The gite and its location
The gite is contemporary, spacious and comfortably sleeps 6 people. It is just a couple of minutes drive from Gavray which is in La Manche region of Lower Normandy. Gavray is a large and pretty village with a market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. On Wednesdays the cattle market sits alongside a number of stalls selling local fruit and vegetables. The Saturday morning market is much bigger, and, as well as fruit and vegetables, you can also purchase cheese, shellfish, fish and bread. Other stalls sell plants, leather goods, clothes and shoes. There are also a couple of rotisserie vans who do a roaring trade in freshly grilled meats and chips.
Gavray has a supermarket and 3 boulangeries for delicious bread, pastries, cakes and sandwiches. You’ll also find a number of bars and restaurants where you can grab a coffee or spend more time relaxing over a meal. A butchers, pharmacy, post office, beauty salon, library, several banks and the tourist office are just some of the other facilities in Gavray.
Equidistant from Coutances, Granville and Villedieu-les-Poêles, this is the ideal base from which you can explore the area. The nearest beach is just 15 km/9 miles away at Saint Martin de Bréhal and the ruins of Hambye Abbey are just a short drive away. There are plenty of bars and restaurants, markets and food producers in the area for you to taste Normandy delights such as Calvados (apple brandy), cider, caramel sauce, cheese and sweet biscuits. A visit to Normandy would not be complete without a trip to Mont St Michel, the UNESCO world heritage site, which is 45 minutes away. Bayeux and the D-Day landing beaches are also worthwhile day trips. With abbeys, churches, historical buildings, beaches, cycling, horseriding, gardens and gastronomic delights, Normandy has plenty to entertain you.
About the owner
I’m Chris and I moved to Normandy in 2014 to undertake a barn renovation project. This is a complete lifestyle change having previously lived and worked in London. I have obviously watched too many property renovations on TV. Many years ago, as a student, I worked in France and therefore had a reasonable grasp of the language. I have become involved in the local community and made both French and English friends. My Normandy neighbours have been very welcoming and friendly. Now that the barn renovation is complete, I’m looking forward to welcoming guests to the gite and sharing this wonderful part of Normandy with you.
The ferry ports of Caen Ouistreham (1 hour) and Cherbourg (1.5 hours) are both served by Brittany Ferries. Check the Brittany Ferries website for routes and timetables. Before you book your ferry, contact me for a code which will give you a 10% discount off the fare.
Other options include alternative ferry companies, flights, the Channel Tunnel and coach. The Normandy Tourist Board website details the available options. The nearest airports are at Rennes and Caen (around an hour or so away). Trains from Paris stop at Villedieu-les-Poêles and Granville.
Map showing the location of the gite