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Beautiful House with Pool, Beach 5 Mins, Well Placed for Cultural Visits

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Last updated: 07/17/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Coutances house description

Selected by The Times as one of 'The 20 best places to stay in Normandy' (Sat 7 June 2014)

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.

The large sunny sitting room (TV, dvd) is ultra comfy with 4 sofas, big chairs with a log burner for chilly winter evenings.
Next door is the dining room with long table and benches by the fireplace.
The huge kitchen, which cleverly overlooks the pool, is fully equipped for the most enthusiastic cooks. Under the glass conservatory roof is the family dining area. The kitchen-conservatory glass doors fold back for great inside-outside flow to the deck and lovely heated pool.
The gamesroom has lots of toys & games. WIFI provided.

We have a travel cot, highchair, pushchair, potty, changing mat.

The 4 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms are spread over 3 floors.
1 bedroom en-suite on the g/fl. One double suite on first floor. Two bedrooms on 2nd floor with 3 singles in each.

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.

Our website

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.

Property Type

  • House
  • 240 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Children Welcome:

            Available: travel cot, highchair, changing mat, pushchair, potty, plastic plates etc, stair guard, bed guard....moreless

          • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Low Allergen Environment
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

          • Ground floor : 1 king

            En suite shower...moreless

          • 1st floor: 1 double

            En suite bath & shower...moreless

          • 2nd floor: 3 twin/ single


          • 2nd floor: 2 twin/ single

            en suite...moreless

          • Beds: there are beds for 9 people plus one child's camp bed. One travel cot available. For those who prefer ground floor bedrooms; we have a spacious ground floor bedroom en suite....moreless

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

          • Master Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower


          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


          • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower


          • There is one toilet downstairs.

          Other Amenities

              • Our website 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


              • DVD Player
              • Television
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Radio
              • Stereo
              • CD Player
              • Books
              • Books For Adults
              • Books For Kids
              • Game Room
              • Games
              • Games For Kids
              • Piano
              • Toys
              • Video Library
              • Music Library
              • Foosball


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Luxury
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Museums
              • Zoo
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Forests
              • Theme Parks
              • Pond

              Leisure Activities

              • Horseback Riding
              • Walking
              • Bird Watching
              • Scenic Drives
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Paddle Boating
              • Sight Seeing

              local services and businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Massage Therapist
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Medical Services
              • Babysitter

              Location Type

              • Near The Ocean
              • Village
              • Beach
              • Rural

              sports and adventure activities

              • Fly Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Equestrian Events
              • Ice Skating
              • Golf
              • Wind-Surfing
              • Sailing
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                  • Dining:

                    There are 2 areas for dining; the kitchen-conservatory and the dining hall....moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Child's Highchair
                  • Seating for 10 people


                  • Telephone:

                    On request only. Please ask before your arrival....moreless

                  • Heating:

                    Under floor heating downstairs, electric heaters in bedrooms upstairs. The heating is not included in the rates. ...moreless

                  • Living Room
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Filtered Water
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Activities Guide
                  • Water Cooler
                  • Firewood
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Laundry Soap
                  • Local Activities Guide
                  • Local Maps
                  • Paper Towels
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Fireplace
                  • Internet
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Parking


                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Kitchen:

                    Electric oven, gas & electric hob, microwave, popcorn maker, raclette machine, oyster glove and various seafood tools....moreless

                  • Dishwasher
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Freezer
                  • Stove
                  • Oven
                  • Microwave
                  • Blender
                  • Ice Maker
                  • Pantry Items
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Toaster
                  • 4 Ring Stove
                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Stove


                  • Golf:

                    We have many golf courses around us. Please see our website for James' tips

                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Patio
                  • Beach Chairs
                  • Beach Towels
                  • Wood Deck
                  • Barbecue

                  Pool / Spa

                  • Heated Pool
                  • Outdoor Pool
                  • Private Pool:

                    The pool is in use from mid May to the end of September. It is heated by an air pump during the day, weather permitting. We have a motorised pool cover in place for young children....moreless

                  property descriptor

                      • Detached


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                      from 16 traveler reviews
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      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

                      Xmas/New Year
                      Dec 13 - Jan 9, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      Jan 10 - Mar 27, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      Mar 28 - May 15, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      Early Summer (with pool)
                      May 16 - Jul 3, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      High Summer (with pool)
                      Jul 4 - Sep 4, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      Late summer (with pool)
                      Sep 5 - Oct 2, 2015
                      7 night min stay


                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Refundable Damage Deposit £400
                      • No additional mandatory fees
                      • Taxes Not included


                      Arrival day is Friday or Saturday. 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 visit our website 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.

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                      Last updated: 07/17/2014
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                      150 Kilometres
                      Nearest Airport
                      Dinard-St Malo
                      70 Kilometres
                      Nearest Ferry
                      12 Kilometres
                      Nearest Train
                      32 Kilometres
                      Nearest Motorway
                      St Lô
                      5 Kilometres
                      Nearest Beach
                      3 Kilometres
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Gouville sur Mer
                      10 Kilometres
                      Nearest Golf
                      Agon Coutainville
                      4 Kilometres
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Gouville sur Mer

                      Car: Necessary

                      Gouville-sur-mer is situated on the west coast of the Normandy peninsular. About an hour from Cherbourg and 1hr 30 from Caen, it's easy to reach. Well placed for cultural outings such as Mont St Michel, the Normandy Landings, The Bayeux Tapestry and so many activities and sports on offer; golf (see notes on golf), karting, horse riding on the beach, kite surfing and much more. Gouville has a weekly market (twice in July/August) bakeries, butcher, supermarket etc . The beautiful local beach, flat and sandy, is only 5 minutes drive from the house. Agon Coutainville (10 mins) has more restaurants.. Coutances (10 min) has an annual May jazz festival. The pretty port of Granville (40 min. south) offers chic shopping and the Christian Dior museum. Picturesque port Barneville Carteret (40 min. north) has a Michelin rosette restaurant and trips to Jersey. Our part of the coast is a particularly welcoming area of Normandy; child friendly with plenty to see and do for all ages.

                      Other Activities: kite surfing, sand yachting, Thalgo beauty treatments, carp fishing in private lake

                      Golf: There are at least 16 golf courses we could mention in Brittany, Upper and Lower Normandy. Because we are situated in Lower Normandy we are fortunate enough to be within reach of many of these golf courses.

                      Here are 5 that we recommend. You are very welcome to email or phone for more info about these courses, other courses and group discounts. The local club in this area is GOLF DE COUTAINVILLE (12 mins drive) It's a particularly friendly club with good restaurant, golf coaching and regular competitions for all. It's also a few minutes' walk to Coutainville beach , shops & village square.

                      COUTAINVILLE GOLF CLUB 12 minutes ('AGON COUTAINVILLE' on the map)

                      GRANVILLE GOLF CLUB , 18 holes + 9 holes, 35 mins South,

                      GOLF COTE DES ISLES, Barneville Carteret , 53 mins north, 9 holes, beautiful area/ Michelin star hotel-restaurant in village.

                      OMAHA BEACH GOLF CLUB, PORT-EN-BESSIN about 1hr 30, worth the journey, ( also near the Normandy landings )

                      SAINT MALO, LE TRONCHET in Brittany, also about 1hr 30, worth the journey


                      Owner info

                      About the owner: Our website

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                      Speaks: french, english

                      Guestbook comments from the owner

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                      • Dining hall

                        Dining hall

                      • The kitchen overlooks the swimming pool

                        The kitchen overlooks the swimming pool

                      • Ground floor en suite

                        Ground floor en suite

                      • Many sights north & south of us

                        Many sights north & south of us

                      • the double sided log burner

                        the double sided log burner

                      • Annual seafood festival in Gouville(date changes)

                        Annual seafood festival in Gouville(date changes)

                      • 'La Brocanterie'

                        'La Brocanterie'

                      • La Brocanterie

                        La Brocanterie

                      • The front courtyard

                        The front courtyard

                      • Gouville sur mer beach, 5km from house

                        Gouville sur mer beach, 5km from house

                      • Indoor - outdoor flow with doors all folded back

                        Indoor - outdoor flow with doors all folded back

                      • Master bedroom

                        Master bedroom

                      • Play room

                        Play room

                      • Great golf courses

                        Great golf courses

                      • All doors open onto the courtyard.

                        All doors open onto the courtyard.

                      • Market day twice weekly in summer

                        Market day twice weekly in summer

                      £980 - £2,700 per week (GBP)

                      4 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 10

                      View calendar: Updated 07/17/14
                      Minimum stay: 7 nights
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