Converted barn cottage rural village Normandy

9.2/10
Vieux-Pont (7km from Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives), Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC003371 Advertiser since: 30 August 2013
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The Barn Cottage Self Catering Saturday 7 20 5 There is a double sofabed in the sitting room

About this property

Warm, Spacious Accommodation With Exposed Beams. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

We believe parts of The Barn Cottage date back to the 12th century. The property set in the small complex of Le Vieux Pressoir, provides spacious and comfortable accommodation. Seven bedrooms, 2 of which are on the ground floor and 5 bath/shower rooms with 4 en suite, comfortably sleep 20 people, and there is even a sofabed for unexpected guests! The downstairs bathroom has an extra wide shower tray, seat and grab handle to suit those with reduced mobility.
 
With the Calvados just next door, we can accommodate 30 people on site plus infants. There are no unexpected extra costs, the price you see is the price you pay. We provide all bedding, towels, tea towels, and heat and light is included in the price.

Fully modernised, The Barn Cottage has a large sitting room with lots of soft furnishings, flat screen satellite tv, and a dvd player. There are loads of toys for the children, and a wide range of books. The separate dining room can seat 20+, and the cottage has a fully-fitted kitchen, with full size cooker, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, toaster and coffee-maker.

Our complex is set in nearly 2 acres of grounds, the Barn Cottage itself has a large private, and securely fenced garden, with swings for the children, outdoor furniture and large barbecue.

The 32m x 16m swimming pool is fenced and heated.

The Barn Cottage is set to the east of the the tiny village of Vieux Pont-en-Auge, just yards from the river 'la Viette'. It is quiet and peaceful, yet only a short drive to supermarkets and restaurants, and is perfect for walking and cycling holidays. Two waymarked walks pass our gate.  

We can cater for you; a generous meal of canapes, and kir, followed by 3 courses and all red and white wine is just 35 Euros, (about £25) children up to 12 are just 12 Euros, and under 5's eat free. We specialise in weddings, anniversaries and catering for large groups.

We have been welcoming people here for over 20 years. We live on-site in our lovely farmhouse, where we offer bed and breakfast and evening meals. After all this time, we know enough to 'not get under your feet', but are always here to help if needed.

The site is very child friendly, so you can 'travel light'. We supply free just about everything for toddlers and babies, including cots, bedding, highchairs, booster seats, bibs, plastic plates, cups and cutlery, baby gyms, changing mats, playpens, pushchairs, buggies, monitors, bottle warmers, liquidisers, potties, training seats, steps, bed guards, dvd's, and so on.

We are within striking distance of the invasion beaches, chic Deauville (Paris in Normandy), Honfleur and Cabourg. Lisieux with the Basilica of St Therese is just 20 minutes drive. Paris is just 1hr30 minutes or so by train, with an extra hour to get to Disneyland®.
 
Come and see us if you wish, try the accommodation, taste our food,  and you don't pay a penny for the inspection visit if you book with us.

For short breaks of more than one night we offer very substantial discounts, please contact us for details.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped kitchen with full size cooker, microwave/grill, washing machine, dishwasher, toaster, coffee-making machine, a wide range of cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery.

Separate dining room seating 25+.

Living rooms

Spacious sitting room with sofabed, and soft furnishings. Satellite tv, tape player radio, and dvd player. Lots of children's toys, a wide range of reading material.

Bedrooms

First floor
Bedroom 1, king size double bed, bunk beds, room for cot, en suite.
Bedroom 2, double bed, room for a cot, en suite.
Bedroom 3, three single beds, en suite.
Bedroom 4, double bed, single, en suite.
Bedroom 5, accessed via bedroom 4, two singles, room for a cot.
Ground floor:
Bedroom 6, double, next door to ground floor bathroom, suitable for less mobile guests.
Bedroom 7, double, bunk beds, next door to ground floor bathroom, suitable for less mobile guests.

Bathrooms

Four bathrooms are en suite, the fifth bathroom on the ground floor, is next to bedrooms 6 and 7, the shower has grab handles, a fold away fixed seat, and a curtain, suitable for guests with reduced mobility.

Heating

Electric heating throughout, no extra costs.

Entertainment

Badminton, and ball games in and out of the heated pool, boules, table tennis.

Garden and outside

Private garden laid to lawn with bbq and outside dining furniture. Shared lawned areas inside and outside of the fenced pool areas.

Parking and garages

Extensive parking area, very close to the property.

Visitor suitability

With ground floor bedrooms, and bathroom, it is suitable for guests with moving difficulties.

Information about any additional facilities

We are very child friendly and provide at no extra cost; cots, bedding, highchairs, booster seats, bibs, plastic plates, cups and cutlery, baby gyms, changing mats, playpens, pushchairs, buggies, monitors, bottle warmers, liquidisers, potties, training seats, steps, bed guards, dvd's, and so on.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Shared pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: St Pierre sur Dives 1st Sunday in each month
Distance: 7 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Coarse fish and eel (permit required)
Name of nearest fishing location: The river 'La Viette' is 10 metres from us

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Barriere de St Julian, Pont l'Eveque
Distance: 30 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Mme Guillain, route de Falaise, Perrieres
Distance: 15 km

Organic produce/dining

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Follow La route du Cidre

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Two way marked walks pass our gate

Watersports

About the Owner, Mr David Humphreys

Year property purchased 1989
Why this location? I came to France with a group of friends in 1989 to Le Mans for the 24 hour race. We drove down through Normandy, and when I returned home, I said to Sue, "you have got to see Normandy, it is absolutely gorgeous". We came to this area in August, found an estate agent, saw a couple of houses, then we came to this tiny pretty village called then Vieux Pont, now Vieux Pont-en-Auge. We drove down a narrow lane with grass growing in the middle, and near the end of the cul de sac, we pulled in here. The agent opened the shutters, and the heavy oak front door and went off to smoke a Gauloise whilst we explored. The three outbuildings were not in very good condition, and some ceilings had fallen in, in the house. Houseproud Sue won't like this I thought. But she looked at me and said "I don't want to see any more". We signed up two days later. We are just a few yards away from the river La Viette, which is stocked with eel and coarse fish, buzzards nest next door, deer visit the river.
Unique benefits of property Our two cottages are quite independant and separate, but for groups of more than 20 we can easily open the two gardens so they can become one. It is so peaceful and quiet here, except for the squeals of kids playing in the pool. This lovely village has hardly changed in the 26 years we have owned the property, although we have all mod cons, fast broadband, satellite TV. There is still no shop or bar, but bars at close by Boissey, and at St Julian are usually open, where you can get your baguettes as well. Whilst there is fast motorway access from the channel tunnel and channel ports, rail access to nearby Lisieux is excellent, and Ryanair fly into Deauville just 30 minutes away, when you come to this tiny village, free of noise and other pollution, it is like going back in time. We are surrounded by apple orchards, horses frequently graze in the field next door, and wine is now produced just a stone's throw away near Vendeuvre. Beaches are close, we are the perfect centre to explore

The Owner Recommends

Cerza Zoo

Just 20 minutes drive away near to Lisieux, Cerza zoo, shouldn't be missed. A mixture of safari park and zoo, they lock you up (well not quite) and let the animals run free. A modestly priced self-service restaurant, always with french fries, overlooks a huge plain stocked with rhino, giraffe and other wildlife - fabulous. There is an enclosure set aside especially for youngsters, which has pot bellied pigs, sheep, and goats, all with young which can be petted and fed by the youngsters.

Festyland in Nearby Caen, Paris and Eurodisney

Nearby Caen, has Festyland, just off the ringroad, a sort of mini Disney, it has lots of rides, lots to do and a big top, ideal for a day out. Don't forget Paris is only 90 minutes away, by clean, on-time trains, and Eurodisney is just 2hrs 30 minutes by train and tube.

Local Entertainment and Sports Activities

Just down the road is Automates, animated puppets which will keep children entertained for hours. Clecy, about 50 minutes by car, has canoes, kayaks and boats on the river, bungy jumping, and rock climbing, and nearby St Pierre sur Dives has indoor and outdoor pools, kayaks on the river and go-karting on a kilometer long speed track.

Local History

Older children shouldn't miss the tapestry at Bayeux, the Memorial, a huge museum for peace in Caen, the many war museums, and the American war cemetery at Omaha beach is a must. Falaise, is the birthplace of William the Conqueror and Falaise castle is well worth a visit, you can hire radio headphones to tell you all about the chateau in whatever language you choose, and there is often a medieval fair with jousting etc in the summer.

Nearby Beaches

Wide, safe, sandy beaches are just 40 minutes drive, and whether you choose chic Deauville, neighbouring Trouville, Cabourg or Ouistreham all of them have stuff for kids to do. All are closely monitored and supervised for water quality and have trained lifeguards.

What to Do in the Area

The local Monday market in St Pierre sur Dives (10 minutes by car) simply can't be missed. Centred around a medieval market hall and square, this typical French market is full of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, local produce, and animals of every description. Colourful and lively, there is a great atmosphere as everyone meets friends, buys their weeks supplies and barters over prices.

Wine making in Normandy

Just 7 miles from us with a special micro climate, and chalky, stony soil, vines have been planted which according to Hachette is providing one of the best wines in France. The shop is open afternoons, and there is a guided tour every Thurday afternoon from April onwards.

5 Reviews
9.2/10
  • Cleanliness: 9
  • Comfort: 9.4
  • Condition: 8.6
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 9.4
  • Value for Money: 9
10 / 10 Offland pope and Cherrington holiday 2016 17 August, 2016

A stunning setting, barn and holiday destination. All families were equally impressed with the barn, rooms kitchen and garden. The owners were nearby but let you enjoy your time away,only offering advice on local area places to see or to see if you had everything you required. Sympathetically refurbished barn with all the mod cons we are used to. Great use of space for young and old. Pool fab and use of garden games as well. Plenty to be entertained with.

Would definatley visit this area of France again with the possibility of the same accommodation as well. Really appreciate the area and barns because holidays go to quick and the barn has the perfect surroundings to relax and recuperate. Thanks again for a great stay x

6.7 / 10 Car club 3 May, 2016

As a group we found our stay at Barn cottage comfortable but interesting.
We were not convinced that the photographs or the discripton in the advert on the Holidays Direct site were enterly accurate.
Although the property was clean it was very poorly maintained, and defiantly in need of an overhaul, and modernisation.
The owner wonce made aware of what we considered vital short comings did respond quickly.
The owner was in fact a delightful chap and only to willing to help.
Barn Cottage in its current state would be very difficult to recommend to either a group of friends or families with very young children.
The local area of Normandy is stunning, with many attractions and wonderful scenery, ideal for car clubs to enjoy.
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Owner response

We welcome all reviews, but were confused by this one. We wrote to the author of the review well over a week ago asking how our description was inaccurate, no reply has been received, and since the description is completely accurate we don't expect one . This review is also at odds with all other reviews we have received. The property is well maintained, recent updates were the kitchen with new units, 2 new bedrooms, a new dining room and a new bathroom, but a half timbered cottage dating back several hundred years is not a 21st century hotel, which is probably where this elderly group would have been happier. The property was stated to be clean, yet awarded only a 6.0 for cleanliness!

We have worked tirelessly to provide all necessary equipment for children (see our description for details) and to make the property safe and so child friendly. As far as suitability for children and other groups, this quote was from the last review; "A brilliant gem of a property in Normandy - perfect for our group of 10 adults and 6 young children. Pool and garden lovely"

10 / 10 Kennyjsa 16 August, 2015

A brilliant gem of a property in Normandy - perfect for our group of 10 adults and 6 young children. Owner was fab and around if needed. Pool and garden lovely

9.1 / 10 Chris M 13 May, 2015

This is a lovely old property, full of character, in a delightful rural setting. Travelling with a group of friends, we had a splendid time here, brilliantly catered for by David who provided superb evening meals at a very reasonable price. The weather was mixed, so we didn't get an opportunity to try the pool, but we found the cottage very comfortable and excellent value for money. St Pierre is about 10 minutes away in the car and has an excellent range of shops.