La Pelviniere holiday cottage, Calvados - NC002675_B

Saint-Manvieu-Bocage (6km from Vire), Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC002675_B Advertiser since: 12 January 2010

This location has multiple holiday properties

Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
La Pelviniere Self Catering Flexible 4 8 2

About this property

La Pelviniere nr Vire Gorge, Golf & Landing Beaches. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Re-thatched in June 2014.
Now with free wi-fi.
One of 2 delightful character, stone and beamed, en suite properties with picturesque thatched roof. 

La Pelviniere, sleep 8, is surrounded by a large private garden offering views across the tranquil countryside. The 2 properties are 5km apart and neither is overlooked or has shared facilities and are on bridle roads. 5km from La Clartiere NC002675A, which is sleep 4, and can be booked together for larger parties. Stylishly furnished and modernised with central heating and double glazing.

La Pelviniere is situated in one of the prettiest and most natural regions of Calvados and near to the spectacular Vire Gorges.

Lake Dathee which features boating and fishing and the nearby golf course provides superb facilities for the keenest of golfers.

The nearby market town of Vire offers shopping and dining, whilst the cosmopolitan resort town of Granville with its casino and sandy beaches makes an ideal day trip. The properties are tucked away with south facing views over open countryside, yet close to small villages with cafe/bar and basic provisions.

Also within easy driving distance lies the monastic isle of Le Mont St Michel, one of France's most visited attractions and a must-see for visitors to the region.

The property is also within easy reach of Bayeaux and the Normandy landing beaches and the ports of Caen and Le Havre.
Payments by bank transfer, cheques or credit cards are accepted - Please contact owner.

Some of the entries in our visitors book -
"Beautiful location, well maintained grounds. Spotlessly clean house with beautiful decor. Wonderful country walks, a completely relaxing experience." Singh family, Hertfordshire.
"House was perfect - exactly as we hoped it would be. Beautiful village and lots of places to visit. Will recommend Normandy (and this cottage) to friends" Dargo family, Edinburgh.
"What a fantastic gite and set in a beautiful location - perfect. Your gite is certainly top of our list (we have holidayed in France for at least 7 years). It is equipped with everything you need. We shall certainly be recommending it to family and friends." Lee family, West Sussex.
"We had a fabulous time at La Pelviniere - you really know how to make a 'good' cottage 'great'!! Everything about the cottage was perfect and we had the "Why don't we have a cottage here" conversation again". Pegg family, Berkshire.
"The nicest holiday cottage we have stayed in. Good places to visit. Thank you Mr and Mrs Plummer for a lovely holiday home. Thanks also to Anna for the cleanliness". The Fosters, Lancashire.
"Fantastic cottage and idyllic location. Met and exceeded all of our expectations and a return visit is definitely on the cards. Lots to see and do, even with 2 young children - especially the zoo at Jurques". Brassington family, Worcestershire.



Kitchen and dining

Fully-fitted and equipped kitchen. Fridge, freezer, dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave, washing machine. Traditional dining table and chairs. Plenty of kitchenware, utensils etc.

Living rooms

Two double comfortable sofas, logburner with complimentary log supply.


Two king size (one en suite) and 2 twin bedrooms in La Pelviniere. Bedrooms are furnished in cottage style and have vaulted, beamed ceilings.


La Pelviniere has 2 bathrooms one of which is en suite plus a downstairs toilet.


Full central heating radiators and underfloor heating.

Log fire in lounge.


Free wi-fi.
Satellite English tv/dvd/video/cd/stereo. Library of videos, dvds and books/games.

Garden and outside

Large enclosed lawned garden (one acre). Terrace, garden furniture, barbecue.

Parking and garages

Ample parking for several cars.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for that secluded romantic getaway or great for family holidays.

For the comfort of future guests the cottages are non smoking and regretfully pets are not accepted.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, perch, pike
Name of nearest fishing location: Lake Dathee
Distance: 2 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Vire La Dathee, Ferme de la Basse Haye, 14380 St Manvieu Bocage
Distance: 2 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Stephen Plummer

Retired couple who enjoy quiet locations, good food and getting it right with good accommodation - just like home!

Year property purchased 2007
Why this location? On our first visit to the area we were struck by the quiet, unhurried and calm atmosphere and were overwhemed 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. The region boasts a wealth of fine restaurants, mostly family run, where the food is prepared from first principles at very reasonable prices. 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. Within 5 miles the market town of Vire offers all facilities with every shop you could possibly need and a bustling market each week. For more local involvement the villages of Champ du Boult (La Pelviniere) and St Manvieu (La Clartiere) are only 1 mile from the cottages and there you can get fresh bread and cakes or have a drink at the local bar. This is why we chose the property!
Unique benefits of property The locations is ideally placed near a lake(fishing)and a superb 18 hole golf course. Both properties are set in their own large grounds and are very quiet and peaceful yet near the thriving market town of Vire with every facility. They are renovated to a high standard with all modern facilities and equipment. The countryside is ideal for walking. Our friendly French neighbours at La Pelviniere run a small farm and the fresh eggs are to die for! The Housekeepers lives nearby and is English so language is not a problem and they are happy to help and answer any queries you may have.

The Owner Recommends

A Visit to Swiss Normandy

Swiss Normandy is an area that includes the Orne and Calvados south of the River Seine. The River Orne that flows across the area gouged out deep gorges and cliffs creating spectacular rocky landscapes. There are a lot of things to do in the area and the following are a few must dos. There is lots of extra information available in the cottage. Please give our regards to the neighbours who run the smallholding next door. M. Pierre and Mme Pierette. They are brillant and may have fresh eggs available.


Villedieu les Poeles has a great market on Tuesdays. Vire market is on Friday. The Tourist Information and internet cafe are near the main car park (free).

Places to Visit

Bayeux with its famous tapestry is only 1 hour away. Mont st Michel is on the coast to the west along with Granville. Villedieu les Poeles (Gods town of frying pans) renowned for copper, brass and bell foundries is 40 minutes to the west. Lake Dathee nearby has a circular walk around the lake with picnic areas. The golf course here is very good. Nearby is a disused railway track converted to a footpath/bridleway for a days walking. Vire Gorge and the St Sever forest are also good areas for walking.

Restaurants in the Area

For fine dining visit Le Moulin de Jean at St Pois for excellent food. Also Le Manoir de la Pommeraie (past LeClerc) for a more hearty menu. For a first class family run restaurant try Au Vrai Normand in Vire. Dining on a budget go to Pizza Christina in Vire. Starter, pizza, wine and water for 2 for under 30 Euros. Le Four a Bois at Martilly for pizza, pasta and meats 40 Euros for 2 people. Watch the wine prices although, unlike the UK if you pay a lot it is noticeably very good but equally the house wines in France tend to be very acceptable. The bar in Manvieu Bocage is worth a visit for the plat du jour or if the fish and chip van is running on a Wednesday will be packed so arrive early.

World War II

The Normandy Landing Beaches are about one and a quarter hours away with lots to see. Further south on the west coast are the submarine pens from World War II at St Nazaire. Pegasus bridge which crossed the Caen Canal was the target of a daring assault the night before D-day. The original bridge was replaced in 1994. There is a museum with helmets, goggles and medals and models of the bridge used to plan the attack. The nearby Gondree Cafe (still owned by the same family) and still a cafe was used as an aid post. The inside is a living museum. Pegasus bridge is a place well worth a visit but a little further away so perhaps tie up your visit either on the way to or from the cottage.

18 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.6
  • Comfort: 9.4
  • Condition: 9.7
  • Facilities: 8.9
  • Local Amenities: 8.8
  • Setting: 9.1
  • Value for Money: 9.3
10 / 10 Tim W 19 August, 2017

A beautiful character thatched cottage set among rolling hills, valleys and a nearby forest. Located on the edge of a very welcoming village. It is ideally located to visit Normandy and wider environs. We visited Falaise Castle (William the Conqueror), Versailles including its beautiful gardens, Giverny (Monet’s garden), Mont-St-Michel, nearby Vire (shops & restaurants), nearby St-Sever Forest and relaxed while enjoying the view from the cottage with a wonderful glass of French wine in hand.

Owner response

Thank you Tim. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in the cottage - and the wine of course!! It is certainly central for a lot of attractions or simply relax and enjoy the surrounding area away from all the hustle & bustle.
Stephen & Eileen

9.2 / 10 kvschaik 1 May, 2017

A lovely house and area with a nice big kitchen for families and groups. Comfortable beds and modern bathrooms in an old stone farmhouse with character. Friendly neighbours and a tranquil rural setting with a nice local village nearby. Only negatives were the advertised "free wifi" which at 28 mb for a week for eight people was hardly enough for anyone to check email or read a paper so this was a little misleading - anything more must be paid for. Also quite cold in bedrooms despite central heating, particularly when we had a young baby with us, and again oil and electricity are not included in the price. However despite these concerns, good value for money and a great house for family get togethers.

Owner response

Thank you for your kind comments and glad you enjoyed it for your family get together. Not sure why WiFi was a problem. Maybe a bit slow as rural France(!) and I think speed is only 2mb so no good for heavy downloads/films etc. Overall capacity should not have been a problem and we as account holders pick up the bill for any excess- will investigate. Also we find heating usually too hot so cannot explain that and extra electric heaters are supplied to top up as necessary.
Anyway glad the overall experience was good.
Stephen & Eileen

8.7 / 10 Smtpottie 16 September, 2016

This is the best gite that we've stayed in so far, with excellent facilities and well equipped. We've had a very comforatble stay.
The refreshments provided on arrival were more than adequate with a very good selection ranging from the basics to the more luxurious red and sparkling wines.
The gite is within a short drive to the main town of Vire with a good selection of restaurants and also situated in the lovely area of St Sever forest etc.
We've thoroughly enjoyed staying at the gite and would strongly recommend it.

Owner response

Many thanks for your kind comments and glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again.
Stephen & Eileen

10 / 10 Martin, Kent U.K. 23 March, 2015

A lovely rural retreat yet only 10 minutes from a big town. Wonderful condition and obviously caring owners. Would highly recommend.

Owner response

Many thanks for your kind comments and excellent communication during your stay. Would be delighted to see you again. Stephen & Eileen

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