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Farmhouse | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
This lovely old farmhouse has been completely renovated and modernised to create a really lovely holiday home with enormous character. It has beamed ceilings, massive stone walls, tiled floors, a huge Normandy fireplace and full central heating.
It is a pretty short walk to the village of Grimesnil with its excellent and very welcoming bar/restaurant. The surrounding countryside is gently undulating and totally unspoilt. The walking is exceptional and maps of the numerous droves and footpaths are provided. The local villages boast a host of restaurants, all good, some superb.
The view from the sun terrace is beautiful, just rolling fields and trees. Total peace. A barbecue is available for use.
The coast with its beautiful, unspoilt sandy beaches is only a 15 minute drive away.
The magnificent private heated 10m swimming pool is available from May to October.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Les Salines, Briqueville sur Mer 16 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dinard/Rennes 90 km, Nearest railway: Countances 13 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (8), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The farmhouse has a well equipped tiled kitchen with dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave and breakfast area with oak table. The large beamed and tiled dining room seats 12 people. The spacious beamed lounge with stone walls has a huge stone Normandy fireplace (logs provided).
The first floor has 1 very spacious double bedroom with en-suite, a large twin bedroom and large double bedroom. There is a separate bathroom with bath and shower.
The second floor has 3 twin bedrooms and a shower room.
|Further details outdoors|
The south facing terrace keeps the sun all day and a table and chairs are provided for al fresco dining. There is also a vine covered dining area with gas barbecue. To the side of the house is a large lawn ideal for garden games such as boules, badminton and football and table tennis is also provided. Some bicycles are available but guests must bring their own helmets and check the bikes are in working order.
The private, heated 10 x 5m pool is set away from the house with lovely views over the valley and, for peace of mind, security fenced. There is a large pool hut for changing and sun loungers and pool furniture are provided.
Bed linen and towels are available at £18 per person. Rental includes heating, hot water, logs, washing machine, tumble drier and the private, heated swimming pool (May to October only). Free WiFi internet access and calls to all European land lines is available.
FEATHERSTONE FAMILY (Reading)
We had a fabulous holiday. The house is very well equipped with everything we needed to have a wonderful and relaxing stay. The information pack was full of useful information and we absolutely loved visiting all the local markets (especially the cattle market!) The weather was generally great but having the heated pool was brilliant as it meant the children could use it every day. Thank you for letting us stay in your wonderful house.
MULLEN FAMILY (Australia)
Big airy comfortable rooms, fully equipped for cooking, washing, relaxing, privacy. Everything you'd need. The house is private and surrounded by beautiful countryside, totally conducive for a relaxing quiet stay. I couldn't recommend staying at La Germainiere strongly enough and just hope I can visit again soon.
About this location
The Basse-Normandie region
This very beautiful part of Normandy is so easy to reach from England via Cherbourg or Caen yet remains completely unspoilt. The countryside is real Normandy with brown and white spotty cows, cider orchards and small family farms. The area is renowned for its delicious food; cheese, cider, pommeau and calvados and especially for its fish and shellfish.
The wide, safe, sandy beaches on the nearby coast never seem to get busy and the warm shallow sea is lovely for swimming. At low tide watch the local farmers with their tractors tend the acres of oyster and mussel beds - fascinating.
Within easy reach of the house are the world famous Mont St Michel and the medieval town of Bayeux with its cathedral and ancient tapestry depicting the battle of Hastings. There are many chateaus including Gratot and fairytale Pirou.
To the North East are the historic D Day beaches of the Normandy landings of World War II - Gold, Omaha, Sword and Utah and the fascinating war museums at Arromanche, Caen etc.
Nearby Coutances is a gem of a medieval town with excellent shops, boutiques, bars, restaurants, its world famous cathedral and botanic gardens illuminated in the summer months.
Granville is a wonderful, old, fortified town on the nearby coast with excellent seafood restaurants and ferries to the beautiful islands of Les Iles de Chausey.
The market town of Gavray with its good shops and supermarket is only 7km to the South and here the weekly calf and pannier market is a must if only to eat one of the huge Normandy sausages barbecued at the side of the road. There are ducklings, chickens, guinea fowl and piglets too. Each village has its own weekly market and many have excellent restaurants.
A pretty ten minute walk from the house brings you to the village of Grismenil where the friendly bar/restaurant, L'Etang, does good food with delicious steaks etc. cooked over the open fire. The restaurant Le Krill is in the pretty village of La Baleine nearby also cooks food in front of you over an open fire.
Local activities include golf, sailing, walking, horse riding, fishing, mountain biking, skating, tennis, bowling and crazy golf. Throughout the year there are many fetes and festivals celebrated in the villages and towns of the area and amazing Vide Greniers (car boot sales) taking over a complete village.
Coutances has a jazz festival in May and Gavray the Foire Normand in July with parades of animals and everyone in traditional costume.
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1 Jul 2014
"What a fabulous place!"
La Germainiere truly was a wonderful place to stay. It is tucked away surrounded by fields (and cows) and is so peaceful. We had a fabulous time visiting local markets and exploring the local surrou… More
24 Feb 2014
"A piece of heaven for the whole family, young and old"
A sensational spot, tucked in a beautiful valley with only the sound of birds to wake you up in the morning, this really is a slice of heaven. We stayed for a week with 3 families all with young chil… More
30 Nov 2013
"Large farmhouse in beautiful peaceful setting"
We stayed at La Germainiere in November for a few nights at the end of a long overseas trip. The only downside? That we didn't stay longer.Big airy comfortable rooms, fully equipped for cooking, … More
29 Jul 2013
"A blissful place to relax in the heart of beautiful French countryside"
La Germainiere is the sort of place where you relax from the minute you arrive. It's an absolutely beautiful classic Normandy farmhouse tucked down a quiet country lane and it feels as though eve… More
18 Jun 2013
"What a great place for a holiday!"
Tucked away in rural Normandy, this farmhouse really is in a beautiful location. We spent wonderful times by the pool, having BBQs and settling down in front of the huge open fire in the evening. It… More
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