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Stunning Gite ideal for a romantic getaway or a family holiday.



Updated: 26-Sep-2016
Converted Barn in St Jacques de Nehou, Nr. Cherbourg, Normandy, France - Ideal Location a short drive from Cherbourg and Stunning Beaches

Recently renovated, and featured in Living France magazine, the gite offers stunning original features and sits in 5 acres of land with its own orchard. St Sauveur le Vicomte & Bricquebec are 5 miles away boasting their famous castles along with a delightful bars and restaurants, plus excellent supermarkets. Outdoor markets are in abundance selling fresh local produce. The historic Normandy landing beaches are within easy reach along with Ste. Mere Eglise, Honfleur and Bayeux home of the famous tapestry. Further along the coast lies Le Mont-St-Michel and Granville, home of Dior. For those wanting to visit the romantic city of Paris it can be reached in a little over 3 hours, either by car or train. La Vaquerie is ideal for a romantic getaway or family holiday and a wonderful place to unwind and re-charge your batteries.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We bought La Vaquerie in the autumn of 2004 and started to convert the 2 barns attached to the left of the house in 2010 and completed them early 2014. It was important to us that we retained as many original features as possible, the oak beams have been restored along with original stonework. Having worked in the hospitality industry for most of our working life, Tom owned a restuarant for over 25 years and David worked in hotels for all of his career, so we understand our guests needs and requirements.

We live in the main house so are on call to ensure you have a holiday to remember in this lovely part of the Cotentin Peninsula.

We were thrilled to be featured in Living France magazine's Autumn 2014 edition.

We look forward to welcoming you to La Vaquerie

Tom and David

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Liz & Matt Hather arrived 17th April 2014 - We spent a lovely week at the Gite which has been restored lovingly and it shows. The interiors are stylish and 100% French a total treat to stay in.

Tom & David are fantastic hosts and the little touches they left for us made us feel so welcome and at home. The Gite was spotless and had everything we needed, we couldn't have asked for anything more

We would highly recommend a stay and we will certainly be returning very soon.
Jan 2014
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16 Reviews

based on 16 holidaymaker reviews


Perfect accommodation and location

  • 5 of 5

This property has been lovingly restored and converted into beautiful accommodation by the present owners, it is a credit to them - they have got every detail just right.

The interior furnishings and fittings are all of good quality and everything you need for a good holiday has been thought of and provided. The house is immaculate and has lots of really nice extras that you don't normally find in most French rental properties.

The owners live in the property next door, they make it quite clear that if you need anything at any time you can just pop round to them and ask. However, they very much recognise and respect your privacy.

On arrival we were surprised to receive a very comprehensive hamper containing lots of essentials plus some nice treats - a very nice touch.

The location of the property is excellent, it's in a very quiet part of the country with beautiful grounds but at the same time very close to some lovely beaches and places of interest .

My wife and I go to France every year so we are quite experienced at renting French properties and I must say that we feel this is probably one of the best we have stopped in.

We will definitely be re-booking this property in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review and we are really happy that you enjoyed your stay with us, looking forward to welcoming you back. David & Tom
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Normandy at its best!

  • 5 of 5

La Vacquerie is an ideal location from which to explore the Normandy coast, Cherbourg peninsula and visit the historic sights, particularly around Bayeux, the D-Day landing locations, memorials and museums. Lots to see and experience a short distance away. This was our first visit back to France for over 20 years. The Gite itself is beautiful, very clean and comfortable, extremely well equipped and maintained to a high standard. It has been lovingly restored by Tom and David from an old 400 year former cider press into a wonderful home from home. The location is quiet and unspoiled. We received a very warm welcome from both Tom and David who despite living next door kept a discreet distance but were on hand to make sure we had everything we needed and to help with recommendations and advice. We would have no hesitation in recommending La Vacquerie to anyone wishing to visit this lovely part of France and hope to return ourselves in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review Christine, it was great to meet you all and we look forward to welcoming you back to La Vaquerie. David & Tom
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A brilliant place with very generous hosts

  • 5 of 5

This is a fabulous property in a brilliant location. Tom and David are wonderful hosts with great suggestions, a very generous welcome pack including sweets for our young children, and couldn't do too much to ensure we had a good stay. The gite is spectacular and very well furnished, and the location is great with easy access to superb beaches, the Normandy beaches and lovely towns. We would thoroughly recommend this gite.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a great pleasure to meet you and your family and we are so pleased that that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for the great review Very best regards David & Tom
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Wonderful rural family retreat

  • 5 of 5

David and Tom were the perfect hosts ensuring that our family holiday was perfect! Our party consisted of grandparents, toddlers and frazzled London parents in need of a break! And our hosts ensured we go it. The Gite was comfortable and immaculate, their recommendations were spot on and we were left to want nothing but enjoy ourselves. Many thanks!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Imke it was lovely to meet you and your family and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope one day to welcome you all back
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Beautiful gite in a lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing family break. From the fab welcome hamper to the beautifully restored and spotless gite. Tom was a great host and advised us on the best days out, not to mention stunning beaches. We wouldn't hesitate in booking again or recommending to family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review and pleased you had a lovely holiday, thank you for the wine as well, it has been consumed. Hope we see you again Very best regards Tom
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Best by far, you won't be disappointed.

  • 5 of 5

Where do we start? This is probably the best Gite that we have stayed in and we've stayed in a few. From our arrival to our departure we were well looked after. The welcome goodies were just right with all the families needs catered for including chocolate for the kids. Tom was the perfect host offering good advice on places to go and local events. He was there when needed and we were made to feel so welcome in the Gite. We would highly recommend this gem and would not hesitate to go back. Thank you Tom and David.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review and we are so pleased that you enjoyed staying with us, hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back Tom & David
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From the Owner

We had been visiting the area for a number of years to visit friends and by chance we saw La Vaquerie for sale, in fact the day it went on the market. We fell in love with the house and its great potential and bought it straight away. It's a lovely area to live not far from some fantastic beaches, and so much history. The local community have been extremely welcoming and we are happy to have made many new friends both French and British.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Rennes at 115 Miles Nearest Barpub : Bricquebec at 5 Miles Nearest Ferry : Cherbourg at 18 Miles Nearest Train : Volognes at 13 Miles Nearest Restaurant : St Sauveur le Vicomte at 4 Miles Nearest Beach : Carteret at 8 Miles Car: necessary


Several stunning beaches are within easy reach, the lovely town of Carteret with many bars and restaurants along with boutique shops and a lovely beach, there are also beaches at Portbail, Lindbergh, Denneville, Hatainville.

Le Rozel Sciotot and Siouville have great surfing

There is an indoor swimming pool in St Sauveur le Vicomte


The port of Cherbourg is 40 minutes drive, Caen 90 minutes

Valognes has the nearest railway station which is 20km with direct trains to Paris.

A car is needed to get to the property


St Sauveur le Vicomte & Bricquebec are 7km away both have great restaurants and bars.

Paris can be reached either by train from Valognes or car in a little over 3 hours

Further Details:

A welcome basket is provided, with wine, bread, cheese, butter and eggs as are complimentary toiletries.

Cycle hire is available in St Savueur le Vicomte and in Carteret

Canoeing is available at La Douve in St Savueur le Vicomte

Featured in Living France magazine Autumn 2014.

Our emails sometimes go into 'junk email' so please check there if you have not received a response within 24 hours of your enquiry.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
7 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Rate 2
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
24 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
Bookings can be made via this website, the owners website or contacting David or Tom direct. A non refundable deposit of 20% is due on booking with the balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to arrival together with a refundable security deposit of £150 to cover damage and breakages. Payment can be made either via PayPal or Bank Transfer. When replying to you please check your junk email as sometimes our reply goes there.

Please contact the owner for Christmas and New Year availability and rates

Changeover Day:
The gite is available after 4pm on Saturday and must be vacated by 10am on the day of departure. During low season arrival and departure days can be amended, please contact the owner direct.

Notes on prices:
If you prefer to pay in a different currency to sterling the exchange rate at the time payments are due will be used. Payments can be made by direct bank transfer or PayPal.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

La Vaquerie sits down a winding country lane so is a very peaceful spot but not far from some lovely towns and villages. There are a number of bakeries near by that make beautiful croissants, numerous breads and pastries and are a must to visit. There are markets most days of the week near by and a number of Depot Vente's if you want to snap up a bargain. The local beaches are clean and quiet. There are some fantastic restaurants to sample with great seafood. We offer a complimentary welcome basket of wine, bread, butter, cheese and eggs and complimentary toiletries in the 2 bathrooms. Bed linen is of a good quality, Laura Ashley. Farrow and Ball & Annie Sloan paints have been used in our colour schemes.

Property Type

  • barn


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • En-suite has a bath with shower over, toilet and sink as does the other shared bathroom


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed, The cot can also fit in this room
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 to 7 (3 Bedrooms and 2 bathrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Impressive master double bedroom with en-suite bathroom exposed stonework and original beams. Further double and triple bedroom which share a lovely bathroom. A travel cot is also available which is free of charge.


  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Outside: Private south facing area over looking the orchard with patio table and chairs which is a lovely area to sun bath, relax or dine outside. Loungers are provided. Plenty of space for children to run around and let off steam. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Luxury bed linen and towels are provided and are changed weekly. We also provide complimentary toiletries

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