Cottage / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 74 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

The house and barn have both been renovated and modernised to a very high standard throughout. They offer lots of original charm for guests to enjoy. The property is suitable for families or friends, and is able to comfortably sleep 8 guests in the main house. It has 1 king en suite, 1 double en suite, and 2 twin bedrooms. There are an additional 2 beds in the barn. The house has a choice of 2 living rooms, the main having a magnificent open fireplace, whilst the other comes complete with Sky T.V. and DVD, in the converted cavé. The house and barn have exposed beams, and oak and stone floors throughout. Outside there is a choice of 4 patios with plenty of seating, garden activities, and a barbeque for you to enjoy meals alfresco.

The swimming pool area in the barn has a sauna, shower, and change facilities. The heated pool has a paddling section ideal for toddlers, and large french doors which open onto a paved and grassed private patio areas. Sun loungers and deck chairs are provided to help you enjoy the sun. Upstairs in the barn is a Bar which has a large picture window overlooking the pool. As well as your usual pub games such as cards and poker, there is Sky T.V, a DVD player and Nintendo Wii console available to use. Boules can be played on the gravel driveway just outside the well equipped Games room.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Nearest beach Deauville, Trouville-sur-Mer 74 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 6 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Deauville 74 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Private indoor pool, Private outdoor pool (heated), Sauna, Fireplace, DVD player
Pool Private indoor pool, Private outdoor pool (heated)
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture Double Beds (2), Sofa Beds (1), Single Beds (4), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available
Outdoors Private indoor pool, Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set
Access Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

In addition to the 2 en suites there is a superb bathroom with large roll top bath and vanity sink. There is a closet on each floor in the house and 1 in the barn. The house benefits from underfloor and central heating, and all modern kitchen appliances including hob, oven and grill, dishwasher, and washer/dryer. All linen and towels are provided with the exception of towels required for the swimming pool. There are no costs charged to guests for heating or wood use. For toddlers and babies a highchair, cot, and pushchair can be provided. Board games and toys for all ages are ready for you to use, as is a selection of films on DVD. All stereos have iPod docks and CD facilities.

Further details outdoors

The property is in a very private location nestling in a valley. It is accessed via a 2 km drive down a quiet country lane through a wood. The property is totally secure and has a lockable gate. A long gravel drive with a turning island by the house provides copious space for parking. The garden is grassed throughout with pear, apple, cherry, and walnut trees. There are 2 patio areas by the house, and 1 at the pool end of the barn. In the centre of the garden is another patio area next to the original stone cider press wheel. All offer great views of the valley, house and barn, and of the many birds of prey which live in the woods.

Further details

Our English speaking caretakers, Paul and Freya, will be present on your arrival to give you a warm welcome to Le Grand Val, and to answer any questions you may have.

A welcome basket will also be provided.

The fridge in the bar will be stocked with beer, we kindly ask that you replenish this before your departure.

The Basse-Normandie region

Le Grand Val is located in the village of Mardilly, 6kms from the medieval town of Gacé and 16 kms from the town of Vimoutiers. Both offer a choice of shops, brasseries, restaurants, and weekly French markets for you to sample French life. The region is famed for its cheese, pork, and cider produce. It has a wealth of equestrian centres, with the renowned Haras-de-Pin a short drive away. An equestrian show is held there every Thursday afternoon from March to October.


Many days out can be enjoyed from the property's location, including Chateau D'O, Cerza zoo at Lisieux, and Devil Park. The nearest place of interest is Abbaye de Saint-Evroult Notre-Dame-du-Bois which is a ruined abbey next to a lake. It makes a great place for a picnic and has pedalos and boats available for hire.

Medieval Falaise, the birthplace of William the Conquerer, is within 50 kms of the house as is Liseux with its impressive basilisque. For the more adventurous, the area is surrrounded by a wealth of forests which are ideal for hiking and cycling. Golf and fishing are also close by. Canoeing and rafting can be done at Bagnole-de-Orne or Livarot.

The famous Bayeaux Tapestry is just over an hour away, as is Le Mans famed for its 24 hour races. Deauville and Trouville-sur-Mer are also an hour away and are the original coastal resorts of the rich and famous in France with fantastic seafood restaurants,casinos,and shops, very popular with tourists. The coast with the D-day landing beaches are only 90 kms drive away. Apart from being a place of historical interest these also make a great day out with sandy beaches and fresh seafood restaurants galore. St. Malo, Mont St. Michel and Paris can be reached in 3 hours.