Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Superbly furnished and modernised, situated in the prettiest calvados region and near the spectacular Vire gorges. Lake Dathee features boating and fishing. Superb 18 hole golf course overlooking the lake (2km). Market town, Vire (8km), offers shopping, dining and all facilities inc. Internet cafe. Easy driving to Granville and sandy beaches, Le Mont st. Michel, Bayeux and the Normandy Landing Beaches.
Fully renovated 2010/11. Full kitchen with dishwasher, full oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, more crockery & utensils than you need.
Satellite english freeview tv/dvd/video/cd stereo, log burner in lounge, central heating and double glazing, garden furniture and bbq. Not overlooked and set in 3 acres with ample parking. Near shop/bar (1km).
Two bedroom, sleep 4,( 1 double and 1 twin room) Both ensuite with bath and shower.
Lake 10 minute walk
Golf 18 holes 10 minute drive
Set in quiet 3 acre down 50 metre drive
South facing views across tranquil countryside.
Cot inc mattress(no bedding), baby bath/high chair
How to get there:
Ferries are the most popular way of getting there. There is a choice of Le havre, Ouistreham (caen), Cherbourg or St-Malo, all of which have regular crossings from the UK and leave about 1 hour drive. Crossings to Boulogne or Calais by ferry or channel tunnel would leave a 4-5 hour drive on quiet motorways or scenic drives through quiet countryside.
A returnable £200 security deposit per week is required with final payment to cover any damage/ utilitity payments. Utilities are chargeable at cost excluding the period 25th May to 21st September. Within this period they are included in the rate. Logs are FOC. An initial supply of kitchen consummables is provided. If required Bed linen(sheets & pillowcases) are £10 per person and personal towel £5 per person
Changeover day Saturday for start dates 23rd March to 26th October 2013. Other dates flexible start and duration
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Granville 50 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Vire 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Normandy region
THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA
There should be lots of information at the cottages but the following are a few “must do's” when in the area all within about 1 hour travelling and you may be able to research more online depending what you like doing:-
1. Bayeux tapestry and town.
2. The Normandy landing beaches are about 1 ¼ hours away with lots to see
3. Mont St. Michel and Granville on the coast to the west
4. Villedieu les Poeles (gods town of frying pans!!) 40 mins west market on tuesdays(check) and is renowned for copper and brass and bell foundries.
5. Swiss Normandy is an area of normandy including the orne and calvados districts, south of the river seine. Its name comes from the river orne that flows across the area, making deep gorges/cliffs and creating spectacular rocky landscapes. The main towns in Suisse normandy are Thury-Harcourt, Clecy and Pont D'ouilly.
6. Nearby, Falaise, birthplace of William the Conqueror and a castle restored with a modern twist.
7. Further south on the west coast are the submarine pens from wwii at St Nazaire
8. If you like walking try the Vire gorges, or the St. Sever forest which is very close. Valle Vire in direction of St. Lo is also with nice stops at La Chappelle sur Vire and Les Roches de Haur
With varied scenery and a choice of fine cuisine, a visit to Vire has plenty to offer. Vire is a historic town with a population of around 14,000. The town's strategic position in the centre of Basse-Normandy has been responsible for both its rise and fall throughout its history.
On our first visit to the area we were struck by the quiet, unhurried and calm atmosphere and were overwhelmed by the friendly welcome we got from the French. This area was badly affected in World War 2 and there is still a deep affection for the Allied forces for the liberation and the sacrifices they made. If you want to leave behind the stresses of modern day living for a quiet and peaceful location then this is the place for you. Vire and its surrounding villages offer all facilities with every shop you could possibly need including internet cafes and a bustling market each week.
Vire market again from memory is Friday and there is a tourist information centre and internet café near the main car park (free!!!) just off the centre.
Also nearby is a railway track converted to a footpath/bridleway if you fancy a day walking
If you like walking try the Vire Gorges www.calvados-tourisme.info/loisirs/route-vire or the St. Sever forest which is very close. Valle Vire in direction of St. Lo is also with nice stops at La Chappelle sur Vire and Les Roches de Haur
Nearby is Lake Dathee and is a nice gentle circular walk around the lake with picnic areas. Above the lake is a great 18 hole golf course and the views are brilliant.
Vire is famed for its many culinary delights that take pride of place on menus throughout the region. There are a number of restaurants located in the town and the local specialities include andouille sausages and salmon from the local river. The region boasts a wealth of fine restaurants, mostly family run, where the food is prepared from first principles at very reasonable prices.
The bar in St. Manvieu bocage near La Clartiere also has a few provisions and bread and is “very local” –worth a visit for the experience and the “plat du jour”. Also a “fish & chip” van run by an english family visits on a wednesday(check it is running) and you can eat them in the bar which is normally packed so get there early from 6pm.
The town was protected by an 8th century castle (now in ruins) and then expanded in the 12th Century by King Henry of England. A walk up to the top will reward you with fantastic views.
In the centre there is an impressive gate with a clock tower built in the 13th century and the church Notre Dame from the same period. The town's coat of arms, an arrow with two towers, decorates the sides of the clock tower. A spiral staircase goes to the top for extensive views out onto the nearby countryside.
The town has a museum in what was a medieval hospital. It is devoted to the history, traditions and artistic talents of Vire. The first section has a number of workshops showing local trades. The next section shows the town throughout its history with drawings and photographs. Then there is a collection of artefacts from local culture including costumes that Normans wear. Finally, the last section has a large selection of work by local artists.
Vire market again from memory is friday and there is a tourist information centre and internet café near the main car park (free!!!) just off the centre.
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1 Jan 2014
"Perfect Christmas Get away"
La Clartiere is the perfect cottage to indulge in a spot of country living without being too far from a very nice town(Vire) in case you need one.The 2 bedrooms are a lovely size each with very nice p… More
Many thanks for your kind comments and we hope you were able to recharge your batteries for the New Year's eve rush at your restaurant. Happy New Year and hope to see you again when the weather is better to enable you to appreciate the fabulous countryside and things to do and see in the area.
8 Oct 2013
"Ideal for the Bocage"
La Clartiere is a lovely gîte in beautiful rolling countryside. We were fortunate in having good weather and, as we took our own mountain bikes, we explored the excellent local way-marked VTT routes.… More
Thank you for your kind comments and glad you enjoyed your stay
7 Oct 2013
"Idyllic Cottage in Normandy"
Booked this cottage in conjunction with the owners other property La Pelvinere (see ref HL304580) for a group of 10 friends.I have stayed several times at this smaller cottage and really love it so wa… More
Many thanks Nicola and also thank you for your reservation for 2014 which is the 70th anniversary of D-Day landings. Wise to book quickly as the cottages are conveniently only 1 hour form the D-Day beaches and close to many other attractions- plenty to do or alternatively simply relax in the 3 acre plot!
5 Oct 2013
"A lovely cottage in a lovely countryside."
Stayed for a week in September and so lucky with the weather. Great cottage for relaxing, really peaceful yet close to amenities. I have stayed in the owner's second cottage and this one is just … More
Thank you for your kind comments and looking forward to seeing you again
24 Sep 2013
"Perfect cottage in a peaceful spot"
We stayed two nights in September as part of a short break. The cottage really was beautiful and a home from home. The only thing we would have added would have been wifi but not having it does make y… More
Many thanks and glad you enjoyed it. Being in rural France the provision of Internet is prohibitive but we are investigating Satellite provision which is economical and fast for next year. Thank you again for your kind comments.
8 Sep 2013
"This is a delightful cottage in an ideal location"
This was our first visit to the area - having spent a wonderful time in The Loire Valleyin out first week we were unsure how it could be bettered - staying at this delightful cottage is how! The locat… More
Many thanks for your kind comments. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay. We have tried to furnish & equip the cottage as our own home to a high standard and are pleased that you had a good holiday. Stephen & Eileen
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