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Rural Cottage With Wheelchair Access and disabled facilities.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage nr St Hilaire du Harcouet, Avranches, Manche, Normandy, France - Peaceful Location Only 5 Mins Drive To Town

Les Cours is on the outskirts of the village of Lapenty and only 5 minutes drive from the popular market town of St Hilaire du Harcouet. On the ground floor we have a double bedroom with ensuite, suitable for wheelchair users including a wheel in shower with a seat and grab rails and a specially adapted WC. The kitchen and dining area are open plan with a lounge separated by the original stable mews woodwork. The first floor has a twin bedroom and a double bedroom with an additional shower room with toilet. Also a large landing area with a dedicated reading/quiet area.

Julie Foster
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Julie Foster

We are young family who decided to emigrate to enjoy a new way of life. We have 2 daughters 16 and 12, who love meeting new people. James is a builder and I teach English at the local primary school. We love food, gardening cooking and socialising. We are always available to help you achieve the best from your holiday; to advise on what to see, do, and experience while you're here. We are all fluent French speakers, should any problems arise during your stay, rest assured, we can be there for you. As a family we will go that extra mile.

Julie Foster purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Julie Foster chose Lapenty

Our desire to see our children grow in the country, in safety with the dream of eventually being self-sufficient food wise, was the driving force behind our decision to move here.

Les Cours is the perfect holiday destination if you enjoy peace and quiet and like "getting away from it all" But still want to have easy access to all the usual amenities that a lively town can offer. We are on the borders of Brittany and Maine with easy access to the Motorway. From here you cant head directly to Avraches, Caen, Rennes and Paris.

There are several Greenways in proximity for hikers and cyclists to enjoy. It is possible to cycle near to Le Mont saint Michel on these disused railway lines.

What makes this cottage unique

Whilst staying at Les Cours we can guarantee a peaceful stay where you can just relax and enjoy the view, visit many of the fabulous local tourist attractions or travel a little further afield and see the incredible Normandy beaches and the Bayeux Tapestry for example. Be aware that an hour's drive in France, does not in any way resemble an hour's drive in the UK. The roads are a pleasure to use with the absence of traffic.

We can offer you a selection of seasonal produce. To include organic vegetables, fresh free range eggs from the hen house. Farm Cider and Calvados can be sourced locally for you.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Lapenty in Manche

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower and WC Aditional Shower room with WC on the first floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with twin beds, Bedroom 3 with double bed. It is also possible to add a fold up bed for children . We also have a sofa bed available on the landing area.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: We accept pets on the understanding that they are primarily house trained, do not chew furniture and do not worry livestock. We are an animal loving family, please contact us to discuss this before booking. Outside: Decking area and 250sqm of lawn, barbecue and outdoor furniture. Swings, slide and trampoline for children. Shaded sitting area under our magnificent walnut tree [yes it can really be hot] The cottage is in the middle of a cider apple orchard which hold our small flock of sheep which children by hand. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are provided.


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Rural Cottage With Wheelchair Access and disabled facilities.
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews

Lovely quiet cottage

  • 4 of 5

Good clear instructions to find Gite from Owners.

It was clean and tidy and suited our needs with the owners very close by if needed.

Disappointed that the local restaurant with the great reviews was closed so we will have to return to try it again!

Thanks for the loan of a bike too which we used every day when we were out and about.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relaxing break in idyllic surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Prior to booking we corresponded with Julie, the responses were always very quick and helpful, answering our questions about the area.

On arrival, we were warmly greeted by James, who gave us a tour of the "Gite", and covered how to use the cooker etc.

It was a warm sunny day and the french doors were open on to the huge garden, really welcoming. This is where we met our first animal friend...Lily the goat!

The Gite itself was very clean and had plenty of space, it had everything we needed for our stay. There were 6 of us in total, 4 adults and 2 children,(and our 2 dogs).The huge landing area at the top of the stairs meant that the children essentially had separate bedrooms too.

Because of the good weather, we spent a lot of the time in the garden, having a BBQ (with wine) in the evening, and playing table tennis matches, with the children enjoying the swing and trampoline. However the most favourite past-times were feeding Lily bread, and our leftovers to the family pig! She had a good supper on our last evening!!

The main town is only about 5 drive minutes away, with plenty amenities, including a supermarket....we loved wandering around there, and enjoyed market day (Wednesday morning). We also took the recommendation of Julie and James and visited the very traditional "Chez Agnes" restaurant in Lapenty for lunch. This was an experience we loved, and very rustic and wine delicious. I am sure we provided the entertainment for the local farmers, as our French was limited! We walked there and back through the orchard, with beehives, took just under 30 mins each way from the Gite.

Sad to leave, wish we could have stayed longer, and would have no hesitation in recommending lovely area, and this little slice of Normandy countryside to friends and family.

Thanks Julie, James and family, for helping us enjoy a lovely family holiday....hopefully we get the chance to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Delighful and Relaxing French Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Before we even arrived, Julie and James could not be more helpful. We sent many e-mails asking a variety of questions, which were always responded to promptly and contained valuable information.

Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted and immediately felt part of their 'extended' family. The gite is fully equipped, spacious, clean and has everything you could possibly need (including the use of linen and towels). The grounds are beautiful and very well kept. There is loads for children to do including the use of a large trampoline, swings, hammock and even farm animals that they can feed and pet. The games room, containing a full-size pool table, massage chair and xbox, was a real treat.

The local town, only a 5 minute drive away, has a large supermarket, a variety of shops and some lovely restaurants. We also visited many attractions, including a zoo, theme park, waterfalls, fort and markets, which again, were a short drive away. The gite is in a perfect location!

In total, there were 4 adults and 2 children in our group and there was more than enough room for all of us. We only stayed for 1 week and wished we had stayed for longer.

Thank you so much Julie, James, Ella and Fleur for such a wonderful holiday, it was thoroughly enjoyed by all! I will be recommending this holiday venue to all of my friends and family. We will definitely be returning again!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, what fantastic comments. So pleased you all had such a great time, it was lovely meeting you, we look forward to seeing you again sometime.
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Le Cygne et Residence Restaurant
L'Ange Michel
Mont Saint-Michel
Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
82 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Train
38 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
28 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
42 Kilometres
St Jean Le Thomas
Car: necessary


The beaches nearby (around 45 mins) offer good free parking, easy access with ramps and steps together with a charming little cafe/restaurant. Cliff top walks are inviting people to go and explore the rugged coastline. Carolles is our favourite beach, one side has rocks and rock pools where you can see people collecting shellfish. The other side has a large smooth area of sand, perfect for children to play.


The ferry ports of St Malo (1 hour 10 mins), Cherbourg (1 hour 45 ), and Caen (1 hour 45) by car.

Calais - about 4 hours

Airports - Dinard and Rennes - both one hour by car


2 minutes by car to the village of Lapenty which has a bar/restaurant where a 5 course meal with plenty of wine or cider can be enjoyed for 12 euros.

The busy town of St Hilaire is 7 minutes by car where bars, restaurants and shops give the town a very lively atmosphere, and unusually for this area, Sunday morning finds the town bustling. There are restaurants for every occasion, from sandwiches, plat de jour, pizzas and top class hotels. There is also a swimming pool here and cinema.

Further Details:

The Medieval town of Fougeres is just 30 minutes away by car where you will also find a swimming lake in the Forest. Mortain is 20 minutes away with its beautiful waterfalls. The legendary Le Mont Saint Michel is 40 minutes by car which is a must see event once in your life.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
A booking form and 25% deposit is required to secure the booking with the balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible. Property will be available from 4pm and you must vacate by 10am on the day of departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.