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Stable conversion in idyllic rural location, close to the coast

Bedrooms 2
Space 699 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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
Speaks: english, french, Welsh
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 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-Amand

"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.


Le Mesnil-Amand Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 699 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
  • First floor shower room with sink, WC, shaver point.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Utility Room: Laundry available on request.


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Stable conversion in idyllic rural location, close to the coast
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

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

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely rural location

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place to stay in tucked away rural location.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that you enjoyed the stay and we look forward to seeing you again.
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Quiet, very comfortable, everything you would want

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ruhige Tage in der Normandie

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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.
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Delightful Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

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)

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cosy & comfortable cottage in lovely location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2014
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Villedieu les Poeles
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Mesnil Rogues
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
La Saline


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $209.97
Stay tax $2.38 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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