Les Hirondelles (1) Beautiful Barn Conversion in Normandy

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Gite from road.


Last updated: 05/15/2015

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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

LES HIRONDELLES is a 19th century stone barn lovingly converted into a large 2 bedroom gite, and a large 3 bedroomed gite. Both completely self contained and each with it's own outside dining area and BBQ Situated just outside the village of Contrieres in a small hamlet, La Planche Bourdon, and just 7 km south of the beautiful cathedral city of Coutances. Les Hirondelles, means The Swallows.

The countryside is agricultural, peaceful and quiet. There are small towns and villages all around with their wonderful markets, each on different days of the week. Not to miss are, Villedieu-les-Poeles on Tuesday, Granville on Saturdays, Coutances on Thursday. These markets overflow with fresh, local grown produce, delicious cheese, wine and so much more.


The double bedroom boasts a large double bed with a comfy mattress. This room has an ensuite bathroom, with full size bath, over the bath shower, toilet and hand basin.The window opens onto pretty gardens with floral borders.

The twin bedded room has 2 modern divans with comfy mattresses and has a family shower room adjacent. The windows open onto the garden and a quiet country lane.

The large family lounge has two large settees where you can curl up with a book, watch a movie or just listen to music. Family games for indoors and also garden games for the whole family to join in.

The Kitchen/dining area is a large and sunny room with all the appliances you need to make life easy for you. Double doors open onto the garden where BBQ facilities are available and all that is needed for outdoor dining for up to 6 people.

Feel free to wander into any part of the garden, pick the fruit if it is in season, black currants, raspberries and Mirabelles from the tree. Enjoy! sit by the pond and watch the sun go down across the fields, what a way to end the day.

We try to keep everything spic and span and renew/replace items where necessary from time to time. Colours may change but the quality and standards do not!


There are so many things to do and to suit all ages, it would be impossible to list them all. But here are just a few...

The Normandy landing beaches are just an hour away. Whether you have family memories to discover or an historic interest you will find poignant reminders of this region’s past around every corner. The D Day landing beaches and museums are alive with memories and memorials. Those beaches that once witnessed the d-day landings are now places of tranquility and fun, with miles and miles of golden sand and blue sea.

Head southwards from Les Hirondelles and discover Mont St Michel, a beautiful place and a very worthwhile trip, that will need several house to explore all that it has to offer! Then just an hour away, in the opposite direction, is the historic town of Bayeux with its famous tapestry. From home a ten minute drive will take you to the beautiful sandy beach at Hauteville-sur-Mer. Sand as far as the eye can see. Good old fashioned fun on the beach with none of the candyfloss and fun fair trappings. Grab a bucket and spade for the children and don't forget your deck chair!!!
So many things to see and do!! Zoos, Dior Museum and gardens, shopping precincts, Cathedrals, and beautiful Normandy churches.

There are many beautiful gardens, literally on our doorstep, just waiting for you to discover. Deer and wild boar roam these local forests and can sometimes be seen in early evening feeding at the roadside. Hedgerows and banks are speckled with primroses. Wild orchids, foxglove and campanula festoon the ancient hedges and gardens...


Normandy is a gastronomic delight - where you can start the day with freshly baked bread and croissants, stop for a lunch of Moules Frites in a local bistro and finish your day with a four course French culinary masterpiece because in Normandy, food is an art form.

If you prefer to cook and eat at home then the markets have it all. From cheese to sausages! Kippers to Moulles. These markets are a treat with local cheeses, fresh off the boat seafood, fabulous fruit and vegetables; The Skipper at Hautville plage is open all day for moules, pancakes and omelettes. Au Pirate in Granville has a more varied menu, from sandwiches to moules and king size prawns to steak, all washed down with beer, wine or Normandy cider.

So there you have it! We haven't run out of things to do, just space to put them all on the site! Now you've looked, take a break! Then just book it and join us here for a little bit of Normandy heaven.

Keywords: Rural,quiet,outside village,close to beaches,mt st Michel, Bayeux,markets,boulangeries.landing beaches,


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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Double Beds (1) Orthopedic style large comfortable double bed., Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 full size single beds with Tempur mattresses, Child Beds (1) single bed size fold up bed with mattress, Baby Cribs (1) travel cot for child up to the age of 24 months of age...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Some outdoor games....moreless

  • Music Library:

    assortment of easy listening and classical music...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Assortment of videos for adults and children. selection updated regularly...moreless


  • Botanical Garden
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Rural:

    The Gite is in a beautiful part of Normandy, in the countryside where there is plenty of walking or cycling....moreless

  • Village:

    Plenty of small villages to explore...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area


  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Parking is adjacent to the gite....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker:

    Filter coffee maker ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Fridge with freezer, cooker with standard oven, microwave oven. Kettle, coffee maker, toaster. Washing machine, iron and board. various baking pans and saucepans and oven dishes. plenty of crockery, plates, cups, saucers, mugs etc. Cutlery and baking implements....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Pretty lawn area for outdoor dining and games....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


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Sep 5 - Dec 31, 2015
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Management & cleaning $37.76
  • Taxes Not included


25% deposit when booking made and the balance 6 weeks prior to arrival. Payment either by bank transfer or PayPal.

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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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108 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Dinard-Pleurtuit-St.Malo Airport - 1hr 20min
125 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Cherbourg-1hr 15min/Ouistreham-1hr 20min
9 Kilometres
Nearest Train
11 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Hauteville-sur-mer - 15mins

Car: Recommended

The D-day beeches, Mont St. Michel and Bayeux tapestry are within an hour and a quarters drive from Les Hirondelles.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2008

About the owner: My wife and I have traveled extensively throughout the UK and part of Europe and feel that we have found a little piece of heaven in Normandy. We frequently travel between the UK and France all year, making sure that we don't lose touch with the growing children and grandchildren. We love France and pop back several times a year to meet with people that we have become close. to. We have lived in both of these cottages at some time and found them both to be a cosy home from home stay. So stretch out, have a glass of wine, enjoy and go away with some lovely memories of France, Normandy and the friendly French folk that are always ready with a cheery hello. Les Hirondelles means The Swallows. Unfortunately we can't promise swallows, but we do have our very own resident tawny owls who return each year to nest. Shirley and Clive, the owners of Les Hirondelles, are now back in the UK. However we are family and share a love of France and in particular Normandy. Helping to run the cottages and the holiday lettings is fantastic; this gives us the opportunity and excuse to be in France often and to share our experiences of this wonderful corner of France.

Why the Owner Chose Coutances:
Tucked away in rural France, south of Coutances but still just 15 minutes from the sandy beach at Hautville, we have found our little bit of heaven and invite you come too. Come! soak up the atmosphere, taste the wine and sample the food.. What more could anyone ask for?

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The peace and quiet of rural Normandy, is something you will surely appreciate. Waking up with the sun filtering through the curtains and the birds singing, easing you gently into another exciting day of exploring all that Normandy has to offer.

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Speaks: english

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  • Gite from road.

    Gite from road.

  • Comfy Lounge

    Comfy Lounge

  • twin bedded room with adjacent family shower room

    twin bedded room with adjacent family shower room

  • Main garden/ flower beds and fields beyond

    Main garden/ flower beds and fields beyond

  • Ruined building in field

    Ruined building in field

  • Gite, lawned garden and BBQ area

    Gite, lawned garden and BBQ area

  • Double Bedroom with ensuite bathroom

    Double Bedroom with ensuite bathroom

  • Kitchen and view over the fields

    Kitchen and view over the fields

  • Kitchen window

    Kitchen window

VRBO #262572

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Thursday, November 19, 2015

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