Les Hirondelles Gites and B&B
About the home
'Les Hirondelles' is situated on the outskirts of the small village of Cuves, a farming community in the Seé Valley, Lower Normandy. Easy access from at least 3 ports. Set in attractive grounds, the property offers a pleasant situation for a relaxing holiday in the countryside.
Gite 1 has one large bedroom with King-size bed (twins available on request) and is ideally suitable for couples. The accommodation comprises a living room with corner kitchen and, on the first floor, large bedroom with small ensuite shower room.
Unwind in the garden, relax by the pool or explore the many interesting and historic places nearby. The D-Day Landing beaches; Bayeux' Tapestry, Cathedral and Military Cemetery; Mont Saint Michel and its fasinating Illuminated Manuscripts; the port, beaches and ramparts of Saint Malo; and nice beaches are all within an easy drive.
Less well-known perhaps but equally interesting are the medieval towns of Domfront, Vire, Avranches and, just over the border of Brittany, Fougeres with its historic medieval Fort (the largest in Europe) and Dinan with its beautiful ramparts overlooking the river. Nearby you will find golf courses, rivers and lakes for fishing, parks, a Trout Farm and a Cider Farm.
There are lots of marked trails for walkers and ramblers - we can provide maps of the area. Cycling is very popular too - bring your own bikes or we can arrange hire. The Tour de France will be visiting our area in 2013 - time trials between Avranches and Mont Saint Michel on 10 July.
Nature lovers will enjoy the huge range of birds to be seen from our garden, including buzzards and occasionally an owl, as well as the more usual species.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedroom|
|Nearest beach:||Saint Jean le Thomas, 37km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 5km
|Family friendly?||Not suitable for children|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms:||1 Bedroom, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Double beds (1), Dining seating for 2, Lounge seating for 2|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
Further details indoors:
The Gite is well-furnished with comfortable seating, dining table and chairs, small but well-equipped kitchen area with gas oven and microwave and fridge; tv and dvd player (English freeview channels), wood-burner, very comfortable beds (twin or King-size), wardrobe and chest of drawers.
All gites are non-smoking.
Further details outdoors:
Outside, the Gite has its own garden furniture and use of a Barbecue area. The 10m x 5m shared Pool is surrounded by decking with sunbeds and chairs and a parasol.
Badminton, darts, boules, board games and cards are available for guests' use, as well as DVD hire and books to borrow in the Chalet.
The Chalet has seating for guests to socialise with each other and to read the local information provided. We usually have some local produce on sale too.
Open all year, for short breaks too, Christmas and New Year catered breaks
The Normandy / Manche region
Normandy is a land of green countryside, rolling hills and valleys, rivers and lakes. With a much lower population than England, there is little traffic too.
Temperatures are similar to the South of England and so Normandy is a great destination from early Spring through to Autumn and even Winter.
Normandy is of course steeped in history - from the times of William the Conqueror through to WWI and WWII. William the Conqueror was born in Falaise and ruled from a castle in Caen, the capital of Normandy. The D-Day Landing beaches and museums are an easy day trip from 'Les Hirondelles' and something all of our guests fit into their holiday.
Mont Saint Michel dates back a thousand years and the architecture is stunning. The Illuminated Manuscripts, written by monks through the centuries at the Mont, are now housed in a specially created museum in Avranches.
The Les Cresnays area
Brécey is our nearest town - just a small market town but with everything you need for a holiday. There are two supermarkets (stocking an excellent range of wine and local cider), a Pizzeria, several bars and small shops and on Friday there is a small market with lots of stalls selling fresh produce, fish and seafood.
Le Moulin de Jean is an excellent and very well-patronised gourmet Restaurant, situated just a 5 minute drive from Les Hirondelles.
Just outside of Brécey is the communal campsite and leisure space which has a fishing lake (nice for a walk), tennis courts and an Equestrian Centre, where you can take riding lessons.
There are lots of marked walking trails in the area - the Forest of Saint Sever has several of different lengths and around Mortain there are disused train lines which are popular with ramblers.
Beautiful gardens to visit nearby and just over the border in Brittany.
France is synonymous with cycling and so of course there are lots of opportunities for this sport. Bring your own bikes or we can arrange hire for you. There are VTT routes nearby. In 2013, the Tour de France has its time trials between Avranches and Mont Saint Michel - 10 July.
Avranches, around 24km away, is a large partly medieval town which has shops, bars, museums, restaurants and more. The Buffalo Grill is a popular Steakhouse and of course there is a McDonalds!
A music festival 'Papillons de Nuit' is held every May/June at Saint Laurent de Cuves and attracts over 60,000 visitors each year.
There are 'Vide Greniers' (literally 'empty attic' sales) held once a year in each village and town where people sell their unwanted goods but also usually with some music or attraction and food stalls.
How to get there
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From the South Coast of England, there are ferry crossings from Poole (Cherbourg),Portsmouth (Caen, Saint Malo, Le Havre), Plymouth (Roscoff), Newhaven (Dieppe) and Dover (Calais).
Caen is the nearest Port to 'Les Hirondelles' - an easy 1 hour 15 minute drive
Saint Malo is a similar distance
Cherbourg takes 2 hours in the car
Le Havre about 2 hours 30 minutes
Calais is about 4 hours 30 minutes
The nearest airports are Caen and Rennes - both just over an hour away
Euro Tunnel is also a popular choice
Activities near Les Cresnays
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
22 Apr 2013
We loved our stay with Helen & Dave, they are the perfect hosts – they came to our rescue when we struck 'the Gite experience from hell' and took us in at very short notice. They gave us a warm and friendly welcome providing us with everything we needed. We had Gite 1 which was very well equipped and cosy for this time of year, with a lovely large comfortable bed. Helen & Dave gave us many ideas and recommendations for places to see in Normandy which were all worth visiting. We looked forward to our Gite on return each day from our long days enjoying all the wonderful sites in the area. The daily breakfast was great and unexpected; we particularly enjoyed our chats over croissants. The location is rural and quiet but not too far from several good villages and two larger towns. An ideal spot for a relaxing break, oh and we loved Henrietta the chicken!!! Highly recommend!!!
23 Sep 2012
What a lovely little village to stay in, we recently stayed in Gite One for a last minute week away, was very easy to book, and the owners Helen & Dave couldnt do enough for us, and made us feel very... more
Thank you so much S & M - your enthusiasm for our area of Lower Normandy was infectious! So glad you enjoyed your stay and we will certainly look forward to seeing you next year.
12 Jul 2012
We had a lovely week at Les Hirondelles, staying in the middle of the 3 gites here. It had a comfortable lounge with English TV, a proper kitchen and the upstairs bedroom had a huge comfy bed and... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 3|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Late September||15 Sep 12||29 Sep 12||£ 300||£ 55||£ 55||Flexible|
|October/November||29 Sep 12||1 Dec 12||£ 275||£ 60||£ 60||Flexible|
|Winter||1 Dec 12||23 Dec 12||£ 275||£ 55||£ 55||Flexible|
|23 Dec 12||30 Mar 13||£ 275||£ 55||£ 55||2 Nights|
|2013||30 Mar 13||4 May 13||£ 220||£ 55||£ 55||2 Nights|
|May||4 May 13||25 May 13||£ 275||£ 55||£ 55||1 Night|
|June||25 May 13||29 Jun 13||£ 325||£ 60||£ 60||1 Night|
|29 Jun 13||14 Sep 13||£ 425||£ 60||£ 60||1 Night|
|September||14 Sep 13||28 Sep 13||£ 300||£ 55||£ 55||1 Night|
|October/November||28 Sep 13||30 Nov 13||£ 275||£ 55||£ 55||1 Night|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Prices include all utilities,(inc initial supply of logs in winter) good quality bedding and towels, beach towels, tea towels, and complimentary Continental Breakfast.
We may make an additional charge for logs during the winter.
There is a local tourism tax to pay -Taxe de Sejour - payable from 1 May 2012 - this is just 0.22€ per person per night and so amounts to around 3/4€ for a week's stay for 2 people. It is payable in cash at the end of your stay. The purpose is to promote Normandy through the Tourist Board.
We ask for a 20% deposit in sterling when you make your reservation. We then convert the balance to euros which is payable on arrival.
Discounts are available for booking 2 or 3 Gites together and there is a 10% Loyalty Discount for returning visitors.Book
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