Manoir de Coutainville

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Closest beach in Coutainville: 2km (20 mins walking)
    Coutainville Golf Club: 2km (5 mins drive)
    Mont Saint-Michel: 90km (1h 15 mins drive)
    Granville: 35km (40 mins drive)
  • Paris Orly Airport (ORY): 360km (3h 30 mins drive)
    Deauville Airport (DOL): 170km (2hs drive)
    Car recommended
    Free parking

Go for a walk along the seaside of La Manche, a big open space and a very wild landscape.

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An introduction to Manoir de Coutainville

How would you describe Manoir de Coutainville in a nutshell?

Manoir de Coutainville in Normandy used to be the summer holiday house for the family, and I have been the owner for the last 25 years. I opened it to guests as a Bed and Breakfast four years ago starting with a lot of friends and mostly writers and people who wanted to be in a quiet, private house, like a retreat.

During the 15th century when people who were living in the village had trouble with boats coming from the Vikings and the English, people were protected here in the Manoir. And we still offer that protection today in the form of privacy. We offer a very serene, calm atmosphere.

There is no TV here or music in the house itself. But I receive a lot of musicians who play for guests, either singing or playing their instruments.

Manoir de Coutainville has been in your family for a long time. What was your inspiration to turn it into a B&B?

I turned the house into a Bed and Breakfast because I traveled a lot for business when I was younger. I was in fashion textiles. My dream was to open my house for the people who had the habit of traveling, and to keep a family atmosphere where you feel free.

To you personally, what is so special about Manoir de Coutainville?

I think Manoir is really refreshing. It offers a lot of space, light, the sense of the sea and nature. You don’t hear the roads. It’s completely protected. I want my guests to leave here feeling lighter, refreshed. And apparently they do; they tend to refer Manoir de Coutainville to others, and more than half of them return for their holidays.

We also have a huge barn for gatherings and weddings, so groups can rent out the entire grounds for several days.

Please tell us a bit about the type of holiday guests who visit Manoir de Coutainville.

I receive a lot of foreigners, which makes the conversation during dinner very interesting. Families also like to visit because there’s a lot of space for the children.

My guests prefer to be catered for in a place that feels relaxing. It’s their holiday. We even do their laundry for them. We make it convenient.

I’m lucky to have very easy guests. They usually have all the amenities in their lives, like housekeepers. But there’s so much privacy here that we stay out of the way and just let them enjoy the place.

What has been the biggest reward to you personally about renting Manoir de Coutainville out as a Bed and Breakfast?

I love that the house is quite alive when guests are here. I have no children, so I do everything by myself. I’ve had this house for a long time now, and it’s charming to see it come to life with visitors. The house is open to real life.

I know how busy life can be, so being able to offer guests a calm, private house for their holidays is very rewarding. Guests feel at home here and forget about their worries.

Manoir de Coutainville
Seigneurie bedroom
Dame Jeanne bedroom
Sénéchal bedroom
Bathrooms
Breakfast area
Fireplace
Gardens
Normandy coast views

Manoir de Coutainville rooms & rates

We have the Manoir and Seneschal house, which is another building where there are three rooms open to the courtyard. The courtyard is rather large and surrounded by private gardens.

The interior of the B&B is a mix of modern items and more historical furniture. There are no curtains, and no covers on the beds. I wanted a lot of space with not a lot of things congesting the room. This way, the guests can bring their own things and there’s plenty of space. It’s like an elegant monastery ambience in a way, and there’s a lot of natural light and a view of the sea.

My favourite bedroom is the Dame Jeanne with the sunny shower. It was designed by a famous friend who is an architect in Paris. It’s in a tower room, and I have a lot of guests who come to see it. Another favourite is Sénéchal, which has a kind of tub similar to a Japanese tub. It’s very modern. You don’t realise that it’s a bath or shower, really, when you are in the room. It’s very special.

  • Dame Jeanne for 2 people / 45 m²
    270 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Dame Jeanne features a queen size bed with a zinc shower-column in the tower.

  • Seigneurie for 2 people / 45 m²
    270 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Access to this spacious bedroom with a king size bed is by granite spiral staircase with decorative 15th century floral wall.

  • Sénéchal for 2 people / 25 m²
    230 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    This large bedroom has direct access to the courtyard via an outdoor staircase. It features a Japanese zinc bath tub with shower and separate toilets.

  • Mahogany for 2 people / 25 m²
    200 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    This large bedroom has direct access to the courtyard via an outdoor staircase. It features a shower room.

  • Prairie for 2-3 people / 15 m²
    190 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    This twin room with an adjoining door to the Mahogany room has its access through the Mahogany room or via a wooden step ladder staircase.

Included in the rates
Rates include breakfast.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. Extra beds are available at EUR 50 per night.
Minimum stay
1 nights
Check in time
after 17:00
Check out time
before 12:00
Closed from September to Easter

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Maid service
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Central heating
  • Courtyard
  • Pets welcome
  • Hair dryer

Dinner is one of my best features. I serve dinner every night, and feed the young children before the adults. I use all fresh vegetables that grow in the sand near the sea. It’s all natural food with sometimes a little bit extra I discovered in Asia or abroad, giving it an international point of view. It’s very informal, in the way that it’s very natural. It’s fluid.

I get a lot of couples who stay for a long time, so every night I offer something different to eat. There’s a lot of variety that the sea offers.

Everything is open here, and you can enjoy the sitting rooms and relax in the gardens.

We have a very serene, calm atmosphere here. There is no TV here or music in the house itself. But I receive a lot of musicians who play for guests, either singing or playing their instruments.

We offer beverages in the sitting rooms, there’s a fireplace for comfort, and all the books you need. It’s like staying at a friend’s house.

Things to do in Normandy & Agon-Coutainville

  • Art / Culture
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

The village of Vieux-Coutainville has a real family atmosphere. There’s a club where you can rent boats for sailing or fishing; and you can sail from spring to autumn. We have great shops in the village, guests can go to the cinema, ride horses, play tennis, or rent a little plane to tour the area by sky.

You can of course also walk by the seaside. La Manche is a fabulous landscape. There are no houses, just a big open space to relax. Going to the north of the peninsula it’s very wild. We have a lot of gardens open to visit too, even exotic ones that have banana trees and mimosas.

The French island, Chausey, is also nearby and is fabulous. Or you can visit the islands of Jersey and Guernsey.

Manoir de Coutainville reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
First Class in all respects
Peter D. (UK)
stayed at Manoir de Coutainville in September 2014

The location of Manoir de Coutainville

Manoir de Coutainville is on the west coast of the peninsula, not too far from Mont Saint-Michel and rather close to Cherbourg which is the main point for people coming from the UK on the ferry. So it’s a good location for them.

We’re near a beach with the biggest tides in Europe. The sea goes down to roughly five or six kilometres, so you have a really different seascape when the tide is down. The beach is more than 10 kilometres long, so you have a lot of privacy. The water is cool, fresh and clean and the landscape is really green in summer.

When is the best time to visit Normandy?

Each season has its own charm. In winter, the days are very short, so you can be by the fireplace and relax and read.

In spring, it’s great to go discover the fresh green fields, and there are not many tourists around so that makes it wonderful.

In summer, everybody loves to be outdoors in the sun. It’s still a very cozy atmosphere though, and even in summer it doesn’t get crowded or packed.

Autumn in Normandy is also wonderful. We have the high tides and a lot of wind, which keeps things interesting.