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Charming 16th Century Manor House in Normandy
Close to the sea, 30 minutes from Cherbourg
4 bedrooms, sleeps 8/10 people

Le Manoir de la Gauguinerie

This delightful small manor house lies in a valley by a river, near beaches along the coast, from where you can see the Channel Islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Sark. It was built as a fortified house during the Huguenot rebellion in the 16th century and is quite unique in this part of Normandy. The windows were specifically designed for attack and defence, one has an opening for a rifle, the tower has openings from which to hurl tar and boiling oil onto the invaders and, perhaps most tellingly, there is a liturgical basin. The last Huguenot owner was executed in 1597 for crimes against the Abbaye de Blanchlande to which the King awarded ownership of the manoir for a period of two hundred years, in compensation.

This though is only part of the story of the Cotentin Peninsular. It is also an ancient Celtic land of hills, woods and marshes, myths and legends, villages and traditions. The house is 3 km from a small town, which has a large selection of shops, three supermarkets and a busy Wednesday morning market, full of local produce. There are also numerous restaurants throughout the area. The D-Day Landing beaches at Utah Beach and Ste M่re Eglise are 25 minutes from here. Cherbourg is 30 km, Caen is an hour.

The 16th century surroundings and beautiful furnishings give you a tremendously romantic feeling of stepping back into the period, in a part of France where time passes by unnoticed and little changes.

The ground floor of the house has a large dining room with the original granite fireplace, a sitting room furnished with Louis XIII style furniture with an 18th century stone fireplace and satellite television and DVD set in a Henri II dresser. The kitchen has a large U shaped worksurface and is fully equipped with everything needed, including a large fridge/freezer, oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster and mixer. There is underfloor heating downstairs and radiators upstairs. The laundry room, next to the manoir, is equipped with a washing machine, dryer and ironing facilities.

One of the four bedrooms is on the ground floor, a large twin room known as the Vendages. It also has a small, antique, wrought iron cot and is decorated in the 16th century style with a Louis XIV armoire and writing desk, a coffer and a tapestry. The en-suite bathroom is in the tower.

The three other bedrooms and two bathrooms are upstairs. La chambre des Arts has two single beds, a 17th century coffer, a fireplace of the same period, a tapestry, a fine writing bureau and the liturgical basin. This was once the seigneurial master bedroom and it has a wonderful bathroom in the tower. La chambre Yvonne, or the safron room, is a twin room with a dressing room and chest of drawers and la chambre Maria, known as the paprika room, has twin beds, an armoire and a pretty window. All the windows have interior shutters or wrought iron designs in 16th century style.

Outside is a courtyard terrace with garden furniture and a barbecue that has lovely views of the river and the copse.

The Area

This is an amazing wildlife area with some marvellous walks or cycle ride through the Marais where you can see crested cranes and herons, deer, goats and, wild boar in the Mont d'Etenclin hills. Riding is another great way to see the Cotentin and idyllic on the beach as the sun goes down. The huge beaches are also ideal for sand surfing. You can go sailing from Portbail 5 kms from here or simply spend the day fishing on the river here. Barneville-Carteret and Agon-Coutainville have 9-hole golf courses, Cherbourg has an 18-hole golf course.

The D-Day Landing beaches at Utah Beach and Ste M่re Eglise are 25 kms from here. The infamous Abbaye de Blanchelande is 2 kms away. Portbail is a pretty little port with a 12th century church and 13th century arched bridge, where you can get ferries, either there or at Barneville-Carteret for a day in one of the Channel Islands.

Travel Information

Caen - 1 hour
Cherbourg - 30 minutes
Car hire available
A 13, exit at Valognes - 15 minutes
or at Carentan - 30 minutes
Paris is 3h 30 minutes
Valonges - 15 minutes
Car hire available

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Prices and booking information

January - March€980
April, May & June€1190
July & August€1590
October - December€980
Christmas & New Year€1590

All prices are per week Saturday to Saturday
arriving at 4pm departing at 10am

Linen, towels, heating and 2 hours cleaning per week are included

A cook and baby-sitting can be arranged on request

A deposit of 25% is requested on booking
with the remainder sent 4 weeks before arrival,
together with a returnable damage deposit of €750

Language(s) spoken:
English and French

To book or for more information please contact
Jean Morin

Please mention Vacation France when contacting the owner

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