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Rural Cottage With Wheelchair Access and disabled facilities.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

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
Calendar last updated:
1 February, 2017

About Julie Foster

We are young family who decided to emigrate to enjoy a new way of life. We have 2 daughters 13 and 9, 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 Manche

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.


5/5 -
(2 traveller reviews)


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 French....food 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: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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: Aug 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 2
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable 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.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Lapenty in Lower Normandy

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
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
  • 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
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • 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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