Large holiday gite rental nr Villers Bocage - NC002486

Saint-Martin-des-Besaces (28km from Vire), Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC002486 Advertiser since: 31 January 2012
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
The Owl Barn Self Catering Flexible 4 8 3

About this property

Large Family Friendly Holiday Home with Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

This is a large family gite with all the comforts of home, set in the beautiful Calvados countryside and centrally located within 45 mins of nearly every major tourist attraction in Normandy - inc the D-day beaches, Mont St Michel, Bayeux and Caen. It comes with its own private garden with its own pool, satellite English tv, and free wi-fi internet connection.

The Barn sleeps 8 in 2 double bed rooms and 2 twin bed rooms and has a large open plan lounge / kitchen / dining area. The English owners are on-site and will be happy to book days out for you, ranging from horse riding to canoeing on the River Vire, bungee jumping or even a balloon ride! Golf is available in the area. There are ample supermarkets within 15mins drive, several local markets and the list of restaurants to enjoy the local fare seems endless.



Kitchen and dining

The fully equipped kitchen comes with everything you should need, including dishwasher, fridge, freezer, cooker, microwave coffee-maker etc, plus a communal washing machine for you to use. The large farmhouse dining table seats 8, and we provide a highchair if required for our younger visitors.

Living rooms

The lounge area is large, with rustic beams and the thick stone walls which help maintain an ambient temperature - even in the heat of summer. There is a logburner for cosy winter evenings, plenty of armchairs and sofas and there is English satellite tv and free wi-fi internet connection.


There are 4 bedrooms, a large double room on the ground floor downstairs toilet and shower facilities - new for 2017), with patio doors to the courtyard, on the first floor another double room with en-suite shower and toilet, plus 2 twin rooms. Each room is full of the character you would expect for a building built in the 19th century, oak beams, exposed stone walls and old varnished floorboards.


The large family bathroom is fitted with toilet, hand basin, shower cubicle and bath.
The upstairs master bedroom has an en-suite shower room and toilet.
New for 2017 - there is a downstairs toilet and shower next to the downstairs bedroom. If a member of your party has limited mobility please contact us before booking so we can give you a more detailed description of the accessibility of the property.


There is a large log burner in the living area.


We provide English satellite tv, dvd player, books and games in the lounge, plus free wi-fi connection.

In a separate games room, there is a table tennis table, giant chess set, full size American pool table and a table top football game.

Garden and outside

The large sunny garden enjoys stunning views down the valley to the little village of St Martin des Besaces, with the church steeple nestling in between the patchwork of little fields that make up this part of France. It has a private above ground swimming pool and patio area with tables and chairs and a lawned area for you to enjoy a glass of wine whilst the kids play in the pool.

La Blancapierre is set in 8 acres of land and visitors are welcome to explore. We have 4 sheep, a pygmy goat and 8 chickens and guests are welcome to help us collect eggs and feed the animals.

Parking and garages

There is plenty of parking for 3 plus cars outside the gite.

Visitor suitability

This is a family friendly gite which also welcomes couples and all adult groups.

Information about any additional facilities

Last year we took advantage of the 8 acres the property is set in and introduced some livestock. We now have two sheep who had a lamb each last Spring and 8 chickens. Families (and adults!) are welcome to meet the animals and help with feeding, watering and collecting eggs.

The property was once a farm and it is steeped in world war 2 history as it is situated on hill 309 on the edge of the old railway line where the allies fought the Germans in their bid to capture the village of St Martin des Besaces. There is a really interesting museum in the village detailing the activity in the area.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Splash pool

* Vet details: Clinique veterinaire dela Detourbe 52A ZI La Détourbe 50890 Condé sur Vire Tél :



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Coarse fishing large carp
Name of nearest fishing location: Toringni sur Vire
Distance: 10 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Vire
Distance: 25 km



About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Ian Brand

Having hit the grand old age of 50! we decided it was time to 'escape the rat race'' at the end of 2014 and came over to Normandy to search for our ideal home giving us the potential to become semi self sufficient and maintain an income. We fell in love with La Blancapierre on our first visit as we hope you will and the rest is history.

Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? La Blancapierre is well located for a wide range of tourist attractions whilst providing peaceful and tranquil surroundings with stunning views.

As well as your large private garden there are a further 6 acres of fields surrounding the property - ideal for games, picnics etc.
Unique benefits of property Set in an idyllic countryside location with stunning views across the Vire valley La Blancapierre provides a relaxing, peaceful, home from home. The friendly local village with small supermarket, bakery, butchers and 2 bars gives you the opportunity to practise your French! and experience the rural French way of life.

The Owner Recommends

Aj Hackett Activity Centre

At the local viaduct, you can bungee jump, try the devil karts, or the tree top climbing adventure.

D-Day Beaches

Visit the Calvados beaches once the site of the liberation of Europe, now safe sandy beaches where families holiday, with museums and memorials to visit.

Family Friendly Restaurant only 10 Minutes Away

Large restaurant used by locals and holiday makers, where you can enjoy a 5 course meal with wine or cider for less than15 Euros! And meet the locals.

Nearest Market

St Martin des Besaces 2km.

Nearest Port

Caen 40km.

Nearest Restaurant

La Poule Au Pot 4km.

Toringi sur Vire Market

Monday morning see the large market at Toringi sur Vire and buy cheese and bread, or enjoy sausage and frites! Whilst you mingle with all the farmers selling chickens and livestock.

6 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.3
  • Comfort: 9.7
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 9.5
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 9.7
8.2 / 10 Visiting Brits to The Barn Owl 10 June, 2019

Spent a very nice week here with family, 2 children aged 11 and 12, weather wasn't good and was cold for time of year! We used the log burner to heat downstairs.

Facilities in property are good. The bedrooms and bathrooms are good size and the appear new. There isn't masses of room downstairs, a big table, didn't find the sofas particularly comfie, one was like an unmade bed and too low for us oldies to get in and out of, some like that shabby chic look. All perfectly adequate for the amount of people that we had which was 6 in total. It's just one open living space, sitting, dining, kitchen and separate good size bedroom and shower room downstairs. 3 bedrooms up some very steep stairs with a nice landing with seating which the two girls used for reading playing games etc .

Couldn't fault the bedrooms, although heating looked like it was installed, must be a work in progress as it didn't work, however the bedrooms all had electric plug in rads for use, but meant that towel rails in the bathrooms didn't work which was a bit of a nuisance for drying the towels after showering, if the weather had been kinder we could have dried them outside.

The kids used the shared games room a couple of times and Ian and Cecelia were the perfect hosts for the week which was nice. They live on site so are on hand to give any assistance which is perfect if you are new to the area. Kids used the pool last day as warm enough, there is a garden to BBQ and eat in.

All Good!

10 / 10 charlie567 1 August, 2017

A great place to stay.

We had a fantastic time and Ian and Cecilia went above and beyond to look after us! The owl barn was spacious and well kitted out.

Looking forward to staying there again soon.

10 / 10 Pauline and Ken 15 June, 2017

We had a wonderful week at the Owl Barn and can highly recommend a stay there. Our hosts Ian and Cecilia were lovely; nothing was too much trouble for them, They were around most of the time to answer our questions and give advice about the local area. They brought us fresh eggs from their chickens and we even tried a goose egg from one of their recently acquired geese! The Owl Barn is a big authentic property with everything needed for a holiday stay. It has a cosy log burner which, with Ian's expert guidance, we mastered after a couple of tries. The gite is great for children with it's sheep, cats, geese, goats and chickens; There's also a play area and swing for children. The splash pool was all set up for us in the garden but unfortunately we didn't get a chance to try it because there was far too much to do and see and so many places to go! We hope to return one day, take up where we left off and explore more of the beautiful Calvados region. Thank you Ian and Cecilia for being the 'hosts with the most'!

9.5 / 10 Dallimore 19 September, 2016

We had a great time. Very friendly helpful owners nothing was too much trouble. We enjoyed sitting in the private garden. Thank you Ian and Cecilia for a lovely holiday

Owner response

Thanks and lovely having you to stay. Glad you enjoyed and look forward to maybe welcoming you back sometime.