Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Mortain - La Croix Crespin
Two bedroom detached cottage sleeping 5
The stone built south facing cottage has two upstairs bedrooms, one a double and the other a triple, with a double and single bed. Downstairs there is a spacious lounge/dining area. There is ample comfortable seating, coffee table, cupboards and drawers with books, guides, maps and games. There is a woodburner fire for those days when is is slightly cooler or out of the main summer season. Also there is Free to View English TV and DVD player. There is a separate well equipped kitchen with Belfast sink, hob, cooker, toaster and washing machine. There is also a shower room.
The cottage has off road private parking at the front of the property and is situated just off a quiet country lane. The cottage has a pleasant enclosed garden with garden furniture and barbecue. It has views over wooded countryside and across the valley.
Enjoy time on the terrace listening to the peaceful sounds of nature, birds singing, bees buzzing, cows mooing and watch the world go by very slowly.
Places of Interest: There are many historic and natural sites to be explored.
Normandy has many associations with World history from Norman Conquests of 1066, illustrated in the famous tapestry at Bayeux to the D-Day landing beaches, that are around 90 minutes drive away, as is the Caen Memorial Museum. Mortain was a strategic location during the Battle for Normandy in World War II and there is a small American War Memorial at the Petite Chapelle.
There are many Medieval towns within easy reach of the cottage, for example Fougeres, Dinan, and Falaise, the birth place of William the Conquerer. The markets at Vire, St Hilaire and shops in Granville, Rennes, St Malo and Dinan are excellent.
Le Mont St Michel, a World Heritage Site and one of the most visited attractions in France, is only 40km away. From the sweeping Bay of Mont St Michel to the fishing ports of Granville and Cancale there are many beautiful beaches to spend a day on the sand. You can take a boat to the Iles de Chausey or the Channel Islands from Granville.
For Children: There are many places of interest and activities for children of all ages.
For younger children the Village Enchante at Bellefontaine is about ten minutes drive from the property, Festyland is a theme park at Caen, there is a zoo at Jurques, between Vire and Caen. Beware of the crocodiles at the Bay of Mont St Michel!
Others may enjoy the caves at Souterroscope, the leisure park at Ange Michel has something for everyone from ponies to a toboggan run, whilst the zip wires and bungee jumping at Souleuvre Viaduct are for the really brave!
Two hours away at Cherbourg is the impressive Cite de la Mer sea life centre and submarine museum, also visit the Oceanarium at St Malo.
Castles are plentiful and Fougeres castle is an impressive medieval fortress, there are walled towns, abbeys and other fortifications close by and will fire the imagination.
For horse and pony lovers there are the stud farms at St Lo and Haras du Pin and Bagnoles. The Normandy Horse Show takes place mid August. There are several establishments where you can hire a horse for a hack through the woods or across the Bay of Le Mont St Michel and cater for all abilities.
Activities: There is a vast array of outdoor activities from the door of the cottage. Woodland strolls and day long hikes or cycle routes, maps and guides are provided at the cottage to help you make the most of your stay. Try out Velorailing along old railway lines at several locations for cycling with a difference!
If you fancy taking to the water it can be as energetic or as lazy as you wish from pedalo on the lake at Bagnoles de L'Orne or Ferte Mace to a descent of the River Vire and River Orne over weirs and rapids in a canoe or take a picnic and have a day boat from Dinan or from Mayenne, passing through locks and watching the fishermen on the banks and wildlife for example water voles and kingfishers passing by.
Treat yourself to some pampering at one of the spas in Bagnoles de l'Orne or visit the casino by the lake,
Climbing sites are available in Mortain, Fosse Arthur and slightly further afield in the Suisse Normandy region.
A stay in the cottage would not be complete without sampling the apple and pear cider, Calvados, cheeses and other dairy products from the local establishments.
This is a holiday experience where you can watch the world go by, experience the peace and quiet of the countryside or the hustle and bustle of the local markets or towns, experience a local fete or medieval spectacular, wander through woods, by the river or spend a day at the beach. Explore and learn more about the history of the area or just sit with a good book and a glass of local cider, a baguette and a selection of local cheeses. A great holiday for all awaits....
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
Wow did we make the right choice the cottage was perfect clean well equipped and with the plentiful supply of logs warm and cosy.
The peaceful surroundings made the oh so comfortable bed even more welcoming .The kitchen had more than enough equipment the two sofas were comfortable, there was even a sewing kit which came in useful when my husband got a splinter in his thumb!
It was so easy to walk to two very interesting historical sites with views to die for and if you feel able the walk to the cascades they are worth the effort, it was damp and muddy when we went but worth the trip. If you don’t fancy the walk back there is plenty of free parking. We spent the day visiting the D day beaches and surrounding areas only just over a hours drive away . With 2 supermarkets and 24 hour petrol station with in 5 minutes’ drive, the rural area is not that far from amenities .
As we stayed over the New Year we thought that there would not be a lot to do, however Fougeres castle was open and very good value for money only 7 Euros to get in. We found the lovely little village Domfront just 15 minutes’ drive away with its ruined castle (free to get in ) and lovely restaurants; I can imagine a good place to go any time of the year .
I would recommend this lovely cottage, and its very helpful owners who made the booking and arrival so easy, to couples and families and a great place at any time of the year.