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4 bedroom house in a quiet rural hamlet 3km from the sea on Mont St. Michel Bay

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 2 bath/shower room house; separate kitchen/dining room and lounge

This house is located in a quiet cul-de-sac of 6 stone houses. Adjoining 'Volets Blancs' is a smaller cottage which we also own and where we often stay in the summer months when 'Volets Blancs' is occupied by paying guests. If we are not there at the time of their stay, guests are welcome to use its adjoining garden to which there is direct access.

Completely renovated 10 years ago, the house is light and airy and furnished in modern style.

Well insulated, there is heating by individual electric radiators in all rooms. (The wood-burning stove is not available for use by paying guests and should not, of course, be needed in the months when the house is available for letting.)

Hot water is provided by an electric boiler.

Overall the house is 160m2 in size and all bedrooms are double-bedroom size. It is large enough to accommodate 2 families (4 adults and 4 children) who wish to share a holiday home.

Ground floor:

Kitchen/dining room, Lounge, Shower room, separate WC and laundry room


Bedrooms 1 and 2: double beds

Bedrooms 3 and 4 with 2 adult-size single beds

Bathroom (with shower)

Separate WC


Small front garden with lawn area.

Patio terrace at the rear with barbecue and evening sun.

Garden shed attached to the house in which bicycles and other items can be stored during guests' stay.

Parking for 2 cars in front of house.

Grocery shopping and restaurants/bars within 5 minutes drive.

More Details

David and Linda Compton
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Spanish, German (ein Bisschen!)
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 June, 2017

About David and Linda Compton

We are English residents who both speak French (Linda fluently), having both studied French at university (a long time ago!).

As French speakers and francophiles, we decided to buy our own holiday 'retreat' in Normandy in 2000. This was the smaller cottage.

In 2004 we purchased the larger adjoining house, 'Volets Blancs', and completely renovated it. We have used these houses as holiday homes for ourselves and our family, ignoring our initial intention to let the larger one as a gite. Now that our children and grandchildren are restricted to school holidays, it seems sensible to revert to our original plan and let 'Volets Blancs'. We are sure that you will love it as much as we do.

David and Linda Compton purchased this house in 2004

Why David and Linda Compton chose Avranches area

'Volets Blancs' is in a quiet, rural setting but allows quick and easy access to vast sandy beaches, where you can throw a frisbee, get out the boules or pitch your cricket stumps, as well to several bustling seaside resorts within 20 minutes drive.

There are many places to visit within an hour's drive and Bayeux and the D-Day landing beaches can be visited on a longer day's outing.

What makes this house unique

In summary, the house's location allows guests to enjoy rural, beach and seaside activities and there are many interesting places to visit within one hour by car. The countryside and coastline in this part of Normandy are very beautiful. Food and other shopping is close at hand, as are several bars and restaurants.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Dragey-Ronthon in Manche

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - upstairs - Bath with Shower , A separate toilet is adjacent.
    Bathroom 2 - downstairs - Shower Enclosure , A separate toilet is adjacent.
  • Bathroom 1, upstairs: bath with shower option, wash basin, shaver point, heated towel rail (electric) Bathroom 2, ground level: shower cubicle, wash basin, shaver point, heated towel rail (electric)
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • In the bedrooms with single beds one bed is stored under the other and it can either be left at a low level (e.g. for young children) or be raised to the same height as the other (thus also creating another double bed if desired). All bedrooms have ample hanging space and a chest of drawers. A child's cot is available and can be positioned in any of the 4 bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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4 bedroom house in a quiet rural hamlet 3km from the sea on Mont St. Michel Bay
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

Fantastic property

  • 5 of 5

Volet blanc is a wonderful property,with everything you need.Loverly garden area with gas bbq and plenty of chairs to relax in.House is in perfect condition,only criticism would be lacking a dishwasher,However my husband did a good job!!Linda and David are very nice and helpful people,hope to come back soon. Steve and Jayne Welch -Nottingham

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you so loved Volets Blancs and enjoyed your stay. Sorry about the dishwasher but Steve obviously rose to the occasion! We'd love to see you again soon.
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superbe propriete

  • 5 of 5

Mr et Mme Compthon sont des personnes très agréables, accueillantes et disponible.

Leur propriété est idéale pour un séjour en famille.

Cette propriété est dans un hameau calme et reposant. Idéale pour se ressourcer.

La demeure en elle même possède tous les éléments dont vous avez besoin ( Barbecue éléctrique, lave linge, séche linge, télé, jeux de société pour les enfants...).

Je conseille fortement cette propriété (Famille DEWET et JOLY)

  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci pour votre belle appréciation. C’était un plaisir de vous acceullir à la maison. A la prochaine peut-être! [English translation: Review: Mr & Mrs Compton are very nice, friendly and helpful people. This property is perfect for a family holiday and is in a quiet and peaceful setting. Ideal for recharging your batteries. The house itself has all you need: barbecue, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV and games for the children. I strongly recommend this property. Response: Thank you for your fine review. It was a pleasure to welcome you to the house. Until next time perhaps!]
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Très bon

  • 4 of 5

Maison spacieuse et agréable à vivre. Dans une région très calme.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci, Thomas, pour votre appréciation. Nous sommes heureux que vous avez trouvé du plaisir à passer vos vacances à Volets Blancs. [English translation: Review: A spacious house where it was nice to stay. In a very peaceful area. Owners’ response: Thank you, Thomas, for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your holiday at Volets Blancs.]
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Un vrai confort

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons beaucoup apprécié cette belle et grande maison, qui nous offert tout le confort et l'espace nécessaires pour passer joyeusement cette quinzaine en famille avec quatre petits. Très bel environnement , jardin complètement sécurisé, tranquilité absolue. Située dans un joli hameau et pourtant proche des plages!! nous avons été ravis par ce séjour en Normandie . Linda et David nous ont assuré le meilleur des accueils , ils sont absolument charmants . A recommander...

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nous sommes ravis de savoir que vous avez trouvé Volets Blancs si agréable et que vous avez passé un tel beau séjour en Normandie. A la prochaine! English translation: Review: We really appreciated this large and lovely house, which provided us with all the comfort and space we needed to enjoy a happy fortnight's holiday with 4 young children. A very pretty environment, a completely secure garden and absolute peace and quiet. Situated in a pretty hamlet and yet close to beaches. We were delighted with our stay in Normandy. Linda and David gave us the best of welcomes and are absolutely charming people. Well recommended .... Response: We are delighted to know that you found Volets Blancs so pleasant and that you enjoyed such a lovely stay in Normandy. Until we meet again ... !
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Un gite charmant et agréable

  • 5 of 5

Le gîte est un vrai bijou. La décoration est de très bon goût et fidèle aux photos. Les propriétaires sont très accueillants, très gentils et discrets. Ils ont pensé à tout plein de petits détails pratiques qui vous rendent le séjour encore plus agréable.

Le hameau et les villages alentour sont très authentiques. Dragey est bien situé pour une semaine nous avons pu faire Saint Malo, le Nez de Jobourg au nord du Cotentin et bien sûr la baie. Nous vous conseillons l'écurie du bec pour une virée à cheval ainsi que l'écomusée de la baie. Bon séjour aux volets blancs !

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nous vous remercions beaucoup de votre appréciation favorable. Nous sommes très contents que Volets Blancs vous a plu et que vous vous êtes si bien amusés en Normandie. David et Linda [English translation of the French review and response above] This gîte is a real gem. Its décor is in very good taste and true to the photos. The owners are very welcoming, very kind and discreet. They have paid attention to small practical details which make your stay even more enjoyable. The hamlet and its surrounding villages are very genuine. Dragey is well located: we were able to visit St. Malo and the Nez de Jobourg in the north of the Cotentin peninsula as well as the Mont St. Michel Bay area. We can recommend l'Ecurie du Bec for a trek on horseback and also l'Ecomusée de la Baie. Enjoy a stay at Volets Blancs! Owners' response: Thank you for your favourable review. We are very happy that you liked Volets Blancs and that you enjoyed your stay in Normandy so much. David and Linda
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Dinard or Rennes
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
St. Jean-le-Thomas
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Cherbourg or Caen-Ouistreham
Nearest Golf
19 Kilometres
Breville, Granville
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Granville or Avranches
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
St. Jean-le-Thomas
Car: necessary


'Volets Blancs' is situated in a very quiet rural hamlet called Le Bisson on the outskirts of Ronthon, very close to the long, wide sandy beaches at St Jean-le-Thomas with a view of Mont St. Michel (4 minutes by car), at Carolles (8 minutes) and at Jullouville (12 minutes).

5 minutes away is what is said to be 'the most beautiful kilometre in France': the cliff road at Champeaux from which you have a truly breath-taking view over Mont St. Michel Bay.

It is an ideal location both for adults who enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside and for children and adults alike seeking the activities of a lively seaside resort. Both Carolles and Jullouville are very popular with holidaymakers.

Places to visit:

The world famous Mont St. Michel, France's most popular tourist site (40 minutes), the port and sailing centre of Granville (20 minutes), Avranches (15 minutes), and St Malo, Cancale,, Dinard, Vitre and Rennes (all about an hour away).

Visit the excellent zoo at Champrepus (20 minutes); the cider farm, L'Hermitiere, at St Jean-des-Champs (18 minutes) to see how calvados is made; the old abbeys at St Pierre-Langers (10 minutes) and Hambye (35 minutes) and the Ecomusée de la Baie at Vains (10 minutes).

For a longer day out, go and see the Bayeux Tapestry and the D-Day landing beaches (75 minutes). Or tour around la Suisse-Normande (90 minutes away).


The many kilometres of beaches along this stretch of coast are clean and uncrowded and provide the opportunity for a wide range of activities: swimming, rock-pooling, wind-surfing, kite-surfing, beach cricket, volleyball and other beach games.

From Genêts (10 minutes away) you can take a guided walk across the sands to Mont St. Michel or, for a shorter trek, to Tombelaine, the much smaller rock island in the bay. (Don't attempt these walks on your own because of the notorious quicksands out in the bay.)

There are many sign-posted walking and cycling routes in the area with durations of one to several hours; or you can just find your own routes in the surrounding countryside or on the quiet coastal roads and paths alongside Mont St. Michel Bay.

With Normandy famous for its horses, there are a number of racing stables nearby. You can go horse-riding (contact L'écurie du Bec at Genêts). You will often see the 'trotting' horses exercising along the local beaches.

Eating and drinking:

There is a restaurant in Ronthon (0.7km), three more in St. Jean-le-Thomas (2.5km), one of which (Le Brulo't) offers excellent wood-fired pizzas, some pasta dishes, a choice of grills and a children's menu, all at prices which will not strain the average holiday budget. There are many more restaurants in the beach resorts of Carolles and Jullouville as well as in Granville and Avranches. Seafood is obviously a local speciality; try Coquilles St. Jacques (scallops)and the ever popular moules frites!

For an evening drink in summer, try the beach bar at Dragey-Plage (5 minutes) and watch the sun go down over Mont St. Michel Bay.


Buy fresh eggs or poultry from our neighbours (75 metres walk!). They and other neighbours speak only French and are all very happy to help visitors practise their language skills. (Send your children to buy the eggs!)

For local shopping there is a boulangerie and a grocer's in St Jean-le-Thomas (4 minutes), a large supermarket (Super U) and a smaller Carrefour Express in Sartilly (7 minutes), where there are also 2 boulangeries (ah, those cakes and pastries!), a butcher's and a charcuterie. For bigger shopping there is a very large Leclerc supermarket in Granville (18 minutes) and both a Leclerc (15 minutes) and a Carrefour (20 minutes) in Avranches.

There are excellent Saturday markets in Granville and Avranches. At the market in Granville (open air and covered) you will find fresh local produce and clothes and antique stalls.

Don't forget to buy apples for the donkeys in local fields (sometimes even in the field behind the house!).

Granville and to a lesser extent Avranches have an array of shops selling all and sundry from antiques to the latest fashions.

Throughout the summer there are village fetes and brocantes (flea markets) where you can be sure of finding a bargain!

Other amenities:

Literature about local attractions and activities (including dates of local fetes and brocantes) is available in the house to help you plan your days. There is a tourist office (syndicat d'initiatives) in St. Jean-le-Thomas (open in high season), another in Jullouville (throughout the summer period) and others in Granville and Avranches (all year).

Information about local medical services and hospitals and other amenities is available in the house.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Dragey-Ronthon, Manche

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early summer
29 Apr 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early autumn
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £168.44

Bed linen (duvet + cover, undersheet and pillow cases) is provided and is included in the rental price.
Bath towels are not provided; you should bring your own.

The security deposit will be refunded in full after your visit providing that there are no damages to the property and contents and that you have left the house in a reasonably clean condition.

Le linge de maison (drap, taie(s) d’oreiller et couette) est fourni et il est inclus dans le prix de location.

Les serviettes de bain ne sont pas fournies.

La caution sera remboursée après votre visite pourvu qu’il n’y ait pas de dégâts (décor et contenus) et que vous ayez laissé la maison propre.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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