Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 9
Rural holiday cottage (gite) in Lower Normandy in the department of Manche. La Befferie is a peaceful hideaway that is in the heart of Southern Normandy, in a wonderfully central location, an ideal base for touring Normandy and Brittany and within easy reach of the ferryports.
The house is typical of the region, made of colombage which is probably 200 to 300 years old. The oak frame is filled in with cob and one wall is completely original. The enclosed garden is surrounded by a cider apple orchard complete with a rustic bread oven and old water pump, the views down the meadow to the stream are relaxing and calm.
The cosy and inviting lounge has a lovely wood burning stove, the kitchen and dining room has all the amenities you will need and there are 3 bedrooms which each have their own bathroom or shower room. Suitable for 2 families to share, with a king and a double bedroom, and a bunk room for the children, or can be set up for 3 couples each with their own ensuite bathroom.
The front of the house is shaded by a large cherry tree for the warmer months, with garden furniture, a stone barbecue overlooking the meadow and there is even an old wooden cider press at the side of the house.
Located in a quiet lane, La Befferie is 5 minutes drive from the local village for provisions, 20 minutes from two busier towns (St Hilaire and Avranches) and within easy reach of so many things to do. It is easy to get to Mont St Michel and the Brittany coast, or visit the Normandy Landing Beaches and learn more about the World War II invasion, the battery at Longues sur Mer, or visit the unique Bayeux Tapestry, eat oysters fresh from the sea at Cancale, the seafood fishing village which is renowned through all of France.
Taste the local Cider and Calvados at the farms they were made, try the amazing food of Normandy, with local farm reared pork and apples, cream and cheeses. Visit medieval towns and chateaux, the historic city of Rennes, the pirate coastal towns and cities of St Malo and Granville, and some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||St Jean le Thomas, Avranches 30 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dinard 81 km, Nearest railway: Avranches 16 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
The Normandy region
Southern Normandy is one of the most visited areas in France, offering rural and coastal holidays at the same time, within an hours drive, the coastline is long ranging from the Pink Granite coast of northern Brittany, all around the Cotentin peninsula to the Normandy Landing Beaches of World War II. The region offers culinary delights from fresh seafood to traditional Normandy foods of Pork cooked in apples and cream, classic french fruit desserts, world renowned cheeses and locally produced farm cider and Calvados. Visitors love the combination of activities, places to visit, things to do, amazing food and wonderful culture, and La Befferie is centrally located to explore all that La Basse Normandy has to offer.
Fish for your own tea at the local trout farm and cook it in the open on the stone barbecue when you get home.
Visit the medieval hilltop town of Mortain and wander around the waterfalls, take in the panoramic scenery up by the chapel, where one of the significant events of WWI occurred in August 1944; for six nights the Americans of the 30th Infantry Division fought valiantly (with one radio with dying batteries) against the German Panzer counter-attack, to preserve the breakout established in Operation Cobra.
Wander around Ducey, Avranches, or St Hilaire (great market Wednesday mornings).
Visit Jersey or Guernsey in a day trip from Granville, or the Chaussey Isles which have attracted visitors for hundreds of years.
Trek over the Baie de Mont St Michel, on foot or on horseback with experienced guides.
Kayak along the Selune into the Baie, fish the See or the Selune in some of the best salmon rivers in France.
The City of Rennes is a must do for its old Medieval streets and some of the finest architecture in the country; or Fougeres is a walled city with a bustling market which is an enticing day out only 45 minutes drive away. Or the coastal walled city of St Malo, notorious as the home of the corsairs, French privateers and sometimes pirates. The corsairs of Saint-Malo not only forced English ships passing up the Channel to pay tribute, but also brought wealth from further afield.
The beaches around the St Malo area are among some of the best in France.
Fabulous for cycling with routes along disused railways to Mortain, Ducey, and the Baie de Mont St Michel.