Converted From A Lovely Old Calvados Still

9.8/10
Vieux-Pont (42km from Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives), Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC003371_B Advertiser since: 30 August 2013

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Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
The Calvados Still Self Catering Saturday 3 10 3 Double sofabed in the sitting room

About this property

Rental includes linen, towels (but not for the pool). This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Benefitting from a heated pool which you can use at any time, the cottage has been converted from an old calvados still building where the farmer used a large copper still over an open fire to distil his home made cider to make calvados (apple brandy). Set to one side of the property, this is a secluded, spacious and detached cottage on 2 floors. Many of the original features have been preserved including many exposed beams.

Just yards from the River La Viette, it has its own private garden with barbecue, garden furniture and children’s swings. It faces an old barn which was originally used to house livestock and bales of hay and straw, and overlooks an apple orchard often stocked with grazing cattle and horses.

Detached and separate enough to be very private if you want to be, we have owned the property for over 25 years, and live nearby, and know enough to be there when you want us, and out of your way when you don't.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The fully-fitted kitchen has a full size cooker, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, toaster and all the cutlery and crockery you need. The dining room has an open fire which we provide logs for, free in the winter months.

Living rooms

The soft furnishings include a double sofabed for those unexpected guests. There is a radio/cd player,English satellite tv and a dvd player.

Bedrooms

The downstairs and one of the upstairs bedrooms each have a double and single bed, the second upstairs bedroom has a double and two singles.
There is a king size double, and en suite bathroom with a bath and shower over, in the downstairs bedroom and is suitable for guests who have difficulty with stairs.
The third upstairs bedroom has its own bathroom downstairs.

Bathrooms

The downstairs bedroom is en suite with a bath and shower.
Upstairs bedroom 2 has an en suite shower room, and bedroom 3 has its own dedicated shower room downstairs.

Heating

The open log fire provides comfortable heating to the downstairs. There are electric radiators in each room. All heating costs are included in the price.

Garden and outside

You have your own private garden with outdoor dining facilities, a barbecue and swings for the children. There is badminton and table tennis in the swimming pool area, and ball games for the pool. The additional lawned area can be used by everyone.

Parking and garages

You can park right next to the property, and we have a spacious extra parking area.

Visitor suitability

For young parents, no need to bring loads of stuff for the kids. We provide free just about everything for babies and toddlers, including, pushchairs, buggy, cots and bedding, highchairs, seat boosters, plastic plates cutlery and cups, monitors, potties, training seats, liquidisers, bottle warmers, steps for the washbasins, baby baths, stairgates, plus we have loads of toys and dvds for the children. We can also get in supplies for you at cost.

The property is suitable for some wheelchair users, please ask for more information.

Information about any additional facilities

For just €35, we will cook for you. Starting with canapés and Kir, we offer a generous 3 course meal together with all red and white wine. You can choose to eat from our menu or we can cook to your requirements.

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/Advertiser, 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.

6 Reviews
9.8/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.8
10 / 10 Marcus 5 June, 2017

David and Sue the perfect host's throughout our stay, beautiful authentic cottage setting which we found to be completely central to everything we wanted to experience, our host's arranged for our daughter's to experience horse riding on the beach which was a fantastic. I would highly recommend this lovely cottage holiday. So many places to see in this area.. We found locals to be extremely accommodating wanting to converse in English or help with your French.. Enjoyed every moment.
*ps. Swimming pool just great, coming back from a day out and sitting by the pool and having a relaxing swim was just perfect.. value for money without hesitation.... Kindest of regards Marcus

10 / 10 Yelnats 29 August, 2016

Excellent,highly recommend
Water in pool very cold though
No where locally to eat out in evening
Great food on site though
Clean and welcoming
Not enough loungers around pool when full to capacity.
Great place

10 / 10 Kent 22 August, 2016

A beautiful setting and a comfortable house. We had all ages in our party and we all enjoyed the house and garden and made great use of the swimming pool. It is a bit of a drive to food shops, but the beauty and peace of the immediate area over-rode that minor inconvenience.

We explored the Normandy beaches and Pegasus Bridge to the delight of my 9 year old Grandson. He also enjoyed the Bayeux Tapestry, and we all loved that beautiful city.

Friendly, experienced and helpful proprietors.

Owner response

We are grateful to Christine and her group for the positive feedback. The nearest shops are, Bar de la Fontaine at Boissey 2.9 Kms (under 2 miles) for bread, tobacco, drinks and food, and at St Julian le Faucon where there is a boulangerie, mini-market, butchers, bars, hairdressers and auberge restaurant, which is 5 Kms, (just over 3 miles). The nearest large supermarkets; Hypercasino and Lidl, and a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants are at St Pierre sur Dives, 8.2 Kms (just over 5 miles). We are always happy to get supplies in for guests either for their arrival or whilst they are here since at least one of us is usually out and about.

9.8 / 10 Bonsiers 18 July, 2016

We spent a really enjoyable week at this property. The hosts were extremely generous & helpful.
There was cheese, wine, bread & milk waiting for us on our arrival, which was particularly thoughtful.

The property is set in delightful gardens & was very comfortable. It provided us with an excellent base for visiting places of Interest in Normandy, like the Bayeaux Tapestry & the American Cemetary at Omaha Beach. Honfleur was particularly beautiful. When not out & about there was a swimming pool to enjoy, which we made good use of.

Every facility is catered for ( cot beds, well equipped kitchen, games,TV) & the property would be suitable for young or older children alike. The Internet connection is somewhat weak at times but this is a rural area so should be expected.

We hope to return at some point to this property as we were very taken with the area & could not have asked for nicer hosts.

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