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La Grande Merise

Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome

La Grande Merise is situated here in the beautiful unspoilt region of the Cotentin Peninsula only 45 minutes south from Cherbourg, in the small village of Gerville La Forêt about 5km from the bustling market town of La Haye du Puits, and 5 km from the abbey town of Lessay famous for its famous foire which has been going for over 900 years and only 1.5km to Vesly where you can buy smaller provisions, perfect for croissants and bread. World renowned for it's unspoilt, sandy beaches, our nearest beach is only 10km away. (

Nestling on the sunny side of Mont Castre, our farmhouse consists of two gîtes made of cobb and stone that date back 300 years ago. It is marvelously peaceful here in the national park, where marshland, woods and coastal dunes burst with all sorts of birds and wild flowers flourish. La Grande Merise which is the larger of the two gîtes has been lovingly restored over the last four years and it is still a work in progress. It oozes simple rustic charm with cosy warmth and cleanliness. It's surrounded by a colourful organic garden overflowing with a mixture of wild and garden flowers, set amidst green fields and pastures. Perfect for barbecuing or enjoying a glass of wine by the pretty pond filled with fish and the occasional croaking frog. You can walk from the house or take one of our bicycles and cycle many of the lanes or along one of the many cycling tracks.

We wish you a very warm welcome to our Gîtes, La Merise and La Grande Merise and all animals are welcome, we've had everything from dogs, cats, fish and guinea pigs come and stay.


Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach St Germain sur Ay 10 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Cherbourg 45 km, Nearest railway: Carentan 25 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking

The Normandy region

La Merise & La Grande Merise are situated in the countryside surrounded by fields and woods on the Cotentin Peninsula, 45 minutes south from Cherbourg in the small village of Gerville-la-Forêt. The area is well known for its bocage, (hedgerows) dairy cows, "les normandes", apple trees, cider and seafood. Visit the Reo Fromagerie/Dairy ( where you can see how camembert is made and buy crème fraîche, butter, camembert and La Gaslonde. Buy oysters & mussels from Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, Barfleur, or live crabs and lobsters from any harbour towns along the coast. Cider, calvados and pommeau are available to buy from any of the markets that are held weekly and which are very popular for local produce and vegetables.

Within a short distance are beautiful wide sandy beaches. Our nearest beach is Saint Germain sur Ay about 10 km away, or visit the beautiful blue flag beaches of Hatainville and Carteret or follow the coastal road and just explore the magnificent coastline as well as sampling the delicious seafood along the way. Jersey & Guernsey are constantly visible in the distance. Drive north to La Hague where the scenery changes, taking the coastal road via Plage de Sciotot, another blue flag beach and Le Rozel. Le Mont Saint Michel is an hour and a half away and a must see and in July and August a very special tour is run at night time. Bayeux a beautiful old town with the renowned Bayeux tapestry is 50 minutes away and the D Day landing beaches, Omaha and Utah about 35 to 45 minutes. Some other places of interest are Coutances, Granville, Barneville-Carteret, Portbail, Barfleur, Saint Vaast la Hougue, La Hague, Pirou with its old Norman fortified chateau, Cherbourg as well as many other hidden jewels that haven't been mentioned. 24-31 May 2014 In it's 33rd year "Jazz sous les Pommiers" or "Jazz under the Apple Trees" ~ A well known jazz festival held every year during the same period ~ very popular, with a wide range of bands playing. Look at the Coutances website, Coutances is only 20km away from where we are. Lessay with its well-known abbey, Reo fromagerie and renowned classical music festival which is held in July and August every year, as well as the 1000 year old Foire de Sainte Croix which takes place in Lessay on the first weekend in September. We can book you tickets for the classical musical festival.

The Cotentin offers a variety of activities for everyone from walking and cycling the well-marked trails, to horse riding, fishing, sailing and golf. From the gîtes you can borrow our bicycles or walk from the house into the Forêt de Plaisance which opens out onto glorious views of the Cotentin.

Soyez Les Bienvenus and Enjoy!

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La Haye du Puits

La Grande Merise is situated only 5km from La Haye du Puits. A bustling market town with a collection of supermarkets, bakeries,butchers and restaurants as well as a traditional market every Wednesday morning. Lessay is 5 km in the other direction. It's famous abbey a wonderful setting in July/August for tourists every summer to enjoy classical concerts and recitals known as "Les Heures Musicales de L'Abbaye de Lessay" which are very popular as well as the famous foire de Lessay which has been running for 1000 years, a huge agricultural fair held every beginning of september. Visit the shop at REO Fromagerie which sells it's well known creamy camembert "La Gaslonde" and have a look at how it's made.

You can walk from the house on one of the maintained and marked trails or take one of our bicycles and cycle many of the lanes to Gorges which opens out on to marshland, or along one of the many cycling tracks. Buy provisions at our village shop of Vesly only 1.5km away perfect for croissants and bread or have a drink at the bar Les Zoreolas.

We are surrounded by lush green country side, fields criss-crossed by hedgerows and the beautiful forest of La Plaisance is close by. The nearest sandy beaches of St Germain sur Ay, Creances and Pirou are only located 10 to 15 minutes away. Drive to Portbail or Barneville Carteret and savour excellent seafood and visit the beautiful blue flag beach of Hatainville. There are a wealth of activities for everyone within our local area, in addition to attractions a little further afield such as day trips to the Channel Islands, Mont St Michel, Bayeux, the D-Day landing beaches and not to forget 2014 will be the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy where celebrations will be held throughout the summer.

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