Set in the beautiful and unspoilt countryside of Lower Normandy, ‘L'Abri’ is perfect for those who are looking to get away from it all and yet want the convenience of local shops and services. Set in a small hamlet but only five minutes from the lovely town of Villedieu-les-Poêles and within striking distance of the ferry ports, Mont St. Michel, Bayeux and some of the best beaches in Normandy, the house is ideally located for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. The house was built in the late 1600s and has been tastefully renovated in recent years. It has six bedrooms (including 2 loft rooms) and can house up to 10-12 people.
Farmhouse near Villedieu-les-Poeles, Manche, Normandy, France
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About Property Manager
We are a young family of five living in S E England. We fell in love with our Normandy holiday home on our first visit, have enjoyed staying in it, and would love to use the house to introduce others to this wonderful part of France.
Property Manager purchased this Farmhouse in 2009
Why Property Manager chose La Chapelle-Cécelin
Having enjoyed several holidays in the region, we chose this particular part of Normandy for the beauty of the countryside, the stunning beaches and for the rich history and cuisine. We also loved the wonderfully preserved nearby town, which felt authentically French. Being so easy to reach from the UK (just an hour from the Ferry) has also enabled us to rediscover holidays that are genuinely relaxing and hassle-free!
What makes this Farmhouse unique
We love the freedom and space that the house provides - both inside and out. We also appreciate the great combination of a peaceful location and great access to bustling towns, beautiful beaches and wonderful historical sites. Experiencing many self-catering holidays over the years, we've come to discover and appreciate what makes a place a great holiday home. We hope you agree!
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Group of friends
Thank you. Lovely stay - comfortable and spacious. Good to spend time with friends and enjoy the Normandy countryside, food and sights.
A great location to visit places of interest
The property was very spacious and accommodated our family well. 4 adults and 4 children aged 6 - 10. You have everything on hand to ensure that this is a home from home. Andrew the owner is very approachable and gives lots of useful information about the property, the local area and good places to visit.
We enjoyed eating outside - although we moved the picnic bench to the front lawn as this is where the sun was in the evening. We all played in the garden - we took plenty of outdoor games, so could play basketball, tennis and football.
The weather was mixed but this did not deter from the holiday. The farmhouse has heaters which can be put on when it goes a little cold.
This is a good place to spend time with family or friends to have quality time.
Wonderful House near Villedieu les poeles
This was the fifth time we have stayed L' Abri. We keep going back as it suits us and our friends so well. The house is peaceful and quiet with a huge garden and plenty of room for a large family or group of friends. It is less than ten minutes drive to Villedieu les poeles which is one of our favourite places in Normandy. The town has a great market on a Tuesday and enough places to eat with a variety of prices to suit all tastes. We uaually have Moule frites at the Union Bar, the Plat du Jour at Le Pussoir and round off our holiday with a special evening meal at La Ferme de Malte . It is easy to visit Avranches, Bayeux, Mont St Michel, Granville and Fougeres when when staying at L' Abri and this year we also went further afield to Honfleur and Lisieux. After a full day out it is lovely to return to L' Abri ( well-named "the shelter/sanctuary " )and to sit outside watching the stars as there is almost no light pollution and listen to the sounds of the countryside. The owner, Andrew is very helpful and provides a lot of information about the house and places to visit nearby. We will definitely be returning !
Thank you so much for a lovely review. We a delighted that saying at L'Abri continues to give so much pleasure. Always delighted to welcome you back! Andrew & Miriam
LOVELY FAMILY HOLIDAY
Excellent place for a family holiday with plenty of beds, and a large garden where children can run around safely. The kitchen is well equipped and there is plenty of fridge and freezer space. The boulangerie is 5 minutes drive away for the morning croissants, and they also sell milk and some groceries. The local town of Villedieu is well worth a visit, especially on market day, and the zoo on the other side of the town is excellent and very family friendly.
The top (attic) bedrooms can be affected by noise from below as there is no door on either staircase leading to them. If you use the BBQ please clean it for the next guests as it's not pleasant to have to do this before you can use it. We had a problem with the gas running out while cooking a meal but we did a workaround and the cylinder was replaced the next day.
Overall we very much enjoyed our stay there and would be happy to return.
Great base for a Normandy Holiday
We stayed here for the first week in August. the property is a real treat. It is located in a quiet rural setting in close proximity to the small town of Villedieu-les-Poeles. It has a large lounge, dining room and well fitted kitchen. The accommodation sleeps 12 in comfort, we actually had a childs cot as well. I have stayed in many rentals across Europe and I have to say that this was one of the best. The owner Andrew, was a delight to deal with as was his agent Patricia in France who made sure we had everything we needed. Andrew even contacted me during the stay to ensure that all was well. This speaks volumes of his desire to give a first class service. Would I use this house again ...... definitely. The only point of improvement that I would suggest is an update on the photos used in the advert. They do not do this house justice. Thank you for a great holiday. Gerry Magee
Thank you for your lovely review. Delighted that you enjoyed your stay at L'Abri and that you were able to enjoy the house and the area. We are always looking to improve the property for our guests and would love to welcome you back in the future!
We loved this house!
This is a lovely house in beautiful countryside. We were delighted to stay there. It was perfect for an extended family group including young children who enjoyed playing in the big, secure garden. The surrounding area is lovely and full of interesting things to visit. We went to the beach (about 20 miles away) a couple of times and enjoyed spending time in Villedieu-les-Poeles. There's a brilliant zoo not far away, Le-Mont-St-Michel is less than an hour away and there's quiet lanes to cycle in.
We are delighted you enjoyed L'Abri so much and are always appreciative of feedback. Our family has spent many happy times at the house and are always pleased to hear of others enjoying the house and area too. We would love to welcome you back sometime!
The nearest beach is at Granville, which is about 25 minutes drive.
Les Salines to the north of Granville has a wonderful setting. If you want more facilities, Agon-Coutainville and St Martin de Brehal are worth visiting. All these beaches have good stretches of sand. We also enjoy the beaches south of Granville (St Pair-sur-Mer, Jullouville and Carolles-Plage).
The closet Ferry Port is Caen (Ouistreham) which is 58 miles away (60 mins).
Alternative ports include:
St. Malo 60 miles (70 mins)
Cherbourg 80 miles (90 mins)
Le Havre 108 miles (100 mins)
Dieppe 165 miles and (150 mins)
Boulogne 246 miles (210 mins)
Calais 265 miles (240 mins)
Ryanair flies year round to Dinard from Stanstead and East Midlands.
Dinard airport is 60 miles away (70 mins)
Use of a car is essential because of the property's rural location.
La Chapelle Cecelin 0.5 miles (3 minutes)
Villedieu Les Poeles 3 miles (5 minutes)
Mont St Michel 30 miles (35 mins)
Bayeux 63 miles (1 hour)
Coutances 22 miles (35 mins)
Avranches 18 miles (20 mins)
Arromanches 68 miles (70 mins)
Granville 21 miles (35 mins)
The nearby village has a bakery. Villedieu has one large supermarket with cheap petrol, banks, several delicious bakeries/patisseries and a good range of eating options to choose from.
Children will also love the zoo at Champrepus (15 min away) and the indoor swimming pool at Villedieu with a spiral slide.