Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
La Motaisiere is an old cottage built of granite and attached to a newly restored barn on the edge of the village. It has an open plan sitting, kitchen and dining area with 2 double bedrooms downstairs and a 3 bedded kids' dormitory upstairs. There is a bathroom with shower, bath and loo and a separate second loo.
The terrace and garden with lawn and flowerbeds face south and the shops are within walking distance. The village has a bakery with award winning brioche baked every day; butcher; coiffeur; bar and 2 restaurants. Avranches, with its lovely church, jardin des plantes, pleasant ambiance and various supermarkets is only a 10 minute drive.
There are cycle routes to Mont St. Michel and the surrounding countryside, lovely walks, yet only a mile or two off the main motorway. Contact the owner for info on hiring bikes.
The cottage is in an ideal situation for exploring the beaches of the D Day landings and visiting all the historic sites to do with World War 2. The Bayeux tapestry and Lisieux are not far away.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Carolles 30 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rennes 100 km, Nearest railway: Avranches 5 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||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The house is very old with ancient oak beams and an enormous granite raised fireplace, now with a woodburner installed for those chilly evenings. Firewood is provided.
The Normandy region
Normandy is the ancient kingdom of William the Conqueror and is a hero in this part of France! It is full of history going back hundreds of years. The churches, chateaux, cathedrals and places of historical interest are truly well worth visiting. The Tourist Offices in Avranches and Ducey are full of information and the staff all speak English. The area is still very much involved in the Second World War and the Museum, 5 mins from the house, is superbly "quirky"! All the Normandy beaches are well signed and are a 'must' - just to get a feel of what it was like 65 years ago.
The weather is just a little bit better than here. Not so wet and sometimes very warm but don't expect temperatures in the 30s. It is only 200 miles south of Portsmouth.
Mont St Michel
There are many abbeys, churches and cathedrals, gardens and chateaux to visit. There is a market in a different town nearly every day. The zoo at Champrepus is a must as it is rather like a safari park. The alligator farm near Mont st. Michel is a must. (The snakes are amazing.) The beaches up the coast to Granville are fabulous and surfing on the incoming tide is exciting to say the least! The cycle routes are well marked and very quiet and walking is a pleasure.
There is a diary of all the 'vide greniers' in the cottage - if you are inclined to while away a morning looking at old junk.