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Crabapple blossom at Gîte La Bucaille

Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

La Bucaille is situated in the tranquil rural hamlet of Montgardon, only 3 minutes by car (1.5 miles, 20 minutes if you fancy a stroll) from the popular Normandie market town of La Haye du Puits (which has got everything you need from good restaurants, bars and brasseries to an assortment of shops (including many French traditional shops).

The Gîte is part of a longère, which was built around 1830. Originally four houses, three of which consist of the main property, which is occupied by the English owners who live there. The fourth was renovated in 2008 to create the Gîte. This has been done to a very high standard by local artisans, retaining many of its original features, including a beautifully restored original open fireplace with an inset woodburning stove for those cosy nights by the fire.

The beautiful, spacious furnished living room is fully equipped to make your stay as relaxing as possible.

Good sized kitchen/diner, is well equipped for all your self catering needs, including oven, hob, fridge and microwave.

Large downstairs family bathroom with separate shower cubicle, wash basin, toilet, shaving point and heated towel rail.

The spacious master bedroom has been tastefully decorated with original exposed wooden beams. It is fully furnished with a double bed, bedside cabinets, chest of drawers and a wardrobe. The second bedroom is a twin room, furnished with twin beds, bedside cabinet and shelf storage. Both bedrooms have oil-filled electric radiators and good quality mattresses have been provided to guarantee a comfortable night's sleep, ready for the day ahead.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Bretteville sur ay 8 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 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 Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking
Further details outdoors

Set in its own private, enclosed garden with an abundance of beautiful shrubs giving a lovely splash of colour throughout the Spring/Summer. The garden is equipped with wooden garden furniture, making this the perfect setting to relax and dine 'al fresco' during those long, warm summer evenings.

Further details

Welcome pack is provided upon arrival, please specify at time of booking whether Red, White or Rosé wine is preferred.

English-speaking representative on hand to answer any questions.

A supply of wood is provided free upon arrival, if extra is required this is available at €5 per basket.

Free Wi-Fi

The Normandy region

Normandy is a major cider-producing region (very little wine is produced). Perry is also produced, but in less significant quantities. Apple brandy, of which the most famous variety is calvados, is also popular. The mealtime trou normand, or Norman break, is a pause between meal courses in which diners partake of a glassful of calvados, and is still observed in many homes and restaurants. Pommeau is an apéritif produced by blending unfermented cider and apple brandy. Another aperitif is the kir normand, a measure of crème de cassis topped up with cider.

Parts of Normandy consist of rolling countryside typified by pasture for dairy cattle and apple orchards. A wide range of dairy products are produced and exported. Norman cheeses include Camembert, Livarot, Pont l'Évêque, Brillat-Savarin, Neufchâtel, Petit Suisse and Boursin. Normandy butter and Normandy cream are lavishly used in gastronomic specialties.

Fish and seafood are of superior quality in Normandy. Turbot and oysters from the Cotentin Peninsula are major delicacies throughout France. Normandy is the chief oyster-cultivating, scallop-exporting, and mussel-raising region in France.

La Haye du Puits

La-Haye-Du-Puits is a pretty town which hosts the local market on a Wednesday. The houses are painted in different colours along the high street and has an abundance of floral decoration. For those of you who enjoy cycling and walking, you could perhaps take a cycle ride along the many miles of the Green route cycle / footpath picking up the Voie Verte route from La Haye Du Puits.

We are only 10 minutes away from the nearest beach on the west side of the Cotentin peninsula, 40 minutes from Utah beach, and under an hour to Omaha Beach, two of the famous Normandie D-Day landing beaches. We are ideally situated for St Mere Eglise, Pointe Du Hoc, The Bayeux Tapestry, Le Mont Saint Michel and Villedieu-les-Poeles, famous for its copper making, to name but a few of the many attractions that Basse-Normandie has to offer.

Whether you have an interest in the military, museums, beaches, water sports, bird watching, walking, golf, traditional French craft towns or antique shops, you will find it here in Basse-Normandie.

If you do have pets that need to be seen by a vet before returning back to the UK, there are 2 very good vets in La Haye du Puits who we can recommend. However, if you would like us to make the appointment on your behalf, please advise us of your departure date and time of ferry when booking and we shall make the necessary arrangements.

If you fancy escaping from the stresses and strains of everyday life, and are looking for peace and tranquillity on your holiday, why not come and stay with us here at La Bucaille.

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31 Oct 2013


"Simply the best"

We have over the last 45 years stayed in cottages and gites in England and France this one without doubt is the best. We were lucky enough to find this gem of a caravan site 3 years back when we came … More

26 Apr 2013


"A perfect place for a peaceful but conveniently placed stay."

We have had two visits to La Bucaille ,both of which we have enjoyed very much. The gite is immaculate and very well equipped.There is a lovely old fireplace with a log burning fire, which makes it very cosy on cooler days. The welcome basket is brilliant, especially Melanie's home made Normandy Apple Cake! Melanie and Mark are great owners,unobtrusive but always there with a smile if you need anything.
The gite is conveniently situated for a very good small town and also for visiting many places of interest and some lovely beaches. We are looking forward to our next visit.

11 Apr 2013


"Brilliant holiday!"

Originally we have planed a few days stay at La Bucaille and then a trip to Paris. Well we have enjoyed the cottage and surroundings so much that we ended up cancelling our trip to Paris and staying at La Bucaille for another 3 days and never regretted. Mark and Melanie were great hosts making you feel relaxed and welcome. For those who like to get lost in a cosy cottage and enjoy local markets, beautiful seaside sceneries, glass of great french wine at a fireplace with fresh food from local stores, or quality nearby restaurants....A GREAT FIND!

14 Nov 2012


"Can't Wait to Return to this Gite!""

La Bucaille receives all 10's from us with the owners receiving a 20. The owners, Melanie and Mark, are especially accommodating and accessible. The gite is immaculate and very well furnished and we especially loved the fireplace. The location is excellent for quick trips to the well-stocked grocery stores and patisseries in town and for sightseeing and walking on the beaches nearby. The gite is exactly how it is described on its website. We will definitely return to this gite in the future.
Boots and Carol Carter
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

24 Sep 2012


"Totally relaxing"

Lovely gite very well appointed in a lovely quiet spot which is still close to local amenities.
The owners who live next door are charming and helpful but not intrusive.
We spent a lovely week there and could happily stayed another.
If you want to unwind in very peaceful surroundings then this is the place for you.

20 Jan 2012


"Beautiful country gite"

Lovely gite set in a lovely garden with the very friendly owners living next door.
Ideal for a familiy of 4 with excellent and very clean facilities and in a good location not far from a neighboring town and ideal for touring the Cherbourg peninsular.
Some great countryside and coastline/beaches and plenty of things to do.

The garden is ideal for holding a BBQ in the peaceful surroundings (all equipment provided at the gite).
The owners were very friendly and always willing to help without intruding.
We would be more than happy to recommend this gite and hope to visit again soon.

17 Jan 2012


"charming area and lovely cottage"

We had a great stay at the cottage. Mark & Melanie were a friendly couple and were very good hosts that left you alone but were there to help should you want it.
The cottage has its own garden to relax in and a lovely log burner to keep you warm at night. The rest of the cottage is very well decorated and furnished. All in all we had a great fortnight and the surrounding area is very idilic with plenty to see and do.
We will go back one day. Steve

25 Sep 2011


"perfect cottage to relax"

We have stayed here twice and can't wait to go again. It is perfect for relaxing. The cottage is so clean you would think you are the first guests to use it, and yet cosy with the most beautiful fire place. The garden is secure for young children or dogs. The English owners make you very welcome, starting with a delicious basket of provisions when you arrive. The wifi and English TV are an added bonus.

The beaches nearby are stunning, we would particularly recommend Portbail. Normandy landing sites, Bayeaux and Caen all well worth the hours drive.

For dog owners the local vet speaks perfect English, making the Pet Passport administration very easy.

6 Sep 2011


"Perfect cosy gite"

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Bucaille. The gite is very well appointed with a good separate kitchen, large bathroom and wonderful log burning stove to the living room. Both of the bedrooms were very comfortable.

Great beaches locally for walking the dogs on, even in December! Great vet in the town for the pet passport scheme. Good market also in the town during the week.

5 Sep 2011



Mark and Melanie run a delightful gite / campsite / caravan servicing operation. La Bucaille is within easy reach of La Haye du Puits, a thriving market town , and the coast with its long empty beaches. The gite is well equipped and comfortable. Nothing is tooo much trouble!

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Calendar last updated:29 Sep 2014

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