Beautiful House with Pool, Beach 5 Mins, Well Placed for Cultural Visits
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
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Just outside the pretty coastal village of GOUVILLE SUR MER, 'La Brocanterie' is a beautifully restored stone-built house, open & light with all modern comforts. Decorated in 'clean rustic' style with brocante objects and furniture, the house has lovely rooms in which to relax and entertain with ample space for 2 families / 10 people ; a large sunny sitting room opening onto the courtyard, a dining room with fireplace and a cathedral ceiling kitchen-conservatory (fully equipped for enthusiastic cooks) with a family dining area under a glass roof. When the glass doors are folded back the inside flows out to pool and deck area, see pool notes.The playroom has books, toys & games. Wifi provided. The 4 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms are spread over 3 floors, 1 bedroom en-suite on the g/fl. The flat sandy beach is about 5 minutes' drive. It's a bike ride or short drive to the village for bakeries, supermarket & weekly market. We have a 2nd beautiful gîte very close by.See notes below for info.
GOUVILLE SUR MER BEACH & VILLAGE: Gouville sur Mer beach is about a five minute drive from the house (some rental properties are not as close to beaches as they claim). Good restaurant and quiet French bar on beach front.
Gouville beach is clean, sandy and uncrowded. In summer activities include sand yachting and kite surfing and free daily keep fit classes on the beach.
The thriving village of Gouville sur Mer has a twice weekly market in summer, supermarket, 2 bakeries, butcher, banks, hairdressers, beauty treatments, pharmacy, doctors, bar, post office, churches, an exhibition centre and a tourist office. There are 2 restaurants and many more within 10 minutes drive including 'Le Mascaret', a restaurant gastronomique and 'La Cale' , a seafood restaurant on the beach with distant views of the oyster and mussel beds.
This region offers a spectacular coastline with picturesque stone villages, little ports and beautiful, sandy beaches.
FAMILY ACTIVITIES: Within 15 mins - horse riding on beach or forest, sailing, sand yachting, kite surfing, bike hire, farm visits, summer musical events, horse trotting-racing, archery (lessons), yoga on the beach, petanque, golf, skim boarding(lessons), visits to the oyster/mussel beds in horse drawn carriage, fishing-on-foot, markets, fun fair in August, cinema. For 18+; casino, night club.
20 minutes or more - carting, 2 forest adventure parks (walkways in trees), bowling, carting on ice, ice skating, rock climbing.
Further inland is the Parc Régional des Marais du Cotentin, a fascinating regional park with a rich bird life, as well as houses made of clay and straw. To explore on foot or by boat.
Further afield - aquarium and reptilarium near Mont Saint Michel, Cite de la Mer at Cherbourg, Aquarium and museum at Granville, Festyland attraction park, mini golf, 2 zoos, visits to cheese factories, museums and more.
NORMANDY HIGHLIGHTS: We are well placed for cultural outings with sights all around us.
Chateau de Pirou (15 mins), Chateau de Gratot (20 mins), Jardins d'Argences (20 mins), Abbaye Cérisy-la-Fôret, (50 mins east), The town of Bayeux and its Tapestry (1hr north-east), spectacular Mont St Michel ( 1hr 15 south) .
The top 10 D-Day Beaches : Utah Beach & Sainte-Mère-Eglise (50 mins north) , La Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, American Cemetry, Batteries de Longues, Arromanches, Gold Beach, Juno Beach, Sword Beach, Pegasus Bridge.
Drivers can follow themed and signposted routes. Museum info, more leaflets and booklets in our House Book.
Brittany is south of us and worth a day's exploration of old Dinard, Dinan and the picturesque walled town of Saint Malo.
- 240 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Low Allergen Environment
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Children Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- There is one toilet downstairs.
- THE POOL : IN USE FROM MAY TO END OF SEPTEMBER . It is possible to make arrangements to use the pool during low season - please contact us for more information. The pool is 10m by 4.5 m and 1m 40 deep throughout. The wooden decking area is about 80m² and surrounds the pool on 3 sides. There is a motorized pool cover specifically put in place to protect children under 5. The pool and deck can be completely closed off by closing and locking the doors from the kitchen. The doors opposite which open onto the courtyard do not lead to the pool. We have a few pool rules which are for your safety. There is no diving board. The summer temp of pool is about 28 ºC. In the cooler months it will not be as high. There is no garden at this property. We welcome children of all ages - do ask questions regarding safety in the house, courtyard and pool area especially if you have very young children. We are sorry but dogs are not permitted at this property....moreless
- Music Library
- Table Football
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Books - Fiction / Non-Fiction
- Books For Kids
- Game Room
- Games For Kids
- Video Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Theme Parks
- Paddle Boating
- Bird Watching
- Sight Seeing
- Scenic Drives
- Horse Riding
- Gambling Casinos
local services and businesses
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
sports and adventure activities
- Ice Skating
- Freshwater Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Dining Area
- Child's Highchair
- Linens Provided
- Activities Guide
- Water Cooler
- Hair Dryer
- Laundry Soap
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Paper Towels
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Basic Soaps
- Toilet Paper
- Wireless Internet
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Filtered Water
- Clothes Dryer
- Living Room
- Iron & Board
- Parking Off Street
- 4 Ring Stove
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Ice Maker
- Pantry Items
- Beach Towels
- Wood Decking
- Deck Chairs
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- Heated Pool
- Outdoor Pool
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Golfing holiday in France
Golfing holiday in France
We have a few villa holidays in normandy over the last few years. There are three couples and the men usually play a bit more golf than the girls. This villa not only provided excellant accomodation but also had a nice patio area with pool so the girls could relax there and read with a nice glass of wine at hand, without doubt the nicest we have rented. All the rooms were superb and a lot of thought had gone into the design and lay out. We found Debbie and James most helpful and keen to make sure we had everything we wanted. The surrounding area was very pleasant and peaceful with a lovely beach nearby. All the bedrooms were very comfortable and nicely furnished, each had an en suite bathroom which the girls feel is paramount when staying away with other couples. I was so impressed that I am seriously considering a return next year to celebrate my wifes 60th birthday, this time with our children and grandchildren. I would recommend this villa to anybody without hesitation, in fact I already have.
- Guest Old Grey Fox (Hockley, Essex, England)
- Date of stay 05/30/09
- Review Submitted 06/25/09
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+.
A great holidayGuest comment entered by owner
A great holiday
My family and I stayed at La Brocanterie for 10 days in early July 2013 and were blown away by this fabulous chic coastal property! The interior of the house has to be seen to be believed and is the best self catering property we have stayed in over a 20 year period. Debbie and James the owners were extremely helpful with suggestions for visits to the war beaches and local markets and restaurants. We all loved spending time by the pool and generally chilling out on the decking and patio. As an antique lover I was in seventh heaven as the house is beautifully furnished with lots of interesting finds. All in all a fantastic find and I would highly recommend La Brocanterie to anyone wanting to spend time in this beautiful peaceful part of Normandy!
- Guest Alison M
- Date of stay 07/02/13
- Review Submitted 07/28/13
Firstly, I would say that the photos of the house do not do it justice. It is far more spacious and luxurious than it looks on the website. The outdoor space is perfect with the pool area (heated pool) and courtyard where we barbequed most evenings. We had three young children in our party and they were very well catered for (playroom full of toys/cot/highchair/stairgate etc)and you will find that all the equipment you need generally is thoughtfully provided. The owners met us briefly on arrival and were v friendly and helpful. The location is peaceful but close enough to the small town with bolangerie etc and beaches. We would recommend Le Cale restaurant for the moules and frites. Highly recommend staying here.
- Guest patrick b.
- Date of stay 06/15/13
- Review Submitted 06/28/13
This was our first visit to Normandy with our 2 year old son and when we arrived at the property we were met by Debbie who was charming and very helpful. She showed us around La Brocanterie which was even more lovely than in the photographs, a really beautiful property, in a quiet yet convenient position and immaculately presented with everything you could possibly want, along with a great record collection(!) and lots of space to chill out!! The swimming pool was warm and the electric cover was a plus for our toddler. We visited several local restaurants that were recommended which were excellent, but our favourite was La Cale, we loved the food and informality! We were well placed for doing day trips to Granville and Mont St Michel and then returning in time to have a swim. We are definitely planning to visit again in 2013 but hopefully for longer than a week! Thank you Debbie and James.
- Guest Caroline S.
- Date of stay 09/09/12
- Review Submitted 11/28/12
Owner response: Thank you both so much for your lovely comments. It would be a pleasure to welcome you back to La Brocanterie! Debbie
My husband, three younger children and I had a wonderful stay. We arrived on Easter Sunday, and Debbie greeted us with a bright smile, in addition to a welcome basket and beautiful Easter bucket for the kids. Since stores were closed, she also did some grocery shopping for us. A huge help after a long journey! The pictures shown do not do the house justice. It was impeccably decorated, spotless and had absolutely everything we needed. During the couple of rainy days we had, we enjoyed the fireplace, good books, old records, DVDs and games in the playroom. In the house book, there are plenty of suggestions for things to do. There are also a variety of brochures and maps; we didn't even need to call the owners to ask any questions. The home is in a peaceful, remote location, and for the first time in many years, we really felt as though we were away from it all and could relax! Beaches are a very short drive from the house, and the sights we wanted to see (Mont Saint-Michel and Omaha Beach/The American Cemetery Memorial, etc.) were easy day trips. Unfortunately, it was too cool to use the pool but we found plenty to do despite this. We are seriously considering coming back with friends or family and have already recommended the house to others. A hidden gem!
- Guest Heidi F.
- Date of stay 04/08/12
- Review Submitted 04/26/12
Owner response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you all and I hope we might have the pleasure of seeing you again one day. Debbie
We are a family of 4 adults who stayed at La Brocanterie for the last week of September 2011. We could not have chosen a more beautiful week weather wise with temperatures reaching 32C+. The fabulous pool and pool area, which was almost secluded, was well used by us. The kitchen/dining area was exceptionally large, light, airy and well equipped. The 2 double bedrooms we used, both with en-suite facilities were comfortable and modern. The house had every modern amenity you could think of at your disposal. The files of information about the house and the area were very useful. Debbie, the co-owner, was extremely helpful and offered to provide us with groceries for our arrival and booked a table for us at a very nice restaurant overlooking the sea at Pirou. The property is well placed for visits to many places of interest, the beaches are great and whether travelling to/from Cherbourg or Caen, is very accessible with good roads. The village of Gouville sur mer can provide most of your provisions (the lovely fresh bread and pastries especially) and there are several large supermarkets not far away. If we were to return to Normandy again (this was our third trip to the region) we would certainly consider returning to La Brocanterie!
- Guest Sharon T.
- Date of stay 09/24/11
- Review Submitted 10/24/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with teenagers, girls getaway.
It's taken us a bit of time to come back to earth after our amazing stay at this fabulous property! We are a family of 5 - 3 children aged 9, 7 and 5 and we stayed at La Brocanterie in late August 2011. It was a truly special holiday and a truly special place to stay - we did not stay for long enough! The house is a stunning example of how a lovely old property can be renovated to produce a simply stunning combination of modern and antique. The sitting room, play room, dining room and master bedroom are all beautifully and tastefully constructed in a traditional French style, whilst the kitchen and 3 bedrooms are throughly modern. The combination works exceptionally well. We spent most of our time in the kitchen and the pool. The pool is lovely; heated (a help in the sometimes chancy Normandic weather) and overlooked by the kitchen (a help for parents wanting to keep an eye on smalls swimming). The kitchen is well equipped and has a window and glass doors which open fully so that the impression is one of being outside. The master bedroom is a triumph; beautifully decorated and with a truly spoiling bathroom. Wifi, UK satellite channels, a small mountain of games, stereo in the kitchen all add up to a smashing place to stay rain or shine. The area is great fun; France always offers good, cheap wine and smelly, delicious cheese either from the supermarket or from the lovely little village of Gouville-sur-Mer. The coast is fab and we can strongly recommend a shack-like restaurant on the beach (Debbie thoughtfully provides all the details in her fantastically well informed book of blurb). We had a great afternoon picking moules from the rocks and then cooking them at home (I say 'home' - it wasn't, of course, sadly, but it felt just as if it was). Towels, washing powder, salt, dishwasher tablets and all the nitty gritty that one just does not want to bother having to think about are all there and it is the sort of place where one just doesn't mind leaving the end of a tub of herbs or a couple of pads for the Senseo machine because you know they are going to a good home. Its dead easy to get to the Cherbourg Ferry and Debbie also lets another beautiful house almost next door making it an ideal location for friends who want to holiday together but also want a little space. PUKKA, SUPERB, FANTASTIC! And the ultimate accolade - we would absolutely, definitely, unquestionably stay again!
- Guest Lucy B.
- Date of stay 08/27/11
- Review Submitted 09/13/11
The Perfect Gite
The Perfect Gite
When we were looking for a good quality place to stay for our 1st driving holiday to France, La Brocanterie just jumped off the page in terms of facilities, general appearance and location. On arrival at the property, it did not disappoint and totally lived up to it's description. Debbie the owner was there to meet us, and gave us a tour of the house and all the info we would need for our 2 weeks there. The property is extremely clean and well-appointed and had plenty of space for the 7 of us who were staying there - there is a space for everyone! The swimming pool is heated and fabulous and we spent most afternoons using it, when the sun was shining. Gouville sur Mer is a charming little town, with a market twice weekly in the summer months, which we made full use of. The beach at Gouville is completely unspoilt, yet a hive of activity, whether it's tractors towing boats to and from the see or windsurfers etc. I would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone, and we loved it so much, we have booked again for 2012!
- Guest Sara H.
- Date of stay 07/23/11
- Review Submitted 09/07/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers.
A wonderful week April 2011
A wonderful week April 2011
We, our two children (19 & 17) and my mother had a fantastic week at Easter in this wonderful property and loved it so much that we are returning next Easter. The house is beautifully renovated and decorated, very spacious and by far the best equipped property we have ever rented. It was even better than in the description. We couldn't get our teenagers out of the wonderful showers in all 3 superb bathrooms! The kitchen is huge and was a pleasure to cook in and directly overlooked the good sized heated pool and large deck area. There is also an enclosed courtyard which made an excellent sunny area for breakfast, as well as for bike storage. It is located in a peaceful, yet not isolated location and is a couple of mins drive (or very pleasant 10 min cycle) from the delightful unspoilt, typically French town of Gouville-sur-mer which has an excellent range of small shops, including a small supermarket, cafes, etc. We did not need to go to a large supermarket at all during our stay - everything we needed was available locally including an excellent local market. Just a couple of km further on is the beautiful beach - busy with shellfish gatherers while we were there. We had fabulous weather while we were there which meant we mainly enjoyed the house, pool and local walks and cycles from the area but did enjoy a visit to Mont St Michel, Bayeaux and the Regional Nature Park - Marais du Contentin where we were fortunate enough to see white storks as well as many other birds.There are many places to explore nearby and we plan to do those next year particularly if the weather is not so good! Debbie and James were always at hand to help and advise us and we would recommend this property to anyone.
- Guest JMOG+mum (Hampshire, UK)
- Date of stay 04/15/11
- Review Submitted 05/28/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway.
Lovely houseGuest comment entered by owner
My wife, son (16) and mother and law had a wonderfully sunny and peaceful week in La Brocanterie. La Brocanterie has recently been renovated and blends successful the old (wooden beams and rustic stonewalls) with the new, (elegant and modern bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchen). There is a tremendous sense of space in house and we particularly enjoyed spending time in the airy and bright kitchen with the sun streaming in from all sides. An important feature for was the thoughtful laid out and large downstairs bedroom and en-suite bathroom that suited my mother-in-law very well. The decked pool area seemed to get the sun all day and it was all too easy to while away the afternoon there after lunching on fresh cheeses, bread, fruit and wine from one of the many daily markets in the nearby towns. La Brocanterie, also proved to be a good base from which to explore the Normandy beaches and many pleasant seaside towns along the coast. If you are looking to get away from it all and to wind down by the pool or sea in a thoughtful converted Gite with a pool then La Brocanterie is the place to be'.
- Guest Gerry Dawson
- Date of stay 08/28/10
- Review Submitted 11/03/10
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|Christmas / New Year
Dec 21 - Jan 6, 2014
7 night min stay
Jan 7 - Mar 28, 2014
7 night min stay
Mar 29 - May 9, 2014
7 night min stay
|Summer (with pool)
May 10 - Jun 27, 2014
7 night min stay
|Summer (with pool)
Jun 28 - Sep 5, 2014
7 night min stay
|Summer (with pool)
Sep 6 - Oct 3, 2014
7 night min stay
Oct 4 - Nov 28, 2014
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Arrival day is Saturday but flexible when possible. Check-in between 17.00 - 21.30. Check-out by 10.00. All bed linen, bath and pool towels provided. Sorry no animals allowed on the grounds or in the house.
No smoking inside the house.
Please click on the web link below Accommodation and Facilities list to see our 2 holiday rentals in Normandy.
Please call Debbie +33 (0) 6 07 10 32 86 to check availability. To book we require a 30 % deposit on reservation. The balance and security deposit (€500) is requested 2 months before arrival. Payment is by bank transfer to either a UK or French account.
For last minute deals please call us. Last minute bookings will be asked to be paid in full.
- Refundable Damage Deposit: £400
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- Nearest Airport: Dinard-St Malo at 150 Kilometres
- Nearest Ferry: Cherbourg at 70 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: Coutances at 12 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: St Lô at 32 Kilometres
- Nearest Beach: Gouville at 5 Kilometres
- Nearest Barpub: Gouville sur Mer at 3 Kilometres
- Nearest Golf: Agon Coutainville at 10 Kilometres
- Nearest Restaurant: Gouville sur Mer at 4 Kilometres
About the owner: James and Debbie Mayhew
- Primary: +33 (0)233 463502
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The kitchen overlooks the swimming pool
Ground floor en suite
Many sights north & south of us
the double sided log burner
Annual seafood festival in Gouville(date changes)
The front courtyard
Gouville sur mer beach, 5km from house
Indoor - outdoor flow with doors all folded back
Great golf courses
All doors open onto the courtyard.
Market day twice weekly in summer
4 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
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