Farmhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
La Clergerie is a traditional 'mas et pierre' farmhouse, situated in the Marais National Park on the Cotentin Peninsular just 20 mins from the sea. The property is in a pretty butterfly filled vally adjoining open countryside, yet close to modern amenities. Recently refurbished to an exceptionally high standard and professionally interior designed, accommodation consists of a barn conversion, which is part of the original farmhouse and retains original oak beams and cathedral ceilings.
Offering accommodation for up to six people, the farmhouse gite has two large airy bedrooms with original beams and cathedral style ceilings with views over the award winning south-facing gardens and surrounding countryside. Equipped with a large double and a single bed both en-suite, each bedroom has seating, a music system, hairdryers and fan coolers. One en-suite is equipped with a spa shower and the other a bath with mixer taps. Both have heated towel rails.
Linked via a galleried mezzanine reading area with chaise-lounge, stairs take you down to the double aspect sitting room with seating for six, plus a pretty window seat overlooking the award winning gardens. A short corridor leads to the well-equipped kitchen diner and a third (optional) bathroom with traditional double Victorian-style slipper bath. The gite has a sun terrace with outdoor eating area under a pergola, as well as BBQ, evening fire-pit and sun loungers. There is private off-road parking in front of the accommodation, and WiFi access, though the service is variable in rural France and the server may ask you to purchase an access code. We offer service washes at 10 euros per load line-dried and one free service was for guests staying for five days or more.. The gite is also equipped with a clothes airer and the garden with a rotary dryer.
In the grounds of La Clergerie is the Old Bakery which sleeps two further adults and an infant and can be rented jointly witht he farmhouse gite to maximise accommodation, or separately. For further details contact the owners and see further information below...
La Clergerie has been furnished to a high standard throughout, including halogen spotlighting and low level lamps. Furnishings include silk drapes, antiques and original works of art. The kitchen is equipped with labour saving items. The tariff includes electricity of up to 60kws per week, which includes electric thermostatically controlled wall radiators and up to 250 ltrs of hot water per day. In 2007, 8 & 9, La Clergerie was awarded first prize in the Maison Fleuries gardens competition, supported by the French Tourist Board, for the beauty of its gardens. Our accommodation has been rated fours star plus by independent assesors.
We can lend guests, maps tour guide books and information from the tourist board, as well as advise on itineraries and guided tours.
La Clergerie is situated in two acres of land which leads into wooded pastures and orchards. The gardens won first prize for the best gardens in this locality in 2007 and 2008 and 2009, in a competition organised through the Tourist Board. The land is bordered by a stream with its own small cascade and is a haven for wildlife, including birds of prey, heron and a wide variety of garden birds. Picnics can be taken on the lawned bank of the stream which is covered in daffodils in spring, or on the sundeck. An early supper can be eaten by one of the two landscaped ponds. where House Martins swoop to gather their supper or dragon flies settled for the night. There is an orchard and a large area of lawn for children to play, but we do ask our guests to supervise children at all times because of the proximity of water, which it is not possible to fence.
La Clergerie is also known for its beautiful night skies, free from residual background light, which makes it ideal for keen astronomers or just a bit of romantic star gazing. Our local astronomy would be happy to led you through the skies on request for a small fee.
In High Season use of the hot tub is reserved for guests in the Old Bakery - unless the Bakery is being rented jointly with the main farmhouse gite. We do not charge for the use of the hot-tub, only the electricity to power it, to a usable temperature of 40 degrees centigrade, which works out at 670 euros for three/two hour sessions. Booked through the owners.
Out of high season we are happy to have short stay guests for a minimum of two nights on a daily rate,, and when needed, can offer the facilities on a bed and breakfast basis at a reasonable daily rate of 100 euros per double room. (added single beds extra).
Guests can also purchase from us seasonal organic vegetables from the potager and free-range eggs from our own hens.
At La Clergerie we believe in the principles of green tourism and endeavor to recycle as much as possible. We water our gardens whenever possible from natural springs and do not use pesticides. Our expensive fosse system operated under local authority licence ensures that only totally clean water re-enters the environment.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Agon Coutainville 17 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dinard 125 km, Nearest railway: Carentan (also Coutances) 23 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden|
The Normandy region
Close to the D-Day beaches and Mt.St. Michel, The Marias National Park is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty on the Cotentin Peninsular of Manche. To the west you will find sand dune lined safe family beaches that stretch for more than a hundred kms between Mont St Michel (just an hour by car) and Cherbourg. (50 minutes by car). The area is steeped in history, being the home of William the Conquerer who defeated the English and took the throne in 1066. His birthplace is at Falaise (one hour by car), and the Bayeaux Tapestry Museum (40 minutes by car) still has the original tapestry telling his story. To the East are the famous D-Day beaches stretching from St Mere Eglise to Caen, and including the beautiful and poignant US Military Cemetery at Colville-sur-Mer overlooking Omaha Beach.
To the East are the famous D-Day landing beaches - Utah, Omaha and Sword beach (35 minutes by car) - where US, Canadian and British soldiers and airmen fought bravely against incredible odds to free Normandy in 1944. Travellers around the region will note that each village celebrates D-Day on its own special day according to when it was liberated. The tranquil beauty of the US , military cemetry at Colville-sur-Mer should not be missed. Travelling north through Grand-Camp-Maisy and the recently discovered defence battery, the N13 (20 minutes by car from La Clergerie) leads to St Mere-Eglise where US paratroopers famously engaged in the first battle on D-Day, and where Tom Hanks based himself at the local museum for researching his part in "Saving Private Ryan", and the TV series "Band of Brothers".
Following the salt marshes to the East of La Clergerie are a number of pretty andunspoilt traditional French beach resorts, with seafood restaurants, bars and traditional French markets through the week. The estuary at Agon point, near Agon-Coutainville is home to hundreds of skylarks nesting in the dunes in early summer. The area is also responsible for a lrge proportion of France's oyster farming and the beds can be visited at low tide on foot.
To the South is the more cosmopolitan resort of Granville and the grandeur of the holy pilgrim island of Mont St. Michel. Film fans can visit the renowned American Film Festival at Deauville in the late summer and brush shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp, just a few hours drive away.
Coutances is a traditional French market town perched on a hill, overlooking the Marais to one side and the beautiful east coast on the other. The beautiful Cathedral which began construction as William the Conqueror invaded Britain and was completed two centuries later, was designed by the same architect responsible for Notre Dame .It boasts someof the most spectacular stain glasses windows you will find.
Known as the Town of the Chimneys there are many original quaint listed stone town houses. With its boutiques, patisseries, bars, restaurants and coffee shops, and the Jardin de Plantes' spectacular summer bedding open in July and August for romatic moonlight walks, there is always plenty to do. The town hosts several festivals each year, including a Jazz festival in May and Festival of Art July and August - when artists take to the streets to paint and draw and hold their annual exhibitions. Local abbeys, chateaux and great churches in the locality hold music concerts throughout the summer for a few euros entrance, and travelling musicians can be found gigging in bars and restaurants along the coast throughout the summer.
Coutances holds its market on Thursdays. Parking is easy in the town centre and free for short stays, though parking passes can be purchased from local shops for longer stays for a very small charge. Nearby Periers hold its Saturdays as does St. Lo and Pirou on Sundays, where people can buy spit roasted legs of lamb to take home for lunch.