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Our fifth visit to Le Pressoir and to Karen and Andy, the owners.There is not much left to say about this beautiful property set is a stunning part of Basse-Normandie. (see previous reports) Karen and Andy keep the Gite in spotless condition year on year and the 'Welcome' pack is second to none.Being April, the cuckoo was back and the birds were singing their hearts out. this is truly a beautiful place to stay and to relax and unwind.
Well visit number 5!! And we were not disappointed 😍. Everything fresh clean exactly as described as if it were our first visit. Karen and Andy beaming as we drove in. We love this place as it is so relaxing our hosts so welcoming but not intrusive, friendly but not over familiar. They are now our dear friends who we love to chat with during the year. If you want hustle and bustle this is not for you but relaxation with home comforts, nature and peace come here. You need a car but that is half the fun with some Gems within 30mins drive, Domfront being the perfect medieval town. Normandy beaches an hour and half away Mont St Michel and Bayeaux similar distances. We are back in Normandy in July and yes we will be calling in for a coffee! You arrive as a guest but leave as friends for life.❤️ 🇫🇷 Steve and Ann The Honeymoon Couple x
We spent a wonderful Christmas at Karen and Andy's gite. Everything you need to do an "English Christmas" was provided at the gite and Karen and Andy were so helpful, even decorating the gite with Christmas decorations, we really felt at home. There are some charming villages in the surrounding area - we especially liked Mortain with a lovely forest walk.
Thank you so much,
Our third visit to Le Pressoir and we were as enchanted as we were on our first stay. Karen and Andy are wonderful hosts. The Gite has everything you need for a very comfortbale stay. Nothing has been overlooked and it is very well organised. It is ideally situated to visit the coast and pituresque towns in the surrounding area. It was a pleasure to return and explore the wonderful Normandy countryside.
We have just returned from Le Pressoir after having a fabulous week in a fabulous gitè. Karen and Andy were the perfect hosts meeting us on arrival with a welcome cup of tea and a tour of the gitè and it’s facilities. We were treated to a fantastic welcome tray containing bread, cheese, butter, wine, milk, and also fresh eggs from Karen’s chickens and fresh salad from Andy's vegetable garden. Oh and four of the biggest and best chocolates I have ever tasted! The gitè was extremely well equipped and spotlessly clean ...... probably more so than my own home. The bathroom, with the best shower I have been in, was superb, and I have to say I had some of the best nights sleep I have had in a long time in the most comfortable bed. The gitè is in a secluded rural area but there are neighbours and a local farm adjacent. Le Pressoir is also handily placed for having a good look around Normandie and Brittany. We spent 5 amazing days at Mont St Michel, St Malo, Bayeux, Carentan, St Mare Eglise and Arromanches. During these days we visited as many D Day museums, landing beaches and cemeteries as we could. All in all we had a tiring but amazing week. Normandie is a great place for touring and sight seeing and add to that a fabulous place to stay. What more could you want? I would recommend Le Pressoir to anyone. Thank you Karen and Andy hope to see you again some time.
Just 60 miles south of Caen we discovered the wonderful gite belonging to Karen and Andy. They had catered for every conceivable need imaginable including a comprehensive welcome pack. The surrounding area is full of interesting attractions to visit - Mont St Michelle , Bayeaux Museum with the famous tapestry, Swiss Normandy, Medievil Villages and much more.
We have had a wonderful holiday in your beautiful gite - so quiet and peaceful - again :) You wonder if it will be as good as you remember from your first visit - IT IS!! We revisited some old haunts but found so many new ones it was difficult to fit them all in. Thank you Karen & Andy - such perfect hosts. Best wishes. 10/10
What a fantastic gite! - Certainly, the best we have visited.The situation was perfect for a much needed relaxing and peaceful break. Long (and short) walks in the area were extremely pleasant with plenty of wildlife. The booking experience (through Brittany Ferries) was easy and nothing was too much trouble for the owners, Karen and Andy, who provided a lovely welcome pack for our arrival. The eggs (from their own hens) were delicious, as was the French bread and wine. Karen and Andy are excellent hosts who can be justifiably proud of what they have achieved at Le Pressoire. They were there when we needed them but didn't impose themselves.The gite was just how one would want it to be. Decor, fixtures and fittings were all of good quality with every little detail considered.- right down to the fly screens on all the windows and doors. A real home from home An added bonus was the 20% discount on Brittany Ferries. We would certainly recommend it and will, hopefully, be visiting again.
The roadsides are blue with bluebells, a Donkey 'Hee Haws' in a nearby field and the Cuckoo can be heard in the distance. It is April and we are back for our 4th visit to Le Pressoir. This beautiful Gite, a converted barn, is the work and inspiration of Karen and Andy Williams who live next door. No expense has been spared to make this a unique getaway for two people. Travel about sightseeing in Basse-Normandy or just chill out in the beautiful surroundings.With underfloor heating and a wood-burner, everything has been thought of to make your stay not only comfortable but memorable as well. Karen and Andy keep the Gite spotlessly clean and fully equipped. A very welcome 'Pack' of goodies is there to greet you on arrival. Wine, bread, butter, milk, chocolates and eggs from their own chickens. This Gite scores 10 on all criteria and is highly recommended. 'Thank you' Karen and Andy for being the perfect hosts. See you in 2019.
Less than 2 hours from Caen. it is an absolutely wonderful with delightful owners, so well equipped and spotlessly clean. There is nothing I can think of that anyone would ever need that is not provided. It is within easy reach of so many places of interest, St Malo, Mont Saint Michel, Bill the Conqueror's gaff, the D-Day Beaches, Bayeux to name a few.
This our fourth visit to Le Pressoir which we think is testimony enough to the gite and its hosts, Karen and Andy. They are two lovely people who had a vision and have achieved it. The gite is the perfect hideaway from the rat race, tranquil, clean, beautifully positioned, comfortable and you really feel like you belong there.
They are very informed about the area and always ready to help if needed but very discreet most of the time.
The kitchen is well equipped, the bed very comfortable and the gite is warm but if it gets a little chilly the wood burner is a dream.
Booked up for 2019 already 😊❤️😂❤️
Now our third visit to Le Pressoir and what is left to say about this beautiful gite. It is always spotlessly clean and the linen and towels soft and fresh. The attention to detail which has gone into this property is a tribute to Karen and Andy's creativity and vision. It is always a pleasure to be able to return to this area which is only 1 1/2 from the ferry
port at Caen. Karen and Andy are the perfect Hosts, always on hand if needed but not intrusive. 'Thank you' once again
for the 'welcome pack', goodies and logs and your ever happy company. See you in April 2018. Peter & Debbie.
A beautiful home from home, lovely hosts, fantastic attention to detail, the surroundings are peaceful & relaxing, and a great location for exploring nearby towns & villages.
Looking forward very much to our return visit........
This was our first experience of hiring a Gite in France and what a find!!
We cannot praise the quality and presentation of this accommodation highly enough.
It is 5* in every respect, you will not want for anything if you select this property.
Karen & Andy the delightful owners also provide you with a FOC welcome pack of essentials and there are no hidden extras cost wise, like paying for logs for the wood burner etc.
You will most certainly enjoy this wonderful experience............We will be returning next year
A wonderful house in the norman countryside and a very warm welcome of the owners Karen & Andy... we appreciated much the welcome tray with the eggs and norman cider... thanks a lot
The house is very cosy and well equipped with many amenities, we loved it to return in the evening :))
We stayed 18 wonderful nights in this outstanding gite, a great place to visit the sights of the Normandy... so we went to St. Michaels Mount, the Aquarium and Intra-Muros of St. Malo, Omaha Beach, the tapestry of Bajeux, we saw the big sailing ships in Le Havre and the impressive Bridge of the Normandy, the cheese dairies in Livarot and the we had a wonderful day on the Chanel Island Jersey... there are lots of things to do and to see... les velorails,
la Suisse normande, the waterfalls of Mortain... and the discovery of the
So we say thank you very much for great and recreative days in that wonderful rural retreat...
Amazing gite containing everything you would need for a fabulous holiday. Andy & Karen are the perfect hosts, will definitely return, five star rating
I stayed here in late May. I was visiting my friends who live nearby. My friends know Karen and Andy well and knew this would be the perfect place for me. Every time I think about my stay, I just laugh. First of all, they restored the cottage with their own two hands! There are "before" pictures on display. They are masterful at their work. The cottage is cozy, spacious. While it is attached to their home, the arrangement affords guests adequate privacy. The sitting garden fulfills the fantasy of what one imagines in a bucolic Normand setting -- cows moo and chickens cluck, peace and quiet. A perfect place to have a morning cup of coffee or tea. That's easy to do because the kitchen is fully stocked with local deliciousness -- fresh eggs, bread, cheese, milk. butter, and more. If you want to know what else, you absolutely have to stay here. It's worth your while. This is the ideal home base for visiting the sites in the region. Thank you, Karen and Andy, I'll be back!
This place just gets better and better, been here four times now and each time there are lots of little surprise's to make you stay even better. Relaxing and charming in a rural location yet close enough to everywhere should you wish to explore. Tastefully restored to a very high standard nothing has been left to chance you will be wowed from the minute you arrive to the minute you leave. Karen and Andy are the perfect hosts, there if you need them and full of local knowledge. So if your after a charming, relaxing holiday then look no further.
21-29 July 2017
We had a very enjoyable week in Le Pressoir and hosts Karen and Andy were genuinely welcoming and very helpful throughout our stay. The gite was beautiful, and was prepared to an excellent standard. It has a fully equipped kitchen with everything we needed for our stay and is tastefully furnished throughout. The attention to detail is excellent and we could not have wished for anything more. Le Pressoir is ideal for touring the more southern parts of Normandy, as well the western coastline with its lovely beaches. Brittany is just short drive away and the D-Day beaches are all within easy reach. All in all a very enjoyable, relaxing stay helped by the perfect little base to return to after a day's touring.
Having travelled throughout France the last 15 years, we can honestly say this is one of the best gites we have experienced, and would have no hesitation in recommending Le Pressoir to anyone planning to come to this region. Karen and Andy are lovely hosts.
Nous avons passé un excellent séjour !
Le gîte est au calme , très agréable , très bien équipé et bien décoré , on s'y sent très bien !!
Les propriétaires Karen et Andy sont très charmants.
Nous avons apprécié aussi le "pack de bienvenue " ( produits alimentaires de base ... ) qui nous a fait bien plaisir , ainsi que le ménage inclus.
Nous garderons un excellent souvenir de ce séjour et n'hésiterons pas à recommander ce gîte à nos amis ou à y revenir.
The gite Le pressoir is a fantastic place to stay......we were warmly welcomed by Karen and Andy...the gite was very clean and a welcome tray was a delight...we enjoyed the area very much,and Karen and Andy gave us lots of information,markets and cafe etc .....we will return very soon.....
There are no hidden horrors in this property!! We've just arrived home after our third visit to Le Pressoir. Love it ❤️ A lot of time and effort has been spent on this property and it shows. Lovingly restored, tastefully decorated and beautifully situated. They only thing Karen and Andy have no control over is the weather but the gite is cozy and comfortable, with english tv, if any inclement weather should arrive and a wood burning stove. The kitchen is well equipped and the gite is extremely clean and well cared for. The area is very quiet so perfect for a total chill from our busy schedules. So ideal for some escapism. Karen and Andy are rarely seen, unless you need to see them, very discreet but very accommodating and friendly. They are very knowledgeable about the area. We have booked again for next year we love the place so much!❤️
We went to France for the first time and found a little 'gem' . The gite very peaceful and relaxing, Karen & Andy provided everything you could possibly want. The communication after the first enquiry was first class, Karen always kept us informed and responded very quickly to our queries which was a great help. The gite was perfect comfortable, beautiful,everything thought of ,lots of information regarding shopping,markets etc., lovely and clean,warm and very homely. We loved every minute and will return. They have done a superb job and it shows they care about making the holiday experience the best you can have. They were there if we needed. Thank you to you both for a great experience we will return. P.S. your chicken eggs are beautiful. I would recommend this gite to couples wanting a relaxing holiday. Thank you.
Our second visit to this fantastic barn conversion. Just as impressive as the first visit. Lovely warm,comfortable and spotless. Karen and Andy are charming hosts without being intrusive. A rural setting, suitable for all seasons within easy reach of major towns and attractions.
Another lovely stay in this beautiful gite, in beautiful countryside. Love this place. Hope to see you again very soon.
We have stayed at this gorgeous gite twice now - in fact it was through staying here that gave us the final boost to buy a place of our own in France. This gite is beautiful. The interior décor is so tasteful and fits right in with the surrounding French countryside. Inside is elegant but cosy with a fully equipped kitchen, a cosy living area with a wood burning stove and a stunning bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. Go up the spiral staircase into the bedroom area and you are invited to a sumptuous bedroom with chic French furnishings. For extra guests there is a sofa bed on the mezzanine along with a small second bathroom. There are French doors leading out onto a patio area with furniture and BBQ. The gite comes with WiFi if you really need to keep in touch with the outside world! Andy and Karen are the perfect hosts. They welcome you on arrival with a welcome tray packed with goodies for your first night and are always available to give you information about the surrounding area. The gite is ideally located for trips to the Normandy beaches and to explore the charming French villages and towns nearby. If you enjoy peace and quiet and the French countryside, this is the place for you. Bonnes vacances!
This was our second visit to ‘Le Pressoir and we found it as enchanting on the second visit, as we did on the first. We had a warm welcome from Karen and Andy who are excellent hosts who have put a lot of thought into equipping their Gite, everything you need for a comfortable stay a real home from home. We had a lovely break and recharged our batteries in this rural and tranquil setting. which is ideally situated to explore the beautiful Normandy countryside. There are a lot of interesting places to visit without having to go too far. If you enjoy walking we would recommend the ‘Goblin’ trail around Mortain a visit to La Fosse Arthour and the Andaine Forest. There is plenty of local information in the Gite and Andy and Karen are on hand if you need any further information, they have a lot of local knowledge. Having more than 20 years’ experience of renting properties across Europe this is definitely one of the best and would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to stay in this area. I We will certainly be returning at some time in the future.
We arrived and came across this stunning immaculate gite after a beautiful journey through France to be greeted by our wonderful hosts Karen & Andy with a lovely welcoming cup of tea. Karen & Andy showed us round their their amazing ornate yet spacious gite, we have travelled through Europe and UK for nearly forty years now and can say without a shadow of a doubt that this is the best accommodation we have ever experienced. The attention to detail that Karen & Andy have given in creating their Gite is simply stunning. Coupled with Karen & Andy's warm caring hospitality, we felt very lucky & spoilt. A beautifully appointed kitchen, diner, lounge and luxury shower & bathroom with a lovely ornate spiral staircase leading to the mezzanine floor upstairs with cozy bedroom, sitting area with comfy sofa bed settee and lovely views of the surrounding rural buildings and landscape. What with numerous beautiful medieval towns, wonderful cafes, restaurants, WW2 landing beaches nearby, Wi FI , British TV, underfloor heating, well what more could we have wanted! We had a great time and have already rebooked with Karen & Andy for next year, and look forward to returning and enjoying the odd glass of wine or two with our new found friends & hosts Karen & Andy. We are recommending this Gite to all of our friends & family needless to say!
We would like to thank Karen and Andy for our wonderful holiday in their beautiful gite. The gite is very clean and beautifully decorated. It has everything you could possible want for a comfortable stay. Karen and Andy are so friendly and always on hand to help or recommend where to visit. The gite is set in beautiful Normandie countryside where you can hear the birds, listen to the owls and even heard a woodpecker. We are hoping to go back very soon. We would highly recommend this gite.
Lovely new spotlessly clean Gite complete with everything needed to make stay comfortable. Lovely pretty garden area Nothing within walking distance so a car is a must. Really enjoyed visiting the many markets particularly Vers and St.Hilaire A definite must visit are the Towns of Cite Medievale De Dinan and the beautiful Town of Bagnoles de l'Orne. Gite Owners were excellent hosts and nothing was too much trouble. I would definitely recommend this Gite particularly if you want a quiet relaxing time
This gite is perfectly placed for the coast, Normandy beaches, bayeux, and beautiful inland towns and historical buildings, within 1 hours drive. There are two supermarkets in Mortain, just up the road and itself has a lovely waterfall and walks. The gite itself is absolutely great it wants for nothing and if it does you only have to ask. Our hosts Andy and Karen are very knowledgeable about the area , we had a great time for the second year. Thanks Paul and Leslie.
A fantastic cottage well-appointed and spotlessly clean with great attention to detail on the conversion. The lovely French countryside setting is centrally located for visiting surrounding towns and golf at Bagnoles-de-l'Orne. Karen and Andy are super hosts, friendly and helpful without being intrusive. We would definitely recommend the property for a relaxing holiday 'get away' with the under-floor heating the property is suitable for a visit all the year round.. A thoughtful 'Welcome pack' awaits you on arrival. We have already booked for next year. 'Thank you Karen and Andy.
What a wonderful spot! The barn has been beautifully and tastefully restored and the owners have thought of every detail to provide for a very comfortable and relaxing stay. The barn is immaculate and very well maintained.The owners are very friendly and welcoming and nothing is too much trouble for them. We were very warm and cosy and will certainly be recommending this barn to friends and family.
When I arrived I was kindly greeted by the owners, they were such lovely people and couldn't do enough for me. On entering the gite I could not believe how stunning it was, modern, very clean, and superbly maintained. The stay was fantastic I had all the mod cons and the shower was absolutely awesome, English tv too I couldn't have asked for more. With the owners living next to the attached gite I was wandering if it was a bit too close, but they left me alone to my own devices but were always there if I needed them. They are lovely people and I got to know them well after inviting me round to their side for a drink and chat. I was there visiting all the landing beaches of WW2 and the museums in that area too, if that's an interest to people they won't find a nicer place to stay. There are plenty of small towns in the area to visit as well. I would really recommend this property to stay in, it has everything you would require, is comfortable, affordable, clean and tidy, I cannot praise it enough or the owners.
We have been travelling to France several times a year for over 30 years and have stayed in more Gites than we care to remember. We would simply say that this is one of the very best. The Barn has been beautifully renovated and is amazingly well and thoughtfully equipped. It is difficult to think what else they could provide! The Gite is warm and comfortable and set in a really beautiful rural area of Normandy. Andy and Karen achieve the remarkable balancing act of being the most welcoming, helpful and friendly owners and neighbours whilst being unobtrusive and sensitive while you are there. We stayed eight nights and loved it. They have created a fantastic gite and couple it with thoughtful and appropriate hospitality. Thoroughly recommended.
A wonderful gite in the heart of Normandy. Ideal for couples looking to have some peace and quiet in the country but close enough for easy access to the D-Day beaches, St Malo etc. Andy & Karen are very welcoming hosts and on hand without being intrusive. Property looks just like the pictures and is immaculately presented with everything you need for a great stay. Linen, towels and all the equipment/faclities are of the highest quality and the "welcome" package provided on arrival is a great touch. We shall certainly be returning.
What a gem! Karen and Andy are the most welcoming of hosts and have thought of every small detail to ensure that their lovely gite meets anybody's possible expectations. We arrived late and in darkness due to ferry delays. We were warmly welcomed after our long journey with Andy even providing us with a very well received cup of tea! We also had the 'welcome' pack of bread, butter, cheese, milk and eggs and wine to keep us going - what a treat. During our stay we tried various small eateries at lunchtime and especially enjoyed one recommended by our hosts which proved to be both good value and good food. We also made the most of the two very good local supermarkets in Mortain to buy and cook our own meals in the more than adequate kitchen. The free wifi was invaluable due to a family crisis in Australia which allowed us to keep in touch with progress. We would be more than happy to visit this lovely little home from home, again and again. If we could have rated the 'value for money' score higher we would have done!
Upon our arrival we were warmly greeted by Karen and Andy, the owners of the gite, who kindly offered us a cup of tea. They then showed us around the gite including the generous welcome pack. Although they live next door, they were unobtrusive and respected our privacy during our stay, but were conveniently accessable if we needed anything. The gite itself is probably one of the best available, having been finished to an extremely high standard, a real gem. The attention to detail in the conversion from the original barn is very commendable, even down to having a winch to hoist your luggage up to the first floor mezzanine, to avoid trying to get cases up the spiral staircase. Thoughtfully, every window and door have mesh fly screens. The whole gite exudes quality, including all of the fixtures and fittings, and your every need is catered for. It is well placed for visiting the local attractions, including Le Mont St. Michel (just over 1 hour’s drive), the coast, and the Normandy beaches and St. Malo are not too far away (around 1½ hour’s drive). Karen and Andy are to be congratulated for what they have achieved, and we will certainly look forward to returning.
We had a wonderful stay at this property, everything was just perfect, Karen and Andy were second to none host's and nothing was to much trouble. Mortain is about 12 kilometers away with two good supermarkets and fuel, make sure you visit the waterfall. The gite is ideally placed for touring, everywhere is easy to get to. Highly recommended. (Penny the dog likes a good long walk!) Our thanks to you both for a great holiday.
A truly amazing Gite set in picturesque rural Normandy where a blend of old world charm meets the modern world to provide the perfect establishment. Andy and Karen greet you with infectious enthusiasm and are a wealth of local knowledge, they are there if you need them and not if you don't. The welcome pack is perfect and more than adequate to get you through the first day but don't worry local shops are only 10 minutes away and more than cater for your needs. The Gite is stylish, spacious, spotlessly clean and extremely comfortable home from home really as every little detail has been thought of. Plenty of safe car parking space leads to a quiet terrace area looking out onto gardens and the countryside beyond. An excellent location if you are looking for a peaceful retreat or exploring historic Normandy. Local walks are plentiful with wildlife in abundance, further afield tourist attractions are within 20 to 40 minute drive. Bagnoles de l'orne is a must visit and try restaurant Chez Camille for truly amazing food. Other places we visited Mont St Michel---not to be missed about 35 minutes, Domfront wonderful mediaeval town with a fantastic church, and a super weekly market at St Hilaire. If car boot sales are you thing have a chat with Andy, the French produce a book that lists everyone in the area in great detail. If your thinking about booking this establishment, then think no longer get it done you will not be happier.
The gite was a wonderful place to stay for a stress free and relaxing holiday, we were there for our honeymoon so it was extra special. Karen & Andy were the perfect hosts and gave us a very warm welcome on our arrival. The gite was spotless and there was everything we needed including towels and bed linen as well as a welcome pack, a very nice touch. The area surrounding the gite was very rural and picturesque to say the least, they have a wonderful setting. Not too far from the village and lovely, friendly places to eat. Some very historical towns to visit with lots of history. We would highly recommend this as a fantastic place to stay for anybody wanting to visit the Normandy area, whether it be there first time or if they have been many times. It is truly unique and we hope to have the opportunity to visit Karen & Andy again in the not too distant future.