry! Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, well-equipped, very well-maintained

  • 5 of 5

We loved it so much here, we extended our stay! It was a last minute break and we were delighted when we arrived. The house was so well-equipped and beautifully restored. We took three teenagers and they loved it! (No WIFI meant that it really was a break for all of us.) It was so lovely to eat outside and to make use of the BBQ. Well situated for some fantastic trips and the most friendly and helpful neighbors. Would definitely recommend this lovely cottage and will certainly return!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed everything Les Fontaines has to offer & look forward to you visiting again.
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Charming cottage, the perfect French escape

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted to arrive at this very warm and traditional cottage in the heart of the countryside. The pretty surroundings are peaceful and made for a very relaxing stay. The garden is full of flowers and is ideal for eating out and we took full advantage of this for breakfast, lunch and dinner on each day of our stay. The feel of the cottage was lovely and had everything we needed for a comfortable stay.We found the neighbours particularly warm and welcoming. The location is great for exploring little French villages and larger attractions such as mont St Michel. We took our 3 year old who just loved every minute. The owners went out of their way to ensure we had a wonderful time. We are looking forward to visiting again.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, we are glad you had such a lovely time & look forward to you visiting again
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Lovely quiet cottage on the edge of National Park

  • 4 of 5

This is a lovely cottage in a quiet hamlet. Barely a car passed during our stay and the star gazing at night comforted by the warmth from the chimenea was superb. We found the property exactly as we expected and some changes to our original travel plans were easily resolved by the efficient owners. Trips out to the nearby towns of Vire and Mortain gave us a good selection of restaurants. One longer trip to see Granville and walk on the beach was worthwhile. Plenty of wine and the log woodburner made it a very relaxing stay. Would certainly go back again, perhaps with our bikes, and explore further south.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you had a lovely relaxing stay & look forward to welcoming you back.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Lac Du Dathee
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
St Jean
Car: necessary


Large sandy beaches 35 mins to the west with Granville approx 45 minutes drive away. Historic Mont St Michel is under 45 minutes drive away.


10% discount available on Britanny Ferry crossings when you book with us. Cherbourg is 100 miles to the north (under 2 hours drive). Caen is approx 90 minutes to the northeast. Both ports are within easy access via predominantly dual carriageway. Car essential.


Les Fontaines is 3-7km from the towns of Ger, Sourdeval and Mortain all of which have supermarkets, boulangeries, banks, restaurants etc. The larger town of Vire is 20 mins to the north. Fougere with its stunning castle is 45 mins south. The medieval town of Domfront is 30 mins away and the fascinating 'Suisse-Norman' town of Bagnoles with its lake and casino is a 40 min drive. Mont St Michel is under an hour away. Bayeux, the Suisse-Normandie & the landing beaches are around 90 mins.

Further Details:

Whilst ideal for relaxing countryside breaks, the cottage is also well-situated for various activities. There are beautiful walks by the waterfalls at Mortain. There is an indoor pool in Vire, an outdoor pool at Mortain and a recreational lake near Fougere. There is an amusement water park at St Martin, near St Hillaire du Harcouet. For the more adventurous, go-karting at Mortain and bungee jumping and flying fox in the gorges north of Vire. An excellent place to picnic and watch others jump if you prefer! Mortain has historic sites linked to strategic WWII battles and there is an American cemetery at St James. There are excellent restaurants nearby featuring local specialities. There is detailed information on all possibilities at the cottage.

Local painting lessons available in a variety of mediums at Mortain- visit www.christinegoldsmithartist.com. Suitable for adults & children & a great way to have fun & discover your inner artist.

The Normandy National Park has beautiful villages & chateaux. Lassey les Chateaux is very picturesque & Saint Ceneri-le-Gerei holds "prettiest villages in France" status.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Ger, Manche

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4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
50% deposit (non-returnable) payable on booking. Balance due 6 weeks before arrival.

A breakage deposit of £100 is required at the time of balance payment and will be returned within 2 weeks of the end of your holiday.

We will send you full details of directions, key arrangements, etc at the time of balance payment.

Changeover Day:
Change over day flexible. Please arrive after 3pm and depart by 10.00am, although we are happy to be flexible if no adjacent booking.

Short breaks (4 nights) possible as per rates- or please contact us.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week, in UK pounds for 4 people. Price INCLUDES gas, electricity, logs, bed linen, towels. £7 per night per additional person (5 maximum). 10% travel discount available with Brittany Ferries when you book with us. 10% discount on property price for 2 week bookings. Short breaks- please ask. Please provide own beach towels.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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