Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Superbly furnished and modernised, situated in the prettiest calvados region and near the spectacular Vire gorges. Lake Dathee(6km) features boating and fishing. Superb 18 hole golf course overlooking the lake (6km). 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 1 acre with ample parking. Near shop/bar (1km).
Four bedroom, sleep 8,( 2 double and 2 twin rooms) Master bedroom ensuite withwalk in shower. Family bathroom with walk in shower and seperate bath
Lake Dathee 15 minute drive
Golf 18 holes 15 minute drive
Set in quiet 1 acre on very quiet bridle path
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 250 euro 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 12 euros per person and personal towel 5 euros per person
Changeover day Saturday for start dates 23rd March to 26th October 2013. Other dates flexible start and duration
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 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||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|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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7 Oct 2013
"Lovely peaceful cottage"
We went looking for peace and tranquility and that is exactly what this cottage provides. It is a beautifully renovated building in a rural setting with a large orchard garden where we spent much of t… More
Sorry you had the "dust" problem and this is unusual as other reviews testify but we have passed on your comments to the housekeepers. Thank you. The heating is fully controllable and if not needed can be switched off/down. This was the first usage of the central heating this year although temperatures were still high as you mention. Sorry for the issues and those that can be addressed will be.
2 Oct 2013
"Wonderful Thatched Cottage in Calvados"
A lovely thatched cottage for up to 8 people within driving distance of many of the popular visitor attractions of Normandy. Great large kitchen and big bedrooms. Local town of Vire easily reached in … More
Many thanks Nicola. We look forward to welcoming you again
Steve & Eileen
16 Aug 2013
"It does what it says on the tin."
This property is very well appointed,spotlessly clean& well maintained.Very pleasant rural setting,tranquil & peaceful.… More
Many thanks and we are glad you enjoyed your stay
6 Aug 2013
"We couldn't believe our luck."
A superb property, very sympathetically restored to retain character and located in a beautiful, quiet setting. The property is spacious and very well equipped. Furnishings are of a high quality and v… More
Many thanks and we are glad you enjoyed the cottage. We have tried to restore and furnish it as our own home rather than just a rental. We enjoy staying there as well and look forward to the peace and tranquillity and unhurried French rural life yet still being within a short distance of many interesting places to visit.
23 Jul 2013
"Beautiful cottage in a peaceful location"
Over the past 10 years we have stayed in several holiday cottages in France and this property was one of the best. It is very well furnished and is equipped to the highest standard. The property is si… More
Thank you for your kind comments and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. We couldn't believe our luck when we found the property which was in need of a bit of TLC! However after a lot of hard work (and going over budget!) we are pleased that our guests without exception like the result and we have a property to be proud of. Thank you again
27 May 2013
"Perfect in every way"
We just completed a week's stay at La Pelviniere. It was immaculate and just as described. We enjoyed evenings around the fire in the living room and discussions around the dining table. The b… More
Many thanks for your kind comments and we look forward to seeing you again. Almost 20% of our guests are repeat bookings which reflects their reaction to the property and the location and local area.
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