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17th Century Farmhouse With Large Enclosed Garden In Tranquil Countryside



Updated: 27-Sep-2016
Farmhouse near Villedieu-les-Poeles, Manche, Normandy, France

Set in the beautiful and unspoilt countryside of Lower Normandy, ‘L'Abri’ is perfect for those who are looking to get away from it all and yet want the convenience of local shops and services. Set in a small hamlet but only five minutes from the lovely town of Villedieu-les-Poêles and within striking distance of the ferry ports, Mont St. Michel, Bayeux and some of the best beaches in Normandy, the house is ideally located for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. The house was built in the late 1600s and has been tastefully renovated in recent years. It has six bedrooms (including 2 loft rooms) and can house up to 10-12 people.

  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are a young family of five living in S E England. We fell in love with our Normandy holiday home on our first visit, have enjoyed staying in it, and would love to use the house to introduce others to this wonderful part of France.

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Speaks English, French, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We enjoyed our second stay at L'Abri even more than the first! We will be back again - thank you for sharing your house with us. Maureen & Peter Dove, September 2014

Fantastic stay at L'Abri. Peaceful even with two toddlers. Great toys and fun on the bikes. Can't fault the place at all - weather wonderful apart from overcast final day. Many thanks, the Owens. June 2014

Had a really wonderful time at this lovely cottage. Everything you need and want. The kids especially enjoyed the fab garden. Love the area too. So much to see and do and locals so friendly and helpful. Would love to return and maybe bring some friends as so much space. Thank you so much for letting us come and enjoy your wonderful Normandy home. The James family. August 2013

"A fantastic spacious, comfortable and well-equipped property for a very relaxing week. L'abri is a short drive from the bustling town of Villedieu but also in a very quiet, rural location - the best of both worlds. The house is ideally located for visiting Mont St Michel, the D-Day beaches and the Bayeux Tapestry - plenty of room just to relax (or play!) indoors and out. Everything from the initial enquiry to handing over the keys was seamless - we all hope to be back again." The Gallagher Family, June 2012.

A little note to say a 'HUGE' thank you... It was the perfect place for a short break. It was peaceful, relaxing and we absolutely loved the house. We really didn't want to leave, especially since your beds are much more comfortable than ours at home! S. Shelley, January 2012.

"Thank you for a lovely, peaceful stay in this beautiful house! We've had a very happy time. Thank you." Phillips family, August 2010.
Dec 2010
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews



  • 4 of 5

Excellent place for a family holiday with plenty of beds, and a large garden where children can run around safely. The kitchen is well equipped and there is plenty of fridge and freezer space. The boulangerie is 5 minutes drive away for the morning croissants, and they also sell milk and some groceries. The local town of Villedieu is well worth a visit, especially on market day, and the zoo on the other side of the town is excellent and very family friendly.

The top (attic) bedrooms can be affected by noise from below as there is no door on either staircase leading to them. If you use the BBQ please clean it for the next guests as it's not pleasant to have to do this before you can use it. We had a problem with the gas running out while cooking a meal but we did a workaround and the cylinder was replaced the next day.

Overall we very much enjoyed our stay there and would be happy to return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great base for a Normandy Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for the first week in August. the property is a real treat. It is located in a quiet rural setting in close proximity to the small town of Villedieu-les-Poeles. It has a large lounge, dining room and well fitted kitchen. The accommodation sleeps 12 in comfort, we actually had a childs cot as well. I have stayed in many rentals across Europe and I have to say that this was one of the best. The owner Andrew, was a delight to deal with as was his agent Patricia in France who made sure we had everything we needed. Andrew even contacted me during the stay to ensure that all was well. This speaks volumes of his desire to give a first class service. Would I use this house again ...... definitely. The only point of improvement that I would suggest is an update on the photos used in the advert. They do not do this house justice. Thank you for a great holiday. Gerry Magee

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Gerry Thank you for your lovely review. Delighted that you enjoyed your stay at L'Abri and that you were able to enjoy the house and the area. We are always looking to improve the property for our guests and would love to welcome you back in the future! Best wishes, Andrew
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We loved this house!

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely house in beautiful countryside. We were delighted to stay there. It was perfect for an extended family group including young children who enjoyed playing in the big, secure garden. The surrounding area is lovely and full of interesting things to visit. We went to the beach (about 20 miles away) a couple of times and enjoyed spending time in Villedieu-les-Poeles. There's a brilliant zoo not far away, Le-Mont-St-Michel is less than an hour away and there's quiet lanes to cycle in.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed L'Abri so much and are always appreciative of feedback. Our family has spent many happy times at the house and are always pleased to hear of others enjoying the house and area too. We would love to welcome you back sometime! Andrew
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From the Owner

Having enjoyed several holidays in the region, we chose this particular part of Normandy for the beauty of the countryside, the stunning beaches and for the rich history and cuisine. We also loved the wonderfully preserved nearby town, which felt authentically French. Being so easy to reach from the UK (just an hour from the Ferry) has also enabled us to rediscover holidays that are genuinely relaxing and hassle-free!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Dinard Airport at 55 Miles Nearest Ferry : Caen / St Malo at 55 Miles Nearest Train : Villedieu-les-poeles at 2 Miles Nearest Motorway : A84 at 5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Ceclia at 1.6 Miles Nearest Beach : Donville Les Bains at 18 Miles Car: recommended


The nearest beach is at Granville, which is about 25 minutes drive.

Les Salines to the north of Granville has a wonderful setting. If you want more facilities, Agon-Coutainville and St Martin de Brehal are worth visiting. All these beaches have good stretches of sand. We also enjoy the beaches south of Granville (St Pair-sur-Mer, Jullouville and Carolles-Plage).


The closet Ferry Port is Caen (Ouistreham) which is 58 miles away (60 mins).

Alternative ports include:

St. Malo 60 miles (70 mins)

Cherbourg 80 miles (90 mins)

Le Havre 108 miles (100 mins)

Dieppe 165 miles and (150 mins)

Boulogne 246 miles (210 mins)

Calais 265 miles (240 mins)

Ryanair flies year round to Dinard from Stanstead and East Midlands.

Dinard airport is 60 miles away (70 mins)

Use of a car is essential because of the property's rural location.


La Chapelle Cecelin 0.5 miles (3 minutes)

Villedieu Les Poeles 3 miles (5 minutes)

Mont St Michel 30 miles (35 mins)

Bayeux 63 miles (1 hour)

Coutances 22 miles (35 mins)

Avranches 18 miles (20 mins)

Arromanches 68 miles (70 mins)

Granville 21 miles (35 mins)

Further Details:

The nearby village has a bakery. Villedieu has one large supermarket with cheap petrol, banks, several delicious bakeries/patisseries and a good range of eating options to choose from.

Children will also love the zoo at Champrepus (15 min away) and the indoor swimming pool at Villedieu with a spiral slide.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn Half Term
22 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Autumn
29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Spring
4 Jan 2017 - 24 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Spring
15 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Half Term
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Peak
15 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Summer
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn Half Term
21 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Autumn
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas - New year
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
25% non-refundable deposit required at time of booking. Balance of full payment due 8 weeks before arrival. Security deposit of £200 in case of damage to property/contents also required 8 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Saturday preferred during July and August but flexible during quieter times of the year. Arrival time 4pm. Departure time 10am.

Notes on prices:
Heating supplement via electricity meter reading payable at the end of your stay for the months of October to April.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

We love the freedom and space that the house provides - both inside and out. We also appreciate the great combination of a peaceful location and great access to bustling towns, beautiful beaches and wonderful historical sites. Experiencing many self-catering holidays over the years, we've come to discover and appreciate what makes a place a great holiday home. We hope you agree!

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


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


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


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Family bathroom with bath/shower over and separate WC. Downstairs toilet and shower room. En-suite to bedroom with hydromassage shower.


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10/12 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed and ensuite. Bedroom 2 with king size bed. Bedroom 3 with double bed. Bedroom 4 with bunk beds. Bedroom 5 with 2 single beds. Bedroom 6 with double futon (or can be used as games room/second sitting area).


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: We have set up the house to be child/baby friendly so there is a cot, high chair, stair gates, stepping stools, children's cutlery and dishes and a small selection of toys/games for young guests. Bedroom 6 has a futon, TV and DVD player so that it can be used as a games room/second lounge. There is broadband internet access in the house. Outside: Large, attractive garden of about 3/4 acre made up largely of lawn and trees. There is a small wooden deck to the rear of the house and guests have use of a selection of garden furniture and a barbecue. Utility Room: Separate washing machine and dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linens are not included but are available to hire at €10 per person. Final cleaning service €50

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