First Class Self Catering Holiday Accommodation in Normandy, France.
Holiday cottage in Normandy
Welcome to our website for Les Bruyères, a superb and spacious self catering holiday cottage in Normandy, France, which has been renovated and equipped to a very high standard. It has been converted from a former farm building in the grounds of our home and was completed in 2009. We are Nina and John Costello, and have lived at Les Bruyères for thirteen years.
Catering for up to 6 people (+ cot if required), the cottage has all the modern amenities and comforts that you would expect in your own home including free dedicated Wifi broadband ensuring a strong wifi signal in all rooms. A place you will look forward to returning to, after a hard day`s exploring!
Situated in the heart of rural Normandy, the property is surrounded by fields and woodland, perfect for a relaxing holiday. From the cottage, there are stunning views over the River Sée valley all the way to Avranches, on the coast, 16 kms away.
It is perfectly located to explore the beautiful Normandy countryside (the bocage) and the many sites of interest such as Le Mont St Michel and the D-Day landing sites. There are many picturesque towns and villages of historical and architectural interest.
The beautiful sandy beaches of Normandy are less than an hour away. Normandy is wonderful walking country, and there are literally hundreds of kilometers of memorable walks through the countryside, or along the coast.
The cottage is also ideally located for those who are searching the area for property to buy. It is central to a wide area of lower Normandy and eastern and northern Brittany.
Normandy is famous, of course, for its cafés and restaurants serving wonderful food and wine at very reasonable prices. We can advise you on all the local eateries (including one which is nationally famous and is a five minute drive away!).
Our local village, St Pois, five minutes away by car, has an impressive number of amenities for its size including a post office, boulangerie, butcher, mini-market, doctors surgery, pharmacy, hairdresser, a small restaurant and a bar-tabac. The town of Brécey (10 minutes away), has a supermarket and a good selection of other shops, restaurants and cafés.
Reviews & Comments from our Guest Book
Very pleasant and memorable! We found Les Bruyéres by chance. We had decided to rent a house in France but not specifically where. Already in the initial dialogue with Nina and John, we felt that we chose the right house in the right region. John responded quickly to the questions we had, which enabled us to plan our trip efficiently. When we arrived at Les Bruyéres we were not only taken by the beautiful surroundings, we were also welcomed in the best possible way and could quickly make us feel at home. The countryside surrounding Le Mesnil Gilbert is amazing. Les Bruyéres is located on the slopes of Mont Buon with a magical view of the surrounding countryside. We hope we can return soon.
We rented a car which allowed us to explore Normandy properly. It became a positive experience for us. We were lucky with the weather and could combine warm and sunny days on Carolles-Plage with discovering all the history that Normandy offers. We really felt we were in a region that has played a major role in Europe's history. Do not miss the landing places in Arromanches and Omaha Beach or Bayeux and its museums as well as the world heritage St Mont Michel. Great Visits! We also visited the zoo in Champrepus which became an appreciated day for our daughters.
Nina and Johan recommended great restaurants near Les Bruyéres. Because our entire family is interested in food we therefore want to recommend Auberge du Moulins. They offer french fine dining for the whole family regardless of age. Our daughters really appreciated how their menu was presented and served. John was kind enough and gave us a ride to the restaurant. Much appreciated!
Our stay in Les Bruyéres was pleasant and memorable. The house and the surrounding garden is a wonderful environment for a family. But, above all, it is Nina and John's hospitality we want to emphasize. Thank you for making us feel at home right away - it was really nice to stay with you on your property!
Tyra, Vera, Karoline and Jesper, Sweden, June2018.
"Our" Summer Cottage - We had a wonderful three week stay at the cottage and hope that we can come back some time in the next couple of years. The cottage is bright and tidy and has all the modern conveniences--dishwasher, washing machine, TV, and many electrical outlets in the all the rooms. The kitchen is well equipped with nice dishes, silverware and cooking pots. (Sometimes we've stayed in other places where it seems like the 3rd best stuff is in the cottage; not this cottage, it's all the best stuff). Our hosts, John and Nina live right next door to the cottage. They are friendly and we saw them often but they were not intrusive. And what can I say about the garden? It is stunning! Finally, the location is convenient to many of the Normandy attractions. We visited the beaches three times in three weeks. Also a nice day trip from Mont St. Michel as well as St. Malo in Brittany. In addition to the "attractions," many of the nearby towns have market days so we were able to get fresh food several times. There is also a nearby grocery store for everyday stuff. All in all we had a great time and I'm already missing Les Bruyeres. Sarah and Tom, Roseville, Minnesota, USA. June 2017.
Outstanding property with peaceful, serene surroundings and exceptional views. Wonderful, helpful hosts. The property was well defined however the beauty of the location is beyond the description. It is a perfect rental opportunity for 2 couples or a family. It is centrally located making day trips to numerous historical sites in Normandy and Brittany possible. An amazing restored barn that is very comfortable and well fitted out. Large kitchen allows easy food preparation and dining in comfort. The down stairs also has a large living room allowing for relaxation after a day of exploration and a half bath. The upstairs has two nice sized bedrooms (one en-suite) along with a bedroom with twin beds and a full bath with access via the hall. The entire suite was very clean and well maintained. The hosts provided very helpful information pertaining to the area along with a series of moving stories written by local residents that described how civilians were impacted by the WW II occupation. In summary an outstanding rental property with fabulous hosts who were always available on site. We sincerely would like to thank John & Nina for the opportunity to stay at their property and we are hoping we will be able to return in the future. Strongly recommend without any reservations!! Tom and Diane, Massachusetts, USA. May 2017.
Relaxing Getaway - This property is well situated between Normandy and Brittany allowing us to take daily trips which were no longer than two hours from the home. The countryside is beautiful. I stayed with my husband and son, and his wife. We all had plenty of room. We used the outdoor grill almost every night and enjoyed sitting around the spacious kitchen table for dinner. All being said, a great vacation spot. Susan G. New Jersey, USA. September 2016.
A lovely stay - It was a great base to explore the delights of Normandy and Brittany and we visited so many lovely places. I would highly recommend this as a place to stay and have done so already to some of my friends. We hope to visit again some day. Anon. August 2016.
Exceptional property - Our hosts warmly welcomed us with wine, fruit and flowers which set the tone for the entire holiday. The listing description was accurate with very high standards of equipment provision and cleanliness. The house was very well maintained. The surroundings and panoramic views of the countryside were superb and we would have no hesitation in highly recommending the property to family and friends. John and Nina went out of their way to ensure that our stay was memorable.Anthony T. Poole, Dorset. July 2016.
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