£41 / night
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The Moulin des Essards – Home 194690 Gite

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

The Moulin des Essards – Home 194690

  • Gite
  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay

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Gite / 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 28 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Set in peaceful, beautiful surroundings beside an old mill, this former bake house overlooks a tranquil wooded valley, waterfall and millstream. Restored by the English owners who live next door, it is the perfect spot to relax and unwind. Less than 10 minutes away is the pretty town of Balleroy, famous for its château, while the coast, with its fishing ports and miles of sandy beaches, is just ½ hour by car. Also nearby is Bayeux, home of the famous tapestry, while Caen (45mins), offers everything you would expect from the regional capital, including excellent shopping.

Seafood and dairy food are the specialities here and there are many fine restaurants in the area, including a Michelin-starred restaurant in Balleroy itself. Balleroy also has two bars, a supermarket and two boulangeries where you can buy bread, croissants and mouth-watering cakes. In the surrounding countryside are pretty villages, forests, a lakeside leisure centre and wonderful opportunities for walking or cycling, starting on your own doorstep. (Bicycles can be kept under cover in a nearby barn.)

The cottage offers an excellent base for those wishing to explore the D-Day beaches and the many war museums, including those at Arromanches, Bayeux and the renowned Peace Museum at Caen. Mont St Michel is only 1½ hours drive away, and should you fancy a day in Paris, a regular train service runs from Bayeux taking only 2 hours. Just north of Bayeux is the fishing village of Port-en-Bessin, and the Sunday morning market on the quay is well worth a visit.

The area around the cottage is a haven for wildlife, and visitors have reported seeing deer, hares, foxes and kingfishers to name but a few. Egrets, and for the last four years black storks, are occasional visitors.

The owners are happy to answer questions about the area - from the best places to eat to buying a house! - but are equally happy to respect your privacy. You will find lots of information in the gite to help you plan your holiday, including up-to-date leaflets on places to go and things to see.

Further details

A security deposit is payable at the time the balance is paid and will be returned after your visit.

Further details indoors

The cottage is set on a slope overlooking a valley and has accommodation on three floors. On the main floor is the living/dining room, with views of the valley and waterfall. There is an open fireplace with woodburner, and seasoned wood from our woodlands is available and included in price. Stairs lead to the upper and lower floors. At the rear is the kitchen, fully equipped with electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.

On the lower floor is a double bedroom with beamed ceiling; a shower room with WC; a washing machine; and a door leading out to the garden. On the top floor is a twin bedded room with exposed (low) roof timbers and a view of the waterfall.

All rooms have electric convector heaters.
Gas for cooking is included in the price.

Each bed has a non-feather duvet and 2 non-feather pillows per person. The double bed is a standard double. Bedlinen (100% cotton) and towels are included and beds will be made up for when you arrive. Beach towels are not included.
A cot is available on request.

** Free WiFi available on site **

Further details outdoors

The private fenced garden has a small area of lawn and a terrace (approached by steps) with garden furniture and a barbecue. There is a private parking area a few yards from the cottage.

Please note -
• Because of the nature of the site and the fairly-steep stairs, the cottage is unsuitable for disabled persons or those with reduced mobility.
• There is unfenced water nearby.
• For practical reasons, we cannot accept dogs.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Hair dryer

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  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: £150.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

About the owner

Stephen B.
Average reply time:
3 hours 17 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
17 Apr 2019
Years listed:
Based in:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French

This Gite has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 04 Jan 2012. Located in Calvados, it has 40 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £287 to £607.

The Owner has a response rate of 95% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 17 Apr 2019.


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Guest reviews

40 reviews

Very Good

“Peace and quiet”

Reviewed 14 Sep 2015

Nice people lovely place recomended. Very peaceful and tranquil, Stephen gave us a warm welcome and left us to ourselves but always there if needed. A nice place to come back to after a day out around the landing beaches.

Owner's reply: Thank you, we're glad you had a good time here, you're welcome back any time we're free. Stephen


Reviewed 16 Sep 2014

We stayed for a week at Le Moulin and it was perfect. A total tranquil peaceful place to stay, the weather was great and it was just perfect after a days sightseeing. It is only a short distance to balleroy and Bayeaux is easily reachable. Regarding the Gite, ,comfortable bed, nice comfortable lounge, the shower was great and all in all couldn't have wanted more. It looks small on the photo which doesn't do it justice, it is on two levels with a further attic bedroom. we really do want to return sometime

Owner's reply: Thanks for the lovely comments, pleased that you had such a good time here. Stephen

“Perfect venue for quiet and relaxation”

Reviewed 17 Jul 2014

My wife and I found this a perfect venue from which to base ourselvres in Normandy, and from there reach out to the various WW2 museums and sites. Being fairly centrally located (between the various landing beaches), we found it very easy to plan trips which did not require extensive travelling. The gite itself met all our needs - comfortable, with all necessary amenities provided. Stephen Buss was a very helpful host, and provided us with guidance on the area, both from a tourist point of view, as well as where to shop, etc. Very happy with our choice of venue.

Owner's reply: Thanks for those kind words & pleased you had such a good time here. Welcome back anytime. Stephen

“The perfect setting for relaxation after full days of exploring the D Day beaches, Bayeux and Falaise.”

Reviewed 4 Jul 2014

This little piece of heaven was such a joy to stay in. The Gite covered all our needs and more. Thank you Stephen and Caroline.

Owner's reply: You're very welcome, glad you had a good time during your stay here. Pleased to see you again anytime! Stephen

“Fabulous gite in a fabulous location”

Reviewed 14 Jun 2014

My Partner and I had a very pleasant week in this gite. Peaceful and quiet, yet within easy reach of the beaches and towns. The gite was cozy and everything that was needed was provided, it made an excellent base from which to explore, we visited the Normandy beaches and went for walks in the lovely surrounding countryside, cities and towns. Steve and Caroline were the perfect hosts. We would not hesitate to recommend this place and hope to get back there soon again ourselves. Susanne and Kev

Owner's reply: Thanks for the great review, pleased you had a good time here, come back anytime! Stephen


Reviewed 2 Jun 2014

Our third time at this gite and it just gets better every time .Peace and tranquility , with lovely views and comfortable beds!!

Owner's reply: Glad you're still enjoying it here, and that you still keep finding new things to do in the area. Hope you had a safe journey home, see you again soon I hope. Stephen

“All we could ask for!”

Reviewed 23 Apr 2014

This is a very well maintained property decorated to the standards required in order to have a relaxing holiday. The hosts were always available if needed, but kept themselves well out of sight so as to give guests the utmost privacy! We enjoyed the stay so much that we re-booked for later this year before we left!!

Owner's reply: Really pleased you enjoyed the stay, look forward to seeing you again so soon! Come back as many times as you like... Stephen

“Thoroughly recommend”

Reviewed 7 Apr 2014

We stayed at Le Moulin Des Essards for 2 weeks, having arranged the holiday on a bit short notice! The owners were so helpful and welcoming, and we had everything we needed during our stay. We had a fantastic holiday in a truly beautiful part of France- so much to see and do in the area.

Owner's reply: Glad we gave you a taste of life in France, good luck with your move, bon courage! Steve & Caroline

“Heaven in France Yet Convenient to Attractions”

Reviewed 24 Mar 2014

That's right... I opened my cottage door every morning to the sound of heaven. All that could be heard were the chirping of birds and the quiet gurgling of a beautiful stream running feet from our cottage. I could turn left and leave the pavement as we were literally at the end of the road. Imagine strolling up a sunken road with Frence hedgerows on either side just breathing the clean air and experiencing true peace. I thought I had stepped into an enchanted fairy tale. But we were also busy guests because there was much to see and experience regarding the WW2 history of the nearby beaches and small villages. Our cottage was very convenient to all the touristy attractions. Added fun: A two hour horseback ride through the French country side. I literally rode through a yellow field as if I had jumped into a Van Gogh painting! Bucket list.... Check. We speak zero French so it was awesome to have our English -speaking host. He was very kind, friendly, and accommodating. Each night he made sure we had adequate wood for our cozy fire where we would sit and plan our next day's adventure. I want to go back right now! This is the kind of cottage to which you wish to return again and again.

Owner's reply: So pleased you enjoyed our little piece of heaven, come again for a top-up! Steve & Caroline

“Perfect getaway in lovely quiet location”

Reviewed 19 Jan 2014

This was a very last-minute getaway to celebrate a joint 50th birthday. The brief was simple: somewhere cosy and out-of-the-way, but close enough to a variety of locations to keep us occupied during the days. Le Moulin des Essards was just that. We booked with the owner just the day before and Steve couldn't have been more accommodating, even greeting us personally when we arrived at 11pm and showing us around the gite. There is no central heating in the gite - and it was freezing cold when we arrived - but a well-stocked log pile for the log burner, coupled with convector heaters in each room helped take the chill off the place. The generously-supplied bottle of wine helped provide internal heating too! The gite itself is deceptively spacious, with a lounge area/kitchen on the entrance level and bedrooms above and below. There are steep-ish spiral stairs to the other floors, which would make this unsuitable for anyone with limited mobility. All the facilities you're likely to need for a week or two are provided, including washing machine, ironing facilities, etc. The TV player can be used with the supplied DVD player, but there is no TV reception here. Despite its remote location (ideal for birdwatching during the day and star-gazing at night) the gite is ideally located for visiting many of the must-see attractions in Normandy. Bayeux is just 30 minutes away, the D-Day beaches and museums (including the American Military Cemetary at Colleville-sur-mer - a very moving experience) just a little further. Even Mont St. Michel is only just over an hour away and well worth a visit. And the best bit? You can leave it all behind in the evening and come back to your own island of calm. There are many restaurants close by, including a Michelin-starred restaurant just 10 minutes away. We'd highly recommend Le Pommier in Bayeux for the quality of food and friendly service.

Owner's reply: Come again in summer, it's even prettier & warmer! Steve & Caroline

Review 1-10 of 40


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Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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