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Huisnes Sur Mer, near Mont St Michel and Pontorson

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3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
9 guests
3 nights minimum
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A home from home, in the heart of beautiful Normandy/Brittany countryside. A 10 minute drive from Mont St Michel, plus Pontorson and Avranches for supermarkets, local shops, restaurants and a great local market on a Wednesday (Pontorson) and Saturday (Avranches) or a much larger market in Rennes. Fancy cooking something yourself? The markets in Avranches, Dol de Bretagne, Dinard, Dinan and Pontorson can cater to every taste, from organic Isigny beef, to hand-made goats cheese or classic Camembert, to lobster, spider crab and local Moule de Bouchot from the Baie de Mont St Michel. For a fantastic artisan baker head to the village of Beauvoir, 10 minutes away by car, or you could buy freshly milled flour from the windmill at Moidrey and make your own! The house itself is set in a small h...A home from home, in the heart of beautiful Normandy/Brittany countryside. A 10 minute drive from Mont St Michel, plus Pontorson and Avranches for supermarkets, local shops, restaurants and a great local market on a Wednesday (Pontorson) and Saturday (Avranches) or a much larger market in Rennes. Fancy cooking something yourself? The markets in Avranches, Dol de Bretagne, Dinard, Dinan and Pontorson can cater to every taste, from organic Isigny beef, to hand-made goats cheese or classic Camembert, to lobster, spider crab and local Moule de Bouchot from the Baie de Mont St Michel. For a fantastic artisan baker head to the village of Beauvoir, 10 minutes away by car, or you could buy freshly milled flour from the windmill at Moidrey and make your own! The house itself is set in a small hamlet called Huisnes Sur Mer. The hamlet of Huisnes Sur Mer lies less than a mile from the salt marshes and the bay of Mont St Michel. It was built in the 1800’s (if you look closely in the end barn you will find the exact date). Within Huisnes Sur Mer itself there is a fantastic view of the Mont and the sweeping landscape, from both the church yard and the newly created family picnic area. Feeling hungry and don’t want to drive? Then stock up at the local farm shop or head to the La Casserole de la Baie. The farm shop offers bread, eggs and vegetables. Watch the different opening times as they change seasonally depending on the produce and the markets they are attending. If great food is what you're after then the small town of Pontorson boasts several great bars and bistros, as does Avranches, and only 30 minutes away, Fougeres has some amazing creperies. Seafood your thing? Well, look no further than the walled city of St Malo, or the restaurants in the pretty port of Cancale overlooking the oyster beds. Close to the Brittany border, this was an area strategic area in the war. A German cemetery is based here, marking respectful the death of nearly 12,000 soldiers. From glorious sandy beaches to medieval architecture, from markets laden with food and artisan gifts to hand-pressed cider and twenty year old barrel aged cognac, from aquariums and alligators to the Bayeux Tapestry, from cycling through quiet country lanes and undulating hills to hiking along the Breton coast, this really is the place, whether you're idea of the perfect holiday is action-packed, or simply relaxing and watching the world go by. As you enter the house you go into the spacious, welcoming dining room complete with a lovely wood burning stove (wood will be provided for use, if required) and large table. A small TV is also available in here (ideal if one person wants to watch something different!) To the left is the kitchen, which has a range cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, microwave and is fully equipped with all you need to cook, eat (and drink) in comfort. (freezer provided in the little house). To the right is the lounge which has plenty of seating and an additional daybed that can be used as a single or a double, or for a snooze during the day! It has a 42' flat screen TV with UK Freesat and a DVD player, stereo and so on. Upstairs there are two bedrooms that share a family bathroom. Bedroom one has a Kingsize bed and is now ensuite. Bedroom two has a double bed and space for a cot. The third bedroom has a single bed and bunk beds. To the front of the house is a lovely sweeping gravel drive. Plenty of parking and space to sit out and enjoy the sun, birds and flowers. Also to the front of the house is a lovely building, nicknamed right back in the 1800's as the 'Petite Maison'. It is a lovely space and we have put cushions a desk and two rocking chairs in there for someone to enjoy it as a quiet space to talk or somewhere to work or draw. To the rear of the house is a lovely mature garden, fully planted with shrubs, trees, flowering bulbs rose garden and lawn. Outdoor equipment such as seats, cushions, bar-be-que, etc.is provided and is stored in the end barn.The house and garden have a classic charm and are the ideal place to unwind after a day out and about investigating the area's many attractions. Many games for use are provided in the end barn (open to the rear of the property, once you enter the garden from the back door in the lounge). Set in the beautiful bay of Mont St Michel the climate is milder, more reliable and sunnier than the UK, and the local area around the bay in particular benefits from a microclimate than means that warm sunny days are frequent and any rain rarely lasts long. This stunning area is set between the classic Normandy bocage, the Cherbourg peninsula, the beautiful Breton countryside, and the rugged beauty of the Brittany coast. The cities of Rennes and St Malo offer chic shopping and fine cuisine, whilst closer to home are amazing bistros, perfect patisseries, and artisan producers of everything from cheese to pottery to cognac. The ethereal Abbey of St Michael is a constant on the local skyline, marking a thousand years of French history. Excellent transport links by ferries from the UK to Caen (1hr 15min), St Malo (40 mins), Cherbourg (1hr 45 mins), Roscoff (2hr 30 mins),and the Northern Normandy ports of Le Harve, Dieppe and Calais, not to mention direct flights from all regions of the UK to Rennes (1 hour) and Dinard (45 mins), mean that this area is an unspoilt holiday haven just a short hop from the UK. The area boasts a wealth of attractions for young and old, from a romantic couple's break away in the walled city of St Malo, or oysters fresh from the sea in the port of Cancale, to family visits to the Zoo at Champreus, or the golden sands of the beaches to the east and west of the Bay of St Michel. The D-Day Beaches, the intimate and humble Commonwealth cemetery at Bayeux and the expansive heart-rending starkness of the US cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer are a short journey to the north, and to the west lie the beautiful Breton churches of Finistere, the rugged Cote de Granit Rose, and the mystery of the monoliths at Carnac and the Quiberon peninsula. The south and east boast the medieval city of Fougeres, the vineyards and the astounding Grand Elephant at Nantes, and the mythical Foret de Paimpont. Every Saturday you can browse the flowers, fruit, seafood, cheeses and more of one of France's largest street markets in the Breton capital of Rennes. Festivals of sailing and seafood in St Malo and Cancale, Breton music in Rennes and Quimper, the medieval Fetes des Ramparts in Dinan, art exhibitions and annual film festivals in Dinard, rock music in Rennes and jazz in Vannes and Granville, onion and cider festivals in Roscoff and Beuvron-en-Auge, ensure that whatever you're into, this area has plenty to offer. Even Monet's famous water lilies are a short journey away at his Normandy home at Giverny. Don't just take our word for all this though - come and find out for yourself! Once you've visited we can promise you'll want to come back again and again. New additions for the 2016 season: a shower is being added to the bathroom and there will also be wifi from April 1st. Towels and bedding can be provided if required: Double/King size 10€ Single €7 Towels €5 per person (to include hand and bath towel). Let us know full requirements for an accurate quote. Please remember the quote includes the small €150 returnable damages deposit. 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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Outdoor Dining Area
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
Books
Hairdryer
TV
Parking
Corporate Bookings
Rural/Countryside Retreats
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Local Guides/Maps
Alarm Clock
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Dishwasher
Freezer
Iron
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Fireplace
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Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a week in this beautiful house. It is spacious (we were a group of 6) and has all the mod cons you need, set in a property full of character and charm. The garden is large which meant our children could play freely....More

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank Stanley10Swindon
Management response:Responded 20 August 2018

Thank you for the review. You were lovely to host also. Best wishes. Caroline

Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

My family and I spent a lovely Easter holiday here. The house is so well equipped, cosy soft furnishings, lots of games and books, TV in both rooms for chill out time and a really good kitchen. It was very relaxing. The gardens are great...More

Date of stay: March 2016
Thank Gillian D
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Reviewed 9 August 2015

The place is beautiful, clean and big. It was enough for us a s a family with 5 children. If you want to explore Normandy and Brittany in France, this is the right place where you stay. Driving to Saint Malo, walking to Saint Michel...More

Date of stay: August 2015
Thank Oshishk
Reviewed 28 October 2013

This is a lovely house in a quiet hamlet about a 10-minute drive to Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and even closer to the nearby town of Pontorson. The house is very well decorated, light-filled, and spacious, with a large yard and garden attached. The owners are delightful...More

Date of stay: September 2013
Thank rdm68
About the Owner
Caroline M
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:March 2013
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About the neighbourhood
Set in the beautiful bay of Mont St Michel the climate is milder, more reliable and sunnier than the UK, and the local area around the bay in particular benefits from a microclimate than means that warm sunny days are frequent and any rain rarely lasts long. This stunning area is set between the classic Normandy bocage, the Cherbourg peninsula, the beautiful Breton countryside, and the rugged beauty of the Brittany coast. The cities of Rennes and St Malo offer chic shopping and fine cuisine, whilst closer to home are amazing bistros, perfect patisseries, and artisan producers of everything from cheese to pottery to cognac. The ethereal Abbey of St Michael is a constant on the local skyline, marking a thousand years of French history. Excellent transport links by ferries from the UK to...
How to get there
There are many ways to travel to this area of France. Airports with car rental included Dinan, Dinard and Rennes. Ferry port options are also plentiful. The shortest distance away is St Malo, a beautiful fishing port that is worth a visit whilst arriving or departing. Quickest drive, with the most plentiful ferry options is Caen (Ouistreham), A slightly further drive, although still easy is Le Havre/ Alternatively, arrive at Roscoff and drive along the coast, taking in the bird reserves along the way.
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