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DETACHED STONE COTTAGE IN A PEACEFUL RURAL LOCATION

Dean and Alison Lancaster

Speaks French, English
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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DETACHED STONE COTTAGE IN A PEACEFUL RURAL LOCATION

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....

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Suitability:
  • 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.
Dec 2012
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Dean and Alison Lancaster

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Speaks French, English
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.6
based on 24 holidaymaker reviews

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Detached stone cottage in a peaceful rural location
average rating of 4.625 based on 24 reviews
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Detached stone cottage in a peaceful rural location
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p447355
+0044 (0)7876464067
Mortain Avranches area
5

A relaxing break

  • 5 out of 5
A fantastic cottage surrounded by peaceful countryside yet close to amenities in town. It was clean and well equipped with everything we needed to enjoy our stay. There is a comprehensive collection of information about the local area including several guides for walks and leaflets for local attractions.
We had a fabulous time relaxing in the cottage in front of the log fire but also visited Parc Floral de Haute Bretagne which is a very large and interesting garden. We did a lovely walk through the woods close to the cottage and also another starting at Fosse Arthur (from the guide leaflets).
A great cottage which I would reccommend for anyone wanting a relaxing time in quiet surroundings, but with plenty to do close by as well.
  • Review Submitted: 05-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Detached stone cottage in a peaceful rural location
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p447355
+0044 (0)7876464067
Mortain Avranches area
5

Quiet and relaxing - just what's needed!

Quiet and relaxing - just what's needed!
  • 5 out of 5
The cottage provided the perfect place to get down to some quiet revision ahead of university finals. The property was clean and tidy, with all the necessary comforts that you would expect from the listing.

Although it was mainly a break for revision, I did manage to explore the local cuisine. Mortain provides a wide choice of eateries from bakeries to good quality restaurants. Domfront is also an interesting place to explore, and is within half an hours drive.

I would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone as it does exactly what is says on the tin - escaping from the rat race. I would much like to return in the future.
  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you found some peace and quiet to study for your exams and wish you the very best with them. We are also pleased that you found some time to explore the local cuisine. Mortain has a good pizzeria, another restaurant serving local fare with some very good fixed menu and plat du jour dishes using locally sourced ingredients and also a hotel serving fine food. As well as a couple of bar tabacs. Within a short drive there is a plethora of restaurants and bistros serving food catering for all tastes and pockets, from the simple creperie to Michelin starred restaurants. We hope you will return to explore further when the exams are finished.
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Detached stone cottage in a peaceful rural location
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p447355
+0044 (0)7876464067
Mortain Avranches area
5

Cost cottage - ideal for family break

  • 5 out of 5
Myself, husband and daughters (18 & 14) enjoyed a pleasant week in this pretty cottage set in a peaceful, rural location. Convenient for all local amenities in the nearby town of Mortain, the cottage is also just under an hour away from the Breton or Normandy coast. It's position in Lower Normandy also makes it ideal for visiting both Brittany & Normandy. For walkers the cottage is also well equipped with various maps/guidebooks. Very clean and very cosy - particularly enjoyed the wood burning stove in the evening. Very happy to recommend & would return without hesitation.
  • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to post a review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. As you discovered there are so many places both in Normandy and Brittany to explore and within easy reach of the cottage, enabling guests to have the best of coast and country. We very much hope to hear from you in the future.
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Detached stone cottage in a peaceful rural location
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p447355
+0044 (0)7876464067
Mortain Avranches area
5

Perfect place for a quiet break

  • 5 out of 5
This is a lovely, well appointed cottage in a delightful country setting. It has all that one could wish for including an open fire and plentiful logs. Within easy reach are Carrefour and Aldi supermarkets. Great area for walking, running and cycling (so long as you don't mind hills!). We can recommend the restaurant at the bottom of the hill leading up to La Croix Crespin (Au Bon Vent) for incredibly reasonable lunches. From the cottage and just along the road by Le Petite Chapelle there are wonderful views over some beautiful countryside. We loved it and are looking forward to returning, perhaps in warmer weather.
  • Review Submitted: 28-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are pleased you made the most of the plentiful logs and enjoyed the winter countryside. There are lots of things to enjoy whatever season you choose and we hope to welcome you back to experience one of the warmer seasons.
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Detached stone cottage in a peaceful rural location
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p447355
+0044 (0)7876464067
Mortain Avranches area
2

Nothing to write home about ...

  • 2 out of 5
Small and cosy cottage with a potential but ...
The owner lives in England so there is a problem with communication - take it into consideration.
Toilet and bathroom are only at the ground floor, they located attached to the kitchen, so if you wish to go to the toilet you have to cross the kitchen - unpleasant situation wich does not mentioned and unseen on the web site.
There is no window in the bathroom, so there is lot of mold !
The electricity system is poor and dangerous!
It can not hold the 3 heaters. The fuses in the electricity board are falling down all the time, again dangerous and not practical.
The very small screen that called "T.V" didn't work.
The owner used 45 Euros from our deposit for 3 towels without consulting us. The argument was "stains on the towels" wich we didn't cause.
Petty behavior.
We definitely would not recommed this property to a friend or relative.
  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is unfortunate that these guests were not happy with their holiday, unfortunately despite many emails and phone calls with the guests before, during and after their stay we were not able to meet their expectations. I would therefore like to clarify a few things for future guests. As we live in England we employ caretakers and guests are provided with their details should a problem arise. As per our terms and conditions we cannot rectify any problems we are not advised of at the time and we clearly state that damage must be paid for. Since this posting we have visited France, the fuse board and electricity have been checked and there is no problem with the fuses etc, the bathroom has been redecorated, there is an extractor fan and it is advisable to use this when the bathroom is in use. Therefore we are confident that the house is just as other guests have described it in all previous reviews.
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Detached stone cottage in a peaceful rural location
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p447355
+0044 (0)7876464067
Mortain Avranches area
4

Normandy Cottage

  • 4 out of 5
The property was a true representation of the description and photos shown. The bedrooms were airy, beds were comfy, bedding very clean and the bedspreads added a natural charm. Downstairs the kitchen was well equipped and the sitting room cosy. The garden at the front is the only land used by the cottage. We found this plenty, our daughter played with toys, whilst we sat on the patio. From the velux windows upstairs there are views of the cows and fields.
The warm outdoor swimming pools in Montain are great, clean, supervised and inexpensive.
St Malo is great with sandy beach, rock pools and lido. You do need a car to get to most places, but its worth it. D- Day landings a must, we had to get up at 6.30am to be there in good time for the tour. Bike hire is available, though bikes more suitable for age 10 and over, best to take your own, as you can cycle through tracks not too far from the cottage. Walks are plentiful too.
I would recommend the property, one of the best holidays we have had. Also when we asked the caretaker for some more bedding, because our daughter loved the double room, clean bedding arrived later that day.
Thank you
  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really pleased you had such a great time and for the positive feedback. I have let Val our caretaker know you appreciated her.There is such a lot to do with young children in the area. A great place to holiday. Thanks
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
111 Kilometres
Rennes
Nearest Ferry
97 Kilometres
St. Malo
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Vire
Nearest Motorway
63 Kilometres
A84 Villers-Bocage
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Carolles
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Mortain
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Lac Dathee, Vire
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Mortain
Car: necessary

The south facing detached stone cottage, with terrace and enclosed garden, is in a small quiet hamlet just outside the town of Mortain.The cottage looks over fields and trees and a short stroll through woods to the Petite Chapelle brings you to a viewpoint. View the Normandy Bocage, the patchwork of fields, woods, sunken lanes and quiet roads, as far as the Mont St Michel 40km away. It is easily accessible from the ports; Caen, St Malo (90 mins), Cherbourg (2 hrs), Calais (4.5hrs), the airports; Dinard, Rennes (2 hrs) and Paris (3 hrs).

A short downhill walk or drive from the cottage brings you to all the amenities the town has to offer; supermarket, boulangerie, pharmacy, and other shops, small bars and restaurants, tennis courts and in summer the outdoor heated swimming pools. A short walk from the centre of the town are the Petite and Grande Cascades. Slightly further afield are many historic sites and attractions; markets, castles, coast, medieval towns, forests...

Other Activities: rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, boat hire, horseriding, walking trails, spa

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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High
7 Jun 2014 - 5 Sep 2014
7 night minimum stay
£440
for 7 nights
£440
 
 
Mid
6 Sep 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
4 night minimum stay
£240
for 4 nights
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£60
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£60
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£360
 
 
Low
1 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
4 night minimum stay
£240
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£280
 
 
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20 Dec 2014 - 2 Jan 2015
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£240
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit £150
Notes Electricity, water and firewood are included in the price.
Bed linen, towels and tea towels are not included and hire is £20 for double bed and £10 for a single bed.
A £150 refundable deposit held against the unlikely event of damage during rental period is payable with the balance for the rental.

£100 deposit secures a booking, however if arrival date is less than 8 weeks payment is in full.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Mortain in Avranches area

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 70 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Local Maps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking
  • Firewood
  • Washing Machine
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Activities Guide
  • Parking Off Street
Kitchen:
  • Pantry Items
  • Grill
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Hob
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Situated on the ground floor. Fully tiled shower enclosure, basin with vanity unit, large mirror. Toilet. Wall mounted electric heater Extractor fan.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Has a step onto the small landing and stairs
  • A large comfortable bedroom with a double bed with bedside tables and a single bed, wardrobe and dressing table/chest of drawers. The pretty second bedroom has a double bed, bedside tables. Additional hanging space for clothes is provided between the two bedrooms. Both bedrooms have sloping ceilings. Travel cot available on request. Safety gates available. Highchair, changing mat, toilet step.
Entertainment:
  • Radio
  • Games for Kids
  • Games
  • Books
  • Television
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • winery tours
  • ruins
  • cinemas
  • theme parks
  • caves
  • zoo
  • bay
  • water parks
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • forests
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • equestrian events
  • hunting small game
  • tennis
  • fishing
  • paragliding
  • cycling
Notes:
Bed linen, towels and tea towels can be hired for £20 for a double bed and £10 for a single. Please note the property does not have internet connection as we prefer to offer 'get away from it all' accommodation.
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