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Rural Retreat Nicely Situated For Both Sight Seeing And Relaxing, Open All Year

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Details
Property
barn
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Bathrooms
0
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights

Description

Ger Barn Rental Photos and Description

Rural Retreat Nicely Situated For Both Sight Seeing And Relaxing, Open All Year

A versatile property designed to offer a roomy holiday home for 2 people, with the capacity to accommodate up to 4 in total by making use of the lounge or mezzanine sofa beds.

Double French doors lead into the open plan lounge/diner/kitchen area and, together with the partly vaulted ceiling, make this space particularly light and cheery.

The modern fitted shower room is also located on the ground floor.

For out of season getaways, the gite benefits from double glazing throughout, is well insulated, and has Underfloor Heating.

An ornate spiral staircase leads to the upper floor where you will find the double aspect bedroom with a dormer window overlooking the garden, and a Velux overlooking the country lane behind the house. There is a double French bed and plenty of storage space (2 built-in cupboards in the eaves, 2 bedside cabinets, and a hanging rail).

The mezzanine has a comfy double sofa bed, cabinet and hanging rail, and is fully curtained for privacy.

All the upper floor (bedroom, mezzanine and upstairs wc) has hardwood flooring, and the vaulted ceilings make for a spacious feel.

Adjoining the owners property, and completely self-contained with its own entrance, there is ample parking for two cars, a patio and small garden, barbecue, table and chairs, and a parasol.

Owners Karen & Andy will be delighted to greet you on arrival, and will happily be on hand during your stay to give friendly advice and help if required, without being intrusive.

This property is nestled in a small rural hamlet of half a dozen houses, including two working farms. The hamlet is surrounded by farmland and quiet roads, making it a good base for walks or cycling in the summer months. Or drive in any direction, either to visit some of the many popular tourist attractions in the area or just to admire the beautiful scenery. And of course you can just relax in the gite or the garden, soak up the sun and enjoy a bbq in the summer, or in winter stay cosy in the lounge, and snuggle up in front of the woodburner with a good book or a movie – ideal for a winter get away break!

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Owner
Karen & Andy Williams
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
December 11, 2016
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About Karen & Andy Williams

We are Andy and Karen Williams, and lived and worked in Norfolk, England, all our lives until moving to France in 2012.

The search for our dream home in France eventually led us to a property that fitted the bill perfectly in terms of location, potential for Andy as a complete restoration project, and our modest budget.

For the next 5 years we spent our holidays here working on the property, until 2012 when we followed our hearts, sold our house in England and made the move to our home in France. Since then, we have mainly focussed our attention on restoring the section of the building we designed as a self-contained gîte.

Karen & Andy Williams purchased this barn in 2006

Why Karen & Andy Williams chose Avranches area

We love the beauty and tranquillity of the Basse-Normandie countryside, the French way of life, the people, and the quiet roads that present stunning scenery turn after turn.

Despite the rural nature of the area, there is plenty to do as well as see, and you don't have to drive far to reach a bustling town if that's your scene. In fact we believe there is something here to suit everyone.

What makes this barn unique

It is an easy drive from most ferry ports and Dinard airport, and the roads are generally a pleasure to drive so your holiday really starts as soon as you land on French soil.

While the gite is well placed to explore the many tourist attractions of Basse Normandie, it's rural location also makes it ideal as a pleasant retreat, and so we feel it offers the best of both worlds.

Following a successful first season with the gîte in 2015, we are looking forward to welcoming visitors again this year, and helping in any way we can to ensure you have the holiday you are hoping for.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

Rural Retreat Nicely Situated For Both Sight Seeing And Relaxing, Open All Year
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews
5

Excellent Comfortable Rural Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to ‘Le Pressoir and we found it as enchanting on the second visit, as we did on the first. We had a warm welcome from Karen and Andy who are excellent hosts who have put a lot of thought into equipping their Gite, everything you need for a comfortable stay a real home from home.

We had a lovely break and recharged our batteries in this rural and tranquil setting. which is ideally situated to explore the beautiful Normandy countryside. There are a lot of interesting places to visit without having to go too far.

If you enjoy walking we would recommend the ‘Goblin’ trail around Mortain a visit to La Fosse Arthour and the Andaine Forest.

There is plenty of local information in the Gite and Andy and Karen are on hand if you need any further information, they have a lot of local knowledge.

Having more than 20 years’ experience of renting properties across Europe this is definitely one of the best and would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to stay in this area. I We will certainly be returning at some time in the future.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed your second stay in our gîte, and that you found even more treasures to explore here this year! Thank you for you lovely review, and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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5

Stunning 5 star Gite, thoroughly recommended!!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived and came across this stunning immaculate gite after a beautiful journey through France to be greeted by our wonderful hosts Karen & Andy with a lovely welcoming cup of tea. Karen & Andy showed us round their their amazing ornate yet spacious gite, we have travelled through Europe and UK for nearly forty years now and can say without a shadow of a doubt that this is the best accommodation we have ever experienced. The attention to detail that Karen & Andy have given in creating their Gite is simply stunning. Coupled with Karen & Andy's warm caring hospitality, we felt very lucky & spoilt. A beautifully appointed kitchen, diner, lounge and luxury shower & bathroom with a lovely ornate spiral staircase leading to the mezzanine floor upstairs with cozy bedroom, sitting area with comfy sofa bed settee and lovely views of the surrounding rural buildings and landscape. What with numerous beautiful medieval towns, wonderful cafes, restaurants, WW2 landing beaches nearby, Wi FI , British TV, underfloor heating, well what more could we have wanted! We had a great time and have already rebooked with Karen & Andy for next year, and look forward to returning and enjoying the odd glass of wine or two with our new found friends & hosts Karen & Andy. We are recommending this Gite to all of our friends & family needless to say!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you were so pleased with the gite and it's location. It was a pleasure to meet you, and we look forward to welcoming you back next year!
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5

Excellent Gite

  • 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this beautiful property. It really is of the highest quality and immaculately clean. British TV and perfectly serviceable WIFI. The owners were very friendly and accommodating. I have already booked again for next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay, and look forward to welcoming you back next year.
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5

Top quality property in a great location

  • 5 of 5

The Gite is beautiful. and immaculately presented, Karen and Andy are a delight to deal with, making us feel more like their friends than paying guests, everything you could possibly need is provided, we will certainly be back again

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is lovely to hear that our visitors are delighted with the gîte, especially as in this case it was a three week stay. We are always happy to answer questions and give advice or assistance if required, but otherwise aim to remain unobtrusive. Thank you for this great review!
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5

Perfect

  • 5 of 5

We would like to thank Karen and Andy for our wonderful holiday in their beautiful gite. The gite is very clean and beautifully decorated. It has everything you could possible want for a comfortable stay. Karen and Andy are so friendly and always on hand to help or recommend where to visit. The gite is set in beautiful Normandie countryside where you can hear the birds, listen to the owls and even heard a woodpecker. We are hoping to go back very soon. We would highly recommend this gite.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in our gîte, and we look forward to seeing you here again in the future.
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5

Lovely stay at Gite p8162272?uni_id=3454859

  • 5 of 5

Lovely new spotlessly clean Gite complete with everything needed to make stay comfortable. Lovely pretty garden area

Nothing within walking distance so a car is a must.

Really enjoyed visiting the many markets particularly Vers and St.Hilaire A definite must visit are the Towns of Cite Medievale De Dinan and the beautiful Town of Bagnoles de l'Orne.

Gite Owners were excellent hosts and nothing was too much trouble.

I would definitely recommend this Gite particularly if you want a quiet relaxing time

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
105 Kilometres
Dinard
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
The Jug & Jazz in Ger
Nearest Ferry
104 Kilometres
Caen Ouistreham
Nearest Golf
37 Kilometres
Bagnoles de l'Orne
Nearest Train
24 Kilometres
Flers or Vire
Nearest Motorway
46 Kilometres
A84
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Restaurant Normand
Nearest Beach
58 Kilometres
Genêts
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

Bay of Le Mont St Michel (38 miles)

D Day Landing Beaches (65 - 75 miles)

Travel:

Ferry ports:

Caen/Ouistreham - 104km/64.5miles

Cherbourg - 155km/100miles

Le Havre - 176km/113miles

Dieppe - 289km/179miles

Calais - 438km/272miles

Fly:

Approx 1 ½ hour drive from Dinard St.Malo airport.

A car is essential.

Distances:

Nearest village is Ger (2.5 miles)

Nearest town is Mortain (7 miles)

Domfront (14 miles)

Bagnoles de l'Orne (27 miles)

Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët (17 miles)

Le Mont St Michel (38 miles)

D Day Landing Beaches (65 - 75 miles)

Further Details:

If you are looking for something particular in your holiday, we suggest contacting the owners who will be more than happy to advise you further, but here is just a taste of the local area.

In the 19th century Ger was home to a thriving pottery industry employing 700 workers. The Regional Pottery Museum, with its working kiln and demonstrations, makes for an interesting visit.

Mortain is steeped in history, boasting two waterfalls and an outdoor heated swimming pool in the summer. Not to be missed is the Petite Chapelle and Hill 314 (strategic WWII post), with a superb viewing point of the area across to the coast, and from where you can see Mont Saint Michel on a clear day.

The pretty village of Lonlay, with its ancient Abbey and famous biscuit factory, is only 5 miles from the gîte, and from there a 10 minute drive takes you to the medieval town of Domfront.

Drive just 20 minutes on from Domfront (40 minutes from the gîte) through the Andaine forest to the impressive town of Bagnoles de l'Orne, set around a central lake in picturesque gardens. Here you will find everything from golf course to racecourse, thermal springs to casino, restaurants and shops.

In the other direction from the gîte, the coast is within an hour's drive. Coastal delights include Mont Saint Michel (approx 45 mins drive) with its surrounding bay, and the D Day Landing Beaches (approx 1 1/2 hour drive), plus pretty coastal towns.

Weekday markets all year round, and weekend car boot sales from around April to October, offer the opportunity to explore some of the many local towns and villages, as well as seeking out a bargain or two to take back home!

Park at Le Neufbourg (10kms), and walk or cycle in either direction along the old railway line linking Vire to Le Mont St Michel.

Fancy a day in Paris? There is a direct train route from Flers to Paris, which takes from 2 to 2 ½ hours, depending on departure time (Flers is a 25 minute drive from the gîte).

Rates & Availability

Ger Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 23 2016
4 night minimum stay
$50
$252
 
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
$315
 
 
Low Season
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
$53
$264
 
 
Spring
Mar 18 2017 - May 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
$67
$331
 
 
Early Summer
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$79
$384
 
 
Summer
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
$93
$516
 
 
Late Summer
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
$79
$384
 
 
Autumn
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
$67
$331
 
 
Low Season
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
$53
$264
 
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
$331
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$63
$315
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We accept arrivals on any day of the week, subject to availability.
The gîte is thoroughly cleaned, and all linens changed prior to arrival. For this reason guests are requested to arrive after 4pm, and on the last day depart by 10am at the latest please.

Notes on prices:
Listed prices include heating, gas, electric, water, internet access, TV and DVD player.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Ger Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Ground floor shower room with shower cabin, wc, washbasin with overhead light and power-point, heated towel radiator, and storage space in the built-in cupboard with clothes rail and shelves. Upstairs there is a 2nd wc with washbasin and storage cupboard.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Double bedroom with French double bed and plenty of storage space (2 built-in cupboards, 2 bedside cabinets, and hanging rail). The Mezzanine has a very comfy double sofa bed, cabinet and hanging rail, and is fully curtained for privacy.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Underfloor Heating on the ground floor, plus electric heater and electric blanket are provided for those who like to keep extra snug in bed during the cooler months. Towels, tea towels, bedlinen, toilet roll, cleaning products, welcome pack of basic food items and wine, all included in the price. Other provisions not already listed include iron and board, and 2 hair dryers. Access to owners' washing machine can be arranged on request. The gîte is not suitable for young children. Outside: The gîte enjoys a south facing aspect, and has its own separate entrance with ample private parking for 2 cars. The gîte garden is furnished with its own BBQ, seating and small lawn. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, tea towels, bedlinen, toilet roll, cleaning products, welcome pack of basic food items and wine, are all included in the listed rental prices. The property is thoroughly cleaned before arrival.

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