La Grande Merise

Vesly, Manche
+33 (0)6 47 64 60 45

Pretty, cosy, romantic and rambled by roses: Normandy stone cottage, near the coast for fresh fish, bike tracks, Lessay abbey. Blissful


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Another pretty little cottage with rambling pink roses by the front door. It basks on the sunny side of Mont Castre, an island of stone in a sea of green. It is marvellously peaceful here in the national park, where marshland, woods and coastal dunes burst with all sorts of birds and wild flowers flourish. Back at the ranch French Chris and English Suzanne have brought a colourful organic garden to life; you have your own piece of it, with barbecue, for outdoor dining. The gîte has bedrooms on two floors, there are books and bicycles to borrow and old railway lines to cycle along; in summer, grab the boogie boards and head for the beach. There’s a local market for each day of the week, and the fishermen’s cooperatives for oysters, mussels, lobster, crab. Lessay with its abbey is well worth a visit, and its September festival has been going for 900 years – the oldest country fair in Europe.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4pm, please get in touch for early or late check in. Change over days are Saturday-Saturday.
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights. 7 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from €60
Weekly price
from €340
Extra bed/sofabed available at no charge.
1 Cottage for 4
From €603 beds2 bedrooms


We had a lovely stay in early October with perfect weather and great hospitality. The cottage was so well equipped, and perfectly placed for local beaches and things to see and do. We left feeling truly relaxed and will certainly return.

James, London

Idyllic situation, true sense of French village life. Peaceful and quite heavenly to sit in the garden with a cup/glass of something and count the cache Normand's. The gite is quaint and comfortable with good broadband and English TV. Apart from the glorious walks locally there is also the breath taking coast line to explore a short drive away. Only draw back is that they get booked up very quickly.

Sara, Ilminster, Somerset

Me and my girlfriend had a lovely time there. We rented the "La Merise" for two weeks in 2014 and 2015. You have beautiful beaches nearby where we went swimming almost every morning. The place is perfect for various activities in the area (you can e.g. rent a donkey to go on a walk for, also it's a paradise for photographers) or just to relax for yourself. The hosts Chris and Suzanne are very lovely and helpful and we are still in close contact with them. They gave us a very nice time at their home and we will certainly come back again!


We were Suzanne and Chris first guests when they took over from the previous owners. We have since became good friends and visit frequently ; our next visit in Sept 2017. We stayed in La Merise which is set in a beautiful garden, is cosy, romantic, self-contained and comfortable for a couple . Daily baguette and other needs is only 10minutes cycle away in La Haye. It is within driving distance to many of Normandy's famous sites. Suzanne and Chris are charming and generous hosts who know the area well. We wholeheartedly recommend their place to all who want a quiet base to visit Basse-Normandy.

Khairon&William, Sydney

The cottagewas central to all areas we wished to visit; Mont St. Michel, Normandy beaches, American Cemetery and the Cotentin peninsula. The cottage was lovely with everything one needs for a perfect holiday, a kitchen with everything you need to prepare meals, reliable wifi, very comfortable bed, hot showers, tv (and for us sadly monolingual Americans it had numerous English channels), nice sitting out area in a beautifully tended garden, wash machine and a real dryer! The grocery store was a short drive on the outskirts of town. Chris & Suzanne were wonderful hosts!

Joy, Maryland

We rented both La Merise & La Grande Merise for the whole family. Both gites are very comfortable with a lot of charm. We felt very at home here and made to feel very welcome by Suzanne & Chris. Beautiful garden and beautiful area, lots of good walking and bike riding. We greatly look forward to returning.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Chris and Suzanne Souillac

  • Beautiful Coastline, nearest beach 12km away.
  • Area well known for its markets & annual Lessay Fair in September.
  • Lots of walking & cycling routes.
  • Conveniently located to see Mont St Michel, Bayeux, Chateaux Pirou & Crosville.
  • Music Festivals from Jazz to Classical Music in Coutances & Lessay.
  • Delicious Seafood, & Le Gaslonde Camembert made locally in Lessay.