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La Gandonniere, nr. Avranches, Manche, Normandy


The Normandy countryside is much loved by holidaymakers, because it reminds them of what the countryside used to look like decades ago in other countries, prior to urban sprawl! Mile after mile of rolling fields, with hedgerows, beautiful trees and lots of animals. The area offers not just breathtaking views, but also a peaceful setting, ideal for relaxing, walking, cycling or exploring in the car.

The local cafes and restaurants offer wonderful food at incredibly low prices (by British standards). The sea is only a fairly short drive away, with sandy beaches.

Well known local attractions include:
Mont St. Michel (World Heritage site)
The waterfalls at Mortain
Villedieu des Poêles - the copper city
The Enchanted Village at Bellefontaine
Ange Michel (adventure park)
Zoo at Champrepus

NEW! A golf course/driving range has just opened at St. Senier sous Avranches, only 10 mins drive away. On the same site there is also an excellent equestrian centre, ideal for children learning to ride.

NEW! 10% discount in June, July and August for couples with no accompanying children! (Also available rest of year, if you do not qualify for any other discount). Important: Send enquiry BEFORE booking.

Why stay in this property?
The house is detached and has all modern facilities, despite being situated in the heart of the Normandy countryside. One of the strongest points of the property is the fact that the double bedrooms are all of a good size - no squashed-in single rooms! The lounge/kitchen is also spacious, with beamed ceiling and wooden flooring. The room is purpose designed and does not, unlike many gites, have to double as a sleeping area. So it is possible to watch television when others have gone to bed. There is both French television (useful for watching the weather forecast!) and many English channels (via satellite).

The windows are double glazed, with shutters for use if you like a dark bedroom! There are electric heating convectors (wall mounted, with heat level thermostats) for the cold seasons. There are two WCs - a real bonus when urgency calls!

There is one large bedroom downstairs, with shower/toilet adjacent. The shower, however, is not recommended for disabled, obese or frail people, as the base is raised up and the entrance is not the wide type recommended for such people. There is a feature spiral staircase leading from that bedroom to another upstairs. This is also large and especially light and spacious.

If greater privacy is required, there is a third double bedroom in the room above the lounge, which is accessed via an open tread straight staircase. There is the convenience of having a bathroom/toilet adjacent.

Unlike the vast majority of holiday rental properties in the area, we allow pets to stay in the house, subject to a modest charge to cover extra cleaning. Any person(s) staying with a pet is required to keep it under control at all times and not to allow it to enter bedrooms or sit on furniture.

There are stunning countryside views from the property. The views from the upstairs windows are especially memorable and often commented upon by people staying here.

As the house is in a rural location, it is recommended that you come in your own car. Alternatively, car hire is available at both Dinard airport (Ryanair) and Rennes (Flybe). It is recommended to book in advance.

Upon arrival at the property, we will be waiting to greet you, explain all you need to know and answer any questions you may have. We do not live on site, so during your stay you will have complete privacy. However, we will give you our mobile phone number in case you have any questions whilst you are at the property. On the morning of your departure, we will come to the house to wish you farewell and a safe journey home.
The village has a pretty church and a bar run by English owners. There is a small lake in one direction and a forest and small river in another. The famous GR22 walking route passes near the village. Just north of the village there are the historical "Three Crosses" (Trois Croix), with a picnic area and a view that defies words!

In summer there is an outside swimming pool at nearby Brecey. There is a market there on Friday mornings. There are a fair range of shops there, also restaurants, cafes, and a "Super U" supermarket.

For bigger shopping, the town of Avranches offers almost everything you could want, including three large supermarkets. There is an excellent tourist centre there, too, as well as a Saturday market, lots of restaurants, and the famous "Jardin des Plantes" (park) with a view of St. Michel.

Another excellent town worth visiting is Villedieu des Poeles, which means "Gods town of the frying pans". The town specialises in making/selling pans in copper, plus a museum dedicated to the same theme. The shops are elegant and offer many items suitable as souvenirs (not just pans, far from it!)


Detached house in the heart of the Normandy countryside. Quiet location. Stunning views. Not far from sea and tourist sites, including Mont St. Michel. Ideal for romantic getaway or family holiday.


Property type: Country house

Room details


3 bedrooms, sleeps 6

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 3: 1 Double bed

Additional beds:
Room for 6 in the dining area
Room for 5 in the living area
1 bathroom, 2 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
TV Languages in Local
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Pots / pans
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Private garden
Extra information (Duvet covers or top sheets, pillow cases, base sheets and tea towels are included in the price. Please bring your own towels. Or if you do not wish to bring your own, then you can pay a small supplement for towels when you book. However, in that case it is a strict condition that towels are not used for taking to the beach. The very large grassed area to the south (front) and west (side) of the property is normally available for the use of guests, except when our sheep are in residence. There are several trees and beautiful views, perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine (or anything else). A table and chairs are provided for relaxing outside.)


Suitable for
Pets (Unlike many properties, we welcome pets - subject to an extra charge (to cover cleaning). It is also a condition that your pet(s) will be kept under proper control at all times.)

Sports and activities

Horse Riding
Mountain Biking

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Night Club
Theme Park

Prices and availability

Last updated 26.04.2013

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Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Early Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made more than x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st May 3 Months 10%
1st September to 31st December 3 Months 10%
Late Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made less then x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st December 7 Days 10%
Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st January to 31st May 15 Days 10%
1st September to 31st December 15 Days 10%


Compulsory extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
Heating charge in cold seasons - the rest of the year heating is included in price 1st January to 31st January N/A £12.00 per night

Paid with booking

Heating charge in cold seasons - the rest of the year heating is included in price 1st February to 28th February N/A £12.00 per night

Paid with booking

Heating charge in cold seasons - the rest of the year heating is included in price 1st March to 31st March N/A £12.00 per night

Paid with booking

Heating charge in cold seasons - the rest of the year heating is included in price 1st November to 30th November N/A £12.00 per night

Paid with booking

Heating charge in cold seasons - the rest of the year heating is included in price 1st December to 31st December N/A £12.00 per night

Paid with booking

Optional extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
Charge for having pet in property All year N/A £3.00 per night

Paid with booking

Towels All year Occupancy: per person £1.00 per person per night

Paid with booking


This is exact location

  • Nearest beach: 24km
  • Nearest bar: 1km
  • Nearest restaurant: 8km
  • Nearest supermarket: 11km
  • Rennes Airport: 98km
  • St. Malo Ferry: 79km
  • Mont. St. Michel: 38km
  • Golf course & equestrian centre: 8km
  • Carolles (beach): 33km


16 out of 16 people recommend staying here

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Stayed Saturday 30 June 2012
Had a lovely week in this cottage surrounded by lovely rural countryside. The place is so quiet and peaceful, great if you want to escape for a week or two. The cottage is situated a short walk from the village of Le Petit Celland and a short drive from the towns of Brecey and Avranches. The cottage is very spacious and very well appointed and has everything you might need for a week, it was immaculately clean when we arrived and we enjoyed feeding the sheep everyday who bound over as soon as they hear the rattle of their treats bucket. All in all it was a lovely experience and we would recommend staying here to anyone. There is plenty to see and do in the local area which is great for walking or sightseeing, we enjoyed the quality of the food available from both the supermarkets and restaurants we visited in Avaranches.
Stayed Sunday 02 October 2011
The cottage and the village of Le petit Celland were charming and peaceful. The owners were there to greet us and were most hospitable, even leaving us Mere Poulard cookies and local cider. The cottage had everything we needed and we were in easy distance of the main attractions of Normandy. Our only complaint, be it rather small ,was that the sofa in the living room was not very comfortable. The mattress on the downstairs bed where we slept was not the greatest. We would give the cottage an A- or B+ because of these two things. We did have a lovely time there enjoying the countryside after our daily sightseeing.
Owner reply:

We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay and it was a pleasure to have you. Regarding the sofa, we have checked it and you you are quite right; the springs seem to have been damaged recently. We are grateful to you for pointing this out. This has now been repaired and the sofa is back to normal.Regarding the mattress in the downstairs bedroom, it is fairly new and we have not received comments from anyone else. However, we take all comments seriously and slept on it ourselves after your stay. We slept better than at home! Unfortunately, some people like firm mattresses, some like medium, some like soft. It is difficult to please everyone!Nevertheless, thank you once again for your remarks and we wish you every happiness back in the USA.

Stayed Saturday 21 May 2011
We had a super 2 weeks staying at La Gandonniere. As has been stated on other reviews, the location is just lovely: assuming the weather is good you can enjoy sitting out the front of the gite taking in the lovely views of fields and animals. The whole area, in fact, is lovely and rural and quiet, and lots of great views are nearby. The gite provided a really good base for us as a family. For walks (and runs!) locally, and within reach particularly of Mont St Michel and beaches (we liked Carolle). Avranches is a nice town nearby. Peter and Tamara are very nice owners and keen to ensure our stay was pleasant. I guess a small improvement would be more Kitchen cutlery, crockery and utensils. Wed love to go back there!!!
Stayed Saturday 23 May 2009
Idyllic position for country lovers close to farm animals in stunning countryside. Dreamy and peaceful. Brecy, a lovely small town is within a 10 minute drive, with typical attractive French town square. Locals very friendly. Avranches, 20 minutes away by car, is a characterful town with many nice bars and restaurants and views towards Mont St Michel from Le Jardin des Plantes that are fantastic. The property has good UK TV channel range. Rooms spacious and nicely appointed. Our only mild disappointment was the downstairs shower area that was very small and stairs that could possibly present problems to less mobile older people. A highlight for us was the kindness and generosity of the owners, Tamara and Peter, who went out of their way to ensure that our stay was an enjoyable one. We were sad to leave at the end of our week and are now sold on this particular part of Normandy for its charm and beauty.
Owner reply:

We thank our client for his kind comments. We are glad that he and his wife enjoyed their stay and we were sad when they left! They are an exceptional couple, given their ages. We respect and value their feedback. Regarding the shower room, although we did originally have a comment about restricted access, we have now reworded the property description to make the stuation clearer:"The shower, however, is not recommended for those who are disabled, frail or obese, as the base is raised and the access doors are not wide."Please do not allow the above to put you off staying here! Any average person should be able to use the shower room without any difficulty. Regarding the stairs, the property description already clearly describes their nature: one spiral, one open-tread straight.

Stayed Saturday 04 April 2009
A very nice, clean and comfortable cottage in a peaceful location, yet close to local towns for all amenities. Peter and Tamara were very helpful without being intrusive. We appreciated their many thoughtful gestures, particularly the wine and cheese on arrival.
Stayed Saturday 23 August 2008
The cottage and the owners were fantastic. The warm welcome and gifts after a 14 hour drive was greatly appreciated, as was the adaptability of the length of stay. The cottage was clean, spacious and well equipped. The children loved having resident sheep to talk to. Although blissfully remote, it was very easy to get to every convenience you could want. many thanks for an enjoyable stay.
Stayed Monday 11 August 2008
The property was lovely and Peter and Tamara were great people who looked after us very well. We wouldnt hesitate in recommending this property to family and friends.
Stayed Friday 01 August 2008
We had a lovely holiday here. Set in a rural location with great views. Close to Bracey (5 min drive) for fresh bread, supermarket and Swimming pool. Lots in the local area - drive to beaches not too far, plus local Zoo and adventure park. The children liked seeing the near by Horses, Chickens, Ducks and even fed and kept the Water for the sheep topped up. Inside everything looks almost new as its obviously been very recently renovated to a great standard. Wooden and laminate floors plus very large rooms. Two modern bathrooms. Everything you need is included and the English Satellite TV is a real bonus. Very helpful owners - English spoken and they live near by and great communication from booking stage onwards. Thanks for a great holiday.
Stayed Saturday 26 May 2007
La Gandonniere was a quiet gem set in the countryside of Normandy. We had 6 adults in our party and it accommodated us all very comfortably. Peter and Tamara were very welcoming and accommodating - we greatly appreciated their assistance! We loved being able to sit out in the sun with our morning coffee and often to eat a late dinner. The property was handy to supermarkets and to most of the sites we had planned to see in Normandy. I would certainly highly recommend this property to anyone who wishes to experience the countryside of Normandy. We loved it!!
The house is obviously a loved house. Peter and Tamara keep it spotlessly clean and provide all you could need for a comfortable stay. Lots of interesting places to visit are within easy reach or you can have a long day out on the peninsular. There is a pub with excellent food and english owners just 500 yards away. I defy you to be able to eat their three course meals as the helpings are so large. The house is set in a beautiful valley - so peaceful and yet close to the village. We felt very safe there and could have stayed . We do hope to return.
A warm welcome from the owners on arrival and a very nice cottage for either a quiet hideaway or the base for a lively family holiday. Furnishings are pretty basic but overall the house is lovely and the friendly sheep were a highlight of our stay. There is a local bar/restaurant in the village(La Forge) that serves excellent food at very reasonable prices. Very well located for the local attractions and even the D Day beaches are a realistic full day out. Thoroughly recommended!
the property was perfect for us in every way. the hosts were there to welcome us despite us being several hours delayed. it was well appointed and comfortable and in a fabulous spot peaceful as could be yet close to many major attractions. my only reservation would be if all three bedrooms were needed which we did not. the process of having to go through one bedroom to reach another means you need to be family or very close friends! if you were going on holiday together i guess you would be one or the other. LOVED IT!
Cracking cottage. Location spot on. Very quite. Very clean and tidy. Very pleased with the price too.
A Fabulous property overall. Wondlerful setting and so well located for visiting major attractions. A very warm welcome and send off was received from the owners. Couldnt really have asked for more.
The paperwork said - rural setting - what we found was a beaufill 3 bedroomed house set on the edge of a typical french village, finished beautifully & tastefully with everything we needed, our time here passed far to quickly - we will be back...
A lovely cottage set in the country side with all the necessaties at hand. Good for sight seeing and delightful when spending the evening in.


About the owner
We have lived permanently in France for a good number of years and know the area very well. We do not live on site, so we will not intrude on your privacy. However, we speak French and are willing to assist over the phone during your stay, in cases of urgency.
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