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Village House In Peaceful Location, Ideally Situated For Normandy/Brittany coast

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

House in Montanel, Nr. Avranches, Manche, Normandy/Brittany border , France - Quite Village For Relaxing, Walking, Cycling Or Fishing. Near Several Small Picturesque Towns

A traditional village property sleeping 4/5 people across 3 floors. The cosy living room has a woodburning stove, comfy sofa and chairs and a dining area. The kitchen area is well equipped and includes a washing machine and microwave. A beautiful winding wooden staircase leads to the 1st floor where a large bathroom and 1st double bedroom are situated. A further staircase leads to a light airy mezzanine floor with a table and chairs and a 2nd double bedroom with en-suite toilet. Outside the front of the property there is a seating area and ample parking. There is a pretty enclosed garden with garden furniture and lovely views over the countryside. Small friendly village built around beautiful church. Village comprises an interesting blend of French and English speaking Francophiles, available for guidance if required.

Sandra Beasley
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
16 May, 2018

About Sandra Beasley

After many visits to this beautiful area of France we found this delightful old property and decided to buy it immediately. We currently live in a 500 year old timber framed house in a village in rural Suffolk in the south east of England and try to use our holiday home as much as possible. On the times we are unable to stay we hope to make our visitors stay as comfortable as possible and have lovely reliable friends on hand to greet and help with any information they may require. We love getting away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives in south east England to the tranquil surroundings of beautiful Normandy where we can recharge our batteries and enjoy everything the area has to offer.

Sandra Beasley purchased this house in 2012

Why Sandra Beasley chose Montanel

We loved the house, its situation and the fact that it has been renovated so beautifully. The area is so full of variety, whether you want busy towns, culture and serious shopping in Rennes, St.Malo or Dinard or coastal and forest walks, stunning beaches and with little traffic on those rural routes. However, the biggest attraction was the areas' peace,tranquillity and beauty.

What makes this house unique

The house is quiet but not isolated. There are friendly helpful neighbours, both French and English speaking. The house overlooks a delightful garden across the lane and there is much local information available in the property.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Montanel in Manche

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom with bath/shower over bath, wc, next to bedroom 1. En-suite toilet to bedroom 2.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and door to bathroom, Bedroom 2 with double bed and single bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Unsuitable for young children due to steep staircases. Electric heaters in every room. Pets are only allowed downstairs. No smoking inside property. Outside: Patio furniture is provided outside the house. The lane leads to 3 gardens. Ours is a secluded, fenced garden area at the end which is lawned and beautifully planted, overlooking fields with sheep grazing on one side and view of village church on the other. There are garden chairs and a table. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen and towels, including kitchen provided. Change of linen provided for those staying more than one week. Other: The second floor landing has a table and chairs for children's activities for example. and toy box.


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Village House In Peaceful Location, Ideally Situated For Normandy/Brittany coast
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 3 reviews

Good value, a typically quirky French Gite

  • 3 of 5

Well equipped and the Welcome Pack a thoughtful addition.

Would greatly benefit from a new mattress in first floor bedroom and the shower does need a reconfiguration.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for reviewing our holiday home in Montanel. I am sorry you found the bed in the first floor bedroom uncomfortable. It is a low Scandinavian style wooden bed, and we now plan to put a new higher bed in that room. The bed in the second bedroom is a normal height brass bed. With regards to the shower, as the house is of traditional stone construction there are a number of significant wooden beams that run through the house, one of which is in the bath room. This means that the shower/bath sits in one corner of the room near to this beam.
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Our stay

  • 5 of 5

Have stayed in a number of gites in France over the years and this has to be one of the best. The accommodation is excellent with a real French charm. The location of the property is such that you are not far from many of the Brittany attractions. I would recommended this property to friends.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely house in a beautiful region

  • 5 of 5

This a beautiful old house with 1776 carved into the huge oak beam in the living room, no doubt at the time with a few skillful stokes of the adze.

It has been very tastefully restored whilst keeping its character. All the rooms are a comfortable size and the stairs and landings have a spacious and ancient feel to them.

The house is very well-equipped with all the furniture and kitchen equipment you could possibly need.

Montanel is a pretty village with abundant country walks. We were surprised to find the first three neighbours we met were English, Irish and American respectively, all Francophiles, very friendly and helpful who each explained in their own way that they were living there "because they love it there".

Dinard is quite a fast run from there and Foug?res an easy trip, but there is plenty to see in the region.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Steve, Thanks very much for your lovely review. This is our 1st year of letting (as we only fell in love and bought the property in October last year!) so it's great to know that our guests have appreciated it as much as we do. Thanks again we are pleased you enjoyed your holiday. Best Regards Sandra and Mark Beasley
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Nearest Airport
56 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
56 Kilometres
Car: necessary


35 minutes by car to Carolles which has facilities for the whole family, easy parking and lovely sand and rock pools. Also nearby Granville and Joulouville. 45 minutes to wonderful wild beaches of St. Malo, ideal for exploring 20 minute walks around Mont St.Michel coastal area. 20 minutes to the indoor swimming pool at Avranches.


Dinard airport is only 38 miles away. Rennes airport 35 miles. St. Malo 35 miles. Caen 90 miles. Cherbourg 110 miles. Le Havre 130 miles. Roscoff 145 miles. All easy motoring.


St. James 4 miles with everything a small town provides. Pontorson 6 miles, a lively town with restaurants open every evening including winter. Antain 5 miles, a small market town with Carrefour supermarket and petrol forecourt.

Further Details:

Super-U Hypermarket and pharmacy 3.5 miles for all your needs. Banks, doctors and vets are in St. James. Information on daily markets for local produce will be in your welcome pack together with information on the many activities and attractions nearby. This includes walking in the trees or motor boat rides on the lake in the forest near Antrain. Historic Fougeres has the oldest open fortress in Europe. There is horse riding at St. James, lake trout fishing and tennis courts. Indoor swimming pools at Avranche and St.Hilaire Du Harcoet with its sauna and Turkish bath.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Communication by email and payment by cheque or direct bank transfer. Rental deposit of 25% required at time of booking, the balance 6 weeks before arrival.100% would be required if booking within 6 weeks of arrival.

Changeover Day:
Usually Saturday but other days possible out of season. Please arrive after 4pm and leave by 10.30am on your day of departure. Many thanks.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds but Euros very welcome, rate to be confirmed at time of booking. Electricity, gas and basket of logs included in price. Also includes welcome pack. There will be a discount for lets longer than 3 weeks.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.