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Gite for 2, Normandy/Brittany borders, Nr Avranches, Bay of Mont Saint Michel

Bedrooms 1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Edge of village, countryside views, Pool, king-size beds, Wi-Fi, English owners

'Les Hirondelles' comprises 3 attached Gites and is situated in the Lower Normandy countryside of La Vallée de La Sée, and surrounded by lush green hills. Ideally located for exploring this historic region – including the D-Day Landing Beaches (tours can be arranged), Mont Saint Michel, Avranches, Villedieu-les-Poeles (the famous copper-making town), Granville, Domfront and Bayeux Tapestry and British War Cemetery.

Just over the border in Brittany, visit the beautiful port of Saint Malo with its ramparts, the medieval town of Dinan on the River Rance and Fougéres, which has the largest medieval fortress in Europe.

'Les Hirondelles' is easily accessed from three ports – Saint Malo, Cherbourg and Caen – but also consider Le Havre and Calais.

Your English hosts, Helen and Dave, live on site and so are readily available with advice and assistance when needed. We can also provide meals – a Salad on arrival and a 4-Course Evening Meal twice a week.

The bed (or twin on request) will be made up with good quality cotton percale bed linen, towels are provided too. You will find a tray in the kitchen with tea, coffee and sugar, and milk and a bottle of wine to welcome you in the fridge.

This Gite (Gite 2) comprises a living area with comfortable seating, dining table and 4 chairs, woodburner, TV/DVD (English Freeview channels), Wi-Fi, small corner kitchen with gas cooker and fridge. On first floor, one Bedroom with King-size bed and ensuite shower room. Outside, garden furniture.

Shared 10m x 5m swimming pool (June/September) and secluded sundeck. Chalet, leading to the Pool, accommodates a DVD library, books and games and provides a seating area for guests, local produce and information on places to visit.

Large communal garden area with BBQ, table and chairs, pergola.

Other things to do :

The area is great for walking and cycling with many marked trails and routes (we can provide maps) kayaking and rock-climbing in the Suisse Normand region, around an hour away.

Nature lovers will enjoy the huge range of birds to be seen from the garden, including buzzards and herons, hunting birds.

There are many beautiful gardens to visit including the Parc du Chateau de Balleroy, nr Bayeux, the Parc Floral de Haute Bretagne nr Rennes, and the Jardin de Montmarin with its parkland reaching down to the shores of the River Rance, not far from Saint Malo.

Lots more ideas can be found on our website – see the link at the bottom of the page.

Sorry, we cannot accommodate pets.

Short breaks available - flexible changeover days. A local tourism tax is payable

More Details


Les Cresnays Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Basin
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 child bed , Two folding beds can be put in the alcove for 2 children
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(5 traveler reviews)

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Gite for 2, Normandy/Brittany borders, Nr Avranches, Bay of Mont Saint Michel
average rating of 4.6 based on 5 reviews

Very tradition gite.

  • 5 of 5

This was a lovely gite set in a small hamlet, not far from local village. Very well equipped and a cosy quite getaway.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We went 4 days in Helen and David's gite. It was a wonderful stay for us. We went with our two years old girl who was very happy to see chickens, cows and sheeps. The place is very quiet. David and Helen are perfect hosts and very attentive with us. Their recommendations for visiting Normandy and Brittany are very good. We enjoyed breakfasts with fresh bread, croissants and homemade jam. Thank you David and Helen for these wonderful days. We really hope to be back

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! It was a real pleasure to have you and your family stay here and we would love to see you again. Best wishes, Helen & Dave
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Peaceful and relaxing holiday at Les Hirondelles

  • 5 of 5

We recently enjoyed a very relaxing and quiet week at Les Hirondelles. The owners, Helen and Dave, made us feel very welcome and were friendly and very helpful. The breakfast, which was included in the package price, provided an excellent opportunity to get to know both Helen and Dave and our fellow holidaymakers.We will be enthusiastically recommending the property to our friends and relatives.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the trouble - we really appreciate it. We enjoyed your company and would love to see you again.
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Quaint, traditional gite in quiet rural location.

  • 3 of 5

Set in charming rural surroundings we were very pleasantly surprised at the size of the gite which is comfortably furnished with most items you would need. Helen and Dave were very welcoming hosts and having the included breakfast every day meant you met fellow guests, who, when we stayed, were from Italy, Spain and France. We certainly enjoyed our few days at Les Hirondelles and would certainly return if we were in the area again. Tony & Ann - Jersey

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for taking the trouble to write this review when you got home. We enjoyed your company and hope you will return.
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Nous avons passés un séjour très agréable

  • 5 of 5

Un accueil très chaleureux de la part d'Helen et David.

Un gîte très confortable et reposant.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci Dorothée C'est un réel plaisir de vous accueillir. Bref, revenez quand vous voulez! Helen
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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

About Helen

Before moving to France in 2005, Dave worked as a self-employed Builder and I as a Legal Executive in Conveyancing. We decided to try the 'good life' and have kept sheep, pigs, chickens, raised turkeys and continue to grow our own vegetables. We love the outdoor life and our favourite thing is to sit in the garden enjoying a glass of wine.

Helen purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Helen chose Les Cresnays

We love the fact that we are in the countryside with lots of open space but still within walking distance of the village of Cuves, a five minute drive to Brécey with all the amenities we need, and still able to get to the Beach at Jullouville without getting stuck in traffic.

What makes this cottage unique

The beautiful views of the gentle Normandy hills and the lush green countryside.


"Always very busy so best to see early in the morning or late afternoon, the history and arch..."
Zoo de Champrépus
"Even if you dont like Zoos, you will love the gardens and the fact that the Zoo participates..."
Musée Christian Dior
"Lovely displays in the house which vary from season to season and lovely gardens on the clif..."
Alligator Bay
"Good for kids, lots to see"
Abbaye de Mont-St-Michel
"Beautiful architecture"
Petite Cascade
"Pretty, and cooling on a hot summer's day"
Le Moulin de Jean
"Never disappointing, excellent food and service"
Le P'tit Nicolas
"Excellent Pizza restaurant which also serves good steaks and pasta dishes"
Buffalo Grill
"Great Steakhouse, good menu, reasonable prices Open all day til late"
Nearest Airport
116 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
Nearest Ferry
116 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Lac D'Athy, Vire
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Nearest Beach
41 Kilometres
Saint Jean le Thomas
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax $0.27 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 16 years.

The rates in pounds sterling are as follows:
June £350, Summer £450, Autumn £325

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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