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Cottage situated in quiet hamlet deep in countryside but only 4km from the sea.

La Pernelle, France
  • Cottage592 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms0
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

Ideal for couple or small family. Activities for every age near at hand.

Are you looking for a quiet country cottage for a holiday near the sea with young children or on your own? What about discovering the Val de Saire in the Cotentin where you will find activities and enjoyment for all ages and tastes.

Our little semi-detached cottage, part of an old stone building recently renovated, is fresh and modern insdie and very comfortable. It is set in a small valley surrounded by farms and country tracks for easy walking. Children are safe and guests have access to 50sq.m. part of an English style garden looking over the owners' private part, entirely enviromentaly friendly This enables visitors to enjoy a lovely garden surrounded by fields with cows and sheep as neighbours. Garden furniture and a barbeque are supplied.

The cottage has a 23sq.m sitting room including a very well equiped kitchen and dining area. Two small bedrooms, shower room and separate WC leading onto a large light landing. The cottage faces east-west and the garden at the back is well protected.

There are plenty of sporting activities, walking, riding, sailing,swimming, windsurfing, fishing. Children enjoy climbing the lighthouse, animal park, rock fishing for shrimps, cockles and mussels, beaches, Cité de la Mer. There is a buzzing fishing port and marina in St Vaast La Hougue 4 km away, and Barfleur with its unique tidal harbour only 10km away. The cottage is 35 minutes drive from the ferry port in Cherbourg and 80 minutes from Caen. It is within easy driving distance from the DDay landing beaches, Mont St. Michel and the Bayeux Tapestry amongst many other interesting sites.

The nearest town, Quettehou, is 10 minutes drive away and visitors will find a big supermarket as well as local shops and a weekly market.


Caroline da Costa

Member Since 2008
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english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Calendar last updated:
Apr 14, 2018
About Caroline da Costa

I am English and my husband is French. The cottage that we let is part of our old stone Normandy house where we have lived for nearly 25 years. Georges is now retired from a long teaching career as a French language teacher abroad and as a primary school teacher in Normandy. I have always worked with textiles and have taught patchwork and quilting classes as well as creative textiles. We both enjoy time working on our creative projects - Georges being a water-colour painter. I love my garden where I work on a regular basis. The vegetable garden supplies us with organic produce which I am willing to share with our guests when possible. The garden is totally chemical free. We walk on a daily basis in the different country tracks which surround our house and criss-cross the whole valley. There is a wonderful coast-line with long sandy beaches, broken from time to time with rocks and rock pools. The excellent local sea food (oysters, fish, shell-fish etc) as well as local meat and fruit and vegetables give us a varied and healthy diet easily sourced and a well-equipped kitchen enables guests to return from the market and prepare delicious meals and, in the summer time, eat outside.

Caroline da Costa purchased this Cottage in 1994

Why Caroline da Costa chose La Pernelle

We came to live in Normandy and found our house in what we consider an ideal spot, when Georges obtained a post as a primary school teacher in Quettehou, the nearby town. We were very taken with the countryside around the house as it has not been spoiled. Small fields with hedges, pasture for sheep and cows and horses, plenty of bird and animal life. The sea is only a few kilometers away and the long coast line running round the peninsular gives us varied and beautiful walks and places to swim or fish. We did not hesitate to settle in the little hamlet of Joulines with its 2 farms and a handful of houses. It remains a quiet place and young families have settled here for the quality of life it brings. We wake to birdsong or the sound of the sheep or the cows. Our garden is a haven for animals and birds as we do not use pesticides or herbicides. At the same time we are only 5 minutes away from Quettehou in the car. There you can find a big supermarket, a market on Tuesday, a butcher, 2 bakers, chemist, post office, bank etc. The little sea-port of St Vaast la Hougue is 10 minutes away and there are plenty of restaurants and shops to enjoy and fish to be bought on the quayside. A little further north there are some wonderful beaches ideal for families with small children or for long walks with a dog.

What makes this Cottage unique

Many of our guests have the feeling of "coming home" when they return from a day out. The cottage is decorated very simply. The inside is plaisant as well as comfortable and is not pretentious. Both of us are interested in cooking so we have provided a good basic equipment to enable guests to prepare their meals, as well as a micro-wave oven for those who are having a rest from cooking! There is plenty of space to store clothes and suitcases etc. The cottage is functional and easy to keep clean. Outside the back door guests will find a sheltered spot to sit or eat in. It is possible to limit the access so that parents can look over into our part of the garden but contain their children within the cottage's private area.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • 1 double
      • 2 twin/ single, 1 baby crib
      • There are two small bedrooms which give onto a spacious and light landing. On the landing there is a big clothes cupboard and chest of drawers and a long mirror. The double bedroom (3m x 2.50m) has a double bed (1m90 x 1m40), two bedside tables and two beside lights and a chair. There are 4 continental size pillows (2 feather and 2 synthetic) , a double duvet (2.50 x 2.20) and a protection for the mattress. The children's room (2.50 x 2m50) has bunk beds (1m90 x 90) and a chest of drawers. Each bed has a mattress protection, rubber sheet, duvet and pillow. There are wall lights for each bed and a small side light on the chest of drawers. A baby's cot can be put in the room and the chest of drawers put at the top of the stairs to give more space. A changing table is also available if asked for. The velux windows in both rooms have blinds. Each bedroom is heated with an electric radiator. The cost of heating is not included in the price.


      • 0 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • shower
      • toilet
      • Small shower room with shower cabin (1m10 x 80cm) and hand basin. Well lit. Electric towel heater. Bath mats supplied. Separate WC.

      Location Type

        • Beach
        • Near The Ocean
        • Rural


            • Away From It All
            • Family


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Parking Off Street
                      Your car can be parked outside the garage to the right of the cottage.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                      Wifi access
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linen Rental Possible
                    • Living Room
                      In the sitting area you will find a double sofa, an arm chair, a bean bag, 2 low tables, a reading lamp, small TV, DVD player and 2 rugs.
                    • Local Maps
                    • Parking
                      Your car can be parked outside the garage in the front courtyard just next to the cottage.
                    • Heating
                      The cost of heating is not included in the price. It is generally necessary to heat from the end of September to mid-April but much depends on the weather and guests' needs.
                    • Parking On Street
                    • Telephone
                      It is difficult to get a signal for a mobile telephone inside the cottage. It is generally possible outside.
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      I can provide bed linen and towels if you do not wish to bring your own. The cost being 12€ per person.
                    • Vacuum Cleaner
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Kitchenette
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Well equiped with kitchen utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          China and cutlery for 6 people.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                          Fridge with freezer compartment.
                        • Grill
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Electric coffee machine (coffee drips through a filter) or plunger Bodum type of coffee maker.
                        • Microwave
                          Micro-wave oven
                        • Oven
                          Electric oven
                        • Refrigerator
                          Fridge with freezer compartment.
                        • Stove
                          Gas hob
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster
                          Electric Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Table and chairs for 6 people. Plastique table cloth or mats. High chair for small child can be provided.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  Plenty of books for your use
                                • Books for Adults
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                  DVD player and a few DVDs for your use.
                                • Games
                                  A few games for children
                                • Music Library
                                  A few CDs for your use
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  A number of channels but mostly in French.
                                • Television
                                  Petite television with mostly French channels.


                                    • Courtyard
                                    • Garden Table & Chairs
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      50m2 of garden reserved for the cottage. A lower area, well protected, with easy chairs and a small table. Up in the orchard area there is a big table and chairs for outside meals.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      A barbeque is supplied with tongs and cleaning materials.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • bay/sound
                                            • botanical garden
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • restaurants
                                            • zoo

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • beachcombing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • walking
                                                • water sports

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • sailing
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • freshwater fishing
                                                    • golf
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • equestrian events
                                                    • sound/bay fishing
                                                    • surf fishing
                                                    • surfing
                                                    • swimming
                                                    • tennis
                                                    • wind-surfing


                                                        • Electric radiators. Cost of heating is not included in the price.

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 12:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          17 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Lovely break in a lovely place.

                                                          Shane C.

                                                          Beautiful cottage, very peaceful location. Caroline and Georges were lovely hosts, the welcome, eggs, jam and bread were a nice touch thank you! The cottage was really comfortable, warm and a lovely garden (even in November). For exploring Normandy, it’s coast and villages it’s well located. A great walk to the sea is approximately 7 miles there and back. An easy walk as flat .

                                                          We would highly recommend staying here. Thank you Caroline and Georges

                                                          Les artistes du bocage

                                                          didier m.

                                                          Un accueil merveilleux d'attentions de ce couple d'artistes si sympathiques dans une belle maison typique du Cotentin. Le gite est très confortable et décoré avec goût et soin. A pied comme en voiture, les balades possibles sont nombreuses et variées dans le bocage ou sur la côte.

                                                          Semaine bien agreable

                                                          Isabelle C.

                                                          Gîte très coquet, au calme dans une région au bord de mer. Dommage que le temps n'ait pas été de la partie.

                                                          Toller Aufenthalt, herrlicher Garten, netter Kontakt

                                                          Nora Z.

                                                          Wir haben in dem kleinen Häuschchen einen wunderbaren Aufenthalt mit unseren beiden Kindern (9 Monate und 3 Jahre ) verbracht. Alles was wir brauchten war vorhanden, auch für die Kinder waren wir mit Hochstuhl, Babybadewanne und Gitterbett bestens versorgt. Unser Großer freute sich über das Hochbett und mit uns über den herrlichen Garten, sowie über die Hühner und Kühe in der Nachbarschaft. Wir können auch Familien den Aufenthalt wärmstens empfehlen. Eventuell eine Krabbeldecke für den kalten Boden und ein Treppenschutzgitter mitnehmen, falls man die Treppe nicht wie wir einfach mit dem Koffer verbarrikadieren möchte.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          We loved having you and your family. Thank you for your appreciation. Best wishes Caroline and Georges

                                                          Perfection pour ce gîte

                                                          Cécile T.

                                                          Tout était parfait au gîte Joulines. Les propriétaires nous ont donné de très bons conseils qui nous ont permis de découvrir une magnifique plage et de manger dans de bons restaurants abordables. Le jardin invite à la détente et convient parfaitement aux enfants car il est clôturé. De plus, pas un bruit, si ce n'est celui des oiseaux, ne vient perturber le calme qui règne dans le joli petit hameau de la Prenelle. Nous recommandons vivement ce gîte.

                                                          SUPERBE GITE

                                                          jEAN pIERRE D.

                                                          Nous avons apprécié le cadre et le raffinement du logis.

                                                          L'accueil et les petites attentions de nos hôtes nous ont beaucoup touchés

                                                          Très bon séjour


                                                          La Pernelle, France

                                                          The cottage is in a small hamlet on a hill 60m above sealevel in the river Saire valley in the north east of La Manche. The very quiet hamlet consists of 3 farms and 5 houses surrounded by small fields and hedges, often bordered by tracks full of wildlife and beauty. Joulines, the hamlet, is only 2km from the nearest village Quettehou, where there are two supermarkets, plenty of shops, a bank, a postoffice and a tourist information centre. St. Vaast la Hougue and its marina and shops is only 4km distant. Here and in Barfleur (10km) there is plenty of life around the fishing boats, the marina and the restaurants and cafés. Within easy driving distance one can go to many sandy beaches ideal for children for bathing and rock fishing. Cherbourg is 35km away and the northern and western coastlines are within easy reach by car. Bayeux and its tapestry, Caen and the Memorial museum, the D-Day landing beaches, Mont St Michel and many other sites are all possible to visit in a day.

                                                          Rates & Availability

                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                          Il y a une caution de 200€ à payer à l'arrivée.. Il vous sera rendu après l'état des lieux. Basse saison 2017:. 3 nuits 135€ + chauffage 25€. 4 nuits 160€ + chauffage 30€. 5 nuits 175€+ chauffage 35€. Moyenne saison 2017: 2 nuits 120€ + chauffage 25€, 3 nuits 155€ + chauffage 25€, 4 nuits 190€ + chauffage 30€, 5 nuits 215€ +chauffage 35€. Le coût du chauffage dépend des besoins des locataires et de la température extérieure. Les sommes données sont approximatives. Taxe de séjour: Depuis janvier 2018 je dois vous demander de payer un taxe de séjour de 0,80€ par adulte par jour.

                                                          17 Reviews
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