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'Just Couples'

Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 32 reviews

Just for couples.

Gite | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Our detached stone gite sits alongside our property and is perfect for a romantic holiday 'a deux'.

The ground floor is open-plan with a well equipped kitchen. It has a washer/dryer,dishwasher and a combination oven/grill/microwave along with a double electric hob and a Phillips Senso coffee maker.

A comfortable sofa in the lounge is ideal for relaxing whilst watching a DVD's from our selection.

Climbing the spiral staircase you come to your bathroom and bedroom. The soft lighting creates a warm romantic glow once the sun goes down! After a long day sightseeing or just lazing on the nearby beach, make the most of the corner bath - big enough for two..... Light the candles, and enjoy the complementary bath products, along with the bathside bottle of bubbly.

A king-size bed and quality bedding with a memory foam topper ensure a good nights sleep; during the cooler months you will have the added warmth of an electric blanket.

Outside you will find a small yet private pretty patio garden, complete with a large stone BBQ - your first pack of coals are on us! A great place for breakfast or for dinner on a warm evening.

Self cater? B & B? Evening meal? it's up to you......from a breakfast basket delivered to your door, to a restaurant quality meal in the privacy of your choose! We are always happy to arrange a special menu to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. All the ingredients used are either grown or produced by us or are sourced locally; please ask us for full details of our menus when you enquire about our property.

Helpful but unobtrusive English owners live on site.

We kindly ask that guests refrain from smoking inside the gite.

Included - Central heating and hot water, luxury welcome basket, all bedding, bathroom towels, beach towels, tea towels, hair dryer, umbrella. Bikes, including a tandem. Plus lots more!

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach West coast 8 km
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Dinard 140 km, Nearest railway: Carentan 15 km
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking
Further details

Our property is for couples only.

Due to the spiral staircase it is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems..

Just Couples is a non-smoking property - although you are welcome to smoke outside.

We are animal lovers but sadly do not accept pets.

The Normandy region

The Manche region is often overlooked as people rush down the peninsula on the way south - we have all done it- but now we know better! We think this area is wonderful; the vast west coast beaches are only ten minutes away, the forests and by-ways are perfect for walking and biking. With small towns and seaside villages it is the perfect place to unwind and recharge your batteries. This part of Normandy is a gentle and peaceful region so it is perfect to explore at your leisure.


Mont-St-Michel, the D-Day landing beaches and the Bayuex tapestry are all within an easy drive.

Closer to home there is the 12th century abbey at Lessay which has a long and very interesting history.

Take a simple stroll down the lane into the forest or a more energetic ride to the beach on the tandem.

Lessay is only 3 minutes away by car and has everything you might need - a good choice of shops and a supermarket. The abbey is famous throughout France and well worth a visit.

In early September the fair of St Croix is held over three days; started by the monks over a thousand years ago, you can buy anything you want there from a tea towel to a cow!

The stunning (and empty) west coast beaches are less then ten minutes away by car.

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21 Jul 2014


"A Truly Memorable holiday"

We could never quite believe the generous attention to detail that is provided by `Just Couples'. From the welcome basket, the furnishings, the friendly advice and Rachel's superb cooking everything was of an exceptionally high quality. The gite, while small, provides a rare level of comfort and we definitely felt pampered by Rachel's hospitality.
This corner of Normandy is full of interest. The quiet countryside, small fishing villages, wonderful markets, historic buildings, the D-Day beaches and beautiful coastline were a revelation to us.
`Just Couples' is a real gem which gave us a truly memorable holiday.

We are so pleased to hear that you both enjoyed your stay at Just Couples. We try very hard to provide a relaxing home from home environment for our guests. We hope to see you here again in the future.

15 Apr 2014


"Idyllic, absolutely perfect and missing it already !"

The location of Just Couples offers you the opportunity to do as little or as much as you wish. it is perfect for just relaxing in comfortable, well equipped, spotlessly clean and homely accommodation - all tastefully put together by your host Rachel. There is so much choice of things to do from easy woodland walks down quiet country lanes where the only noise is the birds. visiting nearby beautiful beaches, chateaux, D-day historical sites and lovely market towns offering excellent choices of fruits, vegetables, cheeses, Normandy Ciders and of course Calvados to name just a few. however, if you don't feel like cooking then we can thoroughly recommend Rachel's cooking - it really is a treat not to be missed and is presented so professionally. on top of all this Rachel and Ray are lovely hosts, they are two of the most friendliest , down-to-earth people you could wish to meet who take great pleasure in welcoming you to their home. They know so much about the area and are always willing and glad to offer you the benefit of their knowledge and experience of this part of Normandy. You arrive as strangers and leave as friends!
we cannot wait to return.

It was a real pleasure to welcome you both to Just Couples. It means so much to Ray and I that you enjoyed your stay and all the area has to offer.Hopefully your next visit will be during warmer days....a glass of wine in the garden with the dogs maybe!

2 Mar 2014


"Just Couples never disappoints"

This was our second stay at Just Couples and I hope it won't be our last. If you are looking for a very comfortable and cosy getaway you must try Just Couples. The owners Rachel and Ray are on hand if you need them but are certainly unobtrusive. They provided us with a fabulous welcome basket and fresh eggs from their lovely chickens.The gite has all the comforts you need and is within short drives of beaches and historic sites. The meals Rachel cooked for us were restaurant quality and not to be missed.

It was so good to see you both here again for your winter snow this time either! Thank you for your kind words regarding our food. Ray and I look forward to your next trip to Just Couples.

12 Dec 2013


"A relaxing off season break"

My husband and I had to cancel our stay at Just Couples in September for personal reasons. We would have been unable to claim on our insurance and so expected to lose our holiday, but Rachel very kindly allowed us to postpone the holiday. As a result we ended up booking our much needed break for a week from 20th November, not a time we would have chosen. How wrong were we! We had a lovely break, the weather was changeable but didn't stop us from going out every day and doing some sightseeing. There were still quite a few tourists but it was easy to get around. It was an hour to the Normandy beaches which we visited on two days and then there were lots of local markets and villages to wander around. We even managed a walk on the beach!

Ask Rachel how to get to the sea food restaurant near Coutainville! Not all restaurants were open but we found some really good ones for lunch and ended up by accident in the local one at Lessay for the Beaujolais Nouveau festival. At Bayeux there is a little Creperie on the bridge near the entrance. The best Crepes I have eaten!

We spent most evenings in the Gite, watching DVDs and eating cheese, pate and bread with the odd glass of wine! Rachel cooked for us one night and the food lived up to the reviews. The gite was lovely and cosy. So warm that we didn't need to use the log fire. It is well equipped and very clean. Bed was wonderfully comfortable. The spiral staircase was a bit of a challenge as it was quite narrow and we are both quite wide but once you had been up and down a couple of times a suitable means of ascent and descent was perfected! My husband even managed to bring my obligatory cup of coffee in the morning!

Thanks Rachel for providing a lovely relaxing retreat. We never even got round to walking up the lane or meeting the donkeys. The week just went too quickly! If you want a week away from it all, then Just Couples is the place to be.

We were very happy to be able to offer you a different week and were so pleased you had a relaxing and much needed break.
Hope to see you here again some time.
Warm regards
Rachel and Ray

30 Nov 2013



We had the most wonderful stay in Just Couples. We cannot fault any aspect of this little treasure. Rachel is a phenomenal hostess - best French Onion soup we have ever tasted and loved the fresh e… More

Ray and I are so happy you enjoyed your stay. It was a pleasure to meet you both and very much hope to see you again at Just Couples in the future.

23 Aug 2013


"A perfect and idyllic honeymoon destination where the couple can relax after the busyness of the wedding."

We have just arrived home from what has got to have been the most relaxing 10 days of our lives!

Rachel & Ray are the perfect hosts, who give valuable advice whilst providing the space needed for a couple to relax.

Booking the honeymoon was made very easy through Rachel's friendly communication via email. She also aimed to provide a tailored honeymoon package that met a fiancé's requirements for his future wife! Rachel went above and beyond what was requested, aiding the organisation of the secret honeymoon. She had some wonderful ideas of how to make this holiday special.

We ate in the gite regularly, however we never needed to lift a finger. Rachel provides wonderful evening meals if requested, which they should be as she is a fantastic cook! We also enjoyed being shown the donkeys near the property by Ray, who makes a lovely waiter during the dinner service.

The gite itself is more than perfect. It has been completely geared towards couples in its design, including a two-person coffee machine and tandem, which is great for a laugh. The decor is warm and rustic whilst being of the highest quality. The bed, importantly, is very comfortable and overall the gite was immaculately clean.

The gite is well located with easy access to local villages, restaurants, supermarkets and (very empty) beaches. It is also well located for historic and cultural activity, although we did not make use of this due to the need for sleep and rest!

The best bits:
- the welcome banner that Rachel had requested to be made especially for us
- Rachel's cooking
- the gite and its patio
- Ray and Rachel as our hosts

The worst bit:
- leaving.

We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this property to friends or family and would especially recommend it as a honeymoon destination for those who wish to relax after the busyness of the wedding.

What can we say except that it was a real pleasure to welcome you to Just Couples and to help you (Josh) to spring your honeymoon suprise on your new bride!
We both wish you a long and happy life together.
Warm regards
Rachel and Ray

6 Aug 2013


"Great Holiday, Wonderful Relaxation, Totally Pampered"

I am sure you have looked at web sites and thought that looks good only to be confronted with something that isn't quite what you expected. This could not be further from the truth at "Just Couples".
From before we arrived in France Rachel steered us gently through everything we needed, including ordering a first night supper after the long days travelling - thoroughly to be recommended, to organising a birthday surprise for Wendy. We will return again and if not next year it is only because we are discovering more of France.
We were welcomed when we arrived and shown around, then left to our own devices - As far as we could see there is nothing that has not been thought of. The evening supper was brought into the gite and served elegantly! You must eat here during your stay! Worth it for the cooking and being able to drink without taking turns.
The accommodation is charming, well set out and easy to relax in. the private courtyard with barbecue is a sun trap, you can spend the whole time here and relax. if you can't stay away from wi-fi and the outside world there is excellent quality connection and TV with Freeview.
The area has lots to do in all weathers, the local beaches are long, sandy and under populated , there are castles, tapestries, the Normandy landings, super markets, fromagerie to name but a few.
We found a recently renovated Restaurant in Periers, La Brasserie who has a chef that is enthusiastic about his food and knows hoe to treat it with love and respect - go there if you can.
For those of us who have been extracted from children "Just Couples" works, it is as it says on the tin and Rachel and Ray have provided a haven to enjoy.
Thank you Rachel for a wonderful stay, we don't easily relax and I rarely sleep in a bed other than my own - we did both!

Wow! Thank you so much for your many kind words. Ray and I try very hard to provide all that guests could want in holiday accommodation, so it's good to know you had such a relaxing time...and slept well too!
We enjoyed spending some time chatting together and hope to see you here again in the future.

25 Jul 2013


"Just Couples was just perfect!"

On arrival we were greeted by Rachel who gave us a good briefing about the gite and the surrounding area. The supper she provided was delicious. I can heartily recommend the roast chicken cooked in ma… More

What lovely things you have said about Just Couples - thank you so much. It makes all the hard work worthwhile when our guests have such a nice time. I think Jack and Jess missed you when you left - The perfect guests...and dog walkers too!
We both hope to see you again soon.

16 Jul 2013


"A second great visit to Just Couples"

As we drove in to the courtyard of Just Couples we were met by the owners Rachel and Ray with their usual warm welcome. The gite was as we remembered from our last visit two years ago, spotlessly clea… More

Ray and I were really pleased to see you both again at Just Couples.
It was great that you had such lovely weather and were able to go home with a tan! Thank you for your kind comments regarding my food - it is good to know that it is enjoyed.
See you next time.
Rachel and Ray

7 Jul 2013


"Very relaxing gite, and ideal location for lots of places of interest/"

This lovely gite has everything you could ask for. Its cosy, private and the patio garden is a plus for alfresco dining . Lovely welcome basket on arrival and excellent cooked meal on our first evening was very much appreciated after a long journey. Lovely beaches that stretched for miles and a quiet walk in the woods down to the river, a bit of fishing in the lake, all make a great get away. This location really is a lovely part of France and easily accessible for lots of places of interest.

Ray and I really enjoyed meeting you both and hope to see you here again sometime in the future.

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