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Self Contained Gite with lovely country views

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Gite in Saint-Martin-de-Cenilly, Manche, Normandy, France - Very Peaceful Location, 20 Minutes Drive To Sandy Beach, Shops And Restaurants Nearby.

La Cure is situated at the end of a 230metre lane off a quiet country road. It is surrounded by farm land containing many mature trees and the 'bocage' or 'banks' surrounding the fields for which this area is famous. It is ideal for a couple wanting to get away from it all and unwind. It is just 10 minutes from the popular market town of Gavray with its supermarket, shops, banks and restaurants. The cathedral town of Coutances and the copperware tourist town of Villedieu les Poeles can be reached in 20 mins. Perfectly situated for days out at the Mont St Michel, St Malo, Bayeux and D-Day Beaches etc.

Roger Shipway
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Roger Shipway


My wife, Mary and I, originally from Somerset, have retired to Normandy with our little collie cross, Nellie. We live on site and will be happy to provide as much or as little help as you require. So, if you know France and/or do not require any assistance during your stay we will extend a cheery wave and respect your privacy. If you are new to France or even travelling abroad for the first time we will be happy to provide all the support you need.

Roger Shipway purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Roger Shipway chose Saint-Martin-de-Cenilly

Prior to settling in Normandy we travelled extensively in Europe for several years in a motorhome. We made many friends and a lot of them had settled in this region of France. When we came to visit them we fell in love with the countryside. It is very similar to our home county of Somerset but much quieter with miles of near empty roads and beaches. We take the dog to the beach nearly every day, where she wears herself out galloping around the dunes and into the surf. The beach and salt marshes also offer bird watching opportunities and a chance to see race horses exercising. The farming of mussels and oysters can be seen from the dunes. With endless beaches and blue sea it is a wonderful place to take a picnic and relax for a few hours.

What makes this cottage unique

Although we are in a very rural situation, our house has fields on all four sides, you can be in several villages within minutes and a few large towns in 30 minutes, more or less, depending how fast you drive! Due to this rural aspect and lack of nearby lights we have a spectacular view of the sky at night. Bring your binoculars, sit in the garden after dark and be prepared to be amazed by the clear view of millions of stars and constellations.

Guestbook comments from the owner

These comments can be seen in our visitors book -

Being city folk wanting to escape to the country this could not have been better. We loved the views from the windows and seeing the wildlife.

J & J Newcastle.

This is a hidden gem, quiet but accessable to markets, beaches and restaurants. G & M

We so liked the view from the sitting room, the neatness of the kitchen, the many thoughtful touches in this gite. J & J London.

Had a wonderful 2 weeks here, gite had everything we needed and we slept sooo well as it is so peaceful here. K & A S.Wales

A wonderful week in a beautiful part of France. T & J
Apr 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Martin-de-Cenilly in Manche

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom has superb large walk-in shower, wash basin with mirror over and toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 - 3 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Large airy bedroom with double bed and anti- allergen pillows, bedside tables with lamps, double wardrobe with hanging space, shelves and drawers, chest of drawers with mirror and chair. Cot available.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • churches
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: This is a no smoking apartment but you are welcome to smoke outside. The property has been recently converted so is freshly decorated. It has been well insulated and is cool in summer and warm in winter. Oil filled electric radiators can be supplied if necessary. Outside: The gite has its own garden with a paved patio area and lawn, table, chairs, parasol, barbeque and washing line. There are two loungers for those wanting to sunbathe or just laze away the day and a walnut tree for shade if needed. Utility Room: The utility room downstairs contains an iron and ironing board, a clothes horse, laundry basket and pegs and a washing machine is available in the main house. There are bins for recycling. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is changed once a week and towels as required. The property is thoroughly cleaned on changeover day and as required for long stays.


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Self Contained Gite with lovely country views
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Our stay at La Cure

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a most enjoyable week at La Cure. It is in a peaceful rural setting and ideally placed for reaching the local towns, villages and beaches using uncrowded and scenic roads. The gite is bright, modern and extremely comfortable. I cooked a full roast dinner in the well equipped kitchen. The owners, Roger and Mary are welcoming and helpful. They have an extensive local knowledge which they are happy to share and Roger knows all the best routes to get around. We have been coming to this area for several years and always find something new to see. We have eaten well in the local restaurants and it is fun to search the huge French supermarkets for food (and drink!) to enjoy at home. As a relaxing holiday, his can't be beaten - we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely homely gite in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Had a great 6 days at Roger and Mary's gite in July 2016. Arriving to a clean, modern gite with a warm welcome (including Nellie the dog). Had a fabulous time exploring the local towns and all the tourist spots like the d-day beaches, bateaux tapestry and St mont michel to name a few.

The gite is in a very peaceful location so a great night sleep was had by all including our 5month old daughter !

Would recommend to anyone who wants a great place to stay with all the mod cons but away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A real Cure !

  • 5 of 5

We booked this Gite on the strength of the other reviews here and we were not disappointed. This is a real get away from it all break.

On arrival we received a warm welcome from Roger, Mary and Nellie the dog.

Roger and Mary clearly take great pride in their lovely Gite, as it was spotlessly clean and everything you would hope for.

Be prepared to travel back in time to the beautiful deserted sandy beaches along the West coast of La Manche, we walked for miles. We also managed to tick off a few things on our bucket list with a visit to the D day beaches and some of the museums and a visit to Bayeux to see the tapestry.

We also enjoyed Granville with its superb local seafood. Try the local oysters, they are great.

If you have time and are prepared for a two and a half hour trip on the ferry it is well worth going to Sark.

We returned home with batteries fully recharged from this delightful part of France.

Thank you Roger and Mary

Mick and Jane Livermore

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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So Peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

This was just such a peaceful setting, in amongst the corn fields and with just the birds to 'disturb' you. We spent only 4 days here but really needed longer to visit what was to be seen in the area as well as to relax. Roger and Mary were very accommodating with all our requests and it was so nice to have Nellie (the border collie) welcome us in after each outing. A great place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Best place to be !!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned after spending two glorious weeks at La Cure, what an apt name. We were warmly welcomed by Mary, Roger & their lovely friendly dog Nellie. The gite was absolutely spotlessly clean, exceptionally well equipped, & a welcome pack was provided, the bedroom was light & airy & the bed really comfortable. Our hosts were gracious, kind, & went out of their way to be helpful, the surrounding countryside is absolutely beautiful. Our favourite place was the beach & dunes at Brehal, we had our Cocker Spaniel with us & you can walk for miles, Joe Cocker was in doggy heaven, he's exceptionally active & it's the first time we've managed to tire him. Mary & Roger introduced us to the beach, & in our mind it will always be known as Nellies beach. We found local supermarkets very well stocked, & fish & meat counters were excellent. We ate at Le Pin at Jullouville, moules & frites were good. We also ate at a local restaurant at Nicorps with our hosts, & at lunchtime the plat de jour was inexpensive, plentiful, really tasty, & included cider, red wine & water. The only downside of this wonderful holiday was leaving & saying goodbye to these lovely people, & little Nellie, but at least we could say see you very soon.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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La Cure, St Denis de Cenilly, Normandy, France

It Truly is 'The Cure'

  • 5 of 5

I can't begin to say enough about Mary, Roger, and "La Cure" in particular. They are the perfect hosts - go out their way to accommodate what you need, yet considerate enough to respect your privacy. I booked in for my first week of a 19 day stay in France, and came back for my last 2 nights, traveling out of the way to get back here!! The Gite is absolutely immaculate, comfortable, and well appointed. You couldn't ask for a better place to unwind with peace and quite. Landing beaches & museums, are about an hour away, with a beautiful drive in between! The opposite Cotentin coast from these, is a brief 20 min drive. The countryside is amazing, and a photographers dream! All being well, a stay at La Cure will be an annual event for me! Thank you for your help, kindness, wit and generosity!! Nellie, their dog, is now my personal 'buddy'!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Teri, Your father parachuted on to St Mere Eglise on 6th June 1944 with the 82nd Airborne Division and you came, on your own, all the way from New York, USA for the 70th Anniversary and to find out if it was possible to learn any more about his actions on that day. You succeeded way beyond your expectations and found so much information, even down to the field where he landed. You also made many new contacts and will be months following them up with the promise of adding to your fathers' story. We were pleased and proud to be your 'back up' team. Roger, Mary and Nellie.
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Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Car: necessary


A very long and fairly deserted sandy beach with extensive grassy sand dunes is just 20 minutes drive away. Another 10 minutes brings you to Granville with its port and ferry to Jersey. The D-Day landing beaches are just one hour away by car


The ferry ports of Cherbourg, Caen and St Malo - one hour by car

Calais - about 4 hours

Airports - Dinard and Rennes - both one hour by car

Transport can be arranged from the airport but a car is essential so would need to be hired.


The village of Hambye with shops for baguettes and croissants etc., a bar and a cafe also a spectacular ruined abbey is just five minutes by car. Gavray at ten minutes has a lively Saturday market, pavements cafes and restaurants. Villedieu has a large street market on Tuesdays (20 minutes). Coutances has a large cathedral with english speaking guided tours and good shops including several large supermarkets. (25 minutes). There are many small towns and villages to explore within easy reach.

Further Details:

There is an english speaking doctor in Hambye and english speaking chemist in Gavray.

For those who enjoy watching wildlife there is often much to be seen from the property. Kestrels hunt in the fields and buzzards soar overhead. Owls can be seen at dusk leaving nearby barns and swallows skim the fields for insects. Sparrows nest in the walls of the property and small birds come to the bird table. We have recently seen deer from the house.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Saint-Martin-de-Cenilly, Lower Normandy

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
28 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
2 Sep 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
4 May 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Sep 2019 - 12 Oct 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A booking form will be sent upon request. A deposit of £100 is required upon booking and the balance to be paid 6 weeks before arrival. The preferred method of payment is by bank transfer but a cheque can be sent. The booking form can be faxed, emailed or posted.

Changeover Day:
The preferred arrival and departure day is Saturday but is flexible. Arrival time is 4pm onwards and departure by 10am. Contact the owner to discuss the options.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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