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Detached 18C Stone Cottage, In A Rural Area, Sleeps 4 + Baby Ferry discount

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage near Villedieu Les Poeles, Manche, Normandy, France - Ideal For Family Holidays And Short Breaks

La Bessardiere is a detached restored stone cottage, near St Maur des Bois. Built in 1759; set in 2.5acres of grounds. In a quiet location, yet within easy reach of the coast and many of Normandy's Historic sites. Ideal for family holiday but also provides a cosy base for out of Season breaks. If you just want to relax, there is a sunny south facing patio. Above, a small balcony overlooks the open countryside, a good place to greet the morning with your coffee or to view the wonderful array of stars that can be seen on a clear night. The cottage has many original features, such as large stone fire-place incorporating a log burner. On the first floor, there are two bedrooms and a bathroom with shower, bidet, basin & wc. Downstairs there is a lobby with separate cloakroom; a light open plan living area and a fully fitted kitchen. We have decided not to install wifi yet in keeping with the tranquility of the cottage however there is 3G available and several cafes with free wifi in Villedieu.

Roma Oxley Green
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
26 June, 2017

About Roma Oxley Green

My husband and I live in London with our 3 teenagers but our heart is in our second home in France .We love the tranquility and the french way of life and hope to spend more and more time in France as we get older ..We spend as much of the summer as we can in our house which is in the same grounds as this cottage .

We love gardening ,cooking, having animals and looking for great vintage finds in the french vide -greniers (french car boot sales)

Roma Oxley Green purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Roma Oxley Green chose Avranches area

We originally set out to find a holiday home in Normandy in 2009 after a lovely summer in France .We were fortunate to find La Bessardiere a small hamlet in St Maur des Bois .The cottage dates back to 1759 .To the north of the property are our English neighbours who initially renovated the cottage to the south but off set is our cottage that we holiday in when we can.

The view from the south terrace is directly onto open fields and pasture land. The grounds are shared with ourselves but hedging provides privacy .

We love this place because its so easy to get to ,especially on the ferry from Caen or Cherbourg ,it works for weekends as well longer trips. The area is peaceful and very rural .There is so much to do and much to explore from the lovely french markets and antique markets to great beaches, country walks, cycling on country lanes and of course the history of the area.We can provide secure storage for cycles on request .

What makes this cottage unique

La Bessardiere is at the end of a country lane so there is no through traffic, thus making it a safe environment for families and children.

Set in 2.5 acres with a tributary of the River Sienne passing through the valley, where you may see deer, or watch the kestrels and buzzards soaring overhead.

Whilst set in the quiet of the countryside; the town of Villedieu les Poeles is just a few minutes drive away, for supermarkets , local shops and a weekly market

The sandy beaches of the west Normandy coast are a short drive away.The port of Granville is great for seafood and boat trips .Bayeux and the normandy landing beaches are about 40minutes away. The amazing Mont St Michel is 50minutes by car .For those who like sports there's canoeing and mountaineering in the Swiss Normand area.There is excellent cycling and many cycle routes in the area .


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Sainte-Cécile in Manche

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • First floor bathroom with shower, WC, basin, bidet, electric heater and towel rail. Ground floor cloakroom with basin & WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 + Baby or Small Child (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The main bedroom is a light, triple aspect room with double bed; and space for a cot; and has exposed beams and stonework. The second bedroom has 2 single beds and in built drawers the window overlooks the front lawn.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The cottage is in a small hamlet La Bessardiere of 8 or so houses, our neighbours are french but the nearest house to the cottage is occupied by an English couple. Our neighbours are very peaceful and the hamlet is quiet apart from lawn mowing etc. The fields around are mostly used for dairy and beef farming, the farms are small and medium sized and not especially noisy.We holiday in our cottage which is the next property during the summer months There is no wifi in keeping with the cottages simplicity but there is good 3G and mobile phone signal at the property . Outside: Extensive gardens and meadows, with streams; around 2.5 acres. Patio with garden furniture and barbecue.The owners 17th century stone cottage which was originally a cider press is in the same grounds about but hedging between the 2 properties provides privacy Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen is supplied. Tea towels only are supplied. Property is cleaned after every let Other: Outside building housing washing machine



Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid season
8 Apr 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High Season
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low season
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Xmas/New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low season
6 Jan 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early season
24 Mar 2018 - 25 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid season
26 May 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer season
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late season
1 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low season
27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £30
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
To book the cottage: a 25% deposit is required; together with a completed & signed booking form. The balance, (plus a refundable security deposit of £250.00), is due 8 weeks before the booking commences.

Please note that this is a NO SMOKING PROPERTY.

Please note also that PETS are NOT ALLOWED.

Changeover Day:
Normal changeover day is Saturday, but out of school holiday periods there is flexibility.

Notes on prices:
A 10% discount is available on all 2 week bookings.

Nightly rates, depending on season, vary from £65 to £80, per night, subject to a minimum stay of 4 nights, or 7 nights, again depending on season. Please see our "Prices" schedule above, for details.

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.
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