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Property Details

Sleeps:
8
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
4
Bathrooms:
3
Type:
Villa
Property #:
16585
Nearest Town:
La Haye du Puits

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Overall:
We had a wonderful time at the manoir and would recommend it highly.
Enjoyed Most:
The property is exactly as described and the owners are very lovely people.
Surrounding Area:
Very close to all of the WW II sights and we were able to make a one day drive to Mont St Michele
Nearby Events or Locales:
Haye du Puis is not quite within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
The property was well-equipped but you need personal items, such as soap, shampoo etc.
Directions:
We were extremely tired and found it quite difficult to find the property. We should have trusted the GPS that we had purchased but the roads seemed VERY small and so we went off course and got totally lost

Marilyn, October

Overall:
Lovely property, clean and tidy and super comfortable beds. Kitchen was well equipped although a couple more knives would have been useful.
Enjoyed Most:
We loved the peace and quiet, yet we were only 10 minutes from the main town. Delightful owners who were very helpful and informative. Bedrooms are very lovely and we all slept very well. Washer and dryer were invaluable. The kids loved playing in the courtyard.
Enjoyed Least:
No stand up shower, no "comfy" lounge area. Whilst there was a separate lounge with TV and plenty of seating, it was rather formal meaning it wasn't great for chilling out.
Surrounding Area:
So much to do and not enough time to cover it all. Portbail has the most beautiful beach - perfect for kids and only about 15k away. The D Day beaches are, as expected, very interesting and moving. Bayeux is a must. Mont St Michel was a long ride and it took ages to get into the car park. Worth the wait but if you have small kids or elderly/infirm people with you, it's probably best avoided in high season. We found the crowds quite claustrophobic.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Doville was walkable but there is nothing there. La Haye-du-Puits is about 10 mins by car and has a great supermarket, butchers, bakery etc. There are also various other supermarkets on almost every route to the main town.
Tips or Restaurants:
The kitchen is well equipped with most items. There are oils and spices/condiment,s etc. There is also a small supply of dishwasher tabs and washing up liquid cleaning items. Do bring hand soap, shower gel, etc, as these are not provided. There are plenty of nice towels. I would also recommend slippers or comfy shoes for inside as the stone floors are cold and not very forgiving! Bring DVDs if you have kids as there are no English-speaking kids shows on TV - only 3 English news channels: BBC WorldBloomberg and 1 other that I can't recall. There was a small supply of coals for the BBQ.

Helen, August

Overall:
Overall we enjoyed our stay very much. We were greeted by the owner, who stocked the kitchen with camembert cheese, eggs, bacon, juice, a baguette, and some milk. It was perfect as we arrived quite tired! I would describe the house as rustic, not as a Manor House, which suggests something larger with more grounds. But if travelers appreciate history, this is a nice redo of an old structure. The layout with two master bathrooms accommodated our 2 families very well.
Enjoyed Most:
We liked the large eating area. Liked the rustic feel of the place. Nice renovation. The property is adjacent to part of a national park that has several walks mapped out through the local countryside. Unfortunately, this is not well advertised at the property and we found out about it on a billboard near the church. We didn't get to walk the entirety. I'd suggest that the owner put some info about that in the house.
Enjoyed Least:
The property is a stone's throw from D-900 which is a busy 2 lane road, more like a thoroughfare. Outside the house it was very noisy from the traffic, and not the country quiet we were expecting. There really isn't much of a view other than the other buildings on the property--it sits more in a little valley. The kitchen is functional, but small, in keeping with the rustic feel of the house. There is a grill, and that is what we used for most of our cooking.
Surrounding Area:
We liked walking around the tiny residential village of Doville. We liked the location because it was central to the areas we wanted to visit, such as Omaha Beach, San Malo, San Michel, and Bayeuex.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Aside from Doville, which does not have any stores, the next town is Le Hays du Puit. While the town is close, you would have to walk along D-900, which we thought was too dangerous--trucks, high speed driving, and no shoulder to the road. We did go into Le Haye du Puit daily for food, bread, pastries and the butcher shop. Most anything you need you will likely find in the town center, including gas. Not fancy, but definitely authentic--people in Le Haye do not speak any English.
Tips or Restaurants:
We did not find any standout restaurants, but as the area is not known for that, we planned to cook at the house. The kitchen is adequate, though very small. It is equipped with most things that you need to cook. I brought 2 kitchen knives and a small cutting board; the board was unnecessary, but I was glad I brought my knives. We purchased, and left, a spatula. Plan to bring or buy spices. Very small freezer, but we were buying food daily, so did not matter. Linens were all provided and in good condition.
Directions:
The coordinates worked for us, but we definitely needed the last bit written out for us, as you did, because it is not immediately obvious where the access to the property is located. The other family with us had coordinates in their GPS, but felt that it took them to the wrong destination. Definitely have guests use GPS to find this property.

Diane And Andy, July

Overall:
We had a very enjoyable week.
Enjoyed Most:
Modern bathrooms, nice quiet location, laundry room.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing.
Surrounding Area:
Many sites related to WWII; nice day trip to Jersey.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Doville is within walking distance, but there are no stores there.
Tips or Restaurants:
The owner gave us some good recommendations.

Norman, June

Overall:
The property is a wonderful combination of the old and new. The house has great character, heavy wood beams in the ceiling, and a marvelous view of the old pigeonnier.
Enjoyed Most:
It has four nice sized bedrooms with 3 very nice bathrooms. It looked very much like the pictures on the website. The owners were very nice and helpful.
Surrounding Area:
The surrounding area was quaint and pleasant.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest small town is Doville and it was within walking distance. But it has houses only. The nearest town with shops, restaurants, etc. is La Haye du Puits and it is not within walking distance, but is a quick drive away.
Directions:
Finding the place requires paying careful attention to the written directions. But if you pay attention to the directions, you will find it without too much problem.
Check In Out:
The owner checked us in and was very friendly and explained everything well. They have thought through just about everything that someone would ask and took the time to explain where everything is, etc.

Cynthia, August

Overall:
We loved it and loved Normandy. There is an awful lot to see in the area so a week is a good amount of time to see most everything. We loved being in the country.
Enjoyed Most:
It was quiet off by itself. It was perfect for our family.
Enjoyed Least:
There is a slight sewage smell in the house - I think from the sceptic tank. Editor's Note: The smell was due to this being the first rental of the season. When in use, the smell disappears.
Surrounding Area:
We saw a great bit of Normandy which was fascinating. We would like to go back!!!! I would suggest getting a guide for the beaches. There are web sites for this. We arrived on Saturday and our guide was Monday, which set the tone for the rest of the week.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Doville, the nearest town, is a two minute walk, but there is nothing there. The nearest big town is La Haye du Puits about 10 minutes away, and you can get anything you want there. The market day is Wednesday which was a lot of fun.
Tips or Restaurants:
The owner had basic provisions, fresh eggs, milk, coffee, bacon, noodles, basic spices, etc, which was wonderful. There was dish laundry detergent.

Julie, May

Overall:
A very positive and rewarding experience. Great value!
Enjoyed Most:
Very new renovation, done in excellent fashion in the Norman tradition. Very quiet, but still a short ride to the nearest town. Wonderful owner, who filled the fridge with food and wine of the province. The bedrooms were large and the bathrooms very nicely appointed. The kitchen had all new appliances.
Enjoyed Least:
Just a bit hard to find the first time. Narrow roads the last half mile.
Surrounding Area:
Very pastoral, and quiet. Wonderful for walking. Very helpful neighbors and owner. Great local food; 5-6 miles from the ocean.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest town with stores, La Hay de Puis, was not within walking distance, but only a 10-minute drive away. It had a modern grocery, and any necessity we looked for.
Tips or Restaurants:
Several good restaurants were within a short drive, but names escape me. Just ask the proprietor; he is very helpful. Lots of history is less than a days drive. Go to Mont St. Michel!

Alexander, June