Le Crepon is a cosy country cottage ideal for a quiet and relaxing break in the heart of the Bocage Normand.
The cottage and pretty garden are south facing, with outstanding panoramic views over a beautiful valley. The nearest neighbours are several fields away and passing traffic consists of about one tractor and two cars per day. The owners house is in the grounds but not visible from the cottage and guests are welcome to use the garden.
Retaining it's authentic features, the ground floor has a typical french sejour with granite fireplace and woodburner, a bed settee, 2 comfortable rocking chairs, dining table and chairs and a well appointed kitchen area.
Also on the ground floor is the shower room with a large, efficient shower, toilet, sink and wall cupboard with mirror.
The stairs lead to the bedroom which has a very comfortable bed, bedside tables and lamps, chests of drawers, chair and hanging space.
There is a BarBQue and garden furniture on the garden terrace and ample private parking.
All linen, towels and welcome pack are included and up to 15% discount is available on Brittany Ferry crossings which land at Caen and Cherbourg (both just over an hour away).
The village is 2kms away and has bars, boulangerie, butchers, pharmacie, supermarket etc and there is a local, highly recommended gastronomic restaurant only 2kms away.
The cottage is in a perfect location for walking in the woods or countryside, or visiting nearby local markets, picturesque towns,historical sites and waterfalls.
Golf, fishing, swimming pools, bowling, zoos, beaches and theme parks are all within a short distance.
Cyclists need to be keen and ideally bring their own bikes as the area is very hilly, but there are bikes available to use.
Guests should find that there is just about anything and everything available for their perfectly relaxing holiday. The guest book has dozens of glowing reports and we have never had a complaint.
I was brought up in Norfolk and Barry is Guildford born and bred. We spent most of our married life in Cranleigh, Surrey and have four adult daughters, (one of whom is physically and mentally disabled and lives in a semi independent living house with 2 others) and four grandchildren. Once the girls were grown up I joined Surrey Police and became a 'beat bobby' until the last years of my service when I became a recruit's trainer. 15 years later, at Christmas 2005, I retired and Barry was pleased to take early retirement too, from his job in a large dog and cat kennels, in Guildford, and we came to live here permanently.
We love to travel and spend most of the winter months independently travelling, particularly in South East Asia.
We have an old Hymer motor home and try to see more of Europe when we can.
Our family and friends regularly visit us here and we often go back to see them too. We love living here and really enjoy sharing our home with, and meeting, other people.
We have kept in touch with many of our guests and have visited some of them, in Berlin, Seattle, California, Denmark and Paris.
In 2014 we had five repeat bookings, one of which was the fifth booking for an English couple who have already booked again for this September.
Ann and Barry Burrell purchased this cottage in 2002
Just before we bought Le Crepon in February 2002 I had an accident to my ankle which resulted in me being unable to walk for quite a while. We had friends who lived here and, as the house was wheelchair friendly, came to visit them for a bit of R&R. When we saw the cottage and it's wonderful location we fell in love with it and even though we hadn't planned to buy another house, we went home having paid the deposit and owned the cottage within 6 weeks.
We then came over so often that we decided to renovate the barn in the garden (which was originally a small house) and turn it into a larger house, so that we could live here permanently when I retired at Christmas 2005.
The garden was a wilderness and we have gradually turned it into something much prettier with a large vegetable and fruit plot.
We didn't want to change the feeling of living in a place that felt as though it was still in the 1950s, so it isn't modern Inside and has a very calming atmosphere.
The local people are very friendly and welcoming too, so we are very happy here.
The cottage has a wonderfully warm atmosphere inside it, so cosy and friendly, the original beams and fireplace, the granite walls and quirky stairs are all authentic . We didn't want to lose all this so there isn't a dishwasher, washing machine or piece of Ikea furniture in sight.
We were both brought up in the countryside and love the open sky and fresh air. There is no noise or light pollution here, so the stars are the brightest we have ever seen. We have a 180 degree panorama and can see across the beautiful valley to Avranches which is 25kms away.
The front of the cottage and the terrace seem to have their own micro climate as it always seems warm and out of any wind. Guests often sit out there until very late in the evening.
The main house is behind the cottage so cannot be seen, giving a feeling of total privacy.
We made your little cottage our home for 5 days and we love it.
In fact we love the area so much we may be your neighbours one day soon!
Thank you so very much for all your kind help, we would love to come again
We had a wonderful relaxing two weeks in Ann & Barry's lovely gite in a lovely rural location that is a great base for those seeking peace and quiet, yet within easy reach of beautiful beaches, interesting towns and tourist sites. The garden is a sun trap all day long, with a wonderful view of the valley and the western coastal area. The gite has everything needed and is very well kept. The small friendly village is a two minute drive away and large supermarkets about twenty minutes. Ann & Barry are extremely helpful & generous hosts who do not impose on their guests in any way. We highly recommend Le Crepon, Paddy and Philomena.
We enjoyed our two week stay at Le Mesnil-Gilbert. The cottage is perfect for two though we did have an overnight guest on the bed settee. The cottage is well equipped with everything you need for self-catering, the bed is immensely comfortable, the linen and towels good quality and plentiful and the shower is excellent.The garden and view are beautiful and the terrace is a perfect suntrap. Bikes are available and there are many walks from the door. We appreciated the herbs and new potatoes fresh from the garden. This is a lovely base for a quiet holiday in the outdoors (though you may get an owl on the roof!). The coast and interesting places to visit are within easy drives. Wifi and Freeview an added bonus. I would recommend this property to family, friends and colleagues.
We spent two wonderful weeks here in August 2015. The appartment is beautifully arranged and equipped with everything one needs.
We received a very warm welcome by the hosts who provided us with fresh vegetables from their own garden as well as helpful recommendations for day trips. We were allowed to use their washing mashine, their bikes and even the Jacuzzi. We slept like babies and discovered the amazing landscape as well as the many historical sights in the area - it was perfect!
Unser Urlaub in "Le Crépon" war herrlich erholsam und abwechslungsreich. Das gemütliche kleine Haus liegt wunderschön in einem traumhaften Garten, umgeben von Feldern, Weiden und Wald. Alles, was der Mensch braucht ist im Haus vorhanden. Die Räume sind gemütlich eingerichtet, Küche und Bad sind klein, aber zweckmäßig und für den Aufenthalt im Garten stehen Tisch und Stühle, sowie Liegen und Sonnenschirm zur Verfügung.
Die Burrells sind unglaublich herzlich und gastfreundlich. Ann kennt die Umgebung und Ausflugsmöglichkeiten und versorgt ihre Gäste mit reichlich Informationsmaterial und vielen wertvollen Tipps.
Ein Auto ist sehr empfehlenswert, denn der Preis für die ländliche Idylle sind Entfernungen von mindestens 50 km zu den Küstenorten und deren Sehenswürdigkeiten. Wir kommen bestimmt wieder!
désolé pour ma réponse tardive,mais quand nous sommes rentrés de vacances, nous avons trouvé en Italie chaud comme l'enfer et donc je dois passer beaucoup des jours pour arroser le jardin. Quelle nostalgie de la fraicheur de la Normandie! Le sojour dans le Crepon était tout simplement extraordinaire. La maison très confortable,un jardin de reve.Je dois remercier vous et votre famille pour l'accueil chalereux, la générosité (cadeaux de bulbes de fleurs et de légumes), des informatios précieuses pour notre séjour (route segrètes pour Mont Saint Michel et pour le pepinier avec des fleurs magnifique) et des conseils important pour un notre futur voyage en Angleterre.Je raccomande fortement à tous les italiens de venir dans votre magnifique cottage pour une expérience inoubliable en Normandie. Merci pour tout. Nous allons rester en contact,je vous envoyer quelques photos de mon jardin et je suis sur que nous allons voir une autre fois. Pour maintenant un calin de moi et mon mari.
Maria Angela Giuseppe
We had such a fantastic holiday at Le Crepon. Everything about it was perfect and we will definitely return in the future.
To begin with the gite itself was a great example of traditional French style mixed with the modern practicality of a brand new boiler with lovely hot water. The bed was even comfier than my own, needless to say that I actually slept better here than at home!
Ann and Barry were so helpful in advising us on the local area, attractions and everything else that we had questions about. The property is set in a quiet location with beautiful views across the countryside and their garden was equally as pretty.
The village of Saint Pois is only a short walk away, or a very short drive and has a lovely little Boulangerie which we visited practically every morning for pastries.
From Le Crepon we travelled by car as far North as Sainte-Mère-Église, as far South as Vitré and as far West as St Malo so it's a good place from which to explore Normandy and Brittany.
I hope that the next time we visit we have equally as bright, sunny weather as the first.
Le Crepon is situated not far from the famous Le Mont St Michel, a golf course, beaches, and the beautiful valley of the See. It is ideally placed for lovely local walks in the peaceful countryside or for exploring the popular tourist destinations in La Manche. The Bayeaux tapestry, Normandy beaches, WW2cemeteries, chateaux and interesting market towns are all not far away.
The nearest small towns are St Pois, Brecey and Vire. Other towns close by are St Hilaire du Harquoët (which has a picturesque church and lake and a very popular market) Avranches, an historical centre with gardens and cathedral and Mortain with WW2 memorials, abbey and stunning waterfalls where you can have a cooling, invigorating walk. The famous Mont St Michel is an hour away and a little further on and you will be in the lovely old walled city of St Malo with tourist interest and beaches. There are wonderful, safe, sandy beaches at Carolles, Genet, Julouville and St Pair Sur Mer along the coast to Granville where you can enjoy the old town, visit the casino, shop, swim in the sea or even take a ferry to the channel islands. Nearby are theme parks, zoos
and many swimming pools , indoor and outdoor.
Other Activities: ten pin bowling, bungy jumping, velorail and skating
Golf: 18 holes at Lake Dattee in Vire
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Stay tax||€0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.|
Stays of less than one week or more than a week are available at quoted rate
Rental outside the April September period is by special request
Water, gas and, electricity included in the weekly rental, when the property is rented to 2 people, there is a charge for third and extra guests
Logs are supplied and costed by agreement
Owners offer complimentary taxi to local restaurant by agreement