Gîte in Saint Brice de Landelles, Nr Avranches, Manche, Normandy, France - Full Of Character With Modern Conveniences
Situated in Saint Brice de Landelles, a village with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, Le Haut Champ gîte is a converted barn dating from the 19th century and is full of character with modern conveniences. It is set in a tranquil location with stunning views of the local countryside yet close to historic sites, such as Le Mont Saint Michel, Fougères Castle, The Cascades in Mortain and many others. Being only a few kilometres from both the Brittany and Pays de la Loire borders it is the perfect location to enjoy the many visitor attractions and local towns and villages the three regions have to offer.
Within easy reach you can discover lakes for fishing, water sports or just relaxing, lovely beaches with miles of sand, plenty of walks and various cycle routes, either throughout the countryside or on the dedicated Voie Verte pathways, beautiful gardens, excellent golf courses and a variety of museums and galleries with an abundance of history. Alternatively you could find a local café to relax in with a glass of wine, cider or a cup of coffee and just enjoy a slice of French life.
Local facilities in Saint Martin de Landelles (5 km) include a local baker, grocers, butcher and a restaurant. Nearby there are some great restaurants serving traditional French cuisine (Chez Agnès in Lapenty is a favourite). The nearest town of Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët is just a 15 minute drive away with its popular weekly market brimming with local produce and regional specialties. Avranches is a large town which has a busy market and a good range of bars, restaurants and shops and is only 35 minutes towards the west.
Close to three ferry ports (Caen, Cherbourg and Saint Malo) and Rennes airport Le Haut Champ gîte is perfect for visiting southern Normandy and the neighbouring regions or as a stopover en route to the centre/south of France.
Top Traveller Review
Gorgeous gite in beautiful countryside setting
About the Owner
About Simon and Anne Frost
Anne and I (Simon) are originally from Hampshire but moved to Normandy in 2013 with our two cats, Molly and Gizmo. Over the years we have spent much time traveling in France but we fell in love with the Normandy/Brittany people, countryside, history and of course the food and drink! We live next door to the gîte and will be happy to provide as much or as little help as you require. For those of you who have limited experience of France, we will be delighted to share our tips and local knowledge, provide you with suggested day itineraries or you may just prefer to use Le Haut Champ to explore by yourselves. Either way, we look forward to welcoming you to our gîte.
Simon and Anne Frost purchased this house in 2012
Why Simon and Anne Frost chose Manche
We chose this part of southern Normandy for the beautiful countryside, the close proximity to the coast, the climate, the historic sights and leisure activities, and its’ easy access to the Channel ports. We love the friendliness of the people, the delicious food and drink, the markets, the slower pace of life here and the variety of things that you can choose to do each day. We were also attracted by the closeness to neighbouring Brittany which is just 3 fields away! It’s also a short car journey over the border to the Pays de la Loire, so there are plenty of opportunities to explore all three regions.
What makes this house unique
Although we are in a rural situation, on a no through road and surrounded by fields it is easy to reach many of the local villages within minutes and other large towns in 30 - 45 minutes. Because we are in a rural area we also have spectacular views of the sky at night. So it can be useful to bring your binoculars, sit in the garden after dark and appreciate the clear view of the stars and sky. You may also be able to catch a glimpse of our resident barn owl!
(14 traveller reviews)
Gorgeous gite in beautiful countryside setting
What a wonderful gite this is! Our family stayed for four nights in August 2016 - the gite is beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean. Home made chocolate cake on arrival! Two bedrooms, both with en-suites, great kitchen and living space. Situated in beautiful French countryside, it really is idyllic. Anne and Simon were perfect hosts and we enjoyed chatting to them about their life in France. They also gave us tips on local attractions and restaurants. We visited Fougeres (castle tour is a must), Bayeux and the Normandy beaches, all within easy driving distance. We have holidayed in France for the past 15 years and this is one of the best gites we have ever stayed in. We will definitely return and would recommend to others without hesitation.
Wonderful gite in a tranquil rural setting
We spent a week in this wonderful gite set in the quiet Normandy countryside. For us (a couple) it was perfect with the gite having everything we needed. It was comfortable, finished to a high standard and very clean. The owners Anne and Simon were very welcoming and provided us with plenty of tips and recommendations for our stay. Even though set in the countryside access to shops and restaurants was never far away (nearest town and big supermarket is 10 minutes away). We visited some of the local tourist attractions like Mont St Michel, Granville and the chateau at Fourgeres, but also enjoyed relaxing in the garden and enjoying the peaceful surroundings. There are many things that we didn’t find time to do such as visiting the Normandy beaches, St Malo, Bayeux, Dinan and many more; so we will have to go back! We have visited France many times and stayed in many different locations and gites and this is our favourite to date, we can’t wait to return.
Peaceful and relaxing
Beautiful gite. Well equipped, spotlessly clean and very tranquil. St Hilaire is lovely and the local villages are very picturesque. Hosts were very warm and friendly. Good cycling but mind the hills!
Fabulous Hosts, Fabulous Place
Great location. Quiet and private without being isolated. Easily placed to make the most of the wonderful soft countryside and the beautiful shorelines.
The Gite is extremely comfortable, well appointed and extremely relaxing. The hosts could not have been more welcoming, being both charming and well informed. A very enjoyable break, which we hope to repeat.
Fantastic Gite, excellent hosts.
Perfect for us (two couples). The gite was clean, well equipped and VERY COMFORTABLE.
Lovely gite great location
We'll equipped gite. Perfect location for exploring Normandy and Brittany. Both bedrooms are ensuite which was great. Lovely kitchen with everything needed for self catering. Beautiful rural location but within easy driving distance of all major attractions.
From the Owner
“We chose this part of southern Normandy for the beautiful countryside, the close proximity to the coast, the climate, the historic sights and leisure activities, and its’ easy access to the Channel ports. We love the friendliness of the people, the delicious food and drink, the markets, the slower pace of life here and the variety of things that you can choose to do each day. We were also attracted by the closeness to neighbouring Brittany which is just 3 fields away! It’s also a short car journey over the border to the Pays de la Loire, so there are plenty of opportunities to explore all three regions.”
Activity and Interests
There are many beaches along the Manche coastline, but one of our favourites is Genêts beach which is around 25 miles and takes about 40 minutes to drive there. There are miles of sand in every direction and fantastic views towards Le Mont Saint Michel. You can even go on guided tours across the bay to Le Mont Saint Michel at low tide.
The ferry ports of St Malo (1 hour 10 mins), Cherbourg (2 hours), and Caen (1 hour 45) 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 St Martin de Landelles with bakers, butchers, a couple of grocery shops, a bar and a restaurant is just five minutes by car. Some of the shops are also open on Sunday mornings for those last minute provisions.
For those who enjoy watching wildlife there is often much to be seen from the property. Le Haut Champ has its own resident owl: there is a CCTV in the main house. There is plenty of bird life and deer can often be seen running through the fields.
There are English speaking pharmacists and doctors in Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
16 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
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A booking form will be sent upon request and can be returned by either email or post.
The preferred arrival and departure day is Saturday but this is flexible. Arrival time is 4pm onwards and departure by 10am. Please contact us if you would like a different arrival or departure day.
A deposit of £100 is required to confirm your booking with the balance to be paid 6 weeks before arrival. The preferred method of payment is by bank transfer. Payment in euros is available on request.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Although we are in a rural situation, on a no through road and surrounded by fields it is easy to reach many of the local villages within minutes and other large towns in 30 - 45 minutes. Because we are in a rural area we also have spectacular views of the sky at night. So it can be useful to bring your binoculars, sit in the garden after dark and appreciate the clear view of the stars and sky. You may also be able to catch a glimpse of our resident barn owl!”
- Away From It All
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- Iron & Board
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- Washing Machine
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- Dining Area
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- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
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- non smoking only ...
- not suitable for children ...
- pets not allowed ...
- wheelchair inaccessible ...
- autumn foliage
- recreation centre
- theme parks
- bird watching
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Both shower rooms have good quality shower cubicles & showers and are modern & contemporary. As well as the usual toilet and sink with vanity unit you will find a chrome heated towel rail and a mirror. Lovely soft towels and a bath mat are included for your stay as well as toilet rolls and hand soap. For those guests who have chosen a two week stay towels are changed at the start of the second week.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
- Le Haut Champ has two bedrooms, one double bedroom & one kingsize bedroom. Each bedroom is accessed via its own staircase and has its own ensuite shower room. Both bedrooms have beautiful original exposed wooden beams and lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Each bedroom has a fitted wardrobe with space to store your luggage and plenty of wooden hangers for your clothes as well as two bedside tables and table lamps. To ensure you have a good nights sleep we have very comfortable good quality mattresses with 300 count white cotton bed linen and all the duvets and pillows are feather. Every effort has been made to make your stay a comfortable and enjoyable one.
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Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- The gîte is spacious and light with quality fixtures and fittings yet at the same time retaining many of the original features. Our aim has been to combine the “old and the new”, to reflect the heritage of the building but enable you to enjoy modern facilities and make your stay a happy and comfortable one.