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Swimming Pool, Cottage Sleeps 5, own private garden - Colombage

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Heated Pool
  • Internet




Big master bedroom with king-size bed. Lots of room for a cot (provided free on request).

The second bedroom has a double bed and a single bed. It also lots of room for a cot.

Upstairs bathroom with bath, basin, WC, shower over bath.

Downstairs loo and wash basin.

Large old Norman fireplace and original beams.

Internet access free.

Sky TV and stereo.

Dishwasher, washing machine, cooker with oven, microwave, iron, ironing board, cafetiere, kettle, fully equipped with everything you might need.

Private fully enclosed garden, very suitable for small children.

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About the property


La Hallotiere has 3 detached gites/cottages and a very pretty heated swimming pool (pool open from May - September all set in a beautiful 2-acre property, in the most beautiful part of Normandy. Each gite has its own patio/garden area with barbecue and wonderful views. The cottages can be rented individually or the whole site can be rented for groups of friends or large families. Only half an hour from beautiful beaches at Granville. Roads with very little traffic perfect for cycling and motor biking allow easy access in under 20 minutes: zoos and theme parks, 2nd world war sites, local lakes where they have canoes, also fishing and a fantastic golf club www.golfdevire.fr. *Visitors in 2014 said this was the BEST Golf course they had ever played on! Local towns and villages proud of their bakeries and special street markets. Within 1 hour: Mont St Michel is a must, Villedieu les poeles where they are proud they made the bells for notre dame at Paris, the coast with wonderful sandy beaches, ferry day trips to Channel Isles.

The Gites are perfect for families wanting to holiday together as a group. Perfect for exploring Normandy and then coming back to lounge around the pool or play in the garden. Sorry, no pets.

Please visit our website for further information


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Property Manager
Christine and Neil Finch
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2018

About Christine and Neil Finch

Hello, we are Christine and Neil Finch. We purchased La Hallotiere in February 2013. We previously lived in Carshalton, Surrey.

We took early retirement from our jobs, Neil was a London Fireman and Christine worked in Oncology. We consider ourselves very lucky indeed to have found a property in such a beautiful place. We fell in love with the wonderful views the property has, and the peace and quiet after such busy lives in London.

We are very proud of our gites, please look at our website and you will see from our reviews from our guests that it is indeed a very special place.

It is an ideal location for Neil to pursue his love of motor bikes as the roads are so smooth and quiet.

We also love the good food and wine!

Christine and Neil Finch purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Christine and Neil Finch chose Le Mesnil-Gilbert

This is a brilliant base from which to visit the many and varied attractions of Normandy, WW2 sites, the Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St. Michel.

Our heated pool is very popular with our guests, especially after a day out visiting one of the sites.

Colombage has its own private garden for you to have BBQ's which we provide or just sit and read or look at the wonderful view.

What makes this cottage unique

We hope you like the look of our site, we fell in love with the views and peace and quiet, and of course we enjoy sitting in the garden in the evening with a glass of wine and sampling the French cheeses.

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
Please visit our own Website for contact details. We will guide you through booking and payment. Broadly, we take a deposit of £100 per week when you book and the balance 6 weeks before the start of your holiday. Payment by bank transfer.

Changeover Day:
Saturday. Gites available after 4pm and vacated by 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. Prices include electricity, bed linen and full use of the heated pool in season. Free internet access.
Cots and high-chairs are available at no extra cost.
The pool is open from 23rd May - 6th September 2015. Please contact owners for out of season bookings. We have had some enquiries for winter bookings and are now taking bookings for CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR.


Accommodation and facilities for Colombagein Le Mesnil-Gilbert in Manche

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
  • village
  • Internet
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Golf ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Our site is suited to children and there are many activities in the area to entertain them. Each property has its own exclusive, private garden area with outside table, chairs and BBQ. Wonderful views from each of the properties. Beds are made up for your arrival. Bed linen provided free. Please bring your own towels. Free hot water, central-heating, electricity Internet access free. Our pool has been fully re-furbished this year, last year the pool provided hours of entertainment for the children who stayed with us. The croquet lawn is also a big hit with families young and old. Their are lots of biking opportunities on offer from our doorstep. See our website for further info. The roads are also perfect for motor-biking and great to tour the D-Day landing beaches. See website for biking routes. If you like walking there is lots of wildlife to see on beautiful quiet walks. A peaceful tranquil setting awaits all our visitors. Outside: Swimming pool (fully re-furbished 2014) is shared between the 3 properties. It is a proper sunken pool and is heated . It is in its own garden area and is not overlooked. It is cleaned every day - and we like it to sparkle! Open from 23rd May - 6th September 2015. There is a croquet court 20 x10 yds. Croquet equipment is provided free. Apple, pear and cherry trees give lovely shade in summer. We provide BBQ's for families to have their own BBQ in the garden. There is outside furniture to sit and relax and enjoy the views of the countryside.


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Beautiful Cottage in peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful, peaceful location and great place to explore local 2nd WW history. We took bicycles and had some beautiful, scenic rides, albeit a bit hilly in places for children. About a 7 mile round trip to the local boulangerie for the bread each morning was great exercise!

Our hosts, Christine & Neil, were charming, friendly and very attentive to our needs. The pool was a daily source of fun for the children in spite of having one of the coolest, wettest weeks in August!

The gite was very pretty and spacious enough for our family of 5. The rooms were clean & bright. Having found I was short of some essentials (bowls, sharp knife) they were provided immediately. After a week of bad weather, my only suggestion would be to have some form of indoor drying capability - draping wet swimming kit and clothes & coats around the gite wasn't ideal. The owner very kindly lent me her clothes airer when I asked for one & she also put our permanently soggy towels in her tumble dryer one day which helped the situation tremendously.

A day trip to Arromanches & the Mulberry harbour was fascinating. The beach at Carolles was lovely - sand & rockpools, and only 30 mins away. Great aquarium at St Malo was worth the hour's drive.

I'd definitely stay there again & would recommend it if you appreciate peace & quiet!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for booking with us it was lovely to meet you and your wonderful family. We are so happy you enjoyed your week.
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A superb holiday

  • 5 of 5

We loved our very comfortable stay here in Colombage at La Hallioterre, a wonderfully quiet and peaceful setting. The owners, Neil & Chris gave us a very warm welcome and were kind and helpful in every way.

Our week was full of good things, visits to excellent markets where we sampled the local products, delightful meals at restaurants recommended by Neil & Chris, including Le Moulin de Jean and L'Abbaye, We had a fascinating tour around the Bell Foundry at Villedieux (go early!), a moving visit to Utah Beach & Museum and Mortain, and also the excellent "pay & play" golf course.

We loved our stay in Colombage and hope to return in the future.


  • Review Submitted: 30-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

I really enjoyed my stay at La Hallotiere. Christine and Neil were very

welcoming hosts and could not have done more to make the holiday a restful and memorable experience. They were extremely knowledgeable about the area and recommended places to visit.

La Columbage was really lovely, very spacious and comfortable. It was very clean and had everything you would need and some very thoughtful extras.

The area is lovely and must be very pretty in the summer.

I would recommend La Hallotiere for a nice family holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: January 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Le Normandy Bar
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
St. Pizza
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

All times are by car - Village with baker, bars, etc., St Pois 5 mins. Town with supermarket and variety of shops, Brecey 10 mins.

Le Mont St Michel, 1 hour.

D Day Landing beaches 1.5 hrs. The area is steeped in the history of the Second World War, especially the Contra-attack at Mortain with the view at Hill 314. This view is outstanding and you can see Mont St. Michel on a clear day.


Great, huge beaches 40 mins drive, at Carolles, Jullouville and near Avranches (direction Granville).

Donville les bains beach at Granville is fantastic for children, there are lots and lots of rock pools to hunt in safely, there is also a sea water swimming pool in the middle of the sand so you can swim safely and has lifeguards on hand. This is approx 40 mins drive from La Hallotiere.


Dinard airport, near St Malo is about an hour 15 mins by car. It has flights from Stansted, East Midlands and Birmingham - flight time 1 hour.

Flights from Southampton and Exeter to Rennes take around 50 mins and Rennes is an hour and 15 mins by car from here.

Ferries - Caen 1 hour, Le Havre 1¼ hour. Cherbourg 2 hours. Calais, Dunkirk and Bolougne 4 plus hours. A car is necessary at our property.

We do have a discount code for Brittany Ferries for our guests travelling with Brittany Ferries.


Our nearest village is St. Pois, this has a boulangerie and is very popular for the croissant run in the mornings. This is approx 5 mins drive. Brecey is a larger town approx 10 - 15 minute drive, where there is a great supermarket, bars and restaurants. The bigger towns such as Avranches, Villedieu les Poeles are approximately half an hour from us, you can visit the bell foundry at Villedieu and the market on a Tuesday. Avranches has a big market on a Saturday and lots to see there.

Further Details:

There are some lovely places to eat very close to us, please see our website for details of places to eat. www.normandyvacance.com

Le Neufbourg hosts the L'Abbaye Blanche (the white abbey) This is worth a visit and then the Abbaye Bar andRestaurant close by, serves wonderful food and refreshments at very reasonable prices. This is close to the Grande Cascade which is a most wonderful walk.

Also at Mortain is Karting for adults and children. Two and Four stroke engines.

St. Hilaire du Harcourt has a big market on a Weds. You will see live chickens and ducks for sale here. (you don't have to look!)

Domfront is a beautiful medieval town full of cultural heritage.

If you are interested in the DDay landings, there are some fantastic places to visit, Arromanches, where the artificial port was assembled for the landings is amazing, Omaha and Utah Beach, St. Marie Eglise, all have really good museums and the American War Cemetry at Omaha is just outstanding. These really are worth visiting.

For a special occasion there is Le Moulin de Jean restaurant, higher end prices but well worth a visit, lots of our guests go here if they are celebrating a birthday or anniversary, and they have always been very pleased.