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A former farm building, renovated and equipped to a very high standard.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,248 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Three bedroom cottage (sleeps 6) in the heart of the Normandy countryside

This superb holiday cottage consists of a kitchen, toilet and living room downstairs. Upstairs are three double bedrooms (the main bedroom has an en-suite consisting of shower, toilet, hand basin and heated towel rail), and a bathroom (bath with overhead shower, toilet, hand basin and heated towel rail). The main and second bedrooms have king size double beds and the third, two singles. There is ample wardrobe and drawer space in all bedrooms. Satellite TV is provided via a “Freesat” box which receives all main UK TV and radio channels. There is also a DVD /CD player, a selection of games, books, DVDs and CDs. We provide a good selection of walking maps and information about places of interest. INCLUDED in the price of your holiday are - electricity, hot water, bed linen, hair dryer, towels (including beach towels), tea towels, logs for wood burner (initial supply), UK “Freest” satellite TV and radio, high chair, stair-gates, travel cot and mattress if required, and FREE WIFI broadband. The cottage has its own dedicated WIFI router and so has STRONG BROADBAND WIFI SIGNAL IN ALL ROOMS.

Local Cafés and Restaurants: There are a number of cafés and restaurants serving wonderful food and wine at very reasonable prices. A 3 course lunch for €12-13 euros is the norm. We can advise you on some of the best locally but you will no doubt enjoy finding some for yourself.

There are two local fine dining restaurants (one of which is nationally famous) which we can highly recommended. Your holiday includes a free babysitting service and transport to and from either of these two restaurants if required.

Local Amenities : St Pois, which is 5 minutes by car, has a post office, boulangerie, butcher (who does a take-away dish on Thursdays), mini-market, doctor's surgery, pharmacy, hairdresser, a small restaurant and a bar-tabac.

The town of Brécey (10 minutes) has a supermarket and a good selection of other shops. It also has a leisure area which includes an open air swimming pool, a paddling pool and tennis court.

The gîte itself is is surrounded by farmland and woodland. Ideal for walking, cycling or just relaxing. There are a number of walks through woods , along bocage tracks and quiet side roads, directly from the gîte.

In the cottage you will find maps of the locality as well as booklets of marked walks, many of which we have done ourselves and can recommend.

For Children: For children, there is the zoo at Champrepus (30 minutes drive) and the Enchanted Village (for younger children – 15 minutes), as well as Alligator Bay (over 200 alligators and crocodiles!) near Mont St Michel, and the St Malo Aquarium (sharks!). About 30 minutes drive away is the Ange Michel Water Park with flumes, water chutes and slides, as well as many other rides and attractions.

Or you could just spend a day on one of the many wonderful sandy beaches of the region. Our favourite is Carolles-Plage (a 45 minute drive) which combines large expanses of sandy beach and rock pools, cliff top walks and fishing for crevettes (shrimps). The latter is practiced both by professional fishermen and just locals catching their supper. Why not give it a try yourself!

Incidentally, the sea here is surprisingly warm during the summer due to the shallows waters of the Baie de Mont St Michel.

More Details

John Costello
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 5, 2017

About John Costello

We are Nina and John Costello. We retired in 2005 and bought this property in April that year. We previously lived in Bracknell, Berkshire, where we ran our own small business.

John Costello purchased this cottage in 2005

Why John Costello chose Avranches area

We bought this property because of its superb location in the tranquil Normandy countryside overlooking the River Sée valley. We are on the slopes of Mont Buon, a 209 meter high hill. The view takes in the whole of the Sée valley as far as Avranche on the coast, 26 kms away. It also had the type of garden that we were looking for. As keen (but very amateur) gardeners, it gave us two acres of garden, orchard and field, and also an old farm building to renovate - which is now this holiday cottage.

What makes this cottage unique

Living here gives us the peace and tranquillity that we wanted for our retirement while still being convenient for all the local amenities. It is also an ideal location for pursuing our interests of walking, cycling, visiting places of architectural and historical interest, lazing on beaches and good eating.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The gîte has everything we wanted for a peaceful week in the Normandy countryside. It is very well equipped and spotlessly clean. The attention to detail is impressive and we have been very comfortable here. We come to France regularly and if we come to this area again we will definitely stay here again.
Jul 2010
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Le Mesnil-Gilbert Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1248 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • En-suite to main bedroom - toilet , shower , With hand basin and heated towel rail.
    Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main Bedroom Ensuite - toilet , shower
  • All bathrooms have tiled floors, suspended toilets and hand basins.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Cot Available
  • All beds have top quality feather duvets. There is ample wardrobe and drawer space in all bedrooms. Each bedroom has and electric wall heater which is part of the central heating system. There are beautiful views from all bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We also supply the following consumables: Washing machine detergent Dishwasher detergent Washing up liquid Toilet tissue Kitchen tissue Dishcloths Bin liners


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

A former farm building, renovated and equipped to a very high standard.
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 21 reviews

Relaxing Getaway

  • 4 of 5

This property was pretty well situated between Normandy and Brittany, allowing us to take daily trips which were no longer than two hours from the home. The countryside was beautiful.

The Costello's renovated this farm building into a lovely, bright accommodation. I stayed with my husband and my son and his wife. We all had plenty of room. We used the outdoor grill almost every night and enjoyed sitting around the spacious kitchen table for dinner. All being said, a great vacation spot.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely stay at Les Bruyeres

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week at Les Bruyeres. The cottage is of a very high standard and John and Nina's hospitality was superb. It's in a beautiful setting and John and Nina's invitation to make use of their gorgeous garden was much appreciated. It was a great base to explore the delights of Normandy and Brittany and we visited so many lovely places while we were there. I would highly recommend this as a place to stay and have done so already to some of my friends. We hope to visit again some day. Thank you again John and Nina.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Exceptional property

  • 5 of 5

Our hosts warmly welcomed us with fruit, wine and flowers, which set the tone for the entire holiday. The listing description was accurate with very high standards of equipment provision and cleanliness. The house was very well-maintained.The surroundings and panoramic views of the countryside were superb and we would have no hesitation in highly recommending the property to family and friends. John and Nina went out of their way to ensure that our stay was memorable.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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We completely agree with the previous reviewers!

  • 5 of 5

What can we say without simply repeating the previous comments? John and Nina were gracious and helpful hosts, the property suited our group of 6 (4 adults, 2 grandchildren) very well, and the location for our trips around Normandy was just fine. (In fact, with its somewhat westerly location, it also would have suited a good part of Brittany - which we have done before, and so did not add on this occasion.) We would return without hesitation, and recommend it wholeheartedly to others.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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A very pleasant week!

  • 5 of 5

Can't do much more than echo the other reviews: facilities were excellent, and John & Nina were very congenial hosts. We did so much daily traveling that I'm sure we did not properly enjoy all aspects of the property, especially the grounds and garden, but that does not diminish them in any way. The cottage was roomy, and all features as advertised. We concentrated on Normandy attractions, but the location is good for exploring much of eastern Brittany as well. Would recommend without reservation.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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  • 5 of 5

First of all, we arrived late in the evening and John was kind enough to guide us to the cottage. So our first impression was not clear until the next morning. What a beautiful morning and view. The cottage was lovely, clean, well equipped and very comfortable. The gardens surrounding the cottage gorgeous! A big plus was the wifi and the ever kind John and Nina. John was lovely to offer and kindly accepted.....(thank you !) to drive us to the local top rated restaurant La Moulen Jean. Which is heaven on a plate! Afterwards John came and picked us up and took us back! Amazing! The location, perfect, about an hour drive from the landing beaches. All in all we enjoyed our stay and would love to come back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
95 Kilometres
Dinard (Ryanair)
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
St Pois
Nearest Ferry
118 Kilometres
Ouistreham (Caen)
Nearest Golf
17 Kilometres
Lake Dathée
Nearest Train
24 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
24 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Le Moulin de Jean, La Lande
Nearest Beach
44 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The cottage is set in two acres of gardens and orchards surrounded by open countryside, fields and woodland, with stunning views over the River Sée valley all the way to Avranches, 26 kms away on the coast.

It is an ideal centre for exploring Lower Normandy and North Eastern Brittany and for activities such as golf, horse riding, tennis, swimming, cycling and walking.

Sites of particular interest such as Le Mont St Michel, the D-Day landing beaches, as well as towns and villages with historical and architectural interest such as Avranches, Bayeaux, Fougéres, and many many others, are easily accessible from here.

The beautiful sandy beaches of Normandy are less than an hour away. Normandy is wonderful walking country, and there are literally hundreds of kilometres of memorable walks through the countryside, or along the coast.

Cafés and restaurants serving wonderful food and wine at very reasonable prices abound (four course lunches including wine and cider for €10-13)

Golf: There is a lovely, undulating 18 hole golf course on the shores of Lake Dathee about 20 minutes drive from here. It is set in beautiful countryside and also has a driving range.


Rates & Availability

Le Mesnil-Gilbert Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 8 2017 - Jul 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Jul 22 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 30 2017 - Dec 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
Christmas Week
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $192.55

The above prices are weekly rates (Saturday to Saturday). We can often be more flexible about letting periods outside of High Season.

We normally take payment in pounds sterling.

Payment can be made either by Credit Card or Online Banking or Bank Transfer. We will give you full details of how to make payment once we receive your booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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