Maison Des Amis Le Guislain
House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Currently undergoing renovation for 2014 season: Recent pictures will be updated when work is complete. Property will be available from May 2014.
Renovation work being undertaken includes:
1) All 12 windows across front of the house along with 2 pairs of French doors to the rear are being replaced with double glazed units.
2) Complete new Kitchen with solid wood worktops, black ceramic 1.5 sink, 5 burner gas hob, Indesit fan assisted ove, Samsung American Fridge with water cooler and ice maker (dispenses crushed or cubed ice.
3) Games room includes 2 Xbox 360's with Kinect sensors, and a PS3, all of which are connected to two 32" Full HD LED TV's.Both Xbox 360's and the PS3 are connected to the internet and can use Xbox LIVE & PSN.
4) unused downstairs room being converted into downstairs bedroom
5) Downstairs toilet is being converted/extended into toilet / shower room
6) New picket fence & electric gates being installed to front of property.
7) all existing bedrooms are being decorated
8) 5 of the 6 Bedrooms to have TV's and free sat fitted.
9) Double garage to be (eventually) converted into gym with punchbags, stationary bikes and kettlebell weights.
10) New septic tank in rear garden to conform to French regulations.
Maison Des Amis is a charming and spacious longere set in the beautiful Normandy countryside a short drive from the village of Le Bourg and the towns of Percy and St-Lo. The longere has its own garden, patio area with barbecue and indoor games room with 2 32" LED HD TV and Xbox 360's, Xbox Kinect and Wi-Fi for those who like to stay connected.
Maison Des Amis can accommodate upto 12 guests in 5 bedrooms; including 3 double bedrooms (one with ensuite) with double beds, a double bedroom with a double futon and a single bed and one twin room with two single beds. There is one upstairs bathroom and one upstairs shower room and a downstairs toilet. The large lounge and dining areas are open plan with a lounge area, 42" HD Plasma TV, Free view Sky, two sofas and dining table, The Kitchen is equipped with an electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
Changeover can be flexible, but Fridays are preferred. Arrival is after 4.00pm and departure by 10.30am
Bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is a large spacious bedroom with a double bed with large ensuite. Bedroom 2 is a spacious bedroom with a double bed. Bedroom 3 has a single bed and a double futon, bedroom 4 is quite spacious with a double bed and ample room for a cot. bedroom 5 is a large and airy room at the end of the property with twin beds. All bedrooms are nicely decorated and have ample storage space.
Bathrooms: Bedroom 1 has a large ensuite with shower, sink & toilet. Bedrooms 2 & 3 share a family sized bathroom with bath, sink and toilet. Bedrooms 4 & 5 share a large shower room with sink and toilet. There is also a toilet with a hand basin on the ground floor in the utility room. (Planned renovation includes adding ensuites to bedrooms 4 & 5)
Kitchen: The large kitchen has just had a refit that included installation of new wall units, base units, solid beach worktops, new black Indesit oven, new black Indesit 13 place dishwasher, large black Samsung American fridge freezer with built in water chiller and ice cube dispenser / crusher and a black Samsung Microwave, the kitchen also benefits form a large 1700mm x 1240mm island fitted with a large (90cm) 5 burner lpg hob (fitted with a flame safety device). the kitchen is well equipped and contains everything you need for an enjoyable stay, including a wood burning stove for the colder months
Utility room: The spacious utility room houses a washing machine, sink, ironing board and cupboards (Ideal for storing pet food etc).
Living Room: The lounge area is comfortably furnished with two sofa's and a coffee table in front of a 42" HD plasma TV with free view sky box (for English channels), and a Blu-ray DVD player.
Games Room: The games room has two 32" HD LED TV's with Xbox 360 slim consoles connected, one of the X360s consoles has an Xbox Kinect sensor connected (bring your own games), there are two wireless controllers and a controller charging station. This setup is ideal for playing head to head games with friends & family. The TV's and Consoles have been fitted into a large open fireplace.
Both Xbox 360 Consoles are connected to Xbox LIVE, and guests are welcome to download their own gamer profiles to the consoles for use whilst staying at the property (for you own security please delete your profile before you leave). There is also a PS3 Slim connected to one of the 32" HD LED TV's.
The house also has a bar / social area (more info on this when completed)
Gym / Studio: The old large detached double garage is currently awaiting conversion into a gym / studio, plans are for the gym to be equipped with stationary bikes, punch bags, a TRX system and kettlebells..
Other: A selection of books and games is also available and guests are more than welcome to add to the 'library'.
Security: Maison Des Amis is fitted with a top of the range wireless alarm system that incorporates smoke detectors, CO2 detecors, pet friendly PIR's and door and window contacts.
Cleaning / towels
Linen/maid service: Towels (not beach towels) and bed linen are included in the price. If you wish to have fresh linen and towels during your stay there is an additional charge. The property is cleaned before your arrival but cleaning equipment is provided for guest use.
The property is suitable for the elderly and children; there are three staircases, one is a spiral staircase to the main bedroom. Wheelchair users would find accessing the first floor difficult from the rear entrances and would have to use the door to the front.
The longere has a private garden and patio area, with garden furniture and barbecue.
Maison Des Amis is located within a 30 minute drive from beautiful sandy beaches of Normandy's west coast that never seem to get busy. The warm shallow sea is lovely for swimming and at low tide you can watch the local farmers with their tractors tending the acres of oyster and mussel beds.
Special interest holidays
Cycling and walking holidays in Normandy and horse riding trails at Mont St Michel
How to get there
The property is easily accessible from the ports of Cherbourg and Caen, each being approximately one hour's drive away, If you prefer the channel tunnel to ferries and seacats then you'll find Maison Des Amis is just a short drive of 268 miles (4 hours) from Calais.
We all know that some holiday goers like to share their holidays with their pets, and the owners of Maison Des Amis are no exception. Pets (dogs) are welcome, please clean up after your pets and please do not allow them on the furniture.
The longere is ideally located for exploring the region with Mont St. Mitchel, The D-Day beaches and Bayeux all within an hour's drive, there is also a copper working town of Villedieu-les-Poêles, with its bell foundry, copperware in the local shops and a weekend market, is also a short drive away. Granville provides sandy beaches, superb seafood restaurants and seasonal trips to the Channel Islands. The large towns of Avranches and St. Lo are within easy reach, and further along the coast lies one of France's most famous attractions, the 11th-century, monastic abbey at Le Mont St Michel, a must see for visitors to this area.
Just 10 minutes' drive away is the village of Hambye with its two boulangeries for warm French bread and croissants in the morning, and butchers and small supermarket for everyday needs. There are also two bar/restaurants, one serving excellent lunches every day, and two small weekly street markets. Also nearby are the romantic ruins of the Benedictine Hambye Abbey set on the banks of the River Sienne being one of the areas fascinating places to explore with some beautiful walks round about.
The local area provides the perfect opportunity for fishing, walking, cycling, and exploring the cider orchards, as well as sampling delicious food; cheese, cider, pommeau and calvados.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Granville 32 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Granville 35 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, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Games room, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (5), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Normandy region
Normandy is a region in North Western France, Europe.
It is made up of 2 regions: Lower and Upper Normandy. Lower Normandy includes 3 "départements" (counties): Calvados (capital: Caen) , Manche (capital: Saint-Lô) and Orne (capital: Alençon), and Upper Normandy includes 2 "départements": Eure (Evreux) and Seine-Maritime (Rouen).
With its 350 miles of coastline and richly varied landscapes, Normandy gives you a wonderful choice of scenery and culture: the stunning beauty of the cliffs in Etretat or the long sandy beaches, steeped in history, from Caen to Arromanches, the Seine Valley winding between wooded hills and chalk escarpments, the craggy hills of the Suisse Normande, and the patchwork of fields and hedges of the Calvados county with its orchards and timber-framed cottages.
Enjoy Normandy's unique blend of maritime traditions and rural way of life. Marvel at its historic towns and monuments, stroll down quiet country lanes and enjoy local dishes in picturesque villages, or sip a drink by the quayside of one of its old ports while fishermen repair their nets and seagulls soar overhead.
Immerse yourself in Normandy's culture: its renowned museums, monuments and concert halls offer a choice broad enough to suit all tastes, and if you happen to combine a passion for horticulture with an interest in architecture, the fine parks and gardens in Normandy's chateaux will not disappoint you.
This tapestry of coast, forests, countryside and water provides a seemingly unlimited diversity of outdoor activities.
Whether by foot, horseback, canoe, kite surf or parachute, visitors to Normandy get the best of what we have to offer - the Great Outdoors.
Normandy is one of the top destinations for non-stop, child friendly entertainment. Whether by the seaside or in the heart of the countryside, families will find lots to see and do all year round.
Famous for its dairy products, like butter, milk, cream and cheese, the region is also world wide renowned for its apples. Most restaurants in Normandy will use locally sourced products and some producers are delighted to welcome visitors.
Normandy is haute-cuisine heaven for food lovers and visitors seeking authentic culinary experiences.
The name "Percy" derives from the village of Percy-en-Auge in Normandy from which was derived the English surname, first taken by the Norman lords of Northumbria. From there it came into use as a given name.
Among the only standing buildings after the 1944 bombings was the Notre-Dame church, built in Flamboyant Gothic style from the 13th to the 15th centuries to replace the former castle's chapel; its roof and facade were destroyed, as well as one of its two towers and the top of the other one. The church was partially restored after the war: the facade was rebuilt as a plain green schist wall. It most notably features an outdoor pulpit that Victor Hugo protected from demolition planned for town renovation in 1863. The statue of Notre-Dame du Pilier is from 1467; having been destroyed and remade several times, it is now housed on a column in the apse chapel.
Saint-Lô also has remains of its medieval line of walls. They include: tour des Beaux Regards ("Tower of Beautiful Glances"), commanding the steepest part of the spur of the town, and the Tour de la Poudrière ("Tower of the Gunpowder Store"), the last relic of the old citadel.
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