Luxury accommodation, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 10.
James and Debbie Mayhew
- english, french
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Stunning and restful home!
Our family of six stayed at La Brocanterie over the New Year's holiday. After a long day of driving, it was unbelievably wonderful to arrive at the house and find owner Debbie there with the house all lit up, a fire in the cosy wood stove, music playing, essential grocery items stocked, and a very nice basket of Normandy goodies. What a welcome!
We especially enjoyed the common areas in this home-- the layout of the living spaces is such that you can have great family time, but still not feel like you are all on top of each other. My younger kids enjoyed the game room, while the rest of us spent a good bit of time reading and relaxing in the beautifully furnished and superbly comfortable lounge. We prepared several meals in the house and found everything we needed in the well-equipped kitchen (huge bonus points for the Nespresso machine!).
The local area was charming. We frequented the local boulangerie, and had several great meals out-- including New Year's lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant minutes away from the house. I can only imagine how lovely the beach and, indeed, the house itself with its outdoor spaces and swimming pool, must be in summer. We hope to return to find out!
We have stayed in many homes in many countries over the years, and this was the family favorite! Thank you for a wonderful holiday...
Thank you so much for the lovely review! We do hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back one day for a summer holiday.
Amazing, great location, kitted out for families
On seeing the photos for the property on the owners' website we thought the house and pool looked amazing. It was every bit as good as it looked.
The house is well equipped with everything that you would need from days at the beach, to keeping children entertained, to cooking and baking in the impressive kitchen.
The owners are very welcoming, knowledgeable about the local area, and easy to contact if needed.
The house and pool were clean, well maintained, excellently furnished and a joy to visit.
We visited at the tail end of the Summer season, so not all local restaurants and attractions were open every day, but Debbie kindly advised us on what would be open and when and which local markets were running.
We spent the majority of our time locally at the seaside towns and villages within a short drive are all beautiful and have fantastic sandy beaches.
We did drive for a little under an hour to Omaha beach for D day museums and Bayeux, which was great for a day out.
We would definitely recommend this property to friends and relatives and hope to return to La Brocanterie sometime in the near future. We have stayed at a few holiday rentals in France and this is the best by far.
Beautiful home in a great location
La Brocanterie is a wonderful home for anyone looking to explore Brittany and Normandy. The location is perfectly situated between the two - just an hour to the DDay beaches and an hour to Mt St Michel. The town of Gouville-sur-Mer is delightful and has a good selection of places to eat and shop. The house if beautifully appointed an exceed our expectations from the description. Clean, well maintained and had all the things we needed. Most of all, the owners were always available and responded immediately to any of our needs. I also have to say that we ate the best oysters of our entire lives while there. Highly recommended.
Great house in Normandy!
House is wonderful. Two bedrooms have connected baths and are great for adult couples. Two bedrooms on top floor are smaller and require maneuvering up and down somewhat narrow stairs - but great for kids. Big, well supplied kitchen - this and on patio is where we "lived". Very large den would have been great if weather had not been so inviting.
Village is fun. And easy drive to many Normandy sights, to beach, etc.
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.
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.
Thank you both so much for your lovely comments. It would be a pleasure to welcome you back to La Brocanterie! Debbie
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 www.golfdecoutainville.com ('AGON COUTAINVILLE' on the map)
GRANVILLE GOLF CLUB , 18 holes + 9 holes, 35 mins South, www.golfdegranville.com
GOLF COTE DES ISLES, Barneville Carteret , 53 mins north, 9 holes, beautiful area/ Michelin star hotel-restaurant in village. http://www.golfcotedesisles.net/
OMAHA BEACH GOLF CLUB, PORT-EN-BESSIN about 1hr 30, worth the journey, ( also near the Normandy landings ) www.omahabeachgolfclub.com
SAINT MALO, LE TRONCHET in Brittany, also about 1hr 30, worth the journey www.saintmalogolf.com