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Stable conversion in idyllic rural location, close to the coast

Le Mesnil-Amand, France
  • Barn699 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Le Mesnil Amand, near Gavray - A good location for countryside activities and within 15 minutes drive from fantastic beaches

A beautiful and recently renovated stable conversion dating from approximately 1800. Surrounded by 17 acres of parks, woods & fields with no passing traffic. Ideal for rural walks picnics, wildlife, cycling. Within easy reach of tourist destinations such as Mont Saint Michel, D-Day beaches. Bayeux, Caen & Rennes within easy reach. A fantastic coastline with sandy beaches. Channel Islands by ferry


Mark & Denise Charles

Member Since 2015
Response time:
within a few days
english, french, Welsh
Calendar last updated:
Jan 14, 2018
About Mark & Denise Charles

We have lived at "La Grosterie" since 2003 moving here from Dorset with our boys. We have been converting the barn into a cottage for 10 years! It is ready now & we hope you will enjoy the stay. We live nearby and can help with any questions that you may have. We can also advise about local attractions and may be able to assist with escorting or driving if necessary.

Mark & Denise Charles purchased this Barn in 2003

Why Mark & Denise Charles chose Le Mesnil-Rogues

"La Grosterie" was originally an iron works or forge and later a farm. It has also been an equestrian centre and a country house. There has certainly been a house here for a long time. It is difficult to date the buildings exactly, but there are 3 buildings shown on the 1822 map, one of which is in the same position today. The main house, however, was probably built around 1850 and originally was divided into two parts - living accommodation for people on one side and animals on the other. We do have a "resident" ghost, but his activities are limited to smoking a pipe. He seems to keep an eye on what is going on! The house is set in 17 acres of grounds, which in turn is within a nature reserve. We have a mixture of a small parkland around the house, open fields which are harvested for hay and a wild woodland bordering the river. The locals have told us stories about previous occupants and when certain trees were planted. The lime tree in the middle of the field was planted in the mid 1930's and the characteristic fir trees "Les Sapins" were planted about 1950. We were fortunate to inherit many years of gardening work with fruit (Mirabells, Gooseberries, Raspberries, Blackcurrants and Redcurrants), although we had to remove the small apple orchard as it had been neglected. We are slowly re-planting the apple trees. About 25 years ago the house and outbuildings were used by a family that bred horses, probably for "trotting" as there is still evidence of an oval trotting track to one side of the house. The top stable building originally had 3 large stalls and has now been converted it into a "Gite". It was probably extended to enlarge the hay-loft in about 1900. The bottom building is considerably older with more character. It provides winter accommodation for our animals and also workshops, garages and a large garden store. This building is clearly shown on the 1822 map below.

What makes this Barn unique

We were immediately attracted to the location of the property which is at the end of a 1km lane, with no passing traffic. The lack of street lights also enhanced the location for us providing an excellent view of the night sky. We are only 12 to 15 km away from some of the best beaches in Normandy and can be there for a lunchtime picnic. We have a large recreation lawn which is suitable for games such as badminton (net provided), football, boules, archery etc. You also have access to the large 5 hectare field which is great for flying kites or other activities needing a big space. We can provide day kennelling facilities for your dogs so that you can go out without restriction. Secure lock-up storage i also available for bicycles, roof boxes or other equipment.


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


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
        • Description of sleeping capacity: Bedroom with double bed. Second bedroom with bunks Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with bunk beds, bed settee available downstairs. Baby travel cot & mattress available. Linen & pillows for cot NOT provided. Baby high-chair available.


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Shower room 1
          toilet, shower
        • First floor shower room with sink, WC, shaver point.

        Location Type

          • Rural
          • Village


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Farm Holidays
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Gas fired cast-iron stove in lounge.
                      • Internet
                        Via WiFi link
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                        Lounge with French doors overlooking the garden. Recliner chair, settee & armchair. Satellite TV, DVD,HiFI & WiFi available. Gas fire.
                      • Parking
                        Parking for several cars available.
                      • Towels Provided
                        Please bring your own towels & items for beach use.


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            A good selection of pots, pans, kitchenware available.
                          • Freezer
                            We have a chest freezer available for use if needed. Located in the property next door.
                          • Kitchen
                            Fitted kitchen including cooker, microwave, fridge. Dining table and 6 chairs. 1 child high-chair available by request.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                            Gas oven.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Under counter refrigerator with freezer compartment.
                          • Stove
                            4 burner gas hob.
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                    A good selection of books provided.
                                  • DVD Player
                                    Integrated in the TV
                                  • Games
                                    Chess, Draughts, Jenga, Cards, Jigsaws etc all provided.
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    UK Freesat channels available
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                  • Video Library
                                    A selection of DVDs is provided


                                      • Bicycles
                                        Wd can provide storage for your bicycles when you go out.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        & picnic table provided under the trees in the recreation area.


                                          • limited accessibility
                                            There is a staircase to access the bedrooms and shower room on the first floor.


                                              • marina
                                              • autumn foliage
                                              • caves
                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • forests
                                              • bay/sound
                                              • museums
                                              • pond
                                              • restaurants
                                              • ruins
                                              • zoo

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • ice skating
                                                          • equestrian events
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                          • sound/bay fishing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis


                                                              • Utility Room: Laundry available on request.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                10 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                A very comfortable home for our family with everything you could need being provided.

                                                                Jane M.

                                                                We cannot fault Mark and Denise at all. The house was superbly equipped and very comfortable. Lots of toys, games, DVDs and books for all ages. A very welcome food and drink parcel awaited us from the perfect hosts who have an excellent knowledge of places to go and local events. This was an excellent place to explore the Norman/Brittany coastline.

                                                                Lovely rural location

                                                                Lisa D.

                                                                Lovely place to stay in tucked away rural location.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                We are glad that you enjoyed the stay and we look forward to seeing you again.

                                                                Quiet, very comfortable, everything you would want

                                                                Kevin H.

                                                                Nice quiet location, very comfortable accommodation, fully equipped facilities and great central location. Easily accessed from Normandy ferry ports and a great spot to explore the area from, and close to the beaches.

                                                                Will be back.

                                                                Ruhige Tage in der Normandie


                                                                Wir haben zu viert (2 Erw. 1 Kind 1 Hund) eine herrliche Woche in „La Grosterie“ verbracht. Marc und Denise sind wundervolle freundliche Gastgeber. Die Ferienwohnung ist wie beschrieben neu, sehr gut und mit viel Liebe zum Detail ausgestattet. Sie bietet Platz für 4 Personen und war sehr sauber. Was uns sehr gut gefallen hat, war die herrliche Ruhe, fernab von Flug- und Autolärm und der Hektik der Städte. Auf dem ehemaligen Hof gibt es mehr als ausreichend Platz für diverse Outdoor Aktivitäten (u.a. Badminton, Grillen, eigener Spazierweg und wundervolle Ausblicke auf die Landschaft).

                                                                Die umliegenden Orte Gavray und insbesondere Villedieu-les-Poelles haben uns sehr gut gefallen. Die Ausflüge an die Küste nach Grandville, Avrachnes und die teilweise weitläufigen und einsamen Strände machten den Urlaub zu einem Erlebnis. Marc und Denise haben uns mit wertvollen Tipps versorgt und auf Veranstaltungen hingewiesen. Weitere Sehenswürdigkeiten, wie die „Iles de Chausey“ und der Mont Saint Michel liegen in Reichweite und haben unseren Urlaub bereichert.

                                                                Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt und können La Grosterie uneingeschränkt weiterempfehlen.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                It was a pleasure to welcome this family to the Gite.

                                                                They made the most of the stay and visited local attractions.

                                                                They also made use of the recreation area and woodlands. Some trees provided good support for the hammock!

                                                                The Gite was left clean & tidy and we would welcome them back anytime.

                                                                Delightful Place to Stay

                                                                John E.

                                                                Had a cracking stay here. The gite is well furnished and equipped, and the location is lovely. Well placed for exploring the area, or comfortable enough to chill out and not do a great deal. Hope to be able to do it again (soon)

                                                                Cosy & comfortable cottage in lovely location

                                                                Chris S.

                                                                We loved our short but perfect stay at La Grosterie. The cottage is cosy, clean and well-equipped and the owners are very welcoming and helpful. It was ideally located, close to many interesting places and the beaches. We can only recommend it. It is ideal for a family holiday and we look forward to going back again.


                                                                Le Mesnil-Amand, France

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