Le Grand Vertbois
Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Our traditional stone farmhouse is set in a wooded area in the village of Lingeard near the vibrant town of Vire in Normandy. The country garden is set in three quarters of an acre bordered with a panorama of stunning views over the valley.
The surrounding access of woodland make an ideal spot for walking and cycling, for the less energetic, there is a large traditional slate patio, a perfect place to sit with a glass of wine. If you want a slice of tranquility, look no further.
The house is within easy reach of ferries, airports and trains. A 18 hole golf course is on the doorstep.
Places of interest: Villedieu les Poeles, Sourdeval, Granville, Bayeux, Falaise, St Lo, Avranches, Vire , Rennes Mont St Michael, The Normandy landings, Caen to mention a few. Wi-Fi available.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Granville 40 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Caen, Dinard 70 km, Nearest railway: Vire 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Normandy region
William the Conqueror
Discover the fascinating history of one of the greatest warriors of all time whilst marvelling at the impressive architecture of the medieval period.
D-day and the battle of Normandy
The stretch of the Norman coast with its code names Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword is world famous for the part the beaches played in the Second World War. On 6th June 1944, the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy heralded the liberation of France and Continental Europe. The Battle of Normandy Historical Area is a veritable open-air museum covering the three departements of Calvados, Manche and Orne, and includes all the sites, museums and memorials associated with D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
You will truly find your own inspiration in scenery that captured the hearts of Turner, Monet, Sisley and many others in the 19th century. Normandy is the cradle of Impressionnism.
Le Havre was the setting, and the inspiration, for Claude Monet's famous 1872 painting: Impression, soleil levant (Impression, sunrise).
Normandy was, for most artists, their birthplace and home. Its proximity to Paris together with the burgeoning number of fashionable seaside resorts like Dieppe, Honfleur, Le Havre, Deauville or Trouville, along its coast meant that artists came to the region by train and stayed, producing an artistic legacy which would be hard to rival anywhere.
Impressionist museums and collections
With notably the André Malraux Museum - MuMa - in Le Havre which hosts the second biggest Impressionist collection after the Musée d'Orsay.
Le Havre André Malraux Museum of Modern Art - MuMa (2nd impressionist collection after the Musée Orsay)
Rouen Fine Arts Museum
Giverny Musée des Impressionnismes
Honfleur Eugène Boudin Museum
Châteaux and Manors
From imposing medieval strongholds to peaceful half-timbered residences with thatched roofs, Normandy is a land rich in castles and manor-houses. Many prestigious monuments remain as illustrations of Norman military architecture from the days when English kings were Dukes of Normandy, such as the castles of Caen and Falaise (Calvados), Château-Gaillard at Les Andelys, Gisors, and Harcourt (Eure).
The palaces of Balleroy, Fontaine-Henry, Lantheuil, Saint-Germain-de-Livet (Calvados), Bizy, Champ-de-Bataille (Eure), Tourlaville, l'Hôtel de Beaumont in Valognes (Manche), Bourg-Saint Léonard, Carrouges, Château d'O in Mortrée, Le Haras du Pin, Sassy (Orne), Bailleul, Château d'Etelan in Saint-Maurice d'Etelan, and the Manor of Ango in Varengeville (Seine-Maritime) are fine examples of grandiose non-military architecture, and are open to visitors.
These rich residences occasionally recall prominent historical figures, such as Henri IV and Chateaubriand at Fervaques (Calvados), Michelet at Vascoeuil (Eure), or Guy de Maupassant in Miromesnil (Seine-Maritime).
Parks and Gardens
Normandy is a horticultural heaven and boasts an extraordinary number of parks and gardens open to the public.
Refresh your spirit amid the beautiful parks and gardens... let your imagination take you back three hundred years when linden trees were first planted at the "Château de Bosmelet", or two hundred years when a cedar sapling was planted at the "Château de Miromesnil", or gaze at Monet's favourite spot in the gardens of Giverny.
The garden at the Bois des Moutiers in Varengeville, or at the Château de Miromesnil near Dieppe, the incredible restoration of the Gardens at Château du Champ de Bataille reveal this exceptional beauty.
Churches and Abbeys
From the fifth century until today, the role played by the abbeys and churches of Normandy has been significant.
Two religious orders were of equal importance in Normandy: the Benedictines, who followed the rule of Saint Benedict (with monasteries at Fécamp, Lessay, Lonlay, and Mont-Saint-Michel) and the "Prémontrés" monks, whose rule is attributed to Saint Augustine (monasteries at Ardenne and La Lucerne).
Today, some abbeys are still monasteries, of which the most illustrious are at Le Bec-Hellouin, a living history of Normandy, St-Wandrille, the Trappist monastery in Soligny, and Mondaye ; others are grandiose ruins (Jumièges, Hambye) or have become simple parish churches (St- Martin-de-Boscherville, St Vigor de Cerisy-la Forêt).
Finally, some have become splendid town halls, such as that in Caen, in the former Abbaye aux Hommes, founded by William the Conqueror, or that of Rouen which was dedicated to Saint-Ouen.
With four Regional Natural Parks to choose from in Normandy, you will be spoilt for choice, space and scenery. Natural environments are protected and preserved in these splendid parks, with fabulous views of forests, valleys or maritime wetlands with extensive wildlife.
Le Parc Naturel Régional des Boucles de la Seine-Normande
Le Parc Naturel Régional du Cotentin et du Bessin
Le Parc Naturel Régional Normandie-Maine
Le Parc Naturel Régional du Perche
Lingeard is near many of the well known sites of Normandy, such as Mount St. Michel, the Normandy Beaches and the Bayeux Tapestry. It is also possible to take a day trip to the Channel Islands from the port of Granville. Lingeard, near small town St Pois or Vire which has many shops and a super market, a market each Friday and an interesting 13th century church. In the region there are a lot of things to do: walking in the bordering forest, horse riding, fishing, enjoy the famous local cuisine, going to the sea to swim or look for mussels some 25 miles away, cycling also a 18 hole golf course on the doorstep. For keen walkers there is designated walkways.
Saint-Michel-de-Montjoie, a small village next to Lingeard with a small shop and filling station.
Gathemo, a small village next to Lingeard has a small bar, shop / restaurant. There is also a garage there owned by James who is British.
Perriers-en-Beauficel, a small village next to Lingeard has the restaurant, Le Moulin which is situated in an old mill. It is highly recommended and it is advised to book first due to its popularity.
St Sever Calvados, Lake Dathe is on the doorstep, only a 10 minute drive through the forrest. You can camp and fish there and walk or cycle around the lake. Cycling takes about an hour, thats how big the lake is, its beautiful. It has the nearest supermarket to Lingeard.
St Pois is a small town next to Lingeard and has shops, butchers, bakers, chemist and bars.
Brecey is a small town next to Lingeard and has shops supermarket and bars.
Vire is only a 15 minute drive and is a big town with shops, butcher, supermarkets, restaurants and Bars with 2 nightclubs. It also has various DIY stores, car hire, public swimming pool and football ground. It has a train station where you could travel straight to Paris (travelling east) or travel west straight to Granville stopping at Villedieu-les-Poêles for a day at the seaside.
Villedieu-les-Poêles is a large town and is known as the 'city' of copper, its origins date back to the Crusades and Henry 1st Beauclerc, King of England; Duke of Normandy (the son of William the Conqueror). It has shops, butcher, supermarkets, restaurants, bars and various shops. The Bell Foundry and Copper Workshop is worth a visit. It has a train station.
Zoo de Champrépus
Location: Situated on the D924 between Villedieu and Granville. A well maintained zoo covering 7 hectares and spread across both sides of the D924 (a footbridge links the two sections). The northern, smaller section has a mini-farm and a selection of exotic birds, while the main area contains larger 'jungle'animals – lions, leopards. Tigers, monkeys etc…. The whole zoo is well laid out with themed gardens to show animals in their natural settings. Due to be expanded in 2006 with a giraffe enclosure.
The seaside town of Granville is about a 1 hour drive and has a long-established tradition of seafaring and piracy and is often compared to Brittany's St-Malo. The walled town was built by the English in 1439 in an attempt to capture Mont-St-Michel. From here the Baie du Mont-St-Michel was easily guarded. If you climb to the top of the ramparts you'll be rewarded with stunning views.
The lower part of the town is a traditional seaside resort complete with casino, seafronts and gardens. From the port you'll be able to take a boat trip out to the Iles Chausey where the granite originated for the building of Mont-St-Michel. The port also acts as a departure point for the Channel Islands.
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