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Le Calipel offers you peace & quiet in the country – Home 244359 Gite

  • 1 bedroom
  • 3 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Le Calipel offers you peace & quiet in the country – Home 244359

Excellent Excellent – based on 17 reviews

  • Gite
  • 1 bedroom
  • 3 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Gite / 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 3

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car essential
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

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 vintage 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!

On arrival, you will find a comprehensive Welcome Pack which includes

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 vintage 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!

On arrival, you will find a comprehensive Welcome Pack which includes the basics to help you settle in, artisanal preserves, even honey from our own bees and eggs from our free range chickens. The price includes everything....apart from your food! However, you will find a light supper awaits you so after travelling, you don't need to worry about going shopping immediately. We are happy to include a load of washing for you which will be air dried but the ironing is down to you!

We are very flexible on your start day throughout the year, even during July and August - just choose the day! We are also happy for you to take a short break at any time of 3 nights or more, again, you choose the start day.

The Basse-Normandie region

Normandy is a beautiful area of France with a comfortable temperate climate. Steeped in history from the arrival of the Vikings through 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.

Northern France

Positioned in the American sector and liberated by the American Army 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.

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Beds in other rooms: Single Bed
  • 1 En suite

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Private fishing lake or river
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

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.
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Smoking
Yes, smoking allowed
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Donna H
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated::
08 Dec 2016
Years listed:
4
Based in:
France
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French


This Gite has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and sleeps 3. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 03 Jul 2012. Located in St Vigor Des Monts, it has 17 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £325 to £585.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 08 Dec 2016.

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“Great, perfect stay!!”

Reviewed 13 Apr 2016

top!! Very nice and cosy house, with everything needed. Great wood stove and very quiet surroundings. Not far from civilisation...

Thank you! It was lovely to see you again and look forward to seeing you again.

“Highly recommended. Clean Cosy, Quirky, Quiet.”

Reviewed 12 Apr 2016

We had a lovely, time here. Very quiet and away from it all, but not far from the main highways. Very warm & cosy lots of little extras we really appreciated, Wine & a great Cider in the fridge, a baguette, cheese and home made jam & cake on arrival. Very friendly & welcoming [English] owners, lots of practical antiques & quirky items to admire. a restored original French bed, & a really beautiful [& extremely deep] french double ender bath, you can both enjoy. Full central heating and a large wood burning stove, a large TV with English channels.

I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again!

“A wonderful week in Normandy”

Reviewed 12 Mar 2016

My wife and myself went to Normandy for her birthday as we had never been away for it. We stayed at Gite St Vigor at Le Calipel. Although we had stayed here before, this time was even better than the last, the Gite makes a terrific base for exploring the locality, and further afield if this takes your fancy. Visiting the local towns and villages is to be recommended as they still retain a lot of the "personal touch" unlike bigger cities. The gite itself is comfortable with one bedroom, a well appointed bathroom and kitchen/lounge diner with plenty of seating and an awesome log burner for those cold autumn and winter nights. There is a television, although we did not really use it as we played cards or read a book later in the evening. We would thoroughly recommend this place to anyone wishing to stay in Normandy. Vive Le Calipel!!!!!!

I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay with us again and look forward to you coming back, maybe for your birthday!!

“Le Calipel was an absolutely perfect holiday home in all respects”

Reviewed 17 Apr 2014

My husband and I have recently returned from a week's stay at Le Calipel. This sensitively converted and stylish furnished barn was ideally placed for all our planned visits. The accommodation was wonderfully comfortable (including the bed), the kitchen area well equipped and beautifully designed to compliment the rustic feel of the building, the bathroom was a treat to behold and the woodburning stove in the huge stone fireplace was stunning and incredibly practical. Lovely Donna and Ed provided an exceptional welcome pack with bread, milk, butter, cheese, wine, home made preserves. They were also both helpful and charming. Suffice to say we loved all of it.

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Le Calipel. We do every thing we can to make your holiday a happy, comfortable and memorable time and strive to maintain our high standard. Thank you for your kind words.

“Fabulous!”

Reviewed 16 Sep 2012

We had a fabulous week at Le Calipel. Donna was very welcoming and it was a delight to find all the extras she had left; the fresh croissants and baguette, homemade chutney, jam and honey, wine, cheese, eggs -the list goes on! The gite is large but cosy, the bed very comfortable and the bathroom luxurious. The kitchen is well equipped and the private garden a bonus. Lovely secluded location with a laid back atmosphere - thank you Donna for your advice on places to visit - although we slept in so late most mornings we only visited half the places we planned - oh well - just means we will have to return! If you need to re-charge your batteries, love the countryside and animals, then this is the place for you.

I'm so glad you enjoyed your time at Le Calipel-we do everything we can to make our guests feel welcome & happy. If you want a natter, I'm here but if you want to be left alone, I can do that too!

“Close enough to a motorway to get places but quiet enough to hear the bird song in the morning”

Reviewed 8 Aug 2012

It was a great location: in the middle of the countryside, down a no through road, but only 10 mins away from the motorway, so great if you need to get to Mt St Michel / Bayeaux / Caen etc. The nearest village is a 5 mins drive and has a bakery so croissants and baguette were fresh daily, but the supermarket was slightly further away and also had a petrol station. We had a very cheery welcome from Donna and the "welcome pack" of baguette, milk, eggs, croissants etc to get us past the first morning was incredibly thoughtful. Being English I normally have a slice of toast in the morning. However there's no toaster so I had to make do with a warm croissant every morning - it was a tough week. ;-) There are a number of steps to the front door so anyone who has trouble walking might find it difficult. And the bath - wow! - it was massive - definitely a 2 person bath!!

I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at Le Calipel and thank you for your review. French bread, lovely though it is, doesn't toast very well so I decided to force you to have croissants!! Look forward to seeing you again!

“Superb, Superb, Superb, Superb”

Reviewed 16 Jul 2012

This was our second trip to Le Calipel, after our first visit went pear shaped after our vehicle broke down and had to spend the week in a French garage being fixed, but we couldn't resist the allure of both the property, but especially mine hosts Donna and Ed - they are true, genuine people who made both our visits a truly exceptional time and nothing was to much trouble for them and I feel they are new friends and have kept in touch since (they make you feel like that). The property itself is truly amazing and is wonderfuly equipped for 2/3 people and is set in the most peaceful surrounds - somewhere to lose yourself for as long as you want - being an animal lover would be advantageous, as you have the choice of dogs, chickens, geese and bees, all of which Donna or Ed will be more than happy to show off if asked - it's the little welcoming touches that are wonderful as well and were greatly appreciated - I recommend at least a weeks stay and have no hesitation in saying that you will have a truly relaxing and wonderful time, truly wonderful. Thank you Donna and Ed, very much, what marvellous memories we have.

Thank you for your kind words-we strive to be helpful! Look forward to seeing you again soon!

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