Our farm is a veritable haven of tranquillity where children can play in safety, and couples can relax in the peaceful Normandy countryside. We are only 6km from beautiful sandy beaches and ideally placed for visiting Mont St Michel, Bayeux, and the Landing Beaches. The attractive market town of La Haye du Puits, 6km away, has all the shops you need, including 2 supermarkets. If you are a fan of French street markets there is one available every day within easy driving distance. We have swings, a selection of bicycles, table tennis and table football and a trampoline available on site. Other sporting and leisure activities available nearby include tennis, golf, horse riding, canoeing, windsurfing, sailing, karting and ice-skating. There is now a network of cycle routes going to La Haye du Puits and Coutances in one direction, and Portbail and Briquebec in the other, all of which can be joined very close to the house (200m). We are situated within the National Parc des Marais.
Gite near Portbail, La Haye du Puits, Barneville-Carteret, Manche, Normandy, Basse-Normandie, France - Situated In The Parc De Marais Nature Reserve, 8 Mins From Wonderful Sandy Beaches
Wil and Amanda Darwen
- english, french, german, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- 15 Nov 2018
About Wil and Amanda Darwen
We moved to Normandy in 2006, we love the countryside and beautiful sandy beaches. Nothing makes us happier than eating the fruit and vegetables we have grown, or riding our ponies!
Wil and Amanda Darwen purchased this Cottage in 2006
Why Wil and Amanda Darwen chose Saint-Nicolas-de-Pierrepont
We had stayed at the farm ourselves in 2002 and fell in love with the area with it's 200km coastline, unspoilt countryside, great food and relaxed approach to living. We have made many local friends who have introduced to us to a very different lifestyle to city living in the UK, I never would have thought we would know how to shear sheep, build stone walls or teach a pony to pull a cart 10 years ago!
What makes this Cottage unique
Driving 10 miles without seeing a car, eating well at reasonable prices in the local restaurants, the seafood, the fantastic empty beaches, and the chance to own enough land to provide a fair amount of our own fruit, vegetables and meat.
Pool / Spa
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Very comfortable cottage in a peaceful location
The cottage was really comfortable and well-equipped and more than big enough for two people and a dog. Wil and Amanda were very welcoming and gave us plenty of tips about where to go and about local vets. The cottage is in a lovely, peaceful location. We had great weather while we were there in October and it was a bonus to be able to use the heated pool. The garden was great for our dog and a real suntrap in the afternoons. We also enjoyed being able to walk from the door on the old railway tracks. There were so many great beaches in the area, it was hard to choose which one to visit each day. We will definitely be returning. Thank you very much Wil and Amanda..
Thanks Aileen, it was a pleasure having you both, and we hope to see you again here back at the farm again.
Wil and Amanda
Super séjour !
L’acceuil Était très agréable et chaleureux. Les activités (calèches, trampoline, balançoire, piscine chauffée, nourrir les animaux de la ferme) tout était super et les enfants ne peuvent qu’aimer.
Merci à Wil pour cette balade en calèche.
La maison était très agréable aussi et très fonctionnelle.
Notre séjour était super !! Merci et peut être à bientôt.
Merci pour vos commentaires, c’étaittrws agréable vous noter, en espérant vous revoir bientôt!
Wil et Amanda
Séjour en famille
Nous avons beaucoup apprécié l'accueil de nos hôtes, malgré un weekend pluvieux nous avons passé un très bon séjour chez Will et Amanda, le gite est très fonctionnel et très grand, idéal pour un moment en famille ou entre amis,
Les animaux et la nature entoure ce havre de paix, très charmant...
Belle maison au calme
Un superbe séjour dans la belle maison de Wil et Amanda. Merci pour ce bel accueil.
Merci! A bientôt, nous espérons!
Wil et Amanda
Special interest holidays:
Good for bird-watching - many designated resverves with hides, lots of migratory birds and storks on the marais.
8 minutes drive from some of the best beaches Normandy has to offer. Beaches are never crowded, even in summer and there is a good choice locally between quiet beaches situated in nature reserves, or beaches that are closer to facilities (bars/restaurants/toilets etc. There is even a nudist beach at St. Germain sur Ay.
We are about 45 minutes from Cherbourg airport which operates flights to Jersey and Paris. Check for seasonal availability). Other airports nearby include Caen and Dinard. The closest Ferry port is Cherbourg (45 mins), but Caen Ouistreheim (1.5 hrs) and Le Havre (2.25 hrs) are also options, as is Boulougne (4.5 hours) if you are coming from the South East of England.
We are situated 5 minutes from the small market town of La Haye du Puits, but are also close to Portbail & Barneville Carteret for shopping. The Mont St. Michel and Bayeux tapestry are within easy striking distance, as are the landing beaches on the other side of the penisula along with the war museums. Day trips by boat to Jersey and the Iles de Chausey are frequent and very accessible from our location, and Paris is only 2.5 hrs away by train.
Local supermarkets are open 7 days during the season. Local activities include horse riding, land yachting, power kiting karting, ice skating etc and we are next to a vast network of off road cycle paths which are ideal for hiking/cycling. Day trips to Jersey/Guernsey & Paris can be easily arranged.
Booking Notes: We ask for a 25% deposit, payable in cash or electronic transfer (sterling or euros), with the balance payable on arrival. No euro bankers drafts or cheques please, except if they are of French bank origin. Changeover Day: Changeover day is Saturday in season, but we can be more flexible in the low season, depending on availabilty. We ask guests to vacate gite by 10am and to arrive after 4pm. An optional cleaning service (40 Euros) is available on request.