The Barley Watermill – 2/3 pers.

The Barley Watermill at Dur-Ecu castle, facing the sea (at 300m.

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Watermill with 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Garden

Just 12 km West of Cherbourg, your gate to la Hague and Val de Saire, to rugged coasts and to good food.

Well renovated Gite for weekly rental in the park of the listed castle of Dur-Ecu (16thc.).
Sorry, no rental by the night nor the week-end.

300 m from the beach… where the British navy landed in 1522.. and 1758 (trust the Admiralty for keeping good records), and with full view of the coast.

From your windows you enjoy full sea views… in fact you see the site of one of the most famous naval battles of the American civil war: The sinking of the Confederate’s Alabama by the U.S.S. Kearsarge.

Beautiful walks, short and long, from your doorstep. These watermills were built around 1808, by the family of the present owners, to grind barley and wheat. Recently renovated, tastefully and comfortably.

Conveniently near to all shops, services, but the sea as your view.

Normandy has many 16th c. castles, but very few of them stand by the sea, and even fewer offer holidays cottages for rent.

Come and join the magic of the Manoir de Dur-Ecu !

The watermills were built around 1808, by the family of the present owners, to grind barley and wheat. Recently renovated, tastefully and comfortably. The mill is on two levels and can sleep 2-3 people in comfort.
Access through a spiral staircase to the bedroom with a double bed (1m40 wide) + a small child’s bed, separated by curtains. En suite bathroom with shower and toilet.

Living room with sofabed, CD, DVD reader, Satellite TV but French and German channels mainly, kitchen with microwave/classic oven, washing machine. Terrace facing the sea with garden furniture. 1.4km from shops and services.

The price includes tourism tax, house linen and sheets, water, and electricity within the limit of 70kwh per week, additional kWh charged at a rate of 0,13 €/kWh. Heating by hot water radiators included.

Rented as gite ( do your own cleaning).  Another gite on the same spot, for 4 persons, is available on this site  .

12 km West of Cherbourg and the ferries. Your gate to la Hague and Val de Saire. 20 minutes drive to Cherbourg with a wide choice of restaurants, bars, entertainment. Beautiful walks, short and long, from your doorstep.


1 Double Bedroom. If needed a small child’s bed is in an alcove in the same room, separated by a curtain. Sea view from your bed.

1 Shower.

Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Washing Machine, Iron, Coffee maker
New in 2012: Nespresso machine (with 15 capsules)

Wi Fi Hot spot.

Seating for 4. Sofa bed.

Satellite TV, DVD. Riding school/rental, sailing / kitesurf, windsurfing school/rental 20 mins walk away; 2 splendid swimming pools with sauna, jaccuzi 15 min drive away. French channels only for TV. Bring your DVDs !

See our Activity page for more local resources !


Terrace, Garden, Parking, Garden Furniture. 300 m from the sea.

Nearest superette 1 mile away. On the way you pass
the local baker, doctor, church, pharmacy, newsagent, postal office,
ATM. 2 miles further, large & excellent supermarket.
Your Sunday lunch is ready: On that day the local butcher runs an open-air pit-fire Rotisserie on the village square, where you can buy roasted legs of lambs, pork ribs, chickens.
A great sight and fantastic taste. Don’t forget to come with a container and ask for the gravy !


Children welcome but will need supervision.
Sorry: Not Suitable For Wheelchairs, Not Suitable for people who have trouble with stairs.
Pets Allowed (please specify when booking).

Access through 20 steps and watermill on two levels.

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GPS:Lat: 49:40:35N (49.6765) ; Lon:1:45:20W (-1.7555).

Availability of The Barley Watermill

Weekly prices (Saturday to Saturday):

High season (July -Aug) : 500 €

Medium (Late spring, early autumn, school holidays): 340 to 400 €

Low season: 200 € to 270 €

Rental Notes:

Rated 3 stars by the French tourism authority.

Maid / House cleaning service can be arranged at 15 € per hr.

Early birds special offer: We love early birds : If you book for next year before New year’s eve we give 1 bottle of wine per month running to 31 Dec. For instance a contract with downpayment received in November will reward you with 2 bottles of a New World type Languedoc winery. A maximum of 3 bottles is applicable.

Special offer for last minute bookings: If the gite appears as free within 5 days from now , we offer you a 25% discount on a weekly rental.

This property is normally available for rent all year round.

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