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Holiday gite set in peaceful coutryside, free wi-fi and sat TV, linen included

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

House in Barenton, Manche, Normandy, France - Peaceful location in the rolling countryside of the Normandie-Maine National Park

Le Poirier is a renovated 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, stone and colombage farm building set in three acres of grounds largely laid to lawn with many cider apple trees and old pear trees after which the property is named. It is around 1km walk into the village of Barenton which has a supermarket, post office, pharmacy, bank, bakers and bars. Further afield there is a bigger selection of shops in Mortain and the market towns of St Hilaire, Domfront and Sourdeval. The cottage has been beautifully renovated keeping all the character of the old beams and traditional fireplace. It has been furnished to a very high standard throughout making it a real home from home.

Graham and Anne Cawley
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
11 August, 2017

About Graham and Anne Cawley

Looking for a future retirement project, we fell in love with this property on sight and bought it in 2007.

The holiday cottage is now fully renovated and though Graham still has to work part time both Graham and Anne now live full time at Le Poirier with our rescue greyhound, Hannah and so is available to welcome you.

We just love the relaxed pace of life in France and really enjoy the peaceful far ranging views of the normandy bocage and hope that you too will come to relax and unwind in this beautiful historic area.

Graham and Anne Cawley purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Graham and Anne Cawley chose Barenton

It is just a beautiful high quality property surrounded by stunning countryside. Everything is finished to a very high standard and our aim is to make you feel at home, with everything you need to make your holiday comfortable.

What makes this cottage unique

If you just want to relax in a peaceful location then this cottage is for you. At night you can see the clear sky full of stars, un-affected by any local lighting. You can enjoy the stunning sunset while enjoying a glass of wine from the patio. Bring your bicycles and you can enjoy the miles of dis-used railway track routes across the rolling countryside.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Barenton in Manche

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , The walk-in wet room shower is spacious and fully tiled.
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This is a walk in wet room style shower with plenty of room
  • En-suite shower room to bedroom 1 with walk-in shower, basin and W.C. and heated towel rail. Further shower room with walk-in shower, basin and w.c. and heated towel rail adjacent to bedroom 2. Both bathrooms are on the first floor.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Luxury king size bed with dressing area
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with en-suite shower room and dressing area, having a 5ft king-sized bed. Second bedroom also has a 5ft king size bed and is adjacent to the family shower room and toilet.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • museums
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
Notes on accommodation: Non smoking house. Heating is via the log burner in the living room and electric heaters in every room. Outside: The cottage is set in 3 acres of private grounds with parking to the front. The west facing patio at the rear of the property has far reaching views of the rolling farmland. There are many fruit trees around the house, and the patio is furnished with a table and chairs, parasol and armchairs. There is a Weber BBQ available for guests use. Utility Room: Upstairs cupboard housing washing machine, airer, steam iron and board. Outside rotary clothes line. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen, towels and kitchen towels are provided for 4 people but please bring your own beach towels. Hairdryers are provided in both bedrooms. Linen for additional beds as detailed above will be provided at additional cost. The house is cleaned weekly. Other: Dining room with antique oak table seating 6. Sideboard holding large selection of glasses. CD radio and a selection of CDs. French doors to rear patio. Outside split level patio with table, chairs, parasol and Weber BBQ.


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Holiday gite set in peaceful coutryside, free wi-fi and sat TV, linen included
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

A wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

Le Poirier is a wonderful house for a relaxing holiday in a stunning position, the photographs do not do the property justice. Anne and Graham who were very helpful have furnished the house to a very high standard, it is very well presented, clean and has everything you require and most importantly everything works! Thank you very much for a lovely holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind comments, I am sure that our other customers share your thoughts and we will be updating our photographs as you suggest Graham & Anne
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Wonderful place for a relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

We spent the most wonderful holiday at this beautiful cottage. Anne and Hannah make you feel so welcome, that you feel relaxed and at home from the moment you arrive. The gite is really well set up so you have everything you need for self catering in real comfort and probably the best bed you'll ever sleep on in a holiday let. The local area is really picturesque and quite quiet - lovely villages to explore, walks and markets to entertain - we loved Domfront. Further afield we visited Bayeux which was fascinating, as was Mont St Michel. We can't wait to go back and continue to explore this lovely part of France from this absolutely perfect base!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, Cathy for your lovely remarks. I look forward to welcoming you back next year.
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Wonderful! A great place to unwind!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week in late July after making a last minute booking and had a most comfortable and relaxing week. The rural setting is tranquil with glorious views and just the sound of the birds and cows punctuating the silence. The cottage has been lovingly restored maintaining it's original character whilst having all mod cons and stylish furnishings, including very comfy beds! The outside space is also well equipped and provides an ideal spot to enjoy the sunsets.

The owner lives onsite and was attentive without being intrusive. We were greeted like friends and provided with some welcome groceries which was a lovely touch.

The variety of attractions in the locality and the facilities of the property make the cottage suitable for all ages either as a family or couples. The vaulted ceiling and king sized bed in the main bedroom also make this ideal for a romantic break.

This is probably the best holiday cottage we have stayed in at present and we would certainly recommend this wonderful cottage to others. We would love to return one day, maybe in cooler weather so we can try out the huge wood burner!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Ferry
150 Kilometres
Ouistreham, Caen
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
55 Kilometres
Mont St Michel Bay
Car: necessary


Mont St Michel is a 45 minute drive away. The D-Day beaches are around a 2 hours drive away. St Malo and Granville are approx 1 1/2 hours drive, and there are a number of quiet secluded beaches approx 1 hours drive away.


Nearest airport is Dinard - 1.5 hours drive but car hire would be essential.

Brittany ferries into Caen is 1.5 hours drive; into Cherbourg just under 2 hours. LD lines come into Le Havre approximately 2.5 hours away, and also Dieppe which is just over 3.5 hours. Alternatively the drive down from Calais is around 5 hours.


Barenton is just over a kilometre away (a 15 minute walk), with Mortain a ten minute drive. The larger town of St Hilaire is around 20 minutes drive and has a very large market every Wednesday. Sourdeval has a smaller but lively market every Tuesday and is around 15 minutes drive.

Further Details:

The local village has a small supermarket with an excellent butchery department selling locally produced meat. There is a good pharmacy and bank with ATM in the village, and an excellent boulangerie. The apple and pear museum is on the outskirts of the village presenting the history of cider making. This is the perfect location for exploring medeival history in Domfront, Dinan, Laval and Bayeaux for example. More modern history is in Mortain, the D-Day beaches, Caen and Arromanche. All these places are within easy reach of our holiday home. The more energetic are catered for by miles of walking and cycling routes as well as rock climbing and horse riding close by. For children there is the Bellefontaine amusement park, aligator bay and Champrepus zoo.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Barenton, Manche

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter Season
21 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Festive season
16 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Stay tax £0.33 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
The prices quoted are in £ Sterling and are for a full week. The price includes bed linen and towels for up to 4 people. We take a 15% deposit to secure the booking with the balance 6 weeks before your holiday. Payment can be made by bank transfer using the faster payments system. We can offer advice on various ferry crossing options, please just ask for assistance.

Changeover Day:
Changeover is generally Saturday for weekly bookings but we can be flexible to your preferences depending on booking volumes. Arrival time is ideally after 4pm in peak times with departure no later than 10.00am but again ask if these times do not suit.

Notes on prices:
The gite can be available for shorter stays subject to bookings. Please contact us for further details. The prices are based on 4 people occupying the property. An additional £30 per week is chargeable for each additional person. An additional payment of £30 is required if you bring a dog (1 only) to reflect thee additional cleaning. A security deposit of £100 is payable on arrival.

15% deposit required on booking with balance, including deposit, payable by bank transfer 6 weeks prior to holiday dates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.