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Great house and garden in village, beach 8km, cathedral town of Coutances 5km

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House with character has 3 bedrooms, Internet, large, enclosed garden & swings

This recently renovated house has many character features such as beamed ceilings, quarry tiles on ground floor, shuttered, double glazed windows and some natural stone walls . Comfortably furnished, central heating, plus wi-fi Internet. The sitting room has 2 sofas, one of which provides a further bed for one, and 2 comfy chairs, Satellite TV receiving French, English, German, Dutch and Spanish channels, DVD plus good selection of films. The newly fitted and well equipped kitchen has a large fridge/freezer, gas cooker, microwave, washing machine, kettle, Dolce Gusto coffee maker and toaster. There is a bedroom on the ground floor with a single bed, chest of drawers, en suite shower room with shower, vanity basin & WC. Easy stairs lead to first floor and two bedrooms, one with a double bed (160 cm) and one with 2 single beds, plus TV for watching the good supply of videos. The single beds can also be joined together to give a large king size bed (180 cm) if preferred. Both bedrooms face south and overlook the grassy fields, plus the occasional cow! They also have wardrobes, bedside tables, chest of drawers and are carpeted. Shower room with shower, washbasin, WC.

Bakery: The local boulangerie is 3kms away

There is a children playground in the village with a variety of slides and swings.

Tennis court with an all weather surface available in village.

Leisure activities: There are safe, sandy beaches all along the coast line, with seafood restaurants alongside to sample the freshly caught shell fish. Walking and cycling enthusiasts have a good choice of both coastal and inland walks. There are numerous places to visit including the Abbey at Le Mont St Michel, walled city of St Malo, tapestry at Bayeux, and the WWII D Day Landing Beaches. In addition to visiting the many churches and châteaux in the area you can also visit a local bell foundry, local farms where they make cheese, honey and Calvados. Zoos, aquariums, miniature railways, wind surfing, golf, horse riding and sailing are some of the attractions on offer. Daily markets in nearby towns are a must to sample all local produce. From Granville and Barneville Carteret it's possible to travel by ferry to the Channel Islands during the summer and all year round from St Malo. Trains run from Coutances and Granville to Paris and Disney. Swimming pool, Ice skating rink and bowling alley at Coutances just 5 km away

Worthwhile visiting all year round: La Manche in Normandy is a good place to visit all year round - why not take a short break in February and enjoy the Mardi Gras celebrations, or in May when there is a week long music festival all through the streets of Coutances.

More Details

Property Manager
Lesley Edmunds
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
3 August, 2018

About Lesley Edmunds

We moved with our two children, then aged 10 and 12, to this part of Normandy in 1988. During our time here we have been self employed in the business of managing and letting property and our children have received their education here. They are now both married to French partners and we have 4 bi-lingual granddaughters to keep us on our toes!

Lesley Edmunds purchased this house in 2000

Why Lesley Edmunds chose Orval

We loved the situation of this property being close to both the town of Coutances with all its amenities and also a short drive from the nearby beaches of Agon Coutainville and Hauteville sur Mer.

What makes this house unique

We bought this property as it is in a village situation with a lovely garden and just a short 5 minute drive to nearby Coutances and 10 minutes from the beach. When we first purchased in 2000, the gite was the main house with barns attached. We subsequently renovated the barns to provide us with a house enabling us to let the gite as a self contained unit. During 2016, we decided we needed to downsize, but retain the gite, so we sold the house and moved to Tourville sur Sienne which is less than 10 minutes away and has a lot less ground to look after!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Orval in Manche

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Baby Gate
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Thermos Flask
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ground floor
  • Downstairs bedroom has an en suite enclosed shower, vanity basin and WC. Bathroom on the first floor with enclosed shower, wash basin and WC.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , Situated on the ground floor
  • Ground floor bedroom has an extra long single bed and en suite shower, vanity basin and WC. On the first floor there are two more bedrooms, one with a double bed (160 cm) and one with two single beds (90 cm) which can be used singly or joined together to make a large double if preferred. Cot, highchair and pushchair available.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
All bedrooms have curtains and wooden shutters. Radio/alarm and hair-dryer provided for your use. For young children we can provide you with a high chair, cot, changing mat, baby bath and a pushchair. Kitchen towels provided. Bed linen included. Towels and a final clean available as optional extras. Welcome pack provided and includes local produce. There will also be dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, toilet paper and soap to start your holiday off when you arrive. All cleaning products supplied and a cleaning service is available as an optional extra. There is a boules pitch and children's playground in the village, together with a local hairdressing salon and post office. Boulangerie, butcher and restaurant 2 minutes away.


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Great house and garden in village, beach 8km, cathedral town of Coutances 5km
average rating of 4.851852 based on 27 reviews
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Great location, very nice owner

  • 5 of 5

This house in tiny Orval is centrally located for reaching both the d Day beaches area and Mont St Michel, St. Malo, etc. It is near several grocery stores, laundromat, bars and restaurants. Please be aware that the village of Orval is very small so you will need to drive to boulangeries, bars and restaurants, but they are very close. The village is pleasant and quiet. The neighbors on the road were very friendly to us as we went on our daily walks.

The first weekend we were in Orval there was a vide grenier (sort of a flea market) that was a lot of fun with great food and drink for sale very inexpensively. The second weekend, there was a sign for a concert/apero that was also a lot of fun with wine, beer, soft drinks, sausage sandwiches and fries as well as music from a pretty good band. Everyone who attended these events was very friendly.

Lesley and Nick were very helpful and very available for any need. The house is well equipped and comfortable. Be aware that the stairs are steep to the two bedrooms upstairs. That would only be a problem for those with mobility issues. The beds were comfortable. There is a lovely garden with table, chairs, and loungers. The dryer is in a small building outside, but it is great news that there is one. I highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simply Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week here at the end of June, 2015. The stone house exceeded all of our expectations. The photos and description are accurate but can’t adequately capture the cosy ‘feel’ of the house. Fully modernized without sacrificing the period charm, this house makes an excellent base for exploration both on and off the beaten track. The D-Day Beaches, Bayeux, Le Mont St. Michel, Cherbourg, and Fougeres (walled castle town) are all within about an hour’s drive. Closer to home, Hambye Abbey, Pirou and Gratot castles, Coutances cathedral, local seaside villages at Regneville-sur-Mer, Agon-Coutainville, etc. are easily reached. The owners have taken great care to make this a real home away from home and not simply a vacation rental. We would not hesitate to stay here again. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a positive review about your stay in our house. We are so pleased that you enjoyed yourselves and we would be delighted to see you again if you decide to revisit our part of Normandy.
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Peace & Tranquiltiy

  • 5 of 5

The house was spotlessly clean and was very welcoming. Nick and Lesley left a wonderful basket of food in their welcome pack which made us feel at home. The expresso coffee maker and complimentary coffee was fantastic. The house was warm and quiet. You could hear the soft hoot and cry of the barn owl and the cool breeze through the window was wonderful. The house was well position for shopping in Coutance or further afield. Agon Coutainville is by far our favourite daily haunt and is only about 10 mins away. Lovely Saturday market with lovely produce - the lobster and the organic bread was to die for - yum! Thank you Nick and Lesley for your kind hospitality and wonderful stay at the cottage. We hope to back one day.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Dec-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are very pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay in our house and the surrounding areas, and we would welcome the opportunity of being able to see you in Orval again one day. May we wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year. Nick and Lesley
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Everything one needs!

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely rental in a quiet little town. Lovely gardens perfect for young family or 2 couples.Lesley is kind and helpful giving recommendations for food and touring. the kitchen is well equipped and the eating area looks over the yard. Nice living room for chatting in the evening. Enjoyed our stay very much

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope that we will have the pleasure of seeing you all again.
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Perfect place to recharge your energy

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at this lovely cottage for 5 days during our Spring break. It was fabulous. The cottage was fantastic, it had everything you could desire, down to the littlest detail. The house was very clean and well kept, decorated nicely and comfortable. Nick and Lesley were quite pleasant to chat with. The welcome basket upon arrival was a perfect touch. The location was quiet, close enough to the beach and not to far to from the historic beaches and monuments of Normandy or Mont St. Michel. I would certainly recommend this to friends for a relaxing, peaceful holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 23-May-2013
  • Date of Stay: April 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful haven in the heart of Normandy

  • 5 of 5

I first stayed at Le Trapesin in May 2010, at that time it was my base over the course of a week of exploring the Cotentin peninsula. Having very much enjoyed my first visit I was eager to return, but this time just to get away from it all and relax in heart of rural Normandy. I can say that the second stay was just as successful as the first and in many ways better thanks to the improvements Nick and Lesley have made to this beautiful residence.

A newly fitted kitchen is equipped with just about all the utensils needed by the amateur cook. A coffee machine that makes delicious drip or espresso coffee with little fuss is a welcome addition of which I made full use. The fitting of double glazed windows has considerably improved the level of comfort in the cottage.

The village is an ideal base for exploring Lower Normandy; Mont St Michel is just over an hour away to the south whilst Bayeux is just over an hour to the north east - in short most of major attractions (Normandy Landing beaches etc.) are within easy reach.

If you don’t want to venture too far afield there’s more than enough to keep you entertained in the local area. The beaches at Coutainville and Hauteville are no more than ten minutes away and the beautiful cathedral town of Coutances is just a five minute trip by car.

To get up before sunrise for a dawn chorus accompanied walk in the country is easy as there are two signposted walking trails right on the doorstep of the cottage, both of which will take you into the heart of the country in minutes.

The garden is lovingly maintained and frequented by a panoply birds (I must have counted twenty species) that come to visit the bird table or simply to forage. It’s a pleasure to sit in the dining room just watching nature’s little dramas unfold – it’s certainly makes a change to the offerings on TV! For those who must have TV there is a full selection of free to air UK satellite channels complemented by an (almost) complete line-up of French channels.

To sum up, whether you want peace and quiet or you want the perfect base for exploring you won’t be disappointed. Nick and Lesley are perfect hosts who will make you feel welcome and at home immediately. What better recommendation can I give other than to say I’ve stayed twice and would happily go again? Five stars without reservation.

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Cherbourg, Caen, Dinard
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Pont de la Roque
Nearest Ferry
75 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Agon Coutainville
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
26 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Pont de la Roque
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Hauteville sur Mer
Car: recommended

In the village of Orval, we are just 5km/minutes from the cathedral town of COUTANCES and 8km to the beaches at Hauteville sur Mer and Agon Coutainville. The ferry ports at Cherbourg and Ouistreham/Caen are less than 90 minutes away, as are the airports at Dinard (Ryanair) and Caen. The local sandy beaches are ideal for children. Wind surfing, sailing, horse riding, cycling, walking, tennis and golf are just a few of the available things to enjoy locally. Places of interest nearby include the famous Abbey of Le Mont St Michel, the Tapestry at Bayeux and D Day WW II Landing Beaches. The larger towns of Rennes and Caen offer good shopping facilities together with buildings of both historical and architectural interest. A day trip from the harbour town of Granville takes you to the Islands of Chausey or Jersey in the Channel Islands. Trains go from Coutances and Granville to Paris and Disney. Bustling markets for local produce are held most days incl Sundays!

Other Activities: Beach, Ice skating, 10 pin bowling, sailing, Golf, Horseriding, walking.

Golf: There are a number of golf courses nearby: Agon Coutainville, 9 km, St Martin de Brehal 18 km, and Breville, near Granville, is at 30 km. All these golf courses are close to the beach giving the families of keen golfers the opportunity to be able to enjoy the beach at the same time! Good facilities for all the family, especially at Agon Coutainville where there is a bar and restaurant at the club.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Orval, Manche

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
High season
7 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax £0.45 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Bed linen is included in the rental price. Towels are available at 7€ per person
A final clean on departure day is available as an optional extra (75€)
An electric meter reading will be made on arrival and departure days. 10Kw of electricity per day is included in the rent.
A refundable breakages deposit of 250€00 is payable on the day of arrival. This will be refunded on the day of departure or by bank transfer within 14 days of departure

Linge de lit est inclus et les serviettes sont disponibles en option. (7€ p.p.)
Un nettoyage le jour du départ est également disponible en option. (75€)
Un relève compteur est fait le jour d'arrivée et départ. 70kw d'électricité par semaine est inclus.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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