Normandy Gite Holidays is a former stone and earth barn converted in August 2015 into a contemporary, well equipped and spacious holiday home. The original beams have been left exposed and contrast with the clean lines and light, airy space. The original barn doors have been replaced with a wall of glass allowing natural light to flood into the large entrance foyer. To one side of the foyer is the lounge with a door that leads out onto the patio and garden. Relax with a book from the bookshelves, watch English or French TV or simply chat to friends or family. On the opposite side of the foyer is the kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is well equipped and the dining area seats 6 people comfortably. This is a very sociable space for entertaining friends and family. A downstairs utility room with toilet, handbasin and washing machine completes the downstairs. Upstairs, a generous and relaxing master bedroom with king sized bed and ensuite shower room awaits. Two further bedrooms which can either be twins or doubles, share a tastefully decorated shower room to provide you with complete flexibility. Central heating throughout the gite and a woodburning stove in the lounge ensure it is available all year round. I blog regularly on my website about places to go and things to do in Normandy. Check out the 'Facilities' tab for more information. Read additional reviews of the property in the 'Comments from the owner's guestbook' below.
- english, french, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- 1 Nov 2018
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
A perfect place for a new year's break
This is one of the most beautiful properties I have ever rented in over 30 years of visiting France. It is immaculate in terms of decor, furnishings, quality of linen, and equipped for comfort and relaxation throughout. All the rooms are spacious, and the two bathrooms are wonderful - very modern with powerful showers. The kitchen/diner is huge, with a large table, and we ended up spending lots of time in there, cooking, eating and chatting. The living room is cosy and again, very comfortable, and we loved having the wood burner on in the evenings. Chris is a fantastically well-organised host, who makes sure that you have a lot of useful information in advance, and who is very accessible for questions and advice about the local area. The local town is sweet, and Granville on the coast is busy and buzzy. We (a couple and a family of four) were here over New Year, and it was a perfect home from home. I’d love to go back and explore the area more in better weather and a season where we could take advantage of the outdoors!
Wow! Many thanks for such a great review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the gite. The kitchen/diner was designed to be a very sociable space and so many guests comment that they spend most of their time in there. The lounge makes the perfect retreat in the evenings. It would be a pleasure to welcome you back to Normandy when the weather is more favourable.
Looking for a great open and calming place to base yourself in Normandy? - then go here. This is a great holiday home.
I will say this is not the place to go if you want a small exposed brick open fire traditional French house, this is a modern equivalent with all mod cons which was perfect for our needs. As much as I love a traditional French house, I do love having modern facilities on hand and not having to go through the kitchen to the bathroom and I’ve always disliked curtains instead of cupboards in the kitchen so this place was perfect.
The pictures don’t do this place justice, it is open, spacious, relaxing. I went with my husband and a friend of ours, there was probably too much space for us just being 3 but that was great, we weren’t on top of each other at all and could each have alone time if wanted.
We arrived from the ferry in December to an amazing welcome basket of provisions which were most welcome. Being able to quickly whip up some eggs and brioche for a snack instead of having to go straight to a food shop was fantastic. The produce in the basket was high quality. There was a nice bottle of Normandie cider in the fridge and an extra wee bottle of bubbles since we were staying for Christmas.
The house is very well equipped, most notably in the kitchen. We were determined to streamline packing this year staying for Christmas as we had taken most of our own equipment before staying elsewhere. There was no need to bring anything here, the kitchen had everything we needed, even for doing a full Christmas dinner with goose and all the trimmings (albeit with a poorly husband doing all the cooking).
I loved the entrance, huge glass panels and the area full of light as you enter the house. This creates the sense of space immediately and I have always been a fan of a balcony area which is the landing between bedrooms.
The bathrooms (1 ensuite, 1 family and an extra loo downstairs) were all good sizes with greta showers and well decorated. You can tell that everything was new only recently and is kept in good repair.
It was lovely to have a well stocked mini library in the living room which my friend worked his way through with great speed.
Overall, this is a great place to spend time or use as a base for exploring. The owner has compiled a great resource pack of places to visit and things to do if you are lost for ideas. The owner has done an amazing job with this place and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Many thanks for such a great review! I really appreciate you taking the time to give such comprehensive feedback. It has been a labour of love to renovate the gite but the challenges were worth it when guests comment on the finished result. If you would like to explore more of Normandy, it would be a pleasure to welcome you back.
Quality holiday home in a beautiful French country villiage
Our stay was great and Chris was a huge help. This was the first family holiday we had been on in around 10 years and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. I am used to being on holidays where I get up and do things and it given this was an area i wasnt familiar with I was hesitant at first about what I would do. Upon arriving though the Gite was full of brochures and maps telling us of all the locations! We actually used one of the maps and just drove around the area with only this map. Chris was also a great help in telling us what to do. Seeing Saint Michel is a must as well as all the little villages surrounding the area.
Overall it was a great experience and I would definitely recommend the gite to my friends thinking of visiting the area. Great holiday home.
Thank you very much for your review. It was a pleasure to welcome you and your family to La Manche region of Normandy. I'm pleased that you found the brochures and my recommendations useful. There is so much to see and do in the area and I know that you'd have liked to have seen more. However, you certainly packed a lot into your stay. I hope you've got lots of happy memories of your family time in Normandy.
Superbe séjour, dans une maison très agréable et facile à vivre
Gîte très confortable, aux chambres vastes, pleines de rangements ; lits - et oreillers - formidables (c'est important) ; équipement de cuisine complet et, point crucial, une épicerie de base très utile. Les promenades autour de la maison font découvrir, même fin décembre (séjour du 26 au 30 décembre 2016), une campagne superbe. En voiture, on est à quelques minutes des grandes plages de sable et de villes et villages ravissants. Rien ne manque, dans les commerces locaux. Les soirées, au coin du poêle à bois (le bois est fourni !) étaient très agréables. Chris Robinson, dont on sent qu'elle sait se mettre à la place de ses invités, a répondu à toutes nos questions, nous a joints en direct comme nous le demandions, et a, bien qu'absente lors de notre séjour, préparé une maison très accueillante (avec beaucoup d'informations touristiques collectées dans un grand classeur) et généreusement offert quelques spécialités locales. Superbe séjour.
Je vous remercie pour votre commentaire. Je suis tellement heureuse que votre séjour en Normandie chez Maison Ella était bien passé.
Thank you for your kind review. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Normandy at Maison Ella.
Gîte très agréable, situé dans un petit village calme, et offre plusieurs chemins de balade en toute quiétude, afin de profiter du paysage et des villages avoisinants.
Le gîte est en super état et fidèle à la description donnée, très moderne et spacieux, on ne risque pas de se marcher sur les pieds.
L’accueille est très chaleureux, nous avons reçu plusieurs produits du terroir, et la propriétaire est à l'écoute de toute nos questions. Elle laisse a disposition une farde avec des informations sur toutes les activités alentour, ainsi qu'un rappel des conditions de locations et d'autres informations sur le lieu.
Chouette gîte à choisir si vous voulez profiter de vos vacances dans un lieu calme.
Je vous remercie pour la commentaire. Je suis contente que vous avez trouvé le gîte très agréable et la decouverte de la Normandie vous avez donné du plaisir.
Thank you very much for your review. I'm pleased that you liked the gite and that you enjoyed discovering the delights Normandy has to offer.
Gavray is conveniently located between Granville, Coutances and Villedieu-les-Poeles within the Manche region of Normandy. A zoo, Hambye Abbey, mini golf, and beautiful beaches are all close by. Mont St Michel, the D-Day landing beaches and Bayeux are also around an hours drive away. In 2016, La Manche will take centre stage for the Tour de France with 3 stages taking place in the region. Le Grand Depart on 2 July will enjoy the spectacular backdrop of Le Mont St Michel. There is so much to do and see in Normandy that I have created an Insiders Guide on my website www.normandygiteholidays.com. The information is added to regularly and is fully searchable. If you would prefer to enjoy long lunches, cosy suppers or strolls around the quaint villages and markets, you'll also find that in Normandy.
Additional pricing information
Optional cleaning fee of 80 euros per stay. Taxe de séjour is charged at the prevailing rate per adult per night. Currently (August 2018) this is 50 centimes per night for a non-classified property.