What a fantastic week!
Allan & Josie made us feel most welcome from the moment we arrived to the moment we left... whilst we were left in peace throughout the week they were on hand if needed.
The local villages, restaurants and market towns are all worth visiting.
Fishing was brilliant, probably the best we have ever had... 76 carp landed between the two of us (biggest 21lb)
Lovely Gite with all the facilities you could/would need.
Our first visit to La Chatouillette and hopefully not our last!
Until next time...
Ben, Aran, Terry & Heather (Norfolk, UK)
The minute arrive at La Chatouillette you feel totally chilled and welcome. Alan and Josie take time to explain all the facilities and features of the gite then leave you to explore and enjoy. The accommodation is both spacious and well presented. The extensive grounds, with the woods and the river are a delight with a myriad of flora and fauna. More than ample space for all the family to indulge. For the carp angler, there is a lake of dreams............we managed over 60 quality mirrors and commons in our week without needing to night-fish at all. Most well high doubles and plenty of 20lb+. Simple hair-rig tactics and nothing over-complicated, We will be back sometime and would highly recommend to those needing some peace and calm from day one of their holiday. Thank you Alan & Josie
Four of us (my wife and I and our two daughters, aged 7 and 4) had a wonderful week with Allan and Josie at La Chatouillette. The coach house is spacious, comfortable and has a well equipped kitchen - we'd brought bits and pieces of our own cooking equipment but didn't need them. The information provided by Allan and Josie (via folders and guidebooks in the coach house) re activities, markets (great for stocking up on provisions) and other amenities in the area was perfect, and allowed us to really make the most of our stay. The property itself is beautiful, and the girls enjoyed playing in the river, making friends with the cat and the chickens, and playing table football and pool (sort of!) in the well equipped games room. There are good options for cycling locally, including voies vertes cycle ways (which may be easier on younger legs than some of the more rolling routes!), and I enjoyed my daily pedal to the local supermarket which helped me work off some of the delicious cheese and cider! We were very lucky with the weather, but couldn't have asked for a more idyllic stay. Allan and Josie were lovely, and a huge hit with our daughters, and we would not hesitate to recommend a stay at La Chatouillette to anyone who would like to enjoy beautiful Normandy.
We stayed at the beautiful Chatouillette for a week and within a few hours of our arrival we had completely forgotten about the daily stresses of life back in London. La Chatouillette offers something for those that like to just rest and relax for a week and those who like to explore. Our time was split between bathing in the sun next to the picturesque fishing lake and exploring the local area; rambling around the serene countryside and visiting quaint nearby villages for markets. We couldn't have hoped for more welcoming and attentive hosts in Josie and Allan and they really contributed to the relaxing and familiar ambience of the location. We will definitely be returning and would recommend a stay to anyone thinking about a relaxing getaway.
La Chatouillette is a nature lovers dream! From the babbling brook that runs throughout the woods, to the vast lake. Although I do not fish, this was the ultimate relaxing holiday destination and a stark contrast to London. Josie and Allan were spectacular hosts who greeted us with such warmth and friendliness upon our arrival with a lovely tray of tea, coffee and biscuits. Throughout our stay they were attentive and there for our every need. The gite itself is the perfect accommodation, we enjoyed our morning coffees on the balcony before our daily adventures. La Chatouillette is ideally located and not too far from the beach, we also enjoyed a lovely trip to the 'Land beach' at La Ferte Mace, although our days relaxing by the lake were an integral part of our holiday too. Would absolutely love to visit again soon and recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday amongst the nature or a well stocked fishing lake.
La Chatouillette is in the Manche, deep in the countryside, close to the border with the Orne. With the coastal town of Avranches and le Mont St Michel an easy car journey away to the west and with medieval Domfront and spa town Bagnoles de l'Orne even closer to the east there is plenty to see.
Back at the gite, the friendly hosts are on hand if you need them but not at all intrusive, they are usually pottering around the stunning garden which is yours to share. This was our second visit to La Chatouillette and we are booked again for another two weeks this year, you can't say more than that.
The property is set in some lovely countryside, easy to find with a few small villages nearby for food and a meal in the evening. The owners house is next to the accommodation, which is a bonus as Josie and Allen are delightful and happy to chat and help, also were kind enough to share an evening by the lake with us, but will leave you to it if you prefer, its up to you. They were very kind in rescuing our passports and making us a sandwich pack when we drove all the way back to Calais before noticing we had left them behind. Accommodation is very good and the fishing is real fun with some big carp lurking, we managed a 16lb as our biggest but there were larger. Best fishing off the top with bread nothing fancy needed. We look forward to returning.