Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday home in Gouville-sur-Mer - Mon Souvenir
Sleeps 10, 5 beds, 4 baths, 3 sitting rooms, games room, luxury accommodation
In a leafy hamlet 3 minutes from the village Gouville sur Mer, 'Mon Souvenir' offers its guests a hidden, tranquil retreat. This 19th century stone farmhouse has been completely redesigned, restored and cheerfully furnished with an eclectic blend of brocante and salvaged antiques. Ideal for 2 families/10 people. Accommodation arranged over 3 floors / 240sq.m. A choice of very different rooms in which to relax; the garden room (which overlooks the pool), the snug and the family room. This large and bright family room is open-plan with a dining area for 10, sofas and surround sound tv and a great marble-topped kitchen designed for easy family entertaining. There is a fantastic games room (table tennis / bar football +) and a garden for the children when they aren't in the pool!
The first and second floors have 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (3 en-suite). Wifi provided.
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The above-ground rubber 'Zodiac' pool measures 7m x 3m heated mid May to September. There is a safety flip-up ladder system in place which makes the pool inaccessible to young children.
The beautiful beach is 5km.
We have a 2nd property 50 yds from this house,' LA BROCANTERIE' sleeps 10, lovely pool.
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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 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, hairdresser, 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.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
About James and Debbie Mayhew
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We have been living in this beautiful part of Normandy since 1989. The first holiday rental we had was a converted bake house on the grounds of our first property. We have since then restored and renovated a number of old stone houses, all within 5 km of the wild coast. We have 2 gites for 2014, both quite different but interesting houses with lots of character and a bit of fun!
Guestbook comments from the owner
Thank you for your warm and intelligent hospitality. We had our every need anticipated and every comfort of home - plus the beautiful beach, backyard, pool, playroom and on and on.
We followed your suggestions for dining out and were pleased each time. The best was La Cale, also Restaurant de la mer was good.
And the top of the week, the sand yachting! We had a blast. Debbie thank you for being a sport and coming along. It made the experience that much more enjoyable.