Calm Country Manor B & B Near Mont St Michel and D-Day Beaches
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Villedieu-Les-Poeles bed and breakfast description
2014 marks the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the World Equestrian Events in our area. A great base for your vacation plans.
This 17th century country manor on an acre of landscaped gardens has been in the family for 2 generations. Much love and attention for authenticity has gone into the restoration projects of both generations. Do visit our personal website to get the flavor and history of this beautiful home. You’ll see lots of photos inside and out.
This is a terrific place for families or friends traveling together or a romantic getaway for a couple. Two of our bedrooms comprise the Family Suite: La Fontaine, large classical room to which can be added a twin bed, has an adjoining bathroom with bathtub, toilet and sink. The nearby room, Lulli, sleeps 2 and shares the adjoining bathroom. These 2 rooms are in the West wing with Lulli on the south facade and La Fontaine on the north courtyard. The bathroom is in between each room with one window overlooking the Duck Pond and the other, the courtyard. La Fontaine can be rented separately. In the other wing is Moliere with its en suite toilet and bathroom with shower. All of the bedrooms are located on the 2nd floor. The stairway is a gentle one but we can help you with your lugguage. Each room has its unique view changing with the seasons of course.
Breakfast is served in the classic dining room overlooking the gardens.
Guests are welcome to relax in our living room with its large granite fireplace to enjoy a book, snack or beverage. We have a variety of books in English or French for you to borrow as well as much tourist information about the area including the local market days. When the weather is inviting the garden table and chairs under the Magnolia tree are a great place to relax and even enjoy a picnic lunch or dinner that you might bring back from a neighboring village just a few miles away. We would be happy to direct you to our favorite shops.
Feel free to discover the “parc” with its variety of trees, shrubs and flowers. We have a passion for gardening and landscaping and would love for you to enjoy the fruits of our labors.
Of course as we’re in the countryside you’ll need a car. We encourage you to arrive during daylight hours to get the full effect of your arrival in this unique setting. That will give you a chance to settle in before going out to discover the area. You can even take the short walk (10-15 min.) on a country lane to the village. Our favorite beach is only 20 minutes away in St Martin de Bréhal. Just a bit further from us is Granville whose beach features a sea-fed swimming pool- nice for the kids when the tide is too far out to swim. (We can clue you in on the tide schedule too.) If you like fine cuisine, you’re in for a treat in Normandy. The variety of fish and seafood is tremendous and the displays at the local markets a feast for the eyes. We will share with you some of our favorite restaurants not far from us.
The location is great as a base for numerous day trips in Normandy or into Brittany.
The star attraction of the area is the Mont St Michel. It is possible to visit it at night in July or August if you make reservations as space is limited for these visits. And while you're in Normandy you might want to continue into Brittany to see the fortifications in Fougeres, Dinan or St Malo. in the Spring you can take in the annual jazz festival Jazz sous les Pommiers in Coutances just north of us. June of course features the various D-Day celebrations throughout Lower- Normandy. Villedieu-les-Poêles close by is a lovely town spared from damage during the war with narrow streets, courtyards, a bell-foundry, and many delightful copperware shops. A destination for European travelers. And on Tuesdays a market you don't want to miss.
French schools are on vacation the beginning of July when activities of all types compete for one's attention. In July in Lessay, at a restored 12th century abbey is held a classical music festival. In Coutances there are concerts given during the summer at interesting private homes, usually manor houses or castles as well as unique churches. These concerts are called Musique à Demeure. We have attended many of them. Most enjoyable and inexpensive besides!
A great festivity is the Calvados Distillation festival at the Farm in Meurdraquière. It lasts 3 days in the beginning of August. Food, dancing, and local apple products for sale. And in Gavray in mid-July is the Marché Normand. Gavray's Saturday market is where we shop.
Our part of Normandy is well-known for its equestrian excellence. The breed of horses known as 'Selle français' has its origins here. There are numerous stud farms, jumping events with some of the best riders of France, outstanding trotters, many opportunities for horseback riding, and in St. Lo about 1/2 hour from the Manoir is held The Normandy Horse Show. It is always mid-August.
And in September you can enjoy the national days of 'Patrimoine'(heritage). Our Manoir was featured on the Saturday tour in 2008 for the mosaic floors created by Jean-Pierre Bissey (Daniel's father- see our personal website for additional information). The theme that year was contemporary creation within a historical site. A magnificent detail of one of the floors proclaims the 'Journées du Patrimoine' on the front page of the brochures found in our local tourist offices promoting this weekend.
Every year in October is the ever popular Foire St Luc in Gavray just 5 kilometers from us. The fair lasts 3 days with many fine horses and poneys for sale, lots of stands as well as a market and agricultural equipment.
We encourage you to come relax in the quiet of the countryside. We think you will find it a peaceful place. Let your Franco-American hosts treat you to a real French country experience in the heart of French dairy-farming country where small, bucolic farms are the norm.
Keywords: Country Manor
- Bed And Breakfast
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Parking Off Street
- Wood Fireplace
- Linens Provided
- Guests are welcome to relax in our newly remodeled living room with large granite fireplace. For professional musicians a study piano is available. The Manoir is situated on an acre of property. Feel free to take a lawn chair to your favorite spot in the park. Your hosts will gladly give you a tour of the diverse trees, bushes and flowers if you like....moreless
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- Medical Services
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Miniature Golf
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A Lovely Taste of True French Normandy Countryside!
A Lovely Taste of True French Normandy Countryside!
This is a gorgeous early (1622!) home/manor that has been lovingly maintained by the owners/hosts. We arrived a bit too late simply due to driving from Calais and thankfully a neighbor was able to guide us to the manor:-) as w/out him, I'm certain we would never have found it! We did not realize (never thought to ask, our fault!) that we could not use the kitchen to prepare a meal so after 8 1/2 hours of driving we had to get back in the car to eat a rather late dinner in a nearby town - thankfully the restaurant was kind enough after Suzanne (your hostess) to stay open and serve us dinner. The manor is in a sweet petite village with a gorgeous church as well as a small store that provides nearly everything one may need (it's not open of course late, or too many hours simply because it's a tiny village, etc. but is quite close to the manor). We travelled with our two children (20 and 16) and again, the only thing I did not realize or think to ask was whether we had access to the kitchen to prepare any of our own meals/snacks, etc. so you do have to drive to the nearby village/town for any food, etc. The bonus here is that Daniel (your host) does make a fantastic breakfast of piping hot coffee, baguette, homemade jam, yogurt & fruit which saved the day! And on top of that, he is HILARIOUS!!! But those of you who want to hang out at the home must be prepared to pop back into your car for lunch/dinner. Daniel does offer now & then a homemade dinner (for an additional fee) that sounded delicious but that evening unfortunately we already had plans. The manor is spotless, gorgeous, has a fantastic history which the owners share with all of their guests. The gardens are stunning, Suzanne does an amazing job caring for the land. They both speak French and English which is of course so helpful and are very generous with information on the surrounding areas to visit. There is a laundry mat in the nearby town, no laundry/washing facility at the B&B. The nearby town is well stocked with a handful of yummy restaurants (Suzanne will tell you: Go to see Patrick? the Englishman:-), incredible food!), pharmacy, laundry, and LOADS of history! All in all, a great stay.
- Guest G-goes! (Northern California )
- Date of stay 06/08/13
- Review Submitted 08/02/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, adventure seekers.
Beautiful 17th century home in a perfect area
Beautiful 17th century home in a perfect area
Visited the Manor in late July of 2012 with my wife and two boys. We were so impressed with our stay and really enjoyed meeting Daniel and Suzanne, who by the way, speak perfect English! The house is located out in the farmland, very near to the wonderful town of Granville and only roughly 30 minutes away from the breathtaking Mont St Michel. Which by the way, if you are to visit, go early for a much more serene and less crowded visit. We also had a very good day trip to Bayeaux and the Normandy beaches. Daniel made us a wonderful classic French breakfast, which included the incredible Normandy butter with baguettes and croissants, yogurt, jam, coffee and even hot chocolate for the boys. Suzanne recommended an outstanding restaurant nearby, which was one of our best meals in France! The two rooms we stayed in were beautiful, with serene views out in to the garden. The boys were quite amazed that the house was built in 1633! Our beds were very comfortable and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there for two nights. Thank you Daniel and Suzanne!
- Guest California (Napa, CA)
- Date of stay 07/27/12
- Review Submitted 08/09/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, families with young children, adventure seekers.
Gorgeous and Convenient
Gorgeous and Convenient
Our family which included my mom, husband, 12 year old son, and 5 year old daughter and I had a lovely visit at the Manoir. The hosts made a delicious meal and guided us with local attractions, beach visits, Mont St. Michel details, and other perfect recommendations. We would definitely return and stay with them again! Comfortable beds, great homemade jam, pastoral fields, fragrant flowers--perfection!
- Guest DebbieWalnut Creek (Walnut Creek, CA)
- Date of stay 07/24/11
- Review Submitted 01/04/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, tourists without a car, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
From the moment we booked our reservation at The Manor, we knew we were in good hands. Suzanne and Daniel were readily available via email to answer any questions we had prior to our arrival. They provided us with the necessary, very detailed direcitons to their home, which is tucked away in the quiet, rolling fields of Normandy. Navigating our way there was half the fun, passing tractors, tiny villages and many, many cows along the way. We were made very comfortable, thanks to our hosts. To accomodate our busy schedule of day trips, Daniel was willing to rise before dawn, make his daily run to the bakery, and prepare our breakfast early so we could get on the road. It's a great location to visit the D-Day Beaches, Mont St. Michel, and even the Brittany coast. Suzanne and Daniel shared their recommendations of things to do in the area, including an amazing meal at their favorite award-winning casual restaurant in a neighboring town. And as a special treat, Daniel cooked up a traditional feast, complete with fish in buerre blanc sauce, Normandy cheeses, aged calvados and a plum tart served on antique Quimper plates. Our stay at the Manor was short but sweet. We're hoping to go back very soon, and would recommend this place to any one looking for an authentic, historic, quiet getaway in the mystic foggy fields of Normandy.
- Guest marybeth (San Francisco, CA)
- Date of stay 09/08/10
- Review Submitted 02/05/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, girls getaway.
Excellent hosts and greate location
Excellent hosts and greate location
The hosts of the B&B are great people who are warm, genuine, and helpful. They speak multiple languages fluently (including English), which is a real plus. Home cooked dinner with the hosts is available if asked and a real treat. The B&B is in a rural setting but close enough to major highways that can be used as a base to explore the western part of Normandy. We spent a week there and had a very memorable experience.
- Guest Dave (Pennsylvania, USA)
- Date of stay 07/11/10
- Review Submitted 07/28/10
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful B & B!! The hosts were s personable and helpful. The manor was everything we thought it would be with beautiful antiques and intricate mosaic work. A very convenient location for D-Day beaches and Mont St. Michel. Great restaurants nearby as well. I would highly recommend this property to family and friends!
- Guest Teresa (Pensacola, Florida, USA)
- Date of stay 06/30/10
- Review Submitted 07/24/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers.
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- Nearest Airport: Caen at 73.1 Kilometres
- Nearest Ferry: Granville at 18.8 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: Villedieu-les-Poêles at 9.9 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: A84 at 8 Kilometres
- Nearest Beach: St Martin de Bréhal at 13.9 Kilometres
- Nearest Barpub: MG Bar le Mesnil-Garnier at 1.5 Kilometres
- Nearest Golf: St Martin de Bréhal at 15 Kilometres
- Nearest Restaurant: Auberge du Mesnil-Rogues at 5 Kilometres
Year Purchased: 2002
About the owner: We are Daniel and Suzanne and love meeting people, dancing, and gardening. Between the two of us we speak French, English and German. We look forward to you coming to stay with us.
Why the Owner Chose Villedieu-Les-Poeles:
We are a Franco-American couple. When Daniel's father was going to sell the Manoir, we decided we would buy the property to keep it in the family. We had previously wanted to buy a small house in the countyside as it is such a beautiful area with a pleasant climate, great swimming at the Channel beaches nearby, and so many historic sites to visit. As it turned out we now have a big house! So we are restoring it little by little and want to share this place with you.
The Unique Benefits at this Bed And Breakfast:
When we stay here we enjoy participating in the village activities. Being so centrally located when friends or family come we show them the Mont St Michel, the D-Day beaches and if with us on Tuesday we go to the market in Villedieu-les-Poêles or Saturday's market in Gavray. We also make sure we spend some time just sitting in the 'parc' enjoying the quiet.
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Le Manoir du Mesnil-Villeman
Moliere Bedroom with separate en suite toilet and bathroom with shower
Lulli room overlooking the pond is rented only as part of the Family Suite
Living room where guests can snack or relax. Study piano available for musicians
Our garden table where you can enjoy the calm of the Norman countryside.
The well at our entrance
View from the Lulli room of azaleas in full bloom
Rose Garden in full bloom
Our village church, St Pierre
Dairy Farm in Mesnil-Garnier
La Fontaine, spacious classical bedroom with adjoining bathroom
Fireplace in the Living Room
The lane leading to the Manoir
From Lulli and the Suite's bathroom one sees our duck pond
A few of the trees and shrubs in the parc
The center of our village as seen from a country lane
St. Anne in neighboring village of Mesnil-Garnier
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