Gite | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
A building full of character that has been sympathetically restored yet retaining original and historic features whilst providing modern day comforts. Furnished with a mixture of quality antique and modern furniture, Le Calipel offers you a comfortable base to explore whatever the time of year.
In the summer, open the windows and watch the swallows swoop over the pond which is home to a diverse fauna; or in the winter, light the traditional French woodburner after a day exploring and snuggle down to enjoy the beautiful local produce bought at a market. On summer evenings, relax in your private garden with a bottle of wine whilst cooking on the barbecue.
After a busy day, whatever the time of year, have a long soak in the antique French double ended bath, perhaps à deux? A refreshing shower will wake you up in the morning after a good night's sleep in your kingsize antique bed ready to explore some more!
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||St Pair sur Mer 35 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dinard, Rennes 100 km, Nearest railway: Vire, Villedieu les Poeles 18 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
The open plan living area means you can cook and enjoy the the atmosphere with space to be creative in the kitchen then eat at the Art Deco table or al fresco. The kitchen is well equipped and now includes a toaster for those of you who prefer toast for breakfast. Although all the equipment is present to cook any meal, anything extra you might require, baking tins, cookie cutters and hand mixer for example, can be borrowed from the owners.
There is a Godin Colonial woodburner surrounded by an enormous granite fireplace with historic motifs carved into the stone.
Massive original timbers support the ceiling with traditionally preserved artifacts.
The large bedroom is furnished with good antique furniture and beautiful old rugs underfoot leads to the well appointed bathroom with its antique, rare model double ended roll top bath and modern hydromassage shower.
|Further details outdoors|
Easy parking is available directly at the bottom of the steps leading up to the massive old door to the gite. The steps are not steep and there is a sturdy rope on the wall for aid. A short path from the steps leads to the private garden behind the gite.
Of modest proportion, the pond is available for fishing. The pond is a miniature wild life reserve, providing habitat and breeding grounds for frogs, newts, dragonflies, damselflies, moorhens and muskrats. At the end of the pond, there is a small copse where long eared owls, tree creepers, goldfinches and many other bird species have been seen. At dusk, bats swoop over the pond and garden hunting for insects and return to their roosts under the barn roof.
A large private garden behind the building is available for your exclusive use with a barbecue and stunning granite garden furniture. The barn owls which live in the roof can be seen swooping across the garden and kestrels make a nest every year in the roof space of the barn, as do the barn owls. Kestrels are regularly seen entering the barn with food in the beak for the young. On a hot day, lizards can be seen scaling the walls of the barn and fire salamanders are regularly spotted in the garden.
The garden is being developed to attract and provide a habitat for insects-swallowtail butterflies lay their eggs on the abundance of bronze fennel throughout the garden and the lavender and buddleia positively buzz when in flower with many species of bee, humming bird hawk moths and butterfies.
The garden is secluded, private and is not overlooked.
There is a comprehensive welcome pack for your arrival which includes a basket of logs for that first log fire of your holiday.
The price is inclusive of electricity and central heating costs.
The owners live nearby and are available for advice and assistance if needed.
The Normandy region
Normandy is a beautiful area of France with a comfortable temperate climate. Steeped in history from the arrival of the Vikings through the medieval times, the Second World War to the present, there is something to interest everybody. The Normandy landing beaches are within easy reach as is Mont St Michel and the castles of William the Conqueror. Bayeux, with its tapestry and beautiful architecture makes an interesting day out.
if you are need of something less war-like to enjoy, the Musée de Christian Dior at Granville or the Souterroscope at Caumont L'Evente are a must. Villedieu les Pôeles, 20 minutes away, is a centre of copper making and the Fonderie des Cloches (bell foundry) gives tours illustrating bell making.
For lovers of the outdoors, the Foret Dominiale at St Sever Calvados or our local wood on the hill provide wonderful areas for walking and enjoying nature. The Gorges de La Vire are nearby and canoeing is available at Pont Farcy. There are many beautiful quiet beaches within easy reach where it is possible to find lovely seafood restaurants.
Trotting races are held at the hippodromes near Vire and Villedieu les Pôeles and if you fancy a ride yourself, there are stables at different localities such the bay of Mont St Michel and in the countryside.
Villedieu les Poeles
Liberated by the allies at the beginning of August 1944, St Vigor des Monts is a sleepy village which wakes up a couple of times a year for its Fêtes; the Fete du Pain held in May celebrates bread and an artisan boulanger bakes in the restored village bread house. The Fete patronale is held in August and the whole village gathers and makes merry.
There are plenty of markets within easy reach of Le Calipel, the Tuesday market at Villedieu les Poeles is a lovely market with plenty of choice and variety. Granville, on the coast , has a fabulous market on Saturday morning which is a must for seafood lovers-the choice of mussels means you need to choose which bay and area you want them from.
The hilltop is covered with natural woodland where war time shell holes are still evident and it provides a lovely place to walk and enjoy the nature and peace of Normandy and enjoy the view across the Vire valley from the table d'orientation.
The nearest bars are in Montbray (4km) and Pont Farcy (4km) as are boulangeries. Tessy Sur Vire, 10km away offers a variety of shops including a small supermarket, boulangeries, boucheries and a newsagents. There are also a number of bars.
Not far, is the Chapeau Rouge, a lovely traditional restaurant hosted by Madame who provides service in only the way the French can - graciously and with style.